FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Preview

FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Preview

The first FOSROC Super6 competition of the year kicks-off on Friday. Find out more about the competition in our guide to the tournament below.

All six participating teams will play each other once, before the league will then split with the teams who finished in the top half playing the teams who finished in the bottom half over three weekends of play-offs to determine the final placings.

Ayrshire Bulls host Boroughmuir Bears in the first match of the tournament broadcast live on FreeSports. The next day Watsonians Rugby will host Stirling County whilst Heriot’s Rugby will welcome Southern Knights to Goldenacre, with both games available to watch on the BBC Sport and the Scottish Rugby website.

Every Friday night game in the Sprint Series will be broadcast live on television by broadcast partner FreeSports and both Saturday games will be available on the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and the Scottish Rugby website.

FreeSports will also make each Friday night fixture available to view on their FreeSports Player within the UK and Ireland, those out with those territories will be able to watch the games on the Scottish Rugby website.

The first game sees 2021 FOSROC Super6 Championship winners Ayrshire Bulls host Boroughmuir Bears. The next day Watsonians Rugby will host Stirling County whilst Heriot’s Rugby will welcome Southern Knights to Goldenacre.

In round two, Boroughmuir Bears will host city rivals Heriot’s Rugby at Meggetland on Friday evening, with Watsonians Rugby making the trip to the Borders on Saturday to face Southern Knights and Ayrshire Bulls travelling to play Stirling County.

County then make the trip to Southern Knights on Friday 29 April, and the following day Watsonians make the short hop to face Boroughmuir Bears whilst Ayrshire Bulls host Heriot’s Rugby.

In the penultimate round of fixtures before the split Stirling County host Boroughmuir Bears on Friday 6 May. Watsonians Rugby host Heriot’s Rugby on the Saturday, with Ayrshire Bulls travelling to face Southern Knights.

In the final round of matches Southern Knights travel to face Boroughmuir Bears on Friday 20 May, Ayrshire Bulls host Watsonians and Stirling County host Heriot’s Rugby on the Saturday.

With the league standings confirmed by the first five rounds of fixtures, the team that finishes in third place will travel to the team who finishes in second for a live broadcast game on Friday 27 May, on the Saturday fifth place will play host to sixth.

The next weekend third place will host first place on Friday 3 June, with fourth traveling to sixth the next day.

The winner of the league will be decided when the team who ends the five regular rounds of fixtures in first place hosts the second-place team on Friday 10 June, with fourth playing fifth on Saturday 11 June.

Scottish Rugby Head of Performance Programmes, Grant McKelvey said: “We’re delighted that both FreeSports and BBC Scotland will be continuing as broadcast partners of the FOSROC Super6. To be able to broadcast all 21 matches to a worldwide audience is a significant landmark development for the competition.

“Although the FOSROC Super6 Championship in the summer will be our main competition, the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series will play a crucial part in building towards the first full season of Championship fixtures.

“With cross-border opportunities on hold for this season due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, we’re focused on delivering a quality season of rugby at this important level.

“The FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series gives all players and teams an opportunity to showcase themselves with the expansive brand of rugby we saw in the last edition, played in better, hopefully warmer weather.

“Once all Super6 clubs have managed to reset after the sprint we move into the block of 10 intensive fixtures for the FOSROC Super6 Championship, which culminates with the semi-final play offs for the top four placed teams in the league, followed by the grand final at the end of October.”

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