FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Review of the Round | Round 1
The first weekend of FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series action kicked off this weekend, here's how the matches played out.
HERIOT'S RUGBY V SOUTHERN KNIGHTS
Heriot’s were quick to get the scoreboard ticking as a penalty awarded to the home side allowed Bruce Houston to contribute three points to the Nails.
With a lineout deep in the Knights 22, it was all but too easy for Heriot’s Jack Mann to make a break and power his was across the whitewash. Houston added the extras (10-0).
Southern Knights were eager to fight back, and in the 15th minute, it was hooker Fraser Renwick who scored the first try for the Borders side.
With 20 minutes gone, Heriot’s next opportunity for a score came from a lineout in prime position, just 10 meters from the try-line. It was somewhat obvious that a driving maul would follow, and Southern Knights tried their best to defend it, but it was simply too powerful. Number 8, Jason Hill would be the one to secure the ball across the line for Heriot’s. Another solid conversion from Houston saw the home side’s lead extended to 17-5.
But prolonged patience from Southern Knights proved to be fruitful. With Heriot’s defence stretched across the try line, Cameron Scott found space to cross the whitewash. Nathan Chamberlain’s conversion was good, and the score was now 24-12.
Ahead of half-time approaching, Heriot’s added a third try to their scorecard with phases of fast-paces and wide rugby, which saw Mann score his second try of the game. Ice-cool composure from Houston saw a further two points added to the tally.
HALF TIME: HERIOT'S RUGBY 24-12 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS
Houston reopened the scores in the 47th minute with a long-range penalty kick for Heriot’s, which sailed through the sticks.
After sustained pressure inside Heriot’s 22, a chip through the Nails’ defence from Knights’ Cameron Scott allowed winger Patrick Anderson to chase the ball down and glide across the try line, securing the Knights a try bonus point. The conversion from Chamberlain was good, and the score narrowed to 27-19.
At 60 minutes, a penalty-try was awarded by referee Ross Mabon to the home-side as Jason Hill secured the ball between the posts from the back of the scrum, giving Heriot’s a try bonus point.
A fifth and final try was scored by Heriot’s at 67 minutes as Cameron Fenton powered his way across the whitewash from close range. Houston once again added the extras, concluding the scoring for the day at 41-24.
FULL-TIME: HERIOT'S RUGBY 41-24 SOUTHERN KNIGHTS
FOSROC Player of the Match: Jack Mann (Heriot’s Rugby)
Referee: Ross Mabon
Heriot’s Rugby: Jack Mann (2), Cameron Fenton, Jason Hill, Penalty Try
Southern Knights: Patrick Anderson, Corey Bowker, Cameron Scott, Fraser Renwick
Heriot’s Rugby: Bruce Houston (4)
Southern Knights: Nathan Chamberlain (2)
Heriot’s Rugby: Bruce Houston (2)
WATSONIANS V STIRLING COUNTY
Watsonians Rugby opened their FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series with a hard-fought win over Stirling County. The hosts made much the better start to the game, camping themselves in the County 22 straight from kick-off. They found a way through in the fifth minute, with second row Seb Cecil picking a hard line to burst the defence. Jason Baggott added the conversion, before two further penalties from the stand-off’s boot opened up a 13-0 lead after just 20 minutes.
Rather than folding, however, the visitors hit back with two tries of their own, first through Scotland U20 forward Max Williamson and then from Lewis Skinner. Both came after periods of sustained pressure from the pack and both tries were converted expertly by Euan Cunningham. Stirling County taking a 14-13 lead into the break.
HALF-TIME: WATSONIANS RUGBY 13-14 STIRLING COUNTY
That was never going to be the end of the scoring, and Watsonians regained the lead following a smart backline move, opening up space for Lomond MacPherson. They stretched their lead further when captain Cal Davies capped a great all-round display with a try from the back of a maul. 23-17 with 15 minutes to go.
There was still time for a few more twists in the game. Stirling County summoned up some final stocks of energy to work a try in the corner from a maul of their own. It was just reward for a period of sustained pressure. Co-captain Marcus Holden kicked a tricky conversion and the visitors were back in the lead. Watsonians Rugby worked their way into kicking distance and when some overzealous Stirling County defence was penalised at a ruck, Baggott was presented with a kick to win the game. He coolly slotted as the clock ticked into the red, to secure an opening round win for Watsonians.
FULL-TIME: WATSONIANS RUGBY 26-24 STIRLING COUNTY
FOSROC Player of the Match: Cal Davies (Watsonians Rugby)
Referee: Hollie Davidson
Watsonians Rugby: Seb Cecil, Lomond MacPherson, Cal Davies
Stirling County: Max Williamson, Lewis Skinner, Angus Fraser
Watsonians Rugby: Jason Baggott
Stirling County: Euan Cunningham (2), Marcus Holden
Watsonians Rugby: Jason Baggott (3)
Stirling County: Marcus Holden
AYRSHIRE BULLS V BOROUGHMUIR BEARS
Boroughmuir Bears opened the scoring halfway through the second half when second row Josh King powered over for a try for the visitors, in the same play Bulls captain Blair MacPherson was shown a yellow card for multiple team infringements.
Despite being down to 14-men Bulls scored a neat try when Eli Caven pounced on the ball in the dead ball area that had been chipped through by Matt Minogue who converted the try.
Bulls scored another before the half-time break when scrum-half Cam Jones was on hand to finish off a break by hooker Alex McGuire.
HALF-TIME: AYRSHIRE BULLS 14-5 BOROUGHMUIR BEARS
Moments into the first-half Bears captain Craig Keddie powered over the try line from a quick tap penalty, it was converted by Adam Scott.
Near on the hour mark, Arron Tait scored the first of his two tries of the evening for Bulls when he danced in for 40 metres out to score in the corner.
He would score his second in the same area of the pitch only 10 minutes later to give the hosts a comfortable lead.
In the last play of the game Bears centre Robbie McCallum intercepted the ball inside his own half to run in a try that would earn the visitors a important loosing bonus point.
FULL-TIME: AYRSHIRE BULLS 24-17 BOROUGHMUIR BEARS
FOSROC Player of the Match: Alex Samuel (Ayrshire Bulls)
Referee: Jonny Perriam
Ayrshire Bulls: Eli Caven, Cam Jones, Aaron Tait (2)
Boroughmuir Bears: Josh King, Craig Keddie, Robbie McCallum
Ayrshire Bulls: Matt Minogue (2)
Boroughmuir Bears: Adam Scott
Yellow Card: Blair MacPherson (Ayrshire Bulls)