FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Review of the Round | Round 4
The third round of FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series action got underway on Friday evening, here's how the matches played out.
FRIDAY 6 MAY: STIRLING COUNTY V BOROUGHMUIR BEARS
A beautiful Friday evening at Bridgehaugh kicked off match week four. Hosts, Stirling County, were looking to build on two positive results, including a very impressive home showing against Ayrshire Bulls in week two. Boroughmuir Bears arrived still looking for a first win of the season.
It was a cagey first fifteen minutes with both sides displaying great defence. The only score was a Marcus Holden penalty for the hosts. After eighteen minutes, Boroughmuir Bears took the lead in clinical fashion. After withstanding a good deal of early pressure, a succession of penalties move them down the field and with a line out in the County 22. A smart catch and drive saw back-row forward Scott McGinley force his way over.
Less than five minutes later, the hosts responded. A well-worked move between the backs opened a gap for the in-form Logan Trotter, and the full-back streaked away to dot down. But straight away, Boroughmuir Bears hit back. Another attacking lineout allowing the pack to do their job and hooker Corey Tait found his way over.
Just before half-time, another beautiful move from Stirling County's back line put them back in front. A long period of knocking on the door created holes in the defence, and a nice wrap-around run from winger Ross McKnight found a way through. 13-12 after a topsy-turvy first forty minutes. A strong breeze at Bridgehaugh was making kicking for goal difficult, with only two of five attempts successful from both sides.
HALF-TIME: Stirling County 13 – 12 Boroughmuir Bears
Boroughmuir Bears started the second half with a carbon copy of their second try. Again, it was FOSROC Super6 Player of the Match Corey Tait who claimed his second of the evening, from another driving maul. It was the visitors third entry into the Stirling County 22, and their third try. County dominated much of the next twenty minutes, with their scrum proving particularly dominant. They regained the lead with a try from Second Row James Pow, before another huge shove at the scrum allowed Number 8 Benedict Grant to touch down to create a six-point advantage.
But Boroughmuir Bears weren’t done yet. With twelve minutes remaining, they fashioned an opening on the right wing. A chip through caused panic in the Stirling County defence, and the ball sat up perfectly for Tom Brown to score. A nerveless conversion from Adam Smith put Bears one point in front, a lead they managed to hold onto for the remaining stages of the game.
FULL-TIME: Stirling County 25 – 26 Boroughmuir Bears
FOSROC Player of the Match: Corey Tait (Boroughmuir Bears)
Referee: Ian Kenny
Stirling County: Logan Trotter, Ross McKnight, James Pow, Benedict Grant
Boroughmuir Bears: Scott McGinley, Corey Tait (2), Tom Brown
Stirling County: Marcus Holden
Boroughmuir Bears: Adam Scott (3)
Stirling County: Marcus Holden
SATURDAY 7 MAY: WATSONIANS V HERIOT'S RUGBY
Watsonians came from behind to beat Heriot's 34-25 at Meggetland and continue their 100% record in the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series.
Heriot's took the lead after just over a minute, as the visitors worked their way up the left side and Jack Mann offloaded to Bruce Houston to score.
Lee Millar and Houston then traded penalties before Ronan Seydak found a gap at the side of ruck to score a second try for Heriot's.
Houston then bagged a second penalty, this time a mighty hoof from the halfway line.
Harry Paterson brought Heriot's back into the game on the brink of half time, finishing off after a slick offload from Jason Baggott.
Half time: Watsonians 10-20 Heriot's Rugby
Heriot's stretched their lead to 15 points at the start of the second half, as Ross Jones' grubber was gathered by James Couper and finished off on the right side.
But just three minutes later, Watsonians were back in it as Lewis Berg stepped round several players and dotted down under the posts.
And remarkably, Berg had a second try just two minutes later, this time stretching to just reach the try line under pressure.
Watsonians then took the lead for the first time as Millar knocked over his second penalty of the game.
And the home side then scored a fantastic try from well inside their own half to seal the game. After Houston grubbered into their 22, Watsonians worked it from left to right, with Berg offloading to Angus Guthrie, who sprinted forward and gave it to Lomond MacPherson to dive over in the left corner.
Full time: Watsonians 34-25 Heriot's Rugby
FOSROC Player of the Match: Lewis Berg (Watsonians)
Referee: Ruairidh Campbell
Watsonians: Harry Paterson, Lewis Berg (2), Lomond MacPherson
Heriot's: Bruce Houston, Ronan Seydak
Watsonians: Lee Millar (4)
Heriot's: Bruce Houston (2)
Watsonians: Lee Millar (2)
Heriot's: Bruce Houston (2)
SATURDAY 7 MAY: SOUTHERN KNIGHTS V AYRSHIRE BULLS
Visitors Ayrshire Bulls produced a convincing performance on the road at The Greenyards this afternoon with three tries within the first twenty minutes of the match.
Back-row Ryan Sweeny powered over in the seventh minute whilst stand-off Christian Townsend hot-stepped his way over the tryline on the ninth minute, inside centre Tom Jordan got over the whitewash on the 18th minute with Townsend adding two of the three conversions.
Hosts Southern Knights got on the score board in the 24th minute with a great team-try which was finished off by Sam Derrick, converted by Nathan Chamberlain.
Bulls extended their lead by a further 19-points before the break with tries by Jordan again, hooker Alex MacGuire and winger Jamie Sheddon, Townsend adding two of the three conversion points available.
HALF-TIME: Southern Knights 7-38 Ayrshire Bulls
Bulls opened the scoring in the second-half too with a try by winger Aaron Tait (Townsend with the conversion), a second try from Sheddon came shortly after with Tait bagging a second of his own too with Matt Minogue converting that one.
Knights ran in a lovely try by replacement Finn Campbell with six minutes left on the clock but it was Bulls winger Sheddon who had the last say as in skipped in for a hat-trick in the final play of the game.
FULL-TIME: Southern Knights 12-62 Ayrshire Bulls
FOSROC Super6 Player of the Match: Ryan Sweeney (Ayrshire Bulls)
Referee: Finlay Brown
Southern Knights: Sam Derrick, Finn Campbell
Ayrshire Bulls: Ryan Sweeney, Christian Townsend, Tom Jordan (2), Alex McGuire, Jamie Sheddon (3), Aaron Tait (2)
Southern Knights: Nathan Chamberlain
Ayrshire Bulls: Christian Townsend (5), Matt Minogue
Yellow Card - Andrew Nimmo (Ayrshire Bulls)