FOSORC Super6 Review of Round 9
Round 9 of the 2022 FOSROC Super6 Championship got underway this weekend. Here's how each game went.
Friday 7 October: Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling Wolves
Less than 10minutes into the first half Bulls got the scoring off to a start thanks to a neat little chip over the top of the Wolves defence by full-back Ollie Smith which was secured down by winger Aaron Tait and converted by Ross Thompson.
Near on the half hour mark Bulls extended their lead thanks to a beautiful cross-field kick by Thompson to score in the corner.
HALF-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 12-0 Stirling Wolves
Bulls made their way up field thanks to nice footwork by Thompson, the ball was recycled and Blair MacPherson powered over, from short range, for their third try of the evening. Thompson added the conversion.
MacPherson score his second, and Bulls fourth, of the evening when he twisted, turned and forced his way over with less than five minutes to go with young Ritchie Simpson converting this time.
FULL-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 26-0 Stirling Wolves
Referee: David Sutherland
FOSROC Super6 Player of the Match: Alex Samuel (Ayrshire Bulls)
Ayrshire Bulls: Aaron Tait (2), Blair MacPherson (2)
Ayrshire Bulls: Ross Thompson (2), Ritchie Simpson
Saturday 8 October: Boroughmuir Bears v Watsonians
The Bears started off the game with some hard work and long phases but a loose pass allowed Watsonians’ Pierce Phillips to intercept and gallop down the pitch from the half way line to the posts, getting the league leaders their first points of the match. Jason Baggott bagged the extras.
Halfway through the first half, the Bears were awarded a penalty in front of the posts. Jack Bergin got his team on the scoreboard, bringing them 4 points behind their visitors.
A patient and heavy maul from a line out got Jerry Blyth Lafferty over the line for the Bears’ first try, bringing them out in front, with Jack Bergin getting the extras.
HALF-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 10-7 Watsonians
It was a game of back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the second half until Watsonians were awarded a penalty. Jason Baggott took the kick and levelled out the scoreboard in Meggetland.
After some relentless attack from Watsonians, Dom Coetzer managed to get over the Bears defence and brought the visitors back out into the lead. Jason Baggott continued his kicking success and achieved the extras.
Watsonians seemed to find themselves in the second half, showing everyone at Meggetland why they are the current league leaders. The utter strength used in the visitors attack and a free ball allowed the ball to be passed out to Angus Guthrie on the wing who dotted it down over the try line. Conversion was missed.
30 seconds before full time, a bad injury for under the posts for Watsonians Cole Lamberton stopped game for about 10 minutes. After game continued, Watsonians managed to use all their might and Bobby Bratton scored the bonus point try to end the game.
FULL-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 10-27 Watsonians
Referee: Finlay Brown
FOSROC Super6 Player of the Match: Harrison Courtney (Watsonians)
Boroughmuir Bears: Jerry Blyth Lafferty
Watsonians: Pierce Phillips, Dom Coetzer, Angus Guthrie, Bobby Bratton
Boroughmuir Bears: Jack Bergin
Watsonians: Jason Baggott (2)
Boroughmuir Bears: Jack Bergin
Watsonians: Jason Baggott
Saturday 8 October: Heriot’s Rugby v Southern Knights
It took just six minute for the game’s first try as Sam Pecqueur found broke down the left and found support from Iain Wilson on his shoulder. The Knights defence halted the attack but after a few more phases Wilson was back on his feet and popped up to go over from short range.
Knights took the lead for the first time in the 21st minute as prop Nick Auterac rewarded his Knights teamates’ patience to drive over line for the first of their four tries in the capital. Van Der Walt added the extras.
Heriot’s restored their advantage in the 27th minute when captain Ruairidh Leishman went over with another pick and go from a few metres out. A second unsuccessful conversion left the home side’s advantage at just three as the first half concluded.
HALF-TIME: Heriot’s Rugby 10-7 Southern Knights
Heriot’s held the lead until the 56th minute when a cross-field kick from Van Der Walt was collected by Aidan Cross in space, the winger using every bit of his pace to dive over in the corner ahead of the last defender.
Just a few moments later Cross had his second and Knights’ third with a near identical finish in the corner, only this time using skill over pace to find space to score.
Dan King finally found success with his boot in the 66th minute, converting a penalty and keeping his side within touching distance of the lead.
An instant response from Knights restored a healthy advtange as Patrick Anderson delivered a clever offload from the floor to dispatch David Colvine to score between the posts and secure a bonus point for Knights.
With just over five minutes remaining it was back to a one-score game as Blain used his speed & strength to capitalise on space out on the left hand side. King added the conversion to give Heriot’s hope of a late comeback.
Van Der Walt capped off an impressive performance with a win-securing penalty in the 79th minute as the hosts secured their second win of the FOSROC Super6 Championship.
FULL-TIME: Heriot’s Rugby 20-27 Southern Knights
Referee: Ian Kenny
FOSROC Super6 Player of the Match: Wallace Nelson (Southern Knights)
Heriot’s Rugby : Wilson, Leishman, Blain
Southern Knights: Auterac, Cross (2), Colvine
Heriot’s Rugby : King
Southern Knights: Van Der Walt (2)
Heriot’s Rugby : King
Southern Knights: Van Der Walt