FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 2

FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 2

The 2023 FOSROC Super Series Championship continues this weekend with Round 2 - here is our guide to the games for this weekend.

Friday 4 August: Stirling Wolves v Ayrshire Bulls

Hoping to make a grand entrance in Round 2 of the competition is Stirling Wolves who will host Ayrshire Bulls at Bridgehaugh for their first game of the Championship following a bye week in Round 1, kick-off 7.35pm.

How to watch

This game will be streamed live on the Scottish Rugby website.

Be There

Secure your spot to watch the game in person at Bridgehaugh. Get your tickets here.

Match Officials

Ref: Ian Kenny
AR 1: Rob McDowell
AR 2: Ciaran Stark

Comments from the Coaches:

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said:

“Bridgehaugh will be buzzing for our first match in the Super Series Championship Season! What could be better than a match against Ayrshire Bulls, the current Super Series Sprint winners.

“The Bulls lost at home to Watsonians last weekend in a rain affected contest and I am sure they will be highly motivated to make amends this week. Pat McArthur’s side have a strong set piece, powerful carriers and a very committed defence that makes it hard to play against. We will need to be at our best to come away with the result we want.

“The squad have worked hard in preseason and had a successful hit out against the new Scottish Futures XV two weeks back. The core of our coaching group and Sprint playing squad is back for the Championship and we are excited about continuing to develop the exciting brand of rugby shown in the Spring.”

Pat McArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

“It’s a short turnaround this week and we are looking for a reaction after a disappointing result against Watsonians. We know Stirling recruited well and we’ll need to take our opportunities when they come. The players trained well this week and we look to carry that into the game on Friday.

Some forced changes this week with Jamie Drummond and Ed Bloodworth both out injured but we see the return of Grant Stewart and Glasgow Warrior transition player Ross Thompson which means Alex McGuire and Brad Rodrick-Evans move to the bench. Lewis McNamara moves to 2nd row with Tim Brown taking his place on the side of the scrum. Oscar Baird, looking to make his debut for the Bulls, comes onto the bench.”

Team Selections

Friday 4 August: Watsonians v Southern Knights

The second Friday night fixture takes place at Myreside as Watsonians welcome Southern Knights for their first home fixture of the Championship, kick-off 7.35pm.

Highlights of this match will be available on the Scottish Rugby website on Monday evening.

Be There

There’s still time to get your tickets to see Southern Knights tackle Watsonians this Friday evening – get your tickets here.

Match Officials

Ref: Ruairidh Campbell
AR 1: Samuel O’Neil
AR 2: Bob Nevins

Comments from the Coaches:

Nicki Walker (Watsonians) said:

“After last week’s match at Ayrshire Bulls in very difficult wet conditions we are all looking forward to getting back to Myreside, which is in glorious condition for our 1st home game of the campaign.

“Friday night fixtures at Myreside always add a little extra excitement for everyone and are especially popular with the players. That excitement has been channelled in the right direction this week with hard work as we all realise there are lots of improvements still to be made.

“Southern Knights will be very confident after their win and performance last week while we are fully aware of the threats they will pose.”

Alan Tait (Southern Knights) said:

“It’s a different match on Friday against Watsonians compared to the Futures we know the strength and quality they bring and to play one of the best teams in this comp, it brings a different challenge.

“For us, it’s the same, we have to focus on us and what we need to deliver throughout the 80 mins. We are focused on building a performance that will put teams under pressure and in key areas, we need to be ruthless and target the scoreboard when given the opportunities. We’ve got a lot to focus on and are prepared for a difficult game and a tough match, but the group knows we need to deliver the best performance over 80 mins to win.

“Every game in Super Series is going to be a real test for all the teams. The competition has improved and got better and the Futures showed that last week. We know individual and collective performances need to kick on between the weeks and we look forward to seeing how players react.”

Team Selections

Saturday 5 August: Boroughmuir Bears v FOSROC Future XV

Your Saturday game will see Boroughmuir Bears take on the FOSROC Future XV outfit for the first time at Meggetland, kick-off 5.30pm.

How to watch

Highlights of this match will be available on the Scottish Rugby website on Monday evening.

Be There

Keep the rugby action going in Edinburgh this weekend and head along to Meggetland – buy your tickets here.

Match Officials

Ref: David Sutherland
AR 1: Calum Worsley
AR 2: Chelsea Gillespie

Comments from the Coaches:

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

Last weeks opener was tough for Bears. The squad have responded well in training and looked closely at areas we need to improve to become more competitive within the Super Series competition.

It is down to same group of players for round 2 although, we do have a few players returning from injury and annual leave to bolster the group.

All players in the match day squad have had Super Series experience now and it will be a chance for the group to settle in, express themselves and play rugby as we aim to do. Round 2 affords further opportunities for the group to put into practice the learnings and to find ways into the game and in turn challenge the opostion. We were disappointed with our showing last week as we never got out of the blocks. This week needs to see a reaction for the Bears and how we look at ways to build our game and take more control of our performance stressing the opposition and applying more pressre than we were able to last week.

The Future XV had a very close encounter with Southern Knights last week, so we know this will be a tough game for the Bears, but we are looking forward to welcoming the new young exciting squad to Meggetland for their first visit of the season.

Scott Lawson (FOSROC Future XV) said:

Although disappointed not to win, the many learning points we took from last week’s performance will stand us in good stead as we look to further improve this week. We will continue to look to play to our strengths while thriving to create a platform that allows our players to play a high tempo, energtic style of rugby.

Our main focus this week has been to increase our accuracy that will allow us to convert more of the opportunites we are creating.

Graham Shiel and Boroughmuir Bears are one of, if not the best club at giving young talent opportunity within the Super Series competition. The model and values they adopt closely aligns with the FOSROC Future XV and as a result I’m sure we will get a huge entertaing match on Saturday afternoon.

Team Selections

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