FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 3

FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 3

The 2023 FOSROC Super Series Championship continues this weekend with Round 3 - here is our guide to the games for this weekend.

Friday 11 August: Watsonians v Boroughmuir Bears

Round 3 kicks off with a Capital clash as Boroughmuir Bears make the journey to Myreside to face up against neighbours Watsonians, kick-off 7.35pm.

How to watch

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

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Match Officials

Ref: Jonny Perriam
AR 1: David Young
AR 2: David Changleng

Comments from the Coaches:

Nicki Walker (Watsonians) said:

“The squad is now closer to its full complement, so training has been very good this week and we look forward to introducing more players to the 2023 Super Series Championship.

“Boroughmuir Bears put on a much improved performance last week against the FOSROC Future XV so we are fully aware of the physical challenge that is coming our way. We have been reasonably happy with our own performances during Week 1 and 2 but fully understand we still have a very long way to go to reach our full potential. We have made some fix ups this week in order to improve our performance level going into a fallow week.”

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“A much-improved performance last week in Round 2 than we had in Round 1. Although we are still some way off from where we would like to be at this stage in the competition, it was pleasing to be able to make some steps in the right direction. We know, however, that we need to make further improvements to be more competitive and challenge for a Top 4 spot.

“Last week there were some great examples of what we are looking to achieve, but at the same time our performance was punctuated with inaccuracy, which compromised the outcome. The group are working hard to find ways to become more consistent in the standards they reach and in turn find ways to be more competitive versus all of the teams in Super Series on a week-by-week basis.

“Watsonians are competition leaders and strong challengers as always. They have a very powerful squad and a game plan to match. They have been impressive in the first two rounds, so this week will be a huge test for the Bears, but as always provides an opportunity to mix it with the best and provide further feedback on where we are as a group and what we need to do moving forward in our Championship campaign.”

Team Selections

Saturday 12 August: Southern Knights v Ayrshire Bulls

The first of our Saturday double headers takes place at the Greenyards as Southern Knights welcome Ayrshire Bulls, kick-off 3m.

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

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Match Officials

Ref: David Sutherland
AR 1: Calum Worsley
AR 2: Ben Nevins

Comments from the Coaches:

Alan Tait (Southern Knights) said:

“We are building performances throughout the weeks and the coaching group has been really pleased with the players reaction following Fridays defeat away to Watsonians.

“We’ve spoken a lot about our physicality and what we need to bring to the 1v1 battles. I know the players are looking forward to the physicality the Bulls will bring in the forwards and set piece and am confident we will match it.

“We are building a style of rugby that’s suites us and our playing group and some of the tries we’ve scored so far, and the build-up play has been fantastic. We’ve got a very exciting group and playing at home will give us confidence to build on our previous week’s performances.”

Pat McArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

“Historically the Greenyards has always been a tough place to go. We showed good improvement last week and look to build on the hard-fought win.

“We know the Knights are also a much-improved side that like to throw the ball about. With two try bonus points in two games we will need to be at our best defensively. ”

Team Selections

Saturday 12 August: Heriot’s Rugby v Stirling Wolves

Fresh off their bye week Heriot’s Rugby welcome Stirling Wolves to Goldenacre for the final Saturday fixture of Round 3, kick-off 5pm.

How to watch

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

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Match Officials

Ref: Ruairidh Campbell
AR 1: Michael Todd
AR 2: Ciaran Stark

Comments from the Coaches:

Ben Cairns (Heriot’s Rugby) said:

“We were delighted with the start we made in Round 1 of the competition and would have loved to continue that momentum into Round 2 however an early bye week has given us the chance to get a few extra bodies back and reload ahead of our first home match of the Championship.

“This week’s selection has been particularly tough with almost a full squad to pick from and an extra week to ponder things. On the whole we have stuck with the group that started our campaign with a big away win at Bears. We are hoping we can continue to build on our first performance but are mindful that Wolves will come to Goldie battle hardened after last weekend’s very tight loss to the Bulls.

“Stirling have recruited well and have a very experienced group who know how to win games of rugby. They showed some really positive signs through the Sprint Series and you can see they have continued to grow since. We know it will be a huge challenge for us if we are to get another W on the board.”

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said:

“Heriots at Goldenacre is a difficult task. They have had a good start to the championship following on from their much-improved Sprint Season. Defensively they are much improved, and we will have to be at our best to break them down.

“As it was our first outing, I was pleased with our performance against the Bulls last week in a game that could have gone either way. Our physicality was good and we scored some excellent tries. Super Series Rugby is relentless and everyone in the squad is looking forward to another exciting challenge.”

Team Selections

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