FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 7

FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 7

This weekend sees Round 7 of the FOSROC Super Series Championship get underway - here is our guide to the games for this weekend.

Friday 8 September: Stirling Wolves v Boroughmuir Bears

Kicking off our Round 7 weekend Boroughmuir Bears return from their bye week in Round 6 to travel to Bridgehaugh to face Stirling Wolves, 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: David Sutherland
AR 1: Calum Worsley
AR 2: David Young

Comments from the Coaches:

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said:

“We welcome Boroughmuir Bears to Bridgehaugh this week for what is always a really closely fought contest. The Bears have a talented group of young players, who Graham Shiel has managed to mould into an effective, very hard-working unit. The all-round ability in their group makes them a difficult opponent to play against and we are very much aware of the variety of threats that they pose.

“As a group we are reflecting on an unusually inaccurate performance last week at Southern Knights, and I expect a positive reaction this week in front of a noisy home crowd at Bridgehaugh.”

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“A bye week last week was welcomed as we replenished the squad and gave players a breather from the competition. With this being the last game of of the first half of the Championship, it is important that we find a performance that we can look towards in the second round of games to build from.

“We are on the road this week, to Bridgehaugh to play Stirling Wolves, who have had a very successful 2023. Bridgehaugh has been a venue that has always proven a challenge for the Bears and with a side that will be looking to redirect their frustration with their result at the Greenyards makes this visit even tougher.

“We know that Stirling have a very solid set piece and an attack to match which has made them a very threatening outfit. They have influential players who can break games open, so we must find ways to impose ourselves on Stirling to build pressure and take our opportunities when they are afforded. Staying in the game for longer periods also remains a focus as we look to become more competitive within the Super Series competition.”

Team Selections

Saturday 9 September: Watsonians v FOSROC Future XV

The first of our Saturday double headers takes place at the Myreside as the FOSROC Future XV  travel to meet Watsonians for the first time, kick-off 3pm.

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

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Match Officials

Ref: Ian Kenny
AR 1: Rob McDowell
AR 2: David Changleng

Comments from the Coaches:

Nikki Walker (Watsonians) said:

“We were all extremely disappointed with the completely unacceptable performance and score last week against Edinburgh rivals Heriot’s. However, everything that went wrong and could have gone wrong has been analysed, discussed and worked on this week and the players reaction to this honesty and hard work has been excellent.

“This bump in our Super Series road will not determine our season and we quickly move on and focus on to our next challenge that are an exciting, young and energetic FOSROC Future XV team.

“The Futures progress and performances have enhanced week on week and we are fully aware of the danger they will pose particularly with ball in hand. With a lot of demons to remedy from last week I expect an immediate reaction from both teams meaning for an exciting and physical contest.”

Scott Lawson (FOSROC Future XV) said:

“Another tough test awaits us this weekend against a Watsonians team who have quality across their team. We know they pose a physical challenge up front which will be another test for this young forward pack and have a backline that will be dangerous if allowed to play on the front foot.

“We had a lot of positives in defence last week against a strong Bulls team and we will need to build on these on Saturday. We were disappointed with elements of our attack against the Bulls and know that we need to be more confident and brave with our decision making.”

Team Selections

Saturday 9 September: Heriot’s Rugby v Southern Knights

Concluding Round 7 before we enter our stand-bye week Southern Knights travel to Goldenacre to meet Heriot’s. Both teams will want to have back-to-back wins this weekend before the break, kick-off 5pm.

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

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Match Officials

Ref: Ruairidh Campbell
AR 1: John Smith
AR 2: Bob Nevins

Comments from the Coaches:

Ben Cairns (Heriot’s Rugby) said:

“Last Friday could not have gone much better for us and is a point we have stressed with the players this week – not all the factors that went our way were in our control and it’s important we understand that as we go into a brand-new week and a brand-new set of circumstances.

“Our expectations need to be based on the areas we can control so the focus this week has been about replicating the same energy and general performance levels we produced.

“The Knights have gone under the radar a bit but have been producing better performances every week and that came to fruition for them on Saturday versus Wolves. They have a strong set-piece and a 10 who gets them playing in the right areas. They will have gained great confidence from beating one of the form teams in the league last time out and we know we will face a heavily motivated side on Saturday evening.”

Alan Tait (Southern Knights) said:

“The win has given us a huge boost and put a few smiles on the faces of the players and supporters. Each game is extremely tough in this competition and Heriot’s last result showed how dangerous they are and how we will need to be competitive for 80mins and work hard for the result as it won’t come easy.

“The team is moving in the right direction, and we’ve asked for another big performance from the group. We’ve challenged ourselves this week and asked a few questions about certain areas of our game, so we are looking forward to seeing the response from the group and how we perform following last week’s win.”

Team Selections

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