FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 8

FOSROC Super Series Championship 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 8

Following the stand-by week the FOSROC Super Series Championship continues this weekend with Round 8 - here is our guide to the games for this weekend.

Friday 22 September: Watsonians v Ayrshire Bulls

Kicking off the second half of the FOSROC Super Series Championship Ayrshire Bulls travel to Myreside to face current Champions Watsonians, kick-off 7.35pm.

How to watch

This game will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

BBC Alba is available on: Freeview / You View 7 (Scotland only), Freesat 109 (UK), Sky 117 (Scotland), Sky 169 (rest of UK), Sky Glass 121 (Scotland), Sky Glass 172 (Rest of UK), Virgin Media 120 (Scotland), Virgin Media 161 (rest of UK)

It is also available online on the BBC Alba iPlayer – and BBC Alba YouTube –

For those who live outside of the UK and Ireland, you can watch this game live on the Scottish Rugby website.

Be There

Secure your spot to see the game in person at Myreside this weekend. Get your tickets here.

Match Officials

Ref: Ian Kenny
AR 1: Jonny Perriam
AR 2: Rob McDowell

Comments from the Coaches:

Nikki Walker (Watsonians) said:

“Ayrshire Bulls is always a fixture we look forward to as a group. They are a very well coached, physical and confrontational outfit that we will need to match upfront and on the gain line to get anything out of the match.

“Generally, we see the return of quite a settled squad with Gregor Scougall getting a deserved opportunity in a starting jersey. Also, it is very positive to see the return of Lee Miller to the bench. Lee will add his experience and ultra-competitive nature to the squad.”

Pat McArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

“We are really looking forward to getting back to playing this week after a couple of weeks off for the boys after a busy start to the season. Up front we have been able to name a fairly settled pack and as always, a very strong bench to add impact. It’s been a tough selection with nearly all players available so the competition in training has been great.

“Watsonians are a team we know well. They are the only team to beat us this year and we will be looking to rectify that on Friday night. Myreside is a difficult place to go and play so we will need to be prepared for a physical battle and match their power up front.”

Team Selections

Saturday 23 September: Heriot’s Rugby v Boroughmuir Bears

The first of our Saturday double headers takes place at Goldenacre as Boroughmuir Bears take on Heriot’s Rugby, kick-off 3pm.

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 for Goldenacre this weekend – get your tickets here.

Match Officials

Ref: David Sutherland
AR 1: David Young
AR 2: Bob Nevins

Comments from the Coaches:

Ben Cairns (Heriot’s Rugby) said:

“We were disappointed with our 2nd half performance versus Knights in our last match. Having started well we allowed them back into the game and then found ourselves in a big hole going into the last period of the match. However, it was very pleasing to see us find a way to win in the end. We’ve identified the reasons we relinquished control and will look to manage the game better on Saturday.

“The Bears will come to Goldenacre knowing they need a result to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. They are a really cohesive group and will scrap for everything, so our performance levels will have to be right up there if we are to keep our good run of form going.”

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“Heriot’s are performing very well in this Championship and were comfortable winners in our Round 1 fixture at Meggetland, so we are aiming for an improvement from that performance and result! Goldenacre is a great surface and venue, but also tough to visit, so we know that we must be focused and committed to the challenge to compete.

“Bears have always struggled with Heriot’s throughout the Super Series program. They have a strong forward pack and attacking ability throughout the squad which makes them a difficult team to play. Finding ways into the game and ways to stay in the game are important steps for the Bears to develop against Heriot’s and more generally in the competition throughout the second round of games as we look to become more competitive within the Super Series Championship.”

Team Selections


Saturday 23 September: Southern Knights v FOSROC Future XV

Southern Knights welcome the FOSROC Future XV to the Greenyards for the second time in the Championship on Saturday, kick-off 5pm.

How to watch

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

Be There

Don’t miss out on being at the Greenyards in person this weekend – get your tickets here.

Match Officials

Ref: Mike Adamson
AR 1: David Changleng
AR 2: Alistair Watt

Comments from the Coaches:

Alan Tait (Southern Knights) said:

“We’ve had some really honest conversations this week as a group and a coaching team and we know from the last block of matches and the performances we’ve put in, what we are capable of.

“Our attacking points average shows that but we need to balance that out with the tries we are conceding and the manner we are letting teams back into games.

“We are really excited about welcoming the FOSROC Future XV on Saturday. We know the quality through their squad and have seen the type of rugby they like to play – exciting and fast paced. It’s been fantastic to see them in this competition and know how hard it will be for the win as they’ll be fighting hard for their first win of the Championship.”

Scott Forrest (FOSROC Future XV) said:

“We all agreed after the Watsonians game that we are starting to develop our own identity as a team and that is what we will look to build on this Saturday against a Knights team who have shown some very impressive performances over the past few rounds.

“We know the Knights want to play an exciting brand of rugby and when these 2 teams met in Round 1 it produced some outstanding attacking rugby, something we hope will be on show again this Saturday.”

Team Selections

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