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

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

The FOSROC Super Series Sprint continues this weekend with Round 2, here is our guide to the games for this weekend.

Friday 14 April: Watsonians Rugby v Edinburgh Rugby A

Round 2 kicks off with Watsonians hosting Edinburgh Rugby A at Myreside, live on BBC Alba (kick-off 7.35pm).

How to watch

This Friday game will be broadcasted 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 these games live on the Scottish Rugby website.

Be There

Secure your spot to watch the game in person at Myreside. Get your tickets HERE.

Match Officials

Ref: Finlay Brown
AR 1: Ciaran Stark
AR 2: Bob Nevins

Comments from the Coaches:

Stevie Scott (Watsonians) said:

“Edinburgh coming to Myreside on a Friday night has good feel to it. They got off to good start last week and will be looking to put another good performance together. It’s a great opportunity for our boys to front up against full time players and I know everyone at the club is looking forward to it. Its going to be a physical game.

“We have picked a similar pack, to give the players the opportunity to build on the improvements we made last week. In the back line we see some changes with Murray Scott coming in along with Angus Guthrie, who has moved from the wing to the centre, allowing Scott King to come in on the wing. It’s great to see Scott getting his first start after being on the sidelines most of last season.

“The bench has got a good youthful feel to it with the first involvement for Craig Davidson & Finn Thomson. All these young players will be looking to make an impact in the FOSROC Super Series Sprint.”

Rob Chrystie (Edinburgh Rugby A) said:

“It’s a really good test for our guys to play against the reigning champions of the Super Series. Watsonians bring a lot of physicality whenever they play, so it’s an exciting opportunity for our younger guys to come up against that challenge.

“Last week’s match at Heriot’s was a great occasion for the club, and we’re looking forward to the same again at Myreside tomorrow.

“We’ve been able to maintain a level of consistency from last week’s selection, with a few changes to the starting line-up. Patrick Harrison and Bruce Houston both scored from the bench last week, and will be given a chance to start against Watsonians”

Team Selections

Friday 14 April: Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling Wolves

The second Friday night fixture will see Stirling Wolves travel to Millbrae to take on Ayrshire Bulls, 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 the Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling Wolves clash, get your tickets HERE.

Match Officials

Ref – Michael Todd
AR 1 – Neil Muir
AR 2 – Stephen Ward

Comments from the Coaches:

Pat MacArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

A lot of positives were taken from last weekends game against Glasgow Warriors ‘A’, most notably the impact of the bench players.

“Stirling Wolves seem to have recruited well and showed a well structured game plan against Boroughmuir Bears. With a strong maul and direct game plan between the 15s and with Stirling looking to play a fast offloading game in the wide channels, they pose a threat if we allow them to dictate the game.

“I have challenged my boys to back up the intensity shown against Glasgow and with a few tweaks to our game plan it should be an entertaining game with hopefully another big crowd at Millbrae.”

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said:

“We were pleased with the win at home last week delivering a good second half performance scoring three good tries and controlling the territory with a strong defensive effort.

“We are in no doubt about the challenge facing us this Friday against Ayrshire Bulls at Millbrae. For me it’s the toughest away trip in the competition and if you want to come away with points you need to be at your best. Bulls are a well coached physical side who have already shown themselves to be one of the teams to beat after their excellent win against Glasgow Warriors A. We need to raise our level of performance again if we are to come away with a positive result.”

Team Selections

Saturday 15 April: Heriot’s Rugby v Southern Knights

Another day of double-headers gets underway with Southern Knights traveling to Goldenacre to have their first meeting with Heriot’s Rugby,  kick-off 3pm.

How to watch

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

Be There

Don’t miss out on the action at Goldenacre this weekend. Get your tickets for this match HERE

Match Officials

Ref – Ross Mabon
AR 1 – David Young
AR 2 – David Changleng

Comments from the Coaches:

Ben Cairns (Heriot’s Rugby) said:

“We have learned a huge amount from last weekend’s match against a very good Edinburgh ‘A’ side and look forward to putting some of those learnings into practice this weekend.

“Southern Knights started their match well versus Watsonians last weekend but will be disappointed with their 2nd half showing. Both teams will be desperate to pick up their first win of the season.

“We’ve spoken a lot this week about our execution, particularly at the start of the match to build momentum so hopefully we can put some of that into practice on Saturday.”

Alan Tait (Southern Knights) said:

“We’ve had another really good week of training and have had a good reaction from the players following last week’s game against Watsonians. We’ve got to give them a lot of credit from their first half performance, and we’ve spoken about what’s needed as a correction which we will take into the game against Heriot’s.

“The boys are coming together really positively and that’s all we can ask of the squad. We have a lot of young players who are getting their first crack at Super Series so we’re excited to see how they get on.”

Team Selections

Saturday 15 April: Boroughmuir Bears v Glasgow Warriors A

Round 2 of the FOSROC Super Series Sprint is completed by Boroughmuir Bears welcoming Glasgow Warriors A side to Meggetland, kick-off 5pm.

How to watch

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

Be There

Get along to Meggetland to support your team. Find tickets online HERE.

Match Officials

Ref: Ian Kenny
AR 1: Calum Worsley
AR 2: Chelsea Gillespie

Comments from the Coaches:

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“Last week’s performance was disappointing for the Bears against a good Wolves team. Whilst we would have wished to have played better, the reality was we never really got going and were unable to put Wolves under any sustained pressure.

“Every week gets tougher in this competition and this week’s fixture versus Glasgow Warriors ‘A’ will pose a different but exciting challenge for the Bears. This opportunity does not afford itself often, so to have the chance to play against a professional outfit is a great chance for the Bears players to measure themselves and provides a chance to promote themselves individually and collectively.

“For Bears, this week is about making improvements in our performance, becoming more competitive against a professional outfit and we want to see progression from last week. Against this calibre of opposition, we need to be more focused in all that we do and find ways to apply pressure on our opposition for longer periods of the game, whilst at the same time stepping up our defensive efforts to stop the threats Warriors possess.”

Pete Horne (Glasgow Warriors A) said:

“We were pleased with elements of our game last week but ultimately did not make the most of the opportunities we created. We were then really disappointed with our second half. We struggled to look after the ball and really impose ourselves the way we wanted. There has been a great reaction in training and I am really excited to see the response from the players this weekend.

“The team remains almost unchanged from last week which is good for us as it means the players can really get stuck into playing with one another.

“We again have a good blend of experience and youth in the squad, and we are looking forward to watching the players represent the club this weekend at Meggetland.”

Team Selections


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