FOSROC Super Series Sprint 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 5

FOSROC Super Series Sprint 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 5

After a bye week the FOSROC Super Series Sprint continues this weekend with Round 5. Here is our guide to the games for this weekend.

Friday 12 May: Boroughmuir Bears v Watsonians

Boroughmuir Bears welcome Watsonians to Meggetland on Friday evening for the first of the Round 5 fixtures, live on BBC Alba, kick-off 7.35pm.

How to watch

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 Meggetland. Get your tickets HERE.

Match Officials

Ref: Ruairidh Campbell
AR 1: Michael Todd
AR 2: Bob Nevins

Comments from the Coaches:

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“Last week, a chance to recharge and refresh was appreciated by all. We are proud of the improvements we made in Round 3, frustrated by the outcome of Round 4.

“The challenges only get bigger as we now turn our attention to our closest neighbours Watsonians. No surprise, that they are a very complete outfit, Watsonians have quality and depth throughout their squad and continue to perform consistently in all games. Our previous encounters against Watsonians have been very tough and we know that the level of physicality that they bring demands respect.

“For the Bears, the challenges lie within the group and regardless of our opposition, our aim at the Bears remains consistent – to make improvements in our performance, enabling us to become more competitive at this level. We are working hard to find ways to build momentum. The last 2 rounds have allowed us to progress, so achieving consistency in performances week in week out is our next focus to reach the benchmark for the standards that we need to maintain to be a competitive unit in this competition.”

Stevie Scott (Watsonians) said:

“After a week’s break, this has allowed us to get a few players back from injury. With these injuries it has allowed other players to get game time in which they have performed well, which shows the depth of the squad we have. This week we are bringing back two experienced players to the pack in Harrison Courtney and Karl Main will add power to our game. 

“Away at Meggetland on a Friday Night will be another tough challenge for the boys. With this being our third away game on the trot, the players know the focus that is required to win away from home after a good result last time out against Stirling Wolves.

“The Bears will be looking to bounce back from their game with Heriot’s and produce a performance like they did against Ayrshire Bulls.”

Team Selections

Saturday 13 May: Stirling Wolves v Southern Knights

Southern Knights travel to Bridgehaugh on Saturday looking to get their first win of the Sprint against hosts Stirling Wolves, 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 Bridgehaugh this weekend. Get your tickets for this match HERE

Match Officials

Ref: Jonny Perriam
AR 1: Michael Todd
AR 2: Rob McDowell

Comments from the Coaches:

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said:

“We welcome Southern Knights who are coached by Alan Tait the ex-Scotland and British Lions player who as you would expect is developing a committed and hard-working young squad who are improving with every outing in the Super Series.

“They will arrive at Bridgehaugh full of ambition to play and it will need a full 80-minute performance from our Wolves team if we are to come away with the result we need. With only two games left in the regular season there is no room for error if we are to maximise our play-off chances.” 

Alan Tait  (Southern Knights) said:

“Stirling Wolves have turned the corner and are one of the forms teams in the Sprint. They have a couple of good old heads in the backs, Jackson & Holden who hold them together. In the pack we will need to match them physically. Hiddleston & Gordon are excellent ball stealers and a couple of lumpy young second rows who will put themselves about.

“It’s the physicality that we need to match against the Wolves, but we went there last year and got a great result. We had a different group of players, but we are really looking forward to going up there and playing on the grass and giving them a game.”

Team Selections


Saturday 13 May: Ayrshire Bulls v Heriot’s Rugby

Round 5 of the FOSROC Super Series Sprint concludes with Ayrshire Bulls hosting Heriot’s Rugby at Millbrae, 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, come to Millbrae to cheer for your team. Find tickets online HERE.

Match Officials

Ref: David Sutherland
AR 1: Ross Mabon
AR 2: Ciaran Stark

Comments from the Coaches:

Pat MacArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

“After a few weeks on the road, it’s good to be back at Millbrae in front of our home crowd.

“The players showed renewed energy at training this week after a well-deserved week off and are eager to get stuck into what will be two big games to close of the Sprint Series.

“Heriot’s is a team that likes to throw the ball about especially in broken play, we’ll need to be accurate in our defence. They also have a well drilled maul which takes some stopping so discipline will be key.”

Ben Cairns  (Heriot’s Rugby) said:

“There is no greater test in Super Series rugby than trying to pick up a result at Millbrae. The Bulls are a formidable side, especially at home, and we know no less than a performance close to our best will be enough to win.

“However, we will go there with confidence having gone unbeaten through the last three rounds. We have put ourselves in a position to compete for the top spot and have come back from the break week raring to go and ready to give the challenge on Saturday a proper crack.”

Team Selections

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