FOSROC Super Series Sprint 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 6

FOSROC Super Series Sprint 2023 Guide to the Game | Round 6

This weekend sees the final round of the Sprint before the playoffs next week. The stakes are high as there are multiple teams in contention for the coveted 1 v 2 spots in the playoffs. Here is our guide to the games for this weekend spicy round of fixtures.

Friday 19 May: Ayrshire Bulls v Watsonians

With both teams sitting at the top the table with 18-points a piece – who will take home the win? Ayrshire Bulls welcome Watsonians to Millbrae on Friday evening for the first of the nail-biting Round 6 fixtures, kick-off 7.35pm.

How to watch

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

This game will then be available to watch as-live on BBC Alba at 10pm.

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 –

Be There

Secure your spot to watch this top table clash in person at Millbrae. Get your tickets HERE.

Match Officials

Ref: Jonny Perriam
AR 1: Michael Todd
AR 2: Alistair Watt

Comments from the Coaches:

Pat McArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

“It doesn’t come much bigger than this. With this effectively a semi-final and Watsonians on a good run of form, our players know exactly what is required from them.

“We have trained well, focusing on closing out the opportunities we create. The players are looking forward to the challenge especially in front of a vocal Millbrae support.

“Only one changes in the starting line up with Bobby Beattie coming into centre and Jamie Shedden moving to the wing in place of Thomas Glendinning who is unavailable this weekend. William Farquhar and Archie Smeaton have recovered from injury and come onto the bench with Brad Roderick- Evens looking to make his Bulls debt.”

Stevie Scott (Watsonians) said:

“It is all to play for this weekend as we head down to Ayr to take on a good side. Both teams will be ready to fight out for the top spot and home playoff spot. Everything is on the line this week for both teams.

“A few changes again this week sees Campbell Wilson coming in for Karl Main. Karl worked so hard to get back to fitness after his hamstring injury and made a big impact last week but unfortunately, he has picked up a knee injury. We also have a change at 9 with Murray Scott coming in as Murdo stands down with a concussion. Also, in the backs Ben Riley starts with Lewis Berg coming onto the bench. Heading to Ayr this weekend, we will need a full effort from the 23 on Friday night.”

Team Selections


Saturday 20 May: Heriot’s Rugby v Stirling Wolves

The Wolves travel to Goldenacre this Saturday to play Heriot’s as both teams battle it out to see if they can secure enough points to be in for a chance for one of 1 v 2 spots in next week’s playoffs, 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: Jonny Perriam
AR 1: Finlay Browne
AR 2: David Young

Comments from the Coaches:

Ben Cairns  (Heriot’s Rugby) said:

“Four teams in the running for the top two spots, with the top two playing each other on Friday night. You probably couldn’t have planned it to be any better set up for a mouth-watering weekend of Super Series rugby.

“Stirling Wolves and ourselves will know exactly what we require beforehand, which I am sure will only add to the excitement on the day. Stirling has been in good form throughout the Sprint showing real cohesion and consistency. They’ve made some really good signings and have a group who on their day can beat anyone in the league.

“Both sides play a similar brand of rugby so it’s likely going to come down to who can execute better on the day. Tomorrow’s match is the best chance the club has ever had to make a Super6/Super Series final. A large part of this is down to the match being at home. We hope to have a good crowd spurring us on with fun for all the family planned and we are ready to do whatever it takes to get the desired outcome.”

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said:

“Goldenacre is always a difficult place to visit, and we expect a huge challenge from a much improved Heriot’s side who have only lost once this season to Edinburgh A.

“They have a strong forward pack with an excellent maul and some of their open play phase play scores have been well crafted. We will need to be at our best in all areas of the game if we are to come away with the result we need to give us a chance of reaching the final two.

“Both teams want to play and I expect another exciting match in the Super Series Sprint which has already thrown up so many excellent high scoring fixtures.”

Team Selections

Saturday 20 May: Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears 

Round 6 of the FOSROC Super Series Sprint concludes with Southern Knights welcoming Boroughmuir Bears to the Greenyards, kick-off 5pm.

How to watch

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

Be There

Come to cheer on your team this weekend at the Greenyards. Get your tickets online HERE.

Match Officials

Ref: Michael Todd
AR 1: Ross Mabon
AR 2: David Changleng

Comments from the Coaches:

Alan Tait (Southern Knights) said:

“The Boroughmuir Bears are a bit like us in that they have a lot of youngsters and U20’s players in the mix. Physically I think we match each other, and it is about attitude now at the end of this Sprint and we will play them next week in the play offs.

“We are really looking forward to playing the Bears and hopefully we can get a few points on the board. We have struggled a little in our attack and getting the four tries that we keep talking about. We want to go out and express ourselves and hopefully get the victory.”

Graham Sheil  (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“There was feeling of being pleased with our performance last week, but, at the same time frustrated that we had to come from behind to take points from the game which were deserved and were hard earned, but giving teams a head start is never a great tactic to adopt.

“Training this week has been business as usual. Compliments to the players for their willingness and hunger to seek ways to improve every week whilst in competition, especially when results are not going our way. But improvement is high on the agenda and with only 2 games to go for this group, it is important to try and fulfil their potential before we break.

“A journey down to the Borders and a visit to ‘The Greenyards’ lies ahead as our challenge this week. Consistency for the Bears is important and with that the challenges lie within the group and finding ways to make improvements is key to our DNA if we want to progress. Starting well is a key focus for us this week, so it is important to arrive in Melrose focused and ready to receive the challenge Southern Knights lay in front of us.

“Like ourselves, Southern Knights have had a tough Sprint season and have played some good rugby, but clearly not got results. It will be a tough game with both sides looking to get their season onto the tracks and whilst only bragging rights at stake, it is a fixture both teams will be desperate to win.”

Team Selections

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