FOSROC Super Series Sprint | Review of Round 4
The FOSROC Super Series Sprint continued this weekend with Round 4. Here's how each game went.
FRIDAY 28 APRIL: STIRLING WOLVES V WATSONIANS
Watsonians were the first winners of the round as they grabbed five points with a 38-29 win against Stirling Wolves, who themselves picked up a try bonus point at Bridgehaugh.
Stirling Wolves started with the ball and spent the first two minutes building, but a loose pass was hacked on by Ross McKnight in midfield, and within seconds the Watsonians winger was under the sticks.
The Wolves were finding joy at the driving maul, and used it to hit back. After a first maul gained them a penalty, a second shove after 12 minutes on the left side of the pitch reaped a greater reward as Gregor Hiddleston got over the line and levelled the scores.
Just 12 seconds later though, Watsonians regained the lead. Stirling tried to play from deep but Angus Guthrie intercepted a pass and was in.
And Watsonians would be presented another intercept try in the 20th minute. This time it was Lee Millar who plucked the ball from the Stirling sky, and showed his pace to make it to the line under pressure.
It was Marcus Holden’s pass that was intercepted, but he made up for it with a try in reply in the 22nd minute. James Pow made the initial break on the right, and found Holden on the wing who made it into the corner.
The scoring was unrelenting, and in the 25th minute George Pringle found a gap in midfield on the 22, and he offloaded to Lewis Berg who just got to the line under the posts.
Stirling Wolves retaliated once more, and again it Marcus Holden in the right hand corner. This time it came off the back of several phases in the red zone from the home side, and after Craig Jackson went close it was Holden who used his strength to wrestle over the line.
HALF-TIME: Stirling Wolves 17 – 31 Watsonians
Lewis Berg received a yellow card in the opening minutes of the second half for an intentional offside.
And in the 53rd minute, just as the first sin bin period was ending, Lee Millar was shown yellow for an intentional knock on, reducing Watsonians to 14 players for a further 10 minutes.
Stirling took advantage and found a bonus point score in the 59th minute. Glenn Bryce kicked through from around 25 metres out, and after a try line scramble it was Bryce himself who gathered it and scored.
Their fifth try came just two minutes later. Marcus Holden’s slick offload on the right found Stevie Hamilton, who in turn found Craig Jardine inside him to score.
A sizeable Bridgehaugh crowd was treated to a third try in four minutes. George Pringle’s inside line found him a gap on the 22, and he raced in under the posts.
That tenth try of the game was to be the last, as Watsonians took the win.
FULL-TIME: Stirling Wolves 29 – 38 Watsonians
Referee: Ian Kenny
FOSROC Player of the Match: Neil Irvine-Hess (Watsonians)
Stirling Wolves: Gregor Hiddleston, Marcus Holden (2), Glenn Bryce, Craig Jardine
Watsonians: Ross McKnight, Angus Guthrie, Lee Millar, Lewis Berg, George Pringle
Stirling Wolves: Marcus Holden (2)
Watsonians: Lee Millar (5)
Watsonians: Lee Millar
Watsonians: Lewis Berg, Lee Millar
SATURDAY 29 APRIL: BOROUGHMUIR BEARS V HERIOT’S RUGBY
A handling mistake from the Bears allowed Heriot’s to quickly open up the afternoon’s scoring. The ball was passed out to Matt Davidson on the wing who nicely dotted it down in the corner. Bruce Houston got the extras.
A quick take from Cam Jones when Heriot’s were awarded a penalty allowed him to sprint up the field and neatly offload to wing Mikey Gray who put his foot on the gas and dived over the whitewash. Kick was good from Bruce Houston, bringing the visitors up another seven points.
There was no stopping the Heriot’s attack when Charlie Jupp rampaged his way past the Bears defence and stretch over the line, adding the visitor’s third try of the afternoon. Bruce Houston once again added the conversion.
The Bears got their first try of the day thanks to a perfectly timed one-handed take from Scott Robeson who dived over the line. Andy McLean’s kick was good.
HALF-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 7 – 21 Heriot’s Rugby
The Bears managed to drive a rumbling maul up the field and a pass out to Mason Cullen who dotted down the hosts’ second try of the afternoon. Conversion was missed.
The visitors extended their lead with a powerful driving maul, piling captain Iain Wilson over the whitewash. Bruce Houston continued his kicking streak.
After a series of penalties conceded by Heriot’s close to their line, the Bears finally pushed their replacement hooker Arthur Allen in a driving maul over the line. Tom Quinlan made the conversion, finalising the scoring for the afternoon.
FULL-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 19 – 28 Heriot’s Rugby
Referee: Ross Mabon
FOSROC Player of the Match: Cam Jones (Heriot’s Rugby)
Boroughmuir Bears: Scott Robeson, Mason Cullen, Arthur Allen
Heriot’s Rugby: Matt Davidson, Mikey Gray, Charlie Jupp, Iain Wilson
Boroughmuir Bears: Andy McLean, Tom Quinlan
Heriot’s Rugby: Bruce Houston (4)
SATURDAY 29 APRIL: SOUTHERN KNIGHTS V AYRSHIRE BULLS
A penalty conceded by Ayrshire Bulls gave the first chance for any points to be added to the board. Southern Knights’ Callum Grieve made a fantastic kick that slotted between the sticks from 45 meters out, giving the hosts a three-point advantage.
A perfectly timed offload from Frazier Climo to Eli Caven allowed the Bulls’ full back to make a solo sprint from the halfway line and over the whitewash. Conversion was wide.
Shortly after, yet another nifty offload from Frazier Climo to Jamie Shedden let the centre to add another five points to the visitors’ scoreboard. Eli Caven added the extras.
The Bulls added their third try of the evening by charging their hooker Grant Stewart over the line from the back of a maul. Eli Caven adds the extra couple of points.
Right before the half time whistle, Southern Knights had their hand at a driving maul and the perfectly timed efforts from the attack allowed Ben McLean to dot down the ball for the hosts’ first try. Callum Grieve got the extras.
HALF-TIME: Southern Knights 10 – 19 Ayrshire Bulls
A penalty try was awarded to Ayrshire Bulls after their opposition illegally collapsed what would have been perfectly executed maul try. Dan Gamble was shown the yellow for this infringement.
The Bulls added yet another five points to their scoreboard thanks to Rory Jackson who squeezed the ball into the corner before he was pulled in touch. Conversion was missed.
In the blink of an eye, the Bulls added yet another try as captain Blair MacPherson neatly fed the ball to Luca Bardelli who picked up the pace and sprinted over the whitewash. Christian Townsend added the extras.
Ayrshire Bulls’ Ed Bloodworth and Southern Knights’ Russell Anderson were both sent to the sin-bin after a messy brawl in the middle of the pitch away from play.
The Knights managed to drive yet another maul over the whitewash and Rudi Brown added their second try of the evening. Callum Grieve added the extras.
Ayrshire Bulls responded again almost immediately, and this time captain Blair Macpherson gathered the ball and bombarded past the Knights defence to secure their seventh try under the sticks. Christian Townsend once again added the extras.
A relentless Clark Skeldon was determined to add a final few points to the hosts scoreboard and he managed to bulldoze past the Bulls defence to crash down between the posts. A drop kick conversion from Callum Grieve was successful, closing the scoring for the evening.
FULL-TIME: Southern Knights 24 – 45 Ayrshire Bulls
Referee: Samuel O’Neil
FOSROC Player of the Match: Blair Macpherson (Ayrshire Bulls)
Southern Knights: Ben McLean, Rudi Brown, Clark Skeldon
Ayrshire Bulls: Eli Caven, Jamie Shedden, Grant Stewart, PEN TRY, Rory Jackson, Luca Bardelli, Blair Macpherson
Southern Knights: Callum Grieve (3)
Ayrshire Bulls: Eli Caven (2), Christian Townsend (2)
Southern Knights: Callum Grieve
Southern Knights: Dan Gamble, Russell Anderson
Ayrshire Bulls: Ed Bloodworth