FOSROC Super6 Championship Guide to the Game | Round 2

FOSROC Super6 Championship Guide to the Game | Round 2

After an action-packed first round last weekend, here’s our guide to the second round of the 2022 FOSROC Super6 Championship.

Friday 12 August: Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears

After their victory last Saturday against Stirling Wolves, Boroughmuir Bears travel down to The Greenyards to take on Southern Knights in the first game of this round (kick-off 7.45pm).

How to watch

All Friday games will be broadcasted live on free-to-watch channel FreeSports. FreeSports can be found on Sky HD channel 422, Virgin HD 553, TalkTalk 64, BT Vision channel 64, Samsung TV Plus and is also available on the FreeSports Player — For those who live outside of the UK and Ireland, you can watch these games live on the Scottish Rugby website.

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Match Officials

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

Comments from the Coaches:

Bruce Ruthven (Southern Knights) said:

“David Colvine makes his debut at full back with Billy Warra and Aidan Cross adding power and pace in the width.Paddy Anderson moves to thirteen to partner Cammy Scott in the midfield.A new half back partnership of Struan Hutchison who makes a return to the Knights as emergency Cover due to Callum Greives dislocated knee injury last week.Douglas Crawford gets the nod at scrum half ahead of McGhie to make his Knights starting debut.”

“The back row consists of Harry Borthwick who has returned after injury along with Sam Derrick & Wallace Nelson.Alan Ferrie moves up into the middle row in place of injured Ruairidh Knott who suffered a broken ankle last weekend. Stage 3 player Jamie Campbell who was one of the standout players last week has the number 4 jersey.The front row crew of Shiels, Renwick and Brace completes the starting lineup.Russell Anderson returns to the bench after injury with Ali Rogers and Corey Bowker the other front row replacements. Jordan Miller and Callum Anderson cover the back 5 forward pack replacements.Pickles, McGhie, Melville are the backs substitutions.It’s been a tough week with six injuries sustained versus Watsonians but we feel that the players coming in have trained well and are up for the challenge this week.”

“To date, our games versus the Bears have been quite open affairs with both teams scoring some great tries and having a real ambition to play, so were looking forward to Friday night.We have had our struggles this week due to further injuries to key players but were confident that if we play to our potential and are consistent in our approach over the full game that we can get a positive result.All the players are keen to get going on Friday night and prove that they can put in a performance which they can be proud off.As a management team we know what these players are capable of and believe there is a very good performance in this group of young players. “

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears) said:

“We were pleased with our performance last week – especially the second half. To get a win on the road to open the 2022 Championship was a big boost. There was much to be pleased about last week, most notably the outcome, but there is also an appreciation within the squad that we must continue to improve and there were a significant number of areas from last week to make improvements in. This week another away fixture versus Southern Knights provides a great challenge for the Bears. This week it is about becoming more accurate individually and collectively in our execution of our game and working hard to stress Southern Knights whenever possible. We know how difficult a task that can be when visiting the Borders, so a significant step up in all areas is needed this weekend.”

“Southern Knights were very competitive last week against Watsonians and had injuries not intervened, would have pushed Watsonians closer. Southern Knights will be physical and well organised and they carry threats throughout their squad, so a tough evening in Melrose tomorrow lies ahead for the Bears.”


Saturday 13 August: Watsonians v Ayrshire Bulls

Table leaders Watsonians host second on the table Ayrshire Bulls at Myreside on Saturday, kick off 2pm.

How to watch

All Saturday games will be shown live on the Scottish Rugby website, BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.

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Match Officials

Ref – Finlay Brown
AR 1 – Ruairidh Campbell
AR 2 – Grant Stephen

Comments from the Coaches:

Fergus Pringle (Watsonians) said:

“2 changes in the backs: Lee Millar replacing Jason Baggott who moves to the bench. Harry Paterson replaces Dom Coetzer who moves to the bench. Brodie Young comes onto the bench for injured Rory Brand.”

“4 changes in the forwards: Cal Davies, Gregor Scougall, Kwagga Van Niekerk and Iain Moody start. Campbell Wilson and Neil Irvine-Hess move to the bench. Cole Lamberton is injured, Kieran Watt is on the bench & Jamie Berrisford drops out.”

“It’s great to be back at Myreside for our game against Ayr. We had two really tough games against them down at Millbrae in the Sprint Series which were really close. We know the challenges Ayr will pose on Saturday, and we’ll really have to be on our game against a quality team. Our focus is on how we can keep moving forward as a group and challenging ourselves to be better in all areas of our game.”

Pat McArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said:

“Only two changes in the match day 23 with Cam Jones returning from injury and Tim Brown back after his enforced U20’s break, replacing Chris Elliot and Ewan Bulger on the bench. There is also some rotation with Aaron Tait starting on the wing for Jamie Shedden who moves to outside centre and Thomas Glendinning dropping to the bench. The full front row also swap places.”

“Watsonians away is always a big fixture in the calendar, and one the players look forward to. They are in good form winning the Sprint Series, with some big forwards and exciting backs so we will have to be ready for the challenge that lies ahead. The players have trained well this week and know the performance levels that will be required in what I am sure will be a packed ground.”


Saturday 13 August: Stirling Wolves v Heriot’s 

Will playing on home soil help Stirling Wolves secure their first win, or will Heriot’s come out on top on the road? Find out as they go head-to-head at Bridgehaugh, kick off 4.30pm.

How to watch

Watch this game live on the Scottish Rugby website, BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.

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Match Officials

Ref – Jonny Perriam
AR 1 – Ian Kenny
AR 2 – Alistair Watt

Comments from the Coaches:

Ben Cairns (Stirling Wolves) said:

“George Arnott, Ryan Southern & Finlay Callaghan are all added to the injury list after last weekend’s encounter. However, Alex Thom and Logan Trotter return to the starting side with the former making his competitive debut in the FOSROC Super6. Marcus Holden will partner Alex in the centre, while Craig Jardine moves to the wing and Euan Cunningham comes in for Callum Beckett at 10.”

“In the pack, Cameron MacMillan and Gregor Hiddleston rotate in for John McKenna and Rhodri Tanner and Callum Cruickshank replaces George Arnott.”

“On the bench, we welcome two high calibre emergency loan players to the squad. Club captain Shaun MacDonald provides back row cover and after nearly a year out of the game, after an ACL repair, we are delighted to have Craig Jackson in the squad as he completes his return. With clubs into their pre-season fixtures, we are thankful to both Stirling County and Gala for their support in this regard.”

“There’s been some tough reflections off the back of that opening round, home defeat to Boroughmuir Bears. We ultimately made too many errors and didn’t show enough energy to give ourselves a chance.”

“Heriot’s will come to Bridgehaugh desperate to pick up their first win of the season after a tough encounter versus Ayrshire Bulls in Round 1. They played some good rugby at times but fell off it physically in the latter stages as the Bulls turned the screw. They’ve got a strong squad to choose from and their head coaches, Stuart Edwards and Finlay Gillies, know exactly how to set up a winning Heriot’s side having both previously played for the club.”

“With our women playing their pre-season fixture prior and the good weather set to continue it should be another busy day at Bridgehaugh. This support does not go unnoticed by our group. We love playing in front of our home support and we cannot wait to get out there on Saturday and reward that support with an improved performance.”

Fin Gillies (Heriot’s) said:

“A few changes to the squad that faced Ayrshire Bulls last week, in the forward pack Lewis Govenlock comes into start at 6, Dan Gamble will start at tight head, Ruairidh Leishman moves into the second row and Fraser Hastie drops to the bench.”

“There are further changes in the backline, a completely new partnership in the centres with Kyle Browne coming into make his first start at 12 and he will partner Nyle Godsmark. Rory Steele moves to the wing with Fraser Jones dropping out of the squad. Jed Gelderbloom and Bruce Houston will continue their partnership at 9 & 10.”

“Struan Cessford comes onto the bench after a try scoring performance for Southern Knights last weekend. We are excited to welcome Murdo McAndrew back into the squad and we look forward to adding his experience in the later stages of the game.”

“We are hurting after a disappointing results last weekend, we put ourselves in a position to win that game but a lack of accuracy and not taking opportunities ultimately cost us dearly. We were encouraged with how we played for the first 50 minutes against Ayrshire Bulls and we were especially pleased that we showed some character to come from behind on 2 different occasions. We got to see glimpses of what the new Heriot’s will look like, we just need to try and keep that up for 80 minutes rather than 50.”

“Stirling are a good rugby team, Ben has them well coached, well organised and they will be hurting from last week’s defeat. Stirling are a creative hard working rugby team and will be desperate to get back on track at sunny Bridgehaugh this Saturday.”


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