FOSROC Super6 Championship | Review of Round 2
Round 2 of the 2022 FOSROC Super6 Championship got underway this weekend. Here's how each game went.
Friday 12 August: Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears
.@MuirBears made it two wins from two in Friday night's clash in the Borders.#FOSROCSuper6 pic.twitter.com/R4uWPTDAis
— FOSROC Super6 (@Super6Rugby) August 13, 2022
Round 2 of the 2022 FOSROC Super6 Championship kicked off on Friday night at The Greenyards where Boroughmuir Bears were victorious against host Southern Knights, with a full-time score of 15-24. The Melrose ground was soaked by the beaming sun as the high temperatures made it a tough game for all.
After some strong and patient defending from both sides, Corey Tait drove the ball over the line to get Boroughmuir Bears their first points in the 14th minute. Jack Bergin got the full points, giving the Bears a healthy lead of 0-7.
A few penalties and much-needed water breaks later, Southern Knights Captain Fraser Renwick tied up a heavy drive over the line for the home team. A missed conversion resulted in a two-point lead for the visitors, bringing the score to 5-7.
It only took four more minutes for the Bears to put more points on the board. The ball was passed out wide and eventually into the hands of Callum Ramm who leaped over the line right in the corner. Despite the missed extras Boroughmuir were ramping up their lead and a score of 5-12 was seen on the board.
Half-time was imminent but Josh King thought he could do one better for the Bears. Another five points and the extras courtesy of Jack Bergin brought the visitors to a comfortable lead of 5-19.
HALF-TIME: Southern Knights 5 Boroughmuir Bears 19
Teamwork really does make the dreamwork as Fraser Renwick got help to drive the ball over the line, resulting in Southern Knights’ second try of the game. An unsuccessful conversion brought the home team 9 points behind their opposition.
Due to the scorching conditions, substitutions were key to bring new life back into both teams.
Boroughmuir Bears then went on to score their first points in the second half and also secured a bonus point thanks to a dive in the corner from Joe Jenkins.
With the clock gone 80 minutes and a game finishing kick out expected, Southern Knights number 12 Cammy Scott used his last ounce of energy to sprint over the line, getting the home team a well-deserved final try. A wide conversion attempt resulted in Southern Knights missing out on the losing bonus point, bringing the final score to 15-24.
FULL-TIME: Southern Knights 15 Boroughmuir Bears 24
Referee: Ruairidh Campbell
FOSROC Super6 Player of the Match: Trystan Andrews (Boroughmuir Bears)
Southern Knights: Fraser Renwick (2), Cammy Scott
Boroughmuir Bears: Corey Tait, Callum Ramm, Josh King, Joe Jenkins
Boroughmuir Bears: Jack Bergin (2)
Saturday 13 August: Watsonians v Ayrshire Bulls
.@WATSONIANFC maintained their red-hot form with a big win at home to @AyrshireBulls.#FOSROCSuper6 pic.twitter.com/JvNpLzS4N7
— FOSROC Super6 (@Super6Rugby) August 14, 2022
Watsonians came back from being behind at half time to continue their 100% start to the 2022 FOSROC Super6 with a 34-23 win at home to Ayrshire Bulls.
Eli Caven opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty from just right of the posts, and the Bulls also grabbed the first try of the contest. It was Watsonians who were on the attack deep in the Bulls’ 22, but Robert Beattie shot out of the line to intercept a pass and showed his pace to beat recovering defender Harry Paterson to the line.
Watsonians got themselves on the board in the 25th minute as Lee Millar knocked a simple penalty over in front of the sticks.
The Bulls converted a penalty from straight in front of the posts themselves through William Hunt in the 35th minute, giving the away side a 10-point lead at the interval.
Half time: Watsonians 3-13 Ayrshire Bulls
Within seconds of the second half starting, the home side charged down a clearance kick and Bobby Bratton crashed over the line from short range.
Three minutes later, Blair MacPherson broke through the defence and brought his side right up the pitch. The Bulls were soon awarded a penalty which was kicked over by Hunt.
The second half started with both sides attacking well, and soon Watsonians had another penalty of their own. Millar stepped up again and reduced the deficit to three.
Watsonians then took the lead for the first time through another try from a prop. This time though, it was Harrison Courtney who spun out of a tackle and reached the line.
In the 58th minute, after some attacking pressure from the hosts, the ball was moved out to the left side of the pitch and substitute Jason Baggott ran a good inside line to score.
And six minutes later Watsonians had a bonus point. A quick lineout pass from the Bulls went loose, and Neil Irvine-Hess reacted first to grab the ball and dot down under the posts.
Ayrshire Bulls did get a score back, as MacPherson picked up from the base of a scrum and rumbled over from five metres out.
But though they continued to press for at least a losing bonus point, the Watsonians defence held firm.
Full time: Watsonians 34-23 Ayrshire Bulls
Referee: Finlay Brown
FOSROC Player of the Match: Harrison Courtney (Watsonians)
Watsonians: Bobby Bratton, Harrison Courtney, Jason Baggott, Neil Irvine-Hess
Ayrshire Bulls: Robert Beattie, Blair MacPherson
Watsonians: Lee Millar (4)
Ayrshire Bulls: William Hunt (2)
Watsonians: Lee Millar (2)
Ayrshire Bulls: Eli Caven, William Hunt (2)
Saturday 13 August: Stirling Wolves v Heriot’s Rugby
.@HeriotsRugby scored five tries on their way to a bonus-point win in Stirling ?#FOSROCSuper6 pic.twitter.com/1pAB12cvSE
— FOSROC Super6 (@Super6Rugby) August 13, 2022
Heriot’s Rugby triumphed in the basking sunshine at Bridgehaugh as they beat Stirling Wolves 38-17.
It took just seven minutes for the opening score of the game. The visitors countered attack after a Wolves kick and Sam Pecqueur passed inside to Lewis Govenlock who found a gap and cruised over.
Stirling got their first try six minutes later, as Gregor Hiddleston got the ball down at the back of a driving maul.
After juggling the ball in midfield, Bruce Houston found Iain Wilson with a perfectly timed put him through the defensive line. The openside flanker had Jed Gelderbloom on his left shoulder to pass to, and the scrum half went over untouched.
In the 38th minute Heriot’s grabbed their third try. It was a second maul try of the day, with Jack Mann peeling off to his left and diving over.
On the stroke of half time, Houston landed a penalty from just inside his own half to give the visitors a 19-point half time advantage.
Half time: Stirling Wolves 5-24 Heriot’s Rugby
After an impressive intercept try at Myreside earlier in the day, Euan Cunningham did his best to match it at Bridgehaugh in the 56th minute as he read a pass from Murdo McAndrew and galloped over from his own half.
But just five minutes later, Heriot’s landed the bonus point as Jack Mann grabbed his second try, again from the back of a driving maul.
The Wolves reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute as Logan Trotter’s pace got him through the line, and he passed out wide for Logan Jarvie to catch and score.
But with the last play of the game, Heriot’s got their fifth as Wilson broke the line again and this time found Rory Steele to round off a convincing win.
Full time: Stirling Wolves 17-38 Heriot’s Rugby
Referee: Jonny Perriam
FOSROC Player of the Match: Jack Mann (Heriot’s Rugby)
Stirling Wolves: Gregor Hiddleston, Euan Cunningham, Logan Jarvie
Heriot’s Rugby: Lewis Govenlock, Jack Mann (2), Rory Steele, Jed Gelderbloom
Stirling Wolves: Marcus Holden
Heriot’s Rugby: Bruce Houston (5)
Heriot’s Rugby: Bruce Houston