FOSROC SUPER6 SPRINT SERIES TEAM OF THE WEEK | ROUND 5
Following the weekends’ round of FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series fixtures, we’ll bring you a Team of the Week selected from those who stood out for us over the weekend.
In the fifth round of the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series, Boroughmuir Bears triumphed over Southern Knights on Friday night [31-18]. Watsonians made it five wins from five by defeating Ayrshire Bulls [26-29] and Stirling County won convincingly at home to Heriot’s Rugby (45-27).
Interestingly, the props this week were up against each other in the scrum. Andrew Nimmo put in a big shift for Ayrshire Bulls at loosehead, and his opposite man Lewis Skinner was strong both in attack and defence for Stirling County, scoring a try in the second half. Michael Scott was also strong for Bulls in attack and was unlucky to miss out.
For the second week in a row, young Corey Tait was everywhere for Boroughmuir Bears and takes the spot at hooker.
This week in the second row, Hamish Bain gets the nod from Bears for being a nuisance in defence and some strong carries in attack. He is partnered by Adam Sinclair, who’s strength got him through several tackles for County. An honourable mention goes to Rudi Brown for Southern Knights, who worked tirelessly in the less glamorous aspects of the game.
This week’s back row scored four tries between them, and picked up two FOSROC Player of the Match awards.
Iain Moody is asked to move to blindside flanker, as his Player of the Match performance for Watsonians meant he just couldn’t miss out. Iain Wilson scored two tries for Heriot’s and made more ground off the back of several successful driving mauls from the Goldenacre side, and earns his spot at openside.
At Number 8 is Benedict Grant, who seemed to make yards with every carry for County as awarded the Player of the Match. Blair MacPherson and Trystan Andrews also put in notable performances for their sides.
There were several fantastic performances at scrum-half in round five. Ben Afshar, Sean Kennedy and Cam Jones all put in stellar efforts, but it was Rory Brand for Watsonians who was best. His control of the game and assuredness under pressure helped the Myreside outfit massively at Millbrae.
Fly-half was equally difficult to pick, with Christian Townsend and Lee Millar both performing well, but Harry Mercer was the standout for his excellent display at Meggetland, scoring a try and often creating line breaks for his side.
Robbie McCallum is selected for a second week in a row for a fantastic two-try performance for Bears, which also won him the FOSROC Player of the Match. Tom Jordan was also worthy of a mention for his performance.
McCallum is partnered with Robert Beattie, who looked dangerous every time he had the ball for Bulls.
Aidan Cross scored two tries for Knights and made yards with several weaving runs, earning him a spot on the left wing. On the right, Ratu Tagive scored one try and created another for County, and looked strong and powerful when carrying.
It’s a hat-trick of consecutive picks for Harry Paterson, with his two-try showing for Watsonians playing a big part in their win. For the second week running, Logan Trotter is unlucky to miss out to Paterson. Trotter is in tremendous form for County just now and scored a great try in their win.
FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series Team of the Week | Round 5
15. Harry Paterson (Watsonians)*
14. Ratu Tagive (Stirling County)*
13. Robert Beattie (Ayrshire Bulls)
12. Robbie McCallum (Boroughmuir Bears)*
11. Aidan Cross (Southern Knights)
10. Harry Mercer (Boroughmuir Bears)
9. Rory Brand (Watsonians)
1. Andrew Nimmo (Ayrshire Bulls)
2.Corey Tait (Boroughmuir Bears)
3. Lewis Skinner (Stirling County)
4. Hamish Bain (Boroughmuir Bears)
5. Adam Sinclair (Stirling County)
6. Iain Moody (Watsonians)
8. Benedict Grant (Stirling County)
7. Iain Wilson (Heriot’s Rugby)
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player