Guide to the Games | FOSROC Super Series Sprint Play-offs Weekend

Guide to the Games | FOSROC Super Series Sprint Play-offs Weekend

Friday 7 June: Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling Wolves
KO 7:35pm

How to Watch
This Friday’s game will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA with coverage starting from 7.30pm.

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 on the BBC ALBA channel on BBC iPlayer and BBC Alba YouTube –

Be There
Tickets are available from Ayrshire Bulls HERE

Match Officials 
Ref David Sutherland
AR 1 Finlay Brown
AR 2 Michael Todd

Coaches comments

Pat MacArthur (Ayrshire Bulls) said: “Concluding the Sprint and Super Series with a thrilling final at Millbrae against Stirling Wolves is truly a testament to the teams dedication throughout.

“The players work tirelessly for moments like these, dedicating themselves in training to improve week after week. The commitment displayed by all, including those who may have known their involvement in this game was limited, has been a driving force behind our preparation.

“With the championship final fresh in our minds, we are aware of the Wolves physicality and work at the breakdown, they also have so dangerous runners. Having played in four finals the players know the importance of performing at our best. The support from our fans is evident. We are determined to make our supporters, the club, and ourselves proud in what will be the Bulls last rodeo.”

Eddie Pollock (Stirling Wolves) said: “As a group we are all excited to have the opportunity to face Pat and his Bulls side in another Super Series final. Our games are always physical encounters, with the Bulls being a real challenge on both sides of the ball. Their set piece is strong, and we will need to be at our best in scrum and maul to allow us to control field position and give us a good foothold in the game away from home. 

“Since taking over as Head Coach in November 2022 I have been proud to see the growth in this Wolves side. The commitment and dedication of the players and coaching group has been outstanding since day one and to finish the Super Series chapter in another final is testament to their hard work. I can’t thank them enough. Bulls in a final at Millbrae will be the biggest challenge we have faced in Super Series Rugby thus far. It promises to be a cracker!”

Saturday 8 June: Heriot’s v Watsonians
KO 3pm

How to Watch 
Highlights will be here on Monday 

Be There
Tickets from Heriot’s can be bought HERE.

Match Officials
Ref Jonny Perriam
AR1 Ciaran Stark
AR2 Bob Nevins

What they said
Ben Cairns (Heriot’s): “We would have obviously loved to have been in tonight’s final however, one of the positives to falling short last weekend is we get to play at Goldie against our nearest rivals in our final ever Super Series match. Its been a strange old week but we have tried to enjoy being around each other as much as possible. All our focus has been on this weekend and ensuring we do everything we can to bow out of this competition with our heads held high. Last week was the first time we have been beaten at home by another Super Series side since this group came together in January 2023. We intend to show that that was a blip. 

“Watsonians will come with a similar motivation – one last opportunity to go out and enjoy playing together – and I am sure they will be highly motivated to come to Goldie and head away with the final bragging rights. They have been one of the most consistent performers throughout Super Series and have shown that form over the last few weeks. We know it will be a much harder contest than Round 1. 

“I am sure there will be mixed emotions on Saturday – alot of people have put alot of work into making this competition a success. Our starting XV on Saturday has a combined appearance total of 439 for Heriot’s Rugby with another 139 appearances on the bench. Including their appearances for other Super Series sides, our final ever match 23 has 665 Super Series appearances between them which is testmanent to how much the players have enjoyed the product and their commitment to the programme.”

Fraser Brown (Watsonians): “Tomorrow’s game brings down the curtain on not only our sprint campaign but also on our journey as a team and club in Scottish Rugby’s part-time professional tier. Although we are all immensely disappointed that, along with the other five clubs, we have not been granted the opportunity to continue to grow the competition, and develop even more players and coaches across the country for professional rugby, we can be incredibly proud of what we have given to the game over the last five years and what we have achieved as a club.

Our final match, against old inter-city rivals Heriot’s is a fitting way to end the competition. Last week against the Bears we put together our most complete performance of the campaign. We managed in what areas of the pitch we played and exercised patience and precision when necessary in the opponent’s 22.

The growth of the team over the last few months has been excellent, and it has been a real privilege to be a part of it and I’m certain we will go out on Saturday and leave absolutely nothing on the pitch.”

Team Selections

Saturday 8 June: Southern Knights v Boroughmuir Bears
KO 3pm

How to watch
Highlights will be here on Monday

Be there
Tickets can be bought from Southern Knights HERE.

Match Officials
Ref Rob McDowell
AR1 Chelsea Gillespie
AR2 David Changleng

What they said
Scott Wight (Southern Knights): “One last game at home which is great. We’re looking forward to Saturday and one final push to make sure we sign off on the right note. We know what Boroughmuir will bring and will have to be switched on from the start this week, which has been a huge focus point for us the last few weeks. 

Graham Shiel (Boroughmuir Bears): “Hibernation calls. 

Our final game away to Southern Knights affords an opportunity for players to express themselves and for the Bears it is similar objectives. To play with ambition and accuracy where individuals show growth and as a group they put together a performance that they would wish to sign off on. Whilst we have achieved a lot over the Sprint, results and consistency have been hard to find. A lot of very positive elements to our performance last week, but unfortunately the periods where we were inaccurate cost us and Watsonains capitalised on. 

“Southern Knights have managed to get the better of us over the last few games, so we know that we will need to again look to be at our best to compete if we want to end our existence with credit, which is important for the players, the club and all of the players who have represented the Bears over their time in Super 6/Series.  

Here’s hoping for a close and competitive game tomorrow at The Greenyards and something for all involved to be able to sign off on and move on.”

Team selections

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