Review of Round 5 | FOSROC Super Series

Review of Round 5 | FOSROC Super Series

Friday 17 May: Ayrshire Bulls v Glasgow Warriors A
KO 7:35pm

The first score came for the Bulls when Reiss Cullen found the perfect space with his clearing kick for Luca Bardelli to pick up on the wing and sprint towards the corner.

The Glasgow side got their first score of the evening when stand-off Richie Simpson made a looping pass out to flanker Jonny Morris on the wing. Morris collected the pass with ease and slid over the line.

Glasgow ‘A’ were the next to add a score when a series of perfectly timed offloads got the team up the field and the ball into the hands of Logan Trotter who beat his opponent to the line.

Just five minutes before half time, a collective effort from former Scotland U20 teammates Ben Afshar and Duncan Munn saw the pair race up the pitch. Munn’s perfectly timed offload let him beat the defenders and link up with Afshar on the inside who dived over for Glasgow A’s third. Richie Simpson got the extras.

HALF TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 5 – 17 Glasgow Warriors A

The Bulls added their second of the evening when a first collective forwards effort from the scrum got the ball passed through the backs and into the hands of Jamie Shedden who dived over the line.

Shortly after, the Bulls earned their third try of the evening through centre Bobby Beattie. The ball was in Glasgow’s hands but a perfectly timed interception from Beattie let him race up the pitch and dot down under the sticks. Fergus Johnston got the extras right in front of the posts, brining the score equal for the first time.

Glasgow Warriors ‘A’ responded soon after when the ball was kept alive after a break from Kerr Yule and was passed out to Logan Trotter on the wing who was over for his second. Matthew Urwin made the impressive conversion from out wide.

FULL TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 17 – 24 Glasgow Warriors A

Referee: Finlay Brown
FOSROC Player of the Match: Jonny Morris (Glasgow Warriors A)
Ayrshire Bulls: TRY
Luca Bardelli, Jamie Shedden, Bobby Beattie CON Fergus Johnston
Glasgow Warriors A: TRY Jonny Morris, Logan Trotter (2), Ben Afshar CON Richie Simpson, Matthew Urwin

Friday 17 May: Watsonians v Edinburgh Rugby A
KO 7:35pm

Edinburgh Rugby A kicked off the scoring for the evening when an immense effort from Rob Carmichael saw him battle past the Watsonians defence and use his long limbs to stretch over the white wash. Charlie Shiel made the conversion.

The next try for the ‘A’ side came shortly after when a pocket of space in the Watsonians defence was found by Paddy Harrison who raced towards the line. The kick was made by Charlie Shiel again, bringing the visitors up another seven.

The hosts found their first points of the evening when the ball got into the hands of Connor McAlpine, who raced down the wing to dot down. Jason Baggott’s kick was good.

Some quick breaks and offloads from Charlie Shiel and Nairn Moncrieff brought the ‘A’ side up the field and the forwards worked to bring it up to the line. The visitors got the ball over the line but it went loose. However, calm and collected Paddy Harrison brought it back down to the ground, adding another five pointer. Charlie Shiel’s kick was good again.

HALF TIME: Watsonians 7 – 21 Edinburgh Rugby A

It was Watsonians who got the first and only try of the second half, when a break from Freddie Owsley let him race solo up the pitch and dot down just right of the posts. Jason Baggott added the extras.

FULL TIME: Watsonians 14-21 Edinburgh Rugby A

Referee: Jonny Perriam
FOSROC Player of the Match: Rob Carmichael (Edinburgh Rugby A)

Watsonians: TRY
Connor McAlpine, Freddie Owsley CON Jason Baggott (2)
Edinburgh Rugby A: TRY Rob Carmichael, Paddy Harrison (2) CON Charlie Shiel (3)

Saturday 25 May: Boroughmuir Bears v Stirling Wolves
KO 3pm

Over 100 points and 15 tries were scored in this game at Meggetland where visitors Stirling Wolves asserted their dominance over hosts Boroughmuir Bears.

They opened their scoring early on thanks to tries from Ed Hasdell and Sean McDonald which were both converted by Marcus Holden.

Visitors Boroughmuir got on the scoreboard when Martin McGinley rumbled over before Wolves stretched ahead thanks to tries by Kyle McGhie and Hasdell with Holden adding the extra points on offer both times. [5-28]

Bears Captain Scott Robeson crossed the whitewash on the half-hour mark (Andy McLean adding the conversion) before McGhie hit back with his second try of the day for the visitors with Holden adding the conversion. [12-35]

Just before the half-time break Bears scrum-half Ruairidh Swan added an unconverted try.

HALF-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 17-35 Stirling Wolves

 In the first 15 minutes of the second-half Wolves scored three more tries through replacement hooker Bryce Robertson, winger Ross McKnight and McDonald once again with Euan Cunningham adding one conversion.

Bears full-back Matt Reid touched down for the first of his two tries this afternoon half-way through the second half with George Paul adding the conversion.

Hasdell scored a hattrick for Wolves with just over ten minutes left to play (which Cunningham converted) before Reid hit back for his second for the Bears with Paul adding the conversion. [31-59]

Replacement back Ross Cudzow crossed the line for the hosts with Paul adding the extra two points on offer before McKnight ran in the ninth and final try for the visitors with Cunningham adding the conversion.

FULL-TIME: Boroughmuir Bears 38-64 Stirling Wolves

Referee: Rob McDowell
FOSROC Player of the Match: Ed Hasdell (Stirling Wolves)
Boroughmuir Bears: TRY Martin McGinley, Scott Robeson, Ruairidh Swan, Matt Reid (2), Ross Cudzow CON Andy Mclean, George Paul (3)
Stirling Wolves: TRY Ed Hasdell (3), Sean McDonald, Kyle McGhie (2), Bryce Robertson (2), Ross McKnight (2) CON Marcus Holden (5), Euan Cunningham (2)
Cards: Marius Tomosaitis, Fergus Read (Stirling Wolves)

Saturday 25 May: Heriot’s v Southern Knights
KO 3pm

Electric Heriot’s winger Jack Blain passed out the back to inside centre Angus Hunter who dotted down for the first try in this fixture in the opening few moments of the game.

At the back of a driving maul Heriot’s hooker Michael Liness got over the whitewash 15 minutes later to give the hosts a 10-0 lead.

Kights hit back when winger Ethan McVicker collected a cross-field kick from Ewan Greenlaw to score in the corner.

Blain went over for his second of the afternoon when he gathered a pass from Wallace Nelson to score in the corner with captain Liam Richman adding the conversion from out wide.

Just before the half-hour mark scrum-half Seamus Smith skipped in under the posts with Richman adding the extra two points on offer to give the hosts a solid lead at half-time.

HALF-TIME: Heriot’s 24-5 Southern Knights

It took to nearly half-way through the second half for the next score of the game to come but scrum-half Smith found space to dance in for his second of the afternoon with Richman converting the score with ease.

With ten minutes of the game left Knights mounted an attack five metres out, when replacement scrum-half Patrick Ritchie took a quick tap penalty he crossed the try line. [31-10]

They scored in the last play of the game again when replacement hooker Marcus Brogan scored in the corner with a successful conversion from Callum Grieve but it was too little too late for the visitors as Heriot’s held onto their half-time lead.

FULL-TIME: Heriot’s 31-17 Southern Knights

Referee: Ruairidh Campbell
FOSROC Player of the Match: Seamus Smith (Heriot’s Rugby)
Heriot’s: TRY Jack Blain (1) Angus Hunter, Michael Liness, Seamus Smith (2) CON Liam Richman (3)
Southern Knights: TRY Ethan McVicar, Patrick Ritchie, Marcus Brogan, CON Callum Grieve
Yellow: Patrick Spence (Heriot’s)

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