2023 Super Series Championship: Round Eight Dream Team

Watsonians contribute four players after impressive home win over Ayrshire Bulls

Dom Coetzer on his way to scoring a fine try for Watsonians against Ayrshire Bulls. Image: Graham Gaw
Dom Coetzer on his way to scoring a fine try for Watsonians against Ayrshire Bulls. Image: Graham Gaw

DOM COETZER, in his third game back after injury, showed he is getting his familiar zip back with an outstanding try where he stood up and rounded the last Bulls defender effortlessly, and contributed energetically to Watsonians win throughout the game.

Beside him in the back-three are Aidan Cross of the Southern Knights, who showed impressive acceleration for his hat-trick of tries, and George Barber, who as well as finishing off a fine Heriot’s handling move, roamed characteristically in search of work.

The centre area was most competitive this week with consistent Herioter Matt Davidson challenging for the 13 jersey, and Lewis Berg, Adam Hall and Callum Ferrie all having good moments for their respective teams, but for his dynamic try double, Kerr Johnston takes the outside-centre berth, and is paired with Scott Robeson, who in a disappointing Bears performance maintained his own level impressively.


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The highly promising Harris Rutherford has had to be patient waiting for his opportunity with the Knights having appeared from the bench every game this season, but he made the most of his first start with a sparkling running performance and a 100 percent kicking success, so he holds off the experienced Jason Baggott and Lee Millar who both exercised significant control for Watsonians in their win against the Bulls.

At scrum-half, it’s a close choice between Conor McAlpine, who was named MOM for Watsonians after an excellent box-kicking demonstration, and Fin Campbell who took the award for Heriot’s. Campbell’s two sniping tries clinches the berth for him.

Cal Davies has had to accept more of a squad role this Championship for Watsonians, but his return to a starting berth in the centre of the front-row, saw him also return to his traditional try-scoring role, and his leadership seemed to galvanise the pack. It was also good to see the busy Jerry Blyth Lafferty return to Super Series action for the Future XV following a long break for him after the Under 20 World Trophy in the Summer.

Jamie Drummond was another player making his first start of the season, and although he only played 40 minutes, in that time the young loose-head scored a good forwards try, as well as carrying regularly for the Bulls.

Chris Keen led Heriot’s impressively, but it is his front row colleague Euan McLaren,who wins a place in TOW just ahead of the sizeable Alex Dodds, who did a fair impression of the Tongan tight-head with a couple of big carries at the Greenyards.

 

Despite finishing on the losing side, Ed Bloodworth looked to be getting back to his best for the Bulls so occupies one of our lock positions, with both the Knights’ locks, Allan Ferrie and Garry Young making claims to partner him in a Greenyards pack that may be trying to reprise the Scotland pack of the 1980s which regularly used to feature five No 8s across the second and back rows. The Heriots pair of Ronan Seydack and Jamie Campbell can consider themselves unlucky not to be selected with both continuing their impressive form, while the hard-working Craig Nolan also deserves a mention as he made his sixth successive start for the Future XV having not even been in their squad at the start of the season. It may take another six games for his coaches to work out the best position for this impressively hybrid young player.

In the back-row, the Watsonians pair Kwagga Van Niekerk and Jake Kerr both win selection, for their hard work and committed performance that kept the normally powerful Bulls back-row at bay. Elsewhere, Heriot’s back-rowers Callum Anderson and Wallace Nelson both scored tries, while the array of young back-row on talent at the Greenyards for both sides all had their moments, but last season’s Scotland Under-18 openside Freddy Douglas just edges out  his predecessor in that shirt, Monroe Job, in a battle that could see them both competing for the same spot for Scotland U20 this season.  What’s the chances of one of them featuring in a Scotland back row at the World Cup eight years from now?

 

15. Dom Coetzer (Watsonians)

 

14. George Barber (Heriot’s)

13. Kerr Johnston (Future XV)

12. Scott Robeson (Boroughmuir Bears)

11. Aidan Cross (Southern Knights)

 

10. Harris Rutherford (Southern Knights)

9. Fin Campbell (Heriot’s)

 

1. Jamie Drummond (Ayrshire Bulls)

2. Cal Davies (Watsonians)

3. Euan McLaren (Heriot’s)

4. Ed Bloodworth (Ayrshire Bulls)

5. Garry Young (Southern Knights)

6. Jake Kerr (Watsonians)

7. Freddy Douglas (Future XV)

8. Kwagga Van Niekerk (Watsonians)


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David has been watching club rugby round Scotland for more years than he can remember. Currently working for a charity supporting people returning to community after time in prison, Saturday afternoons are time to himself, standing behind posts, somewhere in the West of Scotland watching the progress of young Scottish players & enjoying the banter of local rugby people.