TWO-TRY Donald Crawford is at full-back after Southern Knight’s squeezed out a long-awaited win over the Future XV at the Greenyards on Friday night, selected just ahead of Danny Williamson of Watsonians and Ross Jones who scored a nice try for Heriot’s by collecting his own toe-poke through the Bears defensive line.
It was a tight-contest for the No 14 jersey with Amena Caqusau a really strong candidate after an excellent try early on for the Future XV, and Aidan Cross took his try well for for Southern Knights, but Kody McGovern‘s score out of nothing for Watsonians during a war of attrition against Ayrshire Bulls at rainy-Millbrae gets him the nod. Lewis Wells of Heriot’s – who was also a try scorer – is on the other wing.
Matt Davidson scored two fine tries and oozed class at outside-centre as Heriot’s put the Bears to the sword at Meggetland, and he is joined in midfield by Callum Ferrie of the Future XV, while there is an honourable mention for Watsonians impact sub George Pringle.
Established men Jason Baggott of Watsonians and Bruce Houston of Heriot’s controlled their respective games with their usual authority, while teenager Isaac Coates impressed for the Future XV and will bounce back from his late penalty miss, but this week’s stand-off is Callum Grieve, who was involved in a lot of the Southern Knights’ highlights as a late call up in place of Hong Kong returnee Gregor McNeish, and held his nerve to kick the goal which won his team the match.
Sinjin Broad, who marked his Heriot’s debut with a classic sniper’s try down the blindside of a dominant scrum, is at scrum-half.
In the pack, Callum Smyth appears to have returned from his stint at Stellenbosch University in South Africa on the Macphail scholarship, in good shape, and scored a try as he led from the front for the Future XV to edge selection at loose-head ahead of the sharp looking Josh Scott. Hooker is Southern Knights’ official man-of-the-match Luke Thompson, while Mak Wilson of Watsonians is at tight-head.
Ed Bloodworth and Jack Fisher (just ahead of team-mate Max Loboda)are the second-rows after battling game-fully in losing causes for Ayrshire Bulls and Boroughmuir Bears, respectively.
Charlie Jupp was outstanding in the set-piece and the loose, and showed both athleticism and great hands for his try, in a man-of-the-match performance for Heriot’s, so he is at blindside, joined in the back-row by the Future XV’s teenage openside Freddy Douglas and the excellent Neil Irvine-Hess who spearheaded that win for Watsonians at Millbrae.
It could have been an all Watsonians back-row with Seb Cecil and Luis Ball performing well on the flank for the Edinburgh side, while Future XV No 8 Ollie Duncan is also unlucky to miss out.
15. Donald Crawford (Southern Knights)
14. Kody McGovern (Watsonians)
13. Matt Davidson (Heriot’s)
12. Callum Ferrie (Future XVs)
11. Lewis Wells (Heriot’s)
10. Callum Grieve (Southern Knights)
9. Sinjin Broad (Heriot’s)
1. Callum Smyth (Future XV)
2. Luke Thompson (Southern Knights)
3. Mak Wilson (Watsonians)
4. Ed Bloodworth (Ayrshire Bulls)
5. Jack Fisher (Boroughmuir Bears)
6. Charlie Jupp (Heriot’s)
7. Freddy Douglas (Future XV)
8. Neil Irvine-Hess (Watsonians)