TWO full-backs were officially designated player-of-the-match in round four and Glenn Bryce is unlucky to miss out, but given the one-sided nature of his team’s 14 tries to two win over the Future XV, his hat-trick was a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, so teenager Euan Muirhead’s brace for Bears in their win over Southern Knights earns him the No 15 jersey.
With two well-taken tries on a miserable afternoon for the Future XV ensemble, Amena Caqusau is rewarded with No 11 jersey, while Ross McKnight‘s 80-yard score and run hard running all afternoon for Wolves sees him selected on the opposite win, and head coach Eddie Pollock will be looking for an equally imposing performance against Watsonians this coming weekend.
The ruthless Ryan Southern of Wolves is at outside-centre, while Bobby Beattie, with a stunning try-assist and generally busy all-round performance for Ayrshire Bulls in their home win over Heriot’s, made a strong case for selection at inside-centre but missing out ion this occasion to Scott Robeson of the Bears.
George Paul pulled the strings as Bears despatched Southern Knights with a strong second half at Meggetland, and his half-ball partner is Kyle McGhie, who scored a brace and didn’t give any quarter in that horrible mismatch between Wolves and the Future XV at Bridgehaugh.
Up front, Craig Millar fronted up in the set-piece on his first start of the campaign for Bulls against Heriot’s, and although he picked up a yellow-card for a high tackle, he dragged himself off the bench for the final 10 minutes as injury-cover, so he joins team-mate Andrew Nimmo – in for the third consecutive week – as the two props. Reyner Kennedy also scored a hat-trick for Wolves – perhaps the easiest he will ever score – but misses out to Corbin Thunder of Southern Knights.
Hamish Ferguson‘s contribution in Stirling’s dominant line-out maul earns him selection in the middle-row of the scrum, alongside the hard-working Jack Fisher of Boroughmuir Bears.
It could very easily have been an all Bulls back-row, but Ryan Sweeney misses out at blindside on this occasion to opposite number Ben Smith, who fronted up on a fairly miserable Friday evening at Millbrae for Heriot’s. Openside flanker Lewis McNamara and No 8 Blair Macpherson do, however, make the cut, meaning there is no room for the hard-carrying Harry Borthwick of Southern Knights.
15. Euan Muirhead (Boroughmuir Bears)
14. Ross McKnight (Stirling Wolves)
13. Ryan Southern (Stirling Wolves)
12. Scott Robeson (Boroughmuir Bears)
11. Amena Caqusau (Future XV)
10. George Paul (Boroughmuir Bears)
9. Kyle McGhie (Stirling Wolves)
1. Andrew Nimmo (Ayrshire Bulls)
2. Corbin Thunder (Southern Knights)
3. Craig Miller (Ayrshire Bulls)
4. Hamish Ferguson (Stirling Wolves)
5. Jack Fisher (Boroughmuir Bears)
6. Ben Smith (Heriot’s)
7. Lewis McNamara (Ayrshire Bulls)
8. Blair Macpherson (Ayrshire Bulls)