Super Series preview: Lewis Wynne returns to his roots ahead of Stirling Wolves versus Heriot’s clash

Two teams with momentum on their side lock horns in re-arranged fixture under the lights at Bridgehaugh

Stirling County product Lewis Wynne - who has had spells with Glasgow Warriors, London Scottish and Jersey Reds - returns to Bridgehaugh for the remainder of this Super Series Championship campaign. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Stirling County product Lewis Wynne - who has had spells with Glasgow Warriors, London Scottish and Jersey Reds - returns to Bridgehaugh for the remainder of this Super Series Championship campaign. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

STIRLING WOLVES, who are already on a roll following their 78-0 dismantling of the Future XV last weekend, have been further boosted for tomorrow [Wednesday] night’s re-arranged Super Series Championship clash against Heriot’s by the return to Bridgehaugh of County product and former Scotland Under-20s flanker Lewis Wynne, who became a free-agent following the demise of Jersey Reds at the end of last month.

His selection at blindside flanker means Shaun Macdonald drops to the bench. Elsewhere in the pack, second-row James Pow becomes the first Wolves player to make 50 appearances in Super6/Series, while props Lliam Quarm and Marius Tamosaitis get a chance to start with George Breese and Lewis Skinner dropping to the bench.

“I was delighted by the power, accuracy and attitude of our players in last week’s excellent win against the Future XV,” said head coach Eddie Pollock. “The quality of our passing and strong running lines asked some really difficult questions of the opposition, and we will look to continue this exciting brand of rugby against Heriot’s, who are the form team in the league.


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“We are looking forward to the challenge Heriot’s will pose. They are well organized, have a very strong line-out and offer serious threats in attack across their team. However, Bridgehaugh brings out the best in this group of Wolves and we will be fully focused to put in a performance to the home crowd will be proud of.”

Meanwhile, Heriot’s head coach Ben Cairns has rotated his squad after Saturday’s hard-fought win over Ayrshire Bulls, which leaves his side just two points behind the Bulls with two games in hand.

In the backline, Dan King starts at full-back with Liam Richman moving to 10 and Ross Jones dropping to the bench, while Lewis Wells returns after injury to take George Barber‘s place on the wing..

The front row sees Chris Keen and Josh Scott swap places, Cammy Fenton returns to captain the side from hooker and Cairn Ramsay comes in for Euan McLaren at tight-head. In the back row, Charlie Jupp and Sam Wallace come in for Callum Anderson and Wallace Nelson with Ruairidh Leishman moving to No 8.

“Having taken the scalp of the league leaders on Saturday, the challenges come thick and fast at the moment,” said Cairns, who is returning to his old hunting ground having coached at Stirling from the inception of Super Series up until this time last year. “Travelling to Bridgehaugh to take on a hungry Wolves side who will have quality players back and are fresh from a resounding win on Friday night is arguably an even sterner test for us.

“We’ve recovered as well as we can from our exploits on Saturday and whilst this is a huge match for Stirling Wolves, it is also a massive match for ourselves with the chance to go back to the top of the table and create some daylight between the top two and the rest.

“Both teams play a very similar style. Both like to play off quick ball and stretch the opposition. It should be a very entertaining match and will ultimately come down to who is able to get closest to their peak performance on the day.”

 

Stirling Wolves (versus Heriot’s at Bridgehaugh on Wednesday at 7.45pm): G Bryce; M Heron, R Southern, M Holden©, R McKnight; C Jackson, B Afshar; L Quarm, R Kennedy, M Tamosaitis, H Ferguson, J Pow, L Wynne, E Timpson, E Hasdell. Subs: S Rainey, G Breese, L Skinner, T Smith, S MacDonald, K McGhie, E Cunningham, S Rockley.

Heriot’s: D King; L Wells, M Davidson, G Hughes, J Blain; L Richman, F Campbell; C Keen, C Fenton©, C Ramsay, R Seydak, J Campell, C Jupp, S Wallace, R Leishman. Subs: D Hood, J Scott, S Cessford, W Nelson, C Anderson, S Broad, R Jones, S Pecqueur.

Referee: David Sutherland

 

Key battle: Lewis Wynne versus Charlie Jupp

 

Verdict: Two sides with momentum on their side after big wins last weekend in very different circumstances. The hosts will feel fresher having swatted aside the Future XV with ease while Heriot’s have had to refresh personnel following a ding-dong battle against the Bulls. Bridgehaugh familiar territory for Heriot’s head coach Ben Cairns, No 8 Ruairidh Leishman, centre Grant Hughes, replacement back-r0w Wallace Nelson  and utility-back replacement Ross Jones, which may add some extra spice.

It’s going to be tight with the visitors just edging it.

Away win.


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