Super Series Sprint: round two team-of-the-week

All eight competing teams are represented

Ayrshire Bulls winger Luca Bardelli dives in for his second try against Stirling Wolves. Image: George McMillan
Ayrshire Bulls winger Luca Bardelli dives in for his second try against Stirling Wolves. Image: George McMillan

SIGNING his first senior contract with Edinburgh is only the second most exciting thing that has happened to Nathan Sweeney this week because he has now been bestowed with the great honour of being selected in The Offside Line’s Super Series Team-of-the-Week after a lively, try-scoring performance for the capital outfit’s back-up squad against Watsonians on Friday night. They say that good things come in threes so the 22-year-old should really think about putting a bet on the Scottish Grand National this coming Saturday.

He is joined in the back-three by his Edinburgh A team-mate Finn Douglas, retaining the No 14 jersey from last week, while Ayrshire Bulls’ two-try hero Luca Bardelli is on the opposite wing.

The classy Matt Davidson of Heriot’s gets the nod ahead of Ben Salmon – a threat in the wide channels for Glasgow Warriors A – at outside-centre; while Scott Robeson of Boroughmuir Bears edges out Edinburgh A’s Cammy Hutchison and the hard-working Grant Hughes of Heriot’s at inside-centre.


Super Series Sprint: Glasgow Warriors A blow Boroughmuir Bears away

Super Series Sprint: Heriot’s up and running with win over spirited Southern Knights

Super Series Sprint: Edinburgh A out-muscle champions Watsonians

Super Series Sprint: Ayrshire Bulls hold on to see off Stirling Wolves


Ross Jones was 100 percent off the tee for Heriot’s but misses out at stand-off to Glasgow Warriors veteran Duncan Weir, who controlled the game for Glasgow Warriors A with the authority you would expect from a player of his experience, but also demonstrated an admirable willingness to roll up his sleeves and muck in with the rest of the team. His half-back partner is Cam Jones, a Heriot’s squad member who provided important impetus guesting for Edinburgh A versus Watsonians on Friday night.

Jamie Drummond was a late call-up in place of Oli Kebble and played with real hunger at loose-head prop for Glasgow Warriors A. Gregor Hiddleston gets the nod at hooker having made an impression for both Stirling Wolves versus Ayrshire Bulls on Friday night and Glasgow Warriors A versus Boroughmuir Bears on Saturday afternoon. Cairn Ramsay registered an impressive 70 minutes on debut for Heriot’s so starts at tight-head prop.

Luis Ball of Watsonians links up with Alex Samuel of Glasgow Warriors A in the engine-room.

Wallace Nelson was man-of-the-match for Heriot’s versus Southern Knights so is at blindside flanker, Allan Ferrie of Southern Knights is at open-side selected just ahead of the consistently excellent Iain Wilson of Heriot’s and Euan Ferrie of Glasgow Warriors A, while Gregor Brown of Glasgow Warriors A is selected ahead of Benedict Grant of Stirling Wolves is at No 8 after a man-of-the-match showing against Boroughmuir Bears.

 

 

15. Nathan Sweeney (Edinburgh A)

 

14. Finn Douglas (Edinburgh A)

13. Matt Davidson (Heriot’s)

12. Scott Robeson (Boroughmuir Bears)

11. Luca Bardelli (Ayrshire Bulls)

 

10. Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors A)

9. Cam Jones (Edinburgh A)

 

1. Jamie Drummond (Ayrshire Bulls)

2. Gregor Hiddleston (Stirling Wolves and Glasgow Warriors A)

3. Cairn Ramsay (Heriot’s)

4. Luis Ball (Watsonians)

5. Alex Samuel (Glasgow Warriors A)

6. Wallace Nelson (Heriot’s)

7. Allan Ferrie (Southern Knights)

8. Gregor Brown (Glasgow Warriors A)


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1 Comment

  1. I personally think that Nathan Sweeney is definitely not the best fullback and was only chosen because he was on the winning side. Personally, Watsonians was blown out of the game and the linesman didn’t contribute much in the game. There are much better fullbacks in the league and unfortunately players that have great games are not chosen, even when you are on the losing side. I personally think that Dom Coetzer is the best fullback currently and he should be looked at higher honours. he was much more involved in the game than Sweeney and did many things better than Sweeney. With all respect Sweeney didn’t even feature at all last year in both the competitions, while Dom Coetzer was in the last 5 teams as well as the FOSROC final team. The question remains, is Sweeney really that good.

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