Super6: Ayrshire Bulls look to halt Heriot’s momentum

Home head coach Pat MacArthur has made five personnel and one positional change after last weekend's late loss to Stirling County

Ayrshire Bulls entertain Heriot's tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon. image: George McMillan
Ayrshire Bulls entertain Heriot's tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon. image: George McMillan

AYRSHIRE BULLS have been boosted by the return from injury of openside flanker Yaree Fantini, outside-centre Bobbie Beattie and scrum-half Jordan Lenac (who is on the bench), as they look to get their season back on track after last weekend’s injury time loss to Stirling County.

Head coach Pat MacArthur has also added Scotland Under-20s hooker Jamie Drummond and loose-head prop Michael Scott to his starting line-up, while Elias Caven swaps in at at full-back in place of the benched Matt Davidson.

“Heriot’s tare a team in good form, putting width on the ball but also have a pack that can keep it tight if needed,” said MacArthur. “Certain parts of our game were not good enough last week against Stirling but credit to the players as they kept going to the end to just fall short of the win. We know we will have to be much better this week and the players are determined to put on a performance at home.”


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Meanwhile, Heriot’s head coach Andy Kelly is looking for his team to carry on in the same vein as last week when they demolished previously imperious Watsonians, so has made minimal changes to his side.

Robbie Chalmers makes his first appearance of this Super6 season on the right wing in place of Rory McMichael, while Callum Young will return to action from the bench.

Chris Keen at loose-head and Fraser Hastie in the second-row are the only changes to the starting pack, with Andrew Nimmo and Ronan Seydak dropping to the bench.

“The squad is looking to back up a good result from last week,” said Kelly. “It’s the last game before a weekend off so we want to put everything into this game. Ayr are a tough side and even tougher to play at their home ground. However, we are looking forward to the challenge.”

 

Ayrshire Bulls (versus Heriot’s at Millbrae on Saturday 28th August, kick-off 3pm): E Craven; A Tait, R Beattie, T Williams, R Nairn; T Jordan, H Warr; M Scott, J Drummond, C Henderson, E Bloodworth (vice-captain), T Everard, R Sweeney, Y Fantini, B MacPherson (captain).

Subs: A McGuire, C Miller, R Sayce, E Hamilton-Bulger, G Wilson, J Lenac, M Minogiue M Davidson.

Heriot’s : R Jones (captain); R Chalmers, R Kay, S Edwards, J Couper; B Houston, L Wheeldon; C Keen, M Liness, J Scott, F Hastie, A Sinclair, R Leishman, J McLean, C Marshall.

Subs: C Fenton, A Nimmo, A Bogle, L Govenlock, R Seydak, M Russell, J Gelderbloom, C Young.


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