Super6: plenty at stake as Heriot’s host Ayrshire Bulls in Sunday match

Both sides come into the match after good wins last week and are jockeying for favourable play-off seedings

Ayrshire Bulls were emphatic winners when they played Heriot's at Goldenacre three weeks ago. Image: George McMillan
Ayrshire Bulls were emphatic winners when they played Heriot's at Goldenacre three weeks ago. Image: George McMillan

HERIOT’S are looking to build on last week’s impressive comeback win over previously top of the table Watsonians and to take some revenge for the 41-7 thumping they endured at Millbrae in their match before that when they welcome Ayrshire Bulls to Goldenacre this [Sunday] afternoon.

Importantly, this match also offers the opportunity for the Edinburgh side to leap-frog back ahead of Stirling County into fourth place, and potentially overtake the Bulls into third place as well, as this Super6 campaign enters the home straight.

The goal is to finish top of the table, but second would also provide entry into the championship play-off. With a bonus-point win here, Heriot’s would find themselves only one point behind second placed Watsonians, and seven points behind table-toppers Southern Knights with three games of the regular season to go.


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Meanwhile, the Bulls have the opportunity to jump ahead of Watsonians and a bonus-point win will leave them just three points behind the Knights, with the Borderers still to visit Millbrae on 1st October.

Both head coaches have gone with consistency in selection after last week’s impressive wins, with just two changes apiece to their starting line-ups.

For the hosts, Alex Ball starts at scrum-half in place of Lloyd Wheeldon and Jason Hill is in at No8 for Callum Marshall. Last week’s last minute penalty hero Nathan Chamberlain is not on he bench as he was on Edinburgh ute yesterday.

“We have had good wins before and not been able to back them up. This week is a huge challenge to do exactly that. The bulls are on a high and this will be a very tough encounter,” said Heriot’s head coach Andy Kelly.

For the visitors, scrum-half Harry Warr and tight-head prop Michael Scott replace Jordan Lenac and Calvin Henderson. On the bench, Matt Minogue comes in for injured Christian Townsend and Aaron Tait returns from injury to replace Tom Lanni.

“We will need to be on our game this week against a Heriots team that will be buoyant after their victory against then league leaders Watsonians,” said head coach Pat MacArthur. “They are a team that is good at putting width on the ball but also have a pack that can keep it tight if needed. Our players will be determined to maintain the level of performance we have shown over the last two games at home as we hit the road.

 

Heriot’s: R Jones; R McMichael), R Kay, S Edwards, C Young; B Houston , A Ball ; A Nimmo, C Fenton  J Scott  R Leishman  F Hastie, I Wilson©, J McClean, J Hill.

Replacements: M Liness, M Jones, C Keen 53, R Seydak, C Marshall, J Gelderbloom, L Govenlock, J Couper.

Ayrshire Bulls: MDavidson; E Caven, R Beattie, T Williams, R Nairn; T Jordan, H Warr ; G Thornton, A McGuire, M Scott, E Bloodworth, T Everard, R Sweeney, Y Fantini, B MacPherson

Replacements: J Drummond, R Sayce, C Henderson, E Hamilton-Bulger, G Wilson, J Lenac, M Minogue, A Tait.

 

The table as of Sunday morning:


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