AN outstanding first half performance from Jacob Henry – who was playing his first game since picking up an injury in early-August, and who was out of position at full-back (usually a winger) – featured two tries for Southern Knights against Stirling County on Friday night, earning the FOSROC Academy prospect the No15 jersey.
It seems like a fairly regular occurrence, but a nod of the head is due to Ross Jones of Heriot’s who chip on a glorious chip ahead for his team’s length of the park fifth try by Alex Ball against Boroughmuir Bears.
On the left wing is the consistently excellent (since pre Super6 days) Jordan Edmunds of Boroughmuir Bears, who caused a buzz and made ground every time he got the ball against Heriot’s on Saturday afternoon, setting up the opening try for his team and then bagging one for himself.
On the left wing is pre-Covid Scotland 7s squad member Harvey Elms of Watsonians, who was lively throughout in his team’s big win over Ayrshire Bulls, bagging a try and an assist along the way. An honourable mention to the always dangerous Tom Roche of Stirling County.
Marking his comeback from injury, Matt Currie was the outstanding player on the field in an excellent all-r0und performance by Watsonians at home to Ayrshire Bulls, which clinched a third place finish in the Super6 table at the end of the regular league season for the Myreside men. His centre partner is fellow FOSROC academy member Robbie McCallum of the Bears, who made a lot of ground and must be banging hard on the door for some game time for Glasgow Warriors at some point this season. Scott King of Watsonians misses out.
Bruce Houston controlled things well for Heriot’s against Bears and also waged in with a length of the park interception try, while the smart rugby brain and steady hand of Joe Reynolds for Watsonians deserves a vigorous nod of approval. Murdo McAndrew has struggled for form this season but appears to be hitting his best when it really matters at scrum-half for Southern Knights.
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In the pack, the Knights forwards delivered a powerful performance which allowed their quicker players to flourish, with Harry Borthwick‘s athleticism a massive bonus for the Greenyards outfit. Ryan Sweeney produced a typically belligerent performance for Bulls against Watsonians. On any other day, either of these players would have walked into this week’s team-of-the-week at No8, but Sam Daly‘s big carrying and audacious try to get the ball rolling was key to Watsonians’ win over Bulls, and that was the story of this weekend as far as Super6 is concerned.
At open-side is teenager Rhys Tait, who has great feet, explosive power, huge work-rate and a big future, while Ruairidh Leishman was equally industrious at blindside for Heriot’s and thoroughly deserved his try against the Bears.
Watsonians’ Mr Reliable Michael Badenhorst‘s work in the right and around the park earns him selection in he boiler-house, alongside the towering Daniel Suddon of Southern Knights.
The props are Sam Grahamslaw of Watsonians at loose-head, who really needs to kick-on now and prove that he has not only the physical attributes [6ft 4in and 120kilos] but the mentality to cut it in the pro game with Edinburgh, and Calum Crookshanks at tight-head, whohad an excellent rampage which set up Ruaridh Knott‘s try as part of the Knights’ over-powering of Stirling County.
Knights hooker Fraser Renwick is the third Hawick-reared forward in this team-of-the-week.
15. Jacob Henry (Southern Knights)
14. Harvey Elms (Watsonians)
13. Matt Currie (Watsonians)
12. Robbie McCallum (Boroughmuir Bears)
11. Jordan Edmunds (Boroughmuir Bears)
10. Bruce Houston (Heriot’s)
9. Murdo McAndrew (Southern Knights)
1. Sam Grahamslaw (Watsonians)
2. Fraser Renwick (Southern Knights)
3. Calum Crookshanks (Southern Knights)
4. Daniel Suddon (Southern Knights)
5. Michael Badenhorst (Watsonians)
6. Ruairidh Leishman (Heriot’s)
7. Rhys Tait (Boroughmuir Bears)
8. Sam Daly (Watsonians)