FULL-BACK Liam McNamara was real game-breaker and covered the back-field well so is one of four Ayrshire Bulls players to gain selection this week after the Millbrae men toppled previously unbeaten Watsonians in a pulsating contest on Friday night. He is joined in the back-three by Edinburgh pro Freddie Owlsey who scored a brace for Heriot’s against Stirling County and Finn Douglas who came off the bench to score the bonus-point securing try for Southern Knights in their loss at Boroughmuir.
Jamie Shedden is the second Bulls man in the side, selected at outside-centre, but his club-mate Bobby Beattie misses out at inside-centre again, which perhaps seems unfair as he has been one of the league’s most consistent performers so far this season, with Ross Jones of Heriot’s getting the nod on this occasion.
Meanwhile, Euan Cunningham‘s performance was of the few positives for Wolves at Goldenacre, while Murdo McAndrew had arguably his best game yet in a Heriot’s shirt so edges out Cam Jones of Bulls and Rory Brand of Watsonians at scrum-half.
Callum Smith picked up a yellow (and it could have been a red) for a high tackle early in the Boroughmuir Bears game, but was busy around the park and dominant in the scrum so is handed the No 1 jersey, in a front-row that is completed by two Bulls in the shape of hooker James Malcolm and tight-head Calvin Henderson, who made a big impact off the bench.
Another big performance from Ruairidh Leishman sees the two-try Heriot’s captain once again selected in the engine-room alongside the towering Callum Atkinson, who ruled supreme (under not very much pressure) in the line-out and made a big contribution all over the park for the Bears. Jack Fisher, also of Bears, Edward Bloodworth of Bulls and Jamie Berrisford of Watsonians can count themselves unfortunate to miss out.
Josh King‘s all action performance saw him named man-of-the-match for Bears versus the Knights so is at blindside flanker, Karl Main retains the openside berth just ahead of Iain Wilson of Heriot’s, and Benedict Grant of Stirling Wolves is at No 8.
15. Liam McNamara (Ayrshire Bulls)
14. Finn Douglas (Southern Knights)
13. Jamie Shedden (Ayrshire Bulls)
12. Ross Jones (Heriot’s)
11. Freddie Owsley (Heriot’s)
10. Euan Cunningham (Stirling County)
9. Murdo McAndrew (Heriot’s)
1. Callum Smith (Boroughmuir Bears)
2. James Malcolm (Ayrshire Bulls)
3. Calvin Henderson (Ayrshire Bulls)
4. Ruairidh Leishman (Heriot’s)
5. Callum Atkinson (Boroughmuir Bears)
6. Josh King (Boroughmuir Bears)
7. Karl Main (Watsonians)
8. Benedict Grant (Stirling Wolves)