GLASGOW WARRIORS pro Josh McKay was generally well marshalled by Heriot’s but he showed his class on the one or two opportunities he had. He was brave and reliable under the high ball, had a couple of slaloming runs before half-time which helped Boroughmuir Bears get back into the game after falling 17-0 behind, communicated well, and generally bought into the whole thing. Craig Robertson misses out despite his bets performance so far this season for Stirling Wolves.
A well-taken try and an assist sees Angus Guthrie selected on the left wing ahead of Stirling Wolves’ Walter Fifita, who used his bulk to good effect on a couple of occasions but you would really like to see a higher work-rate from a full-time pro coming down to show the part-timers in Super6 what its all about. On the opposite touchline, Aidan Cross kept plugging away and was rewarded with a late consolation try for Southern Knights at Ayrshire Bulls.
With seven carries at an average of 12.4 metres per carry, plus four tackle-breaks and two line-breaks, Ryan Southern of Stirling Wolves is named at outside-centre ahead of opposite number Lewis Berg of Watsonians, while teenager Duncan Munn‘s ability to make ground with ball in hand for Boroughmuir Bears and tidy all-round game sees him selected at inside-centre.
Last weekend’s Super6 match reports:
Super6: Watsonians prevail over much-improved Stirling Wolves
Super6: Boroughmuir Bears edge tight contest versus Heriot’s
Super6: Ayrshire Bulls claim maximum points against Southern Knights
Bruce Houston was named man-of-the-match for navigating Heriot’s into a winning position before they coughed up a late try against the Bears, and his cross-field kick to set up Nyle Godsmark‘s try was a thing of rare beauty, so he is selected ahead of Cammy Scott of Southern Knights and Will Hunt of Ayrshire Bulls at stand-off. Cam Jones was man-of-the-match for Ayrshire Bulls versus Southern Knights so he is at scrum-half.
In the pack, Callum McFeat Smith showed up well in the tight and loose for Bears during the first half of their win over Heriot’s, then switched to tight-head and held his own there before eventually being replaced on 74 minutes. Alex McGuire of the Bulls is at hooker, with Euan McLaren‘s impact off the bench for Heriot’s gets him the No 3 jersey.
Kwagga van Niekerk was man-of-the-match as Watsonians kept their title challenge on track with a hard-fought win against a much improved Stirling Wolves, so he links up with Callum Atkinson of Boroughmuir Bears in the second-row, with Ed Bloodworth of Ayrshire Bulls unlucky to miss out.
Archie Smeaton of the Bulls is at blindside, Scotland Under-20s hooker Gregor Hiddleston made 20 tackles with no misses playing at openside for Stirling Wolves so is selected ahead of the inspirational Craig Keddie of Bears at open-side, and Benedict Grant of Wolves gets the nod at No 8 after “sweating buckets to halt the Watsonians onslaught and then get his own side onto the front foot”, meaning there is no room for Glasgow pro Gregor Brown who played well in the middle of the back-row for Boroughmuir Bears or Edinburgh pro Ben Muncaster who did likewise for Watsonians.
15. Josh McKay (Boroughmuir Bears)
14. Aidan Cross (Southern Knights)
13. Ryan Southern (Stirling Wolves)
12. Duncan Munn (Boroughmuir Bears)
11. Angus Guthrie (Watsonians)
10. Bruce Houston (Heriot’s)
9. Cam Jones (Ayrshire Bulls)
1. Callum McFeat Smith (Boroughmuir Bears)
2. Alex McGuire (Ayrshire Bulls)
3. Euan McLaren (Heriot’s)
4. Kwagga van Niekerk (Watsonians)
5. Callum Atkinson (Boroughmuir Bears)
6. Archie Smeaton (Ayrshire Bulls)
7. Gregor Hiddleston (Stirling Wolves)
8. Benedict Grant (Stirling Wolves)