Super6 round three: TOL team of the week

Elias Caven first name on team-sheet after scoring a hat-trick for Ayrshire Bulls against Boroughmuir Bears

Elias Caven scored a hat-trick as Ayrshire Bulls claimed a big win at home versus Boroughmuir Bears. Image: George McMillan
Elias Caven scored a hat-trick as Ayrshire Bulls claimed a big win at home versus Boroughmuir Bears. Image: George McMillan

LOGAN TROTTER was dangerous with ball in hand and made an excellent try-saving tackle on Billy Wara, which was enough for the Stirling wolves man to see off strong challenges from David Colvine of Southern Knights, his opposite number on Friday night, as well as Dan King of Heriot’s, to retain the No 15 jersey this week.

Lomond MacPherson‘s excellent try which kick-started Watsonians at the start of the second half against Heriot’s on Saturday was enough to earn him selection on the right wing, while hat-trick hero Elias Caven of Ayrshire Bulls was a shoo-in on the opposite side of the park.

The strong-running Lewis Berg scored Watsonians’ opening try and was impressive throughout so he wears 13, and his partner in the centre is Robbie Chalmers who was just as effective for Southern Knights as they picked up a much-needed win against Wolves at Bridgehaugh, with Bobby Beattie of Bulls desperately unlucky to miss out.


Super6: Watsonians march on with capital city derby success over Heriot’s

Super6: Ayrshire Bulls bounce back with big win over Boroughmuir Bears

Super6: Southern Knights up and running with big win over Stirling Wolves


Youngster Richie Simpson marked his debut at this level with an accomplished all-round performance for his home club, Ayrshire Bulls, so thoroughly deserves election  at stand-off, alongside the lively Douglas Crawford of Southern Knights at scrum-half, with Rory Brand of Watsonians desperately unlucky to miss out.

While Caven and his fellow backs grabbed the headlines in the Bulls’ big win over Bears, that result was built on a dominant performance by the home pack, with props Michael Scott and Andrew Nimmo key man in both the tight and loose during that one-sided opening 50 minutes for the Millbrae outfit. Gregor Hiddleston of the Wolves gets the nod at hooker.

The tireless Edward Bloodworth was another big contributor to that Bulls victory but he misses out on selection this time to the equally hardworking Luis Ball of Watsonians and  Jamie Campbell of the Knights.

There is two more Watsonians in the back-row in the shape of flankers Seb Cecil and Karl Main, while Jack Mann retains the No 8 jersey with a typically strong carrying performance which featured a great finish for Heriots’ second try. Harry Borthwick of Southern Knights was making a very strong case for selection in the middle of the back-row before being forced to retire with a knee injury on 25 minutes.

15. Logan Trotter (Stirling Wolves)

 

14. Lomond MacPherson (Watsonians)

13. Lewis Berg (Watsonians)

12. Robbie Chalmers (Southern Knights)

11. Elias Caven (Ayrshire Bulls) 

 

10. Richie Simpson (Ayrshire Bulls)

9. Douglas Crawford (Southern Knights)

 

1. Andrew Nimmo (Ayrshire Bulls)

2. Gregor Hiddleston (Stirling Wolves)

3. Michael Scott (Ayrshire Bulls)

4. Luis Ball (Watsonians)

5. Jamie Campbell (Southern Knights)

6. Seb Cecil (Watsonians)

7. Karl Main (Watsonians)

8. Jack Mann (Heriot’s)


Super6: Watsonians march on with capital city derby success over Heriot’s

Super6: Ayrshire Bulls bounce back with big win over Boroughmuir Bears

Super6: Southern Knights up and running with big win over Stirling Wolves

 

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6 Comments

  1. How many of these are homegrown Scottish Talent and who is realistically in with a shot of making it to professional level?

    Super 6? More like Super waste of time.

    BRING BACK THE DISTRICTS

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    • Tinfoil
      My support of rugby in Scotland only goes back some 30 years. So bear with me.
      Districts: how many matches would they play each season & what investment would they attract to fund the level of coaching, etc vested in the S6 game.
      Scotland has only 4 major towns/ cities & only 2 of these has a strong rugby base. Where would towns with less than 50,000 of a population draw players from when the historical strength of rugby was FP clubs?
      About 20+ years ago some clubs realised that in order to level the playing field, they had to go beyond our shores & the SH “mercenaries” were brought in. The impact was immense. Provincial clubs moved up the ladder, more youngsters were attracted.
      S6 is not perfect. You are more than a trifle premature in damning it.
      We need a strong rugby base beyond our capital otherwise the game will perish.
      Is that what you really want- 1 premier league city backed up by the equivalent of the Highland League!

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      • Problem we have is finding the long impacting route plan to raise numbers & skills levels. Hunkering back under the comfort blanket is not the answer. We have to learn how to manage the transition from where we are to where we want to be. Yes, there are risks but “same old” is a far bigger risk.

    • Im guessing this is some sort of tragic attempt at trolling, but for the record the only ones who are homegrown scottish talent are:

      Andrew Nimmo
      Gregor Hiddleston
      Michael Scott
      Jamie Campbell
      Karl Main
      Jack Mann
      Doug Crawford
      Richie Simpson
      Robbie Chalmers
      Lewis Berg
      Lomond MacPherson
      Logan Trotter

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      • And if you take the starting points of these 12 homegrown talents, it is not a bad representation of the districts of Scotland

        Andrew Nimmo Biggar
        Gregor Hiddleston Dumfries
        Michael Scott Glasgow
        Jamie Campbell Biggar
        Karl Main Dunbar
        Jack Mann Edinburgh
        Doug Crawford Melrose
        Richie Simpson Ayr
        Robbie Chalmers Melrose
        Lewis Berg Prestonpans
        Lomond MacPherson Oban
        Logan Trotter Stirling

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