MATT DAVIDSON gets the nod at full-back after a solid performance for Ayrshire Bulls against Southern Knights, Rory McMichael of Heriots is selected on the right wing, while nine carries with two line-breaks and five tackle-breaks edges Robbie Nairn in on the left-wing ahead of Jacob Henry of Southern Knights, Callum Young of Heriot’s and Logan Trotter of Stirling County.
The lively Archie Russell of Stirling County gets the outside-centre berth ahead of Lewis Berg, who produced another imposing performance for Watsonians, and the classy Nyle Godsmark of Southern Knights.
Meanwhile, inside-centre was probably the most fiercely contested position this week. Robbie McCallum was impressively physical in both attack and defence in a losing cause for Boroughmuir Bears against Watsonians, Rob Kay made 22 tackles with no misses for Heriot’s against Stirling County, and Tom Jordan was a fulcrum of creativity in the middle park for Ayrshire Bulls, but Craig Jackson of Southern Knights gets the nod after leading by example in a hard-fought win over Ayrshire Bulls.
Marc Morrison was man-of-the-match for Watsonians after showing that he has a strong kicking game as well as being a threat when putting the ball through hands, and he is partnered by scrum-half Alex Ball, who is always quick off the mark and scored that match-winning try for Heriot’s against Stirling County.
With Watsonians’ bonus-point win at Boroughmuir Bears built on their powerful set-piece, loose-head Matias Sonzogni Argiro and hooker Cal Davies are named in the front-row, where they pack down alongside Josh Scott, who made a big contribution in both the tight and loose for Heriot’s including an excellent turnover which swung the game. Murphy Walker showed that his injury-problems of last season are now in the past and is unlucky to miss out.
Byron Bowes worked hard and carried well for Stirling County so is named in the second-row, partnering Angus Runciman of Southern Knights, who also put in a big shift doing the unheralded work of hitting rucks and making tackles. Adam Sinclair showed how important a player he can be in Heriots’ engine-room and is unlucky to miss out, while Ayrshire Bulls pairing Edward Bloodworth and Tom Everard also showed up well.
Luis Ball‘s two tries and general work-rate for Watsonians earns him the No6 jersey, Harri Morris of Southern Knights retains the No7 jersey – just ahead of Jack McLean of Heriot’s, Connor Gordon of Stirling County and Connor Boyle of Watsonians – and with 13 carries and 14 tackles (no misses) Trystan Andrews of Boroughmuir Bears is selected at No8.
15. Matt Davidson (Ayrshire Bulls)
14. Rory McMichael (Heriot’s)
13. Archie Russell (Stirling County)
12. Craig Jackson (Southern Knights)
11. Robbie Nairn (Ayrshire Bulls)
10. Marc Morrison (Watsonians)
9. Alex Ball (Heriot’s)
1. Matias Argiro (Watsonians)
2. Cal Davies (Watsonians)
3. Josh Scott (Heriot’s)
4. Angus Runciman (Southern Knights)
5. Bryron Bowes (Stirling County)
6. Luis Ball (Watsonians)
7. Harri Morris (Southern Knights)
8. Trystan Andrews (Boroughmuir Bears)