JAMIE FORBES made a strong case to retain the No15 jersey after being solid under the high-ball, a threat coming into the line, a useful second distributor, a smart and accurate kicker from hand, and a valuable leader after the early departure through injury of Watsonians captain and stand-off Lee Millar. However, opposite number Craig Robertson was also a classy operator for Stirling County with some good high-ball takes, sound kicking and he made his team’s only line-break, so he gets the nod on this occasion.
Southern Knights provide both wingers. Patrick Anderson and Jacob Henry both looked sharp in attack, scoring a try apiece, and both defended solidly. Robbie Nairn of Ayrshire Bulls is especially unlucky to miss out after 11 carries, two line-breaks and three tackle breaks.
Rob Kay is at outside-centre in recognition of his sticking in on a frustrating afternoon for Heriot’s against Southern Knights, and his partner in the middle of the park is Tom Jordan, who tackled hard and read the game well for Ayrshire Bulls against Boroughmuir Bears. An honourable mention is due to Stuart Edwards, who moved the ball well for Heriot’s when they did manage to get some flow into their game and was the key men in their excellent try.
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Youngster Christian Townsend was an assured presence at stand-off in his first Super6 start, with 14 points from the boot during the first half setting up a comfortable home win for Ayrshire Bulls over Boroughmuir Bears. Another youngster in the shape of Scottish-qualified South African Marc Morrison also made a decent case for selection after replacing Watsonians captain Lee Millar 15 minutes into their match. He looked composed, got his backs moving and kicked some crucial points.
Watsonians scrum-half Reiss Cullen can at times take on too much himself and there was a few loose moments, but he is high-energy and a real threat from the base.
George Thornton of Ayrshire Bulls is at loose-head, Reyner Kennedy of Stirling County edges out Rhodri Tanner of the Bulls at hooker, while big Steven Longwell marked his first game back on this side of the pond with a typically powerful set-piece contribution and at least one good rumble with the ball in hand, so is named at tight-head ahead of .
James Pow impressed in the engine-room for the second week on the bounce for Stirling County but misses out again, this time to the magnificently named Edward Bloodworth of Ayrshire Bulls and Daniel Suddon, who was a key component in an excellent set-piece performance by the Southern Knights.
Stirling County pair George Arnott and Connor Gordon had huge tackle counts as part of a committed and well-organised defensive performance by Ben Cairns‘ team against Watsonians. Ryan Sweeney impressed at blindside for Bulls, as did Dalton Redpath for Southern Knights, and Jack McLean was into everything at open-side for Heriot’s. They are all unfortunate to miss out on the flanks to the evergreen Craig Keddie of Boroughmuir Bears and Harri Morris of Southern Knights.
At No8, Jack Mann of Heriots showed up well, particularly with ball in hand, and opposite number Iain Moody of Southern Knights also made a good case for selection for the second week on the bounce, but the thunderous Sam Daly is quickly emerging as a ‘go-to’ man in the Watsonians pack and scored the game’s decisive late try.
15. Craig Robertson (Stirling County)
14. Patrick Anderson (Southern Knights)
13. Robert Kay (Heriot’s)
12. Tom Jordan (Ayrshire Bulls)
11. Jacob Henry (Southern Knights)
10. Christian Townsend (Ayrshire Bulls)
9. Reiss Cullen (Watsonians)
1. George Thornton (Ayrshire Bulls)
2. Reyner Kennedy (Stirling County)
3. Steven Longwell (Watsonians)
4. Edward Bloodworth (Ayrshire Bulls)
5. Daniel Suddon (Southern Knights)
6. Craig Keddie (Boroughmuir Bears)
7. Harri Morris (Southern Knights)
8. Sam Daly (Watsonians)
When the “team of the season” comes out, it would be good to see an article on whether any of them could make the step up. I am
Enjoying the coverage, though, and look forward to the cross-border matches when they arrive.
As always, insightful and informed coverage of super six from the offside line.Super six is undoubtedly lifting the standard of Scottish rugby and the offside line is part of that process by elevating the quality of its coverage. Keep up the good work folks.