Super6 Sprint: Boroughmuir Bears hunt first win over unbeaten Watsonians

Skipper Craig Keddie returns for hosts in round three match at Meggetland on Saturday afternoon [kick-off 2pm]

Boroughmuir Bears host Watsonians in the 'Clinton Road Derby' tomorrow. Image: Graham Gaw
Boroughmuir Bears host Watsonians in the 'Clinton Road Derby' tomorrow. Image: Graham Gaw

BOROUGHMUIR BEARS are boosted by the return of skipper Craig Keddie as they look to post their first win of the FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon [2pm] at Meggetland against Edinburgh rivals Watsonians Rugby.

The experienced Keddie missed last week’s 38-22 reverse against Heriot’s Rugby, but replaces the benched Scott McGinley at No 8 this time around.

Euan Ferrie, the Glasgow Warriors’ Academy second-row, also comes into the starting pack for the Bears while behind the scrum the backline is fairly settled, the only change from last time out seeing Glen Faulds starting on the wing.


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On the bench, Iain Carmichael (Glasgow Hawks) and Chris Anderson (Boroughmuir RFC) continue as ‘emergency cover’ for hooker and loose-head prop respectively, while Callum Smith returns to the matchday 23 along with Jack FisherRonan Kerr could also make his first appearance of the season after being named as a replacement.

“We welcome our close neighbours Watsonians from across the road to Meggetland and, as always, we know that it will be a very tough game and we will have to perform at our best to be competitive,” Bears’ head coach Graham Shiel said.

“The challenge for this group is to individually perform at the level required of the competition for longer periods of the game. We are looking to reduce errors and by achieving that we can then combine as a squad to put together a performance which we can be proud of.”

Watsonians make the very short trip from Myreside looking to make it three wins from three. Harry Paterson, the Fettes College and Edinburgh Accies product who is now a member of the Edinburgh Rugby Academy, will debut for Watsonians at 15. He recently made his Scotland Sevens bow in Singapore and Canada.

He replaces Dom Coetzer while Joe Reynolds starts in the centre, so Angus Guthrie moves to the wing and Ryan Daley reverts to the bench. Rory Brand, who has English top level experience, comes in for a first start at No 9.

 

In the pack there is just one change, Karl Main replacing Campbell Wilson at seven, while Stirling County’s Super6 squad’s teenage tight-head prop Callum Norrie is on the bench as ‘emergency cover’.

Also on the bench, Edinburgh Rugby Academy hooker Patrick Harrison and the experienced Lee Millar looks set for a first outing of 2022 after missing the opening two rounds through injury.

“We’re really looking forward to the game on Saturday against the Bears,” Watsonians’ head coach Fergus Pringle said. “We came away with five points against a tough Southern Knights team down at Melrose last week, but we know there are a few things we need to improve on collectively.

“The Bears are a tough team that have played well in their first two games without getting the rewards. They hold onto ball well and are dangerous in transition situations. Their pack has also fronted up well against two strong packs in the first two games.

A decent crowd is expected for the ‘Colinton Road’ derby with under-18s getting in free and the barbecue set to be on the go on the Terrace at Meggetland. The match will also be on the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and the Scottish Rugby website.

 

Boroughmuir Bears (versus Watsonians Rugby at Meggetland, Saturday @ 2pm): T Brown; G Faulds, D Munn, R McCallum, J Jenkins; H Mercer, R Swan; B Sweet, C Tait, M McGinley, E Ferrie, H Bain, G Brown, R Tait, C Keddie©. Subs: I Carmichael, C Anderson, C Smith, J Fisher, S McGinley, M Johnstone, R Kerr, A Scott.

Watsonians Rugby: H Paterson; L MacPherson, L Berg, J Reynolds, A Guthrie; j Baggott, R Brand; S Gunn, C Davies©, G Scougall, L Ball, K van Niekerk, S Cecil, K Main, I Moody. Subs: P Harrison, C Imrie, C Norrie, K Watt, H Fisher, R Frostwick, L Millar, R Daley.

Referee: Graeme Ormiston

Key clash: Craig Keddie versus Iain Moody

 

Verdict: Boroughmuir may have lost their opening two games, but there have been encouraging signs in each of those outings and they picked up losing bonus points from both. Having Craig Keddie back is big for them and the back-row of Gregor Brown, Rhys Tait and Keddie looks well-balanced.

Watsonians on the other hand have won two from two and having utility back Angus Guthrie back from missing 2021 with injury has been a major plus for them. Their pack is settled while Karl Main will bring a physicality to the back-row, his battle with Rhys Tait should be tasty!

The Bears will push Watsonians hard, but Fergus Pringle’s men seem to have a knack of getting over the line after tight contests.

Away win.


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