Super6 ‘sprint’ fixture schedule announced

Watsonians visit Boroughmuir Bears on opening weekend of pre-Christmas competition

Southern Knights hosted Watsonians on the first weekend of the inaugural Super6 season last September. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Southern Knights hosted Watsonians on the first weekend of the inaugural Super6 season last September. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

WATSONIANS, who topped the inaugural Super6 table before lockdown, will make the short trip across Colinton Road to play Boroughmuir Bears on the opening weekend of the ‘sprint’ competition which has been arranged as part of Scottish domestic rugby’s return from hibernation.

Southern Knights will host Ayrshire Bulls and Heriot’s are at home to Stirling County on the same weekend.

The ‘Sprint Series’, which is to be sponsored once again FOSROC, will allow each team in the competition to play every other team once (either home or away) between weekends of 31st October and 28th November, before three play-off matches on the weekend of 5th December to decided the final rankings.


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This shortened tournament will be supported by a series of video magazine programmes hosted by former Scotland cap and SRU ambassador Chris Paterson, who will be joined by guests from each of the clubs to look back at games from the previous weekend, but matches will not be shown live on the SRU’s website or the BBC Scotland website as happened last season.

“This is a great opportunity for all FOSROC Super6 squad players to return to competitive rugby and will provide much needed game time for a number of Scotland U20 players, said Sean Lineen, whose many job sites include ‘Scottish Rugby’s FOSROC Super6 On-Field Lead’.

“It’s fantastic that FOSROC are once again supporting the Super6 programme, in doing so they help to support in bridging the gap between the amateur and professional game.”

The 31st October start date is indicative, based on the target of Scottish Rugby having government permission to progress from Stage 4 to Stage 6 of its Return to Rugby Roadmap by that time.

FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series fixtures:  

Weekend of Saturday 31 October

Southern Knights v Ayrshire Bulls

Heriot’s Rugby v Stirling County

Boroughmuir Bears v Watsonians

Weekend of Saturday 7 November

Watsonians v Ayrshire Bulls

Boroughmuir Bears v Heriot’s Rugby

Stirling County v Southern Knights

Weekend of Saturday 14 November

Watsonians v Stirling County

Southern Knights v Heriot’s Rugby

Ayrshire Bulls v Boroughmuir Bears

Weekend of Saturday 21 November

Ayrshire Bulls v Stirling County

Boroughmuir Bears v Southern Knights

Heriot’s Rugby v Watsonians

Weekend of Saturday 28 November

Heriot’s Rugby v Ayrshire Bulls

Stirling County v Boroughmuir Bears

Southern Knights v Watsonians

Final Weekend of Saturday 5 December

1st v 2nd

3rd v 4th

5th v 6th


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13 Comments

  1. lets see Dom has said we wont hit stage 3 (we did) we wont hot stage 4 (we did) and now he’s saying same for 5. I’m hoping he’s keeps his 100% record. From what I see and hear in statements from government they are encouraging & supportive of outdoor covid monitored activities what they don’t like is indoor activities with no track/trace potential especially ones which would place the most at risk in direct contact with potentially asymptomatic carriers. Put it this way they would rather a bunch of 18-40 year olds ran around in the open air and then headed home than they stayed in tempted to just have a few mates round drinking beers and eating pies.

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    • So we can meet with one other household outdoors and max 6 people but it’s ok for players to play a match but as soon as they come off the pitch they must practice SD, can’t use the changing rooms or showers.

      Covid doesn’t discriminate and playing rugby doesn’t protect anyone.

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    • And just for completeness heres what the SG say in their latest guidance

      “Where contact sport is permitted, Sports can use a ‘field bubble’ where physical contact is allowed on the field of play when the activity is taking place. Outwith the ‘field bubble’, people should abide by the guidance on physical distancing as outlined above.”

      The SR rules say 5 players can engage in modified contact for a max of 30 mins

      How pray tell do you get matches played with those rules?

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    • Teamsheets Dom. Come on its l not hard. Track and trace relies on knowing who is where and with whom. We send e trying to eliminate an endenic virus that’s only serious for a very small minority we are trying to suppress it and keep it away from the most at risk until medicine continued it’s already great strides. And yes You can’t play friendly games until stage 5 (which you don’t want to see which is your right) which frankly will mean near identical exposure. Cheers

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    • How about answering the question for a change Ed rather than deflecting?

      How do you play rugby matches when all that’s allowed currently are contact groups of 5 people?

      30 plus guys in close proximity to each other for 80 mins is a high risk activity.

      Nicola Sturgeon disagrees with your assessment. People go home and spread the virus to others.

      As an aside you might care to read the piece about Leyton Orient whose squad came down with Covid and their match with Spurs is off. Footballers have much less Physical contact with each other than rugby players

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    • Hi Dom, Could you maybe try reading? Exhibit A “And yes You can’t play friendly games until stage 5 (which you don’t want to see which is your right) which frankly will mean near identical exposure. Cheers” Is the answer to your question given yesterday. It is your right to want to see no more sport and the benefits it brings, it is your right to want to see a restriction on work and the economy even though a first class NHS needs a first class economy. I think – which is my right – that I would rather see 30 blokes playing rugby and staying mentally and physically fit rather than on their own in houses watching telly and drinking beer. I think the lack of hospital admissions and ICU admissions and deaths is reassuring. We have different views/. All best

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    • Hi Dom, Could you maybe try reading? Exhibit A “And yes You can’t play friendly games until stage 5 (which you don’t want to see which is your right) which frankly will mean near identical exposure. Cheers” Is the answer to your question given yesterday. It is your right to want to see no more sport and the benefits it brings, it is your right to want to see a restriction on work and the economy even though a first class NHS needs a first class economy. I think – which is my right – that I would rather see 30 blokes playing rugby and staying mentally and physically fit rather than on their own in houses watching telly and drinking beer. I think the lack of hospital admissions and ICU admissions and deaths is reassuring. We have different views/. All best

  2. Sad that the broadcast coverage has been reduced further, but totally unsurprising. I cannot understand how they thought they’d get a TV deal with no Glasgow team, nothing north of the Forth etc. etc.

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    • All of that is entirely valid, but add in that it’s an artificial tournament, with no promotion / relegation, players dropping in from pro ranks (sometimes for different teams) that have no organic link to the teams, the pretty poor production standards of the coverage and the utterly turgid rugby that was served up last time it’s hardly surprising that broadcasters are reflecting that the general rugby public aren’t interested. If you want a contrast look at the excellent dramatic rugby played at Murrayfield on the last Silver Saturday. For an even bigger contrast look at the way the Welsh cover not just their club rugby but their u18 rugby (and how high the skill set is even is really appalling weather). For a further contrast look at the Leinster schools cup games for last couple of years and see both the size of the crowds and the standard of rugby played. We had semi pro rugby prior to super six. It’s been a poor idea horribly executed with noone willing to step back from their egos and admit this. Saying we needed to do something doesn’t mean we should waste resources on something that would never work. It’s even more galling that club rugby was deliberately undercut to try to ensure that super six wouldn’t be shown up.

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  3. Given todays news conferences from London and Edinburgh the chances of rugby moving to stage 5 got much much smaller.

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