Super6 Sprint: Southern Knights hunt a happy ending against Heriot’s

Home head coach Bruce Ruthven challenges his team to produce an 80 minute performance

Bruce Ruthven has challenged his Southern Knights team to produce an 80 minutes performance. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Bruce Ruthven and his Southern Knights squad have deepening injury worries to deal with after their loss to Watsonians. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

SOUTHERN KNIGHTS are hoping to finish a tough Super6 campaign on a high by picking up their first win of the series when they host Heriot’s tomorrow night, with head coach Bruce Ruthven challenging his players to provide a consistent performance over the full 80 minutes.

Ruthven has rejigged his backline with Callum Grieve coming in at full-back for Kieran Clark, who is being rested with an eye to upcoming Scotland Under-20s demands, Paddy Anderson returning on the wing, and Billy Wara shifting into the centre where he will partner Robbie Chalmers. Ben Afshar takes over from Murray Redpath at scrum-half.

In the pack, Alan Ferrie returns at blindside flanker with Sam Derrick shifting to No 8 in place of Harry Borthwick, while winger Jacob Henry returns from suspension to take a spot on the bench.


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“We anticipate being up against a strong squad on Saturday and understand that we will have to make improvements on last week’s first 50 minutes to give ourselves an opportunity to win the match,” said Ruthven. “The players recognise the importance of putting in a consistent performance over the 80 minutes and are looking forward to doing battle with Heriot’s, who have shown throughout this Sprint campaign that they are an abrasive and strong squad.”

Meanwhile, Heriot’s are boosted by the release of Charlie Savala to play stand-off (directly opposite Nathan Chamberlain, his old sparring partner in the battle to be third choice No 10 at Edinburgh), which means Bruce Houston reverts to full-back.

Cammy Hutchison has also been released by Edinburgh to play inside-centre, while fellow pro Jack Blain will cover wing and full-back from the bench.

Former Edinburgh pro Cameron Fenton makes his first start of the campaign after recovering from concussion and he packs down at hooker alongside academy tight-head Dan Gamble. There is plenty of firepower and experience on the away team’s bench.

 

Teams –

Southern Knights (versus Heriot’s at The Greenyards, Saturday @ 2pm): C Grieve; P Anderson, B Wara, R Chalmers, A Cross; N Chamberlain, B Afshar; G Shiells, F Renwick©, M Woodward,  R Brown, D Redpath, A Ferries, W Nelson, S Derrick. Subs: J Bett, I Brace, C Bowker, T Brown, C Renwick, M Redpath, J Henry, B Pickles.

Heriot’s: B Houston; J Couper, N Godsmark, C Hutchison, S Pecqueur; C Savala, M McAndrew; C Keen, C Fenton, D Gamble, F Hastie, R Seydak, L Govenlock, I Wilson, R Leishman©. Subs: M Liness, J Scott, E McLaren, J Campbell, C Anderson, Z Smith, R Jones, J Blain.

Referee: Michael Todd

 

Key clash: Robbie Chalmers versus Cammy Hutchison

 

Verdict: Bruce Ruthven wants his players to give themselves a chance of breaking their duck in this series by staying in the contest during the first 50 minutes, but if they manage that they will then need to contain an impressive Heriot’s bench during the final 30 minutes, so this is huge challenge for the Borderers. But they are on their home patch and desperate to finish the campaign on a positive note.

It is likely to be tight, but squad depth should edge it for the visitors.

Narrow away win.


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1 Comment

  1. Kieran Clark being “rested “ because of “having an eye” on forthcoming U20 duties , that doesn’t make any sense at all … he has not exactly been overcommitted with game time in the Super 6 Sprint as he has been rotating regularly with Calum Grieve at full back. To suggest he is being rested over three weeks before the first U20 game in Italy is very odd… he’s probably only played about the equivalent of 3 games during the Sprint series and it’s not exactly the most physically taxing of positions when compared to the forward positions…
    Not buying that one I’m afraid …..
    if that’s the case why are many of the other U20 players not being “rested”.

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