Super6: Watsonians host Southern Knights in top-of-the-table clash

Myreside men keen to bounce back after first loss of the season agains Heriot's last weekend

Southern Knights visit Myreside to take on Watsonians in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow [Friday] night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Southern Knights visit Myreside to take on Watsonians in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow [Friday] night. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

JAMIE FORBES returns from injury to skipper Watsonians from full-back as the Myreside men look to bounce back from last weekend’s heavy defeat at Heriot’s with an improved performance in tomorrow [Friday] night’s home clash against top-of-the-table Southern Knights. That means Harvey Elms reverts to the wing and Ru Smith drops to the bench.

Elsewhere in the backline, Scott King gets his first start, at outside-centre in place of the injured Lewis Berg, while Reiss Cullen is restored at scrum-half, with Murray Scott dropping to the bench. Veteran Kiwi Joe Reynolds is named as a replacement after being called into Watsonians’ 32-man Super6 squad in place of the injured Lee Millar.

Head coach Fergus Pringle has retained the front row which started last weekend, but Kwagga van Niekerk is injured so Luis Ball shifts from blindside into the engine room, and with Campbell Wilson dropping to the bench, Karl Main and Harry Fisher are added to the starting back row.


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“We learnt some tough lessons last week against Heriot’s,” acknowledged Pringle. “Firstly, we have to treasure the ball and reduce those individual errors and cheap turnovers. Then it’s about getting our game management and discipline right.

“The Knights will come to Myreside full of confidence, as usual. They will want to get their maul going and get on the front foot with their pack. We know it’s going to be a big challenge. We’re really looking forward to it and are determined to put in a good performance at Myreside for our second home game of the season.”

Meanwhile, Knights head coach Rob Chrystie is without captain Craig Jackson, who suffered a serious-looking lower-limb injury last week, so academy prospect Cammy Scott starts at inside centre, and the experienced Jason Baggott will look to carry on from where he left off after playing a leading role in the team’s win over Boroughmuir Bears last week. Iain Sim starts on the wing and Billy Wara drops out. The visitors’ starting pack is unchanged.

“Friday night under the lights at Myreside is sure to be a cracker,” said Chrystie. “Fergus will have his squad fired up and raring to go after a little set-back last weekend. We have found a way so far in this year’s FOSROC Super6 competition and are aware that this is going to take a full squad effort against the competition favourites.”

 

Watsonians (v Southern Knights at the Myreside, on Friday 27th August, kick-off 7.30pm): J Forbes (captain); H Elms, S King, D Coetzer, L MacPherson; M Morrison, R Cullen; H Courtney, C Davies, S Longwell, L Ball, M Badenhorst, K Main, H Fisher, S Daly.

Subs: R Graham, M Argiro, A Williams, K Watt, C Wilson, M Scott, J Reynolds, R Smith.

Southern Knights: J Jenkins; P Anderson, N Godsmark, C Scott, I Sim; J Baggott, M McAndrew; G Shiells (captain), F Renwick, E McLaren, A Runciman, D Suddon, H Borthwick, A Ferrie, I Moody.

Substitutes: R Anderson, S Gunn, C Crookshanks, J Head, D Redpath, C Jones, A Mitchell, K Clark.


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