Match Report - Friday 6 August: Stirling County v Watsonians Rugby - Stirling County RFC

Match Report – Friday 6 August: Stirling County v Watsonians Rugby


Match report from this weekend’s FOSROC’s second Super6 match, and an intense match it was. Stirling County were up against Watsonians Rugby with a late Friday evening fixture at Myreside.

Stirling County’s No.10, Andrew Goudie, kicked off the FOSROC Super6 game. The first points of the game came in the 20th minute when County Captain, Reyner Kennedy, scored a try giving an early five-point lead.

Fly-Half, Andrew Goudie, then managed to complete a successful conversion to bring the score for Stirling up to seven. 7-0

In the 25th minute County prop, George Breese, stepped off the pitch and No.18 Murphy Walker stepped on to play.

HALF-TIME Stirling County 7- 0 Watsonians Rugby

County looked strong and confident going into the second half with their seven-point lead. Captain Reyner Kennedy was replaced by Angus Fraser in the 48th minute.

10 minutes into the second half Watsonians got their first points of the evening on the board when County No.8 Ali Mackie was shown a yellow card for an offside offense, and a penalty was awarded to Watsonians. Marc Morrison secured Watsonians three points as he slotted the ball between the uprights. 7-3

Ali Mackie was swapped with No.20 Josh Van Vurren, in and around the 60th minute.

Stirling’s defensive game throughout the second half was outstanding, pushing back at the home team with everything they had. With a little less than 20 minutes to go Billy Dineen stepped up to the pitch to take over from JP Phelan.

With just 15 minutes remaining right-winger Stevie Hamilton was subbed for No. 23 Tom Roche.

It was a very tight game and it looked like it was Stirling who was going to take the win. However in the last five minutes FOSROC Player of the match Sam Daly made his way over the try line for the home side. Marc Morrison added the extra two points on offer to secure the win for the hosts and earn their second win on the trot. 7-10

Another fantastic game for Stirling County, and we are all hoping that next weekend’s FOSROC Super6 brings County the win they deserve!

Stirling County goes up against Heriot’s Rugby at Bridgehaugh on Sunday 15th August with a 1:30 pm kick-off.

FULL-TIME: Stirling County 7-10 Watsonians Rugby

Head Coach

Ben Cairns let us know the positives of Friday night’s performance:

“The big positives are that we are shooting ourselves in the foot [giving away cheap penalties], we’ve got a massive penalty count against us.”

“Our accuracy isn’t where we’d want it to be from an attacking sense but still doing all of that, we are still nearly winning those games.”

“In terms of the defensive effort we are putting in, some of the passes we were defending, and coming up with a penalty close to our line, it’s awesome to see.”

“Ultimately that kind of effort and that kind of defense is what wins championships. We just have to flick the switch in terms of our disciplinary action and attack, and they are fairly easy fixes. We are not far off it.”

Match Officials: Keith Allen (referee), Jonny Perriam (AR1), Bob Nevins (AR2).

Scores: Watsonians TRY: Sam Daly, CON Marc Morrison, PEN Marc Morrison.
Stirling County TRY: Reyner Kennedy, CON Andrew Goudie

FOSROC Player of the Match: Sam Daly (Watsonians Rugby)

Stirling County: 15. Craig Robertson, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Grant Hughes, 11. Logan Trotter, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Kristian Kay; 1. George Breese, 2. Reyner Kennedy CAPTAIN, 3. JP Phelan, 4. James Pow, 5. Byron Bowes, 6. George Arnott, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. Alasdair Mackie.
Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser*, 17. Billy Dineen, 18. Murphy Walker*, 19. Callum Cruickshank, 20. Josh Van Vuuren, 21. Craig Jardine, 22. Landon Hayes, 23. Tom Roche

Watsonians Rugby: 15. Jamie Forbes, 14. Lomond Macpherson, 13. Lewis Berg, 12. Dominic Coetzer, 11. Harvey Elms, 10. Lee Millar CAPTAIN, 9. Reiss Cullen; 1. Harrison Courtney, 2. Ross Graham, 3. Steven Longwell, 4. Kieran Watt, 5. Michael Badenhorst, 6. Karl Main, 7. Connor Boyle, 8. Sam Daly.
Replacements: 16. Cal Davies, 17. Matias Sonzogni Argiro, 18. Angus Williams, 19. Luis Ball, 20. Harry Fisher, 21. Roan Frostwick*, 22. Marc Morrison, 23. Jordan Venter

Match Report written by Eve Allison