Match Report: Saturday 11th September Ayrshire Bulls V Stirling County - Stirling County RFC

Match Report: Saturday 11th September Ayrshire Bulls V Stirling County


Match report from this weekend’s FOSROC sixth Super6 match. Stirling County went up against Ayrshire Bulls on Saturday afternoon at Millbrae. 

County’s Andrew Goudie kicked off the game and the first points of the game were put on the board only two minutes in.

As the Ayrshire Bulls moved the ball up the pitch, the initial attacker was taken down by Stirling County’s defence, however it was offloaded nicely to full-back Matt Davidson who scored a try and Tom Jordan successfully added the conversion. [7-0]

Stirling’s first points came as a result of a penalty, Bulls were penalised for not rolling away. Andrew Goudie stepped up and slotted the ball between the upright. [7-3]

In the 34th minute No.3 JP Phelan was replaced by No.17 Cole Lamberton.

Bulls extended their lead as Yaree Fantini collected a backhanded offload from hooker Alexander McGuire which paved the way for the Bulls second try. Jordan added the conversion. [14-3]

Just before half-time Stirling’s winger Tom Roche was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.

Ayrshire’s Fantini scored his second try of the afternoon in the final few minutes of the first half. The Bulls maul got moving after a line out, the openside flanker was on hand to secure the ball down over the line.

HALF-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 19-3 Stirling County

Not long into the second half Stirling were penalized at the scrum and the home team were awarded a penalty kick, Jordan kicked the ball between the posts. [22-3]

County made some further replacements a little but into the second half and No.16 Angus Fraser, No.19 Byron Bowes and No.21 Caleb Korteweg stepped on the pitch.

In the 50th minute Bulls Captain, Blair McPherson, powered his way over the try line to score the hosts their fourth try of the afternoon. Jordan successfully added the conversion. [29-3]

Ayrshire’s Robert Beattie collected an offloaded ball intended for County in the 58th minute, and ran to the try line to further extend their lead. Christian Townsend added the conversion. [36-3]

County scored their first try of the afternoon when flanker Callum Cruikshank collected the inside pass. Euan Cunningham added the conversion. [36-10]

Try number six for the home team came in the 69th minute when Gavin Wilson collected a loose ball and ran it near the posts. [43-10]

The Bulls scored their last try of the afternoon in the 75th minute as winger Elias Caven scored a simple try. Townsend added the conversion. [48-10]

In the final play of the game, Stirling were able to score a consolation try as Tom Roche secured the ball down over the homesides try line. Cunningham added the conversion points. [48-17]

FULL-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 48-17 Stirling County

Head Coach

Ben Cairns commented on the match:

“Things went wrong from the first kick off. I’m laughing but they’ve gone near full length and scored on the first possession of the game. It doesn’t matter how well you feel you prepped and how much energy you’ve got going into the game, if the first event happens as it did, this just sucks all the momentum you took into the game.”

“We showed what we could do when we execute, but it took us till the last 20-minutes to start executing anything off our set-piece. If you don’t have set-piece, you’re not going to get anything out of the game.”

“We’re not going to view that performance too hard, we feel it’s an attitude thing, guys taking individual responsibility and asking them to go away, reflect and be honest with themselves.”

Match report by Eve Allison


Ayrshire Bulls: TRY Matt Davidson, Yaree Fantini (2) Blair McPherson, Robert Beattie, Gavin Wilson, Elias Caven PEN Tom Jordan CON Tom Jordan (2) Christian Townsend (2)

Stirling County: TRY Callum Cruickshank, Tom Roche CON Euan Cunningham (2) PEN Andrew Goudie


Match Officials:

Ref: David Sutherland

AR1: Dunx McClement

AR2: Bob Nevins

No4: Duncan Pine

Time: Graham Eastland


FOSROC Player of the Match

Yaree Fantini (Ayrshire Bulls)



Yellow: Tom Roche (Stirling County)

Ayrshire Bulls: 15. Matt Davidson, 14. Elias Caven, 13. Robert Beattie, 12. Tom Williams, 11. Robbie Nairn, 10. Tom Jordan, 9. Jordan Lenac; 1. George Thornton, 2. Alex McGuire, 3. Calvin Henderson, 4. Edward Bloodworth, 5. Tom Everard, 6. Ryan Sweeney, 7. Yaree Fantini, 8. Blair MacPherson CAPTAIN

Replacements: 16. (25) Jamie Drummond*, 17. (17) Ruairidh Sayce, 18. (18) Michael Scott, 19. (16) Ewan Hamilton Bulger, 20. Gavin Wilson, 21. Tom Lanni, 22. Christian Townsend*, 23. Harry Warr

Stirling County: 15. Craig Robertson, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Craig Jardine, 11. Tom Roche, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Grant Hughes; 1. Billy Dineen, 2. Reyner Kennedy CAPTAIN, 3. JP Phelan, 4. James Pow, 5. Bradley Luney, 6. Callum Cruickshank, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. George Arnott.

Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser, 17. Cole Lamberton*, 18. George Breese, 19. Byron Bowes, 20. Josh Van Vuuren, 21. Caleb Korteweg, 22. Euan Cunningham*, 23. Landon Hayes

*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player