Match Report - Saturday 31 July: Stirling County v Southern Knights - Stirling County RFC

Match Report – Saturday 31 July: Stirling County v Southern Knights

FOSROC Super6: Round 1

Match report from this weekend’s FOSROC first Super6 match, Stirling County kicking off their first match with a fantastic opening fixture against Southern Knights.

Stirling County’s Marcus Holden kicked off the FOSROC Super6 game, however Southern Knights were first to score. Winger Patrick Anderson scored them a TRY giving them a five point lead.

Not long after the Knights early lead, County pushed back with a kick into touch leading to a fantastic try in the 20th minute by winger Logan Trotter and conversion by Marcus Holden, making the score 7-5.

Not long after, County Captain Reyner Kennedy, pulled out County’s second try of the afternoon with Marcus Holden converting for a further two points, in the 20th minute. 14-5

County’s third try of the match was won by centre player, Grant Hughes, after a successful lineout. Holden once again, gaining county and extra two points, with an excellent conversion. 21-5

Minutes before half-time, Southern Knights were awarded a penalty try close to the try line, as JP Phelan was shown a yellow card for an infringement at the maul, making the half-time score Stirling County – 21, Southern Knights – 12.

HALF-TIME Stirling County 21- 12 Southern Knights

The away team came back strong from half-time, starting off with Fraser Renwick, securing the ball down over the line out after a maul. Jason Baggott added conversion points to close the gap to just three points.

County then managed to extend their lead to five when stand-off, Marcus Holden, successfully scored a penalty between the uprights, taking the score to 24-19.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Marcus Holden was taken off the pitch due to a leg injury and was replaced by 22’ Andrew Goudie.

County did well to maintain the ball mid pitch for most of the second half and with just over 10 minutes to go Stirling County’s Ali Mackie was replaced by Callum Cruikshanks. A second yellow card was issued to Stirling in the 74th minute.

With little time remaining on Stirling County’s first FOSROC Super6 match, Knights managed to score a try in the 79th minute through replacement Russell Anderson, however, failed to convert and so the scores were level. 24-24

The final score at full-time ended 24 all, which unbelievably was the exact same score as this fixture last season.

It was great to see some competitive rugby being played again at Bridgehaugh, and all the boys did Stirling County proud! We look forward to see what the next weekend of FOSROC Super6 brings!

Stirling County go up against Watsonians Rugby at Myreside on Friday 6th August with a 7:30 pm kick-off.

Head Coach

Ben Cairns, commented on the draw:

“In the end, we are pretty happy with the draw. I think we could’ve made it easier for ourselves so that we were in a better position at the end of the game, however, I couldn’t fault our effort.

The effort areas around scramble, defense, and work right off the ball were outstanding at times and we will get stronger as a group and in terms of fitness. I think the boys did really well for their first efforts and there weren’t many boys that haven’t impressed me today.”

Match Officials:
Scores: Stirling County TRY – Trotter, Kennedy, Hughes CON – Holden (3) PEN – Holden
Southern Knights TRY – Anderson, Renwick, penalty try. CON – Baggott

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

Southern Knights: 15. Joe Jenkins, 14. Andrew Mitchell, 13. Nyle Godsmark, 12. Craig Jackson (captain), 14. Patrick Anderson, 10. Jason Baggott, 9. Cameron Jones; 1. Grant Sheills, 2. Fraser Renwick, 3. Euan McLaren, 4. James Head, 5. Daniel Suddon, 6. Dalton Redpath, 7. Allan Ferrie, 8. Iain Moody
Replacements: 16. Russell Anderson, 17. Shaun Gunn, 18. Calum Crookshanks, 19. Angus Runciman, 20. Harry Borthwick, 21. Murdo McAndrew, 22. Keiran Clark, 23. Iain Sim

Match Report written by Eve Allison

Photography credit – Bryan Robertson Photography