FOSROCS SUPER6: ROUND 3
Match report from this weekend’s FOSROC third Super6 match, and a tight match it was. Stirling County went up against Heriot’s Rugby with a Sunday afternoon fixture at our beloved home pitch, Bridgehaugh.
Heriot’s stand-off Cameron Hutchinson kicked-off Round 3 of the FOSROC Super6 game. Stirling had the majority of possession in the first 20 minutes and a couple of tries were attempted but not rewarded to Stirling.
The first points of the game came in the 24th minute when Stirling was awarded a penalty kick and stand-off Andrew Goudie successfully pinned the ball in between the uprights, giving a three point lead.
However, Heriot’s were quick to push back with the opening try of the evening, from Ruairidh Leishman in the 25th minute, however there was no follow through conversion [3-5]
In the 30th minute County’s Kristian Kay capitalised on a loose ball and scored a try. Andrew Goudie then managed a successful conversion. [10-5]
Another penalty was awarded to Stirling in the 38th minute and Andrew Goudie gained County another three points. [13-5]
County’s No.6 Callum Cruikshank was shown a yellow card in the 39th minute and Heriot’s were given a penalty try and awarded all seven points.
As the half-time whistle was blown County had a one-point lead over Heriot’s. [13-12]
HALF-TIME: Stirling County 13-12 Heriot’s Rugby
Shortly into the second half, Heriot’s Alex Ball scored a try and Bruce Houston added to the points by successfully converting. [13-19]
Not long after, County made a few team changes. No.20 Bradley Luney replaced No.8 George Arnott, and No.23 Ross Mcknight replaced No.15 Tom Roche in the 53rd minute.
In the 54th minute, County Captain Reyner Kennedy was replaced by No.16 Angus Fraser.
No.18 JP Phelan was sent on the pitch in the 56th minute to replace No.1 Lewis Skinner and in the 58th minute No.21 Euan Cunningham was sent on to replace No.9 Kristran Kay.
With 20 minutes to go Archie Russell scored a try for County, however the conversion was unsuccessful. [18-19]
No.5 Max Williamson came off the pitch in the 61st minute, followed by No.6 Callum Cruikshank coming off and being replaced by No. 22 Landon Hayes.
A penalty kick was given to County in the 67th minute as Heriot’s No.6 was shown a yellow card. Andrew Goudie stepped up the the ball to take the kick, however the penalty was unsuccessful.
In the final 5 minutes Stirling substituted No. 3 Murphy Walker for No.17 Billy Dineen
FULL-TIME: Stirling County 18-19 Heriot’s Rugby
It was an intense and tight game here at Bridgehaugh today, but that’s Round 3 of FOSROC Super6 complete. Well done today boys and fingers crossed for next weekend and our next fixture!
Stirling host Ayrshire Bulls at Bridgehaugh next Friday, August 20th, with a 7:30pm kick-off.
Match report by Eve Allison
Ben Cairns commented on the match:
“It’s a really disappointing result after an improved performance. We know we are not far away however we need to show more patience in the final third so we are turning more of our opportunities into points. It’s a tight turnaround this week as we go again versus the Ayrshire Bulls on Friday night at Bridgehaugh. Hopefully we get a sizeable crowd for what is usually an excellent night out and we can get that first win.”
Stirling County: TRY Kristian Kay, Archie Russell CON, Andrew Goudie PEN (2)
Heriot’s Rugby: TRY Ruairidh Lishman, penalty try, Alex Ball CON Bruce Houston
Ref: Finlay Brown
AR1: David Sutherland
AR2: Jonny Perriam
FOSROC Player of the Match
Alex Ball (Heriot’s Rugby)
Callum Cruikshank (Stirling County)
Iain Wilson (Heriot’s Rugby)
Stirling County: 15. Tom Roche, 14. Steven Hamilton, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Grant Hughes, 11. Logan Trotter, 10. Andrew Goudie, 9. Kristian Kay; 1. Lewis Skinner, 2. Reyner Kennedy CAPTAIN, 3. Murphy Walker* 4. Byron Bowes, 5. Max Williamson*, 6. Callum Cruickshank, 7. Connor Gordon, 8. George Arnott.
Replacements: 16. Angus Fraser, 17. Billy Dineen, 18. JP Phelan, 19. Josh Van Vuuren, 20. Bradley Luney, 21. Euan Cunningham*, 22. Landon Hayes, 23. Ross McKnight*
Heriot’s Rugby: 15. Ross Jones, 14. Rory McMichael, 13. Robert Kay, 12. Stuart Edwards, 11. Callum Young, 10. Nathan Chamberlain, 9. Alex Ball; 1. Andrew Nimmo, 2. Michael Liness, 3. Josh Scott, 4. Callum Marshall, 5. Adam Sinclair, 6. Iain Wilson CAPTAIN, 7. Jack McClean, 8. Jack Mann.
Replacements: 16. Cameron Fenton, 17. Struan Cessford, 18. Chris Keen, 19. Ruairidh Leishman, 20. Fraser Hastie, 21. Jed Gelderbloom, 22. Bruce Houston, 23. James Couper
*FOSROC Scottish Rugby Contracted Academy Player