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Match Reports by Iain & Ali Houston
Southern Knights V Ayrshire Bulls FOSROC Super6, 23 November 2019
Two minutes into to-night’s FOSROC Super 6 match Conor Young was replaced, temporarily, by Ewan McQuillan and, a minute later, Ross Thomson’s penalty attempt rebounded in-field off the right hand upright. However, he was successful with his second attempt at 12 minutes only for Jason Baggott to level the scores by kicking a penalty at 20 minutes. Ruaridh Knott was sin-binned, at 35 minutes, for side entry with the resultant penalty being kicked to touch in the Town Corner. The lineout won Ayrshire Bulls put in a rolling maul with Sam Kitchen claiming the try and Thomson the conversion. With the half time hooter about to sound the Bulls put in another rolling maul on the left with the ball being passed right to Thomson who ghosted through the Southern Knights defence to dot down at the posts and convert to end the half.
Half time – Southern Knights 3 Ayrshire Bulls 17
Ten minutes into the second half the Knights won a penalty lineout in the Town Corner and from the resulting rolling maul RUSSELL Anderson scored the try converted by Baggott. Four minutes later McQuillan was invited onto the naughty step for a deliberate knock-on and from the resultant penalty lineout Kitchen scores an unconverted try in St. Mary’s Corner. A Knights clearance kick out of defence, at 65 minutes, was charged down by Stafford McDowall who managed to retrieve the ball and score the Bulls bonus point try at the posts with Thomson converting. There was no further scoring, but at 69 minutes Lars Morrice was sin-binned for side entry, then, at 74 minutes, Gordon Reid and Fraser Renwick were yellow carded together for an overheated discussion between themselves.
The FOSROC “Man of the Match” was Ayrshire Bulls stand-off Ross Thomson.
Southern Knights 10 Ayrshire Bulls 29
Southern Knights – Ciaran Whyte, Gavin Wood, Patrick Anderson Jason Baggott, Joe Jenkins, Tom Galbraith, Bruce Colvine, Shaun Gunn, Russell Anderson, Conor Young, Angus Runciman, Dalton Redpath, Neil Irvine-Hess, Ruaridh Knott, Iain Moody. Replacements – Fraser Renwick, Grant Sheills, Ewan McQuillan, James Head, Dylan Taylor, Struan Hutchison, Iain Sim, Nathan Sweeney.
Ayrshire Bulls – Ollie Smith, Robbie Nairn, TYLER Beary, Stafford McDowall, Craig Gossman, Ross Thomson, David Armstrong, Gordon Reid, Sam Kitchen, William Griffiths Maraschio, Fraser Hastie, Lars Morrice, George Bordill, Graham Geldenhuys, Peter McCallum. Replacements – Lewis Anderson, Michael Scott, Ruairidh Sayce, Marshall Sykes, Blair Macpherson, Harry Warr, Frazier Climo, Matt Davidson.
Referee – Ross Mabon. Assistants – Michael Todd & David Changleng.
Stirling County Vs Southern Knights FOSROC Super6, 16 November 2019
Within nine minutes of this FOSROC Super6 match Stirling County opened the scoring after Josh Henderson broke and dummied his way into Southern Knights territory before Dean Taylor-Menzies crashed over for an unconverted try. Four minutes later a Ciaran Whyte penalty put the Knights on the score-sheet. At 33 minutes, from a penalty lineout Reyner Kennedy scored a try converted by Henderson from the touchline. With the half time hooter well sounded Andrew Davidson barged his way over for a try converted by Henderson.
Half time – Stirling County 19 Southern Knights 3
Three minutes into the second half Rory Darge made a great break up the pitch off-loading to Ruaridh Knott whose try was converted by Whyte. Eight minutes later a Melrose lineout drive was thwarted, but Murdo McAndrew managed an inside pass to Michael Mvalese-Julyan who needed no second invitation to cross for a try converted by Whyte to make it a two-point game. With a quarter of an hour remaining a mal-functioning Knights lineout allowed County to hack through with Caleb Korteweg chasing and diving for an unconverted try. With minutes remaining Matt Smith was sin-binned for disrupting a Knights rolling maul. From the resul;tant penalty lineout the ball reached Patrick Anderson whose late try was well converted by Whyte to tie the scores.
Stirling County 24 Southern Knights 24
Stirling County – Brandon Thomson, Ewan MacGarvie, Robbie Kent, Grant Hughes, Logan Trotter, Josh Henderson, Caleb Korteweg, Billy Dineen, Reyner Kennedy, Murphy Walker, Ollie Bartlett, Andrew Davidson, Goerge Arnott, Matt Smith, Dean Taylor-Menzies.
Replacements – Aaron Thomson, Adam Wood, Charlie Brown, Cameron Henderson, Connor Gordon, Andrew Goudie, Ollie Horne, Andrew McLean.
Southern Knights – Ciaran Whyte, Joseph Jenkins, Patrick Anderson, Andrew Nagle, Michael Mvelase-Julyan, Tom Galbraith, Murdo McAndrew, Grant Shiells, Fraser Renwick, Ewan McQuillin, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Neil Irvine-Hess, Rory Darge, Iain Moody.
Replacements – Russell Anderson, Shaun Gunn, Conor Young, Dalton Redpath, Dyan Taylor, Struan Hutchison, Nathan Sweeney, Gavin Wood.
Referee – Hollie Davidson
Southern Knights v Watsonians Rugby, FOSROC Super6, 9 November 2019
After all the excitement and anticipation, the new look Southern Knights on the new Greenyards pitch in the new FOSROC Super6 competition finally took the field. The weather played its part too, sunny and clear, if a touch on the chilly side, joined by a healthy and enthusiastic crowd.
The pace, power and intensity of play from both sides was immediately apparent, although each team also appeared a little nervy in the opening exchanges. Struan Hutchison will go in the record books as the first points scorer for the Knights, as he stroked home a penalty from under the posts after 16 minutes. Big runs from Iain Moody, Neil Irvine-Hess and Fraser Thomson took the game from the Knights to the Watsonians 22 lines, finally resulting in visiting loose forward Michael Badenhorst receiving the first of what would be his team’s three yellow cards of the afternoon. Hutchison doubled his tally from the resultant penalty. Although a man to the good, and fine play down the left wing again from Moody and Irvine_Hess, along with Michael Mvelase-Julyan, Knights could not add to their tally. Joseph Jenkins came closest, just failing to maintain control over the line from a cute grubber kick by Hutchison. On the stroke of half time, Watsonians centre Lewis Berg also found himself in the sin bin for a high arm to the head of Patrick Anderson, a move which, on another day, in the current climate, may have been deemed red.
Half Time: Southern Knights 6 - Watsonians Rugby 0
The second part of the match played out as a half of two halves. The first saw the Southern Knights in control and spending the majority of play in the opposition half. Jamie Hodgson, Watsonian lock, had ten minutes to himself, during which Michael Mvelase Julyan finally broke the try deadlock, when he scooted into the Church Corner after a series of scrums on the left of the field. Struan Hutchison converted from the touchline, and despite leading 13-0, the pendulum swung in favour of the visitors from that point.
Stung into action, Watsonians finally made it into the Knights half, and on 63 minutes were rewarded with their first try, centre Joe Reynolds bursting the home defence, Lee Millar converting. Lewis Berg crossed over a few minutes later after sustained scrum pressure close to the Knights line, converting with 10 minutes to play. Knights then returned the pressure, and as the match approached a close, Hutchison took a penalty chance to put the Knights two points ahead with four minutes remaining. His effort drifted wide, and Watsonians remained solid in defence to see out the game and win by a solitary point.
Full Time: Southern Knights 13 – Watsonians Rugby 14
Southern Knights: Fraser Thomson (C), Joseph Jenkins, Patrick Anderson, Thomas Galbraith, Michael Mvelase-Julyan, Struan Hutchison, Murdo McAndrew; Grant Shiells (VC), Russell Anderson, Ewan McQuillin, Dalton Redpath, Angus Runciman, Neil Irvine-Hess, Dylan Taylor, Iain Moody.
Replacements; Fraser Renwick, Conor Young, Shaun Gunn, Ruaridh Knott, Rory Darge, Bruce Colvine, Gavin Wood, Ciaran Whyte
Watsonians Rugby: Jamie Forbes, Andrew Chalmers, Lewis Berg, Joe Reynolds, Angus Guthrie, Lee Millar (C), Roan Frostwick; Finn Hobbis, Campbell Wilson, Jack Stanley, Brian Leitch, Jamie Hodgson, Michael Badenhorst, Connor Boyle, Morgan Inness (VC)
Replacements; Cal Davies, Harrison Courtney, Nathan Borel, Finlay Simpson, James Miller, Murray Scott, Ewan Fox, Lomond MacPherson
Referee; Iain Kenny, Referee’s Assistants; Ross Mabon, Alistair Watt