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Match Reports by Iain & Ali Houston

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Boroughmuir Bears v Southern Knights FOSROC Super 6 10th January, 2020

With the original 4th Round 4 FOSROC Super 6 match having been postponed because Meggetland was frozen the conditions this evening were foul with driving wind and rain. Both teams strove to gain a foothold in the game, it was the Southern Knights who opened the scoring at 22 minutes. Struan Hutchison, into a strong wind, propelled a long kick down field with the Bears fumbling the ball in defence. Gavin Wood gathered the loose ball and dived over for an unconverted try. Eight minutes later Ewan McQuillan crashed over from short range with Jason Baggott adding the extras, then, just on the interval, Jason Edmunds added his weight to the back of a maul and crashed over for a try converted by Chris Laidlaw.

Half time – Boroughmuir Bears 7 Southern Knights 12

Fourteen minutes into the second half Russell Anderson rumbled over from close-by and Baggott converted. Bears retaliated immediately with Ewan Stewart diving in for an unconverted try. The Knights bonus point try came four minutes later from another close-range maul when McQuillan scored his second try which Wood converted. Then, to add icing to the cake, Patrick Anderson, at 78 minutes, gathered a loose ball and scored an unconverted try. This first victory for the Southern Knights was well taken and well deserved. The FOSROC “Player of the Match” was Knight’s hooker Russell Anderson.

Boroughmuir Bears 12 Southern Knights 31

Boroughmuir Bears – Glen Faulds, Cammy Gray, Archie Russell, Greg Cannie, Jordan Edmunds, Chris Laidlaw, Tom Wilson, George Thornton, JOHHNY Matthews, Dan Winning, Ewan Stewart, Callum Atkinson, Aubrey Mncube, Scott McGinley, Craig Keddie. Replacements – George Shannon, A.P.McWilliam, Martin McGinley, Tom Drennan, Jale Vakaloloma, Murray Johnstone, Martin Cimprich, Ronan Kerr.

Southern Knights – Fraser Thomson, Ciaran Whyte, Joe Jenkins, Gavin Wood, Patrick Anderson, Jason Baggott, Struan Hutchison, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Ewan McQuillan, Conor Young, Angus Runciman, Ruaridh Knott, Dylan Taylor, James Head. Replacements – Fraser Renwick, Callum Crookshank, Shaun Gunn, Dalton Redpath, Finlay Scott, Bruce Colvine, Thomas Galbraith, Michael Mvelase-Julyan.

Referee – David Sutherland

Newcastle Falcons v Southern Knights Doddie Weir Club Trophy 28th December

A crowd of some 5484 attended Kingston Park to watch Newcastle Falcons play Southern Knights for the Doddie Weir Club Trophy raising funds for @MNDoddie5 #tacklingMND, and to watch Doddie and his son present the Trophy to the winning team at the conclusion of the match.

With five minutes played Charlie Maddison, having received a short pass from Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti, dived into the right corner for the opening try which Brett Connon converted. At 18 minutes Trevor Davison bashed his way through a tackle to score in the right corner with Connon, again, converting. 23 minutes having been played Maddison completed a penalty lineout maul in the right corner with an unconverted try and, six minutes later, Nemani Nagusa , from a short pass, dived into the right corner with Connon converting from the touchline. A couple of minutes later a Knights kick out of defence was fielded and passed to Chidera Obonna, via Nagusa and Gareth Owen, with the winger sprinting some 30m to score an unconverted try in the left corner. Just short of the interval Falcons broke out of defence with their counter attack being helped by a penalty kicked to the right corner. From the resulting lineout driving maul Maddison claimed his hat-trick try and Connon his fourth conversion.

Half time – Newcastle Falcons 36 Southern Knights 0

Five minutes into the second half Maddison was sin-binned for an offense close to the Falcons line. Knights opted for the scrum which they won, but the cross-kick to the unmarked winger bounced over the dead-ball line before it could be touched down. The Knights first try did come at 54 minutes when Struan Hutchison, as a good scrum half should, sniped over from short range, but the try was unconverted. Three minutes later, and despite a heavy Knights defensive effort, Bailey Ramson stretched over the line for a try converted by Connon. At 61 minutes Billy Wara received a wide floated pass and dived into the right corner for an unconverted try. With four minutes remaining Josh Basham bullocked his way through a heap of bodies on the left for an unconverted try then, with no-side imminent a lineout on halfway was taken quickly with Callum Young and Freddie Lockwood making considerable ground before passing to Ramsom whose try in the right corner was well converted by Will Hatdon-Wood from the touchline.

Newcastle Falcons 57 Southern Knights 10

Newcastle Falcons – Alan Tait, Josh Hodge, Dominic Waldouck, Gareth Owen, Chidera Obonna, Brett Connon, Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti, Trevor Davison, Charlie Maddison, Mike Daniels, Bailey Ramsom, Rob Farrar, Simon Uzokwe, Guy Graham, Nemani Nagusa. Replacements – Conrad Cade, Adam Broklebank, Oscar Candle, Freddie Lockwood, Josh Basham, Callum Pascoe, Joel Matavesi, Charlie Wilson, Harry Hill, Will Haydon-Wood, Callum Young.

Southern Knights – Ciaran Whyte, Patrick Anderson, Joe Jenkins, Gavin Wood, Jacob Henry, Jason Baggott, Struan Hutchison, Sean Gunn, Fin Scott, Ewan McQuillan, Alan Gregory, James Head, Andrew Nagle, Ruaridh Knott, Rory Darge. Replacements – Fraser Renwick, Grant Sheills, Conor Young, Angus Runciman, Russell Anderson, Bruce Colvine, Tom Galbraith, Iain Sim, Callum Crookshank, Tom Robertson, Liam Herdman, Michael Mvelase-Jolyan, Billy Wara.

Referee – Hamish Smales. Assistants – Gregg Dawson & Michael Harris.

Heriots v Southern Knights FOSROC Super6, 14 December 2019

The sixth round of the FOSROC Super 6 competition was played on a very cold and blustery Goldenacre. Despite early Southern Knights pressure, Heriots took the lead at 13 minutes when Michael Liness burrowed over from short range with Ross Jones adding the conversion. Jason Baggott kicked the Knights back into the game with penalties at 18 &  27 minutes only for Jones to reply in kind at 35 minutes. The half ended with Fraser Renwick driving over for an unconverted try to give the Knights the lead, and Iain Wilson earning himself a yellow card.

Half time – Heriots Rugby 10 Southern Knights 11.

Two minutes into the second half Cameron Hutchison broke through a couple of tackles to crash over for a try converted by Jones. At 68 minutes James Couper, running an excellent line, picked up a poor pass off his bootlaces to dive into the right corner for an unconverted try. But the Knights were not yet finished. With six minutes remaining, following a series of picks and drives, Ruaridh Knott made his presence felt with an unconverted try, but try as they might the Knights were unable to secure a further seven points to gain victory.

FORSOC “Man of the Match” was Robert Kay.

Heriots Rugby 22 Southern Knights 16

Heriots Rugby – Robbie Chalmers, Rory McMichael, Robert Kay, Cameron Hutchison, Jack Blain, Ross Jones, Dan Nutton, Josh Scott, Michael Liness, Dan Gamble, Adam Sinclair, Charlie Jupp, Iain Wilson, Jack McClean, Jason Hill. Replacements – Ali Johnstone, Chris Keen, Struan Cessford, Ronan Seydak, Callum Marshall, Andrew Simmers, James Spencer, James Couper.

Southern Knights – Fraser Thomson, Ciaran Whyte, Patrick Anderson, Gavin Wood, Joe Jenkins, Jason Baggott, Struan Hutchison, Shaun Gunn, Fraser Renwick, Ewan McQuillan, James Head, Angus Runciman, Neil Irvine-Hess, Harri Morris, Iain Moody. Replacements – Finlay Scott, Calum Crookshank, Grant Shiells, Dalton Redpath, Ruaridh Knott, Andrew Nagle, Thomas Galbraith, Jacob Henry.

Referee – Graeme Ormiston

Heriots v Southern Knights FOSROC Super6, 7 December 2019

Today’s FOSROC Super 6 match was played in foul conditions with a strong wind blowing down the pitch and driving rain throughout. Southern Knights, playing with the wind at their backs, looked more likely to gain the initial score, but their siege on the Heriots line came to nil. At 21 minutes, with Heriots pressing within the Knights 22, Patrick Anderson fly-hacked a dropped Heriots pass several times down the pitch eventually side-flicking the ball to Joe Jenkins, backing-up, who latched onto it to score the opening try which was converted by Jason Baggott. And thus ended the first half scoring!

Half time – Southern Knights 7 Heriots 0.

Like-wise in the second half Heriots were unable to take full advantage of the gale at their backs. With fourteen minutes played Russell Anderson was shown a yellow card for disrupting a maul and within a couple of minutes Heriots were awarded a penalty try when the Knights were accused of collapsing a scrum 5. Seven minutes later slick Heriots handling allowed Jack Blain to slip in for an unconverted try. At 70 minutes, with penalty advantage being played, Michael Liness nipped in for a try converted by Ross Jones. With four minutes remaining the Knights won a penalty line-out in the Town Corner and from the resulting rolling maul the ball was passed right to Baggott to score between the posts, but his drop-kick conversion attempt to try to get the game re-started quickly was sliced wide.

Southern Knights 12 Heriots Rugby 19

FOSROC “Man of the Match” was awarded to Stuart Edwards.

Southern Knights – Fraser Thomson, Ciaran Whyte, Patrick Anderson, Gavin Wood, Joe Jenkins, Jason Baggott, Struan Hutchison, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Conor Young, Angus Runciman, Dalton Redpath, Neil Irvine-Hess, Ruaridh Knott, Iain Moody. Replacements – Finlay Scott, Calum Crookshank, Shaun Gunn, James Head, Fraser Renwick, Tom Galbraith, Andrew Nagle, Jacob Henry.

Heriots Rugby – Ross Jones, Rory McMichael, Robert Kay, Cameron Hutchison, James Spencer, Andrew Simmers, Andrew Nimmo, Michael Liness, Murray McCallum, Callum Marshall, Rhuaridh Leishman, Iain Wilkson, Jack McClean, Jason Hill. Replacements – Ali Johnstone, Josh Scott, Struan Cessford, Adam Sinclair, Charlie Jupp, Dan Nutton, Jack Blain, Robbie Chalmers.

Referee – Ian Kenny. Assistants – Sam Grve-White & Alastair Watt. 

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