FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series | Week One Warriors
It wasn’t just in Newcastle that the Warriors were showcasing their skills over the weekend, as the 2022 FOSROC Super6 Sprint Series got underway across Scotland.
In total, 15 representatives from Glasgow Warriors pulled on the colours of their designated FOSROC Super6 squad, with players from both the senior squad and the Scottish Rugby Academy on display across the weekend.
Ayrshire Bulls 24-17 Boroughmuir Bears
The weekend – and indeed the competition – kicked off at Millbrae on Friday night, as the 2021/22 Super6 champions Ayrshire Bulls got the better of Boroughmuir Bears in an enthralling contest in front of the Freesports cameras.
Both teams were able to call upon the services of five Warriors for the occasion, including the Bears welcoming Gregor Brown back onto the field for the flanker’s first match since injuring a knee in Glasgow’s win away to Zebre in March 2021.
Fellow academy talents Euan Ferrie and Robbie McCallum joined Brown in the starting XV for the Bears, with Hamish Bain and Rhys Tait completing the quintet.
For the Bulls, senior Glasgow squad members Tom Jordan, Grant Stewart and Tom Lambert – himself making a comeback for the first time since breaking an ankle in October – joined Scotland U20 fly-half Christian Townsend and second-rower Alex Samuel in the matchday 23.
Whilst McCallum would grab a late interception try for the visitors, there would be no doubt as to the game’s standout performer. A totemic display from Samuel in the engine room for the Bulls saw the second-rower claim the Player of the Match award, enhancing his burgeoning reputation across Scottish rugby circles.
Watsonians 26-24 Stirling County
The third franchise aligned to Glasgow Warriors suffered a narrow defeat on Saturday afternoon, as Watsonians struck with a last-gasp penalty to edge out Stirling County.
Continuing the theme of returning from injury, Ratu Tagive stepped out onto the field for his first competitive match since suffering a facial fracture in pre-season action for Glasgow Warriors, whilst Walter Fifita was named amongst the replacements for the Bridgehaugh side.
Yet it was the academy talents who would steal the show for County, with both Max Williamson and Angus Fraser touching down to open their try-scoring accounts for the season.
Euan Cunningham chipped in with two conversions in an assured showing at fly-half, albeit in a losing effort for those in red, black and white.
The Sprint Series continues this weekend, with live coverage of Friday night’s clash between Boroughmuir Bears and Heriot’s on Freesports, before Stirling County’s clash with Ayrshire Bulls on Saturday afternoon is live on BBC iPlayer and the Scottish Rugby website.
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