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Preview: Ayrshire Bulls vs Watsonians

Preview: Ayrshire Bulls vs Watsonians

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Watsonians make the long trip to Millbrae, knowing a win will set up two home games.

This weekend presents a tough away day for the Super6 Squad as they head to Ayrshire, seeking a fifth win on the bounce.

A clean sweep through the initial league stage of the Sprint Series would see our team host two Friday night games.

Fergus Pringle has been pleased with the progress the team has made but knows the team needs to step up again this week. "We have had a real focus in the sprint comp on improving week on week individually and collectively. We know where we need to improve further and produce our best to come out on top on Saturday. It's a challenge that the squad are really looking forward to."

Watsonians head into the game on the back of an outstanding second half of rugby where they overturned a 15 point deficit to come out 34-25 winners over Heriots.

That win punctuated what has already been a positive Sprint Series and has guaranteed the team finish in the top three before the split.

Head coach Fergus Pringle knows Watsonians are in for a tough game "We know the challenges of going down to Millbrae to take on a strong Ayrshire Bulls team." He continued, "They will provide a real test for us as a squad across the park with their strong set-piece, a smart kicking game and ability to transition and create scoring opportunities."

Ayrshire Bulls come into the game on a high after they thrashed Southern Knights in Melrose two weeks ago. The Bulls started strong and kept their foot on the gas with some exciting attacking play in that game.

The Bulls currently sit in second place 3 points behind Watsonians.

What's intriguing about this game is it sees the Sprint Series's most potent attack take on our stout defence.

The Bulls only loss came in round two when they lost away to Stirling 33-24. In the two games since, they have only allowed 26 points.

With the Watsonians team selection confirmed, Head coach Fergus Pringle made these notes on the changes.

Pringle commented on the three changes in the backs, "Joe Reynolds starts at 12 with Lee Millar moving to 10 and Jason Baggott moving to the bench. Matt Currie comes in on pro release and starts on the wing, with Lomond MacPherson moving to the bench. Roan Frostwick starts at nine, and Rory Brand swaps to the bench."

Sam Grahamslaw and Angus Williams start in the front row with the rest of the starting pack the same in the forwards.

Gregor Scougall and Shaun Gunn are unavailable through injury. Bobby Bratton is on the bench, having just joined us as an injury replacement.

Gregor Nelson also comes into the squad as an injury replacement, while AP McWilliam and Elliot Young provide emergency cover in the front row.