Super 6 Rugby still finding its feet

Weather decimated the Super 6 matches this weekend as all three games were cancelled due to frozen pitches.

With three matches played so far, Watsonians retain the top spot, with Ayrshire Bulls in second.

The enforced break presents a perfect opportunity to assess if the experiment by Scottish Rugby to create a stepping stone between the club game and the pro ranks is working.

David Barnes is the founder and editor of The Offside Linea Scottish rugby news website.

He believes that the jury is still out on the merits of creating a new playing tier within the Scottish game.

Barnes said: “People are still struggling to get their heads around what the Super 6 is meant to be. In terms of the speed of the game; the ferocity of the hits, it’s certainly a step up.

“It feels a wee bit like a halfway house at the moment.”

Barnes believes that the benefits of the Super 6 competition will come to fruition in the long term rather than prove to be a short term fix.

He said: “I think it is going to be a longer term process. Ben Cairns, the former Scotland international and now coach of Stirling County, spoke to me after their game with Boroughmuir.

“He acknowledged that there were a lot of basic errors because the players are having to adapt to a faster game. In some ways it’s a lot scrappier than we’re used to seeing in the club game.”

The next fixtures in the Super 6 are :

Saturday 7 December: Southern Knights v Heriot’s. KO 1630

Sunday 8 December: Stirling County v Ayrshire Bulls; Watsonians v Boroughmuir Bears; KO 1400