The Ayrshire Bulls suffered their second defeat of the season this afternoon at the hands of Southern Knights at the Greenyards.

Despite holding a 10-13 lead at the break the Southern Knights managed to grab control of proceedings in the second half, finishing the job 22-20.

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At full-time whistle head coach Pat MacArthur was a man of few words, disappointed that his men couldn’t capitalise on opportunities his men created: “We had chances to score in their 22.


“The Knights held on in there, scored an opportunistic try, but if you look at territory in the oppositions 22 I think if we can convert these chances that are slipping away we’ll be in a really good place”.

When reflecting on positives MacArthur mentioned the squad being able to snatch a losing bonus point late in the game, but the initial sting of defeat remained the overriding emotion: “The boys are gutted. They understand that the game was there for them to win. Unfortunately, a few things didn’t click.

“A positive would be that we have a game on Friday, against Stirling. They’ll be raring to go on that”.

Craig Miller, Jamie Drummond and Rory Jackson all made their Ayrshire Bulls debuts in the contest, and MacArthur was more positive reflecting on their efforts: “It didn’t phase them. The young lads came on and really took it to them.

“I think if you look at the squad as a whole we had a couple of outstanding performances. Tom Jordan really steps up physically. With Tom Williams outside of him, there’s a really good partnership forming.

As Pat mentioned the Bulls will be back out on the field this coming Friday when they travel to Bridgehaugh to face Stirling County. The match kicks off at 19.30.

Try Scorers: Ruairidh Sayce, Tom Jordan, Thomas Williams,

Conversions: Christian Townsend

Penalty: Christian Townsend