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Marr Rugby Preview (Saturday 15 September 2018) – Round 3: 1s and 2s aim to get back on track while 3s target winning on the road

By Kevin Quinn

Marr Rugby Preview

Marr Rugby Preview (Saturday 15 September 2018) – Round 3: 1s and 2s aim to get back on track while 3s target winning on the road

Tennent’s National League 1: Marr Rugby v Musselburgh RFC (k.o. 3pm)
Tennent’s National Reserve League 1: Marr Rugby v Hawick Force (k.o. 2pm)
Tennent's West Reserve League 1: Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC 2nd XV v Marr Rugby (k.o. 3pm)

On Saturday afternoon Marr Rugby’s senior teams provide the follow up excitement and entertainment after the College XV’s matches against Queen Victoria School where it’s a top of the Schools Conference clash. Marr Rugby supporters have the opportunity of a full day of rugby action – in the morning get to the College Playing Fields to see the Purple and Gold future (k.o. 10am) before heading to Fullarton or Hughenden to back Marr Rugby’s senior sides.

Finally as a warm down you can stay at the clubhouse and watch Glasgow Warriors try to tame the Cheetahs in the Pro 164 match that will be shown live on the biggest screen in Troon (k.o. 6.30pm)

Mar Rugby 1st XV preview: After last week’s disappointment Mar Rugby’s 1st XV aim to bounce back. We expect a tough fixture against unbeaten Musselburgh who will arrive brimming with confidence. Facing a powerful pack and lively set of backs Marr’s players know that ball retention and defensive work needs to be at or near perfect. The visitors starting line-up includes some prolific try scorers, notably Kyle McGhie and Ronan Stott and added to this they have Danny Owenson who rarely misses with kicks on goal.

Marr’s selection is heavily influenced by changes due to continuing Injuries and other unavailability. Andrew Mill (sponsored by James Kenneth) returns to centre where he will partner Scott Bickerstaff who has switched from his usual berth on the right wing. Ollie Rossi starts at hooker and is joined in the pack by Fraser Grant (sponsored by Project Panel Solutions), starting in the second row and who will be hoping to repeat his try scoring performance against Jed. Dan Law hasn’t recovered from injury sustained during the Jed match. It’s a familiar and dynamic back row that has often set Fullarton on fire and the Marr support will be hoping for more of the same from Angus and Ben Johnston and Mackenzie Pearce.

On the bench Marr have up and coming youngsters – Findlay Hazel, who continues to vie with his brother Ali for the 9 jersey and Callum Steel – drafted up after several good performances with the 2s. Player/coach Kenny Diffenthal is added to the bench and will offer cover and support to a range of positions across the back line.

Marr Rugby 1st XV selection
15 Liam McLoughlin (2)
14 Gregor Paxton (31)
13 Scott Bickerstaff (191)
12 Andrew Mill (70)
11 Tom Steven (38)
10 Conor Bickerstaff (C) (151)
9 Ali Hazel (6)
1 William Farquhar (76)
2 Ollie Rossi (88)
3 Calvin Henderson (2)
4 Fraser Grant (133)
5 Ewan Hamilton-Bulger (23)
6 Angus Johnston (94)
8 Ben Johnston (83)
7 Mackenzie Pearce (61)

16 Stephen Adair (122)
17 Graeme Dick (2)
18 Callum Steel (3)
19 Findlay Hazel (2)
20 Kenny Diffenthal (5)

Marr Rugby 2nd XV preview: The 2s need to pick themselves up after a tough shift and deliver the same level of performance they brought to their opening match. Like the 1s they have been struggling to get some consistency in the backs. All going well the situation will improve as will Saturday’s selection sees the return of Czech International Craig Kolarik who’ll be making his first appearance of the season. His experience will help greatly as will the continued inclusion of Kris Kirk in the forwards.

Hawick have started their season well with an away win against Boroughmuir and a narrow defeat to Melrose. On their last visit to Fullarton they managed to grind out a win as they soaked up determined Marr pressure.

Marr will have to be wary not to let Hawick start to control the game so they need to quickly get out of the starting blocks and dominate while adding points to the board. Grant Clark has been showing electric pace and if he can be allowed to attack at pace from a solid platform they will seriously test the Hawick defence.

Marr Rugby 2nd XV squad

Craig Kolarik
Grant Clark
Roddy McIntyre
Chris Galloway
Euan McGerty
Jack Scott
Josh Evans (c)
Danny Clark
Rollo Press
Calum Craig
Michael Quinn
Fraser Miller
Richie McNicol
Neil Wallace
Adam McPherson
Kris Kirk

Marr Rugby 3rd XV preview: It’s a huge test as they travel to face the unbeaten league leaders. Marr Rugby’s 3rd XV have earned the right to be playing at this higher level and facing most clubs 2nd XV’s presents a fair old challenge that the players have been rising to meet. Shaun Fallows provides leadership on the field and is supported by a number of experienced players in a squad that has a good blend of youth, vigour and speed. Thomas Watkins has been exceptional and prolific in scoring feats and is getting these opportunities from a relatively stable attacking platform.

Today’s match will give a good indication on how Marr’s 3s might fare in this top regional league.

Marr Rugby 3rd XV selection:
1. Sean Duff
2. Graeme Currie
3. Darren Morgan
4. Jim McNiven
5. Shaun Fallows (c)
6. Don Morrison
7. Robbie Gavin Stevenson
8. Craig Walker
9. Ryann Elliot
10. Gareth Abbot
11. Andrew Watson
12. Frank Watson
13. Stephen Beveridge
14. Martin McMillan
15. Thomas Watkins

16. Ryan Taylor
17. Alistair Barclay
18. Robert Andrew
19. Chris Helton
20. Jason Doolan

Updated 19:16 - 1 Oct 2018 by Billy Bate

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