Marr Rugby round-up: Seniors’ results (Saturday 7 October 2017) – Onwards and upwards for Marr!
BT Premiership: Marr Rugby 6 – Ayr RFC 19 (match sponsor DM Roofing and Roughcasting)
BT Reserve NL2: Selkirk RFC 16 - Marr Rugby 56
BT Reserve West 2: Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 40 - Marr Rugby 22
Marr found the going tough in the 1s and 3s matches while the 2s bounced back after last week’s result with a very good away win at Selkirk.
See Marr Rugby 1st XV photos courtesy of Ken Ferguson here and ones courtesy of Jon Pearce here.
Match reports to follow
Marr Rugby 1st XV summary: The spoils from 1st XV’s derby match went to Millbrae with the major turning point being Marr’s loss midway through the first half of Kyle Hatherall to a red card following a dangerous tackle. At that point the score was level with the teams having traded two penalties apiece. Both had good attacking opportunities thwarted by equally good solid defensive work that quickly closed down any space.
After gaining the extra man advantage Ayr slowly but surely started to gain the edge in what up until then had been a relatively evenly balanced match. Marr though continued to make life difficult as they defended well refusing to yield any blade of grass. They also had a few phases of possession and territory where the stretched the visitors and threatened their try line. Eventually though as the match drew to a close Ayr were able to finally turn the advantage into points with a penalty try and penalty conversion.
Marr’s lesson and learning included the need to exert control and eliminate conceding penalties. Importantly the need to keep 15 players on the field through the match was re-inforced.
Marr held extra man Ayr at bay for almost 50 minutes but in the closing stages power play and pressure saw balance swung to Ayr who were rewarded with the points to take them safely home.
Marr Rugby 1st XV Man of the match – Greg Peterson
Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Penalties: Colin Sturgeon (2)
Marr Rugby – next fixtures (Saturday 13/10)
Updated 04:22 - 22 Oct 2017 by Kevin Quinn
1s away v Melrose RFC
2s Home v Musselburgh RFC
3s Away v West of Scotland