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1st XV - Match centre

Aberdeen Grammar Rugby
Marr RFC
Tries
M Pearce, J Scott, R Dalgleish, R Miller (2), O Rossi (2)
Conversions
L McLoughlin (6)
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

13 Try Thriller at Rubislaw

An incredible game with the lead changing 12 times

Marr survived a real tough test when they traveled the four hours north to face a rejuvenated Aberdeen Grammar, in a real seesaw affair, that saw the lead change hands an amazing twelve times.

Marr kicked off into a stiff breeze and were soon in the lead after some strong forward mauling allowing Mackenzie Pearce to drive over from close range.

Aberdeen bounced back immediately when Bryn Perrott scored a similar try to Marr’s opener when he touched down in the corner.

Tennent's NL1 - Aberdeen Grammar Rugby v  Marr Rugby (6.10.18)
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Five minutes later it was Marr on the score sheet again, after a good break from the midfield involving Dan Law and Findlay Hazel. After some quick recycling the ball was flung out wide, with Richard Dalgleish creating the overlap for Marr’s young winger Jack Scott to score in the corner.

Aberdeen replied form the kick off with another Bryn Perrot try after a well-placed kick through the Marr defence.

Marr were immediately put under more pressure when Aberdeen winger, Doug Russell scored in the corner after some well worked interplay with his fellow backs.

Aberdeen were then dealt a blow when the referee gave Aberdeen flanker Alex Dravitski a yellow card for continual infringements.

Marr took instant advantage after a loose ball was picked up 45 metres out when Richard Dalgleish burst through the Aberdeen midfield and weaved his way to score a tremendous try underneath the sticks.

The home side certainly not lacking confidence, and were soon on the attack again. After a scrum 15 metres out, the Aberdeen number 8 picked the ball up and headed down the blind side and after skillfully off-loading the ball to prop Calum Reddish to score in the corner.

Both teams were glad to hear the referee blow the half time whistle, as the game had been played at a simply unbelievable pace. Surely the second half couldn’t be the same?

HALF TIME ABERDEEN 23 MARR 19.

The second half kicked off with Marr now having the advantage of the breeze behind them.

The Marr pack now applied some serious pressure with some dominant forward play that lead to another yellow card, this time for the Aberdeen lock Aaron Robertson, getting sinned binned for tackling too high. The resulting penalty was kicked into the corner and from the line out, Marr’s number 8 Ross Miller, drove over Aberdeen line for Marr to take the lead.

With Aberdeen still down to fourteen men they again crossed the Marr line after a careless pass was intercepted on the half way line by Aberdeen winger Sean Miller, giving himself an easy run in for Aberdeen yet again to take the lead.

It was now Marr’s turn to score and it did not take long for Ollie Rossi to score his first try of the match after some excellent driving play for Marr. It was no surprise when Aberdeen answered Marr’s try with one of their own, after a good off load allowed Andrew Peak to cross Marr’s line.

With the score now Aberdeen 37 Marr 33 with twenty minutes left on the clock there was still plenty of time to thrill the crowd.

Hooker Ollie Rossi scored again after another 5 metre line out was driven over by the strong Marr pack.

The last try [number 13!] came from big Ross Miller, after Marr played possession rugby for several minutes allow the number 8 to drive over from close range.

The final whistle came with great relief, with Marr coming out on top 47—37.

This match was simply breath taking, with thirteen tries and the lead changing twelve times. Both teams can hold their heads high as this was quite simply a magnificent game of rugby.

Marr's man of the match was Conor Bickerstaff for his continual line breaks and great leadership.

Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match: Conor Bickerstaff (sponsored by CCL Logistics)

Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Tries: Mackenzie Pearce; Jack Scott; Richard Dalgleish; Ross Miller (2) and Ollie Rossi (2)
Conversions: Liam McLoughlin (6)

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Conor Bickerstaff

Player of the Match

Conor Bickerstaff

Key moments

6:00
Try Mackenzie Pearce scores for Marr RFC
12:00
Try Jack Scott scores for Marr RFC
13:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
35:00
Try Richard Dalgleish scores for Marr RFC
36:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
50:00
Try Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
51:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
60:00
Try Ollie Rossi scores for Marr RFC
61:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
70:00
Try Ollie Rossi scores for Marr RFC
71:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
75:00
Try Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
76:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC

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80:00 Player of the Match
Conor Bickerstaff is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
76:00 Conversion 0 - 47
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
75:00 Try 0 - 45
Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
71:00 Conversion 0 - 40
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
70:00 Try 0 - 38
Ollie Rossi scores for Marr RFC
61:00 Conversion 0 - 33
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
60:00 Try 0 - 31
Ollie Rossi scores for Marr RFC
51:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
50:00 Try 0 - 24
Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
35:00 Try 0 - 17
Richard Dalgleish scores for Marr RFC
13:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
12:00 Try 0 - 10
Jack Scott scores for Marr RFC
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Mackenzie Pearce scores for Marr RFC
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As it happened

  • Aberdeen Grammar Rugby
  • Marr RFC
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  • Mackenzie Pearce Try 6:00'
  • Jack Scott Try 12:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 13:00'
  • Richard Dalgleish Try 35:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 36:00'
  • Ross Miller Try 50:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 51:00'
  • Ollie Rossi Try 60:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 61:00'
  • Ollie Rossi Try 70:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 71:00'
  • Ross Miller Try 75:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 76:00'

Team selection

McLoughlin, Liam McLoughlin, Liam
Scott, Jack Scott, Jack
Dalgleish, Richard Dalgleish, Richard
Paxton, Gregor Paxton, Gregor
Steven, Tom Steven, Tom
Bickerstaff, Conor Bickerstaff, Conor
Hazel, Findlay Hazel, Findlay
Johnston, Ben Johnston, Ben
Pearce, Mackenzie Pearce, Mackenzie
Miller, Ross Miller, Ross
Law, Dan Law, Dan
Bulger, Ewan Bulger, Ewan
Henderson, Calvin Henderson, Calvin
Rossi, Ollie Rossi, Ollie
Farquhar, William Farquhar, William

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Hamilton Rugby Club 0 0
7. Jed-Forest RFC 0 0
8. Kelso RFC 0 0
9. Kirkcaldy RFC 0 0
10. Marr RFC 0 0
11. Musselburgh RFC 0 0
12. Selkirk RFC 0 0

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