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1st XV - Match centre

Marr RFC
GHA RFC
M Pearce, C Henderson, G Paxton (2), S Adair
Tries
L McLoughlin (5)
Conversions
L McLoughlin
Drop Goals
Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

Dominant Display at Fortress Fullarton

5 points in the bag as GHA prove no match for Marr's power play

Marr Rugby 1st XV match report by Stephen Allam

MARR SECURE VITAL WIN

TENNENTS NATIONAL 1 MARR RUGBY versus GHA RUGBY Saturday 20th OCTOBER

Tennent's NL1 - Marr Rugby v GHA RFC (20.10.18)
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With the weather set to fair, Marr were eager to get back on the winning road, after their narrow defeat away to Selkirk last week.

It was not going to be an easy task, as their opposition was GHA, who were sitting one point ahead of the Troon side.

The match kicked off with Marr playing into a light breeze. It did not long for the first score to come. A long clearance kick was gathered by the GHA fullback John O’Brien who immediately started a counter attack by breaking through a tackle and after running for 30 metres passed to his winger Ben Addison to score an excellent try in the corner.

Marr immediately countered the opening try with one of their own. Marr number 8, Ross Miller burst through the GHA defence and after an infringement for offside, Marr secured a penalty and chose to kick to touch for a 5metre line out. Marr skilfully secured the ball and Mackenzie Pearce found a gap in the GHA defence to scurry over from 5 metres out.

Not long after Marr scored again. Tom Steven used his power to drive through his opposite number only to get tackled 5 metres out. The resulting rolling maul released Marr prop Calvin Henderson to dive over the line from close range.

Marr now looking dominant looked to increase their advantage when Richard Dalgleish chose an excellent line to power through GHA’S mid-field and after a few phases, Richards’s fellow centre Gregor Paxton, showed some great ball handling and pace to sprint over from 15 metres out.

With some fantastic kicking from Liam McLoughlin, gave Marr a well-deserved half time lead 21 points to 5.

The second half kicked off with Marr well aware that GHA still provided a significant threat. The next score was indeed, going to be vital.

GHA were now looking much more dangerous. For the next twenty minutes their forwards controlled the loose play and their back were showing good handling skills , however Marr’s defence showed great determination in making sure that their line would not be breached.

The referee had to step in after 25 minutes of the second half and show two yellow cards to GHA winger Cameron King and Marr winger Tom Steven after they had decided to have a slight disagreement.

With only 12 minutes left on the clock, Marr secured the bonus point and fourth try through veteran hooker Stephen Adair emerged from the bottom of a ruck after some good ball retention from the Marr pack that occurred very close to the GHA line.

GHA scored a deserved consolation try after some good phases and skilled handing from their three quarters.

With the game now coming to a close Marr scored the best try of the match. Captain Conor Bickerstaff chipped the ball over the GHA defence and managed to gather his own kick, sprinted towards the GHA line passed inside to Josh Evans who in turn unselfishly passed to Gregor Paxton to score his second of the match.

The big crowd that had all enjoyed this highly competitive encounter, cheered loudly with Liam McLoughlin who had a perfect kicking record, slotted a 35 metre drop goal to make the final score Marr 38 GHA 12.

Marr now leapfrog GHA in the table and now sit only two points behind league leaders Jed Forest.

Next week Marr face another tough text when they travel to the borders to take on Gala.

Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match: Ewan Hamilton-Bulger (sponsored by GFS Associates)

Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Tries: Mackenzie Pearce; Calvin Henderson; Gregor Paxton (2) and Stephen Adair
Conversions: Liam McLoughlin (5)
Drop kick: Liam McLoughlin

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Ewan Bulger

Player of the Match

Ewan Bulger

Key moments

10:00
Try Mackenzie Pearce scores for Marr RFC
11:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
15:00
Try Calvin Henderson scores for Marr RFC
16:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
25:00
Try Gregor Paxton scores for Marr RFC
26:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
62:00
Try Stephen Adair scores for Marr RFC
63:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
72:00
Try Gregor Paxton scores for Marr RFC
73:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
79:00
Drop Goal Liam McLoughlin scores a drop goal for Marr RFC

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ewan Bulger is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
79:00 Drop Goal 38 - 0
Liam McLoughlin scores a drop goal for Marr RFC
73:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
72:00 Try 33 - 0
Gregor Paxton scores for Marr RFC
63:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
62:00 Try 26 - 0
Stephen Adair scores for Marr RFC
60:00 Yellow Card
Tom Steven is yellow carded for Marr RFC
End of period 1
26:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
25:00 Try 19 - 0
Gregor Paxton scores for Marr RFC
16:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
15:00 Try 12 - 0
Calvin Henderson scores for Marr RFC
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Mackenzie Pearce scores for Marr RFC
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As it happened

  • Marr RFC
  • GHA RFC
  • 0
  • Mackenzie Pearce Try 10:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 11:00'
  • Calvin Henderson Try 15:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 16:00'
  • Gregor Paxton Try 25:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 26:00'
  • Tom Steven Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Stephen Adair Try 62:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 63:00'
  • Gregor Paxton Try 72:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 73:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Drop Goal 79:00'

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
Grant, Fraser Grant, Fraser
Bulger, Ewan Bulger, Ewan
Henderson, Calvin Henderson, Calvin
Adair, Stephen Adair, Stephen
Farquhar, William Farquhar, William

League round up

Other Tennent's National League Division 1 results

Aberdeen Grammar Rugby
Gala RFC
Kelso RFC
Hamilton Rugby Club
Kirkcaldy RFC
Cartha Queens Park RFC
Musselburgh RFC
Dundee HSFP RFC
Jed-Forest RFC
Selkirk RFC

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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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