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1st XV - Match centre

Gala RFC
Marr RFC
Tries
C Bickerstaff, S Bickerstaff (2)
Conversions
L McLoughlin
Sat 27 Oct 15:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

No points at Netherdale

A performance to forget as we remain winless in the borders

DEFEAT AT NETHERDALE - Report by President Stephen Allam

With Marr sitting 2nd in the league and Gala a few places below, Marr were looking to secure their place near the top of National 1 after their great win against GHA.

Fate, however had other ideas.

Tennent's NL1 - Gala RFC v  Marr Rugby (27.10.18)
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The match kicked off in front of a vociferous Gala crowd with Marr kicking into a cold breeze.

In the first play of the match the ball was passed out the Marr three quarters line to centre Gregor Paxton (sponsored by Finese Marquees) who managed to slip passed his defender and pass to Conor Bickerstaff who burst through the midfield. Conor then skilfully threw a dummy and found himself clear from around the half way line. This resultant break allowed Conor to score between the posts. Marr were 7-0 up with only one minute on the clock.

Gala did not take this lying down and were soon on the score sheet themselves after the Gala pack had overpowered the Marr pack during the first scrum, resulting in a 35 metre penalty for Gala.

Gala’s first try came ten minutes later after some continued pressure, allowing the Gala full back Ross Cooke to score with an overlap in the corner. This gave Gala the lead.
Craig Redpath then decided to make some front row changes bringing on Graham Dick and Stephen Adair for Olli Rossi and William Farquhar.

These changes seemed to be making a difference when Marr secured a five metre line out. From the lineout the ball was secured, and after some close forward drives towards the Gala line, the ball was quickly passed out the backs with Conor Bickerstaff throwing a long ball to his brother Scott who easily passed his opposite number to score in the corner.

Unfortunately Marr’s slim lead would not last. Gala now close to Marr’s line, won a 5 metre scrum and with their scrum dominance continuing, their number eight Euan Dodd’s easily drove over to give Gala the half time lead 18- 12.

The next try was going to be vital, and it came from a dropped high ball, giving Gala the opportunity to catch Marr cold. The Gala three-quarters skilfully ran the ball through their hands allowing Rex Jeffrey to touch down in the corner.

Marr now under serious pressure had to do something. The Marr pack drove forward with good aggression sucking in the Gala defenders and with quick recycled ball gave Scott Bickerstaff the chance to power through the now thin defence, to keep Marr in the game.
With the game still in the balance and time running out, Marr were now going for the win and extra bonus point with four tries.

However their over exuberance was punished in the last play of the match when Gala winger John Turnbull intercepted, to run in from 25 metres, to secure a Gala win.

Marr will be very disappointed with their performance. Too many balls taken on the back foot and too many basic errors. However with the other league leaders all loosing, Marr remain only two points behind the leaders. This league gets more interesting as it progresses.

Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match: Conor Bickerstaff (sponsored by CCL Logistics)
Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Tries: Conor Bickerstaff and Scott Bickerstaff (2)
Conversion: Liam McLoughlin

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Conor Bickerstaff

Player of the Match

Conor Bickerstaff

Key moments

1:00
Try Conor Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
2:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
15:00
Try Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
65:00
Try Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Conor Bickerstaff is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
65:00 Try 0 - 17
Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
End of period 1
15:00 Try 0 - 12
Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
2:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
1:00 Try 0 - 5
Conor Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gala RFC
  • Marr RFC
  • 0
  • Conor Bickerstaff Try 1:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 2:00'
  • Scott Bickerstaff Try 15:00'
  • Scott Bickerstaff Try 65:00'

Team selection

McLoughlin, Liam McLoughlin, Liam
Bickerstaff, Scott Bickerstaff, Scott
Mill, Andrew Mill, Andrew
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
Kirk, Kris Kirk, Kris
Bulger, Ewan Bulger, Ewan
Henderson, Calvin Henderson, Calvin
Rossi, Ollie Rossi, Ollie
Farquhar, William Farquhar, William

League round up

Other Tennent's National League Division 1 results

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