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1st XV - Match centre

Marr RFC
Kirkcaldy RFC
M Pearce, S Bickerstaff, R Miller (2), J Scott, F Hazel (2), R McInnes (2)
Tries
L McLoughlin (9)
Conversions
Sat 23 Feb 14:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

Clinical Fullarton Perfomance

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9 tries in a brutal display from Marr

Match report by Stephen Allam

Marr secure bonus point win to go back to the top.

Tennent’s National Division 1.

Marr 1st XV v Kirkcaldy
80 photos

It was a windy day at Fullarton where Marr were kicking into a stiff breeze in the first half against Kirkcaldy, who have yet to win away from home this season.

It took only four minutes for Marr to score their first try, when after a line out and several phases, the Kirkcaldy defence failed to stop Mackenzie Pearce driving over from close range.

Marr’s second try several minutes later came from a great take at the back of the line out from Callum Steel, the ball was passed out the backs with Scott Bickerstaff taking a crash ball to use his significant pace to burst through from 30 metres out.

Kirkcaldy soon struck back, with the wind at their backs and some good territorial kicking from their stand-off, Kirkcaldy forwards managed to gain some possession and from a ruck managed to fly hack a ball through from close range allowing Dale Turner to get the touch down.

Marr soon answered back with a try from number 8 Ross Miller. Marr had won a lineout on Kirkcaldy’s 22m line and after securing the ball and several pick and drives, big Ross was unstoppable to score between the posts.

The bonus point try came after captain Conor Bickerstaff managed to break through the Kirkcaldy defence and threw a great pass to Marr’s flying winger Jack Scott to score in the corner.

Half time 28-5.

Half time must have been pleasing to Marr coach Kenny Diffenthal considering Marr were playing into such a strong and tricky breeze.

Kirkcaldy must have been thinking that their day was going to get much worse now as Marr had the wind advantage. However they were determined to keep the score to a reasonable level.

Marr scored their fifth try again from a line out that Marr’ main targets of Ewan Bulger and Callum Steel were totally dominant. Marr’s pack used their pick and drive tactics well and soon Mackenzie Pearce broke a tackle and Marr’s scrum half Findlay Hazel spotted a gap to nip through and score.

Kirkcaldy were dealt a further blow when their flanker was shown a yellow card for deliberate knock on. Marr soon punished the men form Fife with another big carry from Ross Miller to dive over the line to score.

The seventh try was from a move from the training ground, when the ball was switched to the blind side trying to create some space for Scott Bickerstaff who beat two defenders managed to recycle the ball to Findlay Hazel to dash in between two defenders and score his second.

The best try came soon after. Marr’s backs showed some great handling and swiftly passed the ball along the line to young Ry McInnes, who used the created overlap to score a fine try in the corner.

With Kirkcaldy now exhausted from a Marr side that was relentless in its attacking play, the final try was scored again by Ry McInnes, this time the winger managed to beat two defenders and score in the corner.

Marr’s full back Liam McLoughlin converted nine out of nine conversions, which is a remarkable performance considering the wind and the fact that several of the tries were scored in the corner.

Marr will be pleased with their days work. Their pack took full advantage of their complete dominance in the scrums and line outs. This provided the perfect platform for Marr to score some excellent tries.

Kirkcaldy never gave up during this match, but their focus must be on the relegation battle that they face next week when they take on Cartha Queens Park.

Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match: Mackenzie Pearce (sponsored by AG Peters Garage)

Marr Rugby scorers
Tries: Mackenzie Pearce; Scott Bickerstaff; Jack Scott; Ross Miller (2); Findlay Hazel (2) and Ry McInnes (2)
Conversions: Liam McLoughlin (9)

Marr Rugby next fixtures – Saturday 2.3.19
1s – Away v GHA
2s – Home v Hamilton
3s – Away v GHK 2s

Mackenzie Pearce

Player of the Match

Mackenzie Pearce

Key moments

8:00
Try Mackenzie Pearce scores for Marr RFC
9:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
15:00
Try Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
16:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
25:00
Try Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
26:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
33:00
Try Jack Scott scores for Marr RFC
34:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
45:00
Try Findlay Hazel scores for Marr RFC
46:00
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 Findlay Hazel scores for Marr RFC
61:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
70:00
Try Ry McInnes scores for Marr RFC
71:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
78:00
Try Ry McInnes scores for Marr RFC
79:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC

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Marr 1st XV v Kirkcaldy
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Marr 1st XV v Kirkcaldy

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Mackenzie Pearce is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
79:00 Conversion 63 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
78:00 Try 61 - 0
Ry McInnes scores for Marr RFC
71:00 Conversion 56 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
70:00 Try 54 - 0
Ry McInnes scores for Marr RFC
61:00 Conversion 49 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
60:00 Try 47 - 0
Findlay Hazel scores for Marr RFC
51:00 Conversion 42 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
50:00 Try 40 - 0
Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
46:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
45:00 Try 33 - 0
Findlay Hazel scores for Marr RFC
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
33:00 Try 26 - 0
Jack Scott scores for Marr RFC
26:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
25:00 Try 19 - 0
Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
16:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
15:00 Try 12 - 0
Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
9:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Mackenzie Pearce scores for Marr RFC
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As it happened

  • Marr RFC
  • Kirkcaldy RFC
  • 0
  • Mackenzie Pearce Try 8:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 9:00'
  • Scott Bickerstaff Try 15:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 16:00'
  • Ross Miller Try 25:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 26:00'
  • Jack Scott Try 33:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 34:00'
  • Findlay Hazel Try 45:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 46:00'
  • Ross Miller Try 50:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 51:00'
  • Findlay Hazel Try 60:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 61:00'
  • Ry McInnes Try 70:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 71:00'
  • Ry McInnes Try 78:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

McLoughlin, Liam McLoughlin, Liam
Bickerstaff, Scott Bickerstaff, Scott
Paxton, Gregor Paxton, Gregor
Bickerstaff, Conor Bickerstaff, Conor
Scott, Jack Scott, Jack
Ness, Gregor Ness, Gregor
Hazel, Findlay Hazel, Findlay
Miller, Ross Miller, Ross
Steel, Callum Steel, Callum
Pearce, Mackenzie Pearce, Mackenzie
Law, Dan Law, Dan
Bulger, Ewan Bulger, Ewan
Henderson, Calvin Henderson, Calvin
Adair, Stephen Adair, Stephen
Farquhar, William Farquhar, William

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Marr RFC 22 74
2. Selkirk RFC 2 6
3. Jed-Forest RFC 2 4
4. Gala RFC 2 4
5. GHA RFC 2 0
6. Musselburgh RFC 2 0
7. Aberdeen Grammar Rugby 2 0

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