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1st XV - Match centre

Marr RFC
Selkirk RFC
W Farquhar, R Miller
Tries
C Sturgeon (2)
Conversions
C Sturgeon
Penalties
Sat 26 Jan 14:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

Honours Even at Fullarton

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Selkirk prove a tough nut to crack as we lose the territorial battle

s disappointment at Fullarton as Marr Rugby’s 1st XV drew with Selkirk in a very tight and evenly balanced contest. Going into the final few minutes Marr held a slender three point advantage but Selkirk drew level with a successful penalty conversion after Marr were adjudged to have infringed at a scrum.

The result and results elsewhere meant Marr slipped down to second place in the league, two points behind Jed Forest but with a game in hand. The rescheduled match against Kirkcaldy on 23 February now takes on even more importance.

Selkirk got the first score with only five minutes on the clock and it was reward for the first sustained attack. Probing for any weakness across Marr’s try line they kept possession and maintained their shape and eventually were able to exploit a gap when they spread the ball wide and prop Bruce Riddell was unstoppable as he charged in from 5 metres.

Tennent's NL1 - Marr Rugby v Selkirk RFC (26.1.19)
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Marr immediately hit back with a converted try to level the score. From the restart Selkirk conceded a penalty that allowed Marr to kick to the corner. The initial rolling maul from the lineout was repelled but Marr followed Selkirk’s earlier approach by patiently maintaining possession and hammering their way towards the tryline. Eventually power pressure from the forwards paid off and it was Stephen Adair who found enough of a gap to propel himself through like a human torpedo and touch down despite determined efforts by several Selkirk defenders to deny this.

During the next half hour leading up to half time play ebbed back and fro. Both sides had chances to break the deadlock but defences were sound. Marr’s backs had good opportunities, making several line breaks but were thwarted by some great cover defensive work. Scott and Conor Bickerstaff were closely police to try to prevent them getting any real space. The breakthrough came just before halftime and it was a second Selkirk converted try. Winning a 5m scrum their scrum half McColm opted to go on the blind side and twisted and turned his way to the line.

Seven minutes into the second half Marr levelled the score. They got off to a flying start and immediate laid siege in Selkirk’s 22 metre area. With dominance though the forwards, in particular herculean efforts from William Farquhar who set a lead that the rest followed Marr managed to cross Selkirk’s line and it was illegal play that prevented the score. Selkirk’s giant lock Andrew Renwick was given a yellow card for his disruptive efforts and Marr opted to go for a scrum from the penalty award. As the pack started to inch towards the tryline Ross Miller executed a perfect number eight pick and go and dived in to score a converted try.

For the following twenty minutes Marr enjoyed increasing dominance in possession and territory but were frustrated by a mixture of good defensive work as well as an unusually high number of errors. This kept Selkirk in the game and the result in the balance.

With ten minutes left Marr pressure was rewarded with a penalty that was within Colin Sturgeon’s range and he duly converted to open up a three point lead. Marr tried to close the match out in the face of increasing Selkirk pressure. With minutes remaining play we in Marr’s 22 metre area. Marr were unable to clear their lines and following a series of scrums Selkirk won a penalty that was converted by Rory Banks.

Referee Duncan McClement indicated that the restart would be the final play so Conor Bickerstaff opted to put in a short grubber kick in an effort to retain possession. He claimed the ball and Marr started a final push towards Selkirk’s line. Marr’s players made headway into Selkirk’s 22 metre area but lost possession when they were held up in the tackle. To the relief of the travelling support the referee blew for fulltime.

As Selkirk celebrated Marr’s players were left ruing a missed opportunity. The break for the six nations allows Marr to regroup and get set for the catch up match and then the final run in as they aim to reclaim and hold on to top spot.

Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match – Callum Steel (sponsored by Langholm Farm Shop & Tearoom)

Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Tries: Stephen Adair and Ross Miller
Conversions: Colin Sturgeon (2)
Penalty: Colin Sturgeon

Callum Steel

Player of the Match

Callum Steel

Key moments

30:00
Try William Farquhar scores for Marr RFC
31:00
Conversion Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
60:00
Try Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
61:00
Conversion Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
70:00
Penalty Colin Sturgeon kicks a penalty for Marr RFC

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Callum Steel is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
70:00 Penalty 17 - 0
Colin Sturgeon kicks a penalty for Marr RFC
61:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
60:00 Try 12 - 0
Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
50:00 Yellow Card
Fraser Grant is yellow carded for Marr RFC
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
30:00 Try 5 - 0
William Farquhar scores for Marr RFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Marr RFC
  • Selkirk RFC
  • 0
  • William Farquhar Try 30:00'
  • Colin Sturgeon Conversion 31:00'
  • Fraser Grant Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Ross Miller Try 60:00'
  • Colin Sturgeon Conversion 61:00'
  • Colin Sturgeon Penalty 70:00'

Team selection

McLoughlin, Liam McLoughlin, Liam
Bickerstaff, Scott Bickerstaff, Scott
Paxton, Gregor Paxton, Gregor
Bickerstaff, Conor Bickerstaff, Conor
Scott, Jack Scott, Jack
Sturgeon, Colin Sturgeon, Colin
Hazel, Findlay Hazel, Findlay
Miller, Ross Miller, Ross
Steel, Callum Steel, Callum
Law, Dan Law, Dan
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

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

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League table

# 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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