14 man Marr win big against the bulls
By Gregor Ness
An early red card not enough to derail Marr's title hopes with a big performance.
Report by Kevin Quinn
Marr Rugby’s 1st XV maintained their lead at the top of NL1 in the neck and neck race with Jed-Forest after a hard fought but well deserved bonus point win against Hamilton.
It was a tough afternoon with Marr having to work extra hard to break down a relatively tight defence. Marr’s day was made even harder when after only twelve minutes on the clock they lost the services of Dan Law who was given an early bath following an off the ball incident that led to intervention by the assistant referee.
This disadvantage was compounded with two other yellow cards for Marr players during the match for Richard Dalgleish & William Farquhar. There was much credit though for this Marr side that defended valiantly and withstood sustained pressure from Hamilton who tried to capitalise on their numerical advantage. Following the first dismissal Marr worked even more aggressively in attack and eventually broke down a stubborn defence with some very well worked team tries and some magic moments.
Conor Bickerstaff led from the front with a near unplayable display, grabbing 2 tries and creating several more with his power running, but man of the match went to Fraser Grant for a Hamish Watson-esque display of ball carrying.
The day’s results mean that with two games left Marr and Jed’s challenge for the league title will go down to the final day of the season on 20 April, when Marr host Gala and Jed-Forest travel to Musselburgh.
Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match – Fraser Grant (sponsored by Project Panel Solutions)
Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Tries: Ollie Rossi; Liam McLoughlin; Connor Bickerstaff (2) and Scott Bickerstaff
Conversions: Colin Sturgeon (3)
Penalty: Colin Sturgeon