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1st XV - Match centre

Hamilton Rugby Club
Marr RFC
Tries
O Rossi, L McLoughlin, C Bickerstaff (2), S Bickerstaff
Conversions
C Sturgeon (3)
Penalties
C Sturgeon
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

14 man Marr win big against the bulls

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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.

Tennent's NL1 Hamilton v Marr Rugby (23.3.19)
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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

Fraser Grant

Player of the Match

Fraser Grant

Key moments

10:00
Penalty Colin Sturgeon kicks a penalty for Marr RFC
25:00
Try Ollie Rossi scores for Marr RFC
26:00
Conversion Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
35:00
Try Liam McLoughlin scores for Marr RFC
41:00
Try Conor Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
42:00
Conversion Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
50:00
Try Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
55:00
Try Conor Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
56:00
Conversion Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Fraser Grant is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
74:00 Yellow Card
William Farquhar is yellow carded for Marr RFC
68:00 Yellow Card
Richard Dalgleish is yellow carded for Marr RFC
56:00 Conversion 0 - 34
Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
55:00 Try 0 - 32
Conor Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
50:00 Try 0 - 27
Scott Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
42:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
41:00 Try 0 - 20
Conor Bickerstaff scores for Marr RFC
End of period 1
35:00 Try 0 - 15
Liam McLoughlin scores for Marr RFC
26:00 Conversion 0 - 10
Colin Sturgeon kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
25:00 Try 0 - 8
Ollie Rossi scores for Marr RFC
15:00 Red Card
Dan Law is sent off for Marr RFC
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Colin Sturgeon kicks a penalty for Marr RFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hamilton Rugby Club
  • Marr RFC
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  • Colin Sturgeon Penalty 10:00'
  • Dan Law Red Card 15:00'
  • Ollie Rossi Try 25:00'
  • Colin Sturgeon Conversion 26:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Try 35:00'
  • Conor Bickerstaff Try 41:00'
  • Colin Sturgeon Conversion 42:00'
  • Scott Bickerstaff Try 50:00'
  • Conor Bickerstaff Try 55:00'
  • Colin Sturgeon Conversion 56:00'
  • Richard Dalgleish Yellow Card 68:00'
  • William Farquhar Yellow Card 74:00'

Team selection

McLoughlin, Liam McLoughlin, Liam
Dalgleish, Richard Dalgleish, Richard
Paxton, Gregor Paxton, Gregor
Bickerstaff, Conor Bickerstaff, Conor
Bickerstaff, Scott Bickerstaff, Scott
Sturgeon, Colin Sturgeon, Colin
Hazel, Findlay Hazel, Findlay
Miller, Ross Miller, Ross
Law, Dan Law, Dan
Pearce, Mackenzie Pearce, Mackenzie
Grant, Fraser Grant, Fraser
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

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