Tennents Premiership - Round 1 Preview - Jed Forest vs Marr

Tennents Premiership - Round 1 Preview - Jed Forest vs Marr

By stephen Allam
6th September
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66 players prepped and ready to head into competitive league action


TENNENTS PREMIERSHIP JED FOREST vs MARR 1st XV KO 3PM - RIVERSIDE PARK
TENNENTS RESERVE WEST DIVISION 1 GLASGOW ACCIES vs MARR 2nd XV KO 3PM - NEW ANNIESLAND
TENNENTS RESERVE WEST DIVISION 3 MARR 3rd XV vs ARDROSSAN 2nd XV KO 3PM - FULLARTON

Marr face one of the toughest matches that they could have asked for, when they travel to Jedburgh to take on their old foes Jed Forest. Last year the two results against Jed prove that. The results were, Marr losing 29 points to 22 early in the opening game of last season's league campaign at Riverside. Then the titanic struggle at Fullarton, where Marr reversed that result winning 26 points to 23.

Both teams have shown good early form in the preseason and cup matches that they have played so far, so the scene is set for yet another battle of wits between the teams and coaches.

Craig Redpath has selected a blend of experience and new faces for this Premiership opener. Full back Greg Montgomery, who has shown great form so far For Marr is unfortunately unavailable this weekend, however his place is taken by centurion Gregor Ness who returns from injury. Scrum half Jack Preston narrowly edges Findlay Hazel, who will take his place on the bench. Exciting Fijian flyer Iosefo Turaga is set to make his club debut.

Marr’s front row has been bolstered from last year with the addition of Zimbabwe international prop Brandon Sweet, who has fitted in immediately with the boys. Fan favourite William ‘Wilko’ Farquhar will be ready to make an impact from the bench. Also making a return from long term injury is another Marr centurion Fraser Grant who will also start on the bench and could come on to make his 150th 1st XV appearance.

Captain Conor Bickerstaff will certainly have his troops up for this mega rugby tussle down at Riverside Park, Jedburgh at 3pm. Marr will as usual be well supported with the addition of the large travelling Fullarton faithful.

1 Brandon Sweet (1)
2 Ollie Rossi (105)
3 Calvin Henderson (24)
4 Ewan Hamilton-Bulger (45)
5 Cody Cunningham (1)
6 Mackenzie Pearce (VC) (79)
7 Robert Brown (1)
8 Benedict Grant (1)
9 Jack Preston (1)
10 Colin Sturgeon (113)
11 Iosefo Turaga (0)
12 Conor Bickerstaff (C) (173)
13 Richard Dalgleish (36)
14 Scott Bickerstaff (205)
15 Gregor Ness (119)

SUBSTITUTES

16 Curran McMillan (14)
17 William Farquhar (97)
18 Fraser Grant (149)
19 Findlay Hazel (22)
20 Gregor Paxton (50)

Marr’s 2nd XV are fielding a strong team with an attractive blend of experience and youth. Coaches Gordon McMillan and Keith Dunsmuir have had plenty of options to choose from, with the squad being bolstered by no less than a dozen of last season's successful U18 squad as well as.

Squad List
Neil Wallace, Jamie Drummond, Mark Allison, Callum Steel, Michael Quinn, Murray Blair, Blair Campbell, Richie McNicol, Angus Johnston, Ben Johnston, Kyle Vallance, Callum Craig, Kyle McCulloch, Josh Evans (C), Keir MacDougall, Gregor Beckwith, Matthew O'Leary, Andrew Mill, Ryan Brown , Murray Beckwith, Jack Scott

Marr's 3rd XV are at home to Ardrossan 2nd XV and have been revitalized this season with a number of new faces keen to get involved in social rugby while club legends Don Morrison and Andy Watson continue to show they've still got it!

Squad List
Sean Duff (C), Neil Campion, Kevin Helton, Jason Doolan, Adam MacPherson, Craig Miller, Don Morrison, Graeme Connell, Rory MacColl, Roddy McIntyre, Andrew Watson, Ruairidh Grayston, Euan McGerty, Stephen Beveridge, Thomas Watkins, Graeme Currie, Chris Myers, Andy Dunlop, Chris Helton, Kevin Davey, Craig Starkey, Ryan Elliot

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