Fairy tale for Scot­land prop Marfo

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - ED­IN­BURGH

SCOT­LAND’S new prop Dar­ryl Marfo is look­ing for­ward to an al­most im­plau­si­ble week­end match-up against world cham­pi­ons New Zealand at Mur­ray­field just three months af­ter be­ing with­out a club.

The 27-year-old Lon­don-born loose head has had a fairy tale rise up the ranks in the last weeks, not long af­ter he con­sid­ered giv­ing up the game be­cause he “needed money”.

“It would have been a stretch to be­lieve six months ago,” Marfo said af­ter mak­ing his Test de­but on Satur­day in Scot­land’s 44-38 win over Samoa at Mur­ray­field.

“First and fore­most you want to show your team­mates and the coaches, the peo­ple whose trust and re­spect you want to earn. It was nice for me to go out and play as I did. Of course I en­joyed it. Loved it. Ob­vi­ously, there are things to im­prove too.”

At the start of the sea­son Marfo was with­out a club af­ter a short-term con­tract with Bath ended. He chanced his luck on Ed­in­burgh need­ing re­in­force­ments af­ter Al­lan Dell’s in­jury on the Bri­tish and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, send­ing them an email of­fer­ing his ser­vices.

Marfo was ef­fec­tively only fourth­choice be­hind Dell, Alas­dair Dick­in­son and Rory Suther­land and then found him­self even lower in the peck­ing or­der when Ital­ian loose head Michele Rizzo ar­rived from Le­ices­ter Tigers on loan a month later.

But in­juries to the first three saw him el­e­vated to the bench and then Rizzo was red-carded and sus­pended, al­low­ing Marfo to play and make his mark. A Scot­land call-up came when Glas­gow’s Gor­don Reid was in­jured.

“In­juries were not for­tu­nate for me in the past. Now they are help­ing me a bit, though no­body likes to see their team­mates in­jured.”

Scot­land host the All Blacks on Satur­day, af­ter which they host Aus­tralia at Mur­ray­field next Satur­day. – Reuters

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