Marr shift into try overdrive
Marr Rugby’s 1 st XV closed the first half of their season with an important bonus point win against a strong and improving Hamilton .
Despite enjoying good periods of possession and pressure, and dominance in the set piece scrum throughout the match, Marr were repeatedly frustrated by a determined defensive effort as Hamilton tackled like demons.
In addition they posed a real threat on counter attack.
Hamilton opened the scoring after five minutes when Gregor Brodie intercepted a Marr pass and ran in from 35 metres.
Marr responded by upping the pressure and earned a series of penalties close to Hamilton’s line.
They opted for scrums as Hamilton were repeatedly penalised and eventually spread the ball wide for Andrew Mill to score.
Marr then took the lead after 30 minutes when Calvin Henderson burst through from close range.
Hamilton kept fighting and just before half- time they were rewarded with a second converted try to retake the lead.
In the second half Marr got off to a flying start.
Winning a series of penalties they opted again for close range scrums and after repeated infringements were awarded a penalty try.
Five minutes later Scott Bickerstaff claimed the bonus point try as he made a powerful burst through the defence from close range.
Marr continued to exert pressure and ten minutes later Ben Johnston extended the lead with try five.
As Marr cruised into overdrive Hamilton never surrendered and continued to offer determined defence to stop Marr adding to their score.
As the match drew to a close Hamilton got a consolation score but the final say went to Marr as Angus Johnston crossed the line for a converted try.
Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match – Angus Johnston ( sponsored by Jimmy Armour).
Meanwhile at Meggetland the 2s once again gave Boroughmuir a tough challenge and were unlucky to have their efforts rewarded only by a try bonus.
The 2s travelled understrength and survived a yellow card without too much punishment.
Will’s way Farquhar tries to burst through the Hamilton line