Marr shift into try over­drive

Ayrshire Post - - Motors -

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

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