Marr’s rise through leagues rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion de­spite play-off loss

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION -

CRAIG RED­PATH, head coach of Marr, was a man with mixed emo­tions as he stood in the cen­tre of the pitch af­ter see­ing his side lose to Gala in the BT Premier­ship pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion play-off.

On one hand, he was frus­trated at hav­ing seen the men from Troon con­cede 12 points in the open­ing four min­utes, which, ul­ti­mately, led to their 22-10 de­feat at Bridge­haugh.

And on the other hand he could not help but feel pride for what his group of play­ers have achieved, ris­ing up through the leagues and com­ing within one match of mak­ing the top flight.

“I am dis­ap­pointed with the start be­cause you can­not give a side of Gala’s qual­ity a two-try start,” he said. “Once we got into things and played the rugby we know we are ca­pa­ble of, I thought we more than matched them.

“If only we had just had a bit more pa­tience in at­tack.

“How­ever, I could not be prouder of this group of play­ers. When I joined the club, we were down the di­vi­sions, but I could see a lot of po­ten­tial.

“The play­ers have lis­tened, got them­selves fit­ter and re­ally em­braced the chal­lenge of con­tin­u­ally test­ing them­selves at a higher level.” SELKIRK made amends for a slow start to their Kings of the Sev­ens cam­paign by win­ning the Pee­bles ti­tle at The Gytes yes­ter­day with an un­ex­pect­edly high mar­gin of vic­tory over Ed­in­burgh Ac­cies in the fi­nal.

Gra­ham Mar­shall, the Selkirk coach, had of­fered his charges the age-old maxim: Con­trol the ball, Con­trol the game and in the event the Philiphaugh side did just that against a phys­i­cally big­ger Ed­in­burgh Ac­cies side.

Watched by the Scot­land sev­ens coach, Cal­lum MacRae, Selkirk showed their ti­tle po­ten­tial in the last of the quar­ter fi­nals with a 22-14 win against Gala, then a 31-14 vic­tory over Bor­ough­muir to book their place in the fi­nal.

For Ed­in­burgh Ac­cies this was their sec­ond ap­pear­ance in a Kings of the Sev­ens fi­nal in seven days, the Rae­burn Place side hav­ing con­tested the Ber­wick fi­nal last week­end, when they lost to Gala.

But in the fi­nal Dash­ton Well­man, who was named as player of the tour­na­ment, Mikey Davies, Cal­lum McEwan, Ross Nixon, Euan McDougall and Cal­lum Mar­shall un­did Ac­cies, shar­ing in the try scor­ing for Selkirk who fin­ished 38-7 win­ners, Cal­lum Ramm scor­ing the Ed­in­burgh side’s only try.

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