MARR Rugby’s much anticipated full schedule of rugby action started to go awry on Friday with Selkirk 2 forced to concede the fixture as they couldn’t raise a team.

Whilst this netted the 2s a bonus point win it was still disappointing as many wanted to get match play and practice after several weeks of disruption. The disappointment continued when an early pitch inspection of Fullarton on Saturday ahead of the scheduled 1st XV clash with leaders Melrose concluded that heavy overnight rain meant several areas of the main pitch were unplayable and unsafe and with little prospect of significant improvement before kick-off the early decision was to postpone and avoid the borderers facing unnecessary travel. It’s likely the 1s match will now be rescheduled Saturday - check the Marr Rugby website for further details.

This left centre stage to the 3s playing Hillhead Jordanhill on the school pitches.

With Hillhead Jordanhill emerging as winners in the reverse tie earlier in the season Marr’s squad were eager to balance the books. And so they did – and with interest as they hit in eight tries to a single try response. Facing a strong Hillhead Jordanhill side the other cancellation allowed a small number of 2s players to be added to the 3s squad in an attempt to get much needed game time. Jack Scott played for one half at stand-off and was in great form – scoring a try along the way and with some pinpoint accurate kicking that put the visitors under real pressure.

Daniel Clark and Mark Allison were both in feisty mood and helped Marr’s pack to dominate. Covering the scrum half berth Andrew Watson was able to make good use of the space and platform his pack provided to launch repeated attacks on the visitors line. The game ended 54-7 in favour of the hosts.

All-in-all it was a good run out for the Marr players involved with strong open attacking play complemented by a vigorous defensive display against a useful and determined visiting side.

Marr Rugby 3rd XV man of the match – Mark Allison (sponsored by the Poppy Room)

Marr Rugby 3rd XV scorers

Tries: Mark Allison (2); Andrew Dunlop; Rudi Marshall; Andrew Watson; Scott Grant; Jack Scott and Penalty Try

Conversions: Andrew Watson (5) and Jack Scott (1).