Marr are a class above

Hawick Linden 0

Marr 91

NATIONAL DIVISION THREE

LINDEN went into Saturday’s game missing a number of regulars, a situation which was exploited by a Marr side going all-out to secure the league title.

The visitors were extremely well organised and looked to play the game at pace at all times.

The side from Troon were unlucky not to have gained promotion last season, but they have clearly moved on since then and are undoubtedly the best all-round team in the third division.

It took only five minutes before one of their second row forwards burst through the middle of a ruck to touch down.

This was quickly followed by a try from their centre, who made the most of some weak home tackling.

The resultant conversion and two penalties stretched the visitors’ lead to 18-0. Marr then took the game by the scruff of the neck and crossed three more times before the break, twice through their left-wing who had blistering pace that any defence would struggle to defend against.

The second half saw Linden pick up injuries as the Marr assault continued and the visitors played some champagne rugby as they rattled up eight second-half scores.

The home side just could not match the pace and intensity of the visitors’ play and there were exuberant scenes at the final whistle from the large and vociferous Marr support.

Hawick Linden: S. Renwick; G. Cunningham, C. Murray, G. Stirling, S. Peffers; M. Graham, S. Campbell; G. Wardle, S. Harkness, J. Tait, R. Scott, J. Scott, C. Mitchell, C. Smith, K. Brown. Subs: R. Stitt, K. Murray and G. Colville.