Match Report – Dundee High 0-35 Marr – 17 November 2018

With another changed team containing yet more débutantes, Dundee were more likely to rely on hope than expectation as Marr kicked off. The ball did not travel 10 metres, resulting in a scrum at the centre and that first scrum signalled a difficulty for Dundee throughout the match as they were pushed back by the visitors’ pack. Dundee were penalised, giving Marr possession and leading to a kick through, chased by winger Dalgleish for the touch down. Colin Sturgeon added the conversion and Marr were ahead 0-7 after only 5 minutes.

Dundee responded with a good spell of possession and a penalty chance was offered.:Fraser’s kick flew just wide of the left-hand post however. Dundee still managed to retain position in the Marr half but paid for insecure handling and penalty offences, allowing Marr to reach a position 10 metres from the Dundee line. When Dundee were penalised five metres from the line, Marr opted for the scrum. Dundee were penalised again and this time Marr kicked for touch. Scrambled, close-quarter possession enabled Colin Sturgeon to cross for a touch-down and he converted the try to take Marr to 0-14 with 24 minutes played.

Dundee hit back well and were rewarded with another penalty chance, but this time, Fraser’s kick sailed just outside the right-hand post. Dundee continued to try hard, but without much penetration, and, when possession was lost, A good inter-passing, featuring right-winger, Scott Bickerstaff, ended with him scoring a try, again converted by Colin Sturgeon, to take Marr into the interval 0-21 ahead.

Half-time: Dundee HSFP 0 Marr 21

Dundee were looking good, up to a point, but lacked real penetration. Had the score been restricted to two tries, there was a feeling that, with slight wind advantage in the second half, Dundee might take something out of the game, but the third Marr try rather put paid to that hope.

The second half remained fairly even and mostly in mid-field, until big break by Scott Bickerstaff took play into the Dundee 22. Dundee were penalised, but Marr lost the ball over the Dundee line. It only postponed the score for a few moments however, because Marr pushed Dundee off their 5-metre put in, for a try credited to No 8 Grant. Again, Sturgeon converted and the bonus point was Marr’s at 0-28.

For long periods, Dundee were giving as good as they got, but were being thwarted by indifferent handling. It took a Marr break to end the stalemate and their full-back managed to squeeze in at the left-hand corner for a try again converted by the reliable Sturgeon.

Further Dundee pressure ensued but another lost ball ended their challenge in the contest.

Full time: Dundee HSFP 0 Marr 35

A closer second half resulting from an improved Dundee performance, all the more creditable for the number of changes in the team. With greater accuracy, a closer result may well have been possible.

Dundee Player of the Match: Josh Rutnagur

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