Marr 0 - 43 Melrose: Melrose cruise to victory against Marr

Marr were comprehensively mauled at home by a rampant Melrose, whose seven-tries-to-nil victory guaranteed them a home play-off semi-final at the end of the season.

Melrose's Austin Lockington. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Pack power was the key to this win, with the visitors’ effective driving maul a major component in the three first-half tries which set up the victory.

For the first, by Austin Lockington in five minutes, Marr illegally halted the Melrose drive, and with the free ball, Jason Baggott cross-kicked for Lockington to gather and score.

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The second and third tries were both scored by hooker Russell Anderson, at the back of the unstoppable drives, with Craig Jackson converting Anderson’s first touchdown.

Already 17-0 down, Marr defended the maul better in the second half, had a bit more possession themselves, but could find no way through the miserly Melrose defence. Replacement Ruaridh Knott crashed over for the bonus-point try, converted by Jackson. Then, with Ross Miller in the sin bin, Melrose earned a penalty try, before, at the death, and with uncontested scrums, Lockington and Knott scored again, with Jackson converting the Knott try with the final kick.

Baggot picked up a late yellow card for the visitors, prior to Knott’s final try.