Plastic ain’t so fantastic as Howe go down to Marr

Will Wardlaw managed to get his name on the scoresheer, but it wasn't enough to help Howe to a win. (Stock image)
Will Wardlaw managed to get his name on the scoresheer, but it wasn't enough to help Howe to a win. (Stock image)

Howe of Fife .......................18


Howe put up a good fight on the 4G pitch in St Andrews before going down to another defeat.

They are missing at least seven of their senior players through injury and young players – three from Strathallan School – have been brought in to replace them.

Howe played towards the country end in the first period and scored in 10 minutes when Conor Dow, the hooker, supported out wide on the left to get a try which Angus Guthrie did not convert.

Marr quickly replied when they kicked a penalty to the left corner.

They then won the lineout for prop Pieter Kiltan to barrel over the line, centre Colin Sturgeon adding conversion points.

Marr held their lead for only five minutes, for Howe then worked a move to the right of a scrum in the 25 and Will Wardlaw scored out in the corner, but the try was unconverted.

The visitors were starting to exert pressure in the scrum and soon levelled the score with a 25 yard penalty by Sturgeon after 27 minutes.

The same player was then narrowly out with a long range penalty.

Marr’s superiority in the scrum was y rewarded when referee Neil Muir blew a penalty try after nine minutes, Sturgeon placing the early conversion.

Guthrie replied with a penalty of 35 yards which had been advanced 10 yards for some back-chat from the opposition.

Marr quickly came again with a third try, scored by right wing Scott Bickerstaff, which Sturgeon.

Howe tried all they knew to get some more points on the board and with three minutes of normal time to go they worked a move downfield and across to the left where they had a two man overlap. It was Fraser Clark who scored hard up by the corner flag but again Guthrie’s conversion was wide.

Marr held out for what remained of the play, and Howe got a losing bonus point for their trouble but now they are needing some of these injured players to return to the side.