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Feb 23, 2013, 6:20 PM
Location: Ayrshire, Midlothian
Team(s): AFC Darwen, Troon, Ayr Utd, Burnley
RBS WEST REGIONAL SHIELD - FINAL
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Marr 64-31 Kilmarnock
At Fullarton, Troon
Admission: £2 (including programme)
RBS sponsors the three national club knockout competitons - Cup, Shield and Bowl - the finals of which are all held at Murrayfield Stadium (this season on 20 April) in a marvellous end-of-season festival of club rugby.
The Cup is competed for by clubs in the 3 national divisions. The Shield is competed for by clubs in the top 2 levels of the regional leagues (for the purposes of the competition clubs are divided into 4 regions - West, East, Borders and Caledonia (Midlands and North) whilst the Bowl is competed for by all remaining clubs.
The 4 regional Shield winners play a semi-final for the right to appear at Murrayfield, so as well as being the West final this match was effectively a national quarter-final.
Kilmarnock are the current holders of the West Regional Shield, but only their most fervent supporters could have thought they had any chance against a Marr team which has steamrollered all opposition this season, winning every match they have played - in the league they have a perfect record winning all their 14 matches and picking up a bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries in every match. Their match average is 50 points scored with under 10 conceded.
On a beautiful winter' day, with a blue sky and a nip in the air, the match started as one might have anticipated and after 20 minutes Marr had run in 4 converted tries and led 28-3. It looked as if the game would end in a cricket score, but astonishingly Kilmarnock fought back and in the second quarter they dominated the match with their forwards posing a lot of problems for the Marr defence. Half-time Marr 37-17 Kilmarnock.
The second half continued in a similar vein - although Marr always maintained a healthy lead, Killie did not roll over and continued to ask questions of the Marr defence. The final try count was 10-4 to Marr.
So Marr progress to the National Shield semi-finals. They will be joined in the draw by Aberdeenshire (from Aberdeen) (league record 13-0-1) who are the Caledonia winners, Berwick from Borders and the winners of next weekend's East Final between Livingston (league record 12-0-0) and RHC Cougars (Royal High/Corstorphine) from Edinburgh.
(This post was edited by PaulC on Feb 23, 2013, 6:29 PM)