What’s on this weekend (5th/6th Sept)
U-15 and U-18 Girls v Earlston: cancelled. Earlston unable to field sides
1sts v Hamilton: BT National 2. (H) KO 3pm Match Sponsor: Taggarts Landrover Lanarkshire
2nds v Currie: BT National Reserve League 2 (H) KO 3pm
Colts v Falkirk: Green Conference (A) KO 2pm
Mini v Moffat – away
All youth age groups v Falkirk (Green Conference)
S1 and S2 at Biggar KO's tbc
U-15’s and U-16’s away KO's tbc
Story date: 27/08/2015
40th anniversary Marquee Ball 21/08/15
Biggar RFC's 40th Anniversary Ball
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Story date: 23/08/2015
Lasswade record rare victory over Biggar
Lasswade 31 Biggar 6
Biggar’s first foray into National 2 ended in disappointment as they were swept away by Lasswade – a first victory for the East Lothian side for many years.
That a whole division separated the two sides last year was certainly not evident, Biggar second best in almost every area; set-piece, first up tackling, ball presentation and retention and aggression.
To excuse this is not easy save for the fact that while all have featured in the pre-season action several in crucial positions were playing together for the first time. For example there was a new combination at front row, at half back and in the centre, all areas where understanding is key. With regard to front row there is also a carry-over into lineouts where lifting calls and positioning depends on practice.
That excuse only holds water up to a point however as all involved are all good enough players to be able to adjust to each other’s styles.
In a penalty-strewn match which indicated rustiness on the part of the referee as well as the players, Biggar edged into an early lead via the boot of Francois Nel who kicked his first points for his new club.
Lasswade replied with a well-taken try although incomplete tackles in the centre made it a little easier than it should have been. Nel kept Biggar in the hunt with a second penalty but was off-target with a third long range attempt after a quarter of the hour, this awarded after Lasswade centre Smith was shown yellow after a late tackle on Biggar scrum half Davy Reive. That Biggar kicked for goal rather than for the corner where they might have exploited their extra man is a moot point but in the event Nels’ kick dropped just under the crossbar and Lasswade escaped further punishment.
Lasswade made light of playing into the stiff breeze, quick penalties, their handling and direct running taking them out of defence with some ease. Try as they might and they did engineer some promising attacking positions neither side could add to their tally. Biggar failed when they had ball stripped off them, in the tackle or when passes went astray, Lasswade when they lost ground from penalties. That said there was no more scoring until the last movement of the half.
Ironically Biggar’s midfield had held up an initial Lasswade thrust this ending with a Biggar scrum. As Lasswade drove and disrupted the Biggar heel, Reive found stand-off Nel but the Lasswade stand-off Elliot was up quick to charge the ball down ad to take full advantage to touch down for a fine opportunist try. There was no conversion but biggar turned round 12-6 down instead of 7-6 down.
Now facing the breeze, Biggar opened well but lost ground and almost a try when a floated pass went astray, the Lasswade kick and chase foiled by Graham Jamieson who chased back well. Calum Taylor was forced off with the recurrence of a shoulder injury – Ian Baillie his replacement – and this coincided with a Lasswade penalty which they kicked to the corner. A textbook take and drive saw No8 Hearn round off the move for a try converted by kicking prop Billingham.
Ewan Stewart was almost on the scoresheet faster a neatly take at the lineout saw him take ball at the front and drive for the line, some stout defence all that stopped him from touching down. Robbie Lavery then almost scored as he took a crash ball in the centre, possession spilled in contact and with the line almost at his mercy.
At this point Craig Stewart replaced new recruit Dan O’Connell at prop and shortly afterwards Jamieson came off to be replaced by Aird Jardine. the youngster playing his first top team league match.
Another line drive gave Lasswade their deserved 4-try bonus at 24-6. Gav Blackburn replaced Donald Voas also at prop although the coaches stay was not long, he conceding a scrum penalty before damaging a calf muscle which ended with his replacement by O’Connell.
A nasty jarring tackle saw hooker Ewan Stewart immobilised by the medical staff of both teams and he was stretchered off with a neck brace. Happily he was quickly assessed and given the all-clear by ambulance staff although he was obviously not allowed back on. This gave Biggar an additional problem as the lineout play suffered as stand-in thrower Voas struggled to find his mark. To make matters worse Lavery was then shown yellow for what the referee deemed a high tackle, this putting Biggar under further pressure.
Lasswade capitalised with a try for Smith, Billingham’s conversion taking the score to 31-6.
The last 6-7 minutes were marginally better for Biggar as they did their best to open out but it was too little too late.
A real disappointment and one which was compounded by injury to at least three of the squad. With Simmonds likely to be out for a few weeks these injuries will test the straight in depth of the Biggar club, this already an area of concern as the 2nds XV struggled to get a XV on Saturday. A big call to arms from past players who are still young enough to make a difference! Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays – please make yourself available, your club needs you!
This weekend sees Biggar welcome Hamilton to Hartree Mill after an absence of some 4 seasons. The title of South Lanarkshire Champs is once again up for grabs therefore and the Hamilton XV will come buoyed up by their big 55-29 win over Ardrossan Accies. This will be a huge test for Biggar’s youthful squad and a big support would be much appreciated by the boys and by the club. KO 3pm
Story date: 01/09/2015
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Story date: 15/08/2015