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 From Andrew Jardine u/16 Biggar RFC captain on behalf of the u/16 team.

On behalf of the Biggar RFC U/16 team we would like to say a massive thank you to all the Biggar supporters who were at Murrayfield on Sunday. To run out and see that amount of support for us was amazing, you have no idea how much that meant to us and it really does make a difference. It seemed that the whole club was there from every team and every section and it made us really proud that we were able to win on the day for the club. Also thank you to our coaches Johnny and Gavin and our team manager Jock their encouragement for us through every game this season has been the best.

Biggar RFC U/16s      


Biggar U-16’s clinch National U-16 Bowl final at Murrayfield

To see action shots from yeyserdays match click on the above photo

There is NO doubting what the BIG game of the weekend was however as the U-16’s journeyed to Murrayfield to contest the National U-16 Bowl Final. This match was a cracker. A very stern test was posed by South Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton and the match was a thoroughly enjoyable and competitive match. A neutral – and there weren’t that many present – would have revelled in the skill and fitness levels on display. Both sides played with commitment, skill and showed some very positive decision-making (qualities which were absent from the match played 24 hours previously!).

Thanks to parent and scribe Graham Kerr who provided the following report.

U16 National Bowl Final: Biggar 34 Hamilton 22
A match worthy of a final, a team worthy of the silverware


Superlatives abound….
What a fantastic game of rugby! What fantastic support with somewhere near 150 travelling supporters!  What a fantastic effort from a squad of fantastic young men! What a fantastic result!


After the freezing conditions of last week and the intervening days to thaw out, the team, coaches, mums, dads, siblings and a good few supporters took the bus to Murrayfield for this much anticipated final.  After high energy grub at the clubhouse from chef Jock, the boys were fuelled up for the encounter.  They needed it as this was to be a bruising match in weather conditions that were at times reminiscent of last weekend.

Biggar had the honour of the kick-off.  A long kick from Euan Bogle was well taken by the Hamilton No7 who powered through the Biggar line until centre Rowan Stewart made a telling tackle to halt his progress. The ball was turned over after the scrum however and Hamilton maintained their field position to capitalise on territory and possession, making it over for the first try.  The conversion was denied by the post. 

Biggar put pressure on Hamilton after the restart and forced the line out on the 22. Hamilton secured the line out and kicked for territory only for the ball to bounce awkwardly and Marcus Dobie, on gathering the ball, took a hit to the ribs from the Hamilton tackler.  He was replaced by his brother Aaron.  Peter Steele then made a break down the right wing and Biggar won a scrum on the 5m.  The ball was moved wide and Peter Steele was the man to take the ball over the line for the try converted but Bogle.

There were some big hits going in and Biggar held Hamilton in the tackle not long after the restart, forcing the scrum.  Hamilton then infringed the offside line and Biggar were able to take the lead with a well taken penalty from Euan Bogle.  After the restart, Gavin Raftery set up a ruck and Rory McGinn fed the ball to the centres and in turn to Steele who took the ball into the Hamilton 22.  Hamilton were again penalised, this time for going off their feet and Biggar were able to set up a line out 10m from the try line.  After a well worked line out McGinn was able to find space with a great dummy and break through the Hamilton defence for the try.  Bogle converted.

Hamilton came straight back at Biggar with a clever restart, securing territory and possession.  However after some great defence by Biggar, Hamilton were penalised again, this time for holding on, and Biggar were able to kick clear to halfway.  However, the wind took the ball in the line out and Hamilton won the resulting scrum.  The Hamilton scrum half made a clever break and from the ensuing ruck, Hamilton capitalised on a gap in the Biggar defence to get a converted try.

Biggar made a good restart, forcing Hamilton to clear but Bogle made a great take and passed out to Steele. He couldn’t quite hold on to the ball for what would have been a sure try.  However, no matter as Biggar again won the ball and the backs moved it out to the wing where Steele was again able to break the try line on the right wing for a converted try courtesy of Bogle.  The touch judge also spotted some Hamilton foul play and their No 8 was yellow carded.  Half time Biggar 22, Hamilton 12.

Biggar weren't able to capitalise on the man advantage as Hamilton came out with aggression and determination after their half-time team talk.    Hamilton secured possession and territory in the early part of the second half and it was only a matter of time before they scored, their backs this time breaking the try line in the corner.  This was after what was a magnificent defensive display by the Biggar XV who tackled and tackled to keep Hamilton out.

The game then settled although both sides gave away possession to each other from knock ons and scrum infringements.  Biggar soon capitalised though, and won a penalty on the right wing in the Hamilton 22. Electing to take the tap, they kept their heads and Rowan Stewart broke through for the try, although he hurt himself in the process and had to retire.  Angus Kerr came on as winger as a replacement with Craig Shearer also coming on for Callum Dunlop.

Hamilton again used the restart cleverly to gain territory and Biggar were forced to kick to clear.  This allowed Hamilton to run the ball back at Biggar and they found a gap in the defence for a try.  Biggar were quick to respond though and Andrew Jardine, Rory McGinn and Peter Steele combined to allow Peter to find a big gap in the Hamilton line for a converted score between the posts.

With the clock running down, Biggar had a last chance for a trademark ‘Finding Nemo’ move at the line out but this time they couldn't quite make the move work.  Much to the relief of the supporters the Ref blew for full time.  Jubilant celebrations from the Biggar team!

The amount of planning and effort that have gone in to make this win happen is truly amazing. 


Yes, the boys won the game on the pitch but they couldn’t have won if it were not for a lot of other people who have helped them along the way.  As a Dad and on behalf of all of the Mum’s and Dad’s we must thank the coaches; Johnny, Gavin and Craig; as well as chef, bag man, physio and team manager Jock.  Mum’s, Dad’s and other supporters along the way have enjoyed the good rugby the team has played but they have also ensured that there is huge encouragement from the touch line – the lads do hear it on the pitch - and at Murrayfield today the triple digit numbers ensured that whilst we were at a neutral ground, the home of Scottish Rugby, it felt like a home tie.  Thanks also to the club that gives the boys the opportunity to play a game they love. Whilst the whole set up is worthy of praise, Calum Taylor, Development Officer and Aird Jardine, Midi Convener, deserve special mention.


Hamilton were worthy opponents and they and their coaches should be congratulated for a classic encounter. 


What made the difference between the two teams? Each had a squad of 22; both teams were unbeaten; and to a man they were all ready for the game and desperate to win.  The difference was Biggar played structured rugby, they kept their shape and importantly they varied their game plan throughout the match.  They are inventive, skilled and cohesive.  They have natural talent.  They are coached well. They are a team.  They are winners. Hoooorraay!!

Man-of-the-match Peter Steele


Biggar U16 Squad: 

Euan Bogle, Marcus Dobie, Andre Jardine (C), Rowan Stewart, Peter Steele, Rory McGinn, Douglas Hill, Keir Hamilton, Jordan Gray, Guy Kelly, Andrew Reid, Callum Dunlop, Andrew Nimmo, Neil Jones, Gavin Raftery, Craig Shearer, Alex Dawe, Angus
Kerr, Aaron Dobie, Craig Meikle, Stuart Forrest, Daniel McKonkey.  Also unavailable or injured Alex Denholm, Henry Adams, Alex Toal.



The trophy presentation was made by past Biggar President Doug Ward who was in attendance on Sunday in his capacity as SRU Council member. Doug quite obviously took great delight in making the presentation to his home club while, in what was fact becoming an all-Biggar afternoon, another who was equally proud was 'man-on-the-mike',  SRU host and Biggar man Chris Cruise who couldn't hide his pride and made comment on the boys from his own 'home town'. Brilliant!

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Second XV

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March 8, 2015, S1 v Hamilton (h),


March 8, 2015, S2 v Hamilton (h),


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