This weekend

Saturday

1sts v Falkirk Tennents National League Div 2 – away KO 2pm Postponed due to frost

2nds v Dunfermline 2nds – friendly – home KO 2pm Cancelled due to frost

Colts v Musselburgh – friendly – home KO 1pm Cancelled due to frost

 

Sunday

Micro and Mini Christmas party

 

Decision pending on the weather forecast

Boys Youth v Musselburgh

U15s - training (Musselburgh no longer have a team at U15)

U13 and U14 v Musselburgh (A) KO 2pm

S1: 24-12 win

 

 

U16 v Earlston HS/Melrose Postponed due to frost


Matthew makes Scotland debut: Lewis and Robbie play Australia schools

Congratulations Matthew!

 

Matthew Stewart became the latest player to pull on a Scotland shirt as he came off the bench for Scotland U19's v Wales on Sunday.

 

Unfortunately the result didn't go Scotland's way as Wales ran out victors but that shouldn't detract from the experience gained by Matthew. A large Biggar support was on hand to witness his debut match with, of course, a very proud Stewart Family on hand as always.

  

 

Hot on Matthew's heels are twin brother Lewis and Robbie Orr who both played for a Scotland Under 19 select XV on Wednesday at The Oriam and against Australia schools U18's.

Having had just two training sessions the Scots lads found the going really tough as the Australian lads took control early on and dominated proceedings. The final 70 point total was a disappointment but the two Biggar boys played well and should be very proud of their play.

 

Matthew is in the squad which will play the same Australian opposition on Sunday. This match is also at The Oriam with a 2pm KO


Biggar reps in Glasgow and West squad for BT Academy matches

BT Academy District series
On Sunday the BT Academy District programme came to its climax with matches for 3rd/4th, 1st/2nd places all taking part at BT Murrayfield. Biggar did not have representatives at U-16 age group but as has been the case for this series there was a host of players involved at U-18 and three at U-20.

The U-18 match for 3rd/4th spot saw Glasgow and the West take on Edinburgh. Biggar had 6 players in the starting line up with centre Andrew Jardine again Captain. Props Andrew Nimmo and Guy Kelly featured in the pack with scrum half Lohann Kotze, stand off Rory McGinn and centre Matthew Stewart completing the contingent. On the bench were hooker Jordan Gray and back row forward Lewis Stewart who have been part of the squad but not given game time, until this final match. All played well, contributing positively with both Gray and Lewis Stewart showing up well, the latter scoring ta crucial try which, when converted, earned Glasgow a 19-19 draw.

At U-20 level Glasgow took on Edinburgh for the final match. Ross Jackson had a great game at No 8, scoring a try while winger Peter Steele did well when he came off the bench. Peter has recently opted to leave Biggar for Glasgow Hawks and while the club is obviously disappointed to see him go, he goes with the club's best wishes for his time with his new club. Calum Braid, a recruit last season from Moffat but someone who is struggling to get time for play this season, also featured.

Coincidentally, three of the matches from the 6 played on Sunday saw the result hinging on the last kick of the match. Glasgow lost the 16's match by 26-24, missing the last kick of the game to tie the scores, the 18's drew their match with the last kick at 19-19 while the 20's lost out by 24-22. Nip and tuck all the way!

Biggar were given some welcome and generous publicity by stadium announcer Chris Cruise ( a Biggar lad of course), who, in his own inimitable style, read out the team sheet but only announcing Biggar players by their club or school!


Biggar Youth rugby

Biggar RFC Youth section caters for those of high school age. We currently have teams in U13, U14, U15 and U16 age categories, as well as U12, U15 and U18 girls teams. The gradual incorporation of full rugby union rules over the different age grades makes Youth rugby the perfect stepping stone for progression onto under 18s rugby and then to the senior game.

 

The sides compete at the very highest level available to Youth rugby in Scotland with the Boys competing in the Mitsubishi Shogun Conference while the Girls are in the Mitsubishi Mirage Conference.

 

Training takes place as follows:-

Tues U13

 

Wed U16 and all girls squads

 

Thurs U14 and U15

 

For further information please contact

Boys Youth: Paula Yardley paulayardley@btinternet.com

 

Girls Youth: Tammy Mitchell dtdkn.5@btconnect.com


Boys Youth host Ellon RFC

Ellon RFC are keen to join the Shogun Conference and as such were looking to take on Biggar’s Youth to guage their progress.

Their U14 side was unable to make the trip south on Sunday but Ellon did provide sides at U13, U15 and U16 and they all made an excellent effort. Results

U13 Biggar 15 Ellon 40

U15 Biggar 19 Ellon 12

U16 Biggar defeat

 

U15's

Back to Back wins and another fine display from our U15 boys who were supported superbly from a few of our U14s.  A good Ellon side were the visitors on Sunday and an evenly contested match was underway.


Both sides took time to settle into the game with some tricky playing conditions underfoot, Finlay Crozier for the 3rd game in a row scored another excellent try with a great interception on the halfway line and used his pace to outrun his counterpart and cross the line he also made the conversion to put the boys in command. An afternoon of some strong rucking was underway with both sides showing some excellent skills in the ruck.


The Biggar boys hard work was driven on and demonstrated by a man of the match performance from Thomas Young who was involved in everything from strong ball carrying and then some great cover tackles, the energy shown by Thomas was felt right through the side. This hard work was supported All over the pitch and at the heart of that work were Rory Hill and Tom Roper who worked tirelessly to win several turnovers as well some strong tackling and running to gain meters for the team.


Once again Gregor on a scoring streak of his own at the moment showed his skills with some great handling and lovely footwork to cross the line. Ellon hit back in either half with some nice work of their own, however our boys were always that one score ahead.



Great to see the boys continue to improve and see there confidence grow, now back to the hard work in training and fine tune a few details and go again.


1sts defeat Howe

Biggar 57 Howe of Fife 3

Biggar’s 13th win came at the expense of Howe of Fife who now prop up National 2 alongside Lasswade.

 

Biggar meanwhile retain their top of the table spot, 4 points ahead of Highland who are in second spot and 16 ahead of third placed Stewarts Melville. The top two have two games before they meet on January 19th in a match which, if both teams continue winning, will be a massive clash and which would most likely take on the mantle of championship decider. But, as mentioned, there are two games to go before that clash and in sport, anything can happen!

 

 

Biggar had to make no fewer than 5 changes for this match, 4 of last weeks starting squad (Alan Warnock, Jamie Orr, Euan Sanderson and Davy Reive) in attendance at Alan and Emma’s wedding while Matthew Stewart was in the Scotland U19 squad which faced Wales on Sunday (Scotland lost out by ). Zander Lyon, Andrew Peacock, Declan Dinnen, Iain Renwick and Ryan Moffat all stepped up and as all have had bags of 1st XV experience there was a limited impact on the side.

 

Howe have had a difficult campaign to date and indeed struggled to provide a team list until late on Friday, this due to a scarcity of front row players meaning that they could only list 17 instead of 19 for their match day squad. There were fears that they might have to forfeit the match or that the game would go to uncontested scrums but in fact this was not the case and the match proceeded as normal although there will be several who must be in a sorry state this week following what was a bit of a mauling. Having said that the Howe side played with great spirit and had they not lost centre Sean Murray after less than 5 minutes or had another couple of ball carrying forwards to support George Henderson and Chris Mann who always took ball on to make good yards, then things might have been a tad different.

 

As it was Biggar contained the big pack and with a rock solid defence Howe were kept out, their solitary score coming from a Dylan Suttie penalty.

 

Playing into the elements – the wind and rain which had been absent all morning seeemd to reappear at kick off and then disappear by half time – Biggar nabbed an opening score after Chris Mulligan made a very typical 40 metre breenge through the Howe line. His pop pass was grabbed by Peacock who also made great yards before off-loading to winger Ross Bradford who stepped over for the opening score. Conor Lavery was off-target with the conversion attempt.

 

Howe hit back through Suttie’s penalty before Robbie Orr took a scoring pass from Rowan Stewart to add Biggar’s second. Lavery was again just wide with the kick but Biggar were 10-3 ahead.

 

In what was a scrappy game, this down to the wind and wet conditions, errors there were a-plenty and neither side were able to string perhaps any more than a few phases without stoppages. This made for an exciting encounter however with attack followed by counter attack and repeat.

 

With just over half an hour gone Biggar notched their 3rd score, this falling to No8 Ross Jackson who controlled the ball well at the scrum base as Biggar’s dominant pack drove the Howe 8 back over their own line. Lavery added the conversion for 17-3 and half time.

 

Howe stand off Suttie had a good game on limited ball but their main weapon was in the shape of No 8 Mann whose control at the scrum base as his pack was shunted back at almost every scrum got them out of jail on several occasions. In attack he offered himself as a threat but the support was rarely sufficient to provide clean quick ball and it was that failing that undid much of his good work.

 

A late tackle by Jackson on Howe stand off Suttie as he continued to try and orchestrate the Howe attack earned the Biggar man a yellow card.

 

The remaining minutes of the half however saw Howe in attack and ensconced in Biggar’s 22. Only the home defence, which saw players throw themselves at the feet of the visitors, kept Howe out as they opted for line drives and mauls.

 

Otherwise, Biggar’s defensive effort, which has been a massive and hugely important aspect to their season kept things watertight, leading to the fact that in the last 3 games Biggar have conceded a miserly 3 points.

 

As the minutes ticked by however, and as Howe continued to attack, it seemed almost inevitable that Howe would eventually gain a score and so sound defence or not, the Biggar support and the Biggar XV were very grateful to Iain Renwick who popped the ball into touch to end this prolonged spell on the line.

 

Biggar began the second period on the attack and while Robbie Orr just lost control of the ball as he prepared to score, the next phase saw Mulligan on hand to romp home from some 20 metres for Biggar’s 4th and bonus point winning try. Lavery added the conversion for 24-3.

 

Biggar welcomed Jackson back and began to ring the changes with Franco Carossi replacing Guy Kelly.

 

Some 15 minutes into the half and prop Donald Voas who is continuing a very fine series of performances managed to get on the score sheet again – his 3rd try this season - with a typically low driving burst for the line. Lavery added the 2 points and Biggar were 31-3 up.

 

As Biggar continued to press there was an untidy flare up between the sides and although he didn’t appear to be the instigator it was Howe’s No 8, Mann, who was shown a yellow by referee John Smith. Deprived of their main ball carrier and control at the scrum base Howe continued to struggle.

 

Biggar replaced Ryan Moffat with Gregor Stewart, Jackson with Lewis Stewart and Mulligan with Craig McDonald.

 

Dinnen was next on the score sheet, the big back rower crashing over from 10 metres out after Biggar took ball off the Howe put in. Lavery converted.

 

The next Biggar attack was halted by Howe fullback Jack Todd who was deemed to have deliberately knocked the ball down as he attempted an interception on Biggar’s play. Given the scoreline this seemed a tad harsh but Howe found themselves another man down, albeit it that it was just a few minutes before Mann resumed after his 10 minutes had elapsed.

 

Rowan Stewart was the next Biggar player to score, the winger benefitting from some good quick passing in the backs which created the space for him to exploit.

 

Although Conor Lavery was just wide with the conversion, he found the mark as Orr claimed his second try, this after he won the chase to a grubber kick from skipper for the day Robbie Lavery.

 

By this time conditions were becoming really tricky as the gloom descended, spectators struggling to catch the action.

 

This took its toll on Howe who, up against things again, botched a lineout. Ewan Stewart latched onto the loose ball and made ground before releasing Conor Lavery who crossed for the try and added the final conversion to wrap things up at 57-3.

 

This was Biggar’s 6th match in which they have broken the 50 point mark and the 11th time they have recorded a 4 try bonus point. Neither of these landmark moments have ever been recorded before which is cause in itself for celebration.

 

Biggar now prepare for a very tricky trip to play Falkirk. Three years ago Biggar journeyed to the same team who were angling for promotion to National 1. A 46-14 drubbing was the result as Falkirk swept forward to gain promotion. There are few Biggar players who remain to make the return trip this season but none that do will have fond memories of that match. A chance for some ‘revenge’ then, but Falkirk will doubtless be very determined to slow Biggar’s progress.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, I|. Renwick, D. Voas, E. Stewart, G. Kelly, A. Peacock, A. Lyon, D. Dinnen, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson

Reps: F. Carossi, L. Stewart, G. Stewart, C. McDonald

 

The 2nd XV match scheduled against Currie was postponed at Biggar’s request, there being too many players unavailabe. This match will be rescheduled.


Grand opening of new shelter

Grand opening of BRFC Shelter

After very kind donations by two of our keen supporters the club was delighted to open the new supporters shelter on Saturday.

 

Officiating at the opening was vice President James Orr who said a few words before the opening ceremony performed by Willie Chapman and John Turnbull who made the initial suggestion about the shelter and who made the donations.

Many thanks to Robison Engineering for the steelwork and to John Hislop of Louden Hill Quarry who provided the infill. Thanks to to James Orr, John Bogle, Andrew Howatson, Eric Shearer and a squad of senior players who assisted in the erection of the shelter. This is another fine example of how the community pulled together in support of Biggar RFC.

 

A healthy crowd made use of the shelter on a day when the weather happily didn't quite match up to its forecast.

To crown the day Biggar 1sts maintained their winning run by defeating Howe of Fife 57-3.


U15’s v Stirling County

Biggar U15's v Stirling County

Well done boys,what a great display on Sunday at Hartree against a strong Stirling side.

 

After a few early exchanges the team started to grow in confidence and belief in their own ability. This was demonstrated right through the team with some strong running from Callum,Ciaran and Morris who seemed to be involved everywhere and tackled hard as always.

 

Good strong intelligent rucking from the forwards and quick support saw the team go through phase after phase pushing Stirling back leading to a try or two.

 

Several scrums were contested strongly throughout the afternoon with great awareness and intelligent play shown from Thomas Young who on a few occasions looked to pick up and go from the scrums,this seemed to catch the opposition off guard and led to several metres being gained.

 


Try’s we’re plentiful throughout the afternoon from Biggar with the only blip being Stirling breaching the defence once in the first half. We saw try’s run in from Callum, Sam and a fabulous solo try from Finlay who also capped an excellent afternoon off with 100% from the boot.

 


Overall a well deserved win and strong performance to back it up.


1sts and 2nds take on Stewarts Melville

Stewarts Melville 0 Biggar 31

This was a result which will tax the statisticians from both clubs; when was the last time Biggar won back to back games whilst keeping their line intact and when was the last time Stew Mel failed to record a single point at home?

 

Answers on a postcard please to BRFC and if it’s possible these will be included in this Saturday’s match programme when Howe of Fife are the guests.

 

Having managed to defeat the Edinburgh side by 36-3 at Hartree Mill back in September, Biggar were convinced that on Saturday they would face a really fired up opposition desperate to gain some sort of revenge. The Stew Mel warm up gave credilbility to that conviction as the home side, with an onimously large pack, ran through a host of moves at pace. Fast forward to the match however and things were very different when the same moves stuttered and failed as passes were dropped and lacked accuracy while the pack, aside from a couple of notable exceptions came off second best both in the set piece and in the loose.

 

That this was the case was down to the pressure exerted by an equally fired up Biggar squad combined with a real off-day for the Edinburgh side who struggled to match the Biggar effort.

 

Chances to get the Stew Mel scoreboard moving there were, but these were few and far between and on each occasion they found the Biggar defence at its solid best. Players were knocked back in tackles, possession was conceded while opportunities to gain and/or retain field position were lost when the set piece malfunctioned. Indeed, two of Biggar’s 5 tries came from lineout errors when possession was gifted to Biggar players who reacted far quicker to press home the advantage.

 

Biggar fielded a strong XV with competition for places seeing a couple of regulars dropping to the 2nd XV who played their Stew Mel hosts on the adjoining pitch.

 

Up front Ewan Stewart returned at hooker which allowed Chris Mulligan to play on the flank, Lewis Stewart unavailable due to injury. In the 2nd row, Andrew Warnock joined up with Jamie Orr, these two contributing massively in winning and pinching valuable lineout ball.

 

The backs began as of late, and the bench saw newcomer Declan Dinnen making his first appearance in a Biggar shirt.

 

Given the torrential rain during the week it was hardly surprising that the Inverleith pitch was sodden and slippy, this a factor both sides had to contend with, but happily the overhead conditions were reasonably fair.

 

Biggar kicked off up the ‘slope’ and faced an initial onslaught (as expected) and which saw Biggar pressed into defensive roles. A knock on off a neat chip was the first Stew Mel foray into Biggar’s half. Some really good defence and a big scrum saw Biggar gain territory and it seemed a burst to the line from Robbie Lavery would open the scoring but at the last possible moment the ball was knocked from his grasp. Another good scrum saw Stew Mel struggle to break free and Biggar regrouped to make an assualt on the Stew Mel line. Conor Lavery took the ball going right and put in a neat grubber behind the Stew Mel backs, Ross Bradford winning the chase for the first try which Matthew Stewart converted for 7-0.

 

Stew Mel maintained possession from two penalties and subsequent lineouts as Biggar fell foul of referee Steven Turnbull. A searing break through the Biggar line was perhaps the best line break of the match but Biggar’s cover defence in the shape of Rowan Stewart was up to the mark and the attack halted.

 

The hosts opted to take a scrum from the next penalty award, they believing that their scrum would be able to dominate but a somewhat predictable blind side move saw the winger bundled in to touch.

 

Despite gaining some relief via Davy Reive’s box kicks and a good ‘mark’ from Alan Warnock Stew Mel managed to retain possession and territory.

 

The game at this stage was broken and scrappy as both teams made errors, these due to the slippy conditions underfoot and/or as players tried to open play up. Still suffering from a number of penalties all for a variety of different offences, Biggar were under some pressure but this they dealt with pretty well, their two man/double tackles sapping the energy from the hosts attack. Two examples of this with Rowan Stewart and Donald Voas and another by Jamie Orr and Ewan Stewart caught the eye.

 

As it was Biggar began to gain more ground and just after the half hour they struck again. A good attacking position was won from a penalty from Conor Lavery and good lineout ball. Matthew Stewart, Voas and Ross Jackson combined well to take play to the Stew Mel 22. Ball was recycled and pressure maintained via a driving run from Jamie Orr. With quick ruck ball provided a pop pass to Euan Sanderson saw him crash over from 5 metres for a score which saw the ‘points for’ total move past the 500 mark, it all the more appropriate that this try was claimed by the 1st XV captain. Matthew Stewart duly converted the try to put Biggar into a 14-0 lead.

 

Stew Mel came back from the restart but Biggar were able to hold their line intact after Warnock took a good lineout off the hosts possession.

 

The second half saw Guy Kelly – the youngster showing again that he is a talent with some solid scrummaging combined with some very good ‘carries’ in the loose - replaced by Franco Carossi.

 

The half couldn’t have had a better start for Biggar as in what was their first attack an attempted break out by the Stew Mel pack saw hooker Doug Randall pass the ball directly to his opposite number Ewan Stewart who had the simple task of turning and making the 5 yards to the line for an opportunist score. Matthew Stewart was just short with his conversion attempt.

 

Less than 10 minutes later and Biggar claimed their 4th and bonus point winning try, not something which had been given much thought in the pre-match build up. This too came directly from a Stew Mel error and as such a bit of a gift. Biggar have often conceded possession from lineouts in the past but they haven’t been punished just so harshly. An overthrow and knock-down on their own lineout saw ball spilled to the ground, the ever-present flanker Chris Mulligan on hand to pounce on the ball and then make the 5 or so yards to the line for the try. Matthew Stewart duly converted for 26-0 but this was his last involvement as Ryan Moffat took over in the centre.

 

Minutes later and a penalty gave Conor Lavery the chance to extend his sides lead but he was off target from what was a long way out.

 

Dinnen made his first appearance on the pitch when he replaced Warnock and Iain Renwick then took over at scrum half from Reive. These changes disrupted the Biggar effort a little and the remainder of the contest became a little less fluid with errors again creeping into both sides play. It was an entertaining contest nevertheless, with plenty talking points and several chances to add to the Biggar total.

 

Biggar’s 5th try came as Biggar were deep in their hosts half. A series of attacks had come up against some btter defence but with great vision stand off Conor Lavery put in a super cross kick which Ryan Moffat was able to take before crossing for a great score. Lavery was just short with the conversion.

 

The last passage of play saw Stew Mel enjoy a bit more pressure with better possession and they forced Biggar back into defence. That Biggar kept the city side out was as big a bonus as the additional point for scoring 4 tries. The side have now scored 521 and conceded just 87, an average over the 13 games of 40-6!

 

Biggar’s next test is against Howe of Fife, a side languishing at ther foot of the National 2 table. Complacency is a dangerous enemy and with several players unavailable as they travel to celebrate Alan Warnock’s wedding to Emma (best wishes to the couple from all at Hartree Mill), the squad must regroup and ensure that they retain their top spot.

 

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, M. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, G. Kelly, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson

Reps: F. Carossi, D. Dinnen, R. Moffat, I. Renwick

 

Biggar’s 2nd XV were left tight for numbers on Saturday and their cause was hampered early on with a nasty head cut injury to stand off James Barr. Happily he has been stitched up and is set for recovery.

 

Further injuries to Ali Steele, Euan Bogle and Paul Davidson meant the side was further depleted although the latter two were able to stay on the pitch.

 

A Bogle penalty was their limit in the first half but a try and conversion from Gregor Stewart in the second period gave the side a lift but Stew Mel were able to run in several tries to win by 41-10.

 

There is bags of potential in this side, especially if those who are available were all able to play regularly. Their mid table position is not at all reflective of thier ability or potential.


Mini v Ayr and Peebles

P4
Well if I learned anything today, it's the fact that our boys relish their games.


Last Sunday's training hadn't exactly gone to plan with a lot of "maybe we should have ...." thoughts afterwards but as today showed, there's no cause for concern.


We started off extremely well against a vertically superior Ayr side. (I did wonder at one stage if a couple shouldn't have been with the P6's) This didn't put our boys off though and we proved, even if we need three players, we can still tackle the biggest!


There were some big hits going in but we found our legs driving up the middle and this paid off time and time again as we ran in trys. In the end, it was a high scorer but we won by two.


The second game against Ayr B team was a bit more open but again, the boys put to good use some excellent footwork and on each of these occasions were backed up by their team mates. We were slightly slower getting back on side and with Ayr being that bit quicker, we let a few passed that wouldn't normally have got to the try line. - I thought we just missed out in this match but i was pleasantly corrected in the clubhouse.


The last match saw us up against Peebles and as most squads experience, you have to have your wits about you! - We were tired clearly by then and it showed, mostly in some missed tackles where weary arms just couldn't pull the opposition in enough to bring then to ground but we still ran out victors by one try!


There were huge positives from today. The boys are a great squad together and this shows in play which far exceeds their years. There's some fantastic support work, an ability to read the opposition and adapt to their playing style and a willingness not only to involve their team mates but actively pull them into the action.


Each and everyone of them have their own strengths and what is so great to see is the recognition of that in the team ... who needs to get the ball to drive through the middle, who needs quick leg on the wing, who needs to hang back to make that crucial tackle...... and very little of that is coming from the coaches! It really is great to watch!


They should all be very proud of their efforts today! What a team!


Thanks as always to Gordon and Stuart for all their efforts. Laura and everyone on kitchen duties and to all the Parents, Taxi drivers and support at the sidelines although if Riki White isn't careful - he's going to be watching via videolink! ??

 

P5

On a glorious Sunday morning at Hartree our P5s welcomed a visit from one team from Peebles and two from Ayr. As in previous weeks we were able to field two teams to form a mini round robin of games.


It was a day of mixed emotions, positive and negative.


Positives; the soup and burgers were excellent!!!


Seriously though, there were some individual performances today that were inspiring. It is our job as coaches to make this continue and to continue to nurture the talent in the rest.


Negatives; it seems that overall focus, commitment, the want to improve is lacking in some of our players.....
It is our job as coaches to improve this.


To use the words of a very good colleague we also had "good play but we weren't together, not alert and at times quite unaware that we were competing in games"


Our defence still causes us problems. We will continue to up the physicality in training as it is becoming apparent that we lack this part in a game scenario.


Please can we ask that all parents continue to involve their players in rugby talk and exposure, especially during these autumn internationals, as they will gain knowledge of the game that can only enhance their learning.


Huge thank you to the usual helpers as always, including all those who helped with the catering/serving today in the kitchen. Feedback from visiting teams was very appreciative!


Youth sides update

Biggar S1 4 Boroughmuir S1 34

A very difficult game this afternoon against a more determined and experienced Boroughmuir squad.
Not too much to mention in the first half from our boys other than some determined tackling, especially from Ander. Unfortunately our opposition were able to break through on 5 occasions, converting 3 of them. Half time, 0-18.

 

After some encouraging words at half time from Scott and Jordan, the lads were determined to improve on their first half performance and everyone stepped up a gear. Unfortunately so did our opposition who ran in a further 4 tries, converting them all. It would have been 5 if not for Robert who put in a great last man tackle out on the touch line.

 

Still not down and out our boys battled on and were rewarded when Harry finally broke through and ran in to score under the posts. Liam duly converted to bring the final score to 4-34.

 

Man of the match Ander

 

It’s not the result we were hoping for but I couldn’t be happier with the reaction from our boys. In weeks gone by, our boys would get frustrated and blame the opposition or referee. Not this weekend and it shows how much the boys have grown. We all know where we fell down on Sunday, but as Jordan and I said after the game. It’s how we pick ourselves up again!

 

We’ll be encouraging the boys to remember the performance, but encourage them to get their heads up and put it right.

 

Thanks everyone for the info on how they’re responding after games and training. On to the next one!

 

 

U16s 12-8 loss

The under 16s took part in a tough 2nd (Biggar) v 3rd in the league battle at Boroughmuir today agonisingly losing 12 - 8. The commitment structure, tackling and rucking from both sides was of the highest quality. However with Biggar camped on the Boroughmuir line for the last 5 minutes of the match with the home team giving away a succession of penalties Biggar couldnt get the ball over the line or benefit from the penalty count.

 

A couple of lessons to be learnt on pressing a line but a fantastic commitment and enjoyable game to watch.

 

Well done boys, on another day that would have been our win.


1sts bounce back against Dumfries

Biggar 39 Dumfries 0

What a difference a week makes! A Biggar win as they bounce back after the defeat by Peebles while the Border side who looked a competent and strong side come unstuck against Glasgow Accies....

 

After the disappointment of last week when Biggar produced a somewhat lack-lutsre display, the side came out of the traps with all guns firing against Dumfries. Having weathered the Dumfries storm of the first half, they then opened up to record an excellent win, with just as importantly, preventing the visitors from recording any points.

 

Having suffered defeat last week, Biggar were determined to ensure that they got things back on track on Saturday. This was the first game of the second ‘half’ of the season and against a side which had provided stern opposition in the opening encounter.

 

Biggar welcomed back two warriors in lock Alan Warnock and scrum half Davy Reive with Guy Kelly recalled to the front row. Andrew Peacock and Franco Carrossi dropped to the bench with Chris Mulligan taking over at hooker from the injured Ewan Stewart, and with Lewis Stewart at flank forward. In the three quarters the other Stewart brothers (Gregor and Rowan) were unavailable and so Matthew Stewart returned from injury at centre with Iain Renwick, who had been at 9 against Peebles playing on the wing.

 

As had been expected Dumfries began strongly some neat moves in the backs seeing them create great yardage and on one occasion splitting the Biggar defence in two, only a great tackle from Robbie Orr halting the move.

 

Against the run of play then it was a boost to see Matthew Stewart kick a penalty top give Biggar an early lead.

 

Play was a tad fractious at this stage with both sides getting into good attacking positions but errors spoiling all the hard work that had gone before. The wind, which was coming across the pitch, was a major factor with Dumfries struggling to master restarts and with Biggar just too long on a couple of occasions. These, combined with a variety of penalty awards and a mal-functioning Dumfries lineout and some uncharacteristic handling errors from Biggar meant that there were regular stoppages.

 

Dumfries continued to put Biggar under pressure however and it took all of Biggar’s defensive strength to keep their line intact, one superb try-saving tackle from Davy Rieve which did just enough to prevent Dumfries from scoring was one of many to catch the eye, Donald Voas another who put in some thundering hits throghout the match.

 

Dumfries should have tied the scores ast 3-3 but kicker Alan Birdsall was off target from a relatively ‘simple’ distance.

 

Having seen that kick miss Dumfries opted thereafter to run the ball with a series of tap and go’s but again it was Biggar’s first up and cover tackles which came to the fore to repel the visitors.

 

Biggar were a match for their opponents in the tight scrum but they took the lion’s share of lineout ball, Jamie Orr in fine form although tribute too, to his lifters.

 

As ahs often been the case this season Biggar’s ability to counter-attack has been impressive and it was this which led to the first try. A squint Dumfries lineout in Biggar’s 22 led to a sscrum and Biggar possession. Ross Bradford got the ball in midfield and made a great break to the left with Iain Renwick adding more yards. Ballw as then transferred inside to Reive who made short shrift of the gap to reach the line. Matthew Stewart added the conversion for 10-0.

 

This score came just beofre the half hour mark and some 5 minutes later Biggar struck again with Stewart kicking a second penalty for 13-0.

 

A major error on the restart meant the Dumfries were gifted possession and had it not been for their defence Biggar would have conceded a score. Instead however, Bradford, Voas, Chris Mulligan and the Orr brothers all tackled well to stem the tide.

 

A Conor Lavery clearnace took play to half way with the chase stopping Dumfries from a counter attack. A knock on gave Biggar scrum ball and with Ross Jackson making the initial thrust, yards were made by Robbie Orr, then Jackson again who popped the ball to Lewis Stewart who looked to be on his way to scoring a try. The despairing cover tackle did enough to trip him up but the youngster had the presence of mind to find Euan Sanderson in support, Biggar’s skipper diving in for the score, though the flying tackle by the last Dumfries player was not to his liking!

 

Half time then and Biggar were ahead at 20-0.

 

A series of penalties from referee Mike Milner disrupted play as the second half began, Dumfries benefitting from these awards and managing to relieve the pressure exerted by Biggar. Faced with poor possession from their lineout meant that a tap-and-go ploy was again their preffered option, but Biggar were up for this with another batch of big hits ending the momentum Dumfries so craved.

 

With some 15 minutes of the second half gone Biggar struck with a third try. Reive tidied lineout ball before gaining some much needed yards. Robbie Lavery spread play wide and Lewis Stewart linked well before getting the ball to Robbie Orr. The fullback is very elusive and made the try line form the half way mark, out-stripping the Dumfries defence on the way. Matthew Stewart’s conversion took Biggar to 27-0.

 

There was now the real possibility of collecting another 4 try bonus – not something that had been given much thought in the lead up to the game.

 

Robbie Lavery made a great line break with his next foray and with Mulligan carrying play forward again his pass found Lewis Stewart who flew in from the Dumfries 22 for a try convertde by his brother for 34-0 and that all important bonus point try!

 

With the thrid quarter beckoning Voas was carrying well again as Biggar rang the changes with Franco Carossi replacing Kelly and Peacock replacing Alan Warnock. Robbie Lavery then took over at scrum half as Reive left the field to a well-deserved round of applause for his efforts.

 

Dumfries continued to run at Biggar with scrum half Birdsall tireless in his attempts to spur his side and on and with flanker Ben Johnstone and No8 Luke Gilbert making good ground into the Biggar 22 but errors and Biggar’s defence brought these efforts to nought.

 

The last try was one of the best of the season to date and there have been plenty from the top drawer as well. A missed kick to touch was cleared fownfield by Dumfries and into Biggar’s 22 where it was gathered by Robbie Orr. He found Iain renwick who set up a ruck on Biggar 10m line. There were then a series of phases each of which involved different players but which continues to take play into the Dumfries half. An injection of pace by Mulligan and then by Bradford who made some great runs on Saturday set Jackson free for the try in the corner! A total of 13 players were involved at some point…..fantastic!

 

The final few minutes saw Biggar penalised on a number of occasions at scrum time when they seemed to be totally dominant and which meant that Dumfries ended the match in Biggar’s 22.

 

Congratulations to all involved on Saturday. There was no one who did not perform and it was really encouraging to see how the younger members of the squad – 4 in their teens – worked together. This was a big result given the previous week’s performance and one which should again boost confidence. With a weekend off due to the Cup commitements Biggar now prepare for the real challenge posed by Stewarts Melville who are currently in 3rd spot. Biggar won the match at Hartree Mill and took the Edinburgh side by surprise. They will be eager to return the compliment there is no doubt.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, M. Stewart, I. Renwick, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, C. Mulligan, G. Kelly, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson, L. Stewart, R. Jackson

Reps: F. Carossi, A. Peacock, R. Moffat, J. Barr

 

The 2nd XV entertained Peebles 2nds in a friendly on Friday evening. After a good first half Biggar dropped off the pace a bit and allowe their visitors too much space.

The Border side ran out deserved winners. Ali Steele, Alex Toal and euan Bogle scored tries with the latter also kicking 2 conversions.


Colts lose out to League Leaders

Colts lose out to Boroughmuir

The facts of the Colts game on Saturday make for fairly simple reading. Biggar played Boroughmuir on the main stage at Meggetland in front of a crowd of over a thousand – most likely the second largest rugby crowd of the day in Scotland - and were well beaten 60-0 by the top U18 club side in the country. ‘Muir ran in 10 trys and were deserved winners of that there can be no doubt. Scratch below the surface of this game however and there was so much more to it for those supporting the Rams.

 

Biggar turned up with 15 men ready and able to play the game. Some of them were carrying knocks, some were recovering from illness and some had had to be picked up from far afield by the coaches to get there in time. They were not to be deterred. Facing big strong opposition who were well drilled and very well organised Biggar set about fighting for every ball, hitting every ruck and letting their opponents know that they were in a game.

 

Some of the play wasn’t great, a few missed tackles accounted for a score or two. A couple of chances inside the ‘Muir 22 were lost when the lineout ball wasn’t quite accurate enough and the occasional wrong decision let ‘Muir off the hook but every single man on the pitch gave their all for the team and for each other.

 

At the end of the game, there was barely any energy left in any Biggar player. They almost crawled off the park but that is so good to see. No-one gave up, no-one hid when hiding would have been easy. No-one argued or fought with team-mates. Every man was pushing his team mates to work harder and keep going – keep taking the fight to ‘Muir. This is the Biggar spirit – this is what you need to strive for every week. ‘Muir were a great side and ultimately this spirit wasn’t enough but in some other games, it will carry you through!!!

 

With no scores for Biggar it would be easy not to mention any specifics but I felt that every man deserved a mention!

 

Hugo Baillie made some really good runs through a big ‘Muir pack. Some really good rucking too gaining vital time in the ball for the backs. One tackle in particular on the big ‘Muir 4 was good to see.

 

Cameron Gray carrying a virus from earlier in the week had a really good game. Some really good clear up ball when ‘Muir looked like they might break through and even in the last minute having been down with cramp, chasing back and stripping the ball in the tackle to prevent a further ‘Muir score.

 

Harry Low again made some big runs and a couple of very good tackles in key areas. Covered a huge amount of the park showing up on both wings at points in the game to help out his wingers in the tackle.

 

Harry Archibald worked his socks off for 70 minutes. Tackling constantly and taking some big hits in contact. An excellent shift from the big second row!

 

Andrew Barrett showed some real rucking strength to secure Biggar ball on a number of occasions. A couple of good counter-rucking plays took ‘Muir by surprise and secured ball for Biggar or at the very least put more pressure on the ‘Muir ball.

 

Hayden Muir was up against it in the contact as the ‘Muir back row were excellent but he did not let that work against him. Worked hard to secure ball at every turn in the loose and was constantly in support when Biggar were on the attack.

 

As with Hayden, Kerr Whitefield was up against it in the loose but he kept working hard and kept getting himself in there disrupting the play or winning ball as often as possible. Made a couple of good runs with ball in hand as well as running some really good support lines..

 

You know what you get with Seth Jamieson. He makes big runs into contact and works hard to gain as much ground as possible for as long as possible and he did this very well on Saturday. Some big hits in attack and defence but he kept getting up and coming back for more.

 

Finn Barr had his usual sterling game. Led from the front, made a number of good line breaks hit almost every tackle he went in for and kept pushing his team to work harder for the whole 70 minutes.

 

Not may hookers can run out at 10 but Rhys Thomson did phenomenally well on Saturday. He tried to play heads up rugby at every turn, kicked well when required and made some big hits in defence. Eternally positive on the pitch too.

 

Ciaran Goodwin almost fell foul of the referee early on with a couple of high tackles but didn’t let that deter him. Had a couple of great catches on the move and took the game to ‘Muir every time he got the ball. Took a big hit midway through the second half but still kept on taking the game to them.

 

Aaron Thomson had a really good game. Covered every blade of grass, constantly chased back and covered where required - made too many tackles to count! Great work from him

 

Ethan Webb was another who show a huge amount of bravery during the game. His first at Centre, he showed he usual attacking zeal often charging into 2 or 3 opposition players at one time and always working so hard to retain the ball or make them work for possession.

 

Jack Balkwill had an absolute stormer of a game – certainly the best one I have seen him play. Tackled everything that moved and put his body on the line time and again. Made some great runs forward and show a huge heart to keep coming back for more.

 

Josh Foster covered a huge amount of the park and made a number of great cover tackles when a break was on. Tough shift at full back as the lines that ‘Muir were running meant that he was exposed on a few occasions but he stuck to his task and stopped them as often as possible. Good work!

 

Final word must go to Jock Gray in his role as Physio on Saturday. He was busier than the ‘Muir bar staff serving the thousand thirsty South Africans but he kept going and played a huge part in keeping 15 Biggar men on the pitch. Great effort!!


Youth scores v Highland

On Sunday Highland were visitors at all other youth age groups and they took the honours winning 3 from the 4 matches played.

U16s 69-7 win
U15s 5-27 loss
U14s 25-10 loss
U13s 11 -22 loss


Colts improvement but injuries hamper match

Colts Let it slip Versus Highland

A competitive game took place at Hartree Mill as a post script to the first XV losing their unbeaten record to Peebles on Saturday. Well-travelled Highland came calling and whilst this was not a classic it was a completive tough game played in good spirit between two fairly evenly matched sides.

 

Biggar will feel that they could have taken a win in this game and I am sure that will frustrate the players and coaches alike. The home ranks were bolstered by the return of Dan McConkey to the starting line-up and with Callum McCallum moving to 9 Finn Barr was moved into the back row (a position he played to great effect last year).

 

This was a tight game with handling errors to the fore and a lot of direct play. Biggar seems to be settling into a good rhythm but unfortunately this rhythm was disrupted by the loss of Cameron Snell at 10 and then Callum McCallum (who had replaced him at 10) to injury. Both suffered head knocks with Cameron suffering a really bad cut to the head in a collision with his team mate Harry Low. He went off in a pool of blood and we wish him a speedy recovery. The loss of the 10 and 9 meant a complete reorganisation in the backs for Biggar and initially it had little impact. The new partnership of McConkey and Barr combined to open the scoring. A great break from Finn Barr got him well into the Highland half and with Dan on his shoulder, a great pass gave him the chance to run in for the score. The conversion from out wide left was missed.

 

The lead was short live as Highland powered through to score a converted try and take the lead but Biggar did not let that get them down. They got themselves together and 5 minutes later took the lead again and this time it was a really well worked try from Ethan Webb.

 

It was started when a poor Highland kick from inside their 22 was taken superbly over his shoulder by Josh Foster. He turned and ran at the covering defence going past 2 men before he was taken down. The ball was spread quickly along the line and Jack Balkwill took it on and ran straight for the try line. A great tackle stopped him getting over but with Harry Low on his shoulder the ball was secured and Ethan picked it up and dived over the line. Finn Barr made the conversion.

 

With seconds left on the clock before Half time Biggar should have extended their lead. A penalty was kicked to the corner, a good line out take and drive ensued. Biggar powered over the line and with everyone expecting the referee to show a score, he indicated Biggar had been held up – very unlucky.

 

Half Time Biggar 12 – Highland 7

 

The let off at the end of the first half seemed to galvanise Highland and they came out all guns blazing into the second half. Scoring three unanswered tries to win the game 26-12. Biggar created plenty of chances and will curse poor handling when they got themselves into some really good positions. Having said that, Highland took almost every chance that was presented to them which in itself deserves great credit.

 

Full time Biggar 12 – Highland 26

 

A tough loss to take where a slight improvement in concertation levels may have led to a different outcome. The injuries definitely had an impact on the team in terms of the setup but these are part and parcel of rugby unfortunately. Some great work across the pitch from all was often undone by one missed tackle or a dropped ball. These are the margins at this level and something which everyone needs to work on to ensure a more positive outcome going forwards.


1sts XV lose for the first time

Biggar 7 Peebles 10

Any record has to be broken at some point and while on paper at least Biggar should have been able to extend theit winning run to 11, Peebles, as befits local derby opposition, were always going to provide a very stern challenge to the table-toppers. And so, as Saturday’s game wore on and with Biggar just holding on to a slender 7-0 lead, thoughts turned back to the same game last season when, with some 15 minutes to go and well ahead, Biggar contrived to lose the match with a careless attention to protecting a lead.

 

That Peebles eventually won on Saturday, courtesy of a penalty try and a penalty to a converted try equates to as big a boost for the Border side as it is a disappointment for all at Hartree Mill. A very frugal defence as the ‘points against’ column shows, combined with a much greater ability to break the line than their opponents, have been the hallmarks of each Biggar performance to date this season and on balance this was probably the case against Peebles. That Peebles rarely threatened the Biggar line is confirmation of Biggar’s defensive strength while Biggar made several cutting line breaks and crossed the Peebles line twice (one disallowed try) and came close on at least another 3 occasions. However the Border side were a better organised unit than Biggar have faced recently and with their forwards largely dictating play in the set piece, this put real pressure on the Biggar side, which inevitably cut their attacking options down and limited their attacking threat. The old adage about not being allowed to play largely sums up Biggar’s day; denied quality ball from the set piece and yielding possession from lineout and scrum put pressure on everything else. Biggar also made a host of uncharacteristic errors although perhaps these were as a result of the increased pressure exerted by Peebles than to any lack of focus or concentration.

 

The upshot is that Biggar, having played virtually 11 games without ever having been behind on points, at any stage in any of the previous games, ceded their unbeaten record. This in turn means that their lead at the top of National 2 has been cut to just 4 points. Next up is another home game (against Dumfries) with Stewarts Melville (A), Howe (H) and Falkirk (A) all lying in wait before the Christmas break. An exciting time awaits….

 

With both Davy Reive and Alan Warnock unavailable and Matthew Stewart injured Biggar made a few changes to the starting line up for this clash. In the backs Iain Renwick resumed at scrum half, Gregor Stewart took Matthew Stewarts place at centre alongside Robbie Lavery which allowed Robbie Orr to operate at fullback. In the pack, Ross Jackson returned at No 8 which allowed Jamie Orr to resume his partnership with Andrew Peacock at lock.

 

As a demonstration of respect for Rememberance weekend, both teams, and the Colts prior to their match with Highland later in the afternoon, observed a minutes silence. A defeat in a rugby match, regardless of how ‘important’ that match is deemed to be, is hardly comparable to the sacrifices made by those who are remembered at this time each year and therefore any frustration felt at defeat is put firmly into perspective.

 

Peebles, as anticipated, came out of the traps at full pace and Biggar, on the back foot and in defensive mode from the start, conceded a couple of penalties. The first attempt after just 3 minutes was pulled left by Mrray Brown while thereafter the preffered option was to kick to the corner for a lineout and attempted driving maul. Biggar’s defence held firm however and as they countered Peebles were then made to defend their own line as Biggar had some success via attacking play from their three quarters.

 

Biggar’s cause was then upset somewhat by an injury to lock Peacock who twisted an ankle, his replacment being Zander Lyon.

 

A second Peebles penalty was also missed. After the half hour mark another good Biggar attack, when ball was transferred at pace and which took play into the Peebles 22 earned a penalty but Conor Lavery had similar luck to the Peebles kicker and pulled the kick wide.

 

An offside at the drop out – an offence which is rarely punished – allowed Biggar to retain territory and it was as Biggar attacked that Peebles No 8 Richard Harrison was shown the games first yellow after a reckless shoulder charge to Lavery.

 

In what was virtually the very next attacking move, referee Sam O’Neill then brandished his yellow card again, this time to Harrisons brother Jack, the Peebles scrum half, who had provided a withering assessment on the officials decision making.

 

Down to 13 men – not it has to be said an unusual position for Peebles this season and therefore a situation the side is almost accustomed to – Biggar had to take advantage of the disparity in numbers. A cross kick in their nest attack yielded little but a counter attack from Bradford, this after a comical collison with his team mate Robbie Orr which sent both sprawling on the turf, took play back to the Peebles 22. Ball moved left found the Peebles defence up to the mark but when ball was switched back to the right Robbie Lavery cleverly created space to draw two defenders before sliipping the ball to the supporting Donald Voas who ran in almost unopposed. Conor Lavery added the conversion to make the score 7-0.

 

There was time for the restart and as Biggar transgressed at scrum time, this a first penalty of what was to become many, Peebles were offered another kicking opportunity. This kick hit the post padding and was gathered up by Robbie Orr who then dispatched the ball to touch for half time.

 

Playing now towards the clubhouse Biggar had hoped to kick on but from the outset Peebles adopted a pick and drive ploy which was effective in retasining possessiona nd in gaining ground.

 

In addition Peebles regained full strength with the return of the Harrison brothers. If Biggar attacked the rush defence employed by the visitors continued to frustrate the Biggar attack, forcing rushed passes and the occasional error.

 

One attackm almost yielded a try as Gegor stewart chipped neatly over the Peebles defence for his brother rowan to run on to. Stopped just inches short by the Peebles cover in the sahpe of Jackm Harrison and Donald Anderson. Able to retain possession Biggar should probably have scored but for the stoic Peebles cover defence.

 

Biggar thern made a couple of changes, Ryan Moffat replacing Gregor Stewart while in the pack Lewis Stewart came on for Ewan Stewart, Chris Mulligan moving to hook.

 

A second missed penalty from Lavery would have given the home side a bit of additional breathing space but the ball was pulled left of the posts. A similar award shortly afterwards saw Biggar kick to the corner but in an off day on the touchline athe tail throw was lost and Peebles escaped.

 

Peebles then lost their 3rd player to the sin bin this for a neck roll.

 

A succesful lineout from this penalty saw ball moved left and Robbir Orr make a neat break before off-loading to winger Rowan Stewart who crossed in the corner much to the delight of the Biggar support. This was short-lived however as referee O’Neill deemed the pass to have been forward.

 

Minutes later and the winger was again in the action, ross Jackson havuing won a turnover in midfield. Donald Voas – whose brother Douglas was in the Peebles XV – fed Stewart whose progress weas halted by a flying tackle from Jack Harrison. This and the follow through did niot find favour with the Biggar side and a brawl developed although it was a pull me-push you struggle before order was regained, Biggar penalised, apparently for the involvement of the bench in the fracas.

 

Having crept into the Biggar half Peebles were then awarded a scrum penalty. A second award gave them good field position before a 3rd penalty award was tapped quickly, catching the Biggar defence off guard. Playing the man before the requisite 10m had been made saw Jamie Orr shown a yellow and so it was Biggar who found themselves a man down.. The damage to the Biggar scrum was considerable and at the scrum restart Peebles drove Biggar back over their line, referee O’Neill having no hesitation in awarding a penalty try. 7-7 with just barely 10 minutes remaining.

 

As the minutes ticked by there was a certain inevitability about the outcome. True to type a Peebles kick saw play moved to the Biggar 22. Having the put in would usually see Biggar take and clear, but Peebles instead gained a scrum put in from a squint throw. This is just what Biggar did not want and predictably Peebles were awarded another scrum penalty from which Greg Raeburn stepped up to kick the winning points. While there was time for the restart this was kicked dead, and despite Jamie Orr returning yet another scrum penalty saw the visitors able to kick to touch to end the match.

 

A tough one to take given the hitherto quality of play the Biggar squad has displayed to date. Peeble’s league position belies their ability of that there is no doubt and it is likely they will climb up the table as the season progresses – particularly if they can reduce the yellow card count.

 

Biggar are still top of the table but have as previously noted some massive contests to come. Dumfries are up first and they are still smarting from their opening defeat so its very much game on!

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, I. Renwick, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson

Reps: Z. Lyon, R. Moffat, J. Barr, L. Stewart

 

The 2nd XV were deprived of their match when kelso pulled out citing lack of available players to travel.


A win for the 18’s against Caithness

U18 Girls -v- Caithness 4th November 2018

The Caithness club made the long journey south to Hartreemill for the penultimate fixture of the Mirage league. The northern club were able to bring 18 players and so the game commenced in sunshine with a fresh westerly breeze in the favour of the visitors.

 

The Biggar squad had a nervy, hesitant start, strewn with errors and it was Caithness who had most of the possession in the initial period and opened the scoring with a good try after 10 minutes of play. The Biggar girls started to gain some possession although there was still a lack of control in their play, however they scored two quick tries mid-way through the first half to take the lead for the first time. Caithness however, were quick to respond and scored on the 20 minute mark to re-gain the lead. The next period was very competitive but Biggar managed a further score to take the score to 17-12.

 

There was then a significant break in play due to an injury to a visiting team player (Post match news that player had muscle damage) When play did resume Biggar enjoyed a sustained period of possession which led to two further tries. The score line remained unaltered till half time (HT 27-12)

 

Biggar started the second half with the wind at their backs and exerted pressure on Caithness which resulted in three further tries and was probably their best period of the game. Caithness scored a further try of their own to keep an interest in the outcome of the match. The play then became very scrappy with both sides making errors. The northern club then raised their game and despite some good tackling by Biggar they scored a try in the dying minutes to take the final score to 48-24.

 

The Biggar player of the match from Biggar was awarded to Kaylee Fraser, with Rachel Phillips being selected by Caithness. For a few of the Biggar girls this was only their second outing so a competitive game like this will have given them valuable experience. The coaches will be looking to cut out the errors and improve on the work at the break down ahead of the final league game away to Ayr on the 18th November.

 

Try scorers: Emelia Knights (2), Rachel Phillips (2), Kaylee Fraser (2), Lucy Blackie and Emma Orr. Conversions – Emma Orr (1), Kaylee Fraser (3)

 

Many thanks to Derek Aitken for filming the game, Tammy Mitchell for preparing all the food and to Mara Orr and Wendy Finlayson for helping in the kitchen.


Ladies at Hamilton

On Sunday Biggar ladies managed to get a game of 15s against Hamilton by joining forces with Cumbernauld ladies.

 

The Ladies lost 48-13 but this was a very hard fought match, with it being the first full 15s game for many of the players! Biggar/Cumbernauld Ladies settled into a better rhythm in the later stages of the match and managed to score two tries - one by Louise from Cumbernauld and one by Alison Russell from Biggar. 3 points came from a penalty kick by Lynn Somerville from Biggar.

 

Unfortunately Biggar were outplayed in the end by a well structured Hamilton team but a great effort from all in Black and Red.


Youth rugby v Ayr

Colts

This squad sustained a pile of injuries last week and this, combined with several players falling ill, led to their match with Ayr/Wellington being cancelled.

On Sunday the Youth section also faced Ayr with the team from the west securing wins in every match.

This is one of the best youth sections in the country however so while Biggar lost out there was still lots to suggest that they have the potential and attitude to develop and improve.

 

U16's

In a tough physical forwards centered contest the u16s lost 43 - 24 to Ayr on Sunday. A good competative match the Biggar boys couldnt win the ball for long periods of the first half and when they did they were met with a solid line of defence which they didnt unlock often enough. Areas to work on but useful lessons have been learnt.

U13’s

The boys did really well defensively in the first half, keeping Ayr out on a number of occasions, but unfortunately they did manage to break through for a couple of tries which were converted.

The second half half was was just as tough for Biggar, but the boys did show a few good positive attacking plays that really merited more than we got. However Ayr continued their clinical rugby by running in another 3 tries, which were all converted. With little time left on the clock Harry managed to channel his frustrations into a run and try under the posts which Liam converted. The final score Biggar 4 Ayr 20 certainly doesn’t reflect on how well the boys performed and each one of them should be proud of their contribution against a much more experienced and physical Ayr side. Man of the Match was Jake Duncan.


Win at GHK signals 10 from 10

GHK 7 Biggar 61

Biggar’s 10th consecutive win – a record as far as we can tell – came at the expense of Glasgow side GHK (Glasgow High and Kelvinside Academy combine).

 

The eventual 9-1 score included another 4 for winger Rowan Stewart, whose league total now stands at 18 from 10 games (another record we think) and which elevates him to the top try scorer for the club...ever!

 

GHK ran the ball well throughout. Their handling was as good as any of the opposing sides Biggar have faced this season, this seen particularly in the counter attack try they scored. Lock Ruaridh Wintersgill who scored and No8 Hugh Parker who initiated the try backed up by centre Danny Campbell, indicates that their current league position of 9th belies their skills and potential. Up front in tight play however they were exposed by the Biggar pack who took control of the set scrum and also managed to disrupt much of the lineout play.

 

Biggar made several changes again for this match, Ewan Stewart returning at hooker with Chris Mulligan resuming on the flank. In the backs Davy Reive started at 9 and Conor Lavery returned at stand off.

 

With conditions much better than had been forecast Biggar began against the breeze, this much more of a factor in play when on the opposite side to the stand which sheltered that half of the pitch.

 

As expected, and with a reputation for running ball through the backs, GHK opened strongly moving ball at every opportunity, but, as other sides have found to their cost, Biggar’s defence was pretty much rock solid with any yards gained by GHK won with maximum effort.

 

Biggar opened the scroing after 11 mins with Ross Bradford benefiting from some good work in the centre which created space out wide and which he exploited to dot down. Mathew Stewart converted this try and Biggar’s second, Rowan Stewarts first. Conor Lavery used a well weighted miss pass to his winger who used some good footwork to cross in the corner.

 

Not to be outdone GHK managed an excellent score of their own, this after a midfield pass went astray between Lavery and Matthew Stewart. Quick to counter GHK moved the ball quickly to the left where a neat off load from Campbell saw Wintersgill gather to cross undet the posts for a try converted by Kyle Henderson.

 

Ten minutes later and Biggar added a 3rd try. Ryan Moffat made good yards through the centre before creating a ruck deep in the GHK 22. Possession retained, ball was moved right to conor lavery who then popped the ball back to Rowan Stewart who crashed over. Matthew Stewart, whilst able to add the conversion, then deprated the field with a thigh injury. He was replaced by Robbie Orr who took over at fullback with Robbie Lavery moving forward to centre.

 

GHK continued to press and had play at the Biggar line courtesy of a penalty but the lineout failed to function properly and Biggar were able to clear their lines. Half time, then at 21-7.

 

The second half was a much more productive period for Biggar as the GHK effort began to falter. Given the strength of Biggar’s defence this was perhaps not surprising, Donald Voas (who had to be patched up after sustaining a head cut), Mulligan, skipper Euan Sanderson and Jamie Orr to name but a few, putting in some really offensive tackles which had the GHK players thumped backwards on a fairly regular basis.

 

Biggar also profited from the control they had up front, Orr and Andrew Peacock pilfering ball at the lineout and the pack steam-rolling the GHK pack back in the tight scrum. This gave Biggar ‘go-forward’ ball which they used to good effect.

 

First up was Bradford. Ewan Stewart swept up a loose pass from GHK and with great vision popped the ball to his winger who ran in from half way, evading the GHK defence with a neat change of direction. With regular kicker Matthew Stewart off, Conor Lavery took over the kicking duties and added the 2 points to this and then Biggar’s 5th try which was scored by replacement scrum half Iain Renwick who had come on just after half time. Zander Lyon disrupted GHK possession to create Biggar possession and the ball was moved swiftly to Renwick who scorched home from some 40 metres. Lavery duly obliged with the conversion.

 

A better period for GHK saw them in the Biggar 22 but a turnover led to another Biggar counter.

 

Mulligan and then Bradford led the charge before the move was halted by some desperate last ditch defence. Ball shipped left found Robbie Lavery who made a neat line break before improvising with a great off-load which was gathered by Robbie Orr for the try, Conor Lavery adding the conversion.

 

With GHK now struggling to match Biggar’s pace and with an electric counter-attack which few could follow Biggar added another 2 tries in quick succession – within 5 minutes in fact and this including the time taken for the conversions.

 

The restart after Orr’s try was taken by Mulligan who set up ruck ball on the Biggar 22. Lavery fired a pass to Gregor Stewart behind the forwards who in turn released Orr on another rampage downfield. Judging his pass perfectly he found Rowan Stewart on the wing and the youngster needed no second invitation before sprinting over in the corner. Undaunted by the angle again, Lavery added the conversion to this try.

 

Biggar then added an 8th score, this again directly from the restart. Ross Bradford took the kick and burst through the GHK line and looked to be almost home when he was eventually brought down by the GHK cover. His pass found the supporting Jamie Orr who in turn, though halted, found Lewis Stewart who dived over for his first try at this level. On this occasion Lavery was just short with the conversion.

 

This achievement then saw a relative lull in the action as the game drfited towards full time. There was room for one more try however, this falling to Rowan Stewart. Conor Lavery put in a well-judged cross kick which the winger failed to catch but nevertheless managed to knock down to the ever-present Jamie Orr. The big man promptly returned the ball to the winger whio dived over for the final try, converted again by Lavery for the 61 point total.

 

Coaches Davy Wilson and Doug Fleming were not particularly overjoyed by the first half performance but with another win, and another bonus point win at that, there is not much room for over-criticism.

 

The week ahead will be devoted to preparations for the next big test, and they don’t come much bigger than a home match against local rivals Peebles.

 

Though there are a couple of the more experienced players unavailable, selection will be tough with all who have come off the bench in recent weeks staking very worthy and completely justifiable claims for inclusion in the starting XV.

 

Please note that this match kicks off at 12.30pm to allow those who wish to attend the Scotland/Fiji match at Murrayfield.

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, Z. Lyon, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, J. Orr

Reps: I. Renwick, G. Stewart, L. Stewart, R. Orr

 

The 2nd XV travelled to take on Boroughmuir Bears in their National 2 Reserve league fixture. Fielding a stronger XV than in recent weeks Biggar took control to record an excellent and thoroughly deserved 52-5 win.

 

A strong wind in their faces in the first half led to some trying conditions but the Biggar XV opened up with a try from James Barr, converted by Euan Bogle. A B’muir try led to a tight 7-5 score at half time before Biggar turned round to enjoy the assistance given by the elements. They were able to open out in this second period to run in 6 tries, these going to Alan Warnock, Steve McKeown (2 tries and voted man-of-the-match), Andy Fleming (2) and Guy Kelly. Bogle added 5 conversions and a penalty for the 52 point total.


Girls come out on top against Annan

Mirage Conference results v Annan

U15's

Today the U15 Girls travelled to Annan RFC to compete in their conference game against Annan's U15 Girls. Despite Biggar being several players down due to injury and other comitments, Annan were only able to field 11 players, so we started with two subs on the bench. Biggar started strongly, scoring within the first few minutes, then continuing to score try after try, with great support play from all members of the team.

 

Half time saw the score at 5 - 46 for Biggar.

 

The second half saw our girls continue where they left off, but a few lapses of concentration crept in, and Annan managed to score another couple of tries, converting one. Annan also started to dominate many of the rucks, and started to kick from hand, collecting the ball each time further up the field of play, despite our girls having worked on loose ball recovery, at the Monday Academy session.

 

Another couple of tries from Biggar saw the game brought to a close with the score 17 - 70, although it was agreed to return the final score of 17 - 54 to the SRU.

 

Try scorers included Katie Mcpherson(4) , Alexandra Philips (2), Cerys Forrest (2), Abigail Barrett (1), Emily Wood-Kidd (c)(1), Sammy Shaw (1) Lana Bell (1) and conversions were successful from Katie (5) and Alexandra (2).

 

Girl of the Game for Biggar as decided by her team mates was Cerys.

 

Well played everyone who pulled on the red and black today.

 

 

U18 Girls –v- Annan Hornets 28th October 2018

The U18 girls travelled to Annan for this league game but unfortunately Annan were unable to field sufficient numbers and a development game was played. The opportunity to make the best of a very bright autumn day was taken and the coaches agreed to mix up the squads with backs and forwards transferring to each other’s team. This gave all the Biggar girls the chance to play against their teammates and led to lots of tries and some robust tackling from which both squads benefitted. It also enabled all the girls to enjoy the game which was played in good spirits. Biggar player of the match was awarded to Kaylee Fraser.


Youth rugby report

Hamilton U13s 3 Biggar U13s 39


What a great team performance this afternoon at Hamilton. The boys didn’t take long to get the points on the board, with Liam crossing the try line within 10 seconds of the match kicking off. And by half time the boys had raced into a 20-0 lead with further tries from Robert, Ruaraidh, Harry and Kyle. All of which were converted by Liam.


The second half performance was just as impressive with the whole squad contributing to the teams further 5 tries from Robert (2), Liam and Harry (2). With Liam only missing one conversation, which resulted in a 90% success rate for the match. (Pretty impressive!) Hamilton did manage a try of their own, which they were unable to convert.


Many thanks got to Ruaraidh and Kyle from the P7 squad for stepping in and helping us out.


And a special mention for Franklyn on his debut in a Biggar RFC shirt.


There were man of the match performances from a number of players today, so it will be a difficult decision for the coaches to pick someone in particular.



Lets hope we we can carry this performance into next weeks game against Ayr.

Well played Team!


Biggar Colts lose out to Bulls

Bulls Lead the charge at Hartree Mill

 

A tough derby loss to South Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton Bulls today for the Biggar under 18’s as they were well beaten by a fine display of attacking rugby. The first 10 minutes were a tight affair with only a Hamilton penalty to show for either side. Biggar then seemed to switch off and allow Hamilton to run at them and break the gain line on a consistent basis. This was to prove to be their downfall as the Bulls ran in 4 unanswered tries to lead 31 – 0 at half time.

 

Biggar started the second half well and really took the game to Hamilton in the early stages. It looked like they might start to claw back their lead but with only 14 on the park due to a late first half indiscretion, the Bulls managed to exploit a gap and score again much to the frustration of a large home support.

 

This seemed to galvanise the team and led to the best spell of the match for the home team with Seth Jamieson to the fore. The big number 8 scored 2 tries in quick succession. The first one following a great break from Jack Balkwill and Finn Barr. The second one from a good bit of power from the forward pack with Seth showing great strength to drive over the line.

 

This gave the home favourites some hope and a real battle was beginning to brew. Unfortunately the Bulls upped their game too and scored another 2 tries to quell any fightback hopes.

 

Seth was to have the final word for Biggar as he completed the scoring and his hat-trick in fine style driving well into the bulls defence and over for another good score.

 

Full time Biggar 21 – Hamilton 50

 

Not a great day at the office for Biggar Colts today. Some great flashes of play and real effort but some basics being missed let the Bulls dominate the game. Still some real positives to take from the game. Seth scoring three great tries deserves great credit for his strength and determination. Three new Colts were also capped today. Callum McCallum played well at 10 and will clearly help increase the options in the backs. James Walker came on in the second half and made some really good tackles and disrupted the Bulls ball well and Louis Henderson came on in the front row and did well against a very big Hamilton pack.


Biggar take another 5 pointer

Biggar 49 Preston Lodge 0

 

 

On a bright cold Saturday, Biggar 1st XV made it 9 from 9 in National Division 2, extending their lead at the top of the table.

 

 

The scoring came within the first 10 minutes of play when Andrew Peacock crossed the line in the corner following some clever play from a line out on PLS twenty two. Following shortly after Rowan Stewart started his scoring for the game with a similar try in the same corner. Matthew Stewart unfortuantley missed out on both of these conversions. (10-0). Within 20 minutes Ross Bradford made it 15-0 after recieving a pass from James Barr to go over the whitewash. With then only a kick to goal for the rest of the half, the hosts held onto a led of 18-0 going into the second half.

 

 

Matthew Stewart got his frist conversion of the game after Rowan Stewart broke through several tackles to get his second try making it 25-0. With little possession the visitors struggled to string attacks together allowing Biggar to play open and expansive rugby which allowed their lead to continually increase. The 5th try of the game, potentially the most memorable, came from a kick and chase from Ryan Moffat who then offloaded to Jamie Orr to score under the posts. At this point changes started to happen and Douglas Notman was exchanged for Lewis Stewart. Rowan Stewart completed his hatrick after a well constructed counter attack came from Robbie Lavery and Ross Bradford who allowed the 18 year old to continue his own socring record. Again changes were made as Robbie Orr, Gregor Stewart and Paul Davidson all got their run off the bench during the second half of the second half.

 

 

Rowan Stewart then made it 4 tries for the afternoon as he went under the posts after a crisp backs move from a scrum in front of the clubhouse. To conclude the scoring Matthew Stewart got his own try after Robbie Orr made a clever dummy on the blind side to allow the lead to be secured at 49-0.

 

 

It was a very conivcing and comfortable win for the hosts who continue to impress their fans. A special mention should go to Man of the Match Jamie Orr and the three sets of brothers who all played together for the first time. Jamie and Robbie Orr, twins Matthew and Lewis Stewart and brothers Gregor and Rowan Stewart. Biggar look to continue their form as the head away to GHK next Saturday.

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, J. Barr, I. Renwick, D. Voas, C. Mulligan, F. Carossi, Z. Lyon, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, D. Notman, J. Orr

Reps: P. Davidson, G. Stewart, L. Stewart, R. Orr

 

The 2nd XV hosted Musselburgh in their match. Of course the changes to the 1sts led to resources being stretched somewhat and so Biggar fielded a very young side with a couple of veterans included. They found the visitors with a large pack who were able to dictate play.


Lasswade defeated for 8th win

Lasswade 7 Biggar 67

Biggar secured their eigth straight league win with this latest result from Lasswade.

 

The 10-1 try count is not necessarily representative of the game however with the home side contributing more than their meagre tally would suggest. Credit too that at no time did they concede, working hard throughout and thoroughly deserving of their score. That they are in such a lowly league position is due in a major part to the number of injuries their already small squad has suffered.

 

Biggar were forced into a change at wing with Ross Bradford injured last Saturday against Glasgow Accies, Euan Bogle slotting in after a spell with the seconds. Luhann Kotze retained the No9 shirt with Davy Reive on the bench. There was a return to 1st team squad for Gregor Stewart who was also on the bench.

 

There is now an air of expectation from the Biggar support. While this is probably only to be expected given the sides current form, this level of expectation does not take into account the desire of their opponents to raise their game and to become the first to topple the league leaders. The squad too must be patient and guard against any sort of complacancy as they strive to retain their unbeaten record.

 

The first half saw the home side face the breeze which is always a factor at Hawthorndean. Their only option was to run ball and their pack put in a big effort early on to control ball with pick ups and off-loads which tested the Biggar defence. A feature of Biggar’s play has been their defensive strength and this was in evidence once again as they repelled the Lasswade effort.

 

Ball won by Biggar was run back to Lasswade but their efforts to expose the Lasswade side foundered as the backs with Kutze and Conor Lavery struggling to put their passes together, this undoubtedly due to the wind as the home side had similar probloems in the second half.

 

As it was Biggar struck with just under 10 minutes on the clock fullback Robbie Lavery collecting centre Ryan Moffat’s pop pass to cross over for a try converted by Matthew Stewart – this the first of 5 conversions for the youngster.

 

The Biggar fullback scored his second as he split the stretched Lasswade defence with a lovely angled run to cross under the posts.

 

A great choke tackle by Lewis Stewart prevented a Lasswade breakout and while another knock-on meant that Biggar lost possession in their next phase normal service was resumed as Lasswade conceded a penalty within their 22. A quick tap and go from Kutze saw him make good ground to the line and when he was stopped he managed to slip the ball to his stand off Conor Lavery who crashed over from close range.

 

Matthew Stewart added the conversions to both scores and then converted a penalty as Lasswade erred.

 

Biggar hooker Ewan Stewart was then shown a yellow card as he was deemed to have made a no arms tackle on flying winger Ross Combe who was stopped in his tracks by what appeared to many to be a textbook tackle. Biggar then were unfortunate not to score with two interceptions, the first by Kutze and the second by Conor Lavery. This was certainly the pick of the two, the stand off gathering the ball from Lasswade No 8 Stephen Hunter as the home side made a rare excursion into the Biggar 22. Faced with an 80m sprint to the line the Biggar man looked to be going to go all the way but with the Lasswade defence tracking back he elected to pass to the supporting Kutze. The pass was another to drop in the wind and a knock-on saw Lasswade escape further punishment.

 

The resultant scrum brought the half to an end and Biggar turned to face the elements.

 

On the restart Andrew Peacock replaced skipper Alan Warnock.

 

The half had barely begun when Rowan Stewart scored. Jamie Orr had had a slightly less productive day in the lineout when compared to the previous week’s fantastic stats but in the first lineout of the half he managed to get a hand to the Lasswade throw. The ball ricocheted past Kutze and was gathered by Stewart some 5 metres outside his 22. Running back to the packs he exploited a gap and finding himself in space he burst past the two remaining defenders to cruise home from some 60 metres with defending winger Combe unable to prevent the try despite making good yardage to the Biggar winger.

 

Matthew Stewart added the conversion and Biggar were 31-0 up.

 

Playing with a breeze, while making kicking easier, can often make pssing more difficult as the ball floats away from the receiver. Lasswade found this to be the case, several passes missing the intended receiver.

 

Ewan Stewart’s return coincided with Conor Lavery’s second try the stand off using a neat ‘show and go’ to split the Lasswade defence for a try again converted by Matthew Stewart.

 

Davy Reive replaced Kutze and shortly after that Gregor Stewart came on for Matthew Stewart.

 

Lasswade then found a way to the Biggar line as a couple of penalties which were kicked to the corner gave them an opportunity to use a line drive which they completed successfully, lock forward Liam Greig rounding off the move. Matthew Smith added the conversion.

 

A neat passing movement was the prelude to Biggar’s next try, Ross Jackson taking Reive’s pass after Peacock had made good yards round the side of a ruck. Euan Bogle kicked the conversion and then found himself replaced by Kutze.

 

Coach Mercer then introduced the rest of his bench Craig McDonald coming on for Conor Lavery and Bogle returning to replace Rowan Stewart.

 

A probing run by Ross Jackson saw the No8 almost reach the line but the Lasswade defence halted his progress. However, ball recycled ended with Mulligan picking up and diving to score to mark the half century. Bogle was just wide with the kick.

 

Sadly Jackson damaged a knee in his efforts and he left the field to be replaced by Warnock.

 

Orr was next to touch down, the lock using all his strength to first of all drive his opoosite number back to the Laswade line before twisting to cross the line and dot the ball down. Bogle had his range and added the two points from the tee.

 

Try though Lasswade did and while they were able to retain possession well in their pick and drives and close quarter off-loads the Biggar defence made their hosts work really hard for any yardage they did gain. And any error saw Biggar back on the attack at a pace which challenged the home XV.

 

A quickly taken penalty initiated the next score, McDonald making ground with Ryan Moffat rounding off another sweeping movement which saw play moved from touchline to touchline.

 

Moffat rounded off proceedings with his second try, this a scamper through the middle after another sustained passage of play involving his team.

 

A deserved victory and win No 8. Next up are Preston Lodge who have been showing good form this season and who put Whitecraigs to the sword on Saturday. They will pose a real challenge to the Biggar side who will be without several key men due to unavailablity and injury.

 

A massive effort will be required with the youngsters again tasked with stepping up to the mark.

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, E. Bogle, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, L. Kotze, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock (Capt), L. Stewart, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, G. Stewart, D. Reive, C. McDonald

 

The 2nd XV hosted Selkirk in their match and were on the wrong side of a relatively narrow 21-13 defeat.

 

This was a disappointing result however as the side seemed to lack the fire which had been so prevalent the previous week.

 

They too have a home game on Saturday when Musselburgh are the visitors.


2nd XV comeback not quite enough to get the win

Dundee 29 Biggar 22

The 2nd XV journeyed to Dundee, their preparations hampered by a late arrival due to traffic and many thanks to Dundee for allowing Biggar a little extra time.

 

As had been the case against Cartha the week before Biggar conceded a couple of early try’s before they got into their stride to mount a fight back.

 

Dundee were two try’s ahead for most of the game however until the last ten minutes when Biggar’s fitness started to show through.

 

Having clawed their way back into the game to get within one try, and work hard though biggar did, Dundee managed to sig deep to prevent Biggar getting that final scored that they deserved.

 

Many thanks to Neil Wolfendene who travelled to Dundee after playing for the Biggar Eagles on Friday evening, and to Sam Wallis who is studying in Dundee and struggles to get back to play for his club. As is the case with the 1st XV there are a whole host of youngsters all of whom again showed up well. In total of the 18 man squad no fewer than 14 were 21 or under with 8 of those still in their teens!

 

Skippered by James Barr who made a very promising return to action after injury, the Biggar side again showed much promise. There elague record shows that they have already ammassed more points from their 5 games this season than they did for the full league schedule last season!

 

For the record: Paul Davidson scored a try while man-of-the-match Euan Bogle scored 2 tries and kicked 2 conversions and a penalty. Final score Dundee 29 Biggar 22


7 from 7…

Biggar 47 Glasgow Accies 7

Win No7 for Biggar came at the expense of National 2 newcomers Glasgow Accies. While the City side have been running things close in recent games they were exposed a little at Hartree Mill as Biggar continued with their unprecedented league start.

 

Being really picky, Biggar should have recorded another half century but, in the last 10/15 minutes when that score was a possibility, players got a little white-line fever and in taking ball to the line by themselves, play became untidy and opportunities were wasted.

 

The fact that they did this is hardly surprising and shows a desire and confidence to score. In reality of course there are only 5 points available from any one match and Biggar had these pretty well sewn up within the first half hour. That they did not match their first half tally after the break came as a result of those last untidy passages of play but also because Accies made a better fist of things after turning round to face the breeze, their pack upping their game and recording their solitary score.

 

Biggar welcomed back Donald Voas and Chris Mulligan who were both unavailable last week, they seamlessly taking the places of two injured players, Guy Kelly (concussion last week against Highland) and Robbie Orr (training injury). Elsewhere, Luhann Kutze made his first start at scrum half in place of Davy Reive while Ryan Moffat regained his centre berth as Robbie Lavery moved back to fullback.

 

Accies began with an inauspicious kick-off which, because it went straight into touch, gifted Biggar early possession.

 

With an expectant crowd – this is in itself an uncommon experience at Hartree Mill – Biggar did not disappoint, their first try coming after just 9 minutes and going to Rowan Stewart who took Moffat’s pass and whose pace took him past the stretched Accies defence. Matthew Stewart kicked successfully for 7-0.

 

Despite playing into the breeze – conditions though not nearly as bad as had been forecast were still chalk and cheese from those enjoyed last Saturday - Biggar used a kicking option with Conor Lavery using a variety of kicks to pin Accies back and to turn defence into attack.

 

The Accies backs were a little hesitant in attack while a couple of risky, wide passes put the receiver under pressure and created opportunity and space for Biggar which they were quick to exploit.

 

In the next passage of play the ‘Ross’ s’ - Bradford and Jackson – took play forward before the kick was again employed. An aerial battle prompted an Accies counter attack but this saw possession regained by hooker Ewan Stewart who then freed Kutze who in turn made short shrift of sprinting clear to the line and under the posts for a try which was again converted by Matthew Stewart.

 

The second score came after 15 minutes and 5 more had barely elapsed before Biggar struck again. Matthew Stewart rounded off a wonderful attacking move spurned by another turnover, this one from Mulligan. Moving the ball to the left at pace and a couple of virtually intuitive passes between Kutze and Rowan Stewart provided Matthew with a run for the line for a try which he also converted.

 

The bonus point winning try came after 28 minutes and the conversion made the score 28-0: a point a minute!This try came after an Accies fumble which perhaps should have also seen play halted for an apparent Biggar knock-on. This was unseen by the referee however and a kick and chase ensued. A series of attempts to control possession by the Accies defence failed and Mulligan was up quickly to eventually get his hands on the ball. Although stopped short his pop pass was taken by Moffat who crashed over for the 4th try. Matthew Stewart converted for 28-0.

 

Biggar then lost the services of winger Bradford who had been unfortunate in collecting a couple of pretty hefty thumps when he appeared trapped in tackle situations. The second hit left him in considerable pain and he would be an unlikely starter against Lasswade next Saturday. Craig McDonald took over.

 

While they continued to press and put the visitors under pressure Biggar were unable to add to this tally and half time came at 28-0.

 

Now with the increasingly strong breeze on their backs Biggar immediately had Accies under pressure at the start of the half.

 

Using kicks both in attack and defence soon saw Accies deep in their 22 and with Biggar using ball well to increase the pressure a lineout take and drive provided good forward momentum for Biggar to run at the Accies defence. A neat pop pass from Conor Lavery to Moffat set the centre free for a tilt at the line which he duly won. Matthew Stewart was off target with this kick.

 

There followed a much improved passage of play and possession for Accies who nevertheless came up against a resolute defensive performance from the Biggar XV who time after time put in some massive hits to halt Accies progress.

 

In attack once more Biggar added another try, this falling to Rowan Stewart who benefited from following up on a Conor Lavery midfield burst. Freed with a 40m sprint to the line, the winger showed a neat turn of pace and shimmy to take him clear of the Accies defence. Matthew was back on target for 40-0.

 

Accies lost a 3rd player to injury as Biggar continued to hit hard in the defensive tackle while biggar themselves were left short-handed when Carrossi fell foul of the scrummaging laws and was shown a yellow reducing Biggar to 14 with just a quarter of the match remaining. Andrew Peacock came and Lewis Stewart became the unlucky player to give way to allow Peacock to provide scrum cover.

 

Undetterred at being outnumbered, Biggar showed sufficient resilience to work their way out of defence and into another attacking position. Running wide from a scrum Kutze put in a neat pop pass to Rowan Stewart coming off his wing at a fantastic angle which cut the Accies defence apart and which led to the teenagers hat-trick. Matthew Stewart brought up the 47 point tally.

 

In a rare attack and with some 15 minutes remaining Accies finally got a score, their pack combining well to turn and then drive the Biggar pack back to their line where, from under a pile of bodies, lock William Brown was credited with the try which was then converted by Gordon McGuire.

 

Notman came on to replace Carrossi after his 10 minute sin-bin had elasped while Reive entered the fray with some 5 minutes to go.

 

Voas had a thundering run at the Accies line, Alan Warnock took play to within a couple of metres while Lavery employed the cross-kick to good effect.

 

A plethora of attacking opportunities were then spurned by Biggar as errors crept into their play with others that were missed by the afore-mentioned white line fever. It can be seen that Accies were in some respects let off the hook.

 

Man-of-the-match was again a tight decision with stand off Conor Lavery getting the nod for his control the game through running, passing and kicking.

 

 

A 7th win from 7 starts makes for excellent viewing and represents a fantastic result and one much appreciated by the coaching staff with Doug Fleming the man in charge on Saturday as both Gary Mercer and Davy Wilson were in Ireland on a school coaching trip.

 

Accies have been getting some valuable coaching input from ex-Scotland prop Ryan Grant. This was clearly evident in their scrum – again Franco Carrossi was on the wrong end of a yellow card as he found the going tough – but Grant will be less pleased with the Accies lineout which Biggar, via Jamie Orr and Alan Warnock managed to pilfer on a fairly regular basis.

 

Biggar’s pace in defence has been a factor in their play to date and this was the case again on Saturday when their opponents were put under immediate pressure whenever they had possession. This led to errors and Biggar’s other strength, an ability to counter attack from almost anywhere led almost directly to several scores.

 

Lasswade are next up. The Mid Lothian side are currently bottom of the table and are having a torrid time but this is almost a ‘local derby’ and in games such as these anything can happen!

 

There is of course another match as Lasswade at the weekend, this involving the clubs’ respective Over 35’s who will do battle on Friday evening (KO 7.30pm).

 

It is unlikely that this will be played at quite the pace of the match the following day or that the combatants from the Saturday match will learn much from the exploits of the ‘oldies’ but stranger things have happaned at sea….!

 

Statistics

Biggar have the best Points Differential of all the Premiership and National League teams. Having scored 267 points they have conceded a miserly 63 which gives them a positive of 204. Nearest to that comes from Gordonians in National 3 with a 178 points differntial.

While few other clubs come close at that 1st XV level, 2 clubs. Hawick Linden of East 2 and Waysiders Drumpellier of West 3 boast even tighter defences with just 57 and 38 points conceded respectively!!

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, L. Kotze, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock (Capt), L. Stewart, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, D. Notman, D. Reive, C. McDonald


U13’s and U14’s v Currie

U13 Rugby

Up against a speedy Currie side the boys did well and kept themselves in the game with a try and conversion from Liam and a try from Harry. Going in at half time 7-12 down. (2 tries 1 con to 3 tries and 3 cons)

 

Going into the second half with the wind (and rain) at their backs, the boys competed well with Currie but the visitors were just too fast in their breakaways and unfortunately the second half went similarly to the first with 2 tries against 4.


Again Harry scored a second try as did Liam who also converted it. Final score Biggar 14 Currie 25. A tough day for our boys but they never gave up and battled on to the final whistle against an efficient Currie side that used their fast players to their advantage.


This weeks Man of the match went to Liam.

 

Unfortunately the U14 match was abandoned after Stewart Neill was injured in a play. We all wish Stewart a speedy recovery!


Girls v Lismore

The Biggar U15 Girls game ended in a 73 - 32 win for Lismore. Biggar scorers were Madelyn (2), Anna (conv Farah), Cerys, Sammy and Isla.

 

The home side started with a bit of a hiccup which knocked the girls off balance and it showed in the first half as they gave away a 40 point lead! Or the girls just like to play under pressure! However, the second half was a different game. Capt Farah Conn came on and blazed a path down the length of the pitch with support from her team and offloaded to Anna Baillie to score. This sparked the girls into action and they ALL made some great plays in both attack and defence. With injuries, (a couple of head knocks), the numbers became mismatched. Biggar played with 12 players against 13 for a while until Lismore dropped to 12 players. The Biggar girls have so much potential which they usually show, but only in the second half on Sunday.

 

Their heads were up and they enjoyed their game. They did us proud again!

 

At U18 level...

On a very blustery day at Hartreemill, the latest fixture of the Mirage Conference league saw the Biggar squad playing against Lismore.

 

Playing into a very strong breeze, Biggar started well and opened the scoring after 5 minutes and added a further try straight from the restart and a third try after 8 minutes to take the score to 17 nil. The strength of the wind was proving very difficult for Emma Orr who was improvising well with varying place and drop kick attempts.

 

Lismore gained some possession through a series of good scrums and only for the strong tackling of the Biggar girls, were they prevented from scoring. Biggar, however, were enjoying most of the possession and scored two further tries after 15 and 18 minutes respectively.

 

The Lismore girls kept their heads up and after some good link play and some defensive errors from Biggar they scored their first try in the corner. The Biggar coaches made some changes to allow players to try new positions and this resulted in a further three unanswered tries before half time. Half time score 48 – 5.

 

The first period of the second half saw some very scrappy play from both sides but it was Biggar that scored a try to take the score to 55 -5 and secure the tie for Biggar. The remainder of the time was used as Development.

 

Biggar try scorers - Emelia Knights, Emma Orr (2), Kaylee Fraser, Lucy Blackie, Feebi Robinson (3), Abi Clarke. Conversions - Emma Orr (5).

 

Player of the match for Biggar was Stephanie Smith. Also a big well done to Naomh Gibson in her debut for Biggar.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game and to Janet Aitken and Jo Wilkins for their support in the kitchen.

 

There is now a break of three weeks before the next game away to Annan on the 28th October 2018


Fantastic contest sees Biggar maintain top spot

Biggar 22 Highland 7

Biggar’s total of 22 points, which last week was only just enough to give them victory over Whitecraigs, was more than enough to see them over the winning line against Highland.

 

A sixth win from six starts is as good a record as Biggar have ever had and means that they retain their top spot in National 2 with Stewarts Melville leap-frogging Highland into second place. Having played 4 of the 5 sides immediately below them (local rivals Peebles are the 5th), is also a bonus with Glasgow Accies and then Lasswade next up. Neither of these sides are currently on form and on paper these should equate to two further victories although the coaching staff, with one or two selection headaches in the offing, will be adamant that there should be no complacency in their approach to any match. Banana skins…..

 

In wonderful Autumnal conditions and with Hartree Mill an absolute joy to behold – please check Nigel Pacey’s wonderful pictures from his drone if you are in any doubt – Biggar hosted Highland who hail from Inverness and are the furthest travelled of all National 2 sides. A massive club in the 1970/80’s the club is in the process of recovering from a slump which has seen them climb up through Regional Leagues and Div 3 in the last 3 seasons as they have at the same time also redeveloped their clubhouse and pitches.

 

They are well used to travelling and deserve all credit for their efforts which sees them board a bus every two weeks at 8am for the joureny south. On the evidence of Saturday’s match Biggar’s trip north in January will be a massive test as the Highland side are clearly the best drilled XV they have met so far this season. Highland lost because they were penalised on numerous occasions for high tackles, losing 2 men to the bin and because they were unable to break the Biggar defence which again was immense throughout.

 

In short this was a fantastic match, played with no quarter asked or given and one which had the very pleasingly large crowd enthralled until the end.

 

In the pack, Donald Voas and Chris Mulligan were unavailable for this match and so Guy Kelly started at prop. The youngster completed the best 80m minutes he has had since joining the ranks of the senior squad. His tight play was solid while he also performed well in the loose, carrying ball well on several occasions. Mulligan was replaced by Lewis Stewart who made his first senior start.

 

Andrew Peacock, another who has again blossomed this season, was moved to the bench to provide front row cover and was replaced by Douglas Notman while Jamie Orr made his first return to the senior squad this season. In the backs Conor Lavery returned at stand off with Robbie Orr moving from there to full-back, he another to return a performance well beyond his tender years and claiming two tries in the process, the first of which was a fantastic effort and which saw his speed and strength take him round and through the Highland cover.

 

With this being a top-of-the-table clash it was hardly surprising that this match was absolutely full on from the first until the last minute. Both sides ran at pace, challenging their opponents to defend and off-loading as they sought to play an expansive game. Yards were gained as players ran and found players with neat passes and, as players tackled, yards were lost as there were turnovers and mistakes were made.

 

A series of penalties were awarded to Biggar as referee Tom French took issue with the preponderance of shoulder high tackles made by the visitors but few of these were in kickable positions and so ground was won but on each subsequent attack the Highland defence managed to halt Biggar. At other times ball was lost in contact, this as much to do with the ferocity of the hit as it was to poor ball retention.

 

When in attack, Highland also opted to go for position, this despite the fact that they were playing with the wind and had a couple of penalties which looked to be within range. Had the position been swapped Biggar might have opted for a pot at goal. As it was and having taken good lineout ball Highland ran Biggar close, only some superb defence with all playing their part keeping the visitors out. In this regard Robbie Lavery put in some thundering hits, these backed up by some equally good hits from Conor Lavery, Rowan Stewart, Matthew Stewart and Franco Carrossi.

 

Ball in hand saw Biggar running well, Robbie Orr solid at the back and always making great yardage in the counter attack, while others to shine were Ewan Stewart (whose footwork on a couple of occasions was top drawer), Lavery who hit up well and the afore-mentioned Kelly.

 

After a series of penalties for high tackles (the penalty count was 11-3 in Biggar’s favour in this half) referee French resorted to showing a yellow to Highland’s flanker. The resultant penalty saw Biggar take play to within yards of the Highland line before play was again halted for another penalty, this one for off-side. Prior to this award the solitary kickable penalty Biggar had, proved to be just outside Conor Lavery’s range although he did manage to slot this last award to give Biggar a slender 3-0 lead at the break.

 

With the breeze now on their backs Biggar were able to control play a little better, ensuring that Highland were kept at bay as Biggar kicked from hand to pin the visitors back in their half. While Biggar’s counter attacking had always threatened, Highland’s proved less successful although this was also due to the quick, flat support from the Biggar chase which meant that the Highland counter was always under pressure.

 

An early penalty opportunity drifted wide but with Ross Jackson, the Lavery’s and Peacock (who had come on for Notman) all in possession, Highland were kept in their half. Yet another penalty ended with Highland centre Rob Eatogh shown a yellow and so for a few minutes the visitors were down to 13 men. An initial tap and go from Jackson did not impress referee French but on the scrum restart his pick exploited the short-handed defence and the No 8 cruised over in the corner.

 

Lavery was unable to add the conversion. A mix up on the restart had Biggar at sixes and sevens although they did manage to extricate themselves from a difficult position.

 

Biggar struck next with some 20 minutes of the second half gone. Highland were back to full strength but some excellent attacking play from Biggar which saw play swept from left to right with Conor Lavery and Jamie Orr in the attack ended with fullback Robbie taking possession from around 20 metres out. His typically mazy run bamboozled the Highland defence although he needed all his strength and reach to eventually dot the ball down for what was a wonderful score. Matthew Stewart, from an almost identical position as he had faced against Whitecraigs, kicked the conversion from near the touchline. 15-0 Biggar.

 

Four minutes elapsed before Biggar struck again. Running at pace and asking all sorts of questions of the Highland defence eventually created space on the left. Luhann Kutze who had replaced Davy Reive passed wide to his left, the ball snapped up by Orr who sprinted clear and under the posts for his second try. Stewart added the conversion and Biggar were 22-0 ahead.

 

Undaunted by this latest set back Highland continued to play and attack. Maintaining possession well they pressed deep in the Biggar half but again the Biggar defence was up to the mark and the pressure exerted forced the error to give Biggar some respite.

 

Iain Renwick replaced winger Ross Bradford as Biggar sought to press on.

 

Nevertheless Highland regained territory and courtesy of a needless penalty and by forcing play to the left and then to the right ball found prop Stuart Watson with 15 metres or so from the line. Swatting Biggar attackers aside as if they were troublesome flies the big man barrelled over for a try which stand off Craig Irvine converted for Highland’s 7 points.

 

A spectacular jump and catch by Rowan Stewart off the restart took play immediately back to the Highland 22 where Biggar went in search of what would have been a real bonus of a 4 try bonus point. The same player was then bundled into touch just feet from the Highland line as desperate defence came good.

 

Kevin Robison came on for the injured Lewis Stewart with some 3 minutes to go.

 

Although Biggar managed to retain ball and territory Highland put an end to proceedings with their last kick to touch from a penalty award ending the contest.

 

A massive cheer greeeted the result, Biggar’s support having thoroughly enjoyed the contest and of course the result.

 

The icing on the cake from a club point of view came with the news that the 2nd XV had also recorded a fine victory over their oppoenents, Cartha QP.

 

Biggar have (possibly) never had such a fine start to any previous league campaign and while some of the less optimistic believe that the side is just a couple of wins from being 100% safe from relegation, there is a belief in the squad that they can go forward and improve. The confidence and skills exhibited is a great motivational aspect for play and for development. The number of players used over the past few weeks will increase as injuries and other factors come into play but all those who have been called up have all stepped up to the mark and have done so seamlessly.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, G. Kelly, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock (Capt), D. Notman, L. Stewart, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, K. Robison, L. Kotze, I. Renwick

 

Post Script

Donald Voas took part in the European Log Lift Championships in Glasgow at the weekend finishing in 6th place in his category. A fine effort for someone who is a novice at this event.

Biggar ‘s 2nd XV as described above won their match with Cartha.

Having conceded 2 early tries things looked a tad grim but the home side then mounted a fight back and with Ryan Moffat (who was unlucky to have been dropped from the 1st XV squad) leading the way with 3 tries, Biggar overcame the city side to win by 33-26.

This was the sides first win and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. As is the case with the 1st XV they have played 4 of the 5 sides at the top of the Reserve league and so they have had a wicked start to their campaign.

A lot will depend on whether they can continue to rely on the mixture of youth and experience fielded on Saturday. Some 7 teenagers were joined by some gnarly veterans in the shape of Grant Owens, James Tawse, Calum Taylor and Andrew Goodall (making a return to Biggar colours after several years in the city).

 

Special mention should be made of what was apparently a real contender for ‘try of the season’ scored by Andrew Howatson. Gathering ball on his own as he covered back the prop come fullback ran to the Cartha pack, flumoxed them with a chip and catch and then burst over the line for a wonderful individual effort.

 

In addition to the above Euan Bogle kicked 4 conversions


Colts and Youth update

On Saturday the Colts travelled to Stirling County. They played well but still lost out by 53-14.

 

Biggar’s Youth sides were also pitched against Stirling who as is so often the case proved to be too strong for the local side.

The U16’s lost their unbeaten record going down by 62-12 while there were defeats for all the other age groups.

S1’s lost 24-8

S2’s by some 6 tries to 4

U15’s was turned into a development match after stirling reached the requiste 50

U16’s by 62-12.

The Shogun Conference is now suspended for the October weeks and so there is some ‘respite’ for the Youth sides who face Currie this coming weekend.


1sts sneak a win at Whitecraigs

Whitecraigs 20 Biggar 22

Whitecraigs fullback S. Adair had a ‘last kick of the game’ penalty to give his side victory against Biggar on Saturday. Having kicked 3 from 3 previously and with the penalty invitingly almost in front of the posts it looked a relatively straightforward kick – if indeed there is ever such a thing – but on this occasion the youngster pulled the kick wide and so Biggar ‘escaped’ and made it five straight wins to stay atop the League table.

 

That they had to cling on for the points was a new experience this campaign especially given that the previous two games have been won by 10 tries a-piece. A year ago this match could well have ended in defeat but the squad displayed concentration and had belief in their performance and this ensured that they came away with the maximum 5 league points.

 

This weelend will really see where they stand as they host second placed Highland, a side who were promoted last season and who have also been on a run – they recorded a 47-15 win over Whitecraigs in their match so this will be a huge game for both sides with the winner destined to be league leaders.

 

While Ewan Stewart was available, Conor Lavery, Gregor Stewart and Guy Kelly were all unavailable for this match and so there were several changes within the starting XV. Up front Donald Voas started at prop with Ewan Stewart at hooker: Robbie Orr got the nod at stand off, Robbie Lavery in at centre and Iain Renwick at fullback. Changes, but all involving tried and trusted members of the squad.

 

The Glasgow side were reported to have a large pack and indeed this proved to be the case, their efforts in the tight scrum in particular causing all manner of problems for the Biggar eight. Mobility around the park was not as good however and it was this which Biggar sought to successfully exploit.

 

Rowan Stewart opend the scoring off an Orr pass after some good build up play by the pack. The wingers incision saw him cut through the Whitecraigs defence as the proverbial knife through butter. Conor Lavery’s absence meant that the kicking duties fell on this occasion to Renwick but his aim was not in and the lead was just 5-0.

 

The home side ran hard and straight but the Biggar defence, as has been the case this campaign, remained solid with Carlos Carossi, Voas, Ryan Moffat, Ross Jackson and Chris Mulligan among many others all showing up with some big hits.

 

An Orr clearance was the prelude to the next score as Adair and then Murchie struggled to tidy the kick cleanly. Biggar’s chase ended in a Biggar scrum and after one reset referee Lee Fish awarded a free kick to Biggar. Going with a quick tap, Davy Reive moved the ball left to Orr whose initial show and go broke the ‘Craigs defence. His off-load found Lavery who crashed over for Biggar’s second try. The conversion was swept wide but Biggar led 10-0.

 

Biggar were quickly back on the attack and with several really good runs at the line they should have added to their tally but some poor decisions when firstly players cut back inside and secondly when the blustery conditions spoiled an excellent attacking lineout, meant that these chances went a-begging and allowed ‘Craigs to stay in the match.

 

For their part the home side were still struggling to put phases together and their only attacking opportunities took them to just inside the Biggar half, and this with the benefit of the cross wind.

 

The next score came after Moffat and then Voas had made good ground in the centre to push ‘Craigs back into their 22. Though seemingly the ‘wrong’ way and in the face of ‘Craigs numerical defensive advantage Reive moved the ball left to Lavery. The centre found Rowan Stewart who needed no second invitation to split the ‘Craigs defence for his and his sides second score. Once again however, three tries up but only 15-0 as the conversion was missed.

 

Inevitably the home side then began to get their act together and some powerful driving play by their pack with a gargantuan lock making headway they engineered an attacking position within Biggar’s 22. Having won a penalty they elected to kick and Adair made it 15-3.

 

On the attack again and with ball spun left they should have scor3ed a try save, that is, for an opportune double tackle and steal from Lavery and Orr which was just enough to force the knock on. A Mulligan pick up and tidy and then two priceless turnovers from Reive’s box kick clearances, the first from Bradford and the second from Carossi, gave Biggar a penalty back on half way.

 

With some 5 minutes to go before half time, ‘Craigs were then reduced to 14 men when centre Wamberg was shown a yellow for a high tackle. The resultant lineout was unfortunately untidy and spoiled the initial attack. Able to retain their position Biggar then made another couple of errors although another piece of handling magic from Andrew Peacock deserved better. As it was referee Fish blew for the end of the half.

 

Peacock gave way to Calum Braid shortly after the restart and then Ewan Stewart was replaced by Lewis Stewart, Mulligan moving to hook to alow the youngster to play back row.

 

With the advantage of the breeze Biggar should have been able to push on but they came up against a much rejuvenated ‘Craigs XV who played with much greater pace and asked lots of questions of the Biggar defence and this despite the fact that they were still a man short.

 

There also seemed to be a change in the referee’s interpretation of the scrum and it was soon that Biggar found themsleves penalised on numerous occasions due to this change. Carossi was identified as being the ‘culprit’ though the Biggar coaching team would take issue on this interpretation. Down to 14 as Carrossi was shown yellow did nothing to help Biggar’s cause.

 

Penalties continued to be awarded and on one occasion, and after an inordinately long advantage, which saw several phases completed successfully, play was halted and brought back for the original penalty. The irony of all that was that even after the penalty kick was taken ‘Craigs were short of where they had managed to advance play!

 

Their persistence eventually paid off however and having kicked to the corner, ball won was smuggled back to their replacement lock O’Neill who bundled over for a try. The conversion took the a score to 15-10 meaning that ‘Craigs were right back in the mix.

 

Reive made way for Luhann Kotze who was making his first appearance of the season.

 

Another Adair penalty put ‘Craigs just two behind at 15-13!

 

Arguably the defining moment of the match came with a quarter of the match to go. Making headway deep into the Biggar half, ‘Craigs were penalised for going off their feet at a ruck. Clearly frustrated at the decision their No 7 threw the ball away/at Mulligan. It rebounded into the hands of Renwick who elected to tap and kick. Having taken the home side by surprise – sides usually kick clear when awarded a penalty in their own 22 – the ball bounced twice in play before being snapped up by Kotze who made15 metres before popping the ball inside to his supporting winger. Bradford, who had already impressed with some great attacking carries, took off for the line to score a really opportunist try. To add insult to injury for ‘Craigs, Matthew Stewart stepped up, and from the widest angle of all the kicks on the day, managed to slot the conversion for a 22-13 lead.

 

Having done well to claw their way back into the match another side might have capitulated at this point, but not ‘Craigs who continued to press.

 

A forward pass denied what appeared to be a good score for Biggar but when ‘Craigs continued to attack penalties were again conceded by Biggar – some 29 penalties and 3 free kicks in the match(!) - and this ensured Biggar were kept working hard in defence.

 

A quick tap and go on one such award saw Biggar skipper Alan Warnock shown a yellow for stopping the play within the requisite 10 metres and so Biggar played out the match with just 14.

 

Following this penalty and in the next foray ‘Craigs No 7 – villian turned hero?– drove over from close range. The conversion took the score to 22-20 in Biggar’s favour but with some 5 minutes remaining. A one score match!

 

And so the drama played out until the denoument and that final penalty.

 

Biggar deserved to win. They may not have played as well as they have in recent matches and while ‘Craigs were not a stand out side they posed many problems, not least in the tight and problems which the Biggar coaches and squad will have to solve. Bottom line however is that there are only 5 points available to a team and Biggar once again claimed them all.

 

Plaudits to all for their collective efforts.

 

Biggar

I. Renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, R. Orr, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, A. Peacock, A. Warnock (Capt), C. Milligan, R. Moffat, R. Jackson.

Reps: C. Braid, L. Stewart, L. Kotze, C. McDonald

 

Biggar ‘s 2nd XV journeyed to Edinburgh Accies, currently the Reserve League leaders and flying high at the top of the table. A fortnight’s enforced break was absolutely no preparation for this match and try through they did they lost out by 48-3.

 

Once again the scheduled opponents for the Biggar Eagles called off and so they were left without a game.


Ladies host Cumbernauld

Ladies rugby

Biggar Ladies took on Cumbernauld Ladies as part of the new Regional Development Conference. It was a first match for Biggar's Emma Ashe, and also the very first match for recently formed Cumbernauld Ladies.
Final score was an outstanding 54-5 to Biggar who were fast and supported each other well.
Try scorers for Biggar were Ruth Morton, Rebecca Clarke, Fiona Robertson and Alison Russell. Rebecca also kicked every conversion through the posts.
To finish, the ladies mixed up the teams and focused on development.
Great effort from both teams, especially for keeping up morale when the icy rain came on!


Girls v Stirling County

The Girls squads hosted Stirling County.

 

The U15 side were first up and despite playing some really good rugby conceded several tries which meant that the remainder of the match was played as a Development fixture.

 

The U18 girls gave the visitors a head start and conceded 3 tries before they began to play with their usual control and passion.

 

For the past few seasons this league fixture has proved to be a very close, exciting match and this encounter was no exception. So on a sunny autumn afternoon it was Stirling that came out of the blocks the strongest and immediately pressurised the Biggar line and despite some good defence, Stirling opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a well worked try which they converted.

 

Biggar tried to exert some pressure of their own, but too frequently allowed Stirling to turnover the ball in the ruck. Stirling kept up the pressure and scored a converted try after 18 minutes and added a further try after 22 minutes to take the score to 19-0.

 

This seemed to give the Biggar girls a wake up call and they started to be more assertive when competing for the ball. This resulted in a break through move by Sarah Denholm which resulted in a try scored by Emelia Knights. Biggar secured further points through a try scored by Rachel Philips leading up to the break to take the score to 19 – 10 at half time.

 

Whereas Stirling had dominated most of the first half, it was Biggar that took control of the second half and started to make all the right decisions to maintain retention of the ball and apply pressure to the Stirling line. The Stirling defence was very strong and on several occasions they threatened to add to their score from breakaway moves. However it was Biggar that scored a further try well through the second half from a move on the blind side rounded off by Sarah Denholm.

 

Despite wave after wave of Biggar attacks they were unable to breach the Stirling line and following repeated reset scrums time ran out for the Biggar girls and rewarded Stirling with the victory, the final score 19 – 15.

 

This was again a hugely entertaining and skillful game of rugby that was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd that attended.

 

Well done to Emma Orr (player of the match from Biggar) and Rachel Phillips (player of the match from Stirling)

 

Many thanks to Jane Robinson for filming the game and to Fairlee Kimm and Kate Templeton in the kitchen. Next game is away to Wandies on Sunday 30th September.

Here are both teams pictured post match


Boys Mitsubishi news v West

The U13’s lost out with an, as yet, unconfirmed score while there was also defeat for the U14’s who were matched in a development game due to a lack of numbers as it was the September weekend.

 

The U15 boys had another tough day in what was a high scoring match, losing 69-40.

 

The U16’s maintained their winning ways with a deserved win by 45-14 over West. As a result they continue to lead the way in the U16 Conference table.

 

The Biggar U16s set about their most recent  task in the Shogun Conference with a much changed squad at home to West of Scotland RFC on Sunday 23rd September.

 

The initial exchanges demonstrated this was going to be a closely contested match with possession exchanged and scrums and penalties aplenty for both sides in the first 5 minutes. 

 

Scoring opened for Biggar following a flowing move from the back of a scrum on half way on the left with the subsequent ruck  set up midfield on the  West 22 and finished  after 6 minutes of play with a trade mark direct run from Rhys Campbell over the line near the posts and converted by Callum McCallum.

 

A period of sustained pressure from West culminated in an overthrow lineout from West on Biggars  5yard  lineout which Biggar were slow to react to and it was tidied up quicker by West and in the confusion was taken through a gap in the Biggar defence for a score and conversion after 15 minutes of play. 

 

Following several minutes of Biggar pressure Wests winger sprinted out of defence but was tackled on the half way line which led to turn over ball for Biggar. Callum McClallum then attacked through the midfield passing to Chris Brett on the left wing near the half way line for him to sprint passed the cover defence and score in the left hand corner, the conversion wasn’t converted.  With 20 minutes played Biggar had a small lead.

 

A period of Biggar pressure and continuity resulted in a series of quick tap and go penalties  culminating in a Biggar try for prop Louis Henderson near the posts and converted by Euan Laing.

 

West  then put together another sustained period of pressure on the Biggar try line which Biggar were perhaps lucky not to concede points from as West where convinced they had grounded the ball. From this period of pressure Biggar played their way up the field through a succession of penalties and quick rucks culminating in a fast ruck ball on the 5 yard line being spun right by scrum half Archie Damer, flipped over Louis Henderson head into the arms of the captain Murray Lean to finish off from 3 yards on the right wing which wasn’t converted.

 

From the subsequent restart the ball was caught by Ben Nicol and a ruck set on Biggars 22 the scrum half fed Fraser Simpson who offloaded to Aaron Millar whole offloaded to Rhys Campbell  on the Biggar  10yard  line who burst through the defensive line to  score a try under the posts and give Biggar a decisive lead which was increased by a the conversion by Euan Laing on the stroke of half time.   HT score 31 – 7

 

Biggar Kicking off with the wind behind and West attacked out of their own 22. Just as a heavy squall started Biggar had the ball and worked up to just  inside the Wests half. A subsequent  pick and go from a scrum on the right from nr 8 Kaleb Millar fed to scrum half Andrew Wight for a sprint down the blindside being tackled deep  inside the  Wests  22. A quick ruck ball fed left through Fraser Simpson, Ryan Adair and Murray Lean fed  to Aaron Millar to complete the move started by his brother just to the left of the posts which was converted by Euan Laing. 

   

As the rain came down West build phase after phase of pressure through a series of rucks in Biggars 22 which eventually paid fruit for West with a quick pick up and dart from 5 yards for their scrum half, which was converted.

 

For the next 20 minutes the game ebbed and flowed with no team  able to control possession or the ball.

 

From a period of West pressure on Biggars try line Biggar created their best try.  Stand Off Euan Laing hacked  at a loose West ball, kicking 20 yards then playing football and kicking again down to Wests 10 m line. A succession of quick rucks led to a Biggar penalty on the left on the West 22 yard line. The forwards passed the ball  through Arran Blyth, Ben Nicol, Ryan Adair and Harvey Robertson, creating a ruck in midfield . Jack Louden then took the ball back into contact and stand off Euan and Arran then secured the ball 10 m out from the posts.  Murray Lean stepping in as first receiver grubber kicked the ball out left through the defence  and followed up with a touch down before the defence could react. The try was converted by Eaun Laing completing a very competitive and entertaining day and  45 – 14 win for Biggar u16s.

 

Thanks must go to West for a tough test and for the attitude of all their players and coaches in a competitive and physical contest.  


Colts v West

Colts Lose Battle to West at Hartree Mill

 

Another tough game at Hartree Mill for the U18’s this week with West of Scotland the visitors. In a game punctuated by ill-discipline and a number of large scale skirmishes the team that kept their heads were always going to come out on top. As it was West showed a great deal of nouse in dealing with the charged atmosphere to win the game 41-7.

 

A great try from Will Kelly was the highlight of the game for the Rams. An initial break from Cameron Snell worked Biggar into the West 22. A number of rumbling forward phases with Hugo Baillie, Harry Archibald and Seth Jamieson in particular making ground into the West 5m area and leading to a penalty on the 5m line. A quick tap and Will barrelled over. With Rhys kicking the conversion Biggar had an early lead of 7-3.

 

It was a tight affair for the remainder of the first half. West Scored an unconverted try to lead 8-7 and right on the half time whistle, Biggar had them pinned in their 22. Some great play from Hayden marshalling his forwards and Cammy working the backs gave Biggar a real chance to take the lead at half time. Unfortunately a decision to go left instead of right led to the ball being lost to West who stormed up the pitch to score.

 

Half time Biggar 7 –WoS 15

 

In the second half, West ran in 4 unanswered tries to take the game with a comfortable score line but this was not a fair reflection on the way that Biggar played. Some great runs from Ethan Webb had West in all sorts of trouble. Cameron Gray, Drew Brewster and Jack Balkwill also got the West defence turned and looked to be in on more than one occasion but a last gasp tackle or misplaced pass meant that a second score remained elusive.

 

Full Time Biggar 7 – WoS 41

 

A frustrating afternoon for followers of the home team. A keenly contested first half which just ran away from Biggar in the second half. Communication was better and a good work ethic across the team definitely on show for all and deserved a couple more tries in return. Real positivity from captain Rhys Thompson behind the posts too - urging more from all of his team - was good to hear.


Biggar run in 10 tries to defeat Falkirk

Biggar 58 Falkirk 7

Another 10 try haul and another 5 point win keeps Biggar at the top of National 2.

 

Falkirk were relegated from National 1 last season and the expectation was that they would prove a much better organised side than that which Biggar faced at Howe. This was indeed the case but Biggar again played at a ferocious pace and that, combined with a rock solid defence, meant that the visitors endured a difficult afternoon.

 

That Falkirk made a host of unforced errors will irk their coaching team but this could as easily be attributed to the pressure exerted by Biggar as by any perceived lack of skill.

 

On a pleasant Autumn afternoon a healthy crowd gathered to watch Biggar’s second home match of this season and they returned home having been royally entertained by the Biggar squad, all 19 of whom contributed so positively throughout the 80 minutes.

 

Biggar was forced into making several changes for this match with the ‘Euan’s’, Sanderson and Stewart both unavailable. Donald Voas moved to hooker with Guy Kelly starting at prop. Ryan Moffat took over in the back row. Conor Lavery, who was injured last week, had recovered and started at stand off.

 

The squad is young, bursting with energy and full of running but this is matched by a growing maturity and confidence which good performances engender. To have beaten both sides relegated from National 1 last season is a feather in their cap and has certainly set out a marker for the other National 2 sides. That they will come a cropper at some point is without doubt but for the moment all can be justifiably very proud of their efforts.

 

Biggar opened strongly and had their first score within 4 minutes, a neat cross kick from Conor Lavery being gathered by Ross Bradford who went over in the corner but just too far out for the conversion to be successful.

 

Falkirk took advantage of several penalty awards to tap and go and this ensured Biggar were kept on the defensive but a Lavery kick pushed Falkirk back, forcing a drop out 22. A break by locks Alan Warnock and then Andrew Peacock created an attacking position, Ryan Moffat breaking on the blindside to take play within 5 metres where his neat off-load was taken by scrum half David Reive who dived over in the corner. On the left side of the pitch meant that it was the ‘right’ side for Lavery who added the conversion for a 12-0 lead.

 

Quickly back on the offensive Biggar’s thrid was Bradford’s second, the winger benefitting from an excellent Lavery pick up and pass.

 

Gregor Stewart was forced off the pitch after taking a series of hits to his chest with Robbie Orr coming into the side at fullback and Robbie Lavery moving to centre. The youngster was barely on the pitch before he rounded off a great attacking move by collecting a pop pass from Rowan Stewart who had made good ground on the left flank to go over for a try. The all-important 4th and therefore bonus point winning try was converted by Lavery for a 24-0 lead.

 

This soon became 29 when a deft pass under pressure from Robbie Lavery put Matthew Stewart into space, the youngsters pace taking him clear and then round the Falkirk defence for a cracking try, Lavery uncharacteristically missing from close range.

 

Falkirk’s back three were taking most of Biggar’s kicks out of defence well and initiating counter attacks but these in turn were well defended by the Biggar side. This was particularly the case in the next passage of play when wave after wave of Falkirk attacks were snuffed out and this all within 5-10 metres of the Biggar line when it seemed that the vistors were almost bound to score.

 

Reive was shown yellow by referee David Young when he killed the ball during one Falkirk attack this leading to another switch for the versatile Robbie Lavery who took over at scrum half. His first role ended in upset however as the ball squirted out of the Biggar scrum and with the Biggar back line preparing for a clearance it was Falkirk No 8 Stewart McCulloch who reacted first to dot down for a try converted by Finn Call.

 

Half time then with Biggar in a commanding 29-7 lead but ever conscious that with the wind they would face another testing half.

 

A turnover at the start of the half after an excellent take from Peacock put Biggar on the defensive but a scintillating break from Orr for some 40 metres took play right back into the Falkirk 22 where, after a series of attacks, Voas picked up from the ruck to thunder over from 10 metres for the first score of this second period.

 

The try scorer left the field to be replaced by fit again Lewis Stewart (Milligan moving to hooker) who made his first appearance of this season.

 

Some good running angles from Moffat in the centre had Falkirk on the defensive again and then it was Chris Milligan who rounded off the next attack with Conor Lavery again notching the conversion.

 

Guy Kelly made way for Callum Braid, another returning from injury and making his first appearance this campaign. Biggar’s scrum was unaffected by this switch while Falkirk’s big props who came off had an impact on their tight scrum.

 

An accidental offside gave Biggar some respite from the next Falkirk attack which again foundered with the line in their sights. A knock on was another error to cost the visitors ground and possession, Biggar able to capitalise with Iain Renwick who had replaced Conor Lavery at stand off, dictating play well.

 

As the game began to open up, Falkirk profited from some good running from their backs who made considerable ground but once again the Biggar defensive effort with Orr, Lavery and Stewart to the fore meant that these were snuffed out.

 

Fittingly it was lock Alan Warnock who rounded off the next try, he tracking play during a lengthy break out from the Biggar half to take a pass from Ross Bradford and in almost identical circumstances as the Howe match last week. Orr added the conversion.

 

The same player – Orr – then made a massive tackle to prevent a rare Falkirk attack and with ball turned over Biggar made a final advance into the Falkirk 22. Warnock was in to support Ross Jackson at the breakdown and his transfer, anothet done under pressure, set Rowan Stewart free from some 40 metres for the final try. Renwick was just short with the conversion.

 

Falkirk ended the match in the Biggar half but referee Young blew for time before they could add to their tally.

 

An impressive performance then and perhaps most pleasing of all was that this was a gritty, whole squad performance. Every player contributed to the cause and while there were errors – not least as Biggar were penalised heavily for a variety of offences which on another day could see their opponents rack up a hefty tally – there seems a quiet resolve not to panic and instead to maintain calm and be patient.

 

This Saturday sees the side travel to Whitecraigs, a venue which has never been a particularly easy place to win. The squad should travel with confidence however and will be all the more determined to maintain this current run.

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, G. Kelly, D. Voas, F. Carossi, A. Peacock, A. Warnock (Capt), C. Milligan, R. Moffat, R. Jackson.

Reps: C. Braid, L. Stewart, R. Orr, I. Renwick

 

Biggar had no other senior sides in action at the weekend as the 2nds game was cancelled when at 12.30 on Saturday Boroughmuir called to say that they were unable to raise a XV. At such short notice this was particularly frustrating for all concerned, the Biggar squad completing a training session prior to watching the 1st XV match. This enforced break will make their match this weekend against Edinburgh Accies all the more challenging as the City side are currently flying high in the Reserve League table.

 

The Biggar Eagles side were also without a match as Musselburgh were also unable to field a full XV.


Biggar Youth share Shogun spoils with Boroughmuir

On Sunday the other Youth sides also faced Boroughmuir with an eventual 2-2 result. Congratulations to both the U13’s and U16’s who recorded wins and commiserations to the U14’s and U15’s who were both beaten.

 

Biggar U14s lost away to Boroughmuir. When the differential reached 30 points to nil the match reverted to a development game. Boroughmuir scored 14 unanswered tries, 12 of them converted.

 

U16s beat Boroughmuir 27 - 12.
Biggar didnt let muir out their half in the first 35 mins but couldnt rack up the scores they should have and went in 10 - 7 in the lead at half time lossing 7 points to a breakaway try on the stroke of HT. With the wind behind in the second half Biggar kicked well and kept muir pinned back and in their 22 and the points came. A tough physical contest and one i think muir were suprised to lose up front. Well done all great win.


Colts in another toughie against Boroughmuir

The Colts were in action at Hartree Mill but they lost out to an in form Boroughmuir XV by 76-0

Biggar beaten by Boroughmuir.

A tough shift for the rams who welcomed the current under 18 Conference leaders to Hartree Mill on Saturday. A final score of Biggar 0 – Muir 76 shows it was a one-sided affair and sometimes when the game goes against you you just have to try and pick out the positives. This was, most definitely, one of those days.

 

It’s all too easy for heads to go down and feel that you don’t belong in these games. My view from the stand is that this could not be further from the truth. There is no doubt that ‘Muir are a good side but Biggar have a real core of great players. Determination in spades, courage by the bucket-load and decent amounts of skill too. Every single young man in red and black showed these attributes in varying amounts on Saturday and every single one of you needs to look inside yourselves and see where you can give more. Look at your team mates and see what they are doing. Look for the positives not just the negatives.

 

Hayden Muir is a great example – he’s played 5 positions in 4 games so far this season. In every game he has stepped up and shone. Saturday was no exception. He stepped in at 9 having only had a couple of training sessions there and did himself proud. Great spirit and dedication.

 

Cameron Snell stepped up on Saturday and into the no 10 Shirt to form a brand new partnership with Hayden. It was rocky at times but given the Half Back pairing had only had about 3 or 4 hours of practice it was a great first effort.

 

Finlay Stewart is another example of courage and determination. Playing with an injury but stepping up time and again to play though it and still making tackles and runs. It would be easier to walk off the pitch and say I’m not doing it than it is to carry on.

 

Harry Low positive throughout the game, making some great tackles and big runs and still chasing down the ‘Muir attack in the 70th minute making a great tap tackle to try and stop a try.

 

Will Kelly constantly demanding the ball in the tight areas of the pitch, taking collisions again and again and sometimes not making the yardage that the contact deserved. This didn’t stop him putting himself in the firing line and taking more contact.

 

There were positives all over the pitch. These need to be the area of focus and development going forwards. Everyone makes a mistake it’s the reaction to a mistake that is important. Focus on the effort that the person made to get into that position in the first place and more positive outcomes will be the result.

 

Keep working hard. It will come!!


1st XV in big win at Howe

Howe of Fife 14 Biggar 65

A third win on the bounce and another bonus point after a 10-try romp against a depleted Howe maintains Biggar’s top spot in National 2, by points difference at least, with local rivals Peebles, the only other side to retain an unbeaten run, nipping at their heels.

 

Biggar travelled north in confident mood after last week’s excellent performance against Stew-Mel but they were under no illusions that Howe would pose a threat. In fact the Perthshire outift have lost players to neighbours Dundee while other retirements have led to a depleted squad, this leading to the cancellation of their 2nd XV match on Saturday due to a lack of players.

 

Biggar made two changes to their starting XV, Franko Carossi replacing his namesake Franko Maggiolo who has now left for sunnier climes in Spain, while Robbie Lavery took over at fullback in place of Iain Renwick. Robbie Orr began the match on the bench.

 

In relatively pleasant conditions Biggar were soon on the defensive as Howe opend on the front foot with the back row pair of Robert Cabemaiwasa and Captain Chris Mann giving note of their intent to carry ball at pace. They were initially hard to stop and not before they had made good yardage but try though they did they were largely unable to breech the Biggar cover defence and their attackes were snuffed out.

 

In defence Howe probably correctly opted to kick out of defence but the accuracy of these was not good and gave Biggar good counter-attcking opportunities, Robbie Lavery snaffling ball and looking very dangerous as he ran ball back.

 

Indeed it was from several of these aborted clearances that gave Biggar their first scoring opportunities these taking them into an early 14-0 lead courtesy of tries from Chris Mulligan and then Matthew Stewart, both converted by Conor Lavery.

 

The same player was then forced off with a nasty ankle knock sustained in an accidental collision with his team mate Gregor Stewart! Robbie Orr took over at stand off. Worse was to follow as captain Euan Sanderson was also forced to retire after a head knock, his replacement being Ryan Moffat.

 

Undeterred, Biggar maintained pressure on their hosts with Matthew Stewart scoring his second after the half hour mark following a good break by Carossi and a neat off-load from Orr.

 

Howe hit back with livewire scrum half Andrew Harley making the most of a blindside gap to sprint clear of the flailling Biggar cover to dot down under the posts for a try converted by Dylan Suttie.

 

In ther next sortie to the Howe 22 Matthew Stewart took no time to drop a neat goal this just before the 4th bonus point try which fell to No 8 Ross Jackson who ripped the ball from a Howe player before sprinting home from some 30 metres. Unfortunately the conversion was missed. Now in some form of control Biggar continued to press but were unable to add to their tally, the half time score 27-7 in their favour.

 

In a rare attack Howe gained good ground on the right flank but a great tackle from Mulligan, assisted by Lavery took man and ball into touch but not to the liking of referee Stuart Burns who sent Lavery to the bin for 10 minutes.

 

Now playing uphill Biggar took no time at all in the second half to add to their tally – less then 60 seconds on the clock – with Ross Bradford crossing for the first of his double, Orr adding the conversion.

 

Rowan Stewart was the next to score, he rounding off a great breakout initiated by Robbie Orr. There was no conversion to this score.

 

Donald Voas, who again impressed with some resolute defence and his trademark touchline breenge, gave way to Guy Kelly.

 

Back to a full complement with Lavery restored Biggar continued to create chances but their attempts to add to their tally were intially thwarted, until that is, Jackson scored his second, converted by Moffat. With the half century in their sights and with some 10 minutes remaining that total was duly achieved, Bradford latching onto a neat cross kick from Orr to gather and touch down for a try – Moffat the next to make heavy weather of the conversion attempt. 51-7 to Biggar.

 

Mulligan was the next to cross, this another great counter attacking move begun from deep in the Biggar 22.

 

The successful conversion gave Biggar a tilt at the 60 point mark, this achieved when, very fittingly, Alan Warnock showed his athleticism to maintain contact with yet another long range breakout, Bradford providing the all important last pass. Moffat’s conversion took Biggar to their 65 point total.

 

A final riposte by Howe from centre Sean Murray who showed remarkable resilience throughout the afternoon and who would be a star turn given more possession, gave some consolation to the home XV, with the conversion, an excellent long range drop kick, taking their tally to 14.

 

The Biggar squad could be forgiven for thinking that they had posted the biggest total in the league, 65 a whopping victory, but this total was dwarfed by the Dumfries result, theirs an 87-7 rout of Lasswade. Even if Biggar had converted all their tries and a solitary penalty they would have managed just 76 points so Dumfries had a field day.

 

Next up for Biggar is a home match against Falkirk who lost their unbeaten record when they were beaten by surprise packets Whitecraigs on Saturday. The Falkirk side was relegated last season alongside Stew-Mel and will pose another challenge for Biggar.

 

The depth of Biggar’s squad will be tested as Euan Sanderson is out through injury, Ewan Stewart is unavailable while Conor Lavery must be doubtful after his ankle injury.

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, A. Peacock, A. Warnock, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, R. Orr, R. Moffat, I. Renwick

 

Biggar had no other senior sides in action at the weekend as the 2nds had a ‘free’ weekend while Watsonians were unable to field a side against Biggar Eagles.


Mini Tournament success

Message from Mini Convenor Laura Watson

Biggar Mini Festival - a massive thank you to everyone who helped yesterday at the mini festival from car parking, catering, helping in the kitchen, refereeing, score runners, tombola, tuck shop, pitch marking out, bar etc etc....it was a very successful day and could not have been possible without everyone's help.
A special mention to Biggar p4's who won at their age group - not sure of the last time we had a winner at our own tournament!!!

 

It was Biggar's Mini tournament on Sunday with its usual massive attendance of players and supporters coming from all parts. Teams involved were Watsonians, Dumfries, Boroughmuir, East Kilbride, Currie, Melrose, Marr and Stirling County.

 

Top marks to Laura Watson for her organisation and to ALL the volunteers who turned up to ensure things ran smoothly. Big thank you from all at the club with already many comments on social media praising the organisation and event.

 

Top of the Biggar class were the youngsters from P4 who managed a tournie win – the first from a Biggar side for many years.

Results were:

 

P4 - winners - Biggar, runners up Melrose

P5 - winners - Boroughmuir, runners up Dumfries Saints

P6 - winners - Melrose, runners up Stirling County

P7 - winners - Marr, runners up Stirling County (P7 got through to the semi-final)

 

Team of the Tournament - P5 Melrose


Shogun results

The Colts and Youth sections were all in action in Inverness at the weekend.

First up were the Colts who unfortunately lost out by 42-22.

U13’s 24-12 defeat

U14’s 30-0 defeat

U15’s No team

U16’s 50-0 winners


Biggar in 5-try win

Biggar 32 Stewarts Melville 3

A 5-try, bonus point win is always very welcome but none more so than when it is against a side relegated from the division above and clearly looking to make a quick return.

 

Stewarts Melville left Biggar without even a glimpse of a losing bonus, having met a resolute Biggar defence which gave virtually nothing away. The capital side will have to address the short-comings of their pack which, aside from being absolutely massive and making life really difficult for Biggar at scrum time, appeared a tad pedestrian at times. It will also come as a surprise to many that No 8 Duncan Wood rejoined the fray after being very clearly knocked out in the opening exchanges. In these days of player welfare and head injury assessments the big lock (and his club) was taking a risk, the visitors electing to ignore the protestations of the Biggar camp to have him stay on the touchline.

 

Selection in the coming weeks will be a much harder task then ever before for Biggar’s coaching staff as few, if indeed any, of the 19 in the squad could have given much more, with another batch in the 2nds waiting for their chance. The 2nd string were defeated by the odd point in 37 in what was a hugely entertaining contest (also against Stew-Mel) and one which was enjoyed by the two squads and spectators alike.

 

With Andrew Nimmo carrying a groin strain from last week, Donald Voas started. Alan Warnock regained his spot at lock at the expense of Franco Carossi who joined Guy Kelly, Ryan Moffat and Robbie Lavery on the bench.

 

The opening exchanges were halted by the afore-mentioned and accidental head knock to Morrison and while Biggar enjoyed the greater percentage of both possession and territory they were unable to open their account as passes failed to stick and Stew-Mel defended strongly.

Conor Lavery did kick a penalty to put his side ahead at 3-0, this lead extended after Ross Jackson made the most of a series of forward-orientated drives at the line to pick up, pop round the side and dot down in the top corner and too far out for Lavery’s conversion attempt.

 

Matthew Stewart showed some excellent pace to gain several yards on a number of occasions but try though they did Biggar were unable to add to their tally.

 

Turning round behind, Stew-Mel began the second half well, stringing passes together much more accurately than had been the case prior to the break and making inroads into the Biggar half. The Biggar first up tackling was first rate however and this, combined with some great pressure, forced the visitors into making some uncharacteristic errors.

 

The city side did open their account however, scrum half Cameron Leask kicking a penalty to bring them back into the contest at 8-3. They then enjoyed their best phase of the match, when, with their tails up, they raised the pace of the game, passing, running and driving with much greater conviction.

 

Electing to run penalties awarded their way, they had Biggar on the back foot on a couple of occasions though Biggar’s cover defence managed to snuff out the threat, Davy Reive or Lavery kicking well to clear the immediate danger.

 

Eventually working their way down the pitch with a variety of kicks from Lavery, Gregor Stewart had a tilt at the line but was held up. Having created the position deep in the Stew-Mel 22, Biggar were not to be denied and it was no real surprise when after a series of good forward drives, Ewan Stewart crashed over for Biggar’s second try to increase the lead to 13-3.

 

Several minutes later and a typically barn-storming run by Voas advanced play back into the Stew-Mel half. Having again created the position another break by Matthew Stewart took play deeper into the Stew-Mel 22. With ball recycled quickly from the ruck an inside pass from Lavery saw Rowan Stewart carve through the visitor’s spread-eagled defence for a try which Lavery converted for 20-3.

 

Biggar were now within one try of claiming a bonus point but before they scored this they had to withstand another Stew-Mel salvo at the line where once again Biggar’s defence was tested and found up to the mark.

 

Having eventually cleared their lines Biggar gained excellent yardage as Lavery continued to turn and probe the Stew-Mel line with a variety of chips, grubbers and punts. A penalty allowed them to turn the screw once more, Guy Kelly peeling round from the front of the lineout to take his skipper, Euan Sanderson’s pass, before crashing over for the all-important 4th try from 5 metres and a 25-3 scoreline.

 

To give the visitors credit they never lacked ambition and tried to play rugby until the end, running ball whenever the opportunity arose and making some decent yardage to boot.

 

Some top-notch defence from the squad and mazy runs by among others Reive and Matthew Stewart kept the city side at bay. Their final attempt to score came as they again elected to run the ball out of their 22. A loose pass and the ever alert Ross Bradford spotted and collected the ball in this final move, the winger sprinting over from some 20 metres for a try converted by Lavery to round off Biggar’s afternoon at 32-3.

 

Biggar

I Renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Maggiolo, A. Peacock, A. Warnock, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, F. Carossi, R. Moffat, R. Lavery.

 

Unfortunately the Biggar Eagles Development XV found themselves without a match on Saturday when their oppoenents Duns failed to raise a side. The eagles were also stretched however and another appeal goes out to all players from both Lanarka dn Biggar to make known their availability for this weekend when Watsonians are sure to have a side ready and waiting.


Gold Club Results Sept 2018


September Winners

£250   -   76   Robert Paterson
 
£100   -   234   Robert Allen
 
£100   -   132   Doug Ward
 
£100   -   311   Simeon McKeand
 
£100   -   124   George Kay
 
£100   -   277   Jennifer Tweedie



6th October
£250   -   269   Robert Cormack

£100   -   28    Colin Robison

£100   -   27   Lorraine Murray Lawrie

£100   -   322  Helen Thornborrow

£100   -   319   Andy Manock

£100   -   157   Robin McCalpine




27th October
£250   -   222   Davina Howatson

£100   -   136   David Murray

£100   -   75    Frazer Andrews

£100   -   281   Tom Sanderson

£100   -   212   Gareth Cathcart

£100   -   257   Derek Anderson



 


Girls in Glasgow

The U15 girls played really well but found fitness lacking a little as Cartha kept up the pressure. Bags of potential however with several girls playing just their first ever match!

Final score 54-5 defeat.

 

U18 Girls –v- Cartha 2nd September 2018

Biggar girls secure an emphatic win over a very competitive Cartha team.

 

Biggar girls travelled to Cartha for the second fixture in the current league campaign and gave a very satisfying performance to claim the victory. With the weather overcast and “muggy” and both clubs able to field good squad numbers the scene was set for what turned out to be a very entertaining and exciting game of rugby.

 

The game was very competitive from the start and for the first five minutes both sides were evenly matched with neither making much progress into the opposition half. However following a very good interchange between the backs it was Biggar who opened the scoring. Cartha however built pressure in the next period and scored a try of their own to take the score to 7 -5 to Biggar. Biggar sustained an injury at the scrum which disrupted the play somewhat but managed to regain the momentum and continue to play some very good rugby with none of the rustiness showing that had been evident the week before. With good play by backs and forwards alike Biggar managed to score a further three converted tries to take the score to 28 -5 at half time.

 

The second half continued in the same vein with Biggar forwards winning some good turnover ball through Rachel Philips in her new position, which allowed the impressive backs to cut good lines and maintain the pressure on the Cartha gain line. Whilst Cartha maintained their competitiveness they were not able to resist the intensity of the Biggar play and a further 6 tries were scored in the second half. This took the score to 60 – 5 and the referee brought the proceedings to a halt some 5 minutes early.

 

On the whole the coaches will be very pleased with the good decision making, good handling and strong defense shown in this performance, with the more experienced players, playing to their potential, which lifted the game of the younger and less experienced players. The coaches will want to work on ball retention at the breakdown which was one area that could be improved.

 

Biggar scorers: Tries - Emma Orr, Emelia Knights (2), Gerri Kimm (2), Feebi Robinson, Mariana Finlayson, Rachel Hill (3). Conversions – Kaylee Fraser (4), Sarah Denholm.

 

The score line in this match probably does not reflect the way the Cartha girls maintained their focus and competitiveness right to the end.

 

There is now a two week break in the schedule with the next game against Stirling at home on the 23rd September.

 

The U18's are pictured post match with their opponents - the spirit of rugby!


Shogun update 3rd Sept

Biggar Colts

Frustration in the Ayr at Hartree Mill

Biggar Colts took to the field for their first home game of the 2018/19 season against Ayr/Wellington a Hartree Mill on Saturday.

 

An intriguing game with the visitors running out 35-0 winners but the score line did not really reflect the game. Indeed for long spells Biggar would dominate the visitors only for a decisions to cost them dearly at a crucial point. To be fair to Ayr, they defended doggedly and took their chances which is the sign of a good team.

 

Scrums would be the big talking point of the first half with the first 2 Ayr scores coming from scrum penalties. To the amateur observer the scrums seemed to be working well but to the referee Biggar were driving squint. Having reset one or two early on, Biggar were then penalised at almost every resultant scrum in the first half. A third Ayr try came following an in goal flash point that resulted in a yellow card for Drew Brewster and a 5m penalty to Ayr. Ayr spun the ball wide quickly whilst Biggar were still adjusting and went over for the score.

 

The second half and the scrums settled a little but by then the damage had been done. Biggar again had Ayr under huge amounts of pressure but couldn’t get over the line. Ayr defended well and would break well scoring a further 2 converted tries to win it 35-0.

 

There is no doubt that Ayr are a good side and on balance they did deserve to win this game but it should have been a whole lot closer than 35-0. Biggar can take heart from some really good strong running again from Drew Brewster, Euan Barr and Finn Barr, Some outstanding tackling from Dan McConkey, Harry Low and Cameron Gray and a special mention to Aaron for a superb tackle on the speedy Ayr winger. Out wide the Ayr man got around him and although he was still in the Biggar half, he thought he was away for a score. Aaron got a great tap on his ankle to take him down and into touch for a Biggar Line-out. Excellent defence!!

 

Final word to Rhys Thompson for realising an ambition to play at 10. I can’t imagine many hookers can make the transition from 2 to 10 but he answered the emergency call. Well done for stepping up and a great effort.

 

 

U16s v Ayr

The U16s second game was against one of last season’s strongest teams Ayr. The 2 teams met for the first time of the 18/ 19 season  on  a warm windy day at Hartree Mill.

 

This was a physical and bruising contest and for the first 18 minutes nothing separated the 2 teams but then with Biggar pressurising the Ayr try line a simple pass was intercepted and the Ayr player ran 90m  to dot down under the posts.

 

Having been nearly on top but now set back it’s at times like these we see if a team has character. Well the boys got right back up to the Ayr try line from the kick off and after a couple of rucks wide left on the 5 m line, scrum half Archie Damer spotted the gap and dived over the line for Biggar U16s first home points of the season, Callum McCallum converted.

 

The game was played in the midfield for the next 10 minutes until Biggar worked up the field setting a number of rucks again on the Ayr 5 m line. Following an Ayr infringement a quick tap and go penalty from Biggars No 8 Sam Taylor saw him over and under the posts for a try also converted by Callum McCallum. The last 5 minutes of the half saw Ayr pressure the Biggar line but strong defence and good game management saw the half finish 14 – 7  

 

The second half started with the strong wind now at  Biggars back and with the plan to play the game in the right areas. This worked well for the first 5 minutes where Biggar pinned Ayr back to their line but a loose chip kick saw Ayr’s 10  arc wide and attack down the left wing with a pass to their flying winger providing Ayr with a second breakaway try under the posts.

 

Following this Biggar worked up the pitch to win a scrum in the 22 wide on the right. The next play started left with a carry from Rhys Campbell at centre before Lewis Campbell spun the ball wide for Callum Yardley to pop to Arron Millar for a fine wingers try.

 

Biggars next try came from a rather frenetic period of kicks and returns followed by some direct runs by Biggar a loose pass bounced kindly for Rhys Campbell to collect and then give to Callum Yardley to sprint in on the right wing. Both trys were unconverted so the score was 24 – 14 with 15 minutes to play.

 

 Biggar, now with their tails up then began a period of direct attacks and offloads, moving from the halfway line to the try line through fine forwards runs and rucks, this culminating in a decisive try from prop Jack McAllister on the left. The game was stopped with 4 minutes to play after a collar bone injury to one of the Ayr players and we all wish him the best in his recovery.

 

Final score Biggar 29  - Ayr 14

 

The team played mature controlled rugby led by Jonathan Smith with lots of positive structure and invention, there are lots of areas to work on but the platform has been made, well done everyone, players,  coaches, parents and everyone at the club how help.  


Mirage Conference action against Hill Jills

U15 40-32 defeat

 

U18 Biggar win through default as Hill Jills were unable to field a full team;

Biggar U18 Girls –v-Hillhead Jordanhill

With Hills only able to field 11 players, the first league game of the season was played as a development game. With Biggar having lost some of their more experienced players to the senior ranks, it was an opportunity for the girls coming up from last seasons U15 squad to get some early experience. The match was played as three 20 minute sessions with Biggar providing several players to Hills. The conditions were cold, wet and windy which was not conducive to running rugby. Most of the game was fairly even with lots of handling errors on both sides however it was an opportunity for the Biggar girls to trial in different positions and it was Biggar that won over the three sessions Final score 34 – 22.

 

Biggar try scorers Emma Orr (2), Rachel Philips, Abi Bandtock, Sarah Denholm + Emelia Knights Conversions Sarah Denholm (2).

 

Joint Captains for this season are Sarah Denholm and Emelia Knights.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game. Also thanks to Sarah, Brian and Janet for their help in the kitchen. The next game is away to Cartha on the 2nd September


Boys Youth v Hamilton

It was Mitsubishi Conference time for the Colts, Boys and Girls Youth sections at the weekend and they posted the following very encouraging resulst in their games with Hamilton (boys) and Hillhead Jordanhill (girls).

 

Colts 43-39 win

Rams conquer the Bulls at Laigh Bent

Biggar Colts kicked off the 2018/2019 Shogun Conference season with a trip up the M74 to South Lanarkshire rivals the Hamilton Bulls. With a perfect 4 wins from 4 games record against the Bulls from last season in hand, the Bulls were always going to fight tooth and nail to get a win in this game and they hit the ground running early on. Initially it was a tight affair with both teams feeling each other out and it wasn’t until the 15th minute it burst into life. Hamilton showed some great skill to go over in the corner to draw first blood.

 

The game had a very balanced feel and Biggar had Hamilton pinned inside their own 22 for a good spell of pressure. A great flowing move from the backs had the ball out to Hayden Muir but it was just too far in front of him. The ball was spilled with the try line beckoning. Worse was to come as Hamilton raced up the field to dot down for a second try.

 

This stung the Biggar team and they upped the tempo and got their reward. Harry Archibald showed great tenacity in midfield in a counter ruck and won the ball well. Finn Barr fed Hayden Muir who made a great break through the Bulls line. Finn Stewart took the ball on and got the ball back to Harry Archibald who barrelled over. A great score and well deserved for the big lock who started and finished the move.

 

Biggar were on the front foot now and managed to get on level terms from the kick off. The ball was taken on by the pack and with big runs from Seth Jamieson, Hugo Baillie and Rhys Thomson got well into the Bulls 22. Having drawn in the defence the ball was expertly whipped to Finn Stewart at 10 who exploited a sizeable overlap to go over.

 

The game settled into a tough midfield battle and with half time closing it appeared that neither team was going to get ahead. Unfortunately Biggar had a nightmare 2/3 minutes spell in which they conceded 3 unanswered tries. Missed tackles and miscommunication was the order of the day as Hamilton exploited every opportunity. From looking tight at half time, Biggar now found themselves with a great deal of work to do in the second half.

 

Half Time - Hamilton 27 – Biggar 10

 

With the coaches word still fresh in their ears Biggar set about clawing back the deficit with gusto. Just 2 minutes in and Harry Low made a great break through the middle. A good tackle from the full back halted his progress but he had the wherewithal to find Harry Archibald who was well up with play. Harry found Hayden in support who got the ball to Ethan. He turned on the after burners and very few people were going to catch him. He touched down and with Finn Stewart adding the extras the deficit was down to 10.

 

From the kick off Biggar again had the Bulls pinned inside their own 22 and were probing for an opening. It looked certain to come when Cameron Snell made a great break but the ball was spilled on. Unfortunately, the Bulls spun the ball wide and went up the other end to touch down.

 

Biggar would not be denied. With a more mobile pack than the home team, they kept the ball moving and were unlucky not to score when the ball was knocked on on the Bulls 5M line. The Biggar scrum had been fantastic the whole game and when it really mattered they knocked the bulls back and the ball bounced out. Finn Barr had the Bulls 9 in all sorts of trouble and reacted best to dive on the ball and score. Great heads up scrum half play and a well-deserved score for the 9. Again Finlay Stewart kicked the extras.

 

The Bulls pack were struggling now and the game was a really open affair. This was key in the next score which came courtesy of Finn Stewart with a great assist to Finn Barr. The Biggar half back pairing showed real nouse to get themselves into space just inside the Bulls half and matching up against 2 front row forwards. Finn B found the first gap and made a great break. He popped it to Finn S who showed the defence a clean pair of heels to go over for his second of the game. With the conversion, it was a one point lead for the Bulls.

 

Hamilton were not going to lie down, they came storming back and great hands from their centres allowed them in under the sticks to get the lead back to 8. With 15 minutes left there was plenty of time for Biggar to recover but what did they have left?

 

For an answer look no further than Ethan Webb. Full of tireless running the whole game, he got his second try of the day doing what he does best - absolutely bombing down the wing. It was started well by Jack Jack with a great cover tackle and Dan McConkey supporting him to secure the ball for Biggar. With the Bulls defence going left, the Biggar attack went right. Running from full back Ethan exposed the gaps when the ball was fed along the line and bounced over out wide. A great try and with Finn Stewart nailing the extras with a really good kick we were back to a 1 point game.

 

Step up Finn Stewart to win it for Biggar. Bagging his hat-trick and finishing off in style, it was a real team effort with the pack hunting the ball down, securing it and a number of drives from Seth, Rhys, Harrys L and A and Hugo softening up the defensive line. An initial break by Andrew Barrett was snuffed out but the ball was fed out to Dan McConkey who broke the line and looked like he could get the score. He was pulled up short but Finn Stewart was in support and a great pop pass saw him over. The conversion was missed and what followed could have been a nervy 8 minutes. In reality, Biggar defended superbly and held on for the whilst and the victory.

 

Full Time – Hamilton 39 – Biggar 43

Excellent effort from all 16 mean who pulled on the Biggar shirt today. Going in 17 points down at half time you feared the worst but every single player stood up and worked their socks off to get the win. Very well done.

 

U16’s 50-0 win

U15’s 33-33 draw

U14’a 43-30 defeat

U13’s 42-13 win

 

Biggar U16s v Hamilton

The Biggar u16s started their new season on Sunday 26th with a local derby in Hamilton. The summer rugby weather forecast for August turned out to be traditional Scottish “sunshine” and felt more like a wet January day in Largs! Undaunted the boys set about their task with the speed and enthusiasm which only a three months off season can bring. With new combinations all over the pitch and players missing this was an opportunity to gel and find a playing style and fluidity to build on for the season ahead. 

 

The game started closely enough with the rucks hotly contested in the initial exchanges  but the deadlock was broken after 5 minutes by captain for the day Murray Lean from 20 yards out stepping back against the run of defenders and beating two more on the right side to get the teams 2018 /19 Shogun Conference points scoring started. Sprints and exchanges from winger Chris Brett and hooker Cameron Gray unlocked the second try on the right wing and the 3rd with a near identical exchange. Starting scrum half Archie Damer stepped up to add a traditional 9s dart and dot followed up by Murray securing his 2nd and teams 4th.

 

By some stage in the second half the game reached 50 – 0 and became a development match with players playing in different positions and gaining more experience. Good support running continued to see chances created and Sam Taylor and Callum McCallum added trys to the total.

 

The team supported each other well, kept good shape and were physical in the tackle and ruck. Given how bad the weather was it was heartening to see so much passing an offloading into space. There is work to be done but  the boys are out the blocks and looking forward to the next few games and challenges.


Biggar open with win

Dumfries 5 Biggar 17

This match won’t be remembered as the prettiest spectacle but it was a typically hard-fought and robust contest which had the crowd enthralled until the final whistle.

 

Games between the two clubs are always tough matches and with Dumfries winning the two encounters last year and on home turf there was an expectation that Biggar would be in for a real test regardless of their resounding win at the Moffat 10’s which was never going to provide any real pointers as to the result in a full XV-a-side contest.

 

That Biggar ultimately triumphed by 2 tries to 1 was probably a fair result given the territory and possession they enjoyed. Dumfries meanwhile, will doubtless rue the fact that they allowed themselves to become increasingly unsettled by referee Mr Ian Morrisson. Careless penalties conceded and back chat cost them dearly, none more significantly than in the second half and with some 10 minutes remaining when a penalty was advanced 10m forward giving Biggar’s Conor Lavery a much easier pot at goal. The successful kick put Biggar ahead by 2 scores at 17-5 (the final score).

 

Biggar made several changes in the pack for this match with Andrew Nimmo, Ewan Stewart (for their first starts this season) and Chris Milligan all featuring. The latter’s performance, in what was his first senior game for Biggar after 6 years at Heriots, was an all action affair and earned him the Man of the Match award - though there were several other worthy contenders in what was a good all round team performance.

 

The match began at a helter-skelter pace and one which hardly let up all half. Errors there were a-plenty, as both sides were slow to get to grips with the ball, players running the ball from all parts of the pitch which certainly added to the excitement! Both sides tackled fiercely, with defences generally on top and giving little away.

 

A passage of pressure in the Dumfries 22 was the precursor to Biggar’s opening try, Lavery moving right off ruck ball and finding Rowan Stewart with a deft pop pass, the winger cruising through the defence for the touchdown. Lavery added the conversion for 7-0.

 

Further pressure saw Biggar attack deep into the Dumfries 22 but a succession of errors in transfer combined with some resolute defence meant that Biggar were unable to add to their tally. Ironically it was from another period of pressure, when Biggar disrupted the Dumfries scrum, that led to the home sides score. In trouble as the scrum was shunted backwards, and following a tackle by Biggar skipper Euan Sanderson play seemed to have halted with ‘ball held up’. Referee Morrison allowed play to continue however and Dumfries 9 Jack Johnstone put in a relieiving kick up the middle of the pitch. Biggar fullback Iain Renwick was just short in his chase to catch the ball, the bounce taking the ball over his head and into the path of the Dumfries breakout. It was then a race to the line, the whole length of the pitch and while Biggar chased well, none more so than Robbie Lavery, the home side got their try. The conversion was missed however and so Biggar still held a slight lead at 7-5.

 

The half ebbed and flowed with Biggar certainly enjoying the bulk of the territorial advantage but unable to add to their tally, again errors stemming the attack. Another scrum in the Dumfries 22 saw the home side breakout again, Biggar’s Robbie Lavery and Renwick again to the fore in defence to stop the immediate breakout and while Dumfries took play into the Biggar 22 they probably should have done better, Biggar able to escape without further punishment.

 

The last part of the first half was a scrappy affair as all seemed to lose shape, ball lost in contact and passes not as accurate.

 

Penalties were exchanged although none were within kicking range until Lavery was just wide with an attempt with just a few minutes of the half remaining.

 

The half ended with what appeared to be a penalty award but instead of allowing play to continue half time was signalled. The second half started with a yellow card to Biggar’s lock Franco Carossi and a penalty to Dumfries.

 

A man down meant Biggar’s scrum was under pressure and Dumfries worked hard to get into the match but again the Biggar defence held firm.

 

Lavery had a great break from his own half into the Dunfries 22 but scrum pressure allowed Dumfries to clear. That Dumfries were unable to score in this period was significant as Biggar with the wind behind them had an advantge that they now pressed home.

 

Lavery made good ground with a variety of kicks to pin Dumfries back and good pressure meant that the Dumfries defence was tested to the max. A chip to the wing from Gregor Stewart saw a chase to the line which had there been a TMO could easily have seen Biggar get a try as James Barr and then Matthew Stewart seemed to have got the crucial touchdown but it was a call that only a TMO could have made and so Biggar had to be content with a 5m scrum. Dumfries engineered another breakout from this position but again a lost ball allowed Biggar to escape and regain territory.

 

Barr was on the end fo what was deemed to have been a forward pass while Reive, Conor Lavery and Sanderson were all held up short. The decisive score came at the beginning of the 4th quarter ball moved left seeing Barr take Gregor Stewart’s well-timed pass to cross untouched in the corner. Despite the acute angle Lavery added the conversion to make the score 14-5.

 

A penalty award to Biggar after Dumfries centre Michael Yates was shown yellow for a late hiton Moffat took play into the Dumfries half where another penalty and then back chat advanced play forward for lavery to kick the lasy points of the match and give Biggar what was a commanding lead.

 

Supporters will remember last season when on at elast 3 oaccsions Biggar managed to squander winning positions but not this time round and the visitors took the honours, Dumfries denied even a losing bonus.

 

The error count will disappoint the coaches from both teams and certainly neither sdie will escape as lightly in other matches but Biggar will take heart from the win with the team effort a very pleasing aspect of the game.

 

Stewarts Melville are next up, this a home game and which sees the city side making a first visit to Hartree Mill for some 4 seasons. Therwe will be plenty for the coachuing team to work on but with a few players still to make their first appearances there is now real competition for places across all positions. The availability of Andrew Nimmo and Chris Milligan will undoubtedly have an impact as will the injuries highlighted.

 

The injury count continues to creep up with Barr, Rowan Stewart and Ross Bradford all picking up knocks which will test the club’s strength in depth.

Biggar

I renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, A. Nimmo, E. Stewart, F. Maggiolo, A. Peacock, F. Carossi, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: D. Voas, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, J. Barr


Musselburgh take charge

Musselburgh 53 Biggar 14

After two warm up games Biggar travelled to National 1 club Musselburgh on National League Cup action on Saturday. Musselburgh and Biggar have not met for several seasons as the clubs missed each other when Biggar were relegated from National 1 to 2 as Musselburgh were promoted some 4 years ago.

Matches hitherto had been fairly even although there have been similar high scoring wins and defeats.

On this occasion it is fair to say Biggar were comprehensively beaten by the East Lothain side who showed a strong presence up front – including ex-Biggar man Colin Arthur – and who scored freely in the first half to go ahead 32-0. Biggar will point to a better 2nd half showing when the score was 21-14 but M’burgh will doubtelss contest that having done the damage in the first half they slackened off a bit as their progress to the next round was secured.

Biggar were without a couple of regulars but this cannot be used as an excuse and the side will have to quickly regroup prior to the league opener this weekend when they journey to Dumfries.

 

The big home pack did most of the damage and while Biggar looked dangerous with the ball, possession is always key and when a side struggles to retain possession they will forever be on the back foot.

M’burgh ran in 4 first half tries and kicked two conversions and two penalties for their 32 point lead. The first and third tries came from a week defensive effort from Biggar which will task the coaches as this has been an area they have been working on in training. The second after some good support running saw the M‘burgh side breach the Biggar defence while the fourgh was a forward drive controlled by that man Arthur who ultimately touched down.

 

After the break and an early try to the home side – this an interception which could equally as easily seen Biggar in for an opening score, Biggar got their first points with Matthew Stewart taking a pass from stand-off Conor Lavery who added the conversion.

A series of penalties at scrum time disrupted Biggar’s concentratiion and they were posted missing as M’burgh took a quick tap and go to record their 6th score.

A neat off-load by Rowan Stewart put Lavery over for Biggar’s second try.

A testing time for the three quarters who spent the bulk of their day defending and tackling but who have so much more to offer of they can get their hands on the ball.

A number of changes will be made for this Saturday and Biggar will have to dig a good bit deeper if they are to get a win at Dunfries a sdie thet lost to twice in last season’s campaign.

 

There was no 2nd XV match on Saturday but they too will be on duty this weekend when they take on Currie. On 9th September the club are looking to field 3 XV’s with the first appearance of the Biggar/Lanark Development XV. To this end ALL players from the two clubs are encouraged to make themselves available and to let their team secretaries know asap in order that arrangements can be made for the game which is scheduled for Duns.


Rugby Force and St Boswells visit to begin pre-season proper

WHAT a week, WHAT a weekend!

 

Biggar’s Summer Camp ran all of last week and played host to some 80 rugby daft youngsters who were put through their paces by the Development team supplemented by youngsters and coaches from the club.

 

A full programme of skills practices, fitness work and all manner of fun games meant that the kids (and the coaches) went home each night exhausted!

 

A highlight came on Friday with the appearance of the Calcutta Cup and an opportunity for each player present to get a photograph with this famous trophy – these can be downloaded from the website (under Gallery).

 

Many thanks to the SRU and Graham Law for again providing the trophy.

 

RBS/SRU Rugby Force kicked things off on Saturday when at 9am volunteers started appearing to be allocated one of the various tasks to prepare the Hartree Mill site for the new season.

 

General cleaning and tidying up, sorting, mending, building, painting, plastering, weeding, raking…..and so on were included and the 80+ volunteer army got stuck in.

 

RBS volunteers and SRU personnel (including Glasgow North Rugby Manager Alex Edmonstone) augmented the Biggar members and all got stuck in with much enthusiasm.

 

A vast number of jobs were completed and another list was started – running the club is akin to the old adage about painting the Forth Road Bridge , no sooner are you finished than you need to start again!

 

A big thank you to all who turned out, your efforts were very much appreciated and have made a big difference to the club. Volunteer days and the hours devoted to house-keeping and large project tasks have been crucial to the club moving forward over the years and will continue to be the main way of maintaining progress. To out-source the work would make the whole job prohibitive and the club would simply stand still.

 

Congratulations are due to Nic Humphries for the initial application which saw Biggar as one of two award winning clubs and to the committee with Nigel Pacey leading with the provision of materials and equipment and the distribution of tasks.

 

There were two winners on the day, both taking home a signed Scotland shirt, this coming as a reward for their morning work. In the U18 category, Katie Innes beat the rest for her disciplined approach to her work in the fitness hut while Michael McConkey won the adult award, this for his unstinting stint as post-painter!

 

Guests to be thanked are (in no particular order) Sarah Ayton from RBS, Rex Hughill from Leith Management, the RBS film crewman Ewan Fletcher and Tom Hallam from Stripe PR.

 

At 1pm and on schedule some of Scotland biggest names arrived – Stuart Hogg and Huw Jones from the men’s side and Lana Skeldon and Megan Kennedy from the Ladies. Many of the youngsters found the atttraction of these players too great and the workrate dropped a bit but there are no complaints – their presence had quite an effect on several of the adults as well!

 

True to form and in rugby style the guests quickly pitched in to help. A quick fire round of questions with locals interviewing stars and stars interviewing locals was followed by the main coaching phase of the day where all sections of the club were represented – including members of the Lanark Eagles - and when the stars moved around the groups providing coaching tips and generally assisting the youngsters and their coaches.

 

Although scheduled to stay until 3pm the queue at that time for autographs and selfies stretched for 50+ metres and the 4 stars stayed until the job was completed. Fantastic!

 

Great ambassadors for their clubs and for the SRU – well done folks for a magnificent effort.

 

There was action on the pitch when National 3 side St Boswells arrived for a pre-season friendly. Having reportedly recruited successfully again this season the Border side will again target promotion to National 2. Boswells were let down somewhat by some very late call offs however which meant they turned up with the bare XV and with Biggar counting on a squad of some 25 this was always going to make the visitors task all that more difficult.

 

Played over 4x20 minute quarters play was a tad disjointed and scrappy although given that this was both teams first run out of the season that is hardly surprising. The Boswells pack posed some problems for the Biggar side in the scrum and should have probably made more of an impression had their lineout functioned properly but this cost them dearly when promising attacking positions were lost via over throws.

 

In reply Biggar ran well to test the Borders defence to the full.

 

In a tit-for-tat game the sides traded tries over the first two quarters before Biggar began to open up a gap in the third to eventually run out winners by 33-17.

 

Boswells points came from tries credited to Lawlor, Paxton and Hogg with Chisholm (brother of former DO Iain) adding a conversion.

Biggar’s points came from newcomer Franko Carossi, Ross Jackson (2), Douglas Notman and Ali Steele. Euan Bogle kicked 2 conversions, with Davy Reive and Steele both notching one a-piece.

 

Holidays, weddings and work will continue to effect selection over the next few weeks but the side should be able to welcome back their Glasgow reps and others who have yet to be in a position to commit to training.

 

On this note very many congratulations to all those who were involved in representative rubgy on Sunday on the final day of the Fosroc academy programme played at Murrayfield.

 

Guy Kelly, Matthew and Lewis Stewart and Luhann Kutze were all in action for the U20’s with Andrew Nimmo, now registered with Hawks another named, while Jonnie Smith, Sam Taylor and Ben Nicol were all in the U16 squad.

 

In the Girls U18 VII’s were Sarah Denholm and Feebi Robinson (Thistles) and Emma Orr (Saltires). The Saltires won with Orr notching two scores.

 

 

In a big step forward the Biggar and Lanark are to join forces this season to provide a side which will compete in the East Development league.

 

A shortage of players at Lanark which led to their enforced withdrawl from last years West league and insufficient numbers at Biggar for a 3rd XV meant that a significant number of players were getting only irregular matches.

 

The ground-breaking arrangement will run on a season by season basis with games played at either Biggar or Lanark with the potential for Friday evening floodlit games should the opportunity arise.

 

Both Presidents, Iain Hughes from Lanark and John Bogle from Biggar, are enthusiastic about and whole-heartedly support the venture as players from both clubs are going to benefit from the added game time.

 

A new strip which incorporates colours from both clubs has been created for the team which will play under the name of Biggar Eagles. There will be a Barbarian type look with players wearing their own club shorts and socks. Opponents will include Duns, Dalkeith, Linlithgow, Watsonians and Livingston.

 

Players will train at Biggar with Lanark’s David Masters joining the coaching team.

 

 

This weekend

This coming weekend will see further Senior club action at Hartree Mill when Penrith are the visitors. This will be the 4th year the sides have met in what have been competitive pre-season fixtures. In past seasons the game has been the first for the English side but this time round this will be their second outing this season and so the sides should be at the same stage in terms of preparation.

 

With Biggar facing Cup opponents Musselburgh on the 26th before the League starts on 2nd September, coaches Mercer, Wilson and Fleming will look to field their ‘top’ XV. There were several players who stepped up the mark on Saturday and selection will be a tough ask for the coaches and for the players! Exciting times ahead!

 

The 2nds will also play against Penrith so a top afternoon of rugby is in prospect.

 

 

Junior rugby – Sunday

U12 and U13 v Livingston – home

U15 and U16 v Livingston - away


U15 Bully past Bulls

Biggar U15’s bully past Bulls

   The Lanarkshire derby of Hamilton and Biggar is one that is always hotly contested; no matter the age group, no matter the competition. Like all others, this weekend’s 15s game versus the Bulls did not fail to disappoint. Rueing a previously missed opportunity to beat their counterpart’s earlier in the season, the young lads refused to be pipped at the post twice and produced an enormous effort to take the win and halt the Hamilton’s league winning celebrations.

    The game started frantically and with some serious physicality occurring all over the pitch. Early hits came from Will and James gave Hamilton an indication of what they were in for, but unfortunately it was the opposition who got the first points after a minor defensive error allowing their centre to score. Quickly after, the boys in green and blue got another under similar circumstances. Not the greatest start but certainly not unreachable. 0-14.

   Having gotten over their early lapse, the young rams finally got into the swing of things, using their strong pack to gain yards and their backs to outstrip the Hamilton wings. The first try came from an increasingly characteristic maul on the Bulls twenty two. Having gained about ten yards it was brought down but momentum was not lost as Will and Jack carried strongly. Quick recycling and fast reactions from Callum McCallum resulted in big Jack bullying his way over the try line for Biggar’s first try. Back in the game. Conversion made. 7-14

   Half time: Biggar – 7 Hamilton – 14

    The second half begun like the end of the first, with Biggar on top. Straight from the kick off the ball found its way into the hands of the lightning quick Callum Smith. As ever, he backed his abilities and set off, running around the slow Hamilton pack and fending off the wing to run over the try line for an early Biggar try. Conversion excellently made again. 14-14

   Biggar were now truly in control and it was beginning to take its toll on the young Bulls. More and more carries from the likes of Hayden and Andrew were reaping good yards and another try was inevitable. It came in the form of some very intelligent play from the Biggar boys. Our prop Jack picked the ball off the back of a ruck on halfway and fighting all his front row instincts, beautifully drew the man and popped the ball to Aaron in space who was eventually hauled down 15 out. A penalty was won however, and the ball was kicked to touch. Promptly the ball was won and tucked under the jumper in a maul which proved unstoppable, collapsing over the line the ball was raised by our hooker, try by Cameron and the lead to Biggar. Callum McCallum miraculously nailed the kick from the touch line to put us 21-14 ahead with ten to go. Squeaky bum time Indeed.

   Hamilton came right back at us however and after some long pressure under our line they scored but missed the conversion. 21-19 with five to go, even squeakier.

   More and more pressure ensued, but Biggar would not allow themselves to be robbed and defended valiantly, holding the ball up over the line. A few scrums later the impossible happened and Hamilton were awarded a questionable penalty in the last play, posts were opted for and the game was in the balance. An anxious minute followed with the pitch being silent. The Hamilton lad strode up and struck it well; the ball sailed and spun and swerved but would not come, drifting past the right upright. The whistle was blown and celebrations spread. The boys had done it.

   Full time: Biggar-21 Hamilton-19

   Credit to the Hamilton boys who gave us our most competitive game of the season. However, the ever present improvement of this young bunch of rugby players continues to march on. Skill and speed, pace and power, brains and brawn, nothing seems to be lacking at the moment. Maturity is beginning to flow through this team and a few leaders are really stepping up and taking responsibility. Every boy played his part and gave his all to put us in a position to win it at the end and its just that sweeter against a big rival of the club. Whilst it looks like Hamilton may still win the league with a win against Dumfries next week, we know we can compete with and beat them, no matter the league standings. Whitecraigs await us next week, another tough game, but we’ll be ready for it. 


THE BIGGAR PICTURE - October November Edition

Welcome back. Lucky for you, the October and November edition are being mashed together… pumpkin spicing it up a little bit.

 

Girls

October started with the U15 and U18 girls making an 8 hour journey up to Caithness to play one of their conference games. Both teams won and it was great team building for all the gals… even got to stay in some interesting wee hostel rooms! After this, there were two conference games left – first up Hillhead Jordanhill. Yet again, it was another game and another win at both age groups. The final game of the conference was against Stirling County – who were also unbeaten. U15’s pulled through and won U15 conference title. Unfortunately, U18’s were pipped at the post and lost 19-17. Man of the match for U15’s was Abi Bandtock – congrats and well deserved! U18’s man of the match was Abbie Baillie – but it certainly wasn’t for her passing.

 

Midis/Colts

Biggar are currently sitting at 3rd place in the whole club conference table and the colts are at the top of the U18 table with 8 wins and 1 draw. Their last game was against GHA, which ended up becoming a development game due to GHA injuries.

S1 and U15 grabbed a win at the weekend with S2 and U16 unfortunately missing out. This weekend they play Falkirk – support would be appreciated.

 

Minis

A lot of delivery has been happening in primary schools across Biggar, Lanark and Carluke. The primary schools have had 4 or 5 week blocks teaching the basic skills and playing fun games... However they are all desperate for contact! Perfect opportunity to bring them along to the Come and Try Day which is happening on Sunday 4th December down at Biggar Rugby Club! While you're here you can also check out the new pitches! 

 

Refereeing

The club are always looking for more volunteers to start refereeing. Level 1 refereeing courses are regularly available and the club can also help with some of the cost. If Cameron Forrest can do it then anyone can.

 

Pitch Opening

It's been a long wait but the pitch opening is due to take place this Friday night. This is where the 3 new pitches will be officially opened and played on for the first time – rather exciting! Come along as there will also be stalls you can buy some stocking fillers from as well as some great rugby to be watched! 

 

Hope you enjoyed this edition of the Biggar Picture. Happy Holidays!


THE BIGGAR PICTURE - September Edition

 

 

… pation. Longer than expected, I know.

 

A September issue starting off the rugby year isn’t so bad..?

 

The mini section dove straight into the deep end with their very own tournament being held at the start of the season. All went well, and it was a good day to be had for all. A big thanks goes out to Laura Watson for having the patience to organise the whole event and making it run nice and smoothly. ONE CLUB ONE FAMILY.

 

With the season settling in, the midi’s and colt’s drop – kicked off their green conference battle, which includes playing sides such as Dunfermline, GHA, Dumfries, Falkirk, Hamilton and Whitecraigs. It’s been a hard start for U16’s due to playing numbers… so if you’re a 15 year old boy reading this for some reason or other, you clearly have nothing else to do. Get yourself down to Hartree Mill on Wednesday nights at 7pm and live life to the max – come and join the fam. The colts have had a pretty decent start, with wins all round apart from a draw with Hamilton… awkies. One way to improve would be to actually watch your games when Sarah doesn’t lose the footage and I actually upload them lol soz.

 

On a plus note, 8 of the colts are part of the U18 Glasgow Academy. This includes training sessions every week and games against the other regions. The boys included are Guy Kelly, Rory McGinn, Luhann Kotze, Matthew and Lewis Stewart, Andrew Jardine and Andrew Nimmo (who defs bribed his way in with a few cows). There are also 3 boys in the Glasgow U18’s development squad – Stuart Forrest, Rowan Stewart and Jordan Gray. This is a pathway to Scotland and definitely shows that Biggar Rugby club are doing something right.

 

Going back to conferences, U15 and U18 Girls played their first President’s Conference game against Murrayfield Wanderers. The Presidents conference is making its debut this year with 6 teams from across Scotland taking part. Both teams won with U15’s winning very convincingly and U18’s winning but realising they should’ve done pre season. It was injuries galore with concussion going round like the plague, but luckily Abbie Baillie will be back playing soon after suffering with concussion since March. However we are playing rather well and you’re putting Sarah out of a position so we don’t need you anymore. Let the games go on the way they started.

 

So there you go, another monthly update for you. Hope you enjoyed.

 

Rhiannon (and Sarah)


Biggar Colts suffer crucial defeat

Musselburgh Colts 42pts  v Biggar Colts 36pts

Edinburgh and District Under 18 League


Biggar Colts suffered their 1st defeat of the season but it was a crucial defeat as it impacts on them being able to go through to the National Cup , losing out to Musselburgh who will likely take that spot and the Edinburgh League title.
These two teams are arguably the best in the league and with so many cancelled games there will be not much chance to regain the top spot.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure as both teams put in a almighty display with the game in the balance up to the final whistle.

It was evident early on in the game that although Biggar were going to dominate up front , the Musselburgh backs were if given ball going to have the ability to cause significant damage and this they did.
It took 15 minutes before the 1st score of the game. Musselburgh spilled ball which was quickly seized on by Peter Steele who then offloaded to Mark Harrison to go in the corner for an unconverted try.
Biggar then had to go into defence which they have not been used to over the last few weeks and it was the big Musselburgh centre who broke through the defence to then go over inbetween the posts. This centre along with others was going to cause problems all afternoon.
But Biggar knew to keep it amongst the forward and use the strong runners in Mark Ewart, Ross Jackson and Andrew Orr. This they did to good effect and were rewarded with a try to Mark Ewart who continues to improve and impress stormed over for a converted try put over by Gregor Stewart. 
Shortly following this Musselburgh took their turn and their centre again broke through by palming his opposite number off and he duly stormed over from half way.
Again Mark Ewart responded in his usual way with a converted try by Gregor Stewart.
This game was now at a high intensity and both teams were taking and putting in some big hits to neutralise each other.
Musselburgh were awarded a penalty which was kicked to go into the lead. But in this see-saw game it was Biggar's turn and it was seized by Scott Thomson who was at then end of a period of play where the Biggar backs showed good hands to put Scott in the corner.
That try gave the Biggar backs some confidence and just outside their own 22 , James Barr put in a well placed kick from the left over to the right and with a bounce , Mark Harrison took the ball cleanly and sprinted 50 yards to score.
Biggar now had the upper hand and went in at half time in the lead.
Half time Biggar in the lead with 36 points to Musselburgh 17 points

There could be no doubt that Musselburgh knew they could get back into the game   if their well drilled backs could get ball and at the same time their forwards could try  to lift their game.
This they did and straight from kick off they came back in with another strong run by their backs putting the winger in. Musselburgh forwards were now more organised and were working in pairs to stop the Biggar big forwards who were trying to punch holes.
Biggar backs were finding it difficult against a back line who had pace and skill with excellent angled runs that was causing problems with the Biggar defence which in all the positions was not getting up on their opposite man quickly enough to stop them.
Also the forwards were struggling in areas such as lineouts.
A further try was taken by the Musselburgh winger and Biggar were now in defensive problems as shown when the again went over.  Nobody can  be signalled out as this team play as a team and take any problems as a team. 
Musselburgh were now just a point behind and with two minutes to go , put over a penalty to take the lead.
Biggar pressurised to get back in but were getting held well and in fact Musselburgh  seized an opportunity for their winger to go over and win the game.
It was a disappointment as so much work went in but credit has to also go to Musselburgh who had an excellent back line with pace and skill.
“Yes it was a defeat but its just another word for experience”
Nobody can doubt that as the last few years we have a special bunch of boys who would be a credit to any club

Full time – Musselburgh 42 points to Biggar 36 points


Biggar Ladies

Biggar RFC have a thriving Ladies section with a development Ladies team who train on a Monday evening, as well as teams at U18 and U15 age groups who train on a Wednesday night.

All of our squads are welcoming to new players, regardless of their experience, and are looking to expand their player numbers so come along and give it a go!

If you are interested in training with and playing for any of these teams, please contact Tammy Mitchell via the website contact page. 


Senior Player Facebook Group

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Colts 15   Murrayfield Wanderers 10

Biggar Colts 15  Murrayfield Wanderers 10pts

Edinburgh Under 18 League

Biggar took to the field again only having 18 in the squad but managed to come away with a hard fought victory over Wanderers , winning 15points to 10 points.
Recent injuries had forced Coach Barr to do some shifting about the team. As in recent weeks certain players have had to play out of position but every player responded to the task and credit must be to them.
On a great day for flowing rugby, Biggar took to the field hoping to put early pressure on Wanderers but it was in fact Wanderers who took the initiative and continually managed to set up many phases of hitting up through the middle and always offloading in the tackle which forced Biggar on to the back foot as tackles were not going in low. Biggar did respond with some strong hits going in and James Barr was showing his opposite centre that he was in a game with a couple of good hits. 
When Biggar did get the ball out Aird Jardine as in previous weeks made some clean breaks but did not have the back up required which was costly.

Biggar got a free kick ,  and from a quick tap and go, the ball was fed to Craig Stewart who hit up and from this Ryan Anderson powered over for s fine try converted by Jack Warnock.
Biggar then went back to defence with Wanderers doing a series of terrific runs and offload up through the middle of the pitch. Ryan Anderson had to go off with a head knock and this did not help Biggar in defence.
Wanderers pressure eventually paid off and they powered over for a try which was not converted.
Shortly before half time a drop pass by Biggar saw the ball kicked ahead for as try to be scored which was not converted

Half time Biggar 7 to Wanderers  10.

From the start of the half it was again Wanderers who took the initiative and were constantly threatening the line but for 5 minutes, Biggar held them well and the turned over ball to release pressure and put the ball back down into the Wanderers half.
Reiss Cullen was dominating turning over ball, some great runs and constantly thwarted Wanderers scrum half in putting ball out the back line. Andrew Orr was taking a fair share of the ball and making good years ably backed up by Alistair Sinclair. From this spirits and confidence were lifting and a penalty was awarded to Biggar which Jack Warnock converted to tie the scores.
Biggar were now back in the game and late on Grant Hamilton picked up a loose ball land ran 60 metres to score which was not converted.
The final whistle could not have come at a better time as this was a hard fought victory which created further injury worries.
The game had not flowed as in previous weeks but confusion reigned during many parts of the game as rule interpretation was questionable which unsettled the team.     

Next week at home Biggar face a Livingston side who have recently had some big wins and have a large squad.    


Development Resources

DRILLS

 

Coaching Tag and Mini Rugby (booklet)

Coaching Youth Rugby (booklet)

Rugby Games, Skills & Drills

Dynamic Warm Up

 

GYM PROGRAMME

 

Gym Programme - Generic


Biggar RFC - Development Overview

Biggar RFC is a thriving club which caters for players from Primary 1 through to senior. We currently boast teams at P1/2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, S1, S2, U15, U16 and U18 as well as a girls U15’s team, 2 senior teams and a social / over 35’s team.

 

I am Andrew Barnett, Club and Community Development Officer for Biggar Rugby Football Club. Since the 2008/09 season the club has employed a full time development officer to help maintain the status of the Clydesdale region’s premier sports club.

 

The development programme can be loosely split into two key areas: club programme and community programme.

 


Club Programme:

 

The club aspect of development officer role essentially revolves around the following question:

In the time between a youngster joining the club to when they graduate through to senior rugby - how can we help them achieve their own absolute potential as rugby players, as teammates and as club members?

 

Biggar Rugby Club boasts 14 competitive teams from Primary 3 through to 1st XV as well as non-competitive weekly sessions for P1’s and 2’s. With teams at every age group from P3 through to U18, we currently have approximately 45 volunteer coaches across all youth age groups. I work very closely with these coaches, trying to ensure every child gets the best rugby experience possible through educating coaches in the latest coaching techniques and tactical and technical knowledge.

 

The safety of participants is always at the absolute forefront of our minds. Therefore, every coach is required to go through an annual ‘Are You Ready to Play Rugby?’ course. This is a yearly update which leads our volunteers through the latest safe coaching ideas and techniques.

 

 

Community Programme:

 

The community programme primarily revolves around the schools programme. I run rugby taster sessions in both Biggar and Lanark cluster primary schools as well as curricular and extra-curricular activities in Biggar High School and Lanark Grammar School. If you have a child who goes to a Biggar or Lanark cluster primary school it’s highly likely I will have delivered rugby sessions to them and their classmates.

 

Biggar RFC are also proud members of the Biggar Community Sports Hub, and work with other sporting teams in the area to give youngsters the maximum sporting opportunities possible.

 

 

For questions regarding rugby development in your area or any other enquiries regarding the club in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact details below.

 

 

Yours in Rugby,

 

 

Andrew Barnett | Club and Community Development Officer | Biggar Rugby Football Club | Hartree Mill | Biggar | ML12 6JJ

Mob: 07834600337 | Email: development.officer@biggarrfc.org.uk |
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BiggarRFC |


Biggar Colts

Our Colts team is made up of our 16-18 age players and competes in the Edinburgh District U-18 League, competing at the highest level and providing stiff competition for any team in Scotland,. The team train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is coached by Yogi, Muz and Gavin, who have been working hard with this ever changing group for a number of years and have coached many of our current 1st and 2nd XV players.

If you would like to know more about our colts team please conatact Colts Convener David (Muz) Murray on 07786158710


SUMMER CAMP 2012

Bookings are still being taken for the Biggar Rugby Club Summer Camp 2012!!!!

Monday 30th - Tuesday 31st July (Primary School ages)                                 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd August (Secondary School ages)                       10am - 4pm

Camps are charged at £10 per child per day and participants should bring their lunches / wet weather gear and a change of clothes with them.

To book on email Calum on development.officer@biggarrfc.org.uk with participants name, age, which days they wish to come, emergency contact details and any heath issues we should know about or phone 07720677977.


Biggar seniors v Bracknell

Straight after the U-15 game a Senior Biggar XV, made up of players from the 1sts to the Colts took on touring side Bracknell. The tourists were less fresh than the U-15’s from Orrell had been and had also lost their first game, this to Leith Accies.
Biggar opened strongly and scored first. They never relinquished the lead and ended up 22-10 victors. A grand run about on a Sunday afternoon and for several of the Biggar lads some much-needed practice for the forthcoming Over-35’s tournaments at Perth (12th May) and St Andrews (19th May)! Any other interested parties should speak to GY asap to confirm their attendance.


Biggar Minis at Heriots

Mini News
This weekend Biggar Minis took 4 teams (P4 - P7) to the Heriot’s Tournament in Edinburgh. The day was glorious and the wet and cold of the winter season was forgotten and sun cream and plenty of liquids was the order of the day.
The P4s started with a game against Madrascals. Biggar supported well in the tackle and recycled the ball fantastically well however they found it hard to get round or through the opposition and ended up going down 8 - 2. The P4s second game was against the tournament hosts Heriot’s, and again Biggars continuity was impressive, this time the tackling was also up to scratch and the game was a joy to watch as several players had good runs and tackles. With tries coming from Murray (4), Fraser, Jonathan and Conner the game ended to soon at 8 - 8. In the final game Biggar came up against the giants from Musselburgh again and they found stopping the fast running bigger players very difficult eventually losing 8 - 2. The tournament allowed a lot of the squad to get more experience which will help them play better as a team later this year and next.
At P5 Biggar played a strong first game against Madrascals, who were a well-matched team. Biggar displayed good strong tackling and consistency throughout and broke for some really great tries. The boys seemed to have taken heed and managed to pop the ball free more often earning a well deserved 7 - 6 win.
In the second match Biggar were dominated by Heriot’s who were undeniably much faster, much more forward moving and much more together as a team. The Biggar boys moral went down quickly given their defeat against Heriot’s last week, and that combined with a back to back game in the heat, resulted in a 10 - loss.
The third game against Musselburgh also proved to be very difficult, once again the opposition were faster but the Biggar boys worked better as a team and were capable of running in a few tries. If the Biggar boys had not hung back so much they may have been able to win this one but in the end lost 9 -4. Over the day Jack, Hector, Euan, Cameron, Gregor and Harry all contributed tries.

The P6s first game was a very competitive match against Madrascals with the best team play seen from this Biggar P6 team this year. The game eventually finishing 3-2 to Madrascals. In the second game Biggar came up against a very focused home team losing 6 - 0. In the final game against Musselburgh a lot of the team work and support which has been practised in training came through with Douglas and Drew scoring tries and eventually winning 4 - 2.


Biggar Minis have a tough day at Edinburgh Accies

Mini news
Biggar RFC took 5 age group teams to their first Edinburgh Tournament of the year at Edinburgh Academicals ranging from P3s to P7s.
The P4s started with a wake up call from a strong home team Biggar despite having many good runs were always halted just before the try line the home team getting the ball wider quicker and running in 11 tries to Biggar's 2. In the second game Biggar tackled well and kept the game with Heriots close losing 6 - 4. In the last game Biggar led Currie most of the match running in trys from 3 different players but ended losing 7 - 5.
The Biggar P6s came up against 3 strong teams and had some good attacks but never got onto the front foot losing to North Berwick 11 - 0, Heriots 4 - 1 and to Currie by 8 - 0.
The Biggar P7s started against Heriots with some good running but losing 6 - 1, Biggar upped their game in the second match tackling and linking up well keeping the game close but losing 5 - 2 to Stewart Melville. In the final match against Watsonians Biggar were 7 - 0 down at half time but through strong tackling held the score to 8 - 0 at the end.
All the Biggar teams and players played in the true spirit of rugby and enjoyed their day in Edinburgh and the experience will help bring the teams together.


Coaching

Coaching/ RDO page

 

 


About Biggar RFC

Biggar Rugby Football Club was formed in 1975 by five local men who played their rugby for clubs in other towns in the central belt or the borders of Scotland. They were of the view that the town of Biggar could easily support a rugby club.

 

For five years the club played its rugby at the show field which is owned by the local farmers’ club, and it used The Elphinstone Hotel as its base. Today, the club owns 20 acres of land half a mile outside the town at Hartree Mill. There were initially two pitches there, and third was constructed in 2002 but wasn’t really usable due to drainage problems. In 2015 we embarked upon a 2 year programme to remodel our grounds and since Nov 2016 have 5 full size pitches and numerous of pitch training areas in use, not only by Biggar RFC but also the local football and athletics cubs. Of our 5 pitches 4 of them alit with training lights allowing use of the facility all year round.

 

Our clubhouse was opened in 1989, serving the club well with social, catering and changing facilities. However, as the number of members grew, particularly children, our changing and showering facilities became unsuitable and inadequate. In 2012 an extension to the clubhouse coupled with a refurbishment programme delivered major improvements to our facilities. The original changing rooms and communal showers were altered to form an ensuite officials’ room along with two ensuite team changing rooms. A major extension to the building provides a further four new ensuite team changing rooms. Now our six ensuite team changing rooms provide a suitable and safe environment for girls, boys and adults alike.

 

Biggar Rugby Football Club is in every sense a community club. Over the relatively short number of years it has existed it has integrated well into the life and fabric of the town of Biggar and the surrounding area. Reflecting this, members and players are drawn not only from Biggar itself but also from the towns and villages that make up the large rural area of Clydesdale and beyond. Throughout its catchment area, the club receives great support and sponsorship from residents and many elements of the business and farming communities.

 

The club has three adult teams, Girls’ teams at U12, U15 and U18, boys teams representing all secondary age children up to and including our colts and mixed primary school teams from P3 to P7. With our adult players and over 250 school age playing members, the club regularly has 10 to 12 matches to play each weekend at various clubs and locations throughout Scotland. This is made possible due to the dedication and efforts of a large number of coaches, parents, volunteers and helpers, without whom the club could not function as it does today.

 

The club employs a full time Development Officer who splits his time between promoting and improving rugby both within the club and the local community. Most of his community work involves delivering rugby based activities for school children. Each year he delivers sessions to over 1,000 primary school children in the Biggar and Lanark clusters and is now beginning to work with high school children.

 

Biggar Rugby Football Club benefits from a relaxed and welcoming environment. Adult and Colts train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and usually play on Saturdays. Secondary school children and girls train on Wednesday evenings and usually play on Sundays. Primary school girls and boys all train and play on Sundays. We have ladies training alongside the athletics club on a Monday evening and accommodate the football club on Tuesdays and Thursdays and they also play on Saturdays.

 

In addition we run a development academy and those that join and commit to developing their skills and fitness do additional sessions at the club both early morning and straight after school under the supervision of our Rugby Academy Manager

 

The club provides the use of its facilities from time to time for representatives from various other sports and leisure groups within the community, ranging from local schools, brownies and scouts to sports clubs such as athletics and cricket.

 

Whether you or your family wish to join our vibrant club, to play or to watch rugby at any age group or if you wish to use our facilities for some other sport or event, come along and talk to us.

 

You will always get a very warm welcome at Hartree Mill, Biggar.


 

 


Biggar RFC First XV

Here is a page for the1st XV to use.


Biggar RFC Second XV

This season 2014/15, Biggar 2nd XV will compete in the Edinburgh RESERVE LEAGUE 1. A good blend of experience and youth allows us to compete well with teams who have far greater resources.

The team is manged by John Bogle and Malcolm Bruce and if you would like to play or assist with the team please contact our Playing Convenor, Ian Notman 07899803916


Biggar RFC Third XV

Biggar would love to return to the days when a 3rd XV made regular appearances throughout the season. Recent seasons however have seen the 3rds or sometimes an Over-35's side limited to just a handful of occasions. Hopes are high however that we might manage something better this season. If you would like to play a game of social rugby then please contact Gordon Young on 07774678617

 


League

League tables are maintained on the SRU website,
click on the appropriate link to view the table.


Contact List

President & Trustee

John Bogle

07920 866362

jhbogle@yahoo.co.uk

Vice-President & Trustee

 James Orr 

jamesorrandpartners@tiscali.co.uk

Vice president 

  Doug Ward

Secretary

David Adams

adamsdavid@btinternet.com

Treasurer

 Nigel Pacey

07714 713504 treasurer@biggarrfc.org.uk

Sponsorship & Membership Secretary

 Gordon Young

07774 678617

gy1680@aol.com

 

Senior Playing Convenor

Ian Notman

07899803916  notman110@btinternet.com

Colts Convener

Graeme Watson

07887401225  graemew42@gmail.com

Midi Convener

Paula Yardley

07830022447

Paulayardley@btinternet.com

Girls & Ladies Convenor

Tammy Mitchell 

07709 525458

dtdkn.5@btconnect.com

Mini Convener

Laura Watson

07719  929379 

laurawatson3007@googlemail.com

Fixture Secretary

John Jackson

07814157606 john@cockrig.fsnet.co.uk

Pitch Convenor

Hugh Barr

07984 611893

Social Convenor

Pat Mavor

 

Development Programme Manager

Patrick McGinn

07526 187648

omcginn2126@gmail.com

Development Officer

Andy Barnett

07834 600337

development.officer@biggarrfc.org.uk

 

Trustees

Al Stewart

stewartswestpark@btinternet.com

Denis Lavery

denis@winchhire.com

Keith Fulton

keithfulton55@gmail.com

Peter McDonald

p-mcdonald@supanet.com


Membership

Biggar RFC operates and Open to All policy and welcomes new members from all sectors of the community

 

We accept members from 5 years upwards who can join our Mini section to those that have retired and want to assist and retain their links with our active club.

 

Our membership year runs from May to April and if you would like to find out more about the playing arrangements at the club or become a member please contact either Gordon Young on 07774678617  or via email at gy1680@aol.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.

 

If you would like to know a little more about our rugby programmes for Primary or Secondary school children please refer to our Mini and Midi pages under the "Teams" section or contact either Laura Watson for information about Primary School age children and Paula Yardley on 07830022447 for Secondary School aged children

Membership rates and packages are as follows:

 


Sponsors

Biggar Rugby Club is very grateful for the support it receives from all of its sponsors.

Sponsorship opportunities exist in the form of match and ball sponsorship as well as pitch side advertising banners and programme adverts

If you are interested in either sponsoring the club or promoting your company or business venture through Biggar Rugby Club, please do not hesitate to contact  Gordon Young on 07774678617  or by email at gy1680@aol.com

To download a copy of our 2017 Brochure and find out more about Biggar RFC click on the link below


Squad

Squad


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