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Colts Dispose of Marr by the Seaside

Marr College 14 pts v Biggar Colts 64

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Saturday 25th March 2017

 

Biggar Colts travelled on a glorious day to Troon to take on Marr College, beating them 64 points to 14 points on the schools new 3G pitch which allowed the boys to demonstrate their excellent ball handling and running skills.

 

Each player did their part and this is a feature of the Colts in that there are no stars, just a groups of boys wanting to play for each other and not let their team mates down. They just want to do their job as well as possible.

 

Biggar from the start were always faster and quicker with ball in hand and early on the ball went along the backs for Alex Toal to take the last pass and run to the line for the 1st score.

 

However Marr were determined to give Biggar a stern test and at times they did with their forwards showing some good driving work. Their 1st try was a result of this and they powered over and went in the lead with a conversion.

 

Biggar realised it was not a day out at the seaside and decided to lift the game. A penalty was awarded and Lewis Stewart caught Marr off guard with a quick tap and go, finding a gap to go over for an excellent try which was converted by Euan Bogle.

 

With the forwards winning good ball, often then making great breaks especially lead by Jordan Gray and Lewis Stewart , the backs were then able to attack continually and at speed which was a feature of the game. Angus Kerr at scrum half was putting quick ball out and it was put to a position where Rory McGinn was able to attack at speed and so continually offering opportunities for the backs to break the gain line. This was well shown when Rory took the it at pace, made a break and timed a pass to Rowan Stewart who went over for a score converted by Robbie Orr .

 

Last try before half time was left to Matthew Stewart who showed some strong running to go over for an unconverted try.

Half Time : Marr 7pts to Biggar 24pts.

 

With scrums and lineouts working well, Biggar knew they just needed to stick to their game plan and structure.

Again good ball was moved quickly along the backs with Marcus Dobie coming into the line at speed and making the last pass to his brother Aaron to go over in the corner. Robbie Orr put an excellent conversion over from wide out.

Marr were certainly now on the back foot and Angus Kerr who was thriving at scrum half broke and then put a nice pass out to Rory McGinn to go over for a score converted by Rowan Stewart.

 

Many would have expected the game to lose its fast pace and structure with Biggar making continual changes but at no time did it look like this. Some of the Under 16 squad came on the park and merged in well with the older boys.

Finlay Barr went scrum half and the ball continued to be put out well and this allowed Aaron Dobie went over for another score converted by Rowan Stewart.

 

However Biggar lost a bit of focus and structure in their own line and loose ball presented Marr with a score.

 

With them been giving a wake up call they got back into gear and went on the attack and it was Angus Kerr who found a gap from 10 yards out to go over for a well deserved try which was converted by Euan Bogle.

 

With the forwards laying the foundations and ball going out the backs well Matthew Stewart who had a strong performance scored and then Aaron Dobie for his third try which was converted by Euan Bogle.

Marr never gave up and a did test Biggar in certain areas especially up front.

Biggar were too strong for them and showed high skill levels which can only build their confidence as the Edinburgh Final gets closer.

There will be a large squad to choose from and every player on Saturday put his case forward. What is great to see is the ability of the players especially the backs to fit in any position when required and do it with confidence.

Full Time : Marr 14 pts v Biggar Colts 64pts.

 

Edinburgh Regional Final

8th April

Away to Boroughmuir

Kick Off 2pm

 

 


 


Biggar Colts Dominate Against Livingston In Cup Semi Final

The Colts put in a very impressive display on Saturday to now progress to the Edinburgh Final on April 8th after defeating Livingston in the semi final by 52 points to 0 points scoring 8 tries and 6 conversions unanswered at Hartreemill.

 

The final is the goal of the coaches and boys after a great season. Yes they lost out in the National Cup to Stirling in an epic encounter but ;

“What's done is done. What's gone is gone. One of life's lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.”

 

The boys certainly did on Saturday and from the start put in a very clinical display against a stern Livingston.

However Livingston could not cope with the structure and quick play that Biggar took to them from the start.

 

With the forwards laying the foundations the ball was quickly put out to the backs and with set pieces working the ball went wide out to Marcus Dobie to go over. This was then followed up with the same play but to the opposite side where Euan Bogle took the final pass to score.

 

There was times though when errors were unnecessarily coming into Biggar game often due to offloading at the wrong times and not rucking strongly enough which caused Livingston to often counter ruck,

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Biggar quickly learned form their errors and sorted it to then build good play again to allow Matthew Stewart to power over for a converted try by Euan Bogle.

Biggar half backs of Luhann Kotze and Robbie Orr were in total control and it was Robbie who took the next score from starting the move and was then on hand to receive the final pass to go over for another converted try by Euan.

Rory McGinn was causing problems in the middle of the park for Livingston where they struggled to deals with his quick hands and breaks.

Euan Bogle was well assured at full back and this gives a confidence for the whole team in knowing that the defence is solid throughout the park when teams attack both with ball in hand and kicking for space.

Lewis Stewart barged over for the next and this was deserved score form a player who was immense all round the pitch on the day in defence , attack and the way he lead the forwards. Euan converted

Half Time : Biggar 31pts to Livingston 0pts.

 

Biggar wanted to put this match beyond reach of Livingston early on but they failed to do so and their opponents came out with tremendous momentum and Biggar for some 10 minutes were mainly in defence. However after they put the fire out it was not long before ever present Lewis Stewart was on hand to go over for his 2nd try converted by Euan.

Both Calum Dunlop and Charles Connolly were also causing problems for Livingston with good running with ball in hand.

Biggar then rung the changes putting on the rest of the squad with many of them coming from the under 16's. With those changes it was great to see at times little if any reduction in structure as all the boys train well together and are well aware of the plays and moves.

 

With quick ball put out along the line , Aaron Dobie took the ball in his own half and managed to evade the tacklers to go over for a try converted again by Euan Bogle.

 

The last try of the day was definitely a just reward for an outstanding player in Luhann Kotze who was excellent throughout the day and Livingston just could not cope with him throughout the match due to his quick awareness and strong running at speed. Conversion was put over by Robbie Orr.

 

Full Time : Biggar Colts 52pts v Livingston Colts 0pts.

 

Yes areas could be improved on but the coaches were satisfied from this performance and will be working on any areas that still need improved.

 

A great squad effort and these boys continue to work so well week in week out knowing they have to work to improve.

 

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if your willing to work.

 

The Edinburgh Cup Final is not scheduled until 8th April 2017. Details to follow

 

 

 

 


 


Girls succeses in Club Cup Quarter-finals

Girls Club Cup Quarter final. Many thanks to Bill Denholm for this report.

Biggar 65 Annan 5

First up on the pitch were the U18’s who hosted Annan under the lights on Friday evening.

This quarter final tie was the first match in this competition for the Biggar U18’s as they had received a bye in the first round.

Annan were unable to play on Sunday, so the tie was brought forward to Friday evening, being played under floodlight at Hartree Mill.

Biggar had a squad of 19 with several players returning from injury although Annan were only able to field 14, which meant Biggar had a full bench.

The conditions favoured an open flowing game and it was Biggar that dominated for most of the first half, with good work from the forwards allowing quick ball to the backs resulting in Biggar opening up a commanding lead after 20 minutes.

The Annan girls competed well in the forwards but a serious of unforced errors in the back play through good pressure allowed the Biggar girls to dominate with power through the centre and speed out wide.

A good example was the constant harassment caused by Biggar scrum half Rebecca Clarke resulting in turnovers that were capitalised upon by Biggar. The Annan restart kicking was being varied to great effect and caused Biggar difficulty throughout the game, this is an area, no doubt, that the coaches will be working upon in training.

Biggar introduced players from the bench leading up to half time and this disrupted the pattern of play allowing Annan to have some continued possession. This almost resulted in a breakaway try which after regaining possession was scored to give a half time score of 48 -5.

The second half started with the Biggar girls showing, perhaps, too much enthusiasm resulting in several penalties for offside. However, composure was regained and following several more scores the competitive game was completed with some 20 minutes remaining.

Final score 65 – 5.

Tries by Abbie Baillie (2), Feebi Robinson(2), Rachael Hill (3), Ailie Tucker, Emily Armstrong, Kim Laird, and Rhiannon Yardley, with 5 conversions from Sarah Denholm.

The remainder of the time was used as a development period mixing the players from both sides but with the temperature dropping rapidly referee David Raftery brought it to a conclusion after 20 minutes. Player of the match, as awarded by Annan, was Ailie Tucker.

This was a sound all round performance from the girls taking them through to the semi-final stages, their opponents at this stage are yet to be confirmed.

Many thanks as always to the officials and catering staff with special mention to Richard Robinson for filming the match which will allow the coaches to analyse the play. Thanks also to Jennifer Baillie and Douglas Bell for manning the kitchen all night, and to Megan and Erica Macleod for bringing tray loads of rugby cookies and cakes, which were much appreciated and commented upon.

 

U-15's v Ayr

The U15’s had a tough trip to Ayr on Mothers day. Kicking off at 10.30am and on the day when the clocks went forward was no-ones idea of fun but alternative dates/times had proved too difficult to schedule. Biggar returned victors and now await the semifinal draw.


1sts celebrate Ladies day with a win.

Biggar 38 Ardrossan 26

Biggar dispatched for ever the nightmares of a last minute defeat at the hands of Ardrossan back in November with this 5 try, bonus point win. The performance was patchy however with two spells when the visitors were allowed much too much freedom, the second of these seeing them mount what would have been an unlikely comeback.

An interception and potential try which could have resulted in a draw had the ball stuck to hand was dropped and in fact used in a counter attack, Donald Voas plunging over for the last minute score to seal the result. Before the match there was a mathematical chance that Ardrossan would avoid the drop but this result confirms their relegation to National 3 while it gives Biggar a shot at 6th place if they can overcome their final opponents, GHK, on Saturday.

With several players once again involved in the Young Farmers Talent spot finals, Biggar made several changes but as all of those who came into the side have played throughout the season there was little disruption to proceedings.

In perfect conditions and with an appreciative support from the Ladies Day – with dresses and fascinators to the fore the scenes were akin to Ascot – Biggar began well, taking play to their visitors and putting them immediately under pressure. Had fortune been with Biggar and had they made the most of the chances offered they would have opened the scoring much quicker and much more frequently than they did and yet the first score came after just 6 minutes. Hooker Andrew Orr gained the touchdown after the attacking position was set up by a mazy 40m run from centre Andrew Jardine. Brother Aird was unable to add the extras but this was a comfortable start by Biggar and augured well for the erst of the afternoon.

Or did it?

In fact ‘no’ as Ardrossan came back into things, a couple of errors meaning that they escaped further punishment and in fact gained in confidence. So much so that they scored a try of their own this coming after 20 minutes. Fullback Andrew Duncan ran the ball over the line and stand off Jack Anderson added the conversion to put the Ayrshire side ahead at 7-5.

Both sides then huffed and puffed without actually managing to convert pressure into points. There were some good individual contributions; Andrew Orr showed up well in the loose with his trademark leg drive taking tacklers with him, Gregor Stewart made a couple of good line breaks and almost the line on a couple of chances while Alisdair Sinclair also came close, the offloads on both these occasions not going to hand. Ardrossan fared little better, their handling also letting them down and which saw chances spurned although Biggar were particularly effective in stripping the ball from their opponents and gaining vital turnovers.

Amazingly in was not until the half hour was up that referee Michael Milner awarded the first penalty of the match! There were scrums a-plenty and lots of open play but no penalties – unprecedented!

Ardrossan came really close after they created breaks in Biggar’s central defence but these too were spurned Biggar managing to gain a grip on the match with tries on 35 and then 41 minutes. This last score was vital in that it meant Biggar went in at half time with a decent 12 point lead. The tries were credited to Davy Reive and Sinclair, both players getting in close to the posts to make Aird Jardine’s conversions an easier task.

David McArthur had come on before the break after Richard Peacock was forced off with a knee injury but it was Peacock who started the second half at fullback. Making good ground out of defence Stewart managed to free Craig McDonald early on to take play to half way and it was this play which saw Biggar take control via a host of phases which had Ardrossan deep on the defensive. With play switched from left to right it seemed inevitable that Biggar would add to their tally, breakaway forward Douglas Notman, who was effective throughout, the one to break the deadlock. Jardine added the conversion for 26-7, this also the try to claim the bonus point.

Soon after this Biggar added their 5th score a good piece of work coming after another Ardrossan attack floundered as they lost control of possession. Biggar took full advantage to counter attack and to eventually score a try through skipper Andrew Dunlop, the try converted by Jardine.

With an unassailable lead, Biggar coach Gary Mercer was now able to ring the changes. He made several swaps, with players moving around to accommodate the replacements. This meant that for most of the half there were only 3 or 4 players playing in the same positions was those in which they started. This inevitably had an effect on the play but the players themselves were quick to acknowledge that they were not as efficient as they should have been in coping with these switches.

Ardrossan came right back into the match with a couple of disciplined driving mauls. The first of these saw back row man Scott Campbell crash over while the second came as Biggar were put under pressure and as referee Milner began to blow on a more regular basis.

Dunlop was the culprit on one such Ardrossan charge, the big lock deemed to have bound on from an offside position to prevent the score. With just metres remaining Milner awarded a penalty try which Anderson duly converted to give the Ayrshire XV a slim glimpse of hope at 33-26.

One score separated the teams and as they defended so they almost got that elusive score which would have seen the match drawn. Happily, from a Biggar perspective at least the ball was not held fast and a turnover engineered. A handful of seconds later and Biggar had managed to turn this chance into points, Voas as previously intimated crashing over for the last try. Jardine was unable to add the conversion – final score 38-26.

Gregor Stewart for Biggar and Malin Marinkovic for Ardrossan were awarded their respective man-of-the-match awards.

Biggar

Richard Peacock, Alistair Sinclair, Gregor Stewart, Andrew Jardine, Craig McDonald, Aird Jardine, David Reive, Donald Voas, Andrew Orr, Dan O'Connell, Andrew Dunlop, Alan Warnock, Ross Jackson, Duncan Withers, Douglas Notman. Reps: Lewis McClinton, Andrew Peacock, James Barr, David McArthur.

 

Coaches Mercer and David Wilson were critical of their charges in not having run up a bigger tally of tries and it was evident from the players reaction that they too felt that they had been too lenient. Indeed it was hard to know which team had won and which was the quietest on the day.

GHK are next up, the Glasgow club another to have sneaked a win when Biggar had done much to dictate early tactics.

This match is on the same day as Biggar’s annual dinner. Tickets are £25 each. With the original Kilted Kiwi Sean Lineen as guest speaker, Gavin Hill as main Biggar speaker and with contributions from coach Gary Mercer and club Captain Alan Warnock it promises to be an entertaining evening. See GY asap.

 

Unfortunately there was no 2nd XV match again, this time as Biggar were unable to field a XV as the effects of the Talent Spot and work commitments deprived the side of several regulars.

There should be a 2nd XV match this Saturday against Heriots as the clubs try to complete their league programme but again work commitments – particularly lambing – will have an impact on the Biggar XV.


S2’s play cross Border opposition

Biggar S2's take on West and English side Chobham

 

Biggar S2s travelled to Milngavie to face West and English touring team Chobham for a round robin tournament on Sunday.

Game 1 saw Biggar line up against Chobham 1. The English age grade system presented us with an U14 age grade team, great to get a taster for what’s to come in Southport next month. Biggar received first possession and Ben took the ball up into what was the only piece of “over enthusiastic” play of the game when he was tackled correctly but then lifted and returned to the ground in an unsafe manner. From the resulting penalty Biggar tested the Chobham forwards only to be stopped and turned over by a very robust Chobham tight 5. This set the tone for the first half with the touring team getting the better of the forward encounter then taking advantage of Biggar’s narrow play by scoring through a mixture of good handling through the backs and finishing out wide.
Turning round at half time three tries down, more of the same ensued and with a couple of minutes left the tourists had added a further two tries.
Not disheartened, Biggar then mounted a concerted forward effort resulting in a deserved Biggar try (Sam).
With the game over, Euan slotted the extra point from in front and the game was over.
Thanks to Chobham for the lend of a player in the second half, the attritional nature of the game taking it’s toll on both teams but Chobham running out worthy winners of a contest played in exactly the right spirit.

Game two saw Biggar face the tourist's second team in what was a much tighter affair. Being two players short from the outset, Chobham kindly lent Biggar two players but were up early with a well taken try round the outside. Not to be deterred, Biggar fought back and levelled proceedings with a fine breakaway try from Kaleb.
All square at half time, this game was being contested mainly around the breakdown with excellent defence from both teams negating any further breakthroughs out wide.
Finally, Chobham did break out wide and the resultant try meant they drew ahead but undeterred, Biggar fought back with a fine try of their own. With the scores now level and only two minutes left on the clock, Biggar mounted what was to prove the decisive action of the game.
A penalty on the tourist’s 22 was tapped quickly and Euan chipped the onrushing defence. The loose ball was finally collected by Biggar and after a couple of phases of secure forward play, Sam touched down by the posts. With Euan adding the extra, the game was over, great win for the lads in Black! 
It’s probably worth mentioning at this juncture that the tourist’s, who had been sportingly playing the SRU U14 variation, questioned the kick not having gone through two pairs of hands. This variation only stipulates this restriction from a set piece so the try stood, Biggar claimed the win although a draw would have been a fairer result.

Man of the match was certainly Chobham’s second row forward Aki who continually stole possession in the loose and tackled like his life depended on it, congratulations to both teams for a skilful and committed game of rugby.

Game three saw a quick trip to the grandstand pitch for a final game against West, opponents we’ll meet in the President’s conference next season. Both teams were clearly weary and Biggar ran in tries from their first three possessions.
Once West found their feet the game developed into a far more even contest. Some robust ball carrying from the hosts saw them draw the game closer but Biggar’s constant additions to the scoreboard saw them run out eventual winners.

Today's Biggar Man of the Match(es) goes to Archie. There were the usual robust perfomance from the regular contributors but at 9, Archie displayed the tenacity and quickness of thought we are going to need next year. A special mention goes to our new player Ben who grew with confidence in each match.

A tough day of rugby and great prep for the forthcoming tour, I’m sure there were some exhausted bodies out there but well done to all who played in what were three, excellent games of rugby.


Biggar demolish PL

Biggar 43 Preston Lodge 17

In what was a beautiful day amongst the hills at Hartreemill, Biggar clicked into gear both in attack and defence and gave fans and coaches a very happy end to the weekend despite Scotlands pummelling at Twickenham.

Biggar kicked off towards the club house and were on the scoreboard soon after as the resulting clearance was put into touch well inside Preston Lodge territory. From the ensuing lineout Aird Jardine put a neat chip over the top which was gathered by Notman, fed to Reive on the left, popped back inside to Aird Jardine who showed the covering defence a fend to dive in under the posts. Jardine converted his own try. 7-0

They say you are at your most vulnerable straight after scoring and this was definitely the case after this score. Biggar failed to field the high hanging kick off handing possession back to PL and infringing in the process. Just as it looked like the referee were going to be awarded the penalty Scrum Half Brian Walls popped over a drop goal from the back of the ruck in true Dimitri Yachvili-esque fashion before a plethora of errors allowed PL to make their way up the pitch again for Chris Dixon to score from a well worked driving maul.  Biggar 7-10 Preston Lodge

The first half was played at a ferocious tempo and Biggar replied instantly when loose ball was cleared up by Aird Jardine 10m out and some how resulted in the wee stand off wriggling his way over the line with a bit of help from Voas and Stewart. A mere 5 minute later some excellent build up play set Richard Peacock free down the scoreboard side to score in the corner. Jardine converted the first but missed the difficult attempt from out wide for the second. Biggar 19-10 Preston Lodge 

Biggar stuck in well in the latter parts of the first half with Ewan Stewart and Sanderson racking up huge tackle counts and getting through a power of work in the tight despite heavy pressure from PL. The blacks didn't ease up and against the run of play Notman gave an offload to Stewart who offloaded to Peacock and the move was finished off by Andrew Jardine who ran an excellent support line to go over under the post. Older brother Aird Jardine converted the score. 

 

Half Time Score - Biggar 26-10 Preston Lodge

 

Preston Lodge started the better of the two teams in the second half as they kicked long and forced a Biggar to clear their lines into a heavy breeze. Stewart, Sanderson and replacement Andrew Orr all defended majestically and were rewarded with a try against the run of play when David Paterson scurried in under the posts to make an easy conversion for Aird Jardine. Biggar 33-10

Preston Lodge weren't disheartened by the Biggar barrage and kicked off long again with Reive scuffing a kick into the crowd giving PL an ideal opportunity to strike back through their strong driving maul. Biggar managed to repel the first wave before PL captain Peter Johnson squeezed over. Brian Walls converted beautifully from out wide. 

Biggar 33-17 Preston Lodge

One could sense the crowds fear of a home side capitulation but this was the furthest thing from the truth as Andrew Orr glided past three covering defenders to finish outstretched in the far burn corner. Aird Jardine had little chance with the conversion into the wind.

Biggar 38-17 Preston Lodge

 

Biggar were clearly confident and marched back up the pitch again going through over 20 phases in the process. Play became slower as Biggar battered the PL line using the forwards again and again, doing well to maintain possession. Reive moved the ball wider and Aird Jardine found a tired prop in midfield to go over untouched and complete his hat trick.

A fine performance from an excitable Biggar side with Aird Jardine showing up well with 3 tries but the real hard work was done in the tight with outstanding displays from Ewan Stewart, Euan Sanderson and Andrew Orr leading the way into next week. 

Biggar

Richard Peacock, Alistair Sinclair, Stuart Hull, Andrew Jardine, David Paterson, David Reive, Aird Jardine, Donald Voas, Ewan Stewart, Dan O'Connell, Jamie Orr, A. Warnock, Ewan Sanderson, Douglas Notman, Andrew Dunlop Reps: Lewis McClinton, Andrew Orr, Gregor Stewart,

 

The side have a week off as the league takes a Super Saturday 6 Nations break before they host second bottom Ardrossan and then travel to take on GHK on 1st April.

 

There was frustration yet again for the 2nds who were left gameless as other sides fulfilled league commitments.

 

The Colts meanwhile earned their Edinburgh Regional League Cup final place with a comprehensive win over visitors Livingston. The final will be played on April 8th with both opponents or venue still to be confirmed.


Kirkcaldy take honours

Kirkcaldy 12 Biggar 10

There was great disappointment around the club on Saturday when both the Colts and 2nd XV's opponents called off – Currie at Colts level because they were unable to field a XV and Edin Accies at 2nd XV level because of a water-logged pitch. The upshot is that neither side get to play - again - and the season for the 2nds is extended later when the squad will most likely be depleted due to farming commitments.

 

The 1st XV match did eventually go ahead but this was only after a morning pitch inspection when the Beveridge Park pitch which had suffered following a very wet Friday dried up, enough to allow play to go ahead.

That both teams and referee coped with the conditions well enough to serve up an entertaining contest is worthy of praise. The underfoot conditions were very difficult to say the least with players slipping and sliding throughout.

Kirkcaldy snatched the match at the death with a try scored after Biggar lost skipper Andrew Dunlop – the sides 3rd yellow card of the day – and when they were eventually outnumbered in defence. The conversion was immaterial but had Biggar opted to kick a penalty with some 15 minutes to go instead of going for the corner, then the pressure would have been huge on the Kirkcaldy kicker and Biggar might have held on to win. As it was Biggar were left ruing those missed opportunities when they were unable to convert pressure into points.

The result prompted mass celebrations for the Fife side who sitting 3rd bottom needed a win to ensure survival in the League next season albeit that there would have had to have been a real change in fortunes for Ardrossan immediately below to have seen them catch Kirkcaldy.

 

With several of the usual starting squad involved at Lanarkshire YF Talent spot and therefore unable to travel, coaches Mercer and Wilson moved things about to ensure a competitive XV was fielded. It is a current strength within the club that despite being without regulars Orr, Sanderson, Paterson (all YF’s) and Reive, McDonald, Henderson and Lyon (injury/illness) that it was still a strong squad which travelled.

Richard Peacock’s return from injury, which has not seen him involved since November, was all the more timely therefore, the fullback putting in a decent shift despite his lack of match fitness.

In the pack Alan Warnock and Dunlop combined in the second row while Douglas Notman returned to partner Andrew Orr (who is really a hooker) and Duncan Withers in the back row.

Reive’s unavailability allowed David McArthur to start at 9 where he faced ex-Biggar star Quintan Sanft, he an ever-popular sight regardless of the fact that he was again in the opposition XV.

Biggar’s start, on what quickly became a quagmire, was disrupted by an early injury to Robbie Lavery, the centre picking up an ankle injury and which, when combined with injuries to Ewan Stewart and Alan Warnock, will further test Biggar’s resources in the weeks and games to come.

Gregor Stewart came off the bench to replace Lavery.

Playing ‘downhill’ Biggar began well knowing that they would have to keep the big Kirkcaldy pack on the move if they were to win. Despite the conditions Biggar handled well (indeed both sides should, as mentioned take credit for the way in which they passed and held on to ball) to take play into the home sides half where a penalty award saw Aird Jardine kick a successful goal for 3-0.

Enjoying most of the possession but unable to gain any further points highlights came from a great link between the Jardine brothers who opened up a big gap in the Kirkcaldy defence, and from a driven maul which it seemed had ended in a try until the referee adjudged the Biggar ball carrier to have crossed, a clearing penalty to Kirkcaldy the result.

In a see-saw match Kirkcaldy came right back into things with Notman then sent to the bin for what was seen to be a repeated offence of handling the ball on the ground. Reduced to 14 Biggar had to defend well to keep the hosts out but within minutes the steam rolling back took ball over the line for a try to Owen Bonner, converted by Craig Letham.

Under pressure again Biggar struggled to extricate themselves from their half but they also defended well and on the stroke of half time were awarded a penalty just inside their half. With the seconds ticking down Orr took a quick tap to turn the home defence. Having done this and having gained an extra 10m when Kirkcaldy were slow to react Biggar gained a lineout inside the Kirkcaldy half. Ball won was then hit up through the middle by Stuart Hull who found Stewart in support. The centre made ground before converting the 2 on1 and freeing Notman for a sprint to the line for a try converted by Aird Jardine to take Biggar in at half time 10-7 to the good.

Kirkcaldy exerted some real pressure on the Biggar scrum earning a penalty on the restart. Interference by Jardine earned him a yellow and Biggar were back to playing a man short.

Having regained possession Biggar the put the home side under pressure, Warnock going for another quick tap to again turn the Kirkcaldy defence. Having made ground Alisdair Sinclair put in a neat grubber kick but this was gathered and the possession lost.

Notman combined well with Andrew Jardine but a knock on saw this move falter, coach Mercer then fielding Tom Steele for Stewart, this necessitating a switch with Hull coming in at centre. A huge drive by the home pack took play deep into the Biggar half but this attack came to grief as Kirkcaldy knocked on.

Aird Jardine engineered a magnificent 40m line break but he elected to grubber to the line when an inside pass to the supporting Hull might have been a better option although the kick did see Biggar get a great field position just 5m from the Kirkcaldy line. Maintaining their field position Biggar then camped in the home 22 setting up attack after attack but without creating that all-important score which would have put them clear.

Kicking the penalty might have been the better option in retrospect as if Biggar are to convert from close range they need to be more dynamic in the line charge. As it was they gained field position but failed to convert this pressure into points and then the inevitable happened – just as it has several times before!

With a series of attacks coming to nought Biggar lost possession in a turnover and found themselves chasing back to mount a rear-guard defensive effort. This they largely managed to do well although at a similar point to Biggar’s score just before half time, the Fifers eventually managing to break through and over the line for the match-winning try.

 

This was a disappointment for the Biggar squad who probably just shaded the contest overall. With 3 games remaining against Preston Lodge, Ardrossan and GHK (the first two at home) coach Mercer has set a target of 3 wins from 3. This should be manageable but the squad must be more clinical.

There was good news later on Saturday evening when the result of the Lanarkshire Talent spot came through, Biggar winning and also taking the best Individual act! There is a huge cross over in membership between the two clubs which works wonders for bot organisations.


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Colts Dispose of Marr by the Seaside

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Biggar Colts Dominate Against Livingston In Cup Semi Final

Biggar Colts

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Girls succeses in Club Cup Quarter-finals

A brace of wins for the Biggar U15's and U18's in Cup Quarters

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1sts celebrate Ladies day with a win.

A bonus point win for Biggar despite an Ardrossan rear-guard action

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S2’s play cross Border opposition

The S2's had an interesting challenge at the weekend.

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Biggar demolish PL

In what was arguably one of the best performances this season Biggar took all 5 points against PL.

Thanks to Iain Chisholm for this report

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Kirkcaldy take honours

A last minute try saw Kirkcaldy sneak a win.

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