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Mini Tournamant - results

Sunday dawned and with it Biggar’s Annual Mini tournament. With some 300+ players and attendant parents and supporters this is always a very busy day.

Very luckily the weather forecast which had all week suggested heavy rain for Sunday was not quite correct, the bulk of the games having finished just prior to the one and only downpour. This didn’t stop the event from being a great success and with some excellent rugby on show to boot.

 

The day is huge in all sorts of ways and the club owes a massive thank you to all those who helped in any way (too many to name individually, but all crucial to the success of today’s event).

Thanks then first and foremost to the players who played with spirit and endeavour all day long.

But also to....

Pam Tennant and her large, very welcome organising team and kitchen helpers/Hugh and Kev for lining the pitches/all those who helped collect cash and park cars/those who manned the tombola and tuck shop/GY on the bar/Nic Humphries band of referees (many of whom were taking their first steps into the officials world)/visiting coaches and teams/all other visitors/score-keeper Eric Shearer/D. M. Clarkson (Borderline Garage) for car-parking space... and of course to Mini Convenor Laura Watson who was in overall charge.

Special thank you also to our guests, Glasgow Warriors players Niko Matawalu and Brandon Thomson Special who both thoroughly enjoyed their day and making the most of their time posing happily for pictures and chatting with the mini players (and coaches!).

Also thanks to Aileen Campbell (Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport and our Clydesdale MSP) and Alex Allison (our local councillor for Clydesdale East).

Results were as follows:

 

                Runners-up                   Winners

P4           Boroughmuir                 East Kilbride

P5           Melrose                         Currie

P6           Biggar                           Stirling County

P7           Currie                            Stirling County


Shogun Conference details from Biggar v Ayr

On Saturday and Sunday Biggar’s Colts and Youth sides were pitched in Shogun Conference action against Ayr.

The west coast side inflicted the first full set of defeats over Biggar with none of the sides able to challenge their opponents, well though they played and hard though they tried.

The Colts lost a handful of players to holidays and District commitments and this dealt the side a real blow from which they were always going to struggle, particualrly against one of the top colts sides in the country.

 

The final tally saw Ayr run out by 47-7.

 

On Sunday the Youth section posted the following results:

 

U16's: 0-74 (loss)

 

U15s: 7-57 (loss)

Following a string of good results and accomplished performances from the Biggar boys this was a harsh lesson in the standard the team is working to reach and how difficult it is to play rugby without retaining the ball.

A very different Ayr team, from the one the boys beat in previous years were quicker and more physical all around the pitch, only heroic tackling from Biggar kept Ayr out for long stretches as Ayr kept winning and retained possession.

One lost match doesn't detract from some fine performances to date and simply refocuses the squad on the work required to compete at this level.

 

U14s: 10-30 (loss)

The boys retuned from Ayr with their heads held high after competing for much of the game but were unable to overcome a well organised Ayr team losing 30 points to 10 points.

The boys are not interested in offering excuses “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one”.

The attack was as effective as Ayr, with which their coaches agreed and the results were 3 fine tries by Calum McLemon (2) and Finlay Crozier who also converted one.

At half time the game was evenly poised but in the second half , Ayr with the benefit of a full squad were able to bring on fresh legs.

The boys stuck in well and each week keep moving on positively and more importantly together. They really do encourage each other

Areas of defence and positioning still need worked on but they will take this in their stride and work to get it right.

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained in the struggle against overwhelming odds.

 

U13s: 0-30 (loss)

The U13s played in atrocious muddy conditions today In Ayr. They even used the showers afterwards which really is a first!
It's hugely frustrating for all involved, that the team consistantly plays competitive rugby that is in no way reflected by the 30-0 scoreline against them.
Biggar absolutely dominate the set piece, winning every scrum, every line out, smashes every ruck, and yet they fumble the ball and cannot stop one or two fast players in the counterattack.
Our S1 squad comprises lots of inexperienced players, who lack the confidence and instinct to tackle without hesitation or to create flowing phases of rugby. BUT this is something that can be fixed, it will take a couple of seasons, but this team will sort this out and will become a force to be reckoned with.


Biggar Colts find Ayr a tough challenge

Biggar 7 Ayr 47

Biggar Colts took to the field for their 3rd home game of the season with Ayr colts the opposition at Hartree Mill. A number of regulars were missing from the team due to other commitments so the team had a number of changes to contend with. This unfortunately showed in the performance as Ayr steamrollered the Rams.

 

Ayr were a big workmanlike team with good level of skill but on too many occasions they were not made to work for their score. The first score for Ayr came from a home lineout inside the Biggar 22. Ayr having had the throw in threw it squint. Biggar got the option line or scrum and somehow chose line! It went all wrong and was won by Ayr. Quick ball and they were over.

 

The lineout misfired nearly all day and another carbon copy score was almost conceded from exactly the same position. Unfortunately no-one seemed to switch on for Biggar until 50 minutes had passed. By then it was 40 nil to Ayr and the game was already done. For the last 20 minutes Biggar got their tails up and showed what they can do. They worked their socks off and got an excellent try in the corner. A great break from Drew Brewster saw the ball won and recycled quickly to Jordan Gray. He broke again and fed Ali who got the offload to Jamie Bell for the score.

 

Final score Biggar 7 Ayr 47

 

A bad day at the office for Biggar against a team who did not seem that much better but on the day they simply appeared to be much more up for the game than their Biggar counterparts. No-one likes to lose but the nature of this one must give the coaches some concern. The boys need to generate some fire in the belly next week for the home match against West of Scotland to prove this was a one off.


 


 


 


 


Biggar 1sts rampant in Aberdeen win

Aberdeenshire 0 Biggar 67

Aberdeenshire have finished in the top 5 in the last two National 2 league seasons and have dished out large defeats to Biggar sides when they have journeyed north, these including 51-27 and 49-5 routs. There was some satisfaction then for those Biggar players who had been beaten on these occasions when on Saturday Biggar swamped their hosts with an 11 try, 6 conversion performance. That ‘Shire were seldom if ever in the Biggar 22 is only part of the story as the total could/should have been closer to 100, a number of errors seeing ball dropped or ‘Shire’s last ditch defence preventing scores. On three other occasions Biggar men had ‘scored’ as referee Graeme Ormiston blew his whistle for forward passes.

 

The satisfaction gleaned from the win – Biggar’s biggest league win for many years and the largest defeat suffered by ‘Shire so far this season - was tempered somewhat by the fact that ‘Shire are clearly suffering badly and that after just 5 games, they appear almost certain to be relegated to National 3 at the end of the campaign.

 

Biggar’s squad was on familiar lines save for the absence of forwards Jamie Orr (unavailable) and Douglas Notman (injury) and back Stuart Hull (injury). Callum Dunlop (making his league debut at 1st XV level) and Andrew Nimmo (fielded at back instead of front row) came into the pack while Ryan Moffit replaced Hull. Euan Bogle and Guy Kelly on the bench, were others to make their debut appearance at this level.

 

In warm, sunny conditions but on a pitch with grass so long it had those from the farming fraternity looking for a silage chopper, Biggar were ahead after just 3 minutes. An initial attack ended with an attacking scrum and swift hands moved the ball left to Ross Bradford who cruised over for the first try. While Carne Green was off target with this conversion he made amends with the next, this after Moffit side-stepped the cover defence. His contribution was virtualy overa s shortly afterwards the big centre was up ended in what looked to be a tip tackle, his head rebounding off the turf and ending with him walking shakily to the touchline. Gregor Stewart came on as his replacement.

 

Play continued with Biggar on the attack, ball carried by Nimmo, Andrew Orr, Euan Sanderson and Callum Baird in turn and then advanced via the backs with alistair Sinclair claiming the first of what would be a hatttrick followed by Bradford’s second – this after a quick tap penalty.

 

Nimmo was next up, he making good ground every time he was on the ball, this try taking the score to 31-0 and half time.

 

The chat at the break had been to match the first half tally and this with ‘Shire so out of sorts Biggar managed comfortably with a further 36 points. As suggested the total should have been greater as a desire to get to the line and at times an over-complication of plays led to ball being spilled and opportunities lost. This was somewhat understandable however as rarely in league rugby do sides get the opportunity to play with so little real opposition. Not that the ‘Shire effort faded, their attitude and determination to play, and this after 4 heavy defeats, highly commendable. There is spirit a-plenty which if there is a glimmer of hope for the side may yet stand them in good stead.

 

Tries after the break came from Donald Voas (he and Kelly replaced Dan O’Connell and Braid) then Kelly, the young prop seeing his feat matched by the other debutant Bogle (who had replaced Sinclair). The winger/fullback was just off target with his conversion attempt but had better fortune from his next attempt, this to Bradford’s hat-trick score.

 

With coach David Wilson ringing the changes, Sinclair nabbed his second and then at the death, his third to round off the day.

 

After the huge disappointment that saw the side throw their lead away against Peebles the previous week, this was the only possible response for Biggar and so it was very much a case of ‘mission accomplished’. Errors there were without doubt and on another day these might have proved costly but the accumulatuion of 60+ points is not to be sniffed at and something very few Biggar sides have ever managed.

 

Things will be very different this coming week when Dumfries Saints, promoted from National 3 last year and currently unbeaten come to Hartree Mill. This will be a massive test for both sides and rekindles another of those ‘derby’ matches with the two clubs having ‘enjoyed’ many previous tight and challenging encounters over the years.

 

Biggar

C. Braid, E. Stewart, D. O’Connell, C. Dunlop, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson, A. Orr, A. Nimmo, D. Reive, C. Green, A. Sinclair, R. Moffit, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, A. Jardine Reps: D. Voas, G. Kelly, E. Bogle, G. Stewart.

 

Work commitments, injury and unavailablity meant that despite valiant efforts Biggar were unable to field a 2nd XV at the weekend for their trip to Selkirk. It is anticipated that this will be a one-off and that normal service will be resumed this coming weekend albeit that the side have a scheduled league ‘break’. Coach Doug Fleming is seeking alternative opposition but as yet has nothing confirmed.


Girls host Murrayfield Wanderers

On Sunday the Girls U15 and U18 sides hosted Murrayfield Wanderers in the Mirage Conference.

Having been disappointed after last week when Ayr postponed their matches due to unplayable pitches there was further upset as the Edinburgh sides arrived short of players. The matches were then played as development games which Biggar ‘won’ handsomely, with several Biggar players appearing for the visitors to ensure a contest.


Shogun Conference update v Currie Chieftains

The Boys Youth section were pitched against Currie.

The U13 and U14 sides were at Hartree and honours were shared with Biggar on top at U14, with an excellent performance with some really promising phases and contributions from all with the U13 side, though beaten playing some much better rugby against a good Currie side.

 

U13s

For the record Fergus Watson scored all the Biggar points in the 22-7 defeat.

 

U14’s

This team have recently struggled to win games but they have a determination of never giving up. Working together as a team on Sunday they pulled off a great victory against Currie by 23 points to 6. (3 points for a try and 1 for a conversion).

Try scorers on the were Ben McBride (3) , Calum McLemon (2) and Alexander Walpole (1) with Finlay Crozier converting five of the six . Calum and Christopher Barrett lifted the tempo for the boys and they rose to it and were impressive to watch. Alone we can do so little , together as a team we can do so much. Great support, great day for the boys with 16 present in the squad.

 

U15's

At Malleny Park the U15’s lost their first match of this campaign by to what is likely to be the top U15 side in the Conference but there was some fantastic news as the U16’s won their match by 46-22.

At U15 The first half was close with only a Currie try just before half time opening a gap on the score board. After half time Currie punished some defensive mistakes but Biggar battled on to finish the game with 19 points to Curries 48. A first defeat of the season for the boys but lessons learnt.

 

These results mean that Biggar, by virtue of winning 3 from the 5 Currie matches edge the ‘whole club’ Shogun Conference points. Well done to all.


Shogun Conference News: Colts v Currie Chieftains


Currie Chieftains U18 5 Biggar Colts 22

The Colts coaches needed a reaction to last weeks defeat to Stirling and got it. However, this game didn't exactly put the wind up your frock! Yes, they bagged a win, but you can't help thinking that there was more to give.

 

This shouldn't be seen as a negative though, more a 'note to self ' to maintain focus.

 

Such a summary doesn't take away from the fact that Biggar Colts are 3 wins from 4 and developing a taste for winning in a very tough league. Finlay Barr's induction at Fly-half, albeit a little nervous, can be seen as a success and the young man, who showed willing all day, wasn't afraid to mix things up with the big Currie boys either.

 

Currie started the stronger side and maintained some pressure in Biggar territory for 10mins or so but the Colts held strong and batted the volley's back at the hosts. The centre partnership of Matthew Stewart and Robbie Orr proved hard nuts to crack in defence and held off the Currie attack closely followed by Jamie Bell at left wing who shut the door often on his black & amber opponents. Biggar's front row also held well in the scrum.

 

Patience was the key and this was rewarded with two tries before half-time. The first was finished off under the posts by Jordan Gray in 22 mins after a counter attack and six phases of play while Luhann Kotze went over the whitewash 6 minutes later after an eye-catching offload from Robbie Orr - at his purposeful best throughout. Ali Steele converted both tries.

 

As the half progressed Colts had the measure of Currie with their running lines, interplay and kicks into space but struggled to execute their moves. Whether this was due to the fact that the heavens opened was hard to say (It was particularly wet) but it was frustrating nonetheless. No doubt Currie were equally frustrated as their hard work and intensity yielded nothing in return.

 

Biggar were well worth the 14-0 lead at the break but they still had work to do. Colts started the second half on the front foot and it wasn't long before Orr worked his magic on the short side following good momentum and added to his team's tally in the right corner. The conversion was narrowly missed.

 

Currie could not make inroads but it wasn't through lack of trying. They continued to battle but Biggar disrupted their attack. Colts were awarded a penalty between half-way and the Currie 10m line. Steele fancied his chances with the lengthy kick and proceeded to split the posts with an excellent strike to bring the scoreline to 22 nil.

 

The Edinburgh team showed real resilience and came at Biggar with a flurry of industrious teamwork but it was a fine solo effort by the Currie centre on the hour mark that saved their nil-return blushes. Indeed a sign that even in the face of adversity your opposition can still be dangerous. One thing is for sure...all games played so far have been physical affairs and that is just they way things are at U18 level. Yes, Rugby is a game of evasion but sometimes you need a human bulldozer to get things going. With this in mind, Charles Connolly did a grand job of clearing the way for a final Biggar flourish, but things remained fairly neutral and the Black and Red saw the game out as deserved winners.

 

Another big fixture awaits Biggar Colts on Saturday when they welcome Ayr U18 to Hartree Mill.

Tries: Jordan Gray, Luhann Kotze, Robbie Orr Conv: Ali Steele (2) Pen: Ali Steele
 


Biggar suffer agony of last minute defeat in local derby

Biggar 30 Peebles 33

A rugby match lasts some 80 minutes plus stoppage time and it was deep into this stoppage time that Peebles scored their 5th try to take the lead for the first time and deny Biggar what had looked to most to be a relatively straightforward win. That Peebles were beaten the previous week by Kirkcaldy in what amounted to very similar circumstances was not lost on the Peebles support who were understandably cock-a-hoop at their win, the first of this campaign.

 

The mood in the Biggar camp was very different of course with a combination of frustration, disbelief and anger that they had coughed up the game in such a dramatic manner. With 10 minutes remaining and at 30-19 ahead it looked as though Biggar would take the points and deny their rivals that first elusive win but in the end instead of claiming what would have been a priceless 3 from 3 record Biggar could only salvage a losing bonus as Peebles claimed a valuable 5 pointer.

 

Form is absolutely no guide in a local derby and so it proved as Biggar failed to put the game away, their control of play which had given them a 24-19 half time lead evaporating after the break as Peebles took great pleasure in capitalising on an unusually profligate defence.

 

Ewan Stewart made a return to the starting XV this to the exclusion of Andrew Peacock although the tireless lock did break his nose against Howe. In the backs Stuart Hull was preferred to Gregor Stewart while Aird Jardine was at fullback with Ross Bradford moving back to the wing for David Paterson.

 

Early exchanges were even with Biggar pinning Peebles back with a variety of kicks until Biggar enjoyed a prolonged period of pressure in the Peebles 22 with a total of 13 phases resulting in a try for Andrew Orr, the back row/hooker diving over from close range. The lead up was a great passage of play with Biggar pounding at the Peebles defence after Bradford had made the first clean line break of the day. Peebles held out well but eventually play was taken to the line and Orr broke clear. Carne Green added the conversion.

 

A neat re-start from Greg Raeburn – this a feature of this contest – gave Peebles possession and while the crowd had had to wait 13 minutes for the first score, the second came just 2 minutes later. Peebles hit up via flanker Euan Jackson and then Raeburn popped a neat ball to Murray Brown who split the Biggar defence before feeding Ruaridh Clinch who coasted over for a try converted by Raeburn to level the scores.

 

A neat break by hooker Ryan Stewart might have come to more save for a timely tackle by Biggar skipper Ewan Sanderson and then a dropped pass while another Peebles sortie into the Biggar 22 saw Jardine plunder another loose pass with Greene able to clear the danger as Peebles were penalised for not releasing.

 

Biggar hit back from the lineout to this penalty with a sweeping passing movement sending Bradford on another long run, this play ending as Ewan Stewart lost possession in the contact but on the opposite wing, ball being moved easily from side to side.

 

Not to be outdone Biggar maintained the field position and with another series of tilts at the line with Robbie Lavery, Andrew Orr, Greene and Jardine all to the fore ball was moved left to Bradford who crashed over from short range for Biggar’s second, again converted by Green for 14-7.

 

In very similar fashion and incredibly frustrating for the sizeable support Biggar ceded possession from the restart and with No 8 Andrew Muir bursting through the middle, Biggar were penalised for playing the ball on the ground. Replacement scrum half Ruairdh Britton (Donald Anderson had left the field with a damaged shoulder) took a quick tap penalty to put Biggar on the back foot. His pass to Brown split the retreating defence and he crossed for a try which Raeburn converted to level the scores once again, this time at 14-14.

 

With 10 minutes remaining Biggar took the lead again with a Green penalty awarded after Muir was penalised for not rolling away and then after a play begun deep in the Biggar half saw ball moved wide again this time via Green, Gregor Stewart (who had just replaced the injured Hull) and Notman to Lavery. The centre made ground before freeing winger Bradford, these two then combining cleverly to draw and pass, Bradford rounding off the move with his second try which Green converted to open up a gap at 24-14.

 

Had Biggar managed to see the half out at this point things would surely have turned out very differently but Peebles had very different ideas and capitalised on some weak defence which allowed them to score again, Raeburn missing the conversion but Peebles were now back within one score of Biggar at 24-19.

 

Turning round to play towards the clubhouse Biggar changed their front row with Donald Voas and O’Connell replaced by Andrew Nimmo and Callum Braid. The home side might have expected to take control of proceedings in this half but while they played well in patches they opted to kick and give Peebles ball, the visitors taking great delight in running this back into contact. There were several handling errors which saw attacks break down, both sides undoubtedly feeling the pressure of this derby match. Green kicked two penalties to put Biggar into what should have been a commanding lead at 30-19, a third attempt awarded when he was taken out after a kick ahead and which saw Peebles Roddy Guiney issued with a yellow card, was pushed wide.

 

Crucially Biggar were unable to increase their lead while Peebles were a man down, the visitors doing much to frustrate Biggar although the home side lost out by losing possession at crucial times both in open and tight play.

 

For their part Peebles were content to keep Biggar at bay, neither side really threatening the line. As the minutes ticked by it looked as though there might not be any further scoring, Biggar one try away from a 4-try bonus but unable to turn what little territorial advantage they had into points.

 

With a half hour gone things began to change as Peebles seemed to up the tempo, running penalties to open the Biggar defence. A Biggar penalty should have eased things but a squint throw from the resultant lineout gave Peebles possession and they continued to play in the Biggar half. A Biggar error then gave Peebles another attacking opportunity which they took Stoddart scoring his second, Raeburn converting to put them within one score at 30-26.

 

Almost immediately from the restart Biggar lost the services of Jamie Orr who was shown yellow for a tip tackle. Down to 14 the pressure was all on Biggar. Unfortunately while the Biggar defence has until this game been fairly secure it could not contain Peebles who used the full period of added time to steal the match, Callum Anderson plunging over from close range after a series of penalties and plays in the Biggar 22.

 

Raeburns conversion was immaterial but he was successful, referee George Pounder bringing proceedings to a close.

 

While Peebles rightly celebrated, frustration, disbelief and anger were as previously suggested the prevalent emotions in the Biggar camp. A 3 from 3 unbeaten run would have been a dream start to this league campaign and although a win at Aberdeenshire would see Biggar 3 from 4, which would still be an excellent return, ‘Shire has not been the happiest of hunting grounds in recent years!

 

A tough week ahead on the training paddock!

 

Biggar

D. Voas, E. Stewart, D. O’Connell, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson, A. Orr, D. Notman, D. Reive, C. Green, A. Sinclair, S. Hull, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, A. Jardine Reps: C. Braid, A. Nimmo, A. Patrascio, G. Stewart.

 

Biggar’s 2nd XV were left without a match after Gala called off their Friday evening contest as they were unable to field a side. This is very frustrating but symptomatic of the problems clubs face in fielding second XV’s.


Colts faced a tough test

Colts Fight Hard in Wallace Country

 

Biggar Colts visited Bridgehaugh Park on Saturday to take on Stirling County Colts at the top of the Shogun conference. Both teams were undefeated from the 2 previous fixtures and a cracking game was expected. Although the final score – County 62 – Biggar 8 – suggests a one sided affair, the truth is that this fixture was still hugely competitive until the 50 minute mark.

 

Biggar took the game straight to Country from kick off. An excellent bit of pressure from Lewis Stewart disrupted the ball and it was secured by Biggar. The ball was spun wide and some loose hands in the ruck saw County penalised. Thirty yards out Ali Steele had a go but pulled his kick just wide.

 

The game was very much a battle of strength, endurance and tackling. Biggar pressed constantly and knocked on the door inside the County 22 but the County defence was superb. They tackled hard and worked harder to deny Biggar any room. Eventually their hard work would pay off and a slip from Biggar would be gratefully received. This was the story of the first half. Biggar worked there socks off to get into a good position only for the ball to be turned over. County would then break with speed and numbers to exploit the gaps in defence – when faced with a team that can punish you so well you can very quickly find yourselves behind. With 20 minutes gone, Biggar found themselves 12-0 down.

 

Following a good healthy discussion behind the posts Biggar went again and a determination to stamp their authority on the game was evident. A fantastic bit of counter rucking saw the ball won well and Biggar were off down the nearside and into the County 22. With the pressure building on County the ball was spilled and a scrum was awarded to County in the middle of their half. Great work by the pack disrupted the ball which bobbled out at the base of the 8’s feet. Lohan reacted first and got his foot to it. The Biggar fans all held their breath as it looked as though the scrum half would be off for a score but he was grabbed off the ball by the number 8. Penalty to Biggar with no further sanction deemed appropriate. Steele stepped up again and this time, from further out, landed a superb kick. County 12 – Biggar 3 with 8 minutes until half time. Game on!

 

This County team were made of sterner stuff however. They grabbed the momentum back and took the game to Biggar. Their work-rate was superb and the support play for all 70 minutes was excellent. Another fine run wide left saw this support pay off as Biggar ran out of defenders to allow another score before the half ended.

 

Half Time: County 19 – Biggar 3

 

Listening to the boys and coaches at half time you could hear the disbelief. They had played well and matched up to County for 90% of the half but found themselves down by 16 points. Clinical finishing was the difference at half time and it was made to count in the second half too.

 

Into the second half and County seized the early initiative with an excellent kick that gave them a scrum towards the Biggar 22. From here they moved the ball side to side edging closer to the Biggar line. Biggar defended manfully but eventually a classic snipe by the County 9 saw him in under the posts.

 

Biggar got themselves up the pitch and earned the try that their endeavour deserved. A good break from Robbie was well supported by the forwards and they earned themselves a scrum on the County 5m line. The scrum was superb and quick ball was won. County managed to stop Matthew albeit illegally and Biggar had a pen within touching distance of the line.

 

Sometimes hiding in plain sight is possible and the score for Biggar had all the makings of the question “how did County miss that?” about it. The penalty was 7 meters from the nearside touchline and Jordan Gray meandered over to the touchline with a nod to Lohan at 9 that he was there. County loaded all their big men covering all the Biggar forwards except Jordan who was left marked by the County wing. Lohan turned fired the ball to him on the touchline and he steamrollered the wing. Fair play to him he had a manful go at stopping the big number 8 but it was a bit of a mismatch.

 

Unfortunately that was to be the final real highlight of the game from a Biggar perspective. County were stung back into action at the score and ramped up the pressure and ran in 6 unanswered tries to give the score a frustrating edge.

 

Full Time: County 62 – Biggar 8

 

This was a tough shift for all in red and black today but I suspect they learned a lot about themselves and their teammates from the 70 minutes they put in. County were a very good side who had not conceded a try in their previous 2 matches. They also manage to put out two Under 18 XV’s every week – their seconds compete in the Caledonia Tier 4 league - so this is not an embarrassment. The key now is to focus on the positives. The pressure that Biggar exerted on County was phenomenal with a little more composure this could have been a much tighter game. The scrum was superb today. With a relatively inexperienced front 5they stood up to a great deal of pressure and won more than they lost. The work rate shown by Biggar were outstanding. They faded in the last 15 minutes or so but the levels they showed up to that point were superb and will stand them in good stead for the games ahead.

 

Thanks for this report go to Simon Low


Shogun Conference: Week 3 v Stirling County

Biggar U15's

The U15s won 27 - 5 at Stirling today in pretty horrible wet conditions leading 3 trys to 1 at half time and finishing with 5 trys in total from Arron Millar (2), Kaleb Millar, Sam Taylor and Jonathan Smith. Conversion from Euan Laing.

The conditions made life difficult in attack and County tackled and rucked well to keep the u15s out for long stretches of the game but when the link up play worked it created exciting attacking rugby with a variety of attacking styles demonstrated over the game Well done boys.

 

Biggar U16's

To all the U16s boys who played today thank you for your excellent efforts in very difficult circumstances. With late all offs and down to just 15 players and 4 out of position the boys were outstanding and up to 29 mins when the score was still 0-0 with two very good teams playing good rugby in terrible conditions. We then had a double injury and were down to 13 players. The final result will show that we were beaten by 6 tries to 1 the club but more importantly the boys can be very proud of themselves of how they never gave up and still managed to score an excellent try with great patience and support play. Without doubt this game will going forward will be remembered for all the right reason and as you all keep developing as players and young men there will be great games in the future. As Sir Alex would say, I am a very proud coach today

Andy Barnett

Report

A game of two halves! With the squad down to the bare bones and 4 lads playing out of position the U16 squad set about the away trip to Stirling County in terrible conditions with huge effort and drive, determined to leave nothing on the park. For 29 minutes the lads seemed to be camped out in the County half, edging closer and closer to the try line, dominating in the set piece and bashing it up the middle really taking the game to the hosts. Unfortunately 2 players injured in the same play on 29 mins saw the lads continue to compete well with 13 players against a Stirling side playing great rugby. But inevitably when your down two players, space opens up and Stirling ran out eventual winners 44-5 however the score line didn't reflect the huge effort put in by the young rams, especially to get the try they so richly deserved. The lads, their coaches and their parents should be very proud of their performance today, a result they can take plenty of positives from and build on for the season ahead.


Biggar take the points at Howe

Howe of Fife 20 Biggar 24

Biggar’s second league match took them over the new Queensferry Crossing into Fife and Cupar where they met the other side relegated from National 1 last season, Howe of Fife.

 

The Fife club have not had their troubles to seek recently but will doubtless come back stronger as the season progresses. They had a useful XV who ran Biggar close with a final 10 minutes which saw Biggar man up in defence to deny their hosts anything other than a losing bonus.

 

Biggar fielded largely the same XV which had faced Hamilton last week save that the front row was swapped (Donald Voas and Callum Braid started with Dan O’Connell and Andrew Nimmo on the bench) and with Andrew Orr hooking in place of the injured Ewan Stewart. There was only one change in the backs where Aird Jardine dropped to the bench with David Paterson starting on the wing and Ross Bradford moved to fullback.

 

 

In very pleasant autumn conditions Biggar kicked off playing up the not insignificant slope. The early exchanges were relatively even with both sides conceding penalties at what appeared to be an alarming rate.

 

Howe opened their account from one such penalty but Carne Green was uncharacteristically off target with a kick which would have tied the scores, the ball bouncing off the upright but out of reach of the Biggar support.

 

On 25 minutes referee Richard downing saw fit to yellow card Howe hooker Connor Crawford for another offside, Green kicking well this time to tie the scores at 3-3. In a breakout Green then saw his grubber blocked with Howe gaining only a slight advantage which was then negated as Biggar stole possession. A great touchline step and turn of pace then saw winger Alistair Sinclair leave the Howe cover almost all in his wake bar for a flailing hand which was enough to knock him off his stride. Passing inside Davy Reive was up to carry the move forward and in truth had the scrum half gone for the corner he would surely have made it but he elected instead to feint to the supporting lock Jamie Orr. Having moved slightly away from Orr his actual pass fell tantalisingly low and Orr knocked the ball on with the line beckoning.

 

Howe it was who regained their lead, this after David Paterson was caught as he sought to run out of defence, Howe stand off Cameron Ellison the kicker.

 

Biggar had a chance to put Howe under real pressure from the restart which was dropped but the lineout peel saw the ball nudged forward in the transfer, giving Howe a let off.

 

Half timepiece then with nothing between the sides and with everything to play for. Coach Gary Mercer rang the changes in the pack as O’Connell and Nimmo came on to replace Voas and Baird.

 

It’s never good to concede a try at any point in a match but just before or just after half time can often be match winners as they tend to really punish the team which loses out. Biggar suffered this as almost directly from the restart a neat backs move saw Howe’s William Wardlaw take full advantage off a missed tackle to step through and behind the Biggar defence like the proverbial knife through butter. Having made the break he popped the ball back inside to his fellow centre Duncan McIntyre who galloped in under the posts. Ellison added the conversion and suddenly Biggar were two scores behind.

 

Gregor Stewart and Paterson were then switched for Ryan Moffat and Aird Jardine, the latter’s appearance at fullback seeing Ross Bradford move to the wing berth.

 

Just as quickly as Howe had scored so Biggar were able to reply though the try when it came was not from a normal source. Having won a penalty which Green dispatched to the corner Biggar made to catch and drive, a tactic they seldom use with any real conviction – until Saturday that is when with Douglas Notman in charge, the pack drove the Howe eight back with some ease before Notman collapsed over the line for a timely try. Green made no mistake despite the narrow angle and at 13-10 Biggar were right back in the mix.

 

A penalty shortly afterwards by Green tied the scores with a half hour at least remaining.

 

Biggar then enjoyed what was to become their best period of the match as they played the game almost solely in the Howe half, a number of probing runs ensuring the home defence was made to work really hard – which they largely did – to keep Biggar out.

 

Something though was bound to give and so it was that Green kicked again for 16-13. Just after this and following a great wee break from Sinclair ball was moved swiftly up the wing. Had the pass been given Biggar would have taken the lead but as it was the ball was gobbled up by retreating Howe man McIntyre who was able to clear the danger.

 

The score was merely delayed however, as flanker Ewan Sanderson rounded off a very enterprising passing sequence which saw ball moved quickly to beat the Howe cover. Bradford’s break paved the way but the score was made by the swift passing from Lavery and then Sinclair. Green was unable to land the conversion but at 21-13 Biggar had opens up a gap.

 

Just when it looked as though Biggar might be able to crack on so Howe came back into things a long period of play seeing the turn the tables on Biggar and force the visitors to defend. While they did so fairly well, just as Biggar scored a try so did Howe, lock forward Ryan Milne making the initial break through the Biggar defence before getting the ball inside to his supporting winger Cameron Patrick who crashed over leaving a trail of Biggar tacklers in his wake. Ellison’s conversion made it a one point match with some 12 minutes remaining.

 

The score ended the game for flanker and skipper Alan Warnock and for lock Andrew Peacock who were replaced by Stewart and Baird.

 

Biggar hit back once again virtually from the restart, Howe desperately trying to break out but being penalised as Biggar competed at the breakdown. Green struck again for 24-20.

 

Just as had been the case the previous week against Hamilton Biggar were then forced into a rearguard action as they were pushed back into their half and then their 22 as their opponents strive to get what could have been a winning try. That Biggar held out is to their real credit, played putting themselves in all sorts of positions to halt Howe’s progress.

 

Ironically the game ended as Howe conceded a penalty this after they had spent some considerable period of time on and almost over the Biggar line. Stand off Ellison and centre Wardlaw it was who conspired to ‘cross’ as Biggar prepared to tackle. There was some debate with the referee as to who to end the match but eventually Biggar kicked clear to hear the final whistle.

 

Biggar’s away form has never been all that great and for some it was almost a jinx to even talk about an away win. This was surely dispelled for this seasons as while the side were not as clinical or as effective as they had been against Hamilton the specious week, they still manges to secure the league win.

 

Coaches Mercer and Wilson were happy to take the points but were equally quick to pint out that the overall standard of play a still short of what they sought, something most of the side readily agreed with. Back to the training pitch then with another local derby to look forward to on Saturday when Peebles are the visitors.

Peebles have not enjoyed the best of starts but form goes out the window in this type of fixture and it will all be about which squad wants the win more. A feisty, competitive encounter is likely.

 

Biggar

D. Voas, A. Orr, . Braid, J. Orr, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, A. Warnock, D. Notman, D. Reive, C. Green, A. Sinclair, G. Stewart, R. Lavery, D. Paterson, R. Bradford Reps: A. Nimmo, D. O’Connell, R. Moffat, A. Jardine.

 

2nds take on Marr at home

Fresh from their great win at Dundee last week the 2nds hosted Marr, one of the top sides in the Reserve League. True to form they took the game to Biggar early on, stretching the Biggar defence and making them work.

 

The final score of 28-16 was fair but nonetheless hard to take. Marr were the better side but Biggar compounded things by dropping off a few tackles and as their set piece faltered, largely due to the fact that many players are not yet 100% match ready.

 

This side will develop as the players come together on a regular basis. There were several players making their first start this season and their rustiness showed, hard though they also tried.

 

Ewan Bogle had a reasonable day with the boot.

 

A disappointing aspect of the match however was a knee injury to live wire scrum half David McArthur who damaged his already weak knee. This was rotten luck indeed and the club wishes him a speedy recovery.


Biggar take points against Hamilton


After the girls had finished it was the boys turn with the U15’s and U16’s both at home and the S1’s and S2’s at Hamilton. Another tough set of games but with very positive results for the Biggar sides.

 

Biggar U16s 50- Hamilton 0 This game was halted before half time as limit reached and development match played for remaining time. A fantastic and very structured performance today by Biggar U16 boys produced a barrage of 9 tries in 26 minutes.

 

Biggar U15s 50 - Hamilton 0 Biggar U15s produced a strong performance against Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton to score 9 trys and win 50 - 0 in today's Shogun Conference match. The teams maturity early on produced strong phased play with determined support running creating opportunities outwide. Well done boys Game halted 5 minutes early as limit reached

 

Biggar U14s 4 - Hamilton 32

 

Biggar U13s 26 - Hamilton 16

 

These matches are of course in the Shogun Conference and Hamilton were the other side to be promoted to this division after two seasons in the conference below. Another good start then although things will inevitably get tougher…..this week the lads meet Stirling County, a club with a proud record in this competition.
 


Girls host Hill-Jills

Biggar U18's 61 Hill-Jills 17


This Sunday saw Biggar U18 girls take to the Harteeemill turf for the first time this season, enjoying a 61-17 win over Hillhead Jordanhill.

 

With the visiting team only managing to muster 10 players thanks in part to the number of injuries sustained in the U19 trials the week before, the game started of as a development fixture with Biggar loaning 2 players throughout the game.

 

To the credit of all of the Biggar players who pulled on a Hills jersey on the day, they played their hearts out, with Ailie Tucker and Julia Bell having a big hand in 2 of the 3 Hills scores.

 

With a strong breeze whipping across the first team pitch handling errors from both teams kept the forwards busy scrummaging.

 

Biggar's quick ball, hard rucking and speed in the outside backs would eventually be the difference between the 2 teams - winger Feebi Robinson, making a welcome return to the team, bagging 4 try's on the day.

 

The game wasn't always beautiful, flowing rugby but there is still no doubting the Biggar teams potential when they get it right. Not quite with the clinical edge that the had last week the girls still managed to carve up the opposition defence on a number of occasions and can take a huge amount of confidence onto Ayr next week.

 

Man of the match went to Erica Hughes who, after only a few games with the club, has really found her feet with some ferocious tackling, rucking and running.

 

Try scorers - Feebi x 4, Geri x 2, Rachel, Emily, Sarah
 


Colts take points in 2nd Shogun Conf match


Mitsubishi Shogun Conference Biggar Colts 31 Hamilton Bulls 14

 

Local derby's can either be stuffy affairs or memorable battles with plenty of mouthwatering action. Thankfully, and glad to report, it was the latter that yet another healthy support encountered.

 

As responses to a week 1 win go this is just what the coaches ordered and any fears of beginners luck would be put to bed. Biggar had early advantage and found themselves on the Hamilton '22'. An attacking scrum for Colts and the first wake-up call for the front row. Hamilton's dominance in the scrum was evident. Their pack was considerably larger and heavier. Biggar would have to adapt to this and show resilience and patience for most of the game in this area of play.

 

This was a massively physical affair from the outset with some big impacts. The word 'Ooft!' resonated quite often.

 

The Colts progressed well in the first 10min and put width on the ball quickly and Drew Brewster burst down the left with space but was eventually hauled down and into touch by the covering Bulls Full-back. Hamilton cleared well from the line-out and skipped up-field. A penalty for Biggar off-side gave the visitors the first chance to open their account but the kick rebounded off the post. Matthew Stewart was sharp and collected to make a run to relieve any ensuing pressure. Hamilton came back through a jinky run from the speedy No.11. The crowd thought he was in but the Biggar defence halted him on the 5m line. As an added bonus Lewis Stewart managed to turn the ball over and this would be a signature move for the open-side flanker with no less than 4 turnovers registered in the game.

 

You could say that with 20 min in that Hamilton found their feet and had a hold on the game but it was only marginal. Biggar hit back with Jordan Gray picking up at the back of the Scrum on the Hamilton 10m line. The big back row was strong and managed to off-load to Luhann Kotze after some close attention from the Bulls defence. Kotze kicked through with Hamilton defenders breathing down his neck. The scrum-half was just off balance and was unlucky not to touch down and the ball bobbled forward. Hamilton cleared their lines from the scrum, no touch found, Biggar advance again, and with numbers. Robbie Orr collected but the back line was too flat. The pass out wide missed everyone and the Hamilton left wing was switched on and kicked forward and won the foot race to score in the corner. The conversion was good, and just like that....Biggar were 7 nil down.

 

There was no notion of Biggar of lying down until the end of the half. Ali Steele hit back and landed a fine penalty kick and in the blink of an eye, right after the restart, Kotze and a little platoon of team mates combined down the right finding Robbie Orr in space to touch down in the corner. Steele added the extras to bring the half-time score to 10-7 to Biggar.

 

If the first half was a 'tit-for-tat' political debate the second would be a quick-fire round in a game show, with most of the questions being asked of the Hamilton defence.

 

Biggar would score another three tries in the second half. An outrageous break on 38min by Jordan Gray found Orr who exploited the space left by the backtracking Bulls defence to run in under the posts. Steele accurate again with the conversion.

 

Fresh legs in 40 mins saw Andrew Reid and Josh JVR join the scrum and that re-steadied the ship in that department. Colts came back at Hamilton again and displayed some good vision, keeping the heat on with six effective phases and switching the play. This structured approach found Matthew Stewart in support to make sure of another five points. Steele on the mark again to convert.

 

Biggar tails were up and there's no doubt the impression of a bunch of guys relishing their rugby as things to enjoy was unmistakable. By now they had the measure of the big Hamilton pack and there were some meaty tackles indeed. Orr would be in again to secure his hat-trick after Hamilton made a mistake at the back of their scrum. The fly-half sniped through leaving the Bulls defence flat footed and nothing but the ball and try line for company.

 

After this you would think the contest would flat line, but think again. And this is what should be admired about all these young men. It's their desire to keep going that gives them the will to return next week and do it all again. Hamilton did just that with some very watchable play that broke the Biggar defence down. It was too late in the day to change the outcome though but they added to their tally with a fine try and narrowed the points difference and they should be commended for it.

 

The competition in this league will be fierce and if the first two games are anything to go by, and with Stirling County looming this coming Saturday, it's important that the squad remain focussed 'cos things are about to get serious!

 

Tries: Robbie Orr (3), Matthew Stewart Conv: Ali Steele (4) Pen: Ali Steele
 

Thanks to Alistair Stewart (Lanark) for this report


Biggar take on Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton

With the league season resuming and with 3 sides in action on Saturday, Biggar RFC were delighted to record 3 important wins: 2 against local rivals Hamilton at 1st XV and Colts XV level and the 3rd an excellent 2nd XV away win at Dundee High! Great start….

 

Sunday provided another great set of results with all sides performing particularly well.

 

In fact from 9 starts Biggar recorded 8 wins.

 

Biggar 24 Hamilton 17

Biggar kicked off their League season with a testing encounter against Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton, a side which romped through Nat 2 two seasons ago but who were relegated last season.

 

The Hartree Mill grounds were looking their best in the late summer sun and with the pre-season displays still fresh in the memory, Biggar opened up strongly. They met a resolute Hamilton defence, however a penalty award saw stand off Carne Green kick for a 3-0 lead.

 

Biggar’s pack featured a real mix of youth and experience and demonstrated that they would make things really difficult for their visitors both in the tight exchanges and in the loose. Props Andrew Nimmo and Dan O’Connell were hitting up well, supported by the back row of Ewan Sanderson, Andrew Orr and Douglas Notman. Unfortunately hooker Ewan Stewart was forced off early on, this necessitating a switch for Orr to the front row and giving Jamie Orr his first outing this season.

 

The pack paved the way for the backs to attack off go-forward ball which they enjoyed.

 

Hamilton should have equalised from a penalty kicked by full back Alan Wilson but he did convert a try scored by Inglis, the winger able to round off a passage of play which saw a couple of Biggar errors allow the Hamilton side to gain ground. The conversion took Hamilton into a 7-3 lead, this just past the half hour mark.

 

A fairly frantic period of play ensued within the Hamilton 22 and this should have seen Biggar score bar for an infringement of a ‘new’ rule in that the hooker must hook the ball. With their scrum under the cosh this free kick gave Hamilton some relief, or at least it should have but in an attempt to run ball out of defence play moved across the width of the pitch before Notman managed to disrupt ball at the ruck base sufficiently to allow winger Ross Bradford a chance to poach a try.

 

A well struck conversion from Green put Biggar ahead by 10-7.

 

Biggar’s defence was efficient, their use of the choke tackle meaning that Hamilton were held up and conceded possession a feature of the afternoon. Hamilton were not to be put off however and a neat passage of play which saw ball shifted wide and then back inside allowed Wilson a tilt at the line. He was unable to convert, the score now 12-10 to Hamilton.

 

Biggar then hit back with two quick fire scores. Orr and Bradford were making good ground when they got the ball and this and Green’s intelligent kicking kept Hamilton pinned in their half. An attacking play with ball passed to Gregor Stewart saw the young centre shape to pass left before switching the ball back inside to Robbie Lavery who was running a good line. His off-load was taken by Orr who in turn popped the ball to Davy Reive, the scrum half needing a telescopic arm to reach out for a fine score which Green converted for 17-12.

 

Directly from the restart a kick ahead by Green saw Hamilton try once more to run the ball out of defence. An inside pass was well read by Stewart who started off for the line. The cover defence was good but the youngster made an ‘out the back’ backhand pass to Reive who linked with Orr, the flanker crashing over despite the attentions of two Hamilton tacklers for another try – his 6th of the season to date.

 

Green’s conversion took Biggar into a half time lead of 24-12.

 

That Biggar failed to increase their total after the break is a frustration. Chances they had although neither side could really break their opponents defence down sufficiently to get in behind and score. Hamilton did manage a score, this from Wilson who was able to profit from a neat break and pass by stand off Stuart Whitelaw, which Wilson again converted.

 

Biggar made some decent breaks with replacement prop Donald Voas in the van on a couple of occasions and with a neat kick ahead almost spawning a try bar fro some last ditch Hamilton scrambling defence.

 

In year gone by however, Biggar would have struggled to see the game out and may well have cracked under the pressure. With Green orchestrating things behind the scrum however, and with the pack carrying ball tirelessly and working together in defence, Hamilton were thwarted and their efforts were generally cross pitch.

 

There were some really big efforts made by the whole squad, second row work horses of Jamie Orr and Andrew Peacock and Alan Warnock being noteworthy. Prop O’Connell received the man-of-the-match nod however, this after another workmanlike performance in all areas.

 

Great work too from Aird Jardine who was fielded at fullback, winger Alistair Sinclair who had a quieter day than of late and the bench of Stuart Hull and Ryan Moffat.

 

Biggar

A. Nimmo, E. Stewart, D. O’Connell, A. Warnock, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, A. Orr, D. Notman, , D. Reive, C. Green, A. Sinclair, G. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, A. Jardine Reps: D. Voas, J. Orr, R. Moffat, S. Hull

 

The win is a positive step but one which will require to be repeated this Saturday when the team travel to take on the other side relegated last season, Howe of Fife.

 

The 2nds travelled to Dundee on Saturday. There were some 38 senior players training on Thursday evening but the selection for this 2nd team was still a struggle as contractors and unavailability meant the side was still in doubt until Saturday.

 

That the boys returned with a win is all the better then and a massive pat on the back to all involved, no more so than to ‘retired’ Neil Wolfendene who played a stormer and managed to score a try to boot! Big pluesses agai however in the play of those fresh out of Colts. No fewer than 6 played and all were extremely positve in their approach showing maturity beyond their years - particularly in defence. There were some nice efforts in attack as well however with all trying to keep the ball available.

 

Commiserations to StevenCampbell and Craig McDonald who both picked up injuries. It is to be hoped they are not out of the game for long.

 

There was a classic twist to this match. The 2nds in similar fashion to the 1sts had managed to stretch ahead to 28-15. Dundee were not out of things however and they came back into the game with two tries, the last of which, had it been converted would have given them a one point win. Happily, from a Biggar point of view at least, the kick went wide and Biggar clung on to their win.

 

Biggar’s win came courtesy of tries from James Barr, Wolfendene and Stuart Alder while Euan Bogle (1 conversion, 2 penalties) and Craig McDonald (1 conversion, 1 penalty) shared the kicking duties.

 

Alder’s try which saw the centre involved twice is already – and after just one game and one week of the season – being talked up as the try of the season!

 

Of interest was the selection for Dundee 1sts of ex-Biggar Colt Rory McGinn at stand off with brother Danny on the bench. On the pitch adjacent to where the 2nds played the boys helped their new club to a good 33-0 win over Falkirk.

 

And to think there are another two Biggar youngsters headed to Dundee to study this session…..


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Shogun Conference: Week 3 v Stirling County

Always likely to face stiff opposition, Biggar performed manfully but lost out to well-drilled Stirling sides on Sunday.

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Biggar take the points at Howe

A second scalp on the trot for Biggar.

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Biggar take points against Hamilton

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Girls host Hill-Jills

Two from two for Biggar Girls in the Mirage Conference

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Colts take points in 2nd Shogun Conf match

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Biggar take on Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton

Biggar nabbed the winning points to regain bragging rights in Lanarkshire derby

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