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Colts are run away winners against Hamilton

Biggar Colts   55   Hamilton Bulls   12

Things are normally tight against these two sides and to all intents and purposes they were, for the first half.

Colts triumphed this time round but the victory was anything but pretty. Lets just say that Biggar hit the ugly tree right from the start and hit every branch on the way down for the next 30 minutes!

It was a game of two half's really with the least said about the first by virtue of the passive nature of Biggar's defence and lack of drive.

Yes, Connolly and Wallis touched down respectively within 15 minutes and that should be commended, Connolly's a result of Hamilton indecision at a defensive line-out and Wallis's bourne from the basics and determination.

Hamilton split the two unconverted Biggar tries with one of their own and went ahead in 23 minutes with a converted effort to take the visitors 2 points clear at 10-12.

This was not comfortable to watch. It was an out-of-sorts Colts side.

They weren't at the level they needed to be and Hamilton were punishing the fragmented Biggar structure. Bulls centre partnership was strong and when there is a departure of tackle technique, verging on non-existent, there is only going to be one result.

Hamilton had plenty of weight about them and Biggar handled the physicality well but the real physical battles needed by the front 5 were being fought by others. Throw into the mix ball watching, poor decision making and communication breakdown and what you have is head-in-hands stuff.

Hamilton Bulls were worth every penny of their first half lead and understandably buoyed.

So to the second-half then.......

Never mind the 'Beast from the East' that's headed our way. In the end up Biggar sent a chill into the marrow of the visitors with an encompassing second 35  that put any hopes of Hamilton registering a victory against their South Lanarkshire counterparts into cold storage. Their ambitions lay scattered across the showfield  turf.

The game remained a full-bloodied encounter but this time round Biggar played with more zest. It would see the Black and Red register a further seven tries with no reply.

Ali Steele bagged one 9 minutes after the restart and converted well. That was enough to get the momentum going.

It doesn't pay to take your eyes off players like Daniel McConkey as there is always a sense of possibility in what he does. The forward found a purple patch.

Hamilton were starting to go backwards and McConkey exploited the gaps. His vision was rewarded in 50 minutes when he picked up from the back of a ruck 3 metres from the Bulls line. Speed of thought saw him dive through the bodies to score. He was on a roll and 2 minutes later a brilliant line-break afforded him space to off-load to Lewis Stewart who ran in from the opposition 22m. Steele added the extras.

Finlay Barr, tenacious as ever, didn't disappoint on the day either even though his playing position varies greatly from one game to another. It shows real resilience that other players can feed off. Scott Paton's try in 65 minutes was built on that same resilience. The prop crashed through, much like McConkeys effort, to open his account on the day.

Matthew Stewart then bagged a double. The first from an Orr kick in behind the Hamilton defence and some decent sprint technique to win the foot race.

The second was a show of initial strength to halt Bulls in their tracks, get back on his feet then receive the ball again from Barr and run in from 40 metres.

Ali Steele finished things off to add to his ever increasing tally for the season at the point where Hamilton had nothing left to give.
Moving forward, things are great when you're winning but you simply cannot take your eye off the ball at this level and squander chances or lose your shape. There are times when it will matter and all players must hold themselves to account if they want success.

Tries: Charles Connolly, Sam Wallis, Ali Steele (2), Daniel McConkey, Scott Paton, Lewis Stewart, Matthew Stewart (2).
Conv: Ali Steele (5)

1sts manage a draw at whitecraigs

Whitecraigs 15 Biggar15

The first encounter in October saw Biggar rack up a deserved 5 league points in a 45-24 win at Hartree Mill.


That the return would prove so very different means that any lingering hopes of promotion are now over, Biggar in 5th spot but with Peebles and others in close contention and with games to play with.


The postponement from last Saturday was frustrating and in order to avoid an April date for the rescheduled match both clubs opted to play under floodlights on Friday evening.


Biggar were without a couple of key players, Carne Green having now returned home to NZ, while Ewan Stewart was unavailable due to illness. Neither absence can be levelled as an excuse however and there was considerable frustration again within the Biggar camp at the inconsistencies of performance.


Possessing a huge pack Whitecraigs did much to deny Biggar any quality possession for large chunks of the game and as a result they just couldn’t manage to string together sufficient phases to break down the ‘Craigs defence.


The game opened brightly enough with flanker Gregor Stewart taking full advantage of a ‘Craigs overthrow to pinch possession before rounding the cover defence for a good try in the corner, though just too far out for Euan Bogle to strike the conversion.


‘Craigs replied some 10 minutes later with a second opportunist try, this time for their scrum half who exploited a gap in the Biggar defence to nip through for a try from some 20 metres. This try was also unconverted and this was the case for the third try of the match, this credited to the home side and which gave them a 10-5 half time lead.


Biggar would have expected to kick on from here and in some respects this is indeed what they did, Bogle striking a penalty to reduce the deficit before adding a conversion to a try from centre Ryan Moffat, this a try he set up with a good midfield break. Jamie Orr took play forward from the Moffat off-load and then the centre regained possession to barge over.


The 15-10 score was a whole lot more encouraging but a susceptibility to concede penalties, something which this squad have not been particularly guilty of, reared its ugly head. This gave the home side the initiative and the opportunity to maintain pressure on the visitors and the inevitable then came to pass, namely a yellow card to centre Robbie Lavery – the second in as many games, and this a ‘team’ yellow in that it was for persistent infringement.


Down to 14 men Biggar’s chances were then further reduced with a second yellow, this to replacement Callum Dunlop, which meant for an approximate 5 minute overlap, Biggar were 2 men down. Dunlop had come on in the first half for Calum Braid who aggravated a shoulder injury. Rowan Stewart had replaced Alistair Sinclair at half time.


Having defended pretty well Biggar then put themselves under pressure by failing to clear their 22 properly, ‘Craigs taking full advantage to launch a series of pick-and-go’s from the pack. This eventually paid off, with space created on the wing for the ‘Craigs winger to squeeze in at the corner.


A successful conversion and the win would have been just reward for ‘Craigs efforts but from a Biggar point of view the ball happily missed its target and so the game was drawn.


‘Craigs have only had one win this season and so this was their second best result. For Biggar it marks the end of any promotion hopes they may have had although as they have the top 2 still to play, they will have a major say in which teams do finally get the two promotion spots.



C. Henderson, K. Robison, D. O’Connell, A. Warnock, J. Orr, G. Stewart, C. Braid, A. Orr, D. Reive, C. Lavery, A. Sinclair, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, E. Bogle Reps: , R. Stewart, C. Dunlop, J. Barr


First up however is Preston Lodge who come to Hartree Mill on Saturday. Biggar will be looking to regain their form and ensure they gain a good home win.


There was no 2nd XV match but there was action on Saturday when the Colts hosted local rivals Hamilton in a friendly. This was played at The Showfield because the Hartree Mill pitches were frost bound.

The visitors held Biggar well in the first half but the home side ran in a host of tries after the break to record a well deserved win.


All Sundays matches were cancelled because of the overnight frost and so members and rugby fans were able to relive the heady heights of Saturdays Calcutta Cup match! What an occasion it was for the rugby community – two top sides going at it hammer and tong with little quarter asked or given.


That Scotland won was fantastic but what was as important was they manner in which they won with a 3-1 try count evidence of their ability to break down the opponents defence. Just reward for their efforts.

Though ex-Biggar man Scot Lawson didn’t get into the action from the bench was disappointing but to be part of the occasion and to be part of the celebrations was clearly fantastic.

Weekend match reports: Colts v Allen Glens and 16’s v Loch Lomond

Biggar Colts Dominate Against Allan Glens

Biggar Colts had their second run out in the West Region cup completion on Saturday at Hartree Mill with Allan Glens the visitors. Glens finished third in their Galant Conference and last week had posted a 66 point win over Ardrossan so a tight game was expected. Having said that, it had been nearly 3 months since the last home game for the Biggar Colts so the boys came out determined to put on a show for the good sized crowd that had turned up.


The early stages were a tight affair. Both teams making handling errors and the odd misplaced pass just leading to a move breaking down when it looked like something was developing. It was a very physical affair with Biggar making some really big tackles and knocking their opponents back on a number of occasions.


The first score came for Glens on 13 minutes. With Biggar working to get out of their 22 they were penalised for a hand in the ruck and Glens opted for the 3 points. This seemed to wake up the Biggar attacking intent and they would go on to run in 8 tries.


First up a score for Stuart Forrest. I am sure everyone at the club will be delighted to see Stuart pulling on a Biggar shirt again. Returning from 2 broken legs he eased himself back into the game and it was fantastic to see him get on the scoresheet. The try was simple but very well executed. Glens were penalised for an offside just outside their 22. Ali Steele sent a pinpoint kick to secure a 5 metre line. Rhys Thompson hit his man perfectly form the lineout and the catch and drive from the rest of the pack was superb. Glens couldn’t stop the drive and Stuart at the back of the maul broke from a yard out and touched down. It was clear to see how much it meant to him and also his teammates as they celebrated with him. The conversion was missed by Ali.


Next up a great team effort which led to a touchdown for Sam Wallis. Another line out for the forwards this time a bit further out so the catch was taken and the ball spread quickly through the backs hands. An excellent offload from Finlay Stewart got the ball out to Sam on the wing and he sped over. Again simple rugby but executed very well by Biggar. Ali nailed the conversion from wide left with a really good kick.


Robbie Orr was next to get on the scoresheet and whilst his quick thinking and support play was excellent a great deal of credit needs to go to Ali Steele at fullback. A clearing kick from Glens was taken well by Ali and he clearly spied a gap up the left hand side. Through one tackle then past 2 more defenders he got well into the Glens 22 before popping to Robbie who was running well in support. Robbie still had plenty to do and when he was tackled, Glens were penalised for hand on the floor. Robbie show great awareness to tap quickly and dive over while the decision was being debated. Another tough wide left conversion was landed by Ali.


Half time – Biggar 24 Allan Glens 3


Into the second half and again Glens came out with real fire and determination. The started to push Biggar back into their own 22 but couldn’t really trouble the try line. The Biggar scrum was dominant with the front 5 of Hugo Baillie, Rhys Thompson, Harry Low, Harry Archibald and Josh JVR really laying down a marker every time there was a scrum called. The back row of Charles Connolly, Craig Frame and Dan McConkey seemed to be everywhere. It really was a very dominant display from every one of the pack (including the replacements).


Glens maybe realised that they were struggling to get over the line and when another penalty was awarded inside the 22 and they opted for the 3 points which were well taken. Unfortunately for Glens as with in the first half, this seemed to stir the attacking zeal of the Biggar backs with 4 more scorers touching down.


First to go over was Ali and as with the first half it was doing the simple stuff really well that led to the score from Biggar. A scrum was called inside the Glens 22, the ball was won easily and then fed out quickly through the hands. Ali burst in from full back to go through between the posts. Ali converted his own try.


Next up Rowan Stewart got the score that his play deserved. Initially the ball was kept in the pack with 4 or 5 pick and drives gaining ground and tying in defenders. Quick hands got the ball out and Rowan cut a great line to steer clear of the chasing defence. This try went unconverted.


Biggar were now dominating the game and looked like they could score at any time and next to go over was Finn Barr. He had a really good game at scrum half never giving his opposite numbers a minutes peace. It was that harrying that got him his score. Deep inside the Glens 22 Biggar looked to go over but a knock on gave Glens the scrum. With the Biggar pack dominating there was real pressure on the scrum half to get the ball in and out quickly. With that and the chasing he was getting from Finn he took his eye off the ball and it squirmed out of the back of the scrum. Finn reacted before anyone and pounced on the ball. A really good effort from the scrum half. Again Ali converted well.


Final try of the game went to Jamie Bell who had come on as sub on the wing. A big tackle as Glens made their way out of their 22 saw the ball knocked on by Glens. Quick reactions from Biggar secured the ball and it was passed out to Bell on the wing who had plenty still to do but dashed over for the score. Ali then converted with a fantastic drop kick from the touchline which drew a well-deserved cheer as it really was a cracking kick!


Full time - Biggar 50 – Allan Glens 6


A very good game to watch and a potential banana skin avoided for the Colts in their quest for cup glory. Glens were clearly a decent outfit but Biggar dominated them from early on until the final score. It was great to see all 15 men still fighting for every yard when Glens won a scrum under the Biggar posts in the dying minutes. The game was won but the determination not to concede a try was there for all to see. Some great tackling, superb running and above all getting the basics spot on were the basis for this win. Really good to see and clearly the result of hard work on the training pitch.


Final word has to go to Stuart Forrest - great to see you back playing and hopefully Sunday wasn’t too painful!


Sunday 18 February 2018

Loch Lomond 10 v 65 Biggar U16’s

Despite the one week layoff it was business as usual for the U16’s as they travelled to Loch Lomond for their second West Region Cup fixture.


Despite the constant drizzle and poor conditions the boys got off to a flying start when with 5 minutes on the clock having retained possession through a number of forward phases the ball sailed down the back line for Callum Smith to score in the corner. Calum McCallum put an excellent kick over for a 0-7 lead for Biggar.


Next came another good series of forward phases and a touch down from Seth Jamison, although the kick was missed, making it 0-12 to Biggar.


Loch Lomond kept themselves in it when a quick line-out by them caught Biggar by surprise and they scored in the corner, but also missed their kick to pull it back to 5-12.


The opposition’s score only served to spur Biggar on and they began to dominate the game in both the forwards and the backs. It seemed as though the only time Loch Lomond got a touch of the ball was when Biggar either dropped it, or a wayward pass gifted the ball back to them.


In a dominant 20-25 minute spell Biggar ran in five unanswered tries.


First Cameron Gray dived over from a 5 yard line-out, then Callum Smith ran in one of his trademark solo efforts sprinting past almost the entire Loch Lomond defensive line. Although both kicks were missed the lead was extended to 5-22.


Louis Henderson charged over a few minutes later to round off some excellent forwards phases. Then it was the backs turn again as Aaron Thomson sold an sublime side-step to create a gap for him to sail through the defensive line and score. It was then back to the forwards again who drove the Loch Lomond forwards back to their 10 yard line before Seth Jamison dived over for his second try of the game. With Calum McCallum kicking all three conversions the lead was extended to 5-43.


Loch Lomond managed to add to their tally from a kick into space, which Biggar should have dealt with, but the opposition picked up the loose ball and scored in the corner again. They also missed their kick making it 10-43 at the half-time interval.


The second half went much the same way as the first, with Biggar maintaining control of the game.


Callum Smith sailed over for his hat-trick a few minutes in to the half and with another missed conversion the score was 10-48.


Next came the best try of the game with the phases between forwards and backs beginning from almost our own try line.


A break from Cameron Snell saw him charging down the line with Josh Foster in hot pursuit. As Cammy drew the tackle and popped the pass to Josh he just continued to sailed down the line, out pacing the last of the defenders, to score in the corner. His first try for Biggar – much to the delight of all his team mates! With the kick missed again the lead was extended to 10-53.


Though given the option to concede victory, Loch Lomond to their credit chose to see out the game. There was time on the clock for Cameron Gray to score his second try of the day with a good pick-up and charge and for Callum Smith to complete the try fest with his fourth of the match. Calum McCallum missed one but kicked the other conversion to round the game off at 10-65.


Another good all round performance by the boys despite the poor weather conditions. With eleven tries and five conversions there could be little to complain about but the boys were unhappy at giving away two easy tries and not keeping a clean sheet. Next week we have a friendly at home to Dumfries.

Biggar Youth Rugby Round up from 4th Feb

U14’s Biggar 7 Highland 25

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” and this is what the Under 14 boys continue to do and will succeed as they build each week. Together they will achieve.


On a cracking bright and warm day for rugby, Highland U14 had a successful long trip from Inverness to Hartree Mill with a 7 tries to 2 tries win.


Biggar, although bolstered with a few eligible U15 team members could not match the size and maturity of their counterparts.


There must be something in the water in the Biggar area but we just never seem to rear 6-foot giants - unlike other teams. As with Dunfermline, differences in stature came to the fore but as usual the Biggar boys stuck in and gave Highland a great game.


Highland dominated up front and were well coached in the lineout and drive which they used to their benefit scoring 3 tries in the process.


Their backs were well structured and the stand-off had a rugby brain with clever line running, kicking to space and knowing when to get his backs moving.


Where Biggar were getting the better of Highland was wide out and when quick ball could be moved, Ben McBride used his tremendous speed and evasive running to score the try of the day which was well received by the supporters.


The other try came from Gregor Forrest who was an inspiration to the boys with his strong running and tackling in the centre which made a difference. Gregor will be a major asset to the boys in the coming weeks and when the others missing on Sunday appear back there will be strong competition for all places.


Biggar were given a lesson in match play and how much they still need to improve but as usual they never lost heart and put all their effort in.


However, the team must move forward together but are still lacking in that some of the boys still needing to be seen in both attack and defence. Together we can do so much.


Gregor Forrest – 1 try

Ben McBride - 1 try

Finlay Crozier -1 conversion.



Biggar U16’s 55 v 0 East Kilbride/Cumnock

This was the U16’s opening fixture in the West Region Cup and it was clear from the start that the boys were up and ready for the game. Biggar took it to the opposition from the start with Jack McAlister and Liam Bockwell in particular gaining more yards from their ball carries than the entire Scotland team had managed the day before. The opening score game from a scrum with the ball being carried wide from the pick-up and flipped passed to Callum Smith on the wing just inside his own half. “Smithy” still had a lot to do but managed to skip past the EK tacklers and keep his feet in field as he sailed down the line to score in the corner. Calum McCallum made the conversion look easy for and early 7-0 lead. Cameron Gray extended the lead a few minutes later when from a five yard scrum he picked up from the number eight position and dived over the line. With the conversion missed it was 12-0.


Biggar’s next score came from some excellent forward play, as the boys went through phase after phase, steadily moving the ball down the pitch. It was Jack McAlister who took the final pop pass and barged his way through three tackles to touchdown for the try. Again the conversion was missed but it was 17-0. EK kept plugging away but the Biggar defence was holding firm and it was a ball lost by EK in the tackle that led to try number four. Callum Smith pounced on the loose ball and flew down the wing past several EK players. Having drawn what remained of the defence to him “Smithy” popped a pass to Calum McCallum who also touched down in the corner. With Calum Mc missing his third kick in a row it was looking like he had left his kicking boots at home but the lead was now extended to 22-0.


Biggar’s next scores came from individual breaks with first Callum Smith picking up another loose ball and running through four or five opposition players to score his second try under the posts. Then it was Seth Jamieson who finished off a number of forward phases by breaking through several tackles and touching down between the posts. With Calum McCallum converting both kicks the score was stretched to 36-0 at the half-time whistle.


The second half continued in the same vein with Biggar dominating in the forwards and the defensive line handling anything EK could throw at them. Cameron Gray scored his second try of the game touching down after some excellent line-out play from Biggar. But with another missed kick the score moved to 41-0. Callum Smith made it a hat-trick of tries for him flying down the wing again leaving everyone in his wake, before cutting in to score under the posts. This time Calum McCallum did make kick to extend the lead to 48-0. It was another series of forward phases that led to the final score, with Cameron Gray breaking the tackle and popping a pass to Calum McCallum who outpaced the remaining defenders to score his second of the game in the corner. Calum made the final conversion to bring the score to 55-0 and shortly after the ref ended the match.


A fine victory for the boys with some very good individual performances, but more importantly an excellent overall team performance, with every player contributing to the win. With nine tries and five conversions and most pleasing of all a clean sheet, the game stats speak for themselves. Next weekend is a free week and we can only hope the boys can keep the momentum going for the Loch Lomond game in two weeks.

Mixed fortunes for Biggar’s Youth sides in Fife

U13's v Dunfermline

The Shogun Conference was a significant challenge for the U13s, coaches and players alike. It's important to take stock from time to time and realise just how far you have come.


We started the season with a squad of 13, just enough to field the squad size required at U13, assuming everyone available and no subs. Thanks, in large part, to the work of the development team and the School of Rugby program we now have a squad of 21.


With two front row players unavailable and a couple of late call-offs we faced Dunfermline on their home turf for the very first time (if we have met before neither Andrew nor I can remember). We had 15 players available but Dunfermline only 13 so our planned wing forwards started on the bench.


I don't have a play by play account of the match as I was organising, encouraging and deliberating with Craig and Graeme who were part of the coaching team on the day. I will cover the highlights of the play.


We did the following well: strong ball carries; mixed up narrow and wide attacks; tenacity to finish; set pieces; targeting the ball to good effect.


We were reasonable at the following: support running; tackling (some excellent, most physical, some not as low as the should have been).


We could have been better at the following: speed into rucks on own ball; body position in rucks; defensive organisation.


It's hard to single out individuals for praise when it was a real team performance but I will:
Josh- 2 tries, strong carries, important tackles and great lineout defence;
Max B- 2 tries, 1 conversion, well timed rips and good support;
Ryan- strong carries, effective use of draw and pass;
Robert-1 try, solid scrum;
William- solid scrum, good carries;
Stewart- big improvement in carries, keeping the ball secure and available;
Morgan- fabulous physical performance, good yards and secure ball carrying;
Kai- improvement in carrying straight, physical in contact;
Hamish-1 try. Really sound performance at 9, his first whole game in this position, try saving defence;
Connor D- made so many yards, so hard to stop, even carrying a stone of mud on his shorts;
Gregor- 1 try, 1 conversion, an assured performance at 10, some great defence;
Max G- 2 tries, great awareness of space and support. First time in the centre, well handled.
Fergus W- 3 tries, excellent draw and pass, usual combative defence;
Connor J- fabulous attacks down the narrow channels, so hard to stop, try saving tackles.
Angus- composed performance from one of the newer team members, strong carries, linking and brave defence.

Yea, that was them all but they all merited mention.

I have no doubt that the big teams will continue to pose a big challenge but we need games like this to show how we stand against teams other than the best in Scotland. The occasional big win is good for the soul


Dunfermline 28points v Biggar 11 points.

“Determination” is a word often associated with these under 14 boys. No matter what is thrown at them they will not give in and they just keep getting back up, determined to do better and make it happen. The boys have turned the season round and won many games but some reality came back on Sunday.


No excuses can be made but Dunfermline has one of the most mature teams that they Biggar boys will have played against for some time. Dunfermline had a large squad with 4 individuals who would easily blend in with many under 16 teams.


Often there is one outstanding more physical player but this time there were more throughout the field and the Biggar boys just do not have the size which at this level is a crucial factor.


However, they do have big hearts and determination and will grow and bulk out well soon , so obtaining all that is needed.


On Sunday on an atrocious pitch Biggar found it hard early on to adjust and were 3 tries down early on. Chances were going amiss due to handling errors and too often failing to hold on to the ball when tackled. In defence yet again too, few making the tackles and doing the rucking.

They did eventually shut the door and came into the game with the whole team working together.


After some repositioning of the team the game was very much in the balance.


The second half was a different contest early on and Biggar were very much getting the upper hand with both Rory Hill and Ben McBride scoring well taken tries after constant Biggar pressure.


Another score came from Gregor (from Dunfermline) who helped Biggar out due to them going short of players due to injuries.


With no replacements, Biggar boys tired and Dunfermline put a few late tries away.


This was again just another challenge on the long road ahead but no one can doubt the Under 14 team have made the biggest improvement this year and will achieve much.



Rory Hill – 1 try

Ben McBride - 1 try

Gregor- 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 out of the 3.

Colts grab extras in West area Cup debut

West Area Cup: Group B

Ardrossan Accies U18   5    Biggar Colts    62

Biggar Colts could not have asked for more in their pursuit of West Regional Cup success. They orchestrated a thrashing of their North Ayrshire opponents with a ten-try thumping and a display of relentless pressure wrapped up in notable skill we can certainly write home about.


Biggar dominated in all departments but Ardrossan weren't completely powerless and had bulk,  however they could do nothing to stop the Colts running riot. It wasn't a free-for-all though, it was a structured approach and despite the soggy conditions Colts played an expansive

game of rugby which worked well.

The game burst into life immediately and Sam Wallis scored the first in 6 minutes, wonderful in its simplicity, finishing off after a big shove from the forwards preceding a lovely passing move from left to right. Biggar accelerated through the gears thereafter. 


Connolly was next in line through a sweetly delivered flat ball and covered 40 yards with pace to touch down. Steele added the extras.


Kotze was sharp all day and helped himself to some points of his own to bag Biggar's third.  The scrum-half exploited a fragmented Accies defence in the 12th minute. It came off the back of a strong Harry Low break and some excellent support play - a feature that would be present throughout the match.


The gains seemed more obvious this time round with dazzling performances from the backs, complimented by hard accuracy in the loose by the hungry mobile forwards - Archibald and JVR showing much improvement.


Accies came back for a bit and kicked over the advancing Colts but Ali Steele was on hand to collect, turn on the power, and crash back through the middle. Matthew Stewart linked well with the full-back and the physical centre made no mistake about the direction of travel. Encouragingly he had three other Colts following his trail, any one of them available for the off-load.....just in case. No need though. He would be sliding in for his first of three.


Twenty minutes played and Ardrossan found an ignition source. Biggar needed to defend well and defend they did, albeit self inflicted grief as a result of unnecessary indiscipline. However,  line speed aggression broke the hosts down and a loose pass was intercepted by Matthew Stewart. A 70 yard sprint to the line was rewarded with a score and only the ball and try line for company, although his namesake Finlay Stewart was never that far away. On that note, this Centre partnership was an omnipresent threat.


Biggar picked up another two scores through Wallis and Connolly, again, to bring the score to 43 nil. It was thrilling stuff.


Finlay Barr was relishing the physical contest at openside and his rugby knowledge was evident. His licence to push the boundaries, however, expired just before the break after being warned earlier. A sneaky hand in the ruck was spotted by the ref, and everyone else in Ardrossan and Saltcoats. 10 minutes on the naughty step young man!


Coaches made some changes for the second half and mixed things up a bit.


There was a collective confidence in the whole team and decision making was sound even with players out-with their comfort zone.


There was little in the way of drama but tempo and physicality was good. 


Matthew Stewart picked up his third 5 minutes after the restart and then replacement Cammy Snell showed real belief and backed himself to outrun the scrambling Accies defence to open his account with his first touch of the ball.


Biggar's 10th and final try was a fine interplay effort touched down finally by Robbie Orr.


No doubt this was a bitter pill for Ardrossan to swallow and we know how that feels because we've all been there. Its important to acknowledge Ardrossan's guts and determination. They hung in stoutly throughout  and in the dying minutes despite Biggar disrupting things managed a consolation try.


It was a first class performance by Biggar but not completely devoid of development areas.


They must ensure their power supply is spread across the board as there are tougher games on the horizon. If Biggar Colts want pool supremacy they must continue to seek improvement week on week. They have the talent to achieve that.


Tries: Matthew Stewart (3), Sam Wallis (2), Charles Connolly (2), Luhann Kotze, Cameron Snell, Robbie Orr.

Conv: Ali Steele (5), Finlay Stewart.

2nds gain important victory over Boroughmuir

Biggar 2nds 17 Boroughmuir 3rds 0

On the neighbouring pitch a strong 2nd XV got the better of Boroughmuir 3rds in what was a vital win which just keeps the side in the hunt to retain Reserve League status.


It was really encouraging to see several ‘old' faces make a return to action and they did the club proud with an encouraging display both in defence and in attack when they repelled a stout B’muir XV.


For the record tries were scored by Ewan Bogle, Callum Dunlop and Douglas Notman with Bogle kicking a conversion.


As the 1sts match finished a few minutes before the 2nds it was great to see the bulk of the 1st XV squad lend their support to their mates in the 2nds. One Club, One Family!

Bonus point win against GHK

Biggar 34 GHK 10

The frustration felt after last Saturday’s disappointment at Dumfries was banished as Biggar blasted GHK to record a valuable bonus point win. To make things even more interesting Dumfries lost to Hamilton and so the clubs vying for second spot are now once again separated by just a handful of points with the following number of games played Dumfries on 45 after 14 games, Lasswade on 42 after 12, Biggar on 41 after 13. Lasswade would then appear to be in the driving seat, but Biggar have still to play them. No matter however as first up (on 10th Feb) is Hamilton which, while always a hum-dinger, now takes on added significance.


Again, as is often the case, although the win was important, the performance (particularly in the second half) was what was the most pleasing factor; not one of the 19 involved playing poorly, all stepping up a couple of gears from the previous week and all contributing to the cause. In a squad who are all worthy of plaudits, special mention to Dan O’Connell who returned after a long period of unavailability and who did much to nullify the GHK scrum, Andrew Orr who again gained the nod as Biggar man-of-the-match after a powerful display and debutant Rowan Stewart who is the latest in a long line of Colts to take the step up and play for the senior squad, acquitting himself well and nabbing a try to boot!


This was the 3rd meeting between these two sides, Biggar winning the League encounter while the Glasgow side took some revenge when they battered Biggar in the Cup.


Well though Andrew Peacock played last week after the loss of Calum Braid to a damaged shoulder, the props absence in the loose contributed to derail Biggar’s plans at Dumfries and so the return of O’Connell was timely, the Biggar pack always on the front foot with a penalty try just reward for their dominance, albeit that that score came when the GHK scrum looked less in trouble than it had on a couple of earlier occasions.


There were only a couple of changes to Biggar’s starting XV from that which took the field the previous week, Ewan Stewart returning at hooker with Andrew Orr dropping into the back row and Peacock joining Aird Jardine and the Stewart brothers on the bench. The backs were unchanged.


Despite the quick thaw and the torrential rain of Tuesday the Biggar pitches were in remarkably good condition although overhead conditions with a biting, blustery wind having a considerable impact on the proceedings.


The match was fast and furious as expected, GHK playing against the elements and opting again to run the ball at every opportunity. In this they always threatened with some good support play but the Biggar defence was up to the task and play was largely confined to the visitors half. On those occasions when GHK did gain a foothold in Biggar territory they were quickly sent scurrying back to their half a with variety of kicks from Carne Green and Conor Lavery turning defence into attack.


Biggar opened the scoring on 10 minutes after a couple of penalties were taken as scrums and as Biggar set out their stall in the tight. It was Orr at No8 who took and went blind to score, his bulk and power aided by the support of at least three other Biggar players. Green added the conversion for 7-0.


Bravely though GHK ran out of defence Biggar enjoyed the lions share of possession and they should undoubtedly have increased their tally bar for the fact that they perhaps forced the pass and were guilty of chasing the points, trys missed because of passing errors or over complication of running angles. GHK escaped further punishment therefore, until that is Biggar gained another attacking position in the GHK 22. After a couple of line drives which GHK held, a Biggar scrum drive which had GHK going backwards saw referee Ormiston run to the posts to award the penalty try. There are no conversions in such circumstances and so Biggar’s total was immediately doubled to 14-0.


This score came on the half hour mark and given the wind Biggar would have hoped to have been farther ahead. In fact however, Biggar’s cause was not aided by a yellow card shown to Jamie Orr for a tip tackle and then an injury to hooker Ewan Stewart, his replacement being Gregor Stewart (no relation!) and so the only other score in the half fell to GHK, a loose pass on the Biggar 10m line gifting possession to centre Danny Campbell who needed no invitation to sprint clear of the Biggar cover to dot down for the try. The wind played havoc with conversions into the wind and with Campbell’s conversion attempt off target, the half came to a close with Biggar ahead at 14-5. There were many Biggar supporters who feared that this 5 point lead would not be sufficient and that Biggar would have a tough time when GHK had the wind on their backs.


As it turned out it, was the side playing against the elements which played best, Biggar turning in a masterful display of rugby after the break in which they ran some excellent lines and supported each other equally well, choking the visitors at source. For their part, GHK failed to use the elements wisely or to their advantage, their backs rarely offering to kick clear and opting again to run with the ball in hand. In this while they undoubtedly gained ground it was hard won yards, even with the wind and generally the Biggar defence was up to the mark to tidy play up.


A number of penalties threatened initially to trouble Biggar’s attack but happily these came to nought either via passing movements or the boot, Campbell missing and the score remaining at 14-5.


Still in their own 22 Biggar then took a leaf from GHK’s book and ran ball out of defence. A Jackson pick up took ball infield before Davy Reive switched play back to the blindside, Stewart providing the link to Green whose quick off-load found Bradford. The winger made ground then popped the ball to Orr who immediately transferred the ball back inside to Lavery who ran from the GHK 10 for an excellent score. From wide out there was little or no chance of the conversion but nevertheless Biggar were now 2 scores clear at 19-5.


More importantly the side attacked again right from the restart putting together a series of 21 phases when nearly every player made a contribution of some sort, Moffat then Renwick almost getting to the line before a quick transfer from Green to Lavery gave the fullback just enough room to creep in at the corner for his second try of the afternoon. A fantastic team try and crucially the 4 try bonus point secured. 24-5.


This was soon to become 29-5 as with the bit between their teeth and with all again running angles well, Biggar engineered an attacking position from a penalty kick to touch some 5 metres out. A shortened lineout and a successful take from skipper Alan Warnock led to a line drive and with Orr in the van the lock crashed over for the try.


At this juncture Reive gave way at scrum half to Aird Jardine.


A turnover from the GHK restart kick forced Renwick to concede a 5 metre scrum and gave the visitors their first real attacking venture of the half. They used this opportunity well to create space wide out for Blair Forsyth to dive over for their second try. 29-10.


Any thought of a late comeback were soon put to bed when another handling error in midfield saw a turnover courtesy of Calvin Henderson. His pass found his fellow prop O’Connell who set up the ruck from which the Orr's secured an attacking position on the left hand side. A quick 1-2 between the latest replacement Rowan Stewart (who came on for Renwick) and Green saw ball shifted to Jackson, the No 8 racing upfield before delivering a well-timed pass to debutant Stewart who dived for a popular score. 34-10.


O’Connell gave way to Peacock for the last 10 minutes. GHK had a decent period of attacking play to round off the match and might have fared better with some novel lineout moves had their handling not let them down before referee Ormiston brought proceedings to a close.


A much improved display with as suggested all making their presence felt. The hard yards were made by the pack but they were ably abetted by the three-quarters who were actively seeking to be involved in attack – Bradford a good example – while at the same time adding much in defence, GHK unable to break through hard though they tried.


The opening round of the 6-Nations means that there is no match this weekend and so the squad have a fortnight to prepare for the Hamilton test. They will use the time wisely and will need to be at the same level if they are to win the local Lanarkshire derby.


Congratulations to the whole squad!


D. O’Connell, A. Orr, C. Henderson, J. Orr, A. Warnock, A. Orr, E. Sanderson, R. Jackson, D. Reive, C. Green, I. Renwick, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, C. Lavery Reps: A. Peacock, G. Stewart, A. Jardine, R. Stewart


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