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ClydesdaleDdistrict Sports Awards success



In a great night at the Cartland Bridge Hotel and organised by Clydesdale District Sports Council Biggar RFC was the delighted

recipient of several top awards. More details will follow and official pictures will appear in the Gazette this week but in short;

Junior Team of the Year: Biggar RFC U15 Girls


Coach of the Year: Eric Shearer


Service to Sport: Gordon Young



The U15 side were represented by the pictured group of players with Coach Eric in front.

GY was unable to attend and Al Stewart accepted his award. We will look for a suitable time to present this to him at the club.


Many thanks to all at the Sports Council for the support of sport in the area and for organising and hosting the event.



Congratulations as well to Biggar netballer Emily Nichol who won the Female Sports Personality of the Year award. As a local she has used our club gym in the past and to make the Scottish squad and to be heading off to the Gold Coast to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games is a massive achievement.

Good luck Emily!

Things you need to know….dates for your diary

They are still a wee way off but the following events are brought to your attention:


31st March

Ladies Day £20 per person includes a Welcome drink and a 2-course meal


7th April

Senior Club Dinner and presentation evening (£25 per person)


May 25th-27th:

Biggar’s Big May weekend, including

Biggar’s Fun Sevens,

After Sevens Party Night featuring two local bands, Strange Brew and The Nomads,


headlined by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on Sunday 27th

(various charges apply, please see social media for full details.


As always GY is your contact for tickets, but don't leave it too late!

Colts engineer excellent second half performance over Kilmarnock

Biggar Colts  43   Kilmarnock U18   17

The cynic may say game 3 in the West Cup competition served up a bit of a stinker. Or was it?


This was a match full of contradiction. 


In the first 35 you would question if the Colts can learn from previous experience and whether the boys are actually listening. Would something internally have to fundamentally change?


The second 35 was a display of astonishing teamwork, not totally devoid of mistakes but completely comfortable, characterful and, for the most part, assured.


Even though Biggar hit the cold ground running and looked in decent working order it was actually a false picture. 


Stuart Forrest got things going as Biggar won the early territorial battle with the No.8 picking up from the base of the scrum, going on the blind and reaching for the line to log the first points. Promising signs.


However, Biggar Colts are a real target for teams these days and Kilmarnock had designs on upsetting the apple cart and were making a damn good job of it. Biggar would do well to learn from the sheer determination and team spirit that their visitors displayed. 


The East Ayrshire outfit went through the phases very well and broke the Colts defence down to go in for an unconverted try.


Four minutes later they would be at it again and you had to admire their drive. Their pack was strong on the hoof and Biggar couldn't halt the attack. Not through lack of trying though. 


The home team committed themselves to a policy of holding off and selecting summer rugby options. Kilmarnock stuck it to them, but strangely Biggar never looked in any real trouble, as hard as it was to watch at times.


Both teams lost numerous line-outs, largely down to weather conditions, but despite what appeared to be a heavier Kilmarnock pack Biggar dominated in that department.


Both Klimarnock and Biggar didn't need an invitation to advance but both were guilty of over thinking and making basic errors.


Colts managed to draw level with a penalty after Kilmarnock off-side. Steele struck well to bring the score to ten a piece.


Killie punished Biggar for handling mistakes at the end of the first half and with the lofty full-back stretching his legs they were nearly under the posts again were it not for a last ditch Orr tackle. 


Weather conditions continued to play havoc. It was pretty cold too and not a day for hanging about. As the half-time whistle sounded Colts were off the pitch and in the changing rooms. Killie stayed on the field. Was this Biggar playing mind games? No, it was just bloody freezing!


Rumour has it that Jock had made hot tea and warm scones. No jam though!


Just like the time he served red wine with the fish course, the players were having none of it and returned to the field for the re-start.


The second half was warmly received, any boy it had to be, but not before Kilmarnock slapped Biggar in the face again to register their third try and converted well too. The visitors were up at 10-17 but they suffered a blow soon after when two of their own players clashed heads. It was a nasty one that saw one being replaced. Whether this affected Killie's performance was hard to say but the tide turned quickly in Biggar's favour.


Colts finally worked out how to play the conditions and commanded possession. 


Ali Steele bulldozed his way through on 45 minutes to level things again and converted his own score.


Robbie Orr then put Biggar clear after a scrum was won against the head. 


Colts advanced again and got into the groove. Finlay Barr spotted the unguarded ruck on Killie's 5m. The srum-half made no mistake and added to the score sheet.


Biggar tails were now up. A Biggar penalty inside their own half saw them opt for a tap and go. With the ball finding its way into Matthew Stewart's hands the centre switched on the afterburners and touched down from 60 metres with limited company.


Ali Steele loves a show and right at the death his trademark leaping salmon after a superb solo run entertained the crowd to top off a fine second half performance.


The match was poor on quality at times but ultimately enough to secure a Biggar win. 


You can make all the excuses under the sun about the weather but, lets be honest, there's been worse. It took 40 minutes to properly get it together but when they did it was structured and purposeful.


A notable performance came from Ethan Webb at wing. The first year Colt was industrious and made yards at every opportunity, just missing out on a score of his own. 


The Colts are on the road to Dumfries next time with an opportunity to top the Group B table.


Tries: Stuart Forrest, Ali Steele (2), Robbie Orr, Finlay Barr, Matthew Stewart.

Conv: Ali Steele (5)

Pen: Ali Steele

Biggar dump Howe

Biggar 26 Howe of Fife 0

Biggar recorded a deserved bonus point win on saturday in what was a re-arranged League fixture with Perthshire side Howe of Fife.


Played as an early kick off to allow playesr and spectators alike to watch the 6 Nations clash between Ireland and Scotland thanks go to Howe for agreeing to this and travelling down in the morning.


In dreary conditions – but still completely different from those which existed just the previous week – Biggar had a dream opening when Rowan Stewart appeared on the right wing from his berth on the left to rip through and round the Howe defence for a cracking try. Ewan Bogle was unable to convert from far out but Biggar were 5-0 ahead.


Biggar seeemd to have increrased their lead just minutes later when Andrew Orr was in control at the back of a driving maul and appeared to get the ball over the line. The referee was unimpressed however and Biggar ahd to be content with their lead.


This score had perhaps been too easy and it was hardly unexpected that Howe gained in confidence after their poor start to put some pressure on the home XV. The defensive line held intact however and depsite their best efforts Howe were unable to make it through to the line.


Biggar’s next score came a handful of minutes beofre half time, Rowan’s brother Gregor getting in on the act as he, in similar fashion to Orr earlier, took the ball over the line from a lineout drive. This time the ball was grounded to the referee’s satisfaction and with Bogle adding the conversion, Biggar increased their lead to 12-0 at half time.


A pleasing aspect of the first half was the return of prop Donald Voas who repleced Dan O’Connell and did his bit to maintain Biggar’s dominance in the tight scrum. Indeed, credit to Howe No 8 and scrum half who managed to tidy ball up pretty well in what were trying circumstances as the Howe pack were shunted back at almost every scrum.


The second half did not begin too well as scrum half Davy reive who had tracked back well from a Howe kick ahead was felled by the follow up tackle, the Biggar No 9 clearly injured and unable to continue after a smash to the cheekbone. His replacement was Aird Jardine who made a return to action after several weeks off.


Rowan Stewart then crossed for his second score, this a much simpler effort but one which came from a Gregor Stewart turnover and some super and secure handling by the Biggar three-quarters which had Howe grasping at shadows.


Bogle was wide with the conversion but Biggar had a 17-0 lead.


Bogle as the next to suffer from an off-the-ball incident and while there was no real suggestion of intent at the time, the video certainly suggests that Biggar should have been awarded a pernalty at the very least.


As it was James Barr came on at stand off, Conor Lavery moving to fullback. Alistair Sinclair who had earlier replaced Ross Bradfford meant that the full bench of 4 had been used.


Howe who ahd struggled somewhat with the early kick off had just two replacments and this meant that after their porp was hurt scrums were uncontested, this giving the vistors some parity up front and reducing Biggar’s atttacking power.


The final score was a cracker and saw several players involved with some great slieght of hand giving sinclair a relatively easy run in at the corner.


A break by skipper alan warnock saw the ball moved to Conor Lavery who slipped a neat pass ‘out the back’ to new stand off Barr. He made good yards before retunring the ball to Laevry who was almost at the line when he popped the ball inside to supporting winger Sinclair. Excellent! Ryan Moffat took over the kikcing duties and he added the cobnversion for the 26 point total.


There was still tim eto reatsrt thje game and for birthday boy andrew Orr to pick up a yellow card for a stramash with one of the Howe pack but the game was by this time over, Biggar having pciked up a valuable bonus point win.



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

Super Saturday and the rest of the weekend action at BRFC


How about Lunch at Hartree Mill?

How about lunch watching Scotland play Italy at 12.30pm......followed by our 2nds v Stewarts Melville at 3pm (mixed in with England v Ireland at 2.45pm.....followed by Wales v France at 5pm!

What a cracking day! Well you can do all of that this Saturday Adults £10 Children U16 £5



2nds v Stewarts Melville BT National Reserve League Div 2 42-7 win!


Colts v Dumfries West area Cup (A) 78-0 win!


Sunday ALL Sunday games cancelled because of the snow and frost. We await news of what is to happen to the (again) postponed U15 and U16 West area Cup matches)

Mini P1-P7 v Cumnock (A)

U13 v BATS (Away)

U14 v BATS (Away)
Both Kick offs 11am

West Area Cup Matches
U15 v Allan Glens (home) KO 2pm

U16 v Allan Glens (home) KO 2pm

Girls v Carrick (A) KO tbc


ClydesdaleDdistrict Sports Awards success



Things you need to know….dates for your diary

Get the diary out and post these details


Colts engineer excellent second half performance over Kilmarnock

A hard fought first half paved the way for second half success


Biggar dump Howe

Bonus point win for Biggar


Super Saturday and the rest of the weekend action at BRFC

Loads of rugby to watch this Saturday.


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