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U14’s find going tough in last 2 matches

Biggar 3 points v Perthshire 43 points

Wanted – “Under 14 boys who are over 6 feet tall”.

There must be something in the water in the Biggar area but our boys don’t seem to grow till they are about 16 years old unlike other teams who can field tall boys who look like menat under 14 age group.

 

Each week our boys go out onto the field and have to look up to their opposition.

 

So, what do we have?

 

Bunch of boys who often have to go through the hard school of knocks but their hearts allow them to just keep going at any team.

 

Many previous Biggar under 14 boy’s teams have been no different. Then as they grow older they catch up becoming taller and stronger and along with these strong hearts and determination become a match for any team in the land. Just look at some of the Under 18 and 16 teams over the last 6 to 7 years. I should know. They just get better and better.

 

Nobody should worry – it will come and often it’s the hard days that they have learned that will see them through. Everyone has a challenge at some point and they learn from it.

 

Although Biggar were well beaten on Sunday by a superior team in all senses they will just move on. In fact, the more they get knocked down the more they just keep getting back up. Hard to beat anyone who never gives up.

 

Biggar did not field their full squad again, forcing Doug Roper to put some into unfamiliar positions in important areas.

 

Perthshire continually attacked throughout this game, forcing Biggar to have a day of defence. But if some will not put in the tackles then it makes it even harder for the others to do extra on a day like Sunday.

 

Biggar did score late on with Thomas Young taking quick penalty to Rory Hill who then put the pass to Lewis Stewart to go over. Lewis often has a football game on a Sunday but makes sure he puts in all effort to get back for the rugby. Good on him and shows the spirit with these boys.

 

Scorers

Lewis Robertson- 1 try

 

 

Biggar 11 points v Waysiders 19 points

 

Biggar knew that they let this game slip away from them as they went 2 scores up early in the game and looked comfortable , not allowing Waysiders to get into the contest.

 

However, Waysiders did manage to respond as Biggar failed to take control and in fact eased off the pedal thinking this would not be a hard contest. How wrong they were !!.

 

Once Waysiders scored again Biggar failed to positively respond and some started to drop heads which impacted on the whole squad.

 

Too often simple errors caused problems such as constant infringements or offside at the ruck. As a team all the players need to take their share of the tackling.

 

Discipline slipped on Sunday and lessons must be learned. The boys also must take in what is coached to them.

 

“Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much”.

 

On the positives there were many players who just got on with it such as Christopher Barrett who was playing out of position but was constantly causing Waysiders issues with his strong running.

 

Callum McLemon again was strong in his running but direction of travel is often an issue.

 

The boys did stick to their tasks and the game was close right down to the end but a knock on allowed Waysiders to kick ahead and they were 1st to the ball over the line. This really was a hammer blow to the boys.

 

The boys keep going but it is hard to keep continuity in the team on the park as Coach Doug Roper has rarely been able to field a full strength team this season as each week there are call offs or non availability. Really need everyone always.

 

The boys can do it when they stick to their tasks.

 

Scorers

Callum McLemon - 1 try

Christopher Barrett – 1 try

Ciaran Bell – 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 from 3.


U15 Boys also on winning run


The Boys U15’s meanwhile travelled to Fife to take on Dunfermline RFC.

 

They returned from Dunfermline with a 97 - 7 win. This included lots of good running lines and support play.

 

Some good kicking to space and nice grubber kicks through to runners.

 

All good preparation for Thursdays Semi final against Strathaven and next weekends tour to Kirby Londsdale and Penrith.
 


U15 Girls record a good win over The Borders Girls


On Sunday the U15 girls hosted a ‘Borders Girls’ team in the quarter final of the National Shield competition.

 

On another pleasant morning the Biggar Girls ran out 44-19 winners in what was an enthralling contest.

 

This was perfect timing to reward the hard effort the girls have put into their training.

 

Good teamwork- fast hands - good decision making - good tackling - good defence.

Lana Bell was Girl of the Game for us and our Capt Emma Orr was picked by Borders. This was a tough call because lots of the girls were worthy of the title.

 

The reward is a trip to Inverness to play Highland on 22nd April. Emma Orr, Mariana Finlayson and Emily Wood-Kidd each scored once, Lana Bell scored twice and Alexandra Phillips scored three times. Emma and Louisa Steele each converted a try.


Colts host Howe

The Colts continued their preparation for their Glasgow Cup final on 28th April with a match against Howe of Fife who are themselves preparing for their Caledonia Shield quarter final.

 

Played on the 1st pitch the Biggar lads gave height and weight away to their opponents but gave their all in terms of tenacity and determination and managed to record an excellent win over their visitors.

 

The match was ably refereed by Biggar Colt Cameron Forrest who is now looking to progress as an official in preference to playing. A difficult task but one which is essential if people wish to play the game – any others interested should get in touch with Cameron.

 

The squad have had another match since Saturday when they travelled to take on local rivals Strathaven. Biggar maintained their winning ways with another good display in the second half.


1sts round off in style

Biggar 55 Preston Lodge 12

Biggar brought their League campaign to a close with another comprehensive, bonus point win, to put visitors PL to the sword and give them a real fighting chance of finishing in 5th spot. In addition it looks a real possibility that the side will finish the season as top points scorers in the Division, Kirkcaldy and Hamilton with 2 games in hand (each), the only sides able to beat Biggar’s 613 point tally.

 

On what would almost equate to a ‘spring’ afternoon, Biggar began where they had left off last week at West, throwing the ball about as often as possible and running penalties whenever they could. This tactic paid dividends and had their opponents in all sorts of bother, a series of errors – something which admittedly on another day might have proved costly – preventing them from running up a cricket score, though 55 is still a handsome return.

 

As importantly was the involvement from the bench of another of this season’s Colts as the youngsters advance to the Senior match, the Stewart twins from Lanark (Lewis and Matthew) both acquitting themselves admirably and looking every inch ready for the step up. When last week’s youngsters are included it means that no fewer than 8 of the recent Colts have gained valuable 1st XV experience this season. If the club can hang onto these the guys the future is, as the saying goes, bright!

 

The lambing season had its usual effect on team selection, some players unavailable while others due to the fact that this was a home game, able to ‘escape’ the lambing paddock for the couple of hours it takes to play a match.

 

While Andrew Nimmo was one such absentee, Skipper Alan Warnock, Jamie Orr and Ross Jackson returned and they were joined in the pack by Donald Voas, the big man taking over from Dan O’Connell who, after 4 excellent years in a Biggar shirt, has retired (again). The latter’s decision to retire was perhaps something the club could have worked on but his house move to Ardrossan will make any further involvement with Biggar a real test!

 

In the backs, Conor Lavery resumed at No10 while Ryan Moffat moved back to centre from the second row – albeit for just half the match – with Aird Jardine preferred at fullback over Euan Bogle who took his place on the bench alongside the twins.

 

Conor Lavery opened the Biggar account after just 6 minutes, a nice show and go flummoxing the PL defence from close range. He added the conversion for 7-0.

 

Andrew Orr was again in the van as a ball carrier and his departure to pastures new – he studies in Stirling and is unable to commit the time to travel so will most likely ply his trade at Stirling County next season – will be a big loss.

 

Just short of the 20 minute mark and Biggar added a second try as Robbie Lavery and Rowan Stewart combined well on the left flank to create a simple score for the former. The other Lavery was wide with the conversion.

 

A marginal forward pass in the PL backs saved Biggar but shortly afterwards a penalty gave Biggar the chance to kick to the corner. A training ground move saw play taken to the PL 5 metre area and after a breenge to the line from Moffat, scrum half Luhann Kotze burrowed under the PL defence for a fine try, Lavery converting from in front of the posts for 19-0.

 

An Andrew Orr midfield surge carried on by Conor Lavery came unstuck as an offload failed to go to hand but minutes later Biggar profited from a great Jamie Orr lineout take to give the backs another tilt at the PL line. A PL interception threatened to put paid to this score but Rowan Stewart gathered to take the ball forward where he found winger Ross Bradford in support to go over for try number 4 the all important bonus point try. The conversion from Lavery put Biggar ahead at 26-0, and within sight of half time. There was still time for another however, Gregor Stewart taking the restart to set up a ruck, and with ball recycled quickly, Kotze needed no second invitation to pick and go, the youngsters sprint and then acceleration leaving the PL defence in his wake. A fourth conversion from Lavery saw Biggar clear at 33-0.

 

A Biggar try after 5 minutes of the restart, the position created by a midfield burst from Warnock was followed by a neat inside pass from stand off Lavery to the supporting Calvin Henderson which saw the prop over for his second try in as many games - trademark smile in place as he flopped over the line.

 

Unsurprisingly PL, who last week had recorded a surprise win over Peebles, came back into things after this, as they enjoyed a period of much better play which forced Biggar into defensive mode for the first time in the match. While the home side coped with this fairly well pressure eventually told and Scott King forced his way over, Guy Hillhouse converting for 38-7.

 

Biggar then rang the changes as they brought on their bench. Matthew Stewart was the first, he taking over at centre with Moffat resuming at flanker. Indeed Moffat was next on the score sheet as a result of his being closer to the action, Lavery’s conversion just drifting wide.

 

Shortly after the restart stand off conor Lavery created space for Matthew Stewart, the youngster timing his pass to the supporting centre Robbie Lavery to perfection to allow him to nab his second score of the afternoon.

 

Lewis Stewart and Euan Bogle all came into the action at this point, these lads all full of running in comparison to those filling the PL bench who looked far less eager, but given the score this is perhaps not altogether a surprise.

 

Rowan Stewart ran a great line off his wing with a juggle in the catch helping create space for the try which Bogle converted, the new start taking over the kicking duties from Lavery and then Moffat.

 

With Biggar chasing the 60 point total, PL had the last word, centre Paul Dixon making the most of a decent PL attack as referee George Pounder awarded a handful of penalties to PL. The try was unconverted and as this was the last kick of the match, Biggar were home and dry at 55-12.

 

It has been a very exciting season all told. Biggar’s ability to play attractive running rugby has been enthralling and while again on Saturday not every pass went to hand, it is encouraging to see the players try to keep the ball moving. As previously suggested this might not be the best way to play against every team and there have been occasions when the side has lost out by making unforced errors, but practice will always improve performance and so the club can look forward with much optimism to next season.

 

Biggar

D. Voas, E. Stewart, C. Henderson, A. Warnock, J. Orr, R. Jackson, G. Stewart, A. Orr, L. Kutze, C. Lavery, R. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, A. Jardine. Reps: E. Bogle, L. Stewart, M. Stewart.

 

The involvement in the squad of 5 players with surname Stewart and 2 with surname Lavery will continue to make reporting and report reading a tad tricky! Apologies…...


Edinburgh selection success

Marianna Finlayson, Kaylee Fraser, Katie McPherson and Emma Orr!


There were 2 Edinburgh teams, 2 Caledonia teams, 2 Glasgow and the West and 2 Borders and East Lothians teams

 

Our 4 Biggar girls were split into the 2 Edinburgh teams, the Edinburgh Eagles and the Edinburgh Chargers, and played in 2 pools.

 

The Edinburgh Eagles won 2 games and drew 1 and the Chargers won 2 and lost 1.

 

The Chargers went through to the final (on points difference) and played Caledonia in the final where they unfortunately lost. It was a great day enjoyed by all with some of the Scotland Women squad in attendance and some fantastic fast flowing rugby.

 

Our Biggar girls represented the club brilliantly and shone in their matches, all those who were watching and supporting were very proud of them.

 

Inevitably there were a few knocks taken but glad to say they are all recovering, well done girls!


City of Derry tourists

Friday evening saw the Boys U16 squad entertain visitors from City of Derry, a club the group had visited last August when they were in Ireland on tour.

 

A very entertaining contest took place despite the best efforts of a strong, blustery wind which made handling and passing a real skill. With a huge visiting squad Biggar faced almost two different sides in the match, Derry making wholesale changes at half time.

 

In August Biggar had just sneaked the win (12-7) and they managed to repeat the ressult this time round as well, the final score reading 29-19.

 

Post match, the squads enjoyed some cracking haggis, neaps and tatties while presentations were made to the clubs by the respective captains. An excellent advert for the game!


Biggar push Kirkcaldy all the way.

Biggar 10 Kirkcaldy 13

Saturday had everything…...a packed clubhouse for Ladies Day, freezing ‘spring’ conditions including snow, the attendance of two of Biggar’s greatest ‘imports’ in Quintan Sanft (Kirkcaldy coach) and Tony Walker (visitor), a debut try from Colt scrum half Luhann Kutze (he just one of 4 teenagers in the Biggar ranks with 8 of the 18 man squad under 23), and a really strong 1st XV performance against league leaders Kirkcaldy. Finally however, and arguably the best news of all, came with the news that Dundee 2nd XV lost out to Marr meaning that Biggar’s 2nd XV will retain their National Reserve League 2 status for next season!!

 

On the day the 2nds lost out to a strong Musselburgh outfit but there were another handful of Colts making the step up into the senior game and all acquitted themselves admirably, this a very real boost for the future.

 

Kirkcaldy came to Biggar with a fairly formidable record having lost just twice this season (to Lasswade and Dumfries) while their 40-13 win over Biggar back in October is still the club’s biggest defeat of this league campaign and one of only two defeats from which Biggar have failed to collect a losing bonus (the other was against Dumfries).

 

Possessing a massive pack the Fife outfit have a very tight, some would say limited game plan, playing to their strengths with picking and driving, a tactic, which when allied to their strong scrummage, has steamrollered opponents off the park throughout this campaign.

 

There was a certain inevitability about the outcome therefore, although Biggar were well aware that a win would make the Kirkcaldy ‘run in’ as they sought the league title ever so slightly more fraught.

 

Biggar welcomed Colt Luhann Kutze to their side, the youngster having had age group experience with the Glasgow Academy and unlucky not to have been included in the Scotland U18 squad currently in Wales for the inaugural U18 6 Nations festival. That the youngster performed exceptionally well is not in doubt, early pre-match nerves invisible once the action started. A debut try in the second half was just reward for his efforts.

 

In addition and due to the unavailability of Conor Lavery and Aird Jardine Biggar fielded Iain Renwick at stand off, he the third player to fulfil that role in as many games. Gregor Stewart returned to the back row where he joined Andrew Nimmo and Ross Jackson, Andrew Orr fielded at hooker in place of the injured Ewan Stewart.

 

The backs, other than those changes already noted were the same as last week.

 

In blustery, cold conditions Biggar kicked off with the elements in their favour but found the visitors in determined mood attacking with some conviction. This set the scene for much of the match, Kirkcaldy running hard, short lines and meeting a very resolute Biggar defence with all contributing to the cause.

 

An initial Kirkcaldy thrust was halted with a thumping tackle from Renwick which was enough to create a turnover just metres from the Biggar line while another break from flanker Rory Brown which took him some 30 metres to within 5 of the Biggar line saw lock Connor Wood put under pressure by Nimmo and drop the ball with the line well within reach.

 

Biggar’s plan was to run ball back at the heavier Kirkcaldy pack and this they managed with some neat touches from forwards and backs alike as they strove to break free form the Kirkcaldy grip.

 

Ross Bradford made good yards while Ryan Moffat and Robbie Lavery, prompted by the quick fire service of Kutze and Renwick also made good ground. In the pack, all played their role well, Orr and Ross Jackson leading the way with some forceful carries although a piece of back-chat by Orr ended in him receiving a yellow card. This necessitated a switch in the pack to accommodate the lack of their first choice hooker, Donald Voas coming on to the front row at the expense of Gregor Stewart who sat the next 10 minutes out.

 

Good ground from Rowan Stewart and Jackson from a couple of Biggar penalties might have promised more bar for the Kirkcaldy cover which snuffed these out, the first score coming shortly afterwards and on the 25 minute mark, just a couple of minutes before the return of Orr from the sin bin. Having managed to hold the initial Kirkcaldy scrums Biggar faltered on their own ball – the only occasion in the match that this happened - and the Fifers took full advantage to pick and go, taking play in to the Biggar 22. Another ruck and the ball was spun to their right where they had a huge overlap. Two transfers and fullback Finlay Smith was set free to dive over in the corner. He was unable to add the conversion but the visitors took a 5-0 lead.

 

Kirkcaldy ran hard again on the restart but a couple of priceless turnovers by Biggar and another great break by Jackson pinned the Fifers in their own half. This field position was held for another salvo before Bogle elected to go for goal from a penalty, his kick spot on to open Biggar’s account.

 

The half ended with the Fife side again on the attack but meeting solid defence, the Biggar pack again holding up the attack and gaining the referee’s favour as he awarded a Biggar scrum from the maul.

 

Half time then with Biggar turning round to face the breeze, the 5-3 scoreline a decent return for their efforts, the only try coming when Biggar were short-handed. Dan O’Connell made way for Voas.

 

Biggar opened really strongly, some great carries by the Orr’s, Calvin Henderson and others taking play into the Kirkcaldy 22 where an offload by Moffat was snaffled by the Kirkcaldy cover. Shortly afterwards when Kirkcaldy coughed up possession a tap penalty was taken and advanced by Kutze and Renwick. Should the penalty have been kicked, always an easy decision with hindsight but even against the wind, the kick might have seen Biggar take the lead.

 

Another couple of Biggar errors led to successive turnovers, this giving Kirkcaldy a bit of relief.

 

A really harsh penalty against Kutze was advanced a further 10 metres as Biggar sought to unwisely question the decision, this giving Kirkcaldy an ideal attacking platform from which they took to drive the Biggar side deep into their own 22. Some massive defensive efforts kept the Fife side out however Henderson able to win a great turnover after a series of attacking phases.

 

Biggar engineered a breakout from a penalty and with Nimmo making good yards ball was transferred on the blindside to Lavery who ghosted through the initial defence to set up an overlap with Kutze and Rowan Stewart open for the pass. Kutze took the ball to sprint over for a great score and one which, following Bogle’s conversion took Biggar into the lead at 10-5.

 

Sadly the lead did not last long as the Fife pack took control again, play quickly returned to the Biggar 22 where a series of drives eventually paid off, flanker Brown getting the touchdown despite some really excellent defence from all the boys in black.

 

The conversion drifted wide and so at 10-10 the game was really finely balanced. That Biggar could not get the all important winning score was as much to do with a number of handling errors as it was to the Kirkcaldy side’s play. On several plays in promising attacking and threatening positions Biggar’s efforts ended as they contrived to lose control of the ball via knock-ons and or dropped balls.

 

With some 5 minutes remaining Kirkcaldy got their chance a penalty awarded as Biggar held on in the tackle seeing Smith take a pot at goal. His kick split the posts and Kirkcaldy were 13-10 ahead.

 

The restart saw a massive collision between the two Kirkcaldy receivers which fortunately did not result in any serious injury, Biggar gaining the scrum put in but again although yards were won the position was lost as ball possession was lost.

 

This game was another which just got away. Biggar had ample possession and territory to win the contest and they certainly gave the league leaders a massive shock. Another losing bonus was all that Biggar could garner from the huge effort they made.

 

Many congratulations to all 18 Biggar players involved in this match. No one took a step backwards and all will bear the bruises to show for that.

 

Sport is often about small margins and this was never nearer the truth than on Saturday.

 

The side has two games left, the first this weekend against West (away) and then the last against Preston Lodge (home) on April 14th. Two wins would be a fitting way to finish.

 

Biggar

D. O’Connell, A. Orr, C. Henderson, J. Orr, A. Warnock, A. Nimmo, G. Stewart, R. Jackson, L. Kutze, I. Renwick, G. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, R. Bradford, E. Bogle Reps: D. Voas, G. Hamilton, C. Muir

 

The 2nd XV were beaten in what was their final league match of this season but with Dundee’s defeat came the news that Biggar can finish no lower then 2nd bottom and with Gala’s earlier withdrawal from the league only one team will be relegated, this dubious honour going to Boroughmuir 3rds (at the moment).


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U15 Boys also on winning run

U15's maintain their winning run

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U15 Girls record a good win over The Borders Girls

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Colts host Howe

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1sts round off in style

Biggar recorded another handsome win over visitors PL

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Edinburgh selection success

East v West match

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City of Derry tourists

Biggar welcome Irish tourists from City of Derry

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Biggar push Kirkcaldy all the way.

Biggar took the plaudits from this tight match: 13-10 defeat

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