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Girls in Glasgow

The U15 girls played really well but found fitness lacking a little as Cartha kept up the pressure. Bags of potential however with several girls playing just their first ever match!

Final score 54-5 defeat.

 

U18 Girls –v- Cartha 2nd September 2018

Biggar girls secure an emphatic win over a very competitive Cartha team.

 

Biggar girls travelled to Cartha for the second fixture in the current league campaign and gave a very satisfying performance to claim the victory. With the weather overcast and “muggy” and both clubs able to field good squad numbers the scene was set for what turned out to be a very entertaining and exciting game of rugby.

 

The game was very competitive from the start and for the first five minutes both sides were evenly matched with neither making much progress into the opposition half. However following a very good interchange between the backs it was Biggar who opened the scoring. Cartha however built pressure in the next period and scored a try of their own to take the score to 7 -5 to Biggar. Biggar sustained an injury at the scrum which disrupted the play somewhat but managed to regain the momentum and continue to play some very good rugby with none of the rustiness showing that had been evident the week before. With good play by backs and forwards alike Biggar managed to score a further three converted tries to take the score to 28 -5 at half time.

 

The second half continued in the same vein with Biggar forwards winning some good turnover ball through Rachel Philips in her new position, which allowed the impressive backs to cut good lines and maintain the pressure on the Cartha gain line. Whilst Cartha maintained their competitiveness they were not able to resist the intensity of the Biggar play and a further 6 tries were scored in the second half. This took the score to 60 – 5 and the referee brought the proceedings to a halt some 5 minutes early.

 

On the whole the coaches will be very pleased with the good decision making, good handling and strong defense shown in this performance, with the more experienced players, playing to their potential, which lifted the game of the younger and less experienced players. The coaches will want to work on ball retention at the breakdown which was one area that could be improved.

 

Biggar scorers: Tries - Emma Orr, Emelia Knights (2), Gerri Kimm (2), Feebi Robinson, Mariana Finlayson, Rachel Hill (3). Conversions – Kaylee Fraser (4), Sarah Denholm.

 

The score line in this match probably does not reflect the way the Cartha girls maintained their focus and competitiveness right to the end.

 

There is now a two week break in the schedule with the next game against Stirling at home on the 23rd September.

 

The U18's are pictured post match with their opponents - the spirit of rugby!


Shogun update 3rd Sept

Biggar Colts

Frustration in the Ayr at Hartree Mill

Biggar Colts took to the field for their first home game of the 2018/19 season against Ayr/Wellington a Hartree Mill on Saturday.

 

An intriguing game with the visitors running out 35-0 winners but the score line did not really reflect the game. Indeed for long spells Biggar would dominate the visitors only for a decisions to cost them dearly at a crucial point. To be fair to Ayr, they defended doggedly and took their chances which is the sign of a good team.

 

Scrums would be the big talking point of the first half with the first 2 Ayr scores coming from scrum penalties. To the amateur observer the scrums seemed to be working well but to the referee Biggar were driving squint. Having reset one or two early on, Biggar were then penalised at almost every resultant scrum in the first half. A third Ayr try came following an in goal flash point that resulted in a yellow card for Drew Brewster and a 5m penalty to Ayr. Ayr spun the ball wide quickly whilst Biggar were still adjusting and went over for the score.

 

The second half and the scrums settled a little but by then the damage had been done. Biggar again had Ayr under huge amounts of pressure but couldn’t get over the line. Ayr defended well and would break well scoring a further 2 converted tries to win it 35-0.

 

There is no doubt that Ayr are a good side and on balance they did deserve to win this game but it should have been a whole lot closer than 35-0. Biggar can take heart from some really good strong running again from Drew Brewster, Euan Barr and Finn Barr, Some outstanding tackling from Dan McConkey, Harry Low and Cameron Gray and a special mention to Aaron for a superb tackle on the speedy Ayr winger. Out wide the Ayr man got around him and although he was still in the Biggar half, he thought he was away for a score. Aaron got a great tap on his ankle to take him down and into touch for a Biggar Line-out. Excellent defence!!

 

Final word to Rhys Thompson for realising an ambition to play at 10. I can’t imagine many hookers can make the transition from 2 to 10 but he answered the emergency call. Well done for stepping up and a great effort.

 

 

U16s v Ayr

The U16s second game was against one of last season’s strongest teams Ayr. The 2 teams met for the first time of the 18/ 19 season  on  a warm windy day at Hartree Mill.

 

This was a physical and bruising contest and for the first 18 minutes nothing separated the 2 teams but then with Biggar pressurising the Ayr try line a simple pass was intercepted and the Ayr player ran 90m  to dot down under the posts.

 

Having been nearly on top but now set back it’s at times like these we see if a team has character. Well the boys got right back up to the Ayr try line from the kick off and after a couple of rucks wide left on the 5 m line, scrum half Archie Damer spotted the gap and dived over the line for Biggar U16s first home points of the season, Callum McCallum converted.

 

The game was played in the midfield for the next 10 minutes until Biggar worked up the field setting a number of rucks again on the Ayr 5 m line. Following an Ayr infringement a quick tap and go penalty from Biggars No 8 Sam Taylor saw him over and under the posts for a try also converted by Callum McCallum. The last 5 minutes of the half saw Ayr pressure the Biggar line but strong defence and good game management saw the half finish 14 – 7  

 

The second half started with the strong wind now at  Biggars back and with the plan to play the game in the right areas. This worked well for the first 5 minutes where Biggar pinned Ayr back to their line but a loose chip kick saw Ayr’s 10  arc wide and attack down the left wing with a pass to their flying winger providing Ayr with a second breakaway try under the posts.

 

Following this Biggar worked up the pitch to win a scrum in the 22 wide on the right. The next play started left with a carry from Rhys Campbell at centre before Lewis Campbell spun the ball wide for Callum Yardley to pop to Arron Millar for a fine wingers try.

 

Biggars next try came from a rather frenetic period of kicks and returns followed by some direct runs by Biggar a loose pass bounced kindly for Rhys Campbell to collect and then give to Callum Yardley to sprint in on the right wing. Both trys were unconverted so the score was 24 – 14 with 15 minutes to play.

 

 Biggar, now with their tails up then began a period of direct attacks and offloads, moving from the halfway line to the try line through fine forwards runs and rucks, this culminating in a decisive try from prop Jack McAllister on the left. The game was stopped with 4 minutes to play after a collar bone injury to one of the Ayr players and we all wish him the best in his recovery.

 

Final score Biggar 29  - Ayr 14

 

The team played mature controlled rugby led by Jonathan Smith with lots of positive structure and invention, there are lots of areas to work on but the platform has been made, well done everyone, players,  coaches, parents and everyone at the club how help.  


Mirage Conference action against Hill Jills

U15 40-32 defeat

 

U18 Biggar win through default as Hill Jills were unable to field a full team;

Biggar U18 Girls –v-Hillhead Jordanhill

With Hills only able to field 11 players, the first league game of the season was played as a development game. With Biggar having lost some of their more experienced players to the senior ranks, it was an opportunity for the girls coming up from last seasons U15 squad to get some early experience. The match was played as three 20 minute sessions with Biggar providing several players to Hills. The conditions were cold, wet and windy which was not conducive to running rugby. Most of the game was fairly even with lots of handling errors on both sides however it was an opportunity for the Biggar girls to trial in different positions and it was Biggar that won over the three sessions Final score 34 – 22.

 

Biggar try scorers Emma Orr (2), Rachel Philips, Abi Bandtock, Sarah Denholm + Emelia Knights Conversions Sarah Denholm (2).

 

Joint Captains for this season are Sarah Denholm and Emelia Knights.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game. Also thanks to Sarah, Brian and Janet for their help in the kitchen. The next game is away to Cartha on the 2nd September


Boys Youth v Hamilton

It was Mitsubishi Conference time for the Colts, Boys and Girls Youth sections at the weekend and they posted the following very encouraging resulst in their games with Hamilton (boys) and Hillhead Jordanhill (girls).

 

Colts 43-39 win

Rams conquer the Bulls at Laigh Bent

Biggar Colts kicked off the 2018/2019 Shogun Conference season with a trip up the M74 to South Lanarkshire rivals the Hamilton Bulls. With a perfect 4 wins from 4 games record against the Bulls from last season in hand, the Bulls were always going to fight tooth and nail to get a win in this game and they hit the ground running early on. Initially it was a tight affair with both teams feeling each other out and it wasn’t until the 15th minute it burst into life. Hamilton showed some great skill to go over in the corner to draw first blood.

 

The game had a very balanced feel and Biggar had Hamilton pinned inside their own 22 for a good spell of pressure. A great flowing move from the backs had the ball out to Hayden Muir but it was just too far in front of him. The ball was spilled with the try line beckoning. Worse was to come as Hamilton raced up the field to dot down for a second try.

 

This stung the Biggar team and they upped the tempo and got their reward. Harry Archibald showed great tenacity in midfield in a counter ruck and won the ball well. Finn Barr fed Hayden Muir who made a great break through the Bulls line. Finn Stewart took the ball on and got the ball back to Harry Archibald who barrelled over. A great score and well deserved for the big lock who started and finished the move.

 

Biggar were on the front foot now and managed to get on level terms from the kick off. The ball was taken on by the pack and with big runs from Seth Jamieson, Hugo Baillie and Rhys Thomson got well into the Bulls 22. Having drawn in the defence the ball was expertly whipped to Finn Stewart at 10 who exploited a sizeable overlap to go over.

 

The game settled into a tough midfield battle and with half time closing it appeared that neither team was going to get ahead. Unfortunately Biggar had a nightmare 2/3 minutes spell in which they conceded 3 unanswered tries. Missed tackles and miscommunication was the order of the day as Hamilton exploited every opportunity. From looking tight at half time, Biggar now found themselves with a great deal of work to do in the second half.

 

Half Time - Hamilton 27 – Biggar 10

 

With the coaches word still fresh in their ears Biggar set about clawing back the deficit with gusto. Just 2 minutes in and Harry Low made a great break through the middle. A good tackle from the full back halted his progress but he had the wherewithal to find Harry Archibald who was well up with play. Harry found Hayden in support who got the ball to Ethan. He turned on the after burners and very few people were going to catch him. He touched down and with Finn Stewart adding the extras the deficit was down to 10.

 

From the kick off Biggar again had the Bulls pinned inside their own 22 and were probing for an opening. It looked certain to come when Cameron Snell made a great break but the ball was spilled on. Unfortunately, the Bulls spun the ball wide and went up the other end to touch down.

 

Biggar would not be denied. With a more mobile pack than the home team, they kept the ball moving and were unlucky not to score when the ball was knocked on on the Bulls 5M line. The Biggar scrum had been fantastic the whole game and when it really mattered they knocked the bulls back and the ball bounced out. Finn Barr had the Bulls 9 in all sorts of trouble and reacted best to dive on the ball and score. Great heads up scrum half play and a well-deserved score for the 9. Again Finlay Stewart kicked the extras.

 

The Bulls pack were struggling now and the game was a really open affair. This was key in the next score which came courtesy of Finn Stewart with a great assist to Finn Barr. The Biggar half back pairing showed real nouse to get themselves into space just inside the Bulls half and matching up against 2 front row forwards. Finn B found the first gap and made a great break. He popped it to Finn S who showed the defence a clean pair of heels to go over for his second of the game. With the conversion, it was a one point lead for the Bulls.

 

Hamilton were not going to lie down, they came storming back and great hands from their centres allowed them in under the sticks to get the lead back to 8. With 15 minutes left there was plenty of time for Biggar to recover but what did they have left?

 

For an answer look no further than Ethan Webb. Full of tireless running the whole game, he got his second try of the day doing what he does best - absolutely bombing down the wing. It was started well by Jack Jack with a great cover tackle and Dan McConkey supporting him to secure the ball for Biggar. With the Bulls defence going left, the Biggar attack went right. Running from full back Ethan exposed the gaps when the ball was fed along the line and bounced over out wide. A great try and with Finn Stewart nailing the extras with a really good kick we were back to a 1 point game.

 

Step up Finn Stewart to win it for Biggar. Bagging his hat-trick and finishing off in style, it was a real team effort with the pack hunting the ball down, securing it and a number of drives from Seth, Rhys, Harrys L and A and Hugo softening up the defensive line. An initial break by Andrew Barrett was snuffed out but the ball was fed out to Dan McConkey who broke the line and looked like he could get the score. He was pulled up short but Finn Stewart was in support and a great pop pass saw him over. The conversion was missed and what followed could have been a nervy 8 minutes. In reality, Biggar defended superbly and held on for the whilst and the victory.

 

Full Time – Hamilton 39 – Biggar 43

Excellent effort from all 16 mean who pulled on the Biggar shirt today. Going in 17 points down at half time you feared the worst but every single player stood up and worked their socks off to get the win. Very well done.

 

U16’s 50-0 win

U15’s 33-33 draw

U14’a 43-30 defeat

U13’s 42-13 win

 

Biggar U16s v Hamilton

The Biggar u16s started their new season on Sunday 26th with a local derby in Hamilton. The summer rugby weather forecast for August turned out to be traditional Scottish “sunshine” and felt more like a wet January day in Largs! Undaunted the boys set about their task with the speed and enthusiasm which only a three months off season can bring. With new combinations all over the pitch and players missing this was an opportunity to gel and find a playing style and fluidity to build on for the season ahead. 

 

The game started closely enough with the rucks hotly contested in the initial exchanges  but the deadlock was broken after 5 minutes by captain for the day Murray Lean from 20 yards out stepping back against the run of defenders and beating two more on the right side to get the teams 2018 /19 Shogun Conference points scoring started. Sprints and exchanges from winger Chris Brett and hooker Cameron Gray unlocked the second try on the right wing and the 3rd with a near identical exchange. Starting scrum half Archie Damer stepped up to add a traditional 9s dart and dot followed up by Murray securing his 2nd and teams 4th.

 

By some stage in the second half the game reached 50 – 0 and became a development match with players playing in different positions and gaining more experience. Good support running continued to see chances created and Sam Taylor and Callum McCallum added trys to the total.

 

The team supported each other well, kept good shape and were physical in the tackle and ruck. Given how bad the weather was it was heartening to see so much passing an offloading into space. There is work to be done but  the boys are out the blocks and looking forward to the next few games and challenges.


Biggar open with win

Dumfries 5 Biggar 17

This match won’t be remembered as the prettiest spectacle but it was a typically hard-fought and robust contest which had the crowd enthralled until the final whistle.

 

Games between the two clubs are always tough matches and with Dumfries winning the two encounters last year and on home turf there was an expectation that Biggar would be in for a real test regardless of their resounding win at the Moffat 10’s which was never going to provide any real pointers as to the result in a full XV-a-side contest.

 

That Biggar ultimately triumphed by 2 tries to 1 was probably a fair result given the territory and possession they enjoyed. Dumfries meanwhile, will doubtless rue the fact that they allowed themselves to become increasingly unsettled by referee Mr Ian Morrisson. Careless penalties conceded and back chat cost them dearly, none more significantly than in the second half and with some 10 minutes remaining when a penalty was advanced 10m forward giving Biggar’s Conor Lavery a much easier pot at goal. The successful kick put Biggar ahead by 2 scores at 17-5 (the final score).

 

Biggar made several changes in the pack for this match with Andrew Nimmo, Ewan Stewart (for their first starts this season) and Chris Milligan all featuring. The latter’s performance, in what was his first senior game for Biggar after 6 years at Heriots, was an all action affair and earned him the Man of the Match award - though there were several other worthy contenders in what was a good all round team performance.

 

The match began at a helter-skelter pace and one which hardly let up all half. Errors there were a-plenty, as both sides were slow to get to grips with the ball, players running the ball from all parts of the pitch which certainly added to the excitement! Both sides tackled fiercely, with defences generally on top and giving little away.

 

A passage of pressure in the Dumfries 22 was the precursor to Biggar’s opening try, Lavery moving right off ruck ball and finding Rowan Stewart with a deft pop pass, the winger cruising through the defence for the touchdown. Lavery added the conversion for 7-0.

 

Further pressure saw Biggar attack deep into the Dumfries 22 but a succession of errors in transfer combined with some resolute defence meant that Biggar were unable to add to their tally. Ironically it was from another period of pressure, when Biggar disrupted the Dumfries scrum, that led to the home sides score. In trouble as the scrum was shunted backwards, and following a tackle by Biggar skipper Euan Sanderson play seemed to have halted with ‘ball held up’. Referee Morrison allowed play to continue however and Dumfries 9 Jack Johnstone put in a relieiving kick up the middle of the pitch. Biggar fullback Iain Renwick was just short in his chase to catch the ball, the bounce taking the ball over his head and into the path of the Dumfries breakout. It was then a race to the line, the whole length of the pitch and while Biggar chased well, none more so than Robbie Lavery, the home side got their try. The conversion was missed however and so Biggar still held a slight lead at 7-5.

 

The half ebbed and flowed with Biggar certainly enjoying the bulk of the territorial advantage but unable to add to their tally, again errors stemming the attack. Another scrum in the Dumfries 22 saw the home side breakout again, Biggar’s Robbie Lavery and Renwick again to the fore in defence to stop the immediate breakout and while Dumfries took play into the Biggar 22 they probably should have done better, Biggar able to escape without further punishment.

 

The last part of the first half was a scrappy affair as all seemed to lose shape, ball lost in contact and passes not as accurate.

 

Penalties were exchanged although none were within kicking range until Lavery was just wide with an attempt with just a few minutes of the half remaining.

 

The half ended with what appeared to be a penalty award but instead of allowing play to continue half time was signalled. The second half started with a yellow card to Biggar’s lock Franco Carossi and a penalty to Dumfries.

 

A man down meant Biggar’s scrum was under pressure and Dumfries worked hard to get into the match but again the Biggar defence held firm.

 

Lavery had a great break from his own half into the Dunfries 22 but scrum pressure allowed Dumfries to clear. That Dumfries were unable to score in this period was significant as Biggar with the wind behind them had an advantge that they now pressed home.

 

Lavery made good ground with a variety of kicks to pin Dumfries back and good pressure meant that the Dumfries defence was tested to the max. A chip to the wing from Gregor Stewart saw a chase to the line which had there been a TMO could easily have seen Biggar get a try as James Barr and then Matthew Stewart seemed to have got the crucial touchdown but it was a call that only a TMO could have made and so Biggar had to be content with a 5m scrum. Dumfries engineered another breakout from this position but again a lost ball allowed Biggar to escape and regain territory.

 

Barr was on the end fo what was deemed to have been a forward pass while Reive, Conor Lavery and Sanderson were all held up short. The decisive score came at the beginning of the 4th quarter ball moved left seeing Barr take Gregor Stewart’s well-timed pass to cross untouched in the corner. Despite the acute angle Lavery added the conversion to make the score 14-5.

 

A penalty award to Biggar after Dumfries centre Michael Yates was shown yellow for a late hiton Moffat took play into the Dumfries half where another penalty and then back chat advanced play forward for lavery to kick the lasy points of the match and give Biggar what was a commanding lead.

 

Supporters will remember last season when on at elast 3 oaccsions Biggar managed to squander winning positions but not this time round and the visitors took the honours, Dumfries denied even a losing bonus.

 

The error count will disappoint the coaches from both teams and certainly neither sdie will escape as lightly in other matches but Biggar will take heart from the win with the team effort a very pleasing aspect of the game.

 

Stewarts Melville are next up, this a home game and which sees the city side making a first visit to Hartree Mill for some 4 seasons. Therwe will be plenty for the coachuing team to work on but with a few players still to make their first appearances there is now real competition for places across all positions. The availability of Andrew Nimmo and Chris Milligan will undoubtedly have an impact as will the injuries highlighted.

 

The injury count continues to creep up with Barr, Rowan Stewart and Ross Bradford all picking up knocks which will test the club’s strength in depth.

Biggar

I renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, A. Nimmo, E. Stewart, F. Maggiolo, A. Peacock, F. Carossi, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: D. Voas, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, J. Barr


Musselburgh take charge

Musselburgh 53 Biggar 14

After two warm up games Biggar travelled to National 1 club Musselburgh on National League Cup action on Saturday. Musselburgh and Biggar have not met for several seasons as the clubs missed each other when Biggar were relegated from National 1 to 2 as Musselburgh were promoted some 4 years ago.

Matches hitherto had been fairly even although there have been similar high scoring wins and defeats.

On this occasion it is fair to say Biggar were comprehensively beaten by the East Lothain side who showed a strong presence up front – including ex-Biggar man Colin Arthur – and who scored freely in the first half to go ahead 32-0. Biggar will point to a better 2nd half showing when the score was 21-14 but M’burgh will doubtelss contest that having done the damage in the first half they slackened off a bit as their progress to the next round was secured.

Biggar were without a couple of regulars but this cannot be used as an excuse and the side will have to quickly regroup prior to the league opener this weekend when they journey to Dumfries.

 

The big home pack did most of the damage and while Biggar looked dangerous with the ball, possession is always key and when a side struggles to retain possession they will forever be on the back foot.

M’burgh ran in 4 first half tries and kicked two conversions and two penalties for their 32 point lead. The first and third tries came from a week defensive effort from Biggar which will task the coaches as this has been an area they have been working on in training. The second after some good support running saw the M‘burgh side breach the Biggar defence while the fourgh was a forward drive controlled by that man Arthur who ultimately touched down.

 

After the break and an early try to the home side – this an interception which could equally as easily seen Biggar in for an opening score, Biggar got their first points with Matthew Stewart taking a pass from stand-off Conor Lavery who added the conversion.

A series of penalties at scrum time disrupted Biggar’s concentratiion and they were posted missing as M’burgh took a quick tap and go to record their 6th score.

A neat off-load by Rowan Stewart put Lavery over for Biggar’s second try.

A testing time for the three quarters who spent the bulk of their day defending and tackling but who have so much more to offer of they can get their hands on the ball.

A number of changes will be made for this Saturday and Biggar will have to dig a good bit deeper if they are to get a win at Dunfries a sdie thet lost to twice in last season’s campaign.

 

There was no 2nd XV match on Saturday but they too will be on duty this weekend when they take on Currie. On 9th September the club are looking to field 3 XV’s with the first appearance of the Biggar/Lanark Development XV. To this end ALL players from the two clubs are encouraged to make themselves available and to let their team secretaries know asap in order that arrangements can be made for the game which is scheduled for Duns.


NEWS

Girls in Glasgow

Two good matches in Glasgow

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Shogun update 3rd Sept

The Ayrshire club take the honours.....with one excpetion!

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Mirage Conference action against Hill Jills

Mixed fortunes for girls

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Boys Youth v Hamilton

Shogun Conference action

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Biggar open with win

A great start!

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Musselburgh take charge

1sts bow out against Musselburgh

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