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Assistant Ladies Coach: Coach Aird Jardine is in need of help, especially at Game time. The Ladies section is gaining strength in numbers but needs help on Game day. Could you help?

Ladies Physio: the Ladies are also in need of touchline support at games to provide 1st Aid cover.

Contact Lou 07890 310 614

 

 

U15's Boys assistant coach: Doug Roper is ploughing a lone furrow at present and would be very keen for some assistance.

Contact Paula on 07830 022 447

 

 

Referee's: there is NO game without an official. Maybe you're unable to play or of vintage years but wishing to give something back?

Contact David on 07500 103 991

 

 

YOU can help the next generation get the same fun that you had. If it's a YES, then we would love to see you officiate at Junior matches on Sundays.

 

 

If you think you can help with any of the above then please speak to ANY committee member or the linked person above.

 

 

This is YOUR club, there is never a truer saying....

the more you put in the more you get back.

 

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family


U13’s and U14’s v Currie

U13 Rugby

Up against a speedy Currie side the boys did well and kept themselves in the game with a try and conversion from Liam and a try from Harry. Going in at half time 7-12 down. (2 tries 1 con to 3 tries and 3 cons)

 

Going into the second half with the wind (and rain) at their backs, the boys competed well with Currie but the visitors were just too fast in their breakaways and unfortunately the second half went similarly to the first with 2 tries against 4.


Again Harry scored a second try as did Liam who also converted it. Final score Biggar 14 Currie 25. A tough day for our boys but they never gave up and battled on to the final whistle against an efficient Currie side that used their fast players to their advantage.


This weeks Man of the match went to Liam.

 

Unfortunately the U14 match was abandoned after Stewart Neill was injured in a play. We all wish Stewart a speedy recovery!


Girls v Lismore

The Biggar U15 Girls game ended in a 73 - 32 win for Lismore. Biggar scorers were Madelyn (2), Anna (conv Farah), Cerys, Sammy and Isla.

 

The home side started with a bit of a hiccup which knocked the girls off balance and it showed in the first half as they gave away a 40 point lead! Or the girls just like to play under pressure! However, the second half was a different game. Capt Farah Conn came on and blazed a path down the length of the pitch with support from her team and offloaded to Anna Baillie to score. This sparked the girls into action and they ALL made some great plays in both attack and defence. With injuries, (a couple of head knocks), the numbers became mismatched. Biggar played with 12 players against 13 for a while until Lismore dropped to 12 players. The Biggar girls have so much potential which they usually show, but only in the second half on Sunday.

 

Their heads were up and they enjoyed their game. They did us proud again!

 

At U18 level...

On a very blustery day at Hartreemill, the latest fixture of the Mirage Conference league saw the Biggar squad playing against Lismore.

 

Playing into a very strong breeze, Biggar started well and opened the scoring after 5 minutes and added a further try straight from the restart and a third try after 8 minutes to take the score to 17 nil. The strength of the wind was proving very difficult for Emma Orr who was improvising well with varying place and drop kick attempts.

 

Lismore gained some possession through a series of good scrums and only for the strong tackling of the Biggar girls, were they prevented from scoring. Biggar, however, were enjoying most of the possession and scored two further tries after 15 and 18 minutes respectively.

 

The Lismore girls kept their heads up and after some good link play and some defensive errors from Biggar they scored their first try in the corner. The Biggar coaches made some changes to allow players to try new positions and this resulted in a further three unanswered tries before half time. Half time score 48 – 5.

 

The first period of the second half saw some very scrappy play from both sides but it was Biggar that scored a try to take the score to 55 -5 and secure the tie for Biggar. The remainder of the time was used as Development.

 

Biggar try scorers - Emelia Knights, Emma Orr (2), Kaylee Fraser, Lucy Blackie, Feebi Robinson (3), Abi Clarke. Conversions - Emma Orr (5).

 

Player of the match for Biggar was Stephanie Smith. Also a big well done to Naomh Gibson in her debut for Biggar.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game and to Janet Aitken and Jo Wilkins for their support in the kitchen.

 

There is now a break of three weeks before the next game away to Annan on the 28th October 2018


Fantastic contest sees Biggar maintain top spot

Biggar 22 Highland 7

Biggar’s total of 22 points, which last week was only just enough to give them victory over Whitecraigs, was more than enough to see them over the winning line against Highland.

 

A sixth win from six starts is as good a record as Biggar have ever had and means that they retain their top spot in National 2 with Stewarts Melville leap-frogging Highland into second place. Having played 4 of the 5 sides immediately below them (local rivals Peebles are the 5th), is also a bonus with Glasgow Accies and then Lasswade next up. Neither of these sides are currently on form and on paper these should equate to two further victories although the coaching staff, with one or two selection headaches in the offing, will be adamant that there should be no complacency in their approach to any match. Banana skins…..

 

In wonderful Autumnal conditions and with Hartree Mill an absolute joy to behold – please check Nigel Pacey’s wonderful pictures from his drone if you are in any doubt – Biggar hosted Highland who hail from Inverness and are the furthest travelled of all National 2 sides. A massive club in the 1970/80’s the club is in the process of recovering from a slump which has seen them climb up through Regional Leagues and Div 3 in the last 3 seasons as they have at the same time also redeveloped their clubhouse and pitches.

 

They are well used to travelling and deserve all credit for their efforts which sees them board a bus every two weeks at 8am for the joureny south. On the evidence of Saturday’s match Biggar’s trip north in January will be a massive test as the Highland side are clearly the best drilled XV they have met so far this season. Highland lost because they were penalised on numerous occasions for high tackles, losing 2 men to the bin and because they were unable to break the Biggar defence which again was immense throughout.

 

In short this was a fantastic match, played with no quarter asked or given and one which had the very pleasingly large crowd enthralled until the end.

 

In the pack, Donald Voas and Chris Mulligan were unavailable for this match and so Guy Kelly started at prop. The youngster completed the best 80m minutes he has had since joining the ranks of the senior squad. His tight play was solid while he also performed well in the loose, carrying ball well on several occasions. Mulligan was replaced by Lewis Stewart who made his first senior start.

 

Andrew Peacock, another who has again blossomed this season, was moved to the bench to provide front row cover and was replaced by Douglas Notman while Jamie Orr made his first return to the senior squad this season. In the backs Conor Lavery returned at stand off with Robbie Orr moving from there to full-back, he another to return a performance well beyond his tender years and claiming two tries in the process, the first of which was a fantastic effort and which saw his speed and strength take him round and through the Highland cover.

 

With this being a top-of-the-table clash it was hardly surprising that this match was absolutely full on from the first until the last minute. Both sides ran at pace, challenging their opponents to defend and off-loading as they sought to play an expansive game. Yards were gained as players ran and found players with neat passes and, as players tackled, yards were lost as there were turnovers and mistakes were made.

 

A series of penalties were awarded to Biggar as referee Tom French took issue with the preponderance of shoulder high tackles made by the visitors but few of these were in kickable positions and so ground was won but on each subsequent attack the Highland defence managed to halt Biggar. At other times ball was lost in contact, this as much to do with the ferocity of the hit as it was to poor ball retention.

 

When in attack, Highland also opted to go for position, this despite the fact that they were playing with the wind and had a couple of penalties which looked to be within range. Had the position been swapped Biggar might have opted for a pot at goal. As it was and having taken good lineout ball Highland ran Biggar close, only some superb defence with all playing their part keeping the visitors out. In this regard Robbie Lavery put in some thundering hits, these backed up by some equally good hits from Conor Lavery, Rowan Stewart, Matthew Stewart and Franco Carrossi.

 

Ball in hand saw Biggar running well, Robbie Orr solid at the back and always making great yardage in the counter attack, while others to shine were Ewan Stewart (whose footwork on a couple of occasions was top drawer), Lavery who hit up well and the afore-mentioned Kelly.

 

After a series of penalties for high tackles (the penalty count was 11-3 in Biggar’s favour in this half) referee French resorted to showing a yellow to Highland’s flanker. The resultant penalty saw Biggar take play to within yards of the Highland line before play was again halted for another penalty, this one for off-side. Prior to this award the solitary kickable penalty Biggar had, proved to be just outside Conor Lavery’s range although he did manage to slot this last award to give Biggar a slender 3-0 lead at the break.

 

With the breeze now on their backs Biggar were able to control play a little better, ensuring that Highland were kept at bay as Biggar kicked from hand to pin the visitors back in their half. While Biggar’s counter attacking had always threatened, Highland’s proved less successful although this was also due to the quick, flat support from the Biggar chase which meant that the Highland counter was always under pressure.

 

An early penalty opportunity drifted wide but with Ross Jackson, the Lavery’s and Peacock (who had come on for Notman) all in possession, Highland were kept in their half. Yet another penalty ended with Highland centre Rob Eatogh shown a yellow and so for a few minutes the visitors were down to 13 men. An initial tap and go from Jackson did not impress referee French but on the scrum restart his pick exploited the short-handed defence and the No 8 cruised over in the corner.

 

Lavery was unable to add the conversion. A mix up on the restart had Biggar at sixes and sevens although they did manage to extricate themselves from a difficult position.

 

Biggar struck next with some 20 minutes of the second half gone. Highland were back to full strength but some excellent attacking play from Biggar which saw play swept from left to right with Conor Lavery and Jamie Orr in the attack ended with fullback Robbie taking possession from around 20 metres out. His typically mazy run bamboozled the Highland defence although he needed all his strength and reach to eventually dot the ball down for what was a wonderful score. Matthew Stewart, from an almost identical position as he had faced against Whitecraigs, kicked the conversion from near the touchline. 15-0 Biggar.

 

Four minutes elapsed before Biggar struck again. Running at pace and asking all sorts of questions of the Highland defence eventually created space on the left. Luhann Kutze who had replaced Davy Reive passed wide to his left, the ball snapped up by Orr who sprinted clear and under the posts for his second try. Stewart added the conversion and Biggar were 22-0 ahead.

 

Undaunted by this latest set back Highland continued to play and attack. Maintaining possession well they pressed deep in the Biggar half but again the Biggar defence was up to the mark and the pressure exerted forced the error to give Biggar some respite.

 

Iain Renwick replaced winger Ross Bradford as Biggar sought to press on.

 

Nevertheless Highland regained territory and courtesy of a needless penalty and by forcing play to the left and then to the right ball found prop Stuart Watson with 15 metres or so from the line. Swatting Biggar attackers aside as if they were troublesome flies the big man barrelled over for a try which stand off Craig Irvine converted for Highland’s 7 points.

 

A spectacular jump and catch by Rowan Stewart off the restart took play immediately back to the Highland 22 where Biggar went in search of what would have been a real bonus of a 4 try bonus point. The same player was then bundled into touch just feet from the Highland line as desperate defence came good.

 

Kevin Robison came on for the injured Lewis Stewart with some 3 minutes to go.

 

Although Biggar managed to retain ball and territory Highland put an end to proceedings with their last kick to touch from a penalty award ending the contest.

 

A massive cheer greeeted the result, Biggar’s support having thoroughly enjoyed the contest and of course the result.

 

The icing on the cake from a club point of view came with the news that the 2nd XV had also recorded a fine victory over their oppoenents, Cartha QP.

 

Biggar have (possibly) never had such a fine start to any previous league campaign and while some of the less optimistic believe that the side is just a couple of wins from being 100% safe from relegation, there is a belief in the squad that they can go forward and improve. The confidence and skills exhibited is a great motivational aspect for play and for development. The number of players used over the past few weeks will increase as injuries and other factors come into play but all those who have been called up have all stepped up to the mark and have done so seamlessly.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, G. Kelly, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock (Capt), D. Notman, L. Stewart, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, K. Robison, L. Kotze, I. Renwick

 

Post Script

Donald Voas took part in the European Log Lift Championships in Glasgow at the weekend finishing in 6th place in his category. A fine effort for someone who is a novice at this event.

Biggar ‘s 2nd XV as described above won their match with Cartha.

Having conceded 2 early tries things looked a tad grim but the home side then mounted a fight back and with Ryan Moffat (who was unlucky to have been dropped from the 1st XV squad) leading the way with 3 tries, Biggar overcame the city side to win by 33-26.

This was the sides first win and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. As is the case with the 1st XV they have played 4 of the 5 sides at the top of the Reserve league and so they have had a wicked start to their campaign.

A lot will depend on whether they can continue to rely on the mixture of youth and experience fielded on Saturday. Some 7 teenagers were joined by some gnarly veterans in the shape of Grant Owens, James Tawse, Calum Taylor and Andrew Goodall (making a return to Biggar colours after several years in the city).

 

Special mention should be made of what was apparently a real contender for ‘try of the season’ scored by Andrew Howatson. Gathering ball on his own as he covered back the prop come fullback ran to the Cartha pack, flumoxed them with a chip and catch and then burst over the line for a wonderful individual effort.

 

In addition to the above Euan Bogle kicked 4 conversions


Biggar RFC Black Tie and Ball Gown Christmas Ceilidh.


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U13’s and U14’s v Currie

The U15's and U16's matches were called off after Currie at u15 and Biggar at U16 were unable to field full XV's. The U13's and U14's played on

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Girls v Lismore

Lismore were Biggar's guests on Sunday

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Fantastic contest sees Biggar maintain top spot

A cracking top-of-the-table clash lived up to its billing

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