Hartree Mill Sports Grounds, Biggar ML12 6JJCharity Number: SC 047700

Mini v Ayr and Peebles

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Well if I learned anything today, it's the fact that our boys relish their games.


Last Sunday's training hadn't exactly gone to plan with a lot of "maybe we should have ...." thoughts afterwards but as today showed, there's no cause for concern.


We started off extremely well against a vertically superior Ayr side. (I did wonder at one stage if a couple shouldn't have been with the P6's) This didn't put our boys off though and we proved, even if we need three players, we can still tackle the biggest!


There were some big hits going in but we found our legs driving up the middle and this paid off time and time again as we ran in trys. In the end, it was a high scorer but we won by two.


The second game against Ayr B team was a bit more open but again, the boys put to good use some excellent footwork and on each of these occasions were backed up by their team mates. We were slightly slower getting back on side and with Ayr being that bit quicker, we let a few passed that wouldn't normally have got to the try line. - I thought we just missed out in this match but i was pleasantly corrected in the clubhouse.


The last match saw us up against Peebles and as most squads experience, you have to have your wits about you! - We were tired clearly by then and it showed, mostly in some missed tackles where weary arms just couldn't pull the opposition in enough to bring then to ground but we still ran out victors by one try!


There were huge positives from today. The boys are a great squad together and this shows in play which far exceeds their years. There's some fantastic support work, an ability to read the opposition and adapt to their playing style and a willingness not only to involve their team mates but actively pull them into the action.


Each and everyone of them have their own strengths and what is so great to see is the recognition of that in the team ... who needs to get the ball to drive through the middle, who needs quick leg on the wing, who needs to hang back to make that crucial tackle...... and very little of that is coming from the coaches! It really is great to watch!


They should all be very proud of their efforts today! What a team!


Thanks as always to Gordon and Stuart for all their efforts. Laura and everyone on kitchen duties and to all the Parents, Taxi drivers and support at the sidelines although if Riki White isn't careful - he's going to be watching via videolink! ??

 

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On a glorious Sunday morning at Hartree our P5s welcomed a visit from one team from Peebles and two from Ayr. As in previous weeks we were able to field two teams to form a mini round robin of games.


It was a day of mixed emotions, positive and negative.


Positives; the soup and burgers were excellent!!!


Seriously though, there were some individual performances today that were inspiring. It is our job as coaches to make this continue and to continue to nurture the talent in the rest.


Negatives; it seems that overall focus, commitment, the want to improve is lacking in some of our players.....
It is our job as coaches to improve this.


To use the words of a very good colleague we also had "good play but we weren't together, not alert and at times quite unaware that we were competing in games"


Our defence still causes us problems. We will continue to up the physicality in training as it is becoming apparent that we lack this part in a game scenario.


Please can we ask that all parents continue to involve their players in rugby talk and exposure, especially during these autumn internationals, as they will gain knowledge of the game that can only enhance their learning.


Huge thank you to the usual helpers as always, including all those who helped with the catering/serving today in the kitchen. Feedback from visiting teams was very appreciative!


Youth sides update

Biggar S1 4 Boroughmuir S1 34

A very difficult game this afternoon against a more determined and experienced Boroughmuir squad.
Not too much to mention in the first half from our boys other than some determined tackling, especially from Ander. Unfortunately our opposition were able to break through on 5 occasions, converting 3 of them. Half time, 0-18.

 

After some encouraging words at half time from Scott and Jordan, the lads were determined to improve on their first half performance and everyone stepped up a gear. Unfortunately so did our opposition who ran in a further 4 tries, converting them all. It would have been 5 if not for Robert who put in a great last man tackle out on the touch line.

 

Still not down and out our boys battled on and were rewarded when Harry finally broke through and ran in to score under the posts. Liam duly converted to bring the final score to 4-34.

 

Man of the match Ander

 

It’s not the result we were hoping for but I couldn’t be happier with the reaction from our boys. In weeks gone by, our boys would get frustrated and blame the opposition or referee. Not this weekend and it shows how much the boys have grown. We all know where we fell down on Sunday, but as Jordan and I said after the game. It’s how we pick ourselves up again!

 

We’ll be encouraging the boys to remember the performance, but encourage them to get their heads up and put it right.

 

Thanks everyone for the info on how they’re responding after games and training. On to the next one!

 

 

U16s 12-8 loss

The under 16s took part in a tough 2nd (Biggar) v 3rd in the league battle at Boroughmuir today agonisingly losing 12 - 8. The commitment structure, tackling and rucking from both sides was of the highest quality. However with Biggar camped on the Boroughmuir line for the last 5 minutes of the match with the home team giving away a succession of penalties Biggar couldnt get the ball over the line or benefit from the penalty count.

 

A couple of lessons to be learnt on pressing a line but a fantastic commitment and enjoyable game to watch.

 

Well done boys, on another day that would have been our win.


1sts bounce back against Dumfries

Biggar 39 Dumfries 0

What a difference a week makes! A Biggar win as they bounce back after the defeat by Peebles while the Border side who looked a competent and strong side come unstuck against Glasgow Accies....

 

After the disappointment of last week when Biggar produced a somewhat lack-lutsre display, the side came out of the traps with all guns firing against Dumfries. Having weathered the Dumfries storm of the first half, they then opened up to record an excellent win, with just as importantly, preventing the visitors from recording any points.

 

Having suffered defeat last week, Biggar were determined to ensure that they got things back on track on Saturday. This was the first game of the second ‘half’ of the season and against a side which had provided stern opposition in the opening encounter.

 

Biggar welcomed back two warriors in lock Alan Warnock and scrum half Davy Reive with Guy Kelly recalled to the front row. Andrew Peacock and Franco Carrossi dropped to the bench with Chris Mulligan taking over at hooker from the injured Ewan Stewart, and with Lewis Stewart at flank forward. In the three quarters the other Stewart brothers (Gregor and Rowan) were unavailable and so Matthew Stewart returned from injury at centre with Iain Renwick, who had been at 9 against Peebles playing on the wing.

 

As had been expected Dumfries began strongly some neat moves in the backs seeing them create great yardage and on one occasion splitting the Biggar defence in two, only a great tackle from Robbie Orr halting the move.

 

Against the run of play then it was a boost to see Matthew Stewart kick a penalty top give Biggar an early lead.

 

Play was a tad fractious at this stage with both sides getting into good attacking positions but errors spoiling all the hard work that had gone before. The wind, which was coming across the pitch, was a major factor with Dumfries struggling to master restarts and with Biggar just too long on a couple of occasions. These, combined with a variety of penalty awards and a mal-functioning Dumfries lineout and some uncharacteristic handling errors from Biggar meant that there were regular stoppages.

 

Dumfries continued to put Biggar under pressure however and it took all of Biggar’s defensive strength to keep their line intact, one superb try-saving tackle from Davy Rieve which did just enough to prevent Dumfries from scoring was one of many to catch the eye, Donald Voas another who put in some thundering hits throghout the match.

 

Dumfries should have tied the scores ast 3-3 but kicker Alan Birdsall was off target from a relatively ‘simple’ distance.

 

Having seen that kick miss Dumfries opted thereafter to run the ball with a series of tap and go’s but again it was Biggar’s first up and cover tackles which came to the fore to repel the visitors.

 

Biggar were a match for their opponents in the tight scrum but they took the lion’s share of lineout ball, Jamie Orr in fine form although tribute too, to his lifters.

 

As ahs often been the case this season Biggar’s ability to counter-attack has been impressive and it was this which led to the first try. A squint Dumfries lineout in Biggar’s 22 led to a sscrum and Biggar possession. Ross Bradford got the ball in midfield and made a great break to the left with Iain Renwick adding more yards. Ballw as then transferred inside to Reive who made short shrift of the gap to reach the line. Matthew Stewart added the conversion for 10-0.

 

This score came just beofre the half hour mark and some 5 minutes later Biggar struck again with Stewart kicking a second penalty for 13-0.

 

A major error on the restart meant the Dumfries were gifted possession and had it not been for their defence Biggar would have conceded a score. Instead however, Bradford, Voas, Chris Mulligan and the Orr brothers all tackled well to stem the tide.

 

A Conor Lavery clearnace took play to half way with the chase stopping Dumfries from a counter attack. A knock on gave Biggar scrum ball and with Ross Jackson making the initial thrust, yards were made by Robbie Orr, then Jackson again who popped the ball to Lewis Stewart who looked to be on his way to scoring a try. The despairing cover tackle did enough to trip him up but the youngster had the presence of mind to find Euan Sanderson in support, Biggar’s skipper diving in for the score, though the flying tackle by the last Dumfries player was not to his liking!

 

Half time then and Biggar were ahead at 20-0.

 

A series of penalties from referee Mike Milner disrupted play as the second half began, Dumfries benefitting from these awards and managing to relieve the pressure exerted by Biggar. Faced with poor possession from their lineout meant that a tap-and-go ploy was again their preffered option, but Biggar were up for this with another batch of big hits ending the momentum Dumfries so craved.

 

With some 15 minutes of the second half gone Biggar struck with a third try. Reive tidied lineout ball before gaining some much needed yards. Robbie Lavery spread play wide and Lewis Stewart linked well before getting the ball to Robbie Orr. The fullback is very elusive and made the try line form the half way mark, out-stripping the Dumfries defence on the way. Matthew Stewart’s conversion took Biggar to 27-0.

 

There was now the real possibility of collecting another 4 try bonus – not something that had been given much thought in the lead up to the game.

 

Robbie Lavery made a great line break with his next foray and with Mulligan carrying play forward again his pass found Lewis Stewart who flew in from the Dumfries 22 for a try convertde by his brother for 34-0 and that all important bonus point try!

 

With the thrid quarter beckoning Voas was carrying well again as Biggar rang the changes with Franco Carossi replacing Kelly and Peacock replacing Alan Warnock. Robbie Lavery then took over at scrum half as Reive left the field to a well-deserved round of applause for his efforts.

 

Dumfries continued to run at Biggar with scrum half Birdsall tireless in his attempts to spur his side and on and with flanker Ben Johnstone and No8 Luke Gilbert making good ground into the Biggar 22 but errors and Biggar’s defence brought these efforts to nought.

 

The last try was one of the best of the season to date and there have been plenty from the top drawer as well. A missed kick to touch was cleared fownfield by Dumfries and into Biggar’s 22 where it was gathered by Robbie Orr. He found Iain renwick who set up a ruck on Biggar 10m line. There were then a series of phases each of which involved different players but which continues to take play into the Dumfries half. An injection of pace by Mulligan and then by Bradford who made some great runs on Saturday set Jackson free for the try in the corner! A total of 13 players were involved at some point…..fantastic!

 

The final few minutes saw Biggar penalised on a number of occasions at scrum time when they seemed to be totally dominant and which meant that Dumfries ended the match in Biggar’s 22.

 

Congratulations to all involved on Saturday. There was no one who did not perform and it was really encouraging to see how the younger members of the squad – 4 in their teens – worked together. This was a big result given the previous week’s performance and one which should again boost confidence. With a weekend off due to the Cup commitements Biggar now prepare for the real challenge posed by Stewarts Melville who are currently in 3rd spot. Biggar won the match at Hartree Mill and took the Edinburgh side by surprise. They will be eager to return the compliment there is no doubt.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, M. Stewart, I. Renwick, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, C. Mulligan, G. Kelly, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson, L. Stewart, R. Jackson

Reps: F. Carossi, A. Peacock, R. Moffat, J. Barr

 

The 2nd XV entertained Peebles 2nds in a friendly on Friday evening. After a good first half Biggar dropped off the pace a bit and allowe their visitors too much space.

The Border side ran out deserved winners. Ali Steele, Alex Toal and euan Bogle scored tries with the latter also kicking 2 conversions.


Colts lose out to League Leaders

Colts lose out to Boroughmuir

The facts of the Colts game on Saturday make for fairly simple reading. Biggar played Boroughmuir on the main stage at Meggetland in front of a crowd of over a thousand – most likely the second largest rugby crowd of the day in Scotland - and were well beaten 60-0 by the top U18 club side in the country. ‘Muir ran in 10 trys and were deserved winners of that there can be no doubt. Scratch below the surface of this game however and there was so much more to it for those supporting the Rams.

 

Biggar turned up with 15 men ready and able to play the game. Some of them were carrying knocks, some were recovering from illness and some had had to be picked up from far afield by the coaches to get there in time. They were not to be deterred. Facing big strong opposition who were well drilled and very well organised Biggar set about fighting for every ball, hitting every ruck and letting their opponents know that they were in a game.

 

Some of the play wasn’t great, a few missed tackles accounted for a score or two. A couple of chances inside the ‘Muir 22 were lost when the lineout ball wasn’t quite accurate enough and the occasional wrong decision let ‘Muir off the hook but every single man on the pitch gave their all for the team and for each other.

 

At the end of the game, there was barely any energy left in any Biggar player. They almost crawled off the park but that is so good to see. No-one gave up, no-one hid when hiding would have been easy. No-one argued or fought with team-mates. Every man was pushing his team mates to work harder and keep going – keep taking the fight to ‘Muir. This is the Biggar spirit – this is what you need to strive for every week. ‘Muir were a great side and ultimately this spirit wasn’t enough but in some other games, it will carry you through!!!

 

With no scores for Biggar it would be easy not to mention any specifics but I felt that every man deserved a mention!

 

Hugo Baillie made some really good runs through a big ‘Muir pack. Some really good rucking too gaining vital time in the ball for the backs. One tackle in particular on the big ‘Muir 4 was good to see.

 

Cameron Gray carrying a virus from earlier in the week had a really good game. Some really good clear up ball when ‘Muir looked like they might break through and even in the last minute having been down with cramp, chasing back and stripping the ball in the tackle to prevent a further ‘Muir score.

 

Harry Low again made some big runs and a couple of very good tackles in key areas. Covered a huge amount of the park showing up on both wings at points in the game to help out his wingers in the tackle.

 

Harry Archibald worked his socks off for 70 minutes. Tackling constantly and taking some big hits in contact. An excellent shift from the big second row!

 

Andrew Barrett showed some real rucking strength to secure Biggar ball on a number of occasions. A couple of good counter-rucking plays took ‘Muir by surprise and secured ball for Biggar or at the very least put more pressure on the ‘Muir ball.

 

Hayden Muir was up against it in the contact as the ‘Muir back row were excellent but he did not let that work against him. Worked hard to secure ball at every turn in the loose and was constantly in support when Biggar were on the attack.

 

As with Hayden, Kerr Whitefield was up against it in the loose but he kept working hard and kept getting himself in there disrupting the play or winning ball as often as possible. Made a couple of good runs with ball in hand as well as running some really good support lines..

 

You know what you get with Seth Jamieson. He makes big runs into contact and works hard to gain as much ground as possible for as long as possible and he did this very well on Saturday. Some big hits in attack and defence but he kept getting up and coming back for more.

 

Finn Barr had his usual sterling game. Led from the front, made a number of good line breaks hit almost every tackle he went in for and kept pushing his team to work harder for the whole 70 minutes.

 

Not may hookers can run out at 10 but Rhys Thomson did phenomenally well on Saturday. He tried to play heads up rugby at every turn, kicked well when required and made some big hits in defence. Eternally positive on the pitch too.

 

Ciaran Goodwin almost fell foul of the referee early on with a couple of high tackles but didn’t let that deter him. Had a couple of great catches on the move and took the game to ‘Muir every time he got the ball. Took a big hit midway through the second half but still kept on taking the game to them.

 

Aaron Thomson had a really good game. Covered every blade of grass, constantly chased back and covered where required - made too many tackles to count! Great work from him

 

Ethan Webb was another who show a huge amount of bravery during the game. His first at Centre, he showed he usual attacking zeal often charging into 2 or 3 opposition players at one time and always working so hard to retain the ball or make them work for possession.

 

Jack Balkwill had an absolute stormer of a game – certainly the best one I have seen him play. Tackled everything that moved and put his body on the line time and again. Made some great runs forward and show a huge heart to keep coming back for more.

 

Josh Foster covered a huge amount of the park and made a number of great cover tackles when a break was on. Tough shift at full back as the lines that ‘Muir were running meant that he was exposed on a few occasions but he stuck to his task and stopped them as often as possible. Good work!

 

Final word must go to Jock Gray in his role as Physio on Saturday. He was busier than the ‘Muir bar staff serving the thousand thirsty South Africans but he kept going and played a huge part in keeping 15 Biggar men on the pitch. Great effort!!


Youth scores v Highland

On Sunday Highland were visitors at all other youth age groups and they took the honours winning 3 from the 4 matches played.

U16s 69-7 win
U15s 5-27 loss
U14s 25-10 loss
U13s 11 -22 loss


Colts improvement but injuries hamper match

Colts Let it slip Versus Highland

A competitive game took place at Hartree Mill as a post script to the first XV losing their unbeaten record to Peebles on Saturday. Well-travelled Highland came calling and whilst this was not a classic it was a completive tough game played in good spirit between two fairly evenly matched sides.

 

Biggar will feel that they could have taken a win in this game and I am sure that will frustrate the players and coaches alike. The home ranks were bolstered by the return of Dan McConkey to the starting line-up and with Callum McCallum moving to 9 Finn Barr was moved into the back row (a position he played to great effect last year).

 

This was a tight game with handling errors to the fore and a lot of direct play. Biggar seems to be settling into a good rhythm but unfortunately this rhythm was disrupted by the loss of Cameron Snell at 10 and then Callum McCallum (who had replaced him at 10) to injury. Both suffered head knocks with Cameron suffering a really bad cut to the head in a collision with his team mate Harry Low. He went off in a pool of blood and we wish him a speedy recovery. The loss of the 10 and 9 meant a complete reorganisation in the backs for Biggar and initially it had little impact. The new partnership of McConkey and Barr combined to open the scoring. A great break from Finn Barr got him well into the Highland half and with Dan on his shoulder, a great pass gave him the chance to run in for the score. The conversion from out wide left was missed.

 

The lead was short live as Highland powered through to score a converted try and take the lead but Biggar did not let that get them down. They got themselves together and 5 minutes later took the lead again and this time it was a really well worked try from Ethan Webb.

 

It was started when a poor Highland kick from inside their 22 was taken superbly over his shoulder by Josh Foster. He turned and ran at the covering defence going past 2 men before he was taken down. The ball was spread quickly along the line and Jack Balkwill took it on and ran straight for the try line. A great tackle stopped him getting over but with Harry Low on his shoulder the ball was secured and Ethan picked it up and dived over the line. Finn Barr made the conversion.

 

With seconds left on the clock before Half time Biggar should have extended their lead. A penalty was kicked to the corner, a good line out take and drive ensued. Biggar powered over the line and with everyone expecting the referee to show a score, he indicated Biggar had been held up – very unlucky.

 

Half Time Biggar 12 – Highland 7

 

The let off at the end of the first half seemed to galvanise Highland and they came out all guns blazing into the second half. Scoring three unanswered tries to win the game 26-12. Biggar created plenty of chances and will curse poor handling when they got themselves into some really good positions. Having said that, Highland took almost every chance that was presented to them which in itself deserves great credit.

 

Full time Biggar 12 – Highland 26

 

A tough loss to take where a slight improvement in concertation levels may have led to a different outcome. The injuries definitely had an impact on the team in terms of the setup but these are part and parcel of rugby unfortunately. Some great work across the pitch from all was often undone by one missed tackle or a dropped ball. These are the margins at this level and something which everyone needs to work on to ensure a more positive outcome going forwards.


1sts XV lose for the first time

Biggar 7 Peebles 10

Any record has to be broken at some point and while on paper at least Biggar should have been able to extend theit winning run to 11, Peebles, as befits local derby opposition, were always going to provide a very stern challenge to the table-toppers. And so, as Saturday’s game wore on and with Biggar just holding on to a slender 7-0 lead, thoughts turned back to the same game last season when, with some 15 minutes to go and well ahead, Biggar contrived to lose the match with a careless attention to protecting a lead.

 

That Peebles eventually won on Saturday, courtesy of a penalty try and a penalty to a converted try equates to as big a boost for the Border side as it is a disappointment for all at Hartree Mill. A very frugal defence as the ‘points against’ column shows, combined with a much greater ability to break the line than their opponents, have been the hallmarks of each Biggar performance to date this season and on balance this was probably the case against Peebles. That Peebles rarely threatened the Biggar line is confirmation of Biggar’s defensive strength while Biggar made several cutting line breaks and crossed the Peebles line twice (one disallowed try) and came close on at least another 3 occasions. However the Border side were a better organised unit than Biggar have faced recently and with their forwards largely dictating play in the set piece, this put real pressure on the Biggar side, which inevitably cut their attacking options down and limited their attacking threat. The old adage about not being allowed to play largely sums up Biggar’s day; denied quality ball from the set piece and yielding possession from lineout and scrum put pressure on everything else. Biggar also made a host of uncharacteristic errors although perhaps these were as a result of the increased pressure exerted by Peebles than to any lack of focus or concentration.

 

The upshot is that Biggar, having played virtually 11 games without ever having been behind on points, at any stage in any of the previous games, ceded their unbeaten record. This in turn means that their lead at the top of National 2 has been cut to just 4 points. Next up is another home game (against Dumfries) with Stewarts Melville (A), Howe (H) and Falkirk (A) all lying in wait before the Christmas break. An exciting time awaits….

 

With both Davy Reive and Alan Warnock unavailable and Matthew Stewart injured Biggar made a few changes to the starting line up for this clash. In the backs Iain Renwick resumed at scrum half, Gregor Stewart took Matthew Stewarts place at centre alongside Robbie Lavery which allowed Robbie Orr to operate at fullback. In the pack, Ross Jackson returned at No 8 which allowed Jamie Orr to resume his partnership with Andrew Peacock at lock.

 

As a demonstration of respect for Rememberance weekend, both teams, and the Colts prior to their match with Highland later in the afternoon, observed a minutes silence. A defeat in a rugby match, regardless of how ‘important’ that match is deemed to be, is hardly comparable to the sacrifices made by those who are remembered at this time each year and therefore any frustration felt at defeat is put firmly into perspective.

 

Peebles, as anticipated, came out of the traps at full pace and Biggar, on the back foot and in defensive mode from the start, conceded a couple of penalties. The first attempt after just 3 minutes was pulled left by Mrray Brown while thereafter the preffered option was to kick to the corner for a lineout and attempted driving maul. Biggar’s defence held firm however and as they countered Peebles were then made to defend their own line as Biggar had some success via attacking play from their three quarters.

 

Biggar’s cause was then upset somewhat by an injury to lock Peacock who twisted an ankle, his replacment being Zander Lyon.

 

A second Peebles penalty was also missed. After the half hour mark another good Biggar attack, when ball was transferred at pace and which took play into the Peebles 22 earned a penalty but Conor Lavery had similar luck to the Peebles kicker and pulled the kick wide.

 

An offside at the drop out – an offence which is rarely punished – allowed Biggar to retain territory and it was as Biggar attacked that Peebles No 8 Richard Harrison was shown the games first yellow after a reckless shoulder charge to Lavery.

 

In what was virtually the very next attacking move, referee Sam O’Neill then brandished his yellow card again, this time to Harrisons brother Jack, the Peebles scrum half, who had provided a withering assessment on the officials decision making.

 

Down to 13 men – not it has to be said an unusual position for Peebles this season and therefore a situation the side is almost accustomed to – Biggar had to take advantage of the disparity in numbers. A cross kick in their nest attack yielded little but a counter attack from Bradford, this after a comical collison with his team mate Robbie Orr which sent both sprawling on the turf, took play back to the Peebles 22. Ball moved left found the Peebles defence up to the mark but when ball was switched back to the right Robbie Lavery cleverly created space to draw two defenders before sliipping the ball to the supporting Donald Voas who ran in almost unopposed. Conor Lavery added the conversion to make the score 7-0.

 

There was time for the restart and as Biggar transgressed at scrum time, this a first penalty of what was to become many, Peebles were offered another kicking opportunity. This kick hit the post padding and was gathered up by Robbie Orr who then dispatched the ball to touch for half time.

 

Playing now towards the clubhouse Biggar had hoped to kick on but from the outset Peebles adopted a pick and drive ploy which was effective in retasining possessiona nd in gaining ground.

 

In addition Peebles regained full strength with the return of the Harrison brothers. If Biggar attacked the rush defence employed by the visitors continued to frustrate the Biggar attack, forcing rushed passes and the occasional error.

 

One attackm almost yielded a try as Gegor stewart chipped neatly over the Peebles defence for his brother rowan to run on to. Stopped just inches short by the Peebles cover in the sahpe of Jackm Harrison and Donald Anderson. Able to retain possession Biggar should probably have scored but for the stoic Peebles cover defence.

 

Biggar thern made a couple of changes, Ryan Moffat replacing Gregor Stewart while in the pack Lewis Stewart came on for Ewan Stewart, Chris Mulligan moving to hook.

 

A second missed penalty from Lavery would have given the home side a bit of additional breathing space but the ball was pulled left of the posts. A similar award shortly afterwards saw Biggar kick to the corner but in an off day on the touchline athe tail throw was lost and Peebles escaped.

 

Peebles then lost their 3rd player to the sin bin this for a neck roll.

 

A succesful lineout from this penalty saw ball moved left and Robbir Orr make a neat break before off-loading to winger Rowan Stewart who crossed in the corner much to the delight of the Biggar support. This was short-lived however as referee O’Neill deemed the pass to have been forward.

 

Minutes later and the winger was again in the action, ross Jackson havuing won a turnover in midfield. Donald Voas – whose brother Douglas was in the Peebles XV – fed Stewart whose progress weas halted by a flying tackle from Jack Harrison. This and the follow through did niot find favour with the Biggar side and a brawl developed although it was a pull me-push you struggle before order was regained, Biggar penalised, apparently for the involvement of the bench in the fracas.

 

Having crept into the Biggar half Peebles were then awarded a scrum penalty. A second award gave them good field position before a 3rd penalty award was tapped quickly, catching the Biggar defence off guard. Playing the man before the requisite 10m had been made saw Jamie Orr shown a yellow and so it was Biggar who found themselves a man down.. The damage to the Biggar scrum was considerable and at the scrum restart Peebles drove Biggar back over their line, referee O’Neill having no hesitation in awarding a penalty try. 7-7 with just barely 10 minutes remaining.

 

As the minutes ticked by there was a certain inevitability about the outcome. True to type a Peebles kick saw play moved to the Biggar 22. Having the put in would usually see Biggar take and clear, but Peebles instead gained a scrum put in from a squint throw. This is just what Biggar did not want and predictably Peebles were awarded another scrum penalty from which Greg Raeburn stepped up to kick the winning points. While there was time for the restart this was kicked dead, and despite Jamie Orr returning yet another scrum penalty saw the visitors able to kick to touch to end the match.

 

A tough one to take given the hitherto quality of play the Biggar squad has displayed to date. Peeble’s league position belies their ability of that there is no doubt and it is likely they will climb up the table as the season progresses – particularly if they can reduce the yellow card count.

 

Biggar are still top of the table but have as previously noted some massive contests to come. Dumfries are up first and they are still smarting from their opening defeat so its very much game on!

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, I. Renwick, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson

Reps: Z. Lyon, R. Moffat, J. Barr, L. Stewart

 

The 2nd XV were deprived of their match when kelso pulled out citing lack of available players to travel.


A win for the 18’s against Caithness

U18 Girls -v- Caithness 4th November 2018

The Caithness club made the long journey south to Hartreemill for the penultimate fixture of the Mirage league. The northern club were able to bring 18 players and so the game commenced in sunshine with a fresh westerly breeze in the favour of the visitors.

 

The Biggar squad had a nervy, hesitant start, strewn with errors and it was Caithness who had most of the possession in the initial period and opened the scoring with a good try after 10 minutes of play. The Biggar girls started to gain some possession although there was still a lack of control in their play, however they scored two quick tries mid-way through the first half to take the lead for the first time. Caithness however, were quick to respond and scored on the 20 minute mark to re-gain the lead. The next period was very competitive but Biggar managed a further score to take the score to 17-12.

 

There was then a significant break in play due to an injury to a visiting team player (Post match news that player had muscle damage) When play did resume Biggar enjoyed a sustained period of possession which led to two further tries. The score line remained unaltered till half time (HT 27-12)

 

Biggar started the second half with the wind at their backs and exerted pressure on Caithness which resulted in three further tries and was probably their best period of the game. Caithness scored a further try of their own to keep an interest in the outcome of the match. The play then became very scrappy with both sides making errors. The northern club then raised their game and despite some good tackling by Biggar they scored a try in the dying minutes to take the final score to 48-24.

 

The Biggar player of the match from Biggar was awarded to Kaylee Fraser, with Rachel Phillips being selected by Caithness. For a few of the Biggar girls this was only their second outing so a competitive game like this will have given them valuable experience. The coaches will be looking to cut out the errors and improve on the work at the break down ahead of the final league game away to Ayr on the 18th November.

 

Try scorers: Emelia Knights (2), Rachel Phillips (2), Kaylee Fraser (2), Lucy Blackie and Emma Orr. Conversions – Emma Orr (1), Kaylee Fraser (3)

 

Many thanks to Derek Aitken for filming the game, Tammy Mitchell for preparing all the food and to Mara Orr and Wendy Finlayson for helping in the kitchen.


Ladies at Hamilton

On Sunday Biggar ladies managed to get a game of 15s against Hamilton by joining forces with Cumbernauld ladies.

 

The Ladies lost 48-13 but this was a very hard fought match, with it being the first full 15s game for many of the players! Biggar/Cumbernauld Ladies settled into a better rhythm in the later stages of the match and managed to score two tries - one by Louise from Cumbernauld and one by Alison Russell from Biggar. 3 points came from a penalty kick by Lynn Somerville from Biggar.

 

Unfortunately Biggar were outplayed in the end by a well structured Hamilton team but a great effort from all in Black and Red.


Youth rugby v Ayr

Colts

This squad sustained a pile of injuries last week and this, combined with several players falling ill, led to their match with Ayr/Wellington being cancelled.

On Sunday the Youth section also faced Ayr with the team from the west securing wins in every match.

This is one of the best youth sections in the country however so while Biggar lost out there was still lots to suggest that they have the potential and attitude to develop and improve.

 

U16's

In a tough physical forwards centered contest the u16s lost 43 - 24 to Ayr on Sunday. A good competative match the Biggar boys couldnt win the ball for long periods of the first half and when they did they were met with a solid line of defence which they didnt unlock often enough. Areas to work on but useful lessons have been learnt.

U13’s

The boys did really well defensively in the first half, keeping Ayr out on a number of occasions, but unfortunately they did manage to break through for a couple of tries which were converted.

The second half half was was just as tough for Biggar, but the boys did show a few good positive attacking plays that really merited more than we got. However Ayr continued their clinical rugby by running in another 3 tries, which were all converted. With little time left on the clock Harry managed to channel his frustrations into a run and try under the posts which Liam converted. The final score Biggar 4 Ayr 20 certainly doesn’t reflect on how well the boys performed and each one of them should be proud of their contribution against a much more experienced and physical Ayr side. Man of the Match was Jake Duncan.


Win at GHK signals 10 from 10

GHK 7 Biggar 61

Biggar’s 10th consecutive win – a record as far as we can tell – came at the expense of Glasgow side GHK (Glasgow High and Kelvinside Academy combine).

 

The eventual 9-1 score included another 4 for winger Rowan Stewart, whose league total now stands at 18 from 10 games (another record we think) and which elevates him to the top try scorer for the club...ever!

 

GHK ran the ball well throughout. Their handling was as good as any of the opposing sides Biggar have faced this season, this seen particularly in the counter attack try they scored. Lock Ruaridh Wintersgill who scored and No8 Hugh Parker who initiated the try backed up by centre Danny Campbell, indicates that their current league position of 9th belies their skills and potential. Up front in tight play however they were exposed by the Biggar pack who took control of the set scrum and also managed to disrupt much of the lineout play.

 

Biggar made several changes again for this match, Ewan Stewart returning at hooker with Chris Mulligan resuming on the flank. In the backs Davy Reive started at 9 and Conor Lavery returned at stand off.

 

With conditions much better than had been forecast Biggar began against the breeze, this much more of a factor in play when on the opposite side to the stand which sheltered that half of the pitch.

 

As expected, and with a reputation for running ball through the backs, GHK opened strongly moving ball at every opportunity, but, as other sides have found to their cost, Biggar’s defence was pretty much rock solid with any yards gained by GHK won with maximum effort.

 

Biggar opened the scroing after 11 mins with Ross Bradford benefiting from some good work in the centre which created space out wide and which he exploited to dot down. Mathew Stewart converted this try and Biggar’s second, Rowan Stewarts first. Conor Lavery used a well weighted miss pass to his winger who used some good footwork to cross in the corner.

 

Not to be outdone GHK managed an excellent score of their own, this after a midfield pass went astray between Lavery and Matthew Stewart. Quick to counter GHK moved the ball quickly to the left where a neat off load from Campbell saw Wintersgill gather to cross undet the posts for a try converted by Kyle Henderson.

 

Ten minutes later and Biggar added a 3rd try. Ryan Moffat made good yards through the centre before creating a ruck deep in the GHK 22. Possession retained, ball was moved right to conor lavery who then popped the ball back to Rowan Stewart who crashed over. Matthew Stewart, whilst able to add the conversion, then deprated the field with a thigh injury. He was replaced by Robbie Orr who took over at fullback with Robbie Lavery moving forward to centre.

 

GHK continued to press and had play at the Biggar line courtesy of a penalty but the lineout failed to function properly and Biggar were able to clear their lines. Half time, then at 21-7.

 

The second half was a much more productive period for Biggar as the GHK effort began to falter. Given the strength of Biggar’s defence this was perhaps not surprising, Donald Voas (who had to be patched up after sustaining a head cut), Mulligan, skipper Euan Sanderson and Jamie Orr to name but a few, putting in some really offensive tackles which had the GHK players thumped backwards on a fairly regular basis.

 

Biggar also profited from the control they had up front, Orr and Andrew Peacock pilfering ball at the lineout and the pack steam-rolling the GHK pack back in the tight scrum. This gave Biggar ‘go-forward’ ball which they used to good effect.

 

First up was Bradford. Ewan Stewart swept up a loose pass from GHK and with great vision popped the ball to his winger who ran in from half way, evading the GHK defence with a neat change of direction. With regular kicker Matthew Stewart off, Conor Lavery took over the kicking duties and added the 2 points to this and then Biggar’s 5th try which was scored by replacement scrum half Iain Renwick who had come on just after half time. Zander Lyon disrupted GHK possession to create Biggar possession and the ball was moved swiftly to Renwick who scorched home from some 40 metres. Lavery duly obliged with the conversion.

 

A better period for GHK saw them in the Biggar 22 but a turnover led to another Biggar counter.

 

Mulligan and then Bradford led the charge before the move was halted by some desperate last ditch defence. Ball shipped left found Robbie Lavery who made a neat line break before improvising with a great off-load which was gathered by Robbie Orr for the try, Conor Lavery adding the conversion.

 

With GHK now struggling to match Biggar’s pace and with an electric counter-attack which few could follow Biggar added another 2 tries in quick succession – within 5 minutes in fact and this including the time taken for the conversions.

 

The restart after Orr’s try was taken by Mulligan who set up ruck ball on the Biggar 22. Lavery fired a pass to Gregor Stewart behind the forwards who in turn released Orr on another rampage downfield. Judging his pass perfectly he found Rowan Stewart on the wing and the youngster needed no second invitation before sprinting over in the corner. Undaunted by the angle again, Lavery added the conversion to this try.

 

Biggar then added an 8th score, this again directly from the restart. Ross Bradford took the kick and burst through the GHK line and looked to be almost home when he was eventually brought down by the GHK cover. His pass found the supporting Jamie Orr who in turn, though halted, found Lewis Stewart who dived over for his first try at this level. On this occasion Lavery was just short with the conversion.

 

This achievement then saw a relative lull in the action as the game drfited towards full time. There was room for one more try however, this falling to Rowan Stewart. Conor Lavery put in a well-judged cross kick which the winger failed to catch but nevertheless managed to knock down to the ever-present Jamie Orr. The big man promptly returned the ball to the winger whio dived over for the final try, converted again by Lavery for the 61 point total.

 

Coaches Davy Wilson and Doug Fleming were not particularly overjoyed by the first half performance but with another win, and another bonus point win at that, there is not much room for over-criticism.

 

The week ahead will be devoted to preparations for the next big test, and they don’t come much bigger than a home match against local rivals Peebles.

 

Though there are a couple of the more experienced players unavailable, selection will be tough with all who have come off the bench in recent weeks staking very worthy and completely justifiable claims for inclusion in the starting XV.

 

Please note that this match kicks off at 12.30pm to allow those who wish to attend the Scotland/Fiji match at Murrayfield.

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, Z. Lyon, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, J. Orr

Reps: I. Renwick, G. Stewart, L. Stewart, R. Orr

 

The 2nd XV travelled to take on Boroughmuir Bears in their National 2 Reserve league fixture. Fielding a stronger XV than in recent weeks Biggar took control to record an excellent and thoroughly deserved 52-5 win.

 

A strong wind in their faces in the first half led to some trying conditions but the Biggar XV opened up with a try from James Barr, converted by Euan Bogle. A B’muir try led to a tight 7-5 score at half time before Biggar turned round to enjoy the assistance given by the elements. They were able to open out in this second period to run in 6 tries, these going to Alan Warnock, Steve McKeown (2 tries and voted man-of-the-match), Andy Fleming (2) and Guy Kelly. Bogle added 5 conversions and a penalty for the 52 point total.


Girls come out on top against Annan

Mirage Conference results v Annan

U15's

Today the U15 Girls travelled to Annan RFC to compete in their conference game against Annan's U15 Girls. Despite Biggar being several players down due to injury and other comitments, Annan were only able to field 11 players, so we started with two subs on the bench. Biggar started strongly, scoring within the first few minutes, then continuing to score try after try, with great support play from all members of the team.

 

Half time saw the score at 5 - 46 for Biggar.

 

The second half saw our girls continue where they left off, but a few lapses of concentration crept in, and Annan managed to score another couple of tries, converting one. Annan also started to dominate many of the rucks, and started to kick from hand, collecting the ball each time further up the field of play, despite our girls having worked on loose ball recovery, at the Monday Academy session.

 

Another couple of tries from Biggar saw the game brought to a close with the score 17 - 70, although it was agreed to return the final score of 17 - 54 to the SRU.

 

Try scorers included Katie Mcpherson(4) , Alexandra Philips (2), Cerys Forrest (2), Abigail Barrett (1), Emily Wood-Kidd (c)(1), Sammy Shaw (1) Lana Bell (1) and conversions were successful from Katie (5) and Alexandra (2).

 

Girl of the Game for Biggar as decided by her team mates was Cerys.

 

Well played everyone who pulled on the red and black today.

 

 

U18 Girls –v- Annan Hornets 28th October 2018

The U18 girls travelled to Annan for this league game but unfortunately Annan were unable to field sufficient numbers and a development game was played. The opportunity to make the best of a very bright autumn day was taken and the coaches agreed to mix up the squads with backs and forwards transferring to each other’s team. This gave all the Biggar girls the chance to play against their teammates and led to lots of tries and some robust tackling from which both squads benefitted. It also enabled all the girls to enjoy the game which was played in good spirits. Biggar player of the match was awarded to Kaylee Fraser.


Youth rugby report

Hamilton U13s 3 Biggar U13s 39


What a great team performance this afternoon at Hamilton. The boys didn’t take long to get the points on the board, with Liam crossing the try line within 10 seconds of the match kicking off. And by half time the boys had raced into a 20-0 lead with further tries from Robert, Ruaraidh, Harry and Kyle. All of which were converted by Liam.


The second half performance was just as impressive with the whole squad contributing to the teams further 5 tries from Robert (2), Liam and Harry (2). With Liam only missing one conversation, which resulted in a 90% success rate for the match. (Pretty impressive!) Hamilton did manage a try of their own, which they were unable to convert.


Many thanks got to Ruaraidh and Kyle from the P7 squad for stepping in and helping us out.


And a special mention for Franklyn on his debut in a Biggar RFC shirt.


There were man of the match performances from a number of players today, so it will be a difficult decision for the coaches to pick someone in particular.



Lets hope we we can carry this performance into next weeks game against Ayr.

Well played Team!


Biggar Colts lose out to Bulls

Bulls Lead the charge at Hartree Mill

 

A tough derby loss to South Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton Bulls today for the Biggar under 18’s as they were well beaten by a fine display of attacking rugby. The first 10 minutes were a tight affair with only a Hamilton penalty to show for either side. Biggar then seemed to switch off and allow Hamilton to run at them and break the gain line on a consistent basis. This was to prove to be their downfall as the Bulls ran in 4 unanswered tries to lead 31 – 0 at half time.

 

Biggar started the second half well and really took the game to Hamilton in the early stages. It looked like they might start to claw back their lead but with only 14 on the park due to a late first half indiscretion, the Bulls managed to exploit a gap and score again much to the frustration of a large home support.

 

This seemed to galvanise the team and led to the best spell of the match for the home team with Seth Jamieson to the fore. The big number 8 scored 2 tries in quick succession. The first one following a great break from Jack Balkwill and Finn Barr. The second one from a good bit of power from the forward pack with Seth showing great strength to drive over the line.

 

This gave the home favourites some hope and a real battle was beginning to brew. Unfortunately the Bulls upped their game too and scored another 2 tries to quell any fightback hopes.

 

Seth was to have the final word for Biggar as he completed the scoring and his hat-trick in fine style driving well into the bulls defence and over for another good score.

 

Full time Biggar 21 – Hamilton 50

 

Not a great day at the office for Biggar Colts today. Some great flashes of play and real effort but some basics being missed let the Bulls dominate the game. Still some real positives to take from the game. Seth scoring three great tries deserves great credit for his strength and determination. Three new Colts were also capped today. Callum McCallum played well at 10 and will clearly help increase the options in the backs. James Walker came on in the second half and made some really good tackles and disrupted the Bulls ball well and Louis Henderson came on in the front row and did well against a very big Hamilton pack.


Biggar take another 5 pointer

Biggar 49 Preston Lodge 0

 

 

On a bright cold Saturday, Biggar 1st XV made it 9 from 9 in National Division 2, extending their lead at the top of the table.

 

 

The scoring came within the first 10 minutes of play when Andrew Peacock crossed the line in the corner following some clever play from a line out on PLS twenty two. Following shortly after Rowan Stewart started his scoring for the game with a similar try in the same corner. Matthew Stewart unfortuantley missed out on both of these conversions. (10-0). Within 20 minutes Ross Bradford made it 15-0 after recieving a pass from James Barr to go over the whitewash. With then only a kick to goal for the rest of the half, the hosts held onto a led of 18-0 going into the second half.

 

 

Matthew Stewart got his frist conversion of the game after Rowan Stewart broke through several tackles to get his second try making it 25-0. With little possession the visitors struggled to string attacks together allowing Biggar to play open and expansive rugby which allowed their lead to continually increase. The 5th try of the game, potentially the most memorable, came from a kick and chase from Ryan Moffat who then offloaded to Jamie Orr to score under the posts. At this point changes started to happen and Douglas Notman was exchanged for Lewis Stewart. Rowan Stewart completed his hatrick after a well constructed counter attack came from Robbie Lavery and Ross Bradford who allowed the 18 year old to continue his own socring record. Again changes were made as Robbie Orr, Gregor Stewart and Paul Davidson all got their run off the bench during the second half of the second half.

 

 

Rowan Stewart then made it 4 tries for the afternoon as he went under the posts after a crisp backs move from a scrum in front of the clubhouse. To conclude the scoring Matthew Stewart got his own try after Robbie Orr made a clever dummy on the blind side to allow the lead to be secured at 49-0.

 

 

It was a very conivcing and comfortable win for the hosts who continue to impress their fans. A special mention should go to Man of the Match Jamie Orr and the three sets of brothers who all played together for the first time. Jamie and Robbie Orr, twins Matthew and Lewis Stewart and brothers Gregor and Rowan Stewart. Biggar look to continue their form as the head away to GHK next Saturday.

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, J. Barr, I. Renwick, D. Voas, C. Mulligan, F. Carossi, Z. Lyon, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, D. Notman, J. Orr

Reps: P. Davidson, G. Stewart, L. Stewart, R. Orr

 

The 2nd XV hosted Musselburgh in their match. Of course the changes to the 1sts led to resources being stretched somewhat and so Biggar fielded a very young side with a couple of veterans included. They found the visitors with a large pack who were able to dictate play.


NEWS

Mini v Ayr and Peebles

Mini v Ayr and Peebles

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Youth sides update

S1 and U16 reports

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1sts bounce back against Dumfries

Biggar bounce back after Peebles defeat

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Colts lose out to League Leaders

Big match, big crowd, big test

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Youth scores v Highland

Mitsubishi Conference results

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Colts improvement but injuries hamper match

Signs of improvement.

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1sts XV lose for the first time

Peebles spoil Biggar party

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A win for the 18’s against Caithness

Far travelled Caithness come to Biggar

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Ladies at Hamilton

A good run out for the Ladies

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Youth rugby v Ayr

All teams lose to Ayr

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Win at GHK signals 10 from 10

Another two wins for the senior sides

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Girls come out on top against Annan

Biggar v Annan

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Youth rugby report

U13's record a good win

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Biggar Colts lose out to Bulls

Biggar Colts beaten by Hamilton

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Biggar take another 5 pointer

Biggar run out winners

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