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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.


NEWS

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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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