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Boys Youth host Ellon RFC

Ellon RFC are keen to join the Shogun Conference and as such were looking to take on Biggar’s Youth to guage their progress.

Their U14 side was unable to make the trip south on Sunday but Ellon did provide sides at U13, U15 and U16 and they all made an excellent effort. Results

U13 Biggar 15 Ellon 40

U15 Biggar 19 Ellon 12

U16 Biggar defeat

 

U15's

Back to Back wins and another fine display from our U15 boys who were supported superbly from a few of our U14s.  A good Ellon side were the visitors on Sunday and an evenly contested match was underway.


Both sides took time to settle into the game with some tricky playing conditions underfoot, Finlay Crozier for the 3rd game in a row scored another excellent try with a great interception on the halfway line and used his pace to outrun his counterpart and cross the line he also made the conversion to put the boys in command. An afternoon of some strong rucking was underway with both sides showing some excellent skills in the ruck.


The Biggar boys hard work was driven on and demonstrated by a man of the match performance from Thomas Young who was involved in everything from strong ball carrying and then some great cover tackles, the energy shown by Thomas was felt right through the side. This hard work was supported All over the pitch and at the heart of that work were Rory Hill and Tom Roper who worked tirelessly to win several turnovers as well some strong tackling and running to gain meters for the team.


Once again Gregor on a scoring streak of his own at the moment showed his skills with some great handling and lovely footwork to cross the line. Ellon hit back in either half with some nice work of their own, however our boys were always that one score ahead.



Great to see the boys continue to improve and see there confidence grow, now back to the hard work in training and fine tune a few details and go again.


1sts defeat Howe

Biggar 57 Howe of Fife 3

Biggar’s 13th win came at the expense of Howe of Fife who now prop up National 2 alongside Lasswade.

 

Biggar meanwhile retain their top of the table spot, 4 points ahead of Highland who are in second spot and 16 ahead of third placed Stewarts Melville. The top two have two games before they meet on January 19th in a match which, if both teams continue winning, will be a massive clash and which would most likely take on the mantle of championship decider. But, as mentioned, there are two games to go before that clash and in sport, anything can happen!

 

 

Biggar had to make no fewer than 5 changes for this match, 4 of last weeks starting squad (Alan Warnock, Jamie Orr, Euan Sanderson and Davy Reive) in attendance at Alan and Emma’s wedding while Matthew Stewart was in the Scotland U19 squad which faced Wales on Sunday (Scotland lost out by ). Zander Lyon, Andrew Peacock, Declan Dinnen, Iain Renwick and Ryan Moffat all stepped up and as all have had bags of 1st XV experience there was a limited impact on the side.

 

Howe have had a difficult campaign to date and indeed struggled to provide a team list until late on Friday, this due to a scarcity of front row players meaning that they could only list 17 instead of 19 for their match day squad. There were fears that they might have to forfeit the match or that the game would go to uncontested scrums but in fact this was not the case and the match proceeded as normal although there will be several who must be in a sorry state this week following what was a bit of a mauling. Having said that the Howe side played with great spirit and had they not lost centre Sean Murray after less than 5 minutes or had another couple of ball carrying forwards to support George Henderson and Chris Mann who always took ball on to make good yards, then things might have been a tad different.

 

As it was Biggar contained the big pack and with a rock solid defence Howe were kept out, their solitary score coming from a Dylan Suttie penalty.

 

Playing into the elements – the wind and rain which had been absent all morning seeemd to reappear at kick off and then disappear by half time – Biggar nabbed an opening score after Chris Mulligan made a very typical 40 metre breenge through the Howe line. His pop pass was grabbed by Peacock who also made great yards before off-loading to winger Ross Bradford who stepped over for the opening score. Conor Lavery was off-target with the conversion attempt.

 

Howe hit back through Suttie’s penalty before Robbie Orr took a scoring pass from Rowan Stewart to add Biggar’s second. Lavery was again just wide with the kick but Biggar were 10-3 ahead.

 

In what was a scrappy game, this down to the wind and wet conditions, errors there were a-plenty and neither side were able to string perhaps any more than a few phases without stoppages. This made for an exciting encounter however with attack followed by counter attack and repeat.

 

With just over half an hour gone Biggar notched their 3rd score, this falling to No8 Ross Jackson who controlled the ball well at the scrum base as Biggar’s dominant pack drove the Howe 8 back over their own line. Lavery added the conversion for 17-3 and half time.

 

Howe stand off Suttie had a good game on limited ball but their main weapon was in the shape of No 8 Mann whose control at the scrum base as his pack was shunted back at almost every scrum got them out of jail on several occasions. In attack he offered himself as a threat but the support was rarely sufficient to provide clean quick ball and it was that failing that undid much of his good work.

 

A late tackle by Jackson on Howe stand off Suttie as he continued to try and orchestrate the Howe attack earned the Biggar man a yellow card.

 

The remaining minutes of the half however saw Howe in attack and ensconced in Biggar’s 22. Only the home defence, which saw players throw themselves at the feet of the visitors, kept Howe out as they opted for line drives and mauls.

 

Otherwise, Biggar’s defensive effort, which has been a massive and hugely important aspect to their season kept things watertight, leading to the fact that in the last 3 games Biggar have conceded a miserly 3 points.

 

As the minutes ticked by however, and as Howe continued to attack, it seemed almost inevitable that Howe would eventually gain a score and so sound defence or not, the Biggar support and the Biggar XV were very grateful to Iain Renwick who popped the ball into touch to end this prolonged spell on the line.

 

Biggar began the second period on the attack and while Robbie Orr just lost control of the ball as he prepared to score, the next phase saw Mulligan on hand to romp home from some 20 metres for Biggar’s 4th and bonus point winning try. Lavery added the conversion for 24-3.

 

Biggar welcomed Jackson back and began to ring the changes with Franco Carossi replacing Guy Kelly.

 

Some 15 minutes into the half and prop Donald Voas who is continuing a very fine series of performances managed to get on the score sheet again – his 3rd try this season - with a typically low driving burst for the line. Lavery added the 2 points and Biggar were 31-3 up.

 

As Biggar continued to press there was an untidy flare up between the sides and although he didn’t appear to be the instigator it was Howe’s No 8, Mann, who was shown a yellow by referee John Smith. Deprived of their main ball carrier and control at the scrum base Howe continued to struggle.

 

Biggar replaced Ryan Moffat with Gregor Stewart, Jackson with Lewis Stewart and Mulligan with Craig McDonald.

 

Dinnen was next on the score sheet, the big back rower crashing over from 10 metres out after Biggar took ball off the Howe put in. Lavery converted.

 

The next Biggar attack was halted by Howe fullback Jack Todd who was deemed to have deliberately knocked the ball down as he attempted an interception on Biggar’s play. Given the scoreline this seemed a tad harsh but Howe found themselves another man down, albeit it that it was just a few minutes before Mann resumed after his 10 minutes had elapsed.

 

Rowan Stewart was the next Biggar player to score, the winger benefitting from some good quick passing in the backs which created the space for him to exploit.

 

Although Conor Lavery was just wide with the conversion, he found the mark as Orr claimed his second try, this after he won the chase to a grubber kick from skipper for the day Robbie Lavery.

 

By this time conditions were becoming really tricky as the gloom descended, spectators struggling to catch the action.

 

This took its toll on Howe who, up against things again, botched a lineout. Ewan Stewart latched onto the loose ball and made ground before releasing Conor Lavery who crossed for the try and added the final conversion to wrap things up at 57-3.

 

This was Biggar’s 6th match in which they have broken the 50 point mark and the 11th time they have recorded a 4 try bonus point. Neither of these landmark moments have ever been recorded before which is cause in itself for celebration.

 

Biggar now prepare for a very tricky trip to play Falkirk. Three years ago Biggar journeyed to the same team who were angling for promotion to National 1. A 46-14 drubbing was the result as Falkirk swept forward to gain promotion. There are few Biggar players who remain to make the return trip this season but none that do will have fond memories of that match. A chance for some ‘revenge’ then, but Falkirk will doubtless be very determined to slow Biggar’s progress.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, I|. Renwick, D. Voas, E. Stewart, G. Kelly, A. Peacock, A. Lyon, D. Dinnen, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson

Reps: F. Carossi, L. Stewart, G. Stewart, C. McDonald

 

The 2nd XV match scheduled against Currie was postponed at Biggar’s request, there being too many players unavailabe. This match will be rescheduled.


U15’s v Stirling County

Biggar U15's v Stirling County

Well done boys,what a great display on Sunday at Hartree against a strong Stirling side.

 

After a few early exchanges the team started to grow in confidence and belief in their own ability. This was demonstrated right through the team with some strong running from Callum,Ciaran and Morris who seemed to be involved everywhere and tackled hard as always.

 

Good strong intelligent rucking from the forwards and quick support saw the team go through phase after phase pushing Stirling back leading to a try or two.

 

Several scrums were contested strongly throughout the afternoon with great awareness and intelligent play shown from Thomas Young who on a few occasions looked to pick up and go from the scrums,this seemed to catch the opposition off guard and led to several metres being gained.

 


Try’s we’re plentiful throughout the afternoon from Biggar with the only blip being Stirling breaching the defence once in the first half. We saw try’s run in from Callum, Sam and a fabulous solo try from Finlay who also capped an excellent afternoon off with 100% from the boot.

 


Overall a well deserved win and strong performance to back it up.


1sts and 2nds take on Stewarts Melville

Stewarts Melville 0 Biggar 31

This was a result which will tax the statisticians from both clubs; when was the last time Biggar won back to back games whilst keeping their line intact and when was the last time Stew Mel failed to record a single point at home?

 

Answers on a postcard please to BRFC and if it’s possible these will be included in this Saturday’s match programme when Howe of Fife are the guests.

 

Having managed to defeat the Edinburgh side by 36-3 at Hartree Mill back in September, Biggar were convinced that on Saturday they would face a really fired up opposition desperate to gain some sort of revenge. The Stew Mel warm up gave credilbility to that conviction as the home side, with an onimously large pack, ran through a host of moves at pace. Fast forward to the match however and things were very different when the same moves stuttered and failed as passes were dropped and lacked accuracy while the pack, aside from a couple of notable exceptions came off second best both in the set piece and in the loose.

 

That this was the case was down to the pressure exerted by an equally fired up Biggar squad combined with a real off-day for the Edinburgh side who struggled to match the Biggar effort.

 

Chances to get the Stew Mel scoreboard moving there were, but these were few and far between and on each occasion they found the Biggar defence at its solid best. Players were knocked back in tackles, possession was conceded while opportunities to gain and/or retain field position were lost when the set piece malfunctioned. Indeed, two of Biggar’s 5 tries came from lineout errors when possession was gifted to Biggar players who reacted far quicker to press home the advantage.

 

Biggar fielded a strong XV with competition for places seeing a couple of regulars dropping to the 2nd XV who played their Stew Mel hosts on the adjoining pitch.

 

Up front Ewan Stewart returned at hooker which allowed Chris Mulligan to play on the flank, Lewis Stewart unavailable due to injury. In the 2nd row, Andrew Warnock joined up with Jamie Orr, these two contributing massively in winning and pinching valuable lineout ball.

 

The backs began as of late, and the bench saw newcomer Declan Dinnen making his first appearance in a Biggar shirt.

 

Given the torrential rain during the week it was hardly surprising that the Inverleith pitch was sodden and slippy, this a factor both sides had to contend with, but happily the overhead conditions were reasonably fair.

 

Biggar kicked off up the ‘slope’ and faced an initial onslaught (as expected) and which saw Biggar pressed into defensive roles. A knock on off a neat chip was the first Stew Mel foray into Biggar’s half. Some really good defence and a big scrum saw Biggar gain territory and it seemed a burst to the line from Robbie Lavery would open the scoring but at the last possible moment the ball was knocked from his grasp. Another good scrum saw Stew Mel struggle to break free and Biggar regrouped to make an assualt on the Stew Mel line. Conor Lavery took the ball going right and put in a neat grubber behind the Stew Mel backs, Ross Bradford winning the chase for the first try which Matthew Stewart converted for 7-0.

 

Stew Mel maintained possession from two penalties and subsequent lineouts as Biggar fell foul of referee Steven Turnbull. A searing break through the Biggar line was perhaps the best line break of the match but Biggar’s cover defence in the shape of Rowan Stewart was up to the mark and the attack halted.

 

The hosts opted to take a scrum from the next penalty award, they believing that their scrum would be able to dominate but a somewhat predictable blind side move saw the winger bundled in to touch.

 

Despite gaining some relief via Davy Reive’s box kicks and a good ‘mark’ from Alan Warnock Stew Mel managed to retain possession and territory.

 

The game at this stage was broken and scrappy as both teams made errors, these due to the slippy conditions underfoot and/or as players tried to open play up. Still suffering from a number of penalties all for a variety of different offences, Biggar were under some pressure but this they dealt with pretty well, their two man/double tackles sapping the energy from the hosts attack. Two examples of this with Rowan Stewart and Donald Voas and another by Jamie Orr and Ewan Stewart caught the eye.

 

As it was Biggar began to gain more ground and just after the half hour they struck again. A good attacking position was won from a penalty from Conor Lavery and good lineout ball. Matthew Stewart, Voas and Ross Jackson combined well to take play to the Stew Mel 22. Ball was recycled and pressure maintained via a driving run from Jamie Orr. With quick ruck ball provided a pop pass to Euan Sanderson saw him crash over from 5 metres for a score which saw the ‘points for’ total move past the 500 mark, it all the more appropriate that this try was claimed by the 1st XV captain. Matthew Stewart duly converted the try to put Biggar into a 14-0 lead.

 

Stew Mel came back from the restart but Biggar were able to hold their line intact after Warnock took a good lineout off the hosts possession.

 

The second half saw Guy Kelly – the youngster showing again that he is a talent with some solid scrummaging combined with some very good ‘carries’ in the loose - replaced by Franco Carossi.

 

The half couldn’t have had a better start for Biggar as in what was their first attack an attempted break out by the Stew Mel pack saw hooker Doug Randall pass the ball directly to his opposite number Ewan Stewart who had the simple task of turning and making the 5 yards to the line for an opportunist score. Matthew Stewart was just short with his conversion attempt.

 

Less than 10 minutes later and Biggar claimed their 4th and bonus point winning try, not something which had been given much thought in the pre-match build up. This too came directly from a Stew Mel error and as such a bit of a gift. Biggar have often conceded possession from lineouts in the past but they haven’t been punished just so harshly. An overthrow and knock-down on their own lineout saw ball spilled to the ground, the ever-present flanker Chris Mulligan on hand to pounce on the ball and then make the 5 or so yards to the line for the try. Matthew Stewart duly converted for 26-0 but this was his last involvement as Ryan Moffat took over in the centre.

 

Minutes later and a penalty gave Conor Lavery the chance to extend his sides lead but he was off target from what was a long way out.

 

Dinnen made his first appearance on the pitch when he replaced Warnock and Iain Renwick then took over at scrum half from Reive. These changes disrupted the Biggar effort a little and the remainder of the contest became a little less fluid with errors again creeping into both sides play. It was an entertaining contest nevertheless, with plenty talking points and several chances to add to the Biggar total.

 

Biggar’s 5th try came as Biggar were deep in their hosts half. A series of attacks had come up against some btter defence but with great vision stand off Conor Lavery put in a super cross kick which Ryan Moffat was able to take before crossing for a great score. Lavery was just short with the conversion.

 

The last passage of play saw Stew Mel enjoy a bit more pressure with better possession and they forced Biggar back into defence. That Biggar kept the city side out was as big a bonus as the additional point for scoring 4 tries. The side have now scored 521 and conceded just 87, an average over the 13 games of 40-6!

 

Biggar’s next test is against Howe of Fife, a side languishing at ther foot of the National 2 table. Complacency is a dangerous enemy and with several players unavailable as they travel to celebrate Alan Warnock’s wedding to Emma (best wishes to the couple from all at Hartree Mill), the squad must regroup and ensure that they retain their top spot.

 

 

Biggar

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

Reps: F. Carossi, D. Dinnen, R. Moffat, I. Renwick

 

Biggar’s 2nd XV were left tight for numbers on Saturday and their cause was hampered early on with a nasty head cut injury to stand off James Barr. Happily he has been stitched up and is set for recovery.

 

Further injuries to Ali Steele, Euan Bogle and Paul Davidson meant the side was further depleted although the latter two were able to stay on the pitch.

 

A Bogle penalty was their limit in the first half but a try and conversion from Gregor Stewart in the second period gave the side a lift but Stew Mel were able to run in several tries to win by 41-10.

 

There is bags of potential in this side, especially if those who are available were all able to play regularly. Their mid table position is not at all reflective of thier ability or potential.


NEWS

Boys Youth host Ellon RFC

Far-travelled Ellon were in action at Hartree on Sunday.

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1sts defeat Howe

Howe are well beaten but put up a spirited fight

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U15’s v Stirling County

The U15's on fire!

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1sts and 2nds take on Stewarts Melville

Biggar's senior sides journeyed up the A702 to take on city side Stewarts Melville

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