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Ladies host Wigtonshire in thrilling match

Ladies Rugby is currently one of THE fastest growing sports in the UK. With that in mind, Biggar RFC is desperately looking to increase the Ladies playing squad numbers. Next season the Ladies will play in a proper SRU led league and there will be a real need for a larger playing pool.

 

There are several girls who will be making the transition to the senior game but a side with a balance of youth and expereince is the best answer. Coach Mark Senter will be on hand to provide excellent advice and coaching for all aspiring players.

 

If you are at all interested - regardless of experience - then please get along to Hartree Mill on either (preferably both!) Monday and/ir Wednesday evenings (sharp 7pm start).

 

Ladies v Wigtonshire

Also at home were the Ladies XV who played Wigtonshire with new coach Mark Senter at the helm. Another sizeable crowd thoroughly enjoyed the match which was one of two halves due to the very strong wind beating down the length of the pitch.

 

Biggar are still struggling a little with numbers but a series of phone calls and text messages led to a handful of players pitching up to field a full XV although rather embarassingly Biggar played the first 5 minutes or so with 16 players on the pitch! By that time the score was 7-5 to ‘Shire.

 

Among those who answered the call was Julia Miller (nee Howatson) who made a return to action after some 15 years absence and LOVED it!

 

‘Shire added 2 more tries before the break and led 19-5 at half time.

 

Playing with the wind on their backs helped Biggar a lot after half time and it seemed only a matter of time until they scored. With barrowloads of territory and possession Biggar were however beaten back and held up by some stout ‘Shire defence. They were actually over the line on at least 4 occasions but couldn’t get the ball down.

 

Biggar did eventually score however and took the lead with just minutes to go and by the narrowest of margins at 20-19!

 

‘Shire had hardly escaped from their own half of the pitch in this second period and with Biggar well up in attack as the seconds ticked away it looked as though Biggar would sneak the win.

 

Sport throws up some real cruel plays however and so it was this time round as the 'Shire scrum half, who had had a good overall game, broke through Biggar’s defence to run some 60m for what was, especially when converted, the winning score.

 

A great advert for the Ladies game however and coach Senter must have travelled home in the knowledge that he has a great nucleous of players to work with.

 

Biggar points: Megan McCarry, Bria Boyd, Rebecca Clark, Ioni McPherson.


Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Youth rugby

Sunday kicked off with a festival type game between U12 girls from Gala, Moffat and Biggar and their opponents Ayr. Despite the chilly conditions the girls stood up well and all learned a lot in what was their first really competitive outing. Well done girls!

 

Biggar’s U13 and U14 sides were in action at Dalziel where the honours were shared with one win a-piece. The U13’s have suffered badly from injury and unavailability of late and so they were loaned players by the hosts to ensure a match was played. Dalziel were comfortable winners.

 

At U14 level it was the complete opposite with Biggar proving to be too strong for the short-handed hosts.

 

The U16’s meanwhile were hosts to Boroughmuir. The city side was short of numbers and the game started with a series of Biggar players turning out in ‘Muir colours. Biggar ran out convincing winners in what was their final preparations for the Youth Cup final next Sunday.

 

 

At Mini level Currie was the venue, this always a well run tournament. Biggar had sides at every level and so it was a busy day. Results have yet to be confirmed but indications are that Biggar competed admirably at every level/age group.

 

 

P4

Today saw us at the Currie festival where we faced some varied and tough opponents. Our game results were:
Currie black 5 Biggar 9
B/muir 10 Biggar 9
Currie Amber 8 Biggar 6
Dunbar 10 Biggar 11


In an overall veiw we played well in attack with enty of support and pace but sometimes lacking in width with the size of the pitch set out(that is the full regulation pitch size). Our slight down fall today was defence tackle height was an issue but more than that was we just cuddled the opposition rather than taking them to ground allowing fast offloads against us. I for one was a bit shocked by this as in previous we have had some great tackling play but for some reason today it just wasn't there.


I feel I have to mention it because its a elephant in the room but reffing could have been better and I'll leave it at that ����. I personally feel our players don't like a 3G pitch and that might have bared somthing towards the tackling issue aswell.


I would like to apologise for keeping everyone for such along time but the club wouldn't tell us anything (not for the lack of asking) about who won and awho didn't so we were in the dark also.


Newt week training has been cancelled to allow as many as possible to travel to support the U16's at BT Murrayfield, plz see previous posts if you or your player would like to help support.

 


P5 Currie Chieftains Tournament Report
Biggar took 11 players to this well organised and attended event. Whilst I don't have a note of all the scores we did come up against very disciplined (and big) opposition. A shaky start in the first game saw Biggar rise to the challenge in the second half and a narrow defeat was 'earned'! Our second game followed the same pattern but out last two matches showed real commitment, perseverance and results to match.

 

It was great to see all players developing, particularly keeping formation and your width on the park. Some of the passing / phases that was evidenced today were the best we have seen, so credit to all in keeping the ball and 'phase after phase' of play.

 

One area of play which continues to require focus is tackling. It is now very apparent that at this level, if tackles are not made, the opposition will and does score with ease. As coaches we will continue to assist in every way that we can but at the end of the day, every player will need to tackle...it is intrinsic to the game.

 

With the cold, wet and windy weather, it was decided to shorten the tournament to 4 games which I think all who attended would agree was enough!


1st XV tajke another step towards the Championship

Biggar 52 GHK 5

Biggar took another step closer to the Division 2 Championship with this 8 try to 1 win over Glasgow side GHK.

 

That Highland conquered Lasswade with an all important bonus point win means that the celebrations are on hold for another week at least as Biggar require a minimum of one more point to secure the title. It takes a brave man to predict any local derby result but the stakes are now upped given that Peebles are still the only side to have beaten Biggar this season and that they would dearly love to make that a double and stymie Biggar’s championship celebrations!

 

A big week ahead!


Playing away from the clubhouse and in front of a very good crowd, Biggar and GHK opened up strongly and the early passages of play were long and at times frantic as players sought to run possession wherever possible rather than kick. Dropped passes and good defence prevented any scoring.

 

Both sides were relatively successful in gaining good yards although neither were able to breech their opponents line until, that is, the 10th minute when Matthew Stewart made a great run to the line after being set free by stand off Conor Lavery who had gained possession from Robbie Orr. The youngster, who was imperious at full back, was making his last appearance at Biggar this season as he sets off for NZ next weekend for 6 months. He flies out to join Ali Steele who left Biggar in February and is playing with Tairu RFC in North Island. What wonderful opportunities for today’s youth!

 

Matthew Stewart added the conversion for his try but it was not long before GHK replied, their lineout and driving maul working well to take play within metres of the Biggar line. A series of close pick and go’s followed before prop Andrew McCulloch eventually got over the line for a good score. This tactic might have provided more points had they been able to use it more often but possession dried up somewhat after this score.

 

As it was, not only did GHK score but an altercation after the try saw Biggar centre Robbie Lavery shown a yellow card. Reduced to 14 men there was worse to come as referee Stuart Burns restarted the match with a GHK penalty on halfway.

 

Another Matthew Stewart break promised much but a penalty award for holding allowed GHK to clear.

 

Biggar prop Donald Voas has been in fine form of late and this continued on Saturday when on at least 3 occasions he made huge line breaks on the wing, showing some excellent accelaration and speed in the process and proving very difficult to stop.

 

After the 2nd of these bursts possession was retained and a neat inside pass from Conor Lavery to winger Rowan Stewart saw the youngster slice through the GHK defence for a fine try – his 20th of the season and a club record to boot. Matthew Stewart’s conversion made it 14-5.

 

A team has to work really hard when a man down to keep their line intact and so it was a real triumph for Biggar to have scored a try of their own during this period.

 

Lots of possession followed for Biggar but against the stiff breeze they struggled to make further inroads until, that is, the final minute of the half, when, after several promising forays, Robbie Orr made a fantastic run down the clubhosue side of the pitch, evading at least 4 would be tacklers in the process to crash over in the corner. A fantastic solo effort but just too wide for the conversion. Half time then was 19-5 to Biggar.

 

While many were more than happy with this advantage the coaching staff were less pleased and set Biggar back out to aim for a much greater convserion rate from possession to points.

 

It seemed that things were to start really well as Chris Mulligan made good a turnover to sprint over the line but referee Burns blew instead for a GHK penalty. The immediate danger was cleared but it was not long before Biggar were back on the attack, Voas getting the credit after yet another destructive touchline breenge. Matthew Stewart kicked an excellent touchline conversion for 26-5.

 

Biggar beagn to ring the changes with Guy Kelly the first to give way, his place taken by Paul Davidson who made an immediate impact in making an excellent turnover.

 

Tries were to come at fairly regular intervals now as Biggar increased the pace of the match and as GHK tired in the face of continually having to defend. Next up was that man Voas – again - who collected his second after (another) touchline run, though this time his final charge for the line was aided and abetted by fullback Robbie Orr who put his shoulder behind his prop to drive him over the line. James Orr then made way for Andrew Peacock, another who announced his presence in the best possible manner, the big man latching on to another Lavery pass to sprint clear and past the stretched GHK defence with a neat change of pace for a fantastic try, converted by Matthew Stewart.

 

Conor Lavery then made a schoolboy error in thinking he had actually scored before he touched the ball down, it squirting clear and rightly adjudged as having been knocked on.

 

Skipper Euan Sanderson rounded off another passage of play deep in the GHK half with a good score. Matthew Stewart’s conversion was followed swiftly by his second score and then his 6th conversion, a well-timed pass from replacement Gregor Stewart setting him free and over the line for the try.

 

All Biggar could and had to do was win the match, preferably with a 4-try bonus so from that point of view at least it was a case of mission accomplished. The news from Lasswade was relatively predictable and so the SRU Rep Graham Scott who was on duty with the Cup should Highland have tripped up, will be back at Peebles on Saturday to – hopefully - carry out the honours then.

 

Biggar

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

Reps: A. Peacock, P. Davidson, G. Stewart, I. Renwick.

 

FOOTNOTE 1

Saturday saw the end of an era as Davy Reive played his last 1st XV home match. Given the honour of leading the side out onto the pitch, this was clearly an emotional moment for the Biggar stalwart. A fiesty competitor whose experience is difficult to quantify he has been ever-present in the Biggar ranks for some 12 years and has contributed masses to the club.

A bad attack of cramp prevented him from leading the team off at the end of the match but he can hold his head high and he will be sorely missed next season. He does have one more match remaining however and if selected he will be buzzing to get onto The Gytes pitch against Peebles.

 

FOOTNOTE 2

A massive thank you from all at Biggar RFC for the huge turnout of support for Saturday’s match. The touchlines were full and helped greatly in making it an occasion for the players and the club as a whole.

The Mini and Youth players also turned out in numbers to make a guard of honour which again was very much appreciated by the players. Of Saturday’s 1st XV squad no fewer than 15 from the 19 came all the way through the Biggar Youth system having played at Mini, Youth and Colts level before graduating to the senior game – a tremendous conversion and retention rate envied by many clubs around the country.
Many came early to take in the Colts match prior to the 1st XV match and to make a day of it.

Once again, all support is so very much appreciated


Scotland U18 Girls

Many congratulations ot Biggar's 4 U18 reps. This was a great achievement for the girls and Biggar RFC.

Well done to Emm, Feebi, Rachel and Kaylee!


Biggar Youth v BATS

Biggar U13s 30 BATS U13s 17

A hard fought encounter this afternoon, saw our Biggar boys eventually out scoring their visitors by 8 tries to 5.

In a fairly one sided first half, that saw Matt and Franklyn guesting for BATS, our boys were certainly prepared to make up for their disappointing performance in the reverse fixture earlier in the year.

Biggar ran into a 15-0 lead with 3 tries from Harry and after a great run, Ewan adding our fourth. Liam was able to convert 3 before the visitors managed one of their own.

Before the half was over some excellent team work helped Harry score a couple of more tries which Liam duly converted. Half Time 23-3.

When the second half kicked off it was Liam, Ryan and Neil’s turn to guest for BATS, and their contribution to the visitors performance had an immediate impact as they scored 3 quick tries.

A returning Hyland managed to chased and touch down his own kick which Robert converted. Then it was Neil’s turn to get onto the score sheet by dancing through to score his first try of his career, for BATS. Before the game concluded Harry managed to extend our lead with the final score Biggar 30 BATS 17.

Unfortunately there were a few injuries during the match and I’m sure we all wish Beau, Aaron and Hyland speedy recoveries.

 

U14's lost out to BATS who fielded a massive side. Biggar created good possession and posotions but couldn't convert these opportunities as the BATS cover defended well.

 

U16s beat a good GHA 64 - 7 in the West Cup a very disciplined and controlled performance from the boys against a team that had done well in their own Galant Conferance. Well done team.


NEWS

Ladies host Wigtonshire in thrilling match

Biggar Ladies host Wigtonshire

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Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Reports as received

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1st XV tajke another step towards the Championship

A bonus point win takes the club a step closer to the Championship

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Scotland U18 Girls

BRFC had 4 girls in the Scotland U18 squad which travelled south to Preston last weekend.

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Biggar Youth v BATS

Biggar Youth v BATS

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