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Andrew Nimmo and Scot Lawson - Scotland U20

Scotland U20 World Cup

Biggar's Andrew Nimmo and Scot Lawson will join up with Scotland U20 later this week when the squad leaves these shores for America prior to the long trip to Argentina for next month's U20 World Cup.

Andrew standing, teams up with cousin Ewan (making the tackle) to halt a Dumfries attack.

 

Andrew Nimmo:

Having played all his junior rugby at Biggar RFC, Andrew left to play at Glasgow Hawks last season. A combination of injury and the strength Hawks had in the front row meant that Andrew's game time with Hawks was limited - indeed he had more game time with Biggar than with Hawks.

 

Following selection for the U20 6-Nations, Andrew was in a good position as Head Coach Carl Hogg sought to select his World Cup squad. This is a fantastic opportunity for Andrew and one which he will grasp with both hands. Andrew's cousin Ewan is first choice hooker at Biggar while Ewan's brother Grant, who is also a hooker, plays with Glasgow Warriors. Grant was recently included in Scotland Coach Gregor Townsend's first World Cup training squad for Japan in August.

 

Scot in his Newcastle kit

Scot Lawson:

Having retired from playing at the end of last season after an illustrious career which saw him play at Glasgow, Sale, Gloucester, London Irish and finally Newcastle (collecting 47 Scotland Caps along the way), Scot took up post as Director of Rugby with St Andrew's University in summer 2018. He has coached with the SRU as throw coach for a number of years as well as being Head Coach at Tynedale, and his skills were quickly put to further use with U20 coach Carl Hogg.

 

Biggar RFC is justifiably very proud of the Biggar duo and wish them all the very best of luck in the competition.

 

The trip to Argentina will see Scotland stop off en route in Washington where they will play American side Old Glory (27th May) before they travel further south to Arhentina where they will play the following Pool matches of this year's U20 World Cup. Their schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 4 June: South Africa v Scotland (kick-off 10.30am)
Saturday 8 June: New Zealand v Scotland (kick-off 3.30pm)
Wednesday 12 June: Georgia v Scotland (kick-off 10.30am)


Club News

Congratulations to those ex-Biggar players who played in Saturday’s Sarah Beaney Ladies Cup Final at Murrayfield.

 

The trio who were part of the winning Watsonians XV – Ellie Armstrong, Abbi Baillie and Aillie Tucker - were the happiest at the result and commiserations go to Amy Watkins who was in the Hillhead Jordanhill ranks and to their coach Aird Jardine.

 

This coming Sunday the Girls U18 squad travel to Murrayfield to play in the National Shield final against Hillhead Jordanhill. KO is 2.45pm and as always it would be fantastic to get a large travelling support to cheer the girls on.

 

Club News

Tartan Touch makes a return to Hartree Mill for season this week, Wed May 1st. Tartan Touch is a social game with the emphasis very firmly on having fun with all ages – from the youngest to the oldest and all levels of ability – from novice to gnarled veteran - all very welcome to attend.

 

More details will be posted on social media and in the coming weeks.

 

The focus is also now very firmly on Biggar RFC’s Big May weekend.

This is the club’s major fundraiser and it would be fantastic if there was a good turnout of members to any, or even all, of these events.

 

With just over 6 weeks to go GY would very much like to get numbers and tables organised for the Ball. To this end members should have been in receipt of an email which details everything you need to know about the event – including table numbers, menu and drink order. PLEASE try and respond to this offer and lets make this event a cracker!

 

There is of course masses to celebrate with the 1st XV promotion being just one part of that. Add Gold club status awarded by the SRU, Try of the Month for January and Club of the Month for January and 3 awards at the Clydesdale Sports awards plus another successful season for the Youth section with, in particular, our Boys U16’s as Scottish Cup finalists and West District Shield winners.

 

Big May weekend:

Fri 24th: Celebration Ball (£45)

Sat 25th Biggar Sevens (Gents and Ladies) (£7)

Sun 26th Music in the Marquee Tide Lines (£15)

Super Saver ticket £60 for ALL 3 events


S1’s travel to atke on Strathaven

Strathaven RFC 7 Biggar RFC 37.

It was tries galore at a sunny Strathaven Rugby Club this afternoon, with our Biggar hero’s running in 10 tries to 2 against our South Lanarkshire neighbours.

 

First blood was drawn by Beau, sprinting clear of the chasing pack, touching down under the posts. Ander stepped up and converted to put Biggar 0-4 ahead.

 

With our S1‘s tails up it was another break that saw Franklyn next to get his name on the score sheet. 0-7.

 

Everyone in a Biggar shirt had brought their A game today, with Aaron B, Arron S and Jonny all having a significant influence on the game. Jonny was very unfortunate not to score himself, after a powerful surging run through the Strathaven defence, only to be brought down within a few metres of the try line.

 

With two tries from Harry and one from Robert before half time, two of which were converted by Ander the half time score stood at 0-19.

 

For the second half Thomas and Alex replaced Ryan and Neil as guest players for Strathaven. And it was Alex, in a Strathaven shirt, that put his pals under pressure by charging down the left wing only to be thwarted at the 5m line.

 

Harry scored the first try of the second half, which Liam converted. 0-23. Then after some neat passing it was Franklyn‘s turn to sprint into the corner for his second try of the game. 0-26.

 

Harry scored again, which Ander converted 0-30.

 

Our hosts then rallied and managed to score two tries and convert one to raise their morale and give them something to show for all their hard work .

 

Unfortunately for Strathaven, their two tries just poked the hornets nest and Biggar responded when Robert jinked through for his second score on the day. 7-33.

 

The last try of the day saw Harry passing to Neil, on our own 22, he then managed to run the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Liam then converted to bring the final score to 7-37.

 

It was a great all round team performance, that saw every player contributing to a convincing victory. And if the lines on the pitch had been a little more clearly defined then Ander would have had two tries of his own.

 

Man of the match Jonny .

Todays squad: Morga, Neil, Franklyn, Arron S, Aaron B, Harry, Ewan, Matthew, Alex, Liam, Robert, Ander, Beau, Thomas, Ryan, Jonny, Jake.


Minis at Dalziel and Boroughmuir

On Saturday the P5’s took part in the Dalziel festival and then on Sunday the Mini Section was in action at Boroughmuir. The very good news is that the P3, P4 and P5 sides were all winners of the Boroughmuir Spirit of Rugby awards!

 

P5’s Dalziel festival, Sat 27th April 2019
Travelling with a squad of 9, Biggar had 6 teams to play, providing a tough challenge for the players.

 

From the offset, Biggar’s playwas exceptional and a credit and testament to the hard graft these players have been putting in at training.

 

The first game was a draw with Dalziel. It was an open running match which warmed Biggar up nicely. Next up was a win against Strathaven where Biggar continued to pass the ball well and support the ball carrier just as they do in training.

 

The third game against a touring Northern Ireland team resulted in a frustrating loss, with the NI opponents playing rather different rules to those in Scotland and the young ref unable to manage this very well. Enough said.

 

Lanark was up next and normal service was resumed with a comfortable victory.

 

East Kilbride always provide a hard game and so it was to be again today. It was a brilliantly competitive match, with both teams giving it their all. But for a couple of missed tackles, Biggar might just have won this one as well.

 

The last game was against another Dalziel team and all credit to the fitness, attitiude and ambition of our players today, Biggar finished with an easy win.

 

Biggar’s running and passing amongst all the players today was phenomenal and noted and commented on by many of the other coaches. Our defence today, stepped up a gear too and there will be some sore bodies tonight.

 

It was a very impressive display by all involved and made for a very happy Biggar camp, with players, parents and coaches almost forgetting how wet it was by the end!

 

 

Boroughmuir Tournament P5’s

The second tournament of the weekend beckoned, with a few sore bodies turning up for round 2! However, the team did not disappoint. All teams that were playing were more than capable and very experienced, but Biggar P5s looked to be in confident mood.

 

First up was Heriots whom Biggar beat 7-5. Normally Biggar start slow and lose, so this was very rewarding to see and get off to a good start. Next was the first of two Boroughmuir teams and a narrow defeat of 8-7 was recorded. This did not dampen enthusiasm and spirits, and the second Boroughmuir team - Boro Blue were beaten 8-6. The final game was against a very strong Stewarts Melville team which Biggar narrowly lost 6-5.

 

However, as is the case with most tournaments these days, whilst the results are important, what is more important is that all who turn up get a chance to play for the team and do their best. Same goes for the 'travelling support' who applauded other teams when quality rugby was on show.

 

In short, it was hugely pleasing that Biggar P5s were awarded the 'Spirit of Boroughmuir' for their approach and respect for each other, the opposition and not forgetting the ref (who was first class).

 

Sincere thanks to the team for contributing - we really are now showing the fruits of our labour and again it is very much appreciated by the other teams' coaches to commend your playing where we do not just depend on one very strong player to get us through...we all count!

 

Boroughmuir Festival Report P4’s

The sun was shining for an afternoon of rugby at Meggetland. Today saw the P4’s take on some tough opponents but the boys stepped up and played some good quality rugby. Throughout all the games Biggar showed confidence in their attacking rugby using all the pitch and going up the wing but also having the ability to go up the middle and take contact.

 

When defending Biggar still let the defensive line slip a bit but the boys are getting better at controlling their own line. Biggar were pretty strong when defending making a lot of tough tackles, and they also took advantage of loose balls and turned over quite a few balls to regain control of the game.


Scores as follows:
Boroughmuir Blue 6- 7 Biggar
Herriots Blue 4 - 4 Biggar
Boroughmuir green 7 - 12 Biggar
Melrose 5 - 4 Biggar


One of the many highlights of the day was winning the “Boroughmuir Rugby Club Spirit Of Rugby P4 Award” this was awarded to us for good sportsmanship on and off the pitch. After we won the award a representative from Boroughmuir told us he had noticed how hard our team has worked and how well they conducted themselves.


Final match played - finally!

Preston Lodge 29 Biggar 50

And so the season ends!

 

After 3 previous postponementts this final match was finally played and with the win Biggar achieved their target of 101 National 2 League points, a truly magnificent total and one which not even the most optimistic would not have dreamt possible at the season outset in August.

 

That 29 points were conceded was frustrating – this the highest number of points conceded by any opponents this season – but given that there was nothing really at stake and that the match had an ‘end of term’ feel to it this is perhaps not so surprising. In addition the markedly much more pleasant conditions (a warm sun in Prestonpans where there were only clouds and rain in Biggar) only enhanced the desire to play open rugby.

 

Biggar were able to field a pretty much full 1st XV save for the absence of Ewan Stewart, Davy Reive and Rowan Stewart. A very unfortunate accidental collision during the warm up involving Gregor Stewart and his brother meant that the centre lasted just a couple of minutes before being forced off the pitch. Robbie Lavery started at scrum half but with Stewart’s retiral Luhann Kutze made a long awaited return from injury to play at scrum half with Robbie Lavery moving to centre and with Conor Lavery taking over at fullback from the bench.

 

There was a very nice touch accorded the Biggar side as they were clapped onto the pitch by their hosts in recognition of their Champions status.

 

Biggar opened the scoring after just 4 minutes. The sides ability to attack from anywhere and particularly when a turnover is secured has been a feature of the Biggar play this season and so it proved on Saturday with several tries coming as their hosts had the ball in attack. A loose pass or ball spilled in contact was quickly snaffled up and with pace and angles of running the PL defence was bamboozled and found wanting.

 

There was a tit-for-tat spell for the best part of the match with no fewer than 13 tries scored, 4 for the hosts and 8 for Biggar.

 

PL kept in touch with Biggar with the half time score of 24-17 meaning that the game was still very much for the taking. An early Biggar try was immediately cancelled out by a brace from PL and so at 31-29 there was just two points sepwerating the sides. Biggar were able to up their game however and a hat-trick of tries for Matthew Stewart took them clear at 50-29. Matthew had a personal tally of 25 points and a season total of 191. This was very probably his alst game for Biggar as it his intention to move to Glasgow Hawks next season and test himself in the new Premiership.

 

Points on Saturday went to Ross Bradford, Kutze, Lewis Stewart, Conor Lavery, Matthew Stewart (3 tries, 5 conversions) and Ewan Sanderson.

 

Biggar

C. Lavery, R. Bradford, G. Stewart, M. Stewart, E. Bogle, J. Barr, R. Lavery, A. Nimmo, C. Mulligan, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson (Capt), L. Stewart, R. Jackson.

Reps: D. Voas, R. Stewart, A. Howatson, L. Kutze.


NEWS

Andrew Nimmo and Scot Lawson - Scotland U20

Biggar RFC wish Andrew Nimmo and Scot Lawson all good luck on their U20 journey.

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Club News

Some snippets of news

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S1’s travel to atke on Strathaven

S1 v Strathaven

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Minis at Dalziel and Boroughmuir

A successful weekend rugby

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Final match played - finally!

Biggar met PL for their last match of this campaign

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