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Colts grab extras in West area Cup debut

West Area Cup: Group B

Ardrossan Accies U18   5    Biggar Colts    62

Biggar Colts could not have asked for more in their pursuit of West Regional Cup success. They orchestrated a thrashing of their North Ayrshire opponents with a ten-try thumping and a display of relentless pressure wrapped up in notable skill we can certainly write home about.

 

Biggar dominated in all departments but Ardrossan weren't completely powerless and had bulk,  however they could do nothing to stop the Colts running riot. It wasn't a free-for-all though, it was a structured approach and despite the soggy conditions Colts played an expansive

game of rugby which worked well.

The game burst into life immediately and Sam Wallis scored the first in 6 minutes, wonderful in its simplicity, finishing off after a big shove from the forwards preceding a lovely passing move from left to right. Biggar accelerated through the gears thereafter. 

 

Connolly was next in line through a sweetly delivered flat ball and covered 40 yards with pace to touch down. Steele added the extras.

 

Kotze was sharp all day and helped himself to some points of his own to bag Biggar's third.  The scrum-half exploited a fragmented Accies defence in the 12th minute. It came off the back of a strong Harry Low break and some excellent support play - a feature that would be present throughout the match.

 

The gains seemed more obvious this time round with dazzling performances from the backs, complimented by hard accuracy in the loose by the hungry mobile forwards - Archibald and JVR showing much improvement.

 

Accies came back for a bit and kicked over the advancing Colts but Ali Steele was on hand to collect, turn on the power, and crash back through the middle. Matthew Stewart linked well with the full-back and the physical centre made no mistake about the direction of travel. Encouragingly he had three other Colts following his trail, any one of them available for the off-load.....just in case. No need though. He would be sliding in for his first of three.

 

Twenty minutes played and Ardrossan found an ignition source. Biggar needed to defend well and defend they did, albeit self inflicted grief as a result of unnecessary indiscipline. However,  line speed aggression broke the hosts down and a loose pass was intercepted by Matthew Stewart. A 70 yard sprint to the line was rewarded with a score and only the ball and try line for company, although his namesake Finlay Stewart was never that far away. On that note, this Centre partnership was an omnipresent threat.

 

Biggar picked up another two scores through Wallis and Connolly, again, to bring the score to 43 nil. It was thrilling stuff.

 

Finlay Barr was relishing the physical contest at openside and his rugby knowledge was evident. His licence to push the boundaries, however, expired just before the break after being warned earlier. A sneaky hand in the ruck was spotted by the ref, and everyone else in Ardrossan and Saltcoats. 10 minutes on the naughty step young man!

 

Coaches made some changes for the second half and mixed things up a bit.

 

There was a collective confidence in the whole team and decision making was sound even with players out-with their comfort zone.

 

There was little in the way of drama but tempo and physicality was good. 

 

Matthew Stewart picked up his third 5 minutes after the restart and then replacement Cammy Snell showed real belief and backed himself to outrun the scrambling Accies defence to open his account with his first touch of the ball.

 

Biggar's 10th and final try was a fine interplay effort touched down finally by Robbie Orr.

 

No doubt this was a bitter pill for Ardrossan to swallow and we know how that feels because we've all been there. Its important to acknowledge Ardrossan's guts and determination. They hung in stoutly throughout  and in the dying minutes despite Biggar disrupting things managed a consolation try.

 

It was a first class performance by Biggar but not completely devoid of development areas.

 

They must ensure their power supply is spread across the board as there are tougher games on the horizon. If Biggar Colts want pool supremacy they must continue to seek improvement week on week. They have the talent to achieve that.

 

Tries: Matthew Stewart (3), Sam Wallis (2), Charles Connolly (2), Luhann Kotze, Cameron Snell, Robbie Orr.

Conv: Ali Steele (5), Finlay Stewart.


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