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Biggar Youth Rugby Round up from 4th Feb

U14’s Biggar 7 Highland 25

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” and this is what the Under 14 boys continue to do and will succeed as they build each week. Together they will achieve.

 

On a cracking bright and warm day for rugby, Highland U14 had a successful long trip from Inverness to Hartree Mill with a 7 tries to 2 tries win.

 

Biggar, although bolstered with a few eligible U15 team members could not match the size and maturity of their counterparts.

 

There must be something in the water in the Biggar area but we just never seem to rear 6-foot giants - unlike other teams. As with Dunfermline, differences in stature came to the fore but as usual the Biggar boys stuck in and gave Highland a great game.

 

Highland dominated up front and were well coached in the lineout and drive which they used to their benefit scoring 3 tries in the process.

 

Their backs were well structured and the stand-off had a rugby brain with clever line running, kicking to space and knowing when to get his backs moving.

 

Where Biggar were getting the better of Highland was wide out and when quick ball could be moved, Ben McBride used his tremendous speed and evasive running to score the try of the day which was well received by the supporters.

 

The other try came from Gregor Forrest who was an inspiration to the boys with his strong running and tackling in the centre which made a difference. Gregor will be a major asset to the boys in the coming weeks and when the others missing on Sunday appear back there will be strong competition for all places.

 

Biggar were given a lesson in match play and how much they still need to improve but as usual they never lost heart and put all their effort in.

 

However, the team must move forward together but are still lacking in that some of the boys still needing to be seen in both attack and defence. Together we can do so much.

Scorers

Gregor Forrest – 1 try

Ben McBride - 1 try

Finlay Crozier -1 conversion.

 

 

Biggar U16’s 55 v 0 East Kilbride/Cumnock

This was the U16’s opening fixture in the West Region Cup and it was clear from the start that the boys were up and ready for the game. Biggar took it to the opposition from the start with Jack McAlister and Liam Bockwell in particular gaining more yards from their ball carries than the entire Scotland team had managed the day before. The opening score game from a scrum with the ball being carried wide from the pick-up and flipped passed to Callum Smith on the wing just inside his own half. “Smithy” still had a lot to do but managed to skip past the EK tacklers and keep his feet in field as he sailed down the line to score in the corner. Calum McCallum made the conversion look easy for and early 7-0 lead. Cameron Gray extended the lead a few minutes later when from a five yard scrum he picked up from the number eight position and dived over the line. With the conversion missed it was 12-0.

 

Biggar’s next score came from some excellent forward play, as the boys went through phase after phase, steadily moving the ball down the pitch. It was Jack McAlister who took the final pop pass and barged his way through three tackles to touchdown for the try. Again the conversion was missed but it was 17-0. EK kept plugging away but the Biggar defence was holding firm and it was a ball lost by EK in the tackle that led to try number four. Callum Smith pounced on the loose ball and flew down the wing past several EK players. Having drawn what remained of the defence to him “Smithy” popped a pass to Calum McCallum who also touched down in the corner. With Calum Mc missing his third kick in a row it was looking like he had left his kicking boots at home but the lead was now extended to 22-0.

 

Biggar’s next scores came from individual breaks with first Callum Smith picking up another loose ball and running through four or five opposition players to score his second try under the posts. Then it was Seth Jamieson who finished off a number of forward phases by breaking through several tackles and touching down between the posts. With Calum McCallum converting both kicks the score was stretched to 36-0 at the half-time whistle.

 

The second half continued in the same vein with Biggar dominating in the forwards and the defensive line handling anything EK could throw at them. Cameron Gray scored his second try of the game touching down after some excellent line-out play from Biggar. But with another missed kick the score moved to 41-0. Callum Smith made it a hat-trick of tries for him flying down the wing again leaving everyone in his wake, before cutting in to score under the posts. This time Calum McCallum did make kick to extend the lead to 48-0. It was another series of forward phases that led to the final score, with Cameron Gray breaking the tackle and popping a pass to Calum McCallum who outpaced the remaining defenders to score his second of the game in the corner. Calum made the final conversion to bring the score to 55-0 and shortly after the ref ended the match.

 

A fine victory for the boys with some very good individual performances, but more importantly an excellent overall team performance, with every player contributing to the win. With nine tries and five conversions and most pleasing of all a clean sheet, the game stats speak for themselves. Next weekend is a free week and we can only hope the boys can keep the momentum going for the Loch Lomond game in two weeks.


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Biggar Youth Rugby Round up from 4th Feb

After the disappointment of Saturday and Scotland's defeat, the Biggar lads were in action. Results were mixed but its the performance which counts most!

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