Hartree Mill Sports Grounds, Biggar ML12 6JJCharity Number: SC 047700

Colts are run away winners against Hamilton

Biggar Colts   55   Hamilton Bulls   12

Things are normally tight against these two sides and to all intents and purposes they were, for the first half.

Colts triumphed this time round but the victory was anything but pretty. Lets just say that Biggar hit the ugly tree right from the start and hit every branch on the way down for the next 30 minutes!

It was a game of two half's really with the least said about the first by virtue of the passive nature of Biggar's defence and lack of drive.

Yes, Connolly and Wallis touched down respectively within 15 minutes and that should be commended, Connolly's a result of Hamilton indecision at a defensive line-out and Wallis's bourne from the basics and determination.

Hamilton split the two unconverted Biggar tries with one of their own and went ahead in 23 minutes with a converted effort to take the visitors 2 points clear at 10-12.

This was not comfortable to watch. It was an out-of-sorts Colts side.

They weren't at the level they needed to be and Hamilton were punishing the fragmented Biggar structure. Bulls centre partnership was strong and when there is a departure of tackle technique, verging on non-existent, there is only going to be one result.

Hamilton had plenty of weight about them and Biggar handled the physicality well but the real physical battles needed by the front 5 were being fought by others. Throw into the mix ball watching, poor decision making and communication breakdown and what you have is head-in-hands stuff.

Hamilton Bulls were worth every penny of their first half lead and understandably buoyed.

So to the second-half then.......

Never mind the 'Beast from the East' that's headed our way. In the end up Biggar sent a chill into the marrow of the visitors with an encompassing second 35  that put any hopes of Hamilton registering a victory against their South Lanarkshire counterparts into cold storage. Their ambitions lay scattered across the showfield  turf.

The game remained a full-bloodied encounter but this time round Biggar played with more zest. It would see the Black and Red register a further seven tries with no reply.

Ali Steele bagged one 9 minutes after the restart and converted well. That was enough to get the momentum going.

It doesn't pay to take your eyes off players like Daniel McConkey as there is always a sense of possibility in what he does. The forward found a purple patch.

Hamilton were starting to go backwards and McConkey exploited the gaps. His vision was rewarded in 50 minutes when he picked up from the back of a ruck 3 metres from the Bulls line. Speed of thought saw him dive through the bodies to score. He was on a roll and 2 minutes later a brilliant line-break afforded him space to off-load to Lewis Stewart who ran in from the opposition 22m. Steele added the extras.

Finlay Barr, tenacious as ever, didn't disappoint on the day either even though his playing position varies greatly from one game to another. It shows real resilience that other players can feed off. Scott Paton's try in 65 minutes was built on that same resilience. The prop crashed through, much like McConkeys effort, to open his account on the day.

Matthew Stewart then bagged a double. The first from an Orr kick in behind the Hamilton defence and some decent sprint technique to win the foot race.

The second was a show of initial strength to halt Bulls in their tracks, get back on his feet then receive the ball again from Barr and run in from 40 metres.

Ali Steele finished things off to add to his ever increasing tally for the season at the point where Hamilton had nothing left to give.
Moving forward, things are great when you're winning but you simply cannot take your eye off the ball at this level and squander chances or lose your shape. There are times when it will matter and all players must hold themselves to account if they want success.

Tries: Charles Connolly, Sam Wallis, Ali Steele (2), Daniel McConkey, Scott Paton, Lewis Stewart, Matthew Stewart (2).
Conv: Ali Steele (5)


Colts are run away winners against Hamilton

Local rivals Hamilton were Hartree Mill visitors.


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