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West Area cup progress for U16’s

Sunday 11 March 2018

Annan 5 v 70 Biggar U16’s

The under 16’s third West Region Cup fixture, unfortunately turned into a very one sided affair. With Annan a man short from the start, Biggar’s Josh Foster was loaned to the opposition to balance the numbers, but this did not prevent Biggar getting off to a flying start. Callum Smith opened the scoring after Euan Barr picked-up a loose ball and having drawn in the Annan defenders slipped a pass to Callum to run-in unchallenged. Calum McCallum kicked the conversion for Biggar to lead 7-0. Then some excellent forward play led to the ball being spun down the back line to Shane Bolan who touched down in the corner, although the kick was missed to take the score to 12-0. Next Callum Smith scored his second by catching a kicked clearance from Annan’s 10 yard line on just about half-way and running it straight back under the posts. Callum McCallum made the kick to extend the lead 19-0.


Unfortunately the Biggar boys began to get complacent and as Annan once again kicked forward from the base of a scrum no one but the Annan centres chased the ball. As the Biggar defenders watched the ball bounce the Annan man picked it up and ran in from distance with only the Biggar full-back making any effort to get to him. Annan missed the conversion but they had put points on the board to bring the score to 19-5.


Biggar responded almost immediately from the kick-off gaining a line out and winning the ball through Andrew “pine-tree” Barratt, before taking a driving maul some thirty yards for Seth Jamieson to touch down for the try. This was closely followed by Euan Barr’s second of the game as after a solid hand off he found himself free to sail in under posts. Just before half-time a Biggar scrum on the Annan five yard line led to Cameron Gray picking up and scrambling over the line, although he had an excellent dummy run from fly-half Greggor McPhearson to thank for clearing the way for him. With Calum McCallum making all three conversions the lead was extended to 40-5 as the half-time whistle blew.


Despite being so far in front the Biggar boys received a rollicking half-time team talk from coach Andy, who was unhappy at the complacency and showboating that was creeping into their game. This clearly had the desired effect as the boys became much more focussed in the second half and began to play the sort of rugby that any team would find hard to combat. The boys managed to run in a further 5 unanswered tries in the second half. First up, after a long series of phases with the backs criss-crossing the pitch, Euan Barr notched up his second of the match.


Next, Will Kelly found himself on the end of another series of back plays and ended up running in from 20+ yards (a record for Will) as the Annan defenders bounced off him along the way. It was Will Kelly again for the next try, this time in the more familiar forwards fashion as he finished off a set play from the Biggar line-out.


Try number ten came from another unstoppable Biggar rolling maul, although I am sure at one point there were at least 13 Biggar men involved as Seth Jamieson finally touched down for his second of the game. That only left Cameron Gray to complete the try-fest as he skilfully got on the end of a kick through from Calum McCallum and touched down for his second of the game also. With Calum McCallum kicking three of the five second half conversions the score was extended to 70-7 at which point the coaches called the game.


An emphatic victory for the boys but much to work on as they next face Allen Glens the other undefeated side in the cup pool.


Sunday 25 March 2018

Biggar U16’s 36 v 22 Allen Glens

This was a big game for the U16’s, a battle between the two undefeated teams in the West Regional Cup pool, which would determine who would top the group. With regular coaches Andy and Aird both unavailable our thanks go to Nick for standing in and keeping the boys on track. The Biggar boys started the game well, with the majority of the first fifteen minutes ensconced in the Allen Glens half, though they were unable to turn the possession and the territory into points. It was the Glens who eventually opened the scoring with a try totally against the run of play, though they missed the conversion for a 5-0 lead. Biggar struck back with their signature driving maul which saw Cameron Gray touching down and Calum McCallum kicking the conversion to make it 7-5.


As both teams settled into their game it was end to end stuff. Biggar extended the lead with a Callum Smith try breaking from the half-way line and speeding past all of the Glens defenders to score. Calum McCallum made the kick for 14-5. But then came a second try from Glens to bring it back to 14-10 as they once again missed the conversion. After some excellent rucking play from the Biggar forwards, which saw them progress down the field to the Glens try line, it was Calum McCallum who scrambled over the line from the back of the ruck. Though he missed the kick it was 19-10 as the ref blew for half-time.


Biggar opened the second-half with another score straight from the kick-off. Calum McCallum caught the Glens kick making several yards before setting the ball up for a pick-up and go from Seth Jamieson, who after making considerable ground, popped a pass to Callum Smith to score by out pacing the last of the defenders. Though the kick was missed this was an excellent start to the second-half and extended the Biggar to 24-10.


Once again though Glens kept themselves in the game with their third try and a successful conversion pulling it back to 24-17. Next up, Euan Barr finished off a series of back moves shuffling the ball back and forward across the park to score, shrugging off three Glens tacklers as he did so. Calum McCallum kicked the conversion to extend the lead to 31-17. Still the game was not over, as the Glens came back again, scoring a try but missing the conversion to make it 31-22, with less than 10 minutes to go.


It looked as if things were going down to the wire but another solo run from Callum Smith, sailing down the touchline past several defenders who were just unable able to catch him and scoring in the corner. Although the kick was missed the lead was stretched to 36-22 and the Biggar boys just held on to the ball to see out the clock.


An excellent team performance and a well deserved victory for the boys, who topped the group with a 100% record. Next stop the semi-final against GHA!


West Area cup progress for U16’s

In recent weeks the U16's have made good progrss in the West Area Cup.


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