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Boys Youth v Hamilton

It was Mitsubishi Conference time for the Colts, Boys and Girls Youth sections at the weekend and they posted the following very encouraging resulst in their games with Hamilton (boys) and Hillhead Jordanhill (girls).

 

Colts 43-39 win

Rams conquer the Bulls at Laigh Bent

Biggar Colts kicked off the 2018/2019 Shogun Conference season with a trip up the M74 to South Lanarkshire rivals the Hamilton Bulls. With a perfect 4 wins from 4 games record against the Bulls from last season in hand, the Bulls were always going to fight tooth and nail to get a win in this game and they hit the ground running early on. Initially it was a tight affair with both teams feeling each other out and it wasn’t until the 15th minute it burst into life. Hamilton showed some great skill to go over in the corner to draw first blood.

 

The game had a very balanced feel and Biggar had Hamilton pinned inside their own 22 for a good spell of pressure. A great flowing move from the backs had the ball out to Hayden Muir but it was just too far in front of him. The ball was spilled with the try line beckoning. Worse was to come as Hamilton raced up the field to dot down for a second try.

 

This stung the Biggar team and they upped the tempo and got their reward. Harry Archibald showed great tenacity in midfield in a counter ruck and won the ball well. Finn Barr fed Hayden Muir who made a great break through the Bulls line. Finn Stewart took the ball on and got the ball back to Harry Archibald who barrelled over. A great score and well deserved for the big lock who started and finished the move.

 

Biggar were on the front foot now and managed to get on level terms from the kick off. The ball was taken on by the pack and with big runs from Seth Jamieson, Hugo Baillie and Rhys Thomson got well into the Bulls 22. Having drawn in the defence the ball was expertly whipped to Finn Stewart at 10 who exploited a sizeable overlap to go over.

 

The game settled into a tough midfield battle and with half time closing it appeared that neither team was going to get ahead. Unfortunately Biggar had a nightmare 2/3 minutes spell in which they conceded 3 unanswered tries. Missed tackles and miscommunication was the order of the day as Hamilton exploited every opportunity. From looking tight at half time, Biggar now found themselves with a great deal of work to do in the second half.

 

Half Time - Hamilton 27 – Biggar 10

 

With the coaches word still fresh in their ears Biggar set about clawing back the deficit with gusto. Just 2 minutes in and Harry Low made a great break through the middle. A good tackle from the full back halted his progress but he had the wherewithal to find Harry Archibald who was well up with play. Harry found Hayden in support who got the ball to Ethan. He turned on the after burners and very few people were going to catch him. He touched down and with Finn Stewart adding the extras the deficit was down to 10.

 

From the kick off Biggar again had the Bulls pinned inside their own 22 and were probing for an opening. It looked certain to come when Cameron Snell made a great break but the ball was spilled on. Unfortunately, the Bulls spun the ball wide and went up the other end to touch down.

 

Biggar would not be denied. With a more mobile pack than the home team, they kept the ball moving and were unlucky not to score when the ball was knocked on on the Bulls 5M line. The Biggar scrum had been fantastic the whole game and when it really mattered they knocked the bulls back and the ball bounced out. Finn Barr had the Bulls 9 in all sorts of trouble and reacted best to dive on the ball and score. Great heads up scrum half play and a well-deserved score for the 9. Again Finlay Stewart kicked the extras.

 

The Bulls pack were struggling now and the game was a really open affair. This was key in the next score which came courtesy of Finn Stewart with a great assist to Finn Barr. The Biggar half back pairing showed real nouse to get themselves into space just inside the Bulls half and matching up against 2 front row forwards. Finn B found the first gap and made a great break. He popped it to Finn S who showed the defence a clean pair of heels to go over for his second of the game. With the conversion, it was a one point lead for the Bulls.

 

Hamilton were not going to lie down, they came storming back and great hands from their centres allowed them in under the sticks to get the lead back to 8. With 15 minutes left there was plenty of time for Biggar to recover but what did they have left?

 

For an answer look no further than Ethan Webb. Full of tireless running the whole game, he got his second try of the day doing what he does best - absolutely bombing down the wing. It was started well by Jack Jack with a great cover tackle and Dan McConkey supporting him to secure the ball for Biggar. With the Bulls defence going left, the Biggar attack went right. Running from full back Ethan exposed the gaps when the ball was fed along the line and bounced over out wide. A great try and with Finn Stewart nailing the extras with a really good kick we were back to a 1 point game.

 

Step up Finn Stewart to win it for Biggar. Bagging his hat-trick and finishing off in style, it was a real team effort with the pack hunting the ball down, securing it and a number of drives from Seth, Rhys, Harrys L and A and Hugo softening up the defensive line. An initial break by Andrew Barrett was snuffed out but the ball was fed out to Dan McConkey who broke the line and looked like he could get the score. He was pulled up short but Finn Stewart was in support and a great pop pass saw him over. The conversion was missed and what followed could have been a nervy 8 minutes. In reality, Biggar defended superbly and held on for the whilst and the victory.

 

Full Time – Hamilton 39 – Biggar 43

Excellent effort from all 16 mean who pulled on the Biggar shirt today. Going in 17 points down at half time you feared the worst but every single player stood up and worked their socks off to get the win. Very well done.

 

U16’s 50-0 win

U15’s 33-33 draw

U14’a 43-30 defeat

U13’s 42-13 win

 

Biggar U16s v Hamilton

The Biggar u16s started their new season on Sunday 26th with a local derby in Hamilton. The summer rugby weather forecast for August turned out to be traditional Scottish “sunshine” and felt more like a wet January day in Largs! Undaunted the boys set about their task with the speed and enthusiasm which only a three months off season can bring. With new combinations all over the pitch and players missing this was an opportunity to gel and find a playing style and fluidity to build on for the season ahead. 

 

The game started closely enough with the rucks hotly contested in the initial exchanges  but the deadlock was broken after 5 minutes by captain for the day Murray Lean from 20 yards out stepping back against the run of defenders and beating two more on the right side to get the teams 2018 /19 Shogun Conference points scoring started. Sprints and exchanges from winger Chris Brett and hooker Cameron Gray unlocked the second try on the right wing and the 3rd with a near identical exchange. Starting scrum half Archie Damer stepped up to add a traditional 9s dart and dot followed up by Murray securing his 2nd and teams 4th.

 

By some stage in the second half the game reached 50 – 0 and became a development match with players playing in different positions and gaining more experience. Good support running continued to see chances created and Sam Taylor and Callum McCallum added trys to the total.

 

The team supported each other well, kept good shape and were physical in the tackle and ruck. Given how bad the weather was it was heartening to see so much passing an offloading into space. There is work to be done but  the boys are out the blocks and looking forward to the next few games and challenges.


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