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

Colts improvement but injuries hamper match

Colts Let it slip Versus Highland

A competitive game took place at Hartree Mill as a post script to the first XV losing their unbeaten record to Peebles on Saturday. Well-travelled Highland came calling and whilst this was not a classic it was a completive tough game played in good spirit between two fairly evenly matched sides.

 

Biggar will feel that they could have taken a win in this game and I am sure that will frustrate the players and coaches alike. The home ranks were bolstered by the return of Dan McConkey to the starting line-up and with Callum McCallum moving to 9 Finn Barr was moved into the back row (a position he played to great effect last year).

 

This was a tight game with handling errors to the fore and a lot of direct play. Biggar seems to be settling into a good rhythm but unfortunately this rhythm was disrupted by the loss of Cameron Snell at 10 and then Callum McCallum (who had replaced him at 10) to injury. Both suffered head knocks with Cameron suffering a really bad cut to the head in a collision with his team mate Harry Low. He went off in a pool of blood and we wish him a speedy recovery. The loss of the 10 and 9 meant a complete reorganisation in the backs for Biggar and initially it had little impact. The new partnership of McConkey and Barr combined to open the scoring. A great break from Finn Barr got him well into the Highland half and with Dan on his shoulder, a great pass gave him the chance to run in for the score. The conversion from out wide left was missed.

 

The lead was short live as Highland powered through to score a converted try and take the lead but Biggar did not let that get them down. They got themselves together and 5 minutes later took the lead again and this time it was a really well worked try from Ethan Webb.

 

It was started when a poor Highland kick from inside their 22 was taken superbly over his shoulder by Josh Foster. He turned and ran at the covering defence going past 2 men before he was taken down. The ball was spread quickly along the line and Jack Balkwill took it on and ran straight for the try line. A great tackle stopped him getting over but with Harry Low on his shoulder the ball was secured and Ethan picked it up and dived over the line. Finn Barr made the conversion.

 

With seconds left on the clock before Half time Biggar should have extended their lead. A penalty was kicked to the corner, a good line out take and drive ensued. Biggar powered over the line and with everyone expecting the referee to show a score, he indicated Biggar had been held up – very unlucky.

 

Half Time Biggar 12 – Highland 7

 

The let off at the end of the first half seemed to galvanise Highland and they came out all guns blazing into the second half. Scoring three unanswered tries to win the game 26-12. Biggar created plenty of chances and will curse poor handling when they got themselves into some really good positions. Having said that, Highland took almost every chance that was presented to them which in itself deserves great credit.

 

Full time Biggar 12 – Highland 26

 

A tough loss to take where a slight improvement in concertation levels may have led to a different outcome. The injuries definitely had an impact on the team in terms of the setup but these are part and parcel of rugby unfortunately. Some great work across the pitch from all was often undone by one missed tackle or a dropped ball. These are the margins at this level and something which everyone needs to work on to ensure a more positive outcome going forwards.


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