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Colts lose out to League Leaders

Colts lose out to Boroughmuir

The facts of the Colts game on Saturday make for fairly simple reading. Biggar played Boroughmuir on the main stage at Meggetland in front of a crowd of over a thousand – most likely the second largest rugby crowd of the day in Scotland - and were well beaten 60-0 by the top U18 club side in the country. ‘Muir ran in 10 trys and were deserved winners of that there can be no doubt. Scratch below the surface of this game however and there was so much more to it for those supporting the Rams.

 

Biggar turned up with 15 men ready and able to play the game. Some of them were carrying knocks, some were recovering from illness and some had had to be picked up from far afield by the coaches to get there in time. They were not to be deterred. Facing big strong opposition who were well drilled and very well organised Biggar set about fighting for every ball, hitting every ruck and letting their opponents know that they were in a game.

 

Some of the play wasn’t great, a few missed tackles accounted for a score or two. A couple of chances inside the ‘Muir 22 were lost when the lineout ball wasn’t quite accurate enough and the occasional wrong decision let ‘Muir off the hook but every single man on the pitch gave their all for the team and for each other.

 

At the end of the game, there was barely any energy left in any Biggar player. They almost crawled off the park but that is so good to see. No-one gave up, no-one hid when hiding would have been easy. No-one argued or fought with team-mates. Every man was pushing his team mates to work harder and keep going – keep taking the fight to ‘Muir. This is the Biggar spirit – this is what you need to strive for every week. ‘Muir were a great side and ultimately this spirit wasn’t enough but in some other games, it will carry you through!!!

 

With no scores for Biggar it would be easy not to mention any specifics but I felt that every man deserved a mention!

 

Hugo Baillie made some really good runs through a big ‘Muir pack. Some really good rucking too gaining vital time in the ball for the backs. One tackle in particular on the big ‘Muir 4 was good to see.

 

Cameron Gray carrying a virus from earlier in the week had a really good game. Some really good clear up ball when ‘Muir looked like they might break through and even in the last minute having been down with cramp, chasing back and stripping the ball in the tackle to prevent a further ‘Muir score.

 

Harry Low again made some big runs and a couple of very good tackles in key areas. Covered a huge amount of the park showing up on both wings at points in the game to help out his wingers in the tackle.

 

Harry Archibald worked his socks off for 70 minutes. Tackling constantly and taking some big hits in contact. An excellent shift from the big second row!

 

Andrew Barrett showed some real rucking strength to secure Biggar ball on a number of occasions. A couple of good counter-rucking plays took ‘Muir by surprise and secured ball for Biggar or at the very least put more pressure on the ‘Muir ball.

 

Hayden Muir was up against it in the contact as the ‘Muir back row were excellent but he did not let that work against him. Worked hard to secure ball at every turn in the loose and was constantly in support when Biggar were on the attack.

 

As with Hayden, Kerr Whitefield was up against it in the loose but he kept working hard and kept getting himself in there disrupting the play or winning ball as often as possible. Made a couple of good runs with ball in hand as well as running some really good support lines..

 

You know what you get with Seth Jamieson. He makes big runs into contact and works hard to gain as much ground as possible for as long as possible and he did this very well on Saturday. Some big hits in attack and defence but he kept getting up and coming back for more.

 

Finn Barr had his usual sterling game. Led from the front, made a number of good line breaks hit almost every tackle he went in for and kept pushing his team to work harder for the whole 70 minutes.

 

Not may hookers can run out at 10 but Rhys Thomson did phenomenally well on Saturday. He tried to play heads up rugby at every turn, kicked well when required and made some big hits in defence. Eternally positive on the pitch too.

 

Ciaran Goodwin almost fell foul of the referee early on with a couple of high tackles but didn’t let that deter him. Had a couple of great catches on the move and took the game to ‘Muir every time he got the ball. Took a big hit midway through the second half but still kept on taking the game to them.

 

Aaron Thomson had a really good game. Covered every blade of grass, constantly chased back and covered where required - made too many tackles to count! Great work from him

 

Ethan Webb was another who show a huge amount of bravery during the game. His first at Centre, he showed he usual attacking zeal often charging into 2 or 3 opposition players at one time and always working so hard to retain the ball or make them work for possession.

 

Jack Balkwill had an absolute stormer of a game – certainly the best one I have seen him play. Tackled everything that moved and put his body on the line time and again. Made some great runs forward and show a huge heart to keep coming back for more.

 

Josh Foster covered a huge amount of the park and made a number of great cover tackles when a break was on. Tough shift at full back as the lines that ‘Muir were running meant that he was exposed on a few occasions but he stuck to his task and stopped them as often as possible. Good work!

 

Final word must go to Jock Gray in his role as Physio on Saturday. He was busier than the ‘Muir bar staff serving the thousand thirsty South Africans but he kept going and played a huge part in keeping 15 Biggar men on the pitch. Great effort!!


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