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S1’s travel to atke on Strathaven

Strathaven RFC 7 Biggar RFC 37.

It was tries galore at a sunny Strathaven Rugby Club this afternoon, with our Biggar hero’s running in 10 tries to 2 against our South Lanarkshire neighbours.

 

First blood was drawn by Beau, sprinting clear of the chasing pack, touching down under the posts. Ander stepped up and converted to put Biggar 0-4 ahead.

 

With our S1‘s tails up it was another break that saw Franklyn next to get his name on the score sheet. 0-7.

 

Everyone in a Biggar shirt had brought their A game today, with Aaron B, Arron S and Jonny all having a significant influence on the game. Jonny was very unfortunate not to score himself, after a powerful surging run through the Strathaven defence, only to be brought down within a few metres of the try line.

 

With two tries from Harry and one from Robert before half time, two of which were converted by Ander the half time score stood at 0-19.

 

For the second half Thomas and Alex replaced Ryan and Neil as guest players for Strathaven. And it was Alex, in a Strathaven shirt, that put his pals under pressure by charging down the left wing only to be thwarted at the 5m line.

 

Harry scored the first try of the second half, which Liam converted. 0-23. Then after some neat passing it was Franklyn‘s turn to sprint into the corner for his second try of the game. 0-26.

 

Harry scored again, which Ander converted 0-30.

 

Our hosts then rallied and managed to score two tries and convert one to raise their morale and give them something to show for all their hard work .

 

Unfortunately for Strathaven, their two tries just poked the hornets nest and Biggar responded when Robert jinked through for his second score on the day. 7-33.

 

The last try of the day saw Harry passing to Neil, on our own 22, he then managed to run the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Liam then converted to bring the final score to 7-37.

 

It was a great all round team performance, that saw every player contributing to a convincing victory. And if the lines on the pitch had been a little more clearly defined then Ander would have had two tries of his own.

 

Man of the match Jonny .

Todays squad: Morga, Neil, Franklyn, Arron S, Aaron B, Harry, Ewan, Matthew, Alex, Liam, Robert, Ander, Beau, Thomas, Ryan, Jonny, Jake.


U16’s Gala Sevens success

Biggar's U16's triumphed in the abbreviated game at Gala on Saturday.

Another weekend and another success for Biggar’s U16’s who, this time in the abbreviated game of 7’s, won the Gala tournament.

Coming hot on the heels of their National Cup final appearance and last Sunday’s West District Shield win this confirms the U16’s as one of the top age group sides around.

The boys had to do things the hard way taking on and beating Border sides Kelso and Melrose and then Lasswade in the group stages. In a tense Semi Final they then got the better of Jed Thistle before meeting Lasswade in the final which they won 22-12.

This was a cracking achievement and the boys and coaches deserve great credit for their efforts.
Very very few non-Borders teams get their name on the Gala trophy!


U16’s are West District Shield winners!

U16's defeat Cartha (42-5) to win West District Shield.

Biggar U16s beat Cartha QP 42 - 5 in the West Shield Final. Well done to everyone involved.
Playing with the wind in the 1st half and with a lead of 15 - 0 at H/T it looked like it could be a tough 2nd half playing into the wind. Cartha scored first after half time however Biggar's fitness and rolling subs powered through to finish strongly, a good mix of forward control and power and backs running through spaces with everyone offloading and passing well.
Great rugby well done team.


BRFC U16’s Scottish Youth Cup Final

Biggar 17 Stirling County 22

The Boys U16 side travelled to Murrayfield for the U16 Youth Cup final against Stirling County. Having already each defeated their opponents this season, this series decider was expected to be a very tight contest and so it proved with just 1 score (5 points at 22-17) seperating the teams after full time.

Sadly, from a Biggar point of view at least, it was Biggar who lost out. This was a thrilling contest however with both sides putting on a great show for their support - again a HUGE thank you from the club to those who again spent their afternoon in support of Biggar RFC.

The match was in the balance at half time with Biggar just ahead at 12-10. In all each side ran in 3 tries each, Biggar managing to get the ball across the line on another 3 occasions but on each occasion these was disappointment as an error led to these being chalked off.

There is absultely no shame in defeat however and the Biggar lads will learn a great deal from this experience while also having had the greatest opportunity of all, namely to play on the Murrayfield turf – not something many people get to brag about!

 

 

 

As always the behaviour and attitude of all involved is worthy of praise.


Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Youth rugby

Sunday kicked off with a festival type game between U12 girls from Gala, Moffat and Biggar and their opponents Ayr. Despite the chilly conditions the girls stood up well and all learned a lot in what was their first really competitive outing. Well done girls!

 

Biggar’s U13 and U14 sides were in action at Dalziel where the honours were shared with one win a-piece. The U13’s have suffered badly from injury and unavailability of late and so they were loaned players by the hosts to ensure a match was played. Dalziel were comfortable winners.

 

At U14 level it was the complete opposite with Biggar proving to be too strong for the short-handed hosts.

 

The U16’s meanwhile were hosts to Boroughmuir. The city side was short of numbers and the game started with a series of Biggar players turning out in ‘Muir colours. Biggar ran out convincing winners in what was their final preparations for the Youth Cup final next Sunday.

 

 

At Mini level Currie was the venue, this always a well run tournament. Biggar had sides at every level and so it was a busy day. Results have yet to be confirmed but indications are that Biggar competed admirably at every level/age group.

 

 

P4

Today saw us at the Currie festival where we faced some varied and tough opponents. Our game results were:
Currie black 5 Biggar 9
B/muir 10 Biggar 9
Currie Amber 8 Biggar 6
Dunbar 10 Biggar 11


In an overall veiw we played well in attack with enty of support and pace but sometimes lacking in width with the size of the pitch set out(that is the full regulation pitch size). Our slight down fall today was defence tackle height was an issue but more than that was we just cuddled the opposition rather than taking them to ground allowing fast offloads against us. I for one was a bit shocked by this as in previous we have had some great tackling play but for some reason today it just wasn't there.


I feel I have to mention it because its a elephant in the room but reffing could have been better and I'll leave it at that ����. I personally feel our players don't like a 3G pitch and that might have bared somthing towards the tackling issue aswell.


I would like to apologise for keeping everyone for such along time but the club wouldn't tell us anything (not for the lack of asking) about who won and awho didn't so we were in the dark also.


Newt week training has been cancelled to allow as many as possible to travel to support the U16's at BT Murrayfield, plz see previous posts if you or your player would like to help support.

 


P5 Currie Chieftains Tournament Report
Biggar took 11 players to this well organised and attended event. Whilst I don't have a note of all the scores we did come up against very disciplined (and big) opposition. A shaky start in the first game saw Biggar rise to the challenge in the second half and a narrow defeat was 'earned'! Our second game followed the same pattern but out last two matches showed real commitment, perseverance and results to match.

 

It was great to see all players developing, particularly keeping formation and your width on the park. Some of the passing / phases that was evidenced today were the best we have seen, so credit to all in keeping the ball and 'phase after phase' of play.

 

One area of play which continues to require focus is tackling. It is now very apparent that at this level, if tackles are not made, the opposition will and does score with ease. As coaches we will continue to assist in every way that we can but at the end of the day, every player will need to tackle...it is intrinsic to the game.

 

With the cold, wet and windy weather, it was decided to shorten the tournament to 4 games which I think all who attended would agree was enough!


Biggar Youth v BATS

Biggar U13s 30 BATS U13s 17

A hard fought encounter this afternoon, saw our Biggar boys eventually out scoring their visitors by 8 tries to 5.

In a fairly one sided first half, that saw Matt and Franklyn guesting for BATS, our boys were certainly prepared to make up for their disappointing performance in the reverse fixture earlier in the year.

Biggar ran into a 15-0 lead with 3 tries from Harry and after a great run, Ewan adding our fourth. Liam was able to convert 3 before the visitors managed one of their own.

Before the half was over some excellent team work helped Harry score a couple of more tries which Liam duly converted. Half Time 23-3.

When the second half kicked off it was Liam, Ryan and Neil’s turn to guest for BATS, and their contribution to the visitors performance had an immediate impact as they scored 3 quick tries.

A returning Hyland managed to chased and touch down his own kick which Robert converted. Then it was Neil’s turn to get onto the score sheet by dancing through to score his first try of his career, for BATS. Before the game concluded Harry managed to extend our lead with the final score Biggar 30 BATS 17.

Unfortunately there were a few injuries during the match and I’m sure we all wish Beau, Aaron and Hyland speedy recoveries.

 

U14's lost out to BATS who fielded a massive side. Biggar created good possession and posotions but couldn't convert these opportunities as the BATS cover defended well.

 

U16s beat a good GHA 64 - 7 in the West Cup a very disciplined and controlled performance from the boys against a team that had done well in their own Galant Conferance. Well done team.


U16’s at Melrose: Scottish Cup

U16s road trip and Christmas cracker Part 1

 

So while most rugby teams get a little break over Christmas and players simply hope for a new pair of boots or their favourite teams jersey Biggar u16s were sent back to back road trips into the borders.

On 23rd December they headed down to Melrose to play on the hallowed turf of the Greenyards in what was (possibly unfairly) called a preliminary round of the Scottish Nation Cup as both teams had won five games out of six in their respective conferences to qualify.

The contest was nothing like a low key preliminary match. With the soon to be honoured Doddie Weir watching over his son play for Earlston/Melrose Wasps the game kicked off under overcast skys .

Biggar gained an early ascendancy and scored in the corner from short range through, Callum Smith with the try not converted. However soon after Melrose levelled the score. A long period of sustained Biggar pressure well defended by Melrose eventually brought a penalty in front the posts converted by Callum McCallum. Melrose having weathered a storm then gained in confidence and scored two good converted trys one just before half time.

With the score 19 - 8 at half time to the hosts the Biggar boys needed to refocus and convert their territory and possession into points.

In the second half the Melrose defence maintained their strength however Callum McCallum broke free from just inside the Melrose half and scored wide on the left, score 19 - 13.

Next a period of forward pressure created an opportunity for Cameron Gray to go over on the right. The score mid way through the second half 19 - 18.

With time ticking and tension rising Callum Smith made space, dodged 3 tackles and beat the full back scoring a fine individual try from inside the Biggar half and converted by Callum McCallum. 4 minutes to go score 19 - 25.

Some tight play closed the game out and Biggar edged out a competitive and free flowing Melrose side to progress into the last 8 of the National Cup.

Our thanks to our hosts and the spirit the whole game was played in.

Captain Jonathan Smith

Vice Captain Murray Lean


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Summer Camp - 2019

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S1’s travel to atke on Strathaven

S1 v Strathaven

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U16’s Gala Sevens success

Another chapter in the U16's calendar

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U16’s are West District Shield winners!

The disappointment of Murrayfield was dispatched with Sunday's West District Shield win.

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BRFC U16’s Scottish Youth Cup Final

A great advert for rugby

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Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Reports as received

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Biggar Youth v BATS

Biggar Youth v BATS

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U16’s at Melrose: Scottish Cup

The U16's trip to Melrose proved to be a cracker

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