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U14’s find going tough in last 2 matches

Biggar 3 points v Perthshire 43 points

Wanted – “Under 14 boys who are over 6 feet tall”.

There must be something in the water in the Biggar area but our boys don’t seem to grow till they are about 16 years old unlike other teams who can field tall boys who look like menat under 14 age group.

 

Each week our boys go out onto the field and have to look up to their opposition.

 

So, what do we have?

 

Bunch of boys who often have to go through the hard school of knocks but their hearts allow them to just keep going at any team.

 

Many previous Biggar under 14 boy’s teams have been no different. Then as they grow older they catch up becoming taller and stronger and along with these strong hearts and determination become a match for any team in the land. Just look at some of the Under 18 and 16 teams over the last 6 to 7 years. I should know. They just get better and better.

 

Nobody should worry – it will come and often it’s the hard days that they have learned that will see them through. Everyone has a challenge at some point and they learn from it.

 

Although Biggar were well beaten on Sunday by a superior team in all senses they will just move on. In fact, the more they get knocked down the more they just keep getting back up. Hard to beat anyone who never gives up.

 

Biggar did not field their full squad again, forcing Doug Roper to put some into unfamiliar positions in important areas.

 

Perthshire continually attacked throughout this game, forcing Biggar to have a day of defence. But if some will not put in the tackles then it makes it even harder for the others to do extra on a day like Sunday.

 

Biggar did score late on with Thomas Young taking quick penalty to Rory Hill who then put the pass to Lewis Stewart to go over. Lewis often has a football game on a Sunday but makes sure he puts in all effort to get back for the rugby. Good on him and shows the spirit with these boys.

 

Scorers

Lewis Robertson- 1 try

 

 

Biggar 11 points v Waysiders 19 points

 

Biggar knew that they let this game slip away from them as they went 2 scores up early in the game and looked comfortable , not allowing Waysiders to get into the contest.

 

However, Waysiders did manage to respond as Biggar failed to take control and in fact eased off the pedal thinking this would not be a hard contest. How wrong they were !!.

 

Once Waysiders scored again Biggar failed to positively respond and some started to drop heads which impacted on the whole squad.

 

Too often simple errors caused problems such as constant infringements or offside at the ruck. As a team all the players need to take their share of the tackling.

 

Discipline slipped on Sunday and lessons must be learned. The boys also must take in what is coached to them.

 

“Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much”.

 

On the positives there were many players who just got on with it such as Christopher Barrett who was playing out of position but was constantly causing Waysiders issues with his strong running.

 

Callum McLemon again was strong in his running but direction of travel is often an issue.

 

The boys did stick to their tasks and the game was close right down to the end but a knock on allowed Waysiders to kick ahead and they were 1st to the ball over the line. This really was a hammer blow to the boys.

 

The boys keep going but it is hard to keep continuity in the team on the park as Coach Doug Roper has rarely been able to field a full strength team this season as each week there are call offs or non availability. Really need everyone always.

 

The boys can do it when they stick to their tasks.

 

Scorers

Callum McLemon - 1 try

Christopher Barrett – 1 try

Ciaran Bell – 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 from 3.


U15 Boys also on winning run


The Boys U15’s meanwhile travelled to Fife to take on Dunfermline RFC.

 

They returned from Dunfermline with a 97 - 7 win. This included lots of good running lines and support play.

 

Some good kicking to space and nice grubber kicks through to runners.

 

All good preparation for Thursdays Semi final against Strathaven and next weekends tour to Kirby Londsdale and Penrith.
 


U15 Girls record a good win over The Borders Girls


On Sunday the U15 girls hosted a ‘Borders Girls’ team in the quarter final of the National Shield competition.

 

On another pleasant morning the Biggar Girls ran out 44-19 winners in what was an enthralling contest.

 

This was perfect timing to reward the hard effort the girls have put into their training.

 

Good teamwork- fast hands - good decision making - good tackling - good defence.

Lana Bell was Girl of the Game for us and our Capt Emma Orr was picked by Borders. This was a tough call because lots of the girls were worthy of the title.

 

The reward is a trip to Inverness to play Highland on 22nd April. Emma Orr, Mariana Finlayson and Emily Wood-Kidd each scored once, Lana Bell scored twice and Alexandra Phillips scored three times. Emma and Louisa Steele each converted a try.


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!


Mixed fortunes for Girls Youth U15’s and U18’s

Sunday was another of those mega-days when the club hosted no fewer than 5 games with another side, the Girls U15 squad on duty in Banchory against a Grampian XV.

They found the going tough in this match and lost out by 47-22. This brings an end to Biggar’s 3 year U15 national cup dominance, but with a very young squad who worked tirelessly and who will have learned a lot from the experience, they will be back!

 

 

Biggar U18 girls v Caithness 75-0 win

 

Biggar U18 Girls progress to the Semi Final of the Scottish Club Cup after a convincing victory over the Caithness squad.

 

Match Report: Many thanks to Bill Denholm

 

On what was a very busy day at Hartreemill this Quarterfinal tie was played for the most part in the March sunshine.

 

Caithness having undertaken the long journey south on Saturday arrived with a squad of 17 and with Biggar able to pick from a squad of 20 girls, this was a welcome opportunity for both teams to get some much needed game time after the severe weather experienced over the previous months.

 

Biggar started the game very well and applied early pressure and were two tries up within the first 10 minutes. Caithness however came back strongly and scored a very good try to take the score to 10-5.

 

The Biggar girls were playing in a very controlled way and scored a further 5 tries taking the score to 39-5 at half time.

 

The second half was to unfold in a similar way with Biggar maintaining the pressure and with very good link play scored a further 5 unanswered tries. The Caithness girls to their credit did not allow their heads to drop and competed to the end.

 

All 20 Biggar girls were able to get some game time including a new face Shania, who travelled all the way from Kelso for training on Wednesday and for this game. Final score 70-5. Despite the margin of the victory the game was competitive and played in very good spirit.

 

The Biggar coaches will be very pleased with the controlled manner in which the girls played as a team with some very good decision making, excellent link play and very few errors (Well done Girls). Scorers: Tries Geri (4), Rachel, Kaylee (2), Emelia (4), Emily. Conversions Kaylee (4).

 

The girls now travel to Hillhead for the semi-final on the 8th April.

 

Many thanks to Richard for filming the game and to Ally Bandtock and Jennifer Bailee for their work in the kitchen. Thanks also to Dave Simpson for supporting the girls in their warm up and as medic for the match – this was a great help to both girls and coaches.


Youth U14’s v Dunfermline

Biggar U14 v Dunfermline 22-14 defeat

 

(Many thanks to Gavin Hill for this report)

 

Just 4 weeks ago Dunfermline gave Biggar a very stern test winning comfortably using their size and skill levels.

 

On Sunday Dunfermline left Hartreemill knowing that they had been in a game right up to the final whistle winning by 22 points to 14points. Dunfermline coaches felt Biggar had noticeably improved since they last met.

 

Yes, Dunfermline again showed why they have few games over the season but they were matched by a team with determination.

 

As one Biggar boy said 'I'm not that big, physically. I'm just big where it counts - I got a big heart!'

 

That sums up this team and they will go far together.

 

Throughout the game a couple of the Dunfermline boys caused issues. Biggar don’t have individuals they have a team that will do so much together.

 

Biggar did have their share of the ball but they were letting themselves down in the rucking as Dunfermline constantly counter rucked to turn over ball. Also lack of communication at the restart lead to ball being given to Dunfermline too easy.

 

With Morris McDiarmid showing great maturity, the ball was being well used in the backs and this allowed Ben MacBride to show tremendous pace throughout the game. Gregor Forrest was causing their midfield issues and was being well supported by Alexander Walpole.

 

Too often in recent weeks Tom Roper and Rory Hill have had to carry a high percentage of the work in the forwards but Callum McLemon, Christopher Barrett and Ciaran Bell really made a difference on Sunday and this allowed the pack to often take control up front. Christopher and Ciaran really were impressive to watch. The forwards are now showing their potential. If they could all match the determination and improvement of Kyle Frame then we can only go one way- onwards and upwards.

 

The game was open throughout and another 5 minutes played and the game would have been in the balance as the boys were well on top and the Biggar backs were playing excellent rugby which Dunfermline were unable to handle as Morris McDiarmid caused issues with his continual switching of play.

 

What a great game. Well done to all.

 

The hard work of head coach Doug Roper is coming through and he has strong back up with Mark Yates, Jordan Gary and Gavin Hill. The learning of technical skills is coming through on the pitch now.

 

Scorers

Callum McLemon - 1 try

Ben MacBride - 1 try

Morris McDiarmid- 1 try

Gregor Forrest – 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 from 4.


Colts in semi-final win

Colts halt Bulls Charge at Laigh Bent

 

(Many thanks to Simon Low for this report)

 

A semi-final, a beautiful sunny day and a South Lanarkshire derby. What more can you ask for on a Saturday? This wasn’t a classic in the free-flowing rugby sense but what a game these young men served up. Both sides showed heart, fight and determination from the first to the last minute and right up until the final score from Finlay Stewart with 2 minutes left on the clock both Hamilton and Biggar believed they could win it.

 

It started so well for Biggar. They kicked off into a swirling breeze with Ali Steele sending a beautifully accurate kick bouncing and into touch inside the Bulls 22. The Bulls hooker overthrew with Dan McConkey catching the ball and taking off for the Bulls try line. A couple of players got hold of him but couldn’t stop his charge. With Ali kicking the extras Biggar were 7-0 up with barely 2 minutes on the clock.

 

A penalty from Ali in front of the posts not long after extended that lead to 10-0 after Hamilton were pinged for not releasing. Great start for Biggar and everyone was hoping that they would go on and build up a decent score!

 

Hamilton were having none of that. They came storming back and had Biggar camped in their own half for the next 20 minutes. During that time Biggar seemed to lose discipline and were guilty of giving away a significant number of penalties either for not releasing or offside. Hamilton kicked 2 of these penalties and scored an unconverted try to take the lead 11-10. Hamilton were fighting hard for this game with their big pack and very mobile backs causing problems.

 

Having surrendered the lead, Biggar took the game back to Hamilton. With 5 minutes to half time, there was plenty time to get back ahead and they did just that. From a well taken scrum, Finlay Stewart made a strong run and stormed into the Bulls half. He played a great pass to Rowan Stewart who ghosted through the defensive line to go over between the posts with Ali kicking the extras.

 

Biggar took the restart and went on the hunt for another try and right on the stroke of half time they were rewarded. Some really good tackling from the whole defensive line was pushing Hamilton back and seemed to have them trapped inside their 22. They kicked for territory and only found Ali Steele who went for a run back at the defence. Ali was tackled but with the forwards there the ball was recycled quickly to Robbie Orr. The Bulls defence was stretched and he was able to burst over the line to score. Ali kicked the conversion which brought the referees whistle.

 

Half Time Hamilton 11 – Biggar 24

 

Into the second half and it was Hamilton who came flying out of the blocks again. Their first score was an excellent chip through the defence inside the Biggar 22. Great awareness from the Hamilton 10 and support from his wings saw them touch down under the posts. This got the Bulls tails up again and when their big number 19, who had arrived at half time, barged through a tackle on half way he showed a great turn of pace to get to the line and score. With both tries converted, Hamilton had the lead again. Still plenty of time left but what reaction would come from Biggar?

 

The answer was an excellent one. It had become a real battle up front with neither pack able to dominate. The Biggar front 5 of Hugo Baillie, Rhys Thompson, Harry Low, Harry Archibald and Scott Paton were showing real strength in the tackle and the ruck and with some really strong runs from Hugo and Scott in particular, they started to turn the screw on Hamilton. This showed at a scrum on 48 minutes. With Hamilton putting in just on their 22, Biggar got a real shove on. With their pack going backwards, Finn Barr was able to put pressure on the ball and it was turned over. This gave the backs a real chance to run at the defence and a great long pass from Robbie was taken by Finlay Stewart to go over. Ali again kicked the conversion.

 

Next to score was Rowan Stewart. He played a superb 70 minutes in the centre for Biggar and his 2 tries were fully deserved. A penalty for Biggar in the middle of the Hamilton half was moved forward 10 for back chat. From the 22 Finn Barr took a quick tap and Rowan burst on to the ball. Hamilton knew what was coming but were unable to stop it as he dived over. With the conversion Biggar were 13 points ahead again.

 

This knocked the stuffing out of Hamilton a little and a quieter spell followed. With the wind at their backs Biggar did the simple things well. Any time they got possession Ali would kick Hamilton back into their 22 and Biggar would force them to work hard to get back over the gain line. This was working well until the Hamilton number 19 burst through a tackle and stormed clear to score again. With the covering defence closing fast he was forced to touch down out wide. Given the tight score-line, the extras would be crucial so the Biggar support held their breaths as the Hamilton 10 pulled his kick just wide. With 8 minutes left, Biggar were 8 points ahead. A grand stand finish was expected.

 

Biggar did not disappoint. They took the game to Hamilton again and were rewarded with a penalty inside the Hamilton 22. Ali showed nerves of steel(e)! to kick the 3 and hopefully seal the game.

 

The icing on the cake came with 2 minutes left. Biggar were awarded a penalty inside the Hamilton half and with the fans thinking a kick for 3 should be the option Ali went for the corner. The line out was lost and Hamilton started driving out of their 22. A great tackle from Cameron Snell and a steal from Craig Frame got the ball back for Biggar who spun the ball wide. Again the combination from Robbie to Finlay paid off and Biggar had gone over.

 

Full time Hamilton 30 - Biggar 48

 

Another really good display from the boys on Saturday with every man coming off the pitch having given his all. Hamilton are a good side and pushed them all the way. A bit of an off day with the line outs in the wind and a couple of missed tackles were punished by Hamilton but this was still a really good battling performance. An end of season West Region Cup Final now awaits on April 28th with the opposition to be decided by the Ayr v West Of Scotland semi-final which has been delayed.


Shogun Conference update

On Sunday the Boys were in action against West in the Shogun Conference.

The S1 and S2 sides were at home but neither side could get the better of their visitors, West claiming the points with a 31-0 win at S1 and a 21-11 win at S2.

Biggar Under 14’s

The boys put in another terrific display against West of Scotland in a highly competitive encounter on Sunday losing by 21 points to 11 points.

Although West went in front with 2 early tries it was Biggar who gained the upper hand towards the end of the 1st half replying with a try from Callum McLemon but also losing out on 2 further scores which should have been taken.

The West winger was being given space to get his pace up and angle running which Biggar failed to deal with. However, Biggar never given in and often put West on the back foot to score a further 2 tries from Ben McBride and Christopher Barrett . Finlay Crozier converted two of three tries.

Biggar attack is as strong as any other team in this league but too often it is the defence (tackling) which needs continual work on. Everyone needs to tackle not just a few.

We must not take away how well these boys have moved forward in the last few weeks with coaches Doug Roper and Mark Yates driving the boys from the front.

Attitudes have changed and its these little things that make a big difference.

The other change is that they now have a squad and they are all proud to be playing for each other. This team will not give up and they really are great to watch.

The glory in this team is their ability to rise every time they fall. Many others could learn from these boys.

 

The 15’s and 16’s were at Burnbrae.

The U15s returned to winning ways with a 52 - 0 win away at West on their 4G pitch.

 

Scoring started after 4 minutes with a direct run and try from Jonathan Smith. West then put the boys under 10 minutes solid pressure with the ball being held up over the try line a couple of times. The defence remained strong and organised and when Biggar eventually got the ball they started to link up and the trys followed.

 

First of all for outside centre Lewis Campbell with a try collected perfectly form a bouncing ball after a kick over the top from Euan Laing followed by one from flanker Kaleb Millar with a drive through the middle. Next up was Murray Lean with a strong inside centre cut back from 10 yards out to cut through a wall of defence.

 

In the second half the forwards got more of the trys with first Fraser Simpson breaking through the middle for a break away try. This was followed up by Jonathan Smith's and Kaleb Millar's second and topped off with an injured Sam Taylor keeping his try scoring count continuing.

 

6 of the 8 trys were converted by captain for the day Euan Laing.

 

The rain barely stopped and their was lots spilled ball and knock on's but by keeping West out and the score board moving the team was able to play lots of people in different positions and gain lots and lots of experience.

 

Thanks to hosts for a match always played in the best tradition of rugby.

 

In a close but very high-scoring match the 16’s lost out by 44-38 (loss)

 

The Colts, 15’s and 16’s face a long trip north at the weekend when they journey to Inverness to take on Highland

 

Unfortunately their S1 and S2 sides cannot make the trip south as this weekend coincides with the Inverness October holiday which means they cannot raise numbers to travel. While Biggar are seeking alternative fixtures it might mean a week off for these sides but with a scheduled break in the programme to cater for the October week break here this may mean a fortnight’s break.


Girls host Murrayfield Wanderers

On Sunday the Girls U15 and U18 sides hosted Murrayfield Wanderers in the Mirage Conference.

Having been disappointed after last week when Ayr postponed their matches due to unplayable pitches there was further upset as the Edinburgh sides arrived short of players. The matches were then played as development games which Biggar ‘won’ handsomely, with several Biggar players appearing for the visitors to ensure a contest.


Shogun Conference update v Currie Chieftains

The Boys Youth section were pitched against Currie.

The U13 and U14 sides were at Hartree and honours were shared with Biggar on top at U14, with an excellent performance with some really promising phases and contributions from all with the U13 side, though beaten playing some much better rugby against a good Currie side.

 

U13s

For the record Fergus Watson scored all the Biggar points in the 22-7 defeat.

 

U14’s

This team have recently struggled to win games but they have a determination of never giving up. Working together as a team on Sunday they pulled off a great victory against Currie by 23 points to 6. (3 points for a try and 1 for a conversion).

Try scorers on the were Ben McBride (3) , Calum McLemon (2) and Alexander Walpole (1) with Finlay Crozier converting five of the six . Calum and Christopher Barrett lifted the tempo for the boys and they rose to it and were impressive to watch. Alone we can do so little , together as a team we can do so much. Great support, great day for the boys with 16 present in the squad.

 

U15's

At Malleny Park the U15’s lost their first match of this campaign by to what is likely to be the top U15 side in the Conference but there was some fantastic news as the U16’s won their match by 46-22.

At U15 The first half was close with only a Currie try just before half time opening a gap on the score board. After half time Currie punished some defensive mistakes but Biggar battled on to finish the game with 19 points to Curries 48. A first defeat of the season for the boys but lessons learnt.

 

These results mean that Biggar, by virtue of winning 3 from the 5 Currie matches edge the ‘whole club’ Shogun Conference points. Well done to all.


Shogun Conference: Week 3 v Stirling County

Biggar U15's

The U15s won 27 - 5 at Stirling today in pretty horrible wet conditions leading 3 trys to 1 at half time and finishing with 5 trys in total from Arron Millar (2), Kaleb Millar, Sam Taylor and Jonathan Smith. Conversion from Euan Laing.

The conditions made life difficult in attack and County tackled and rucked well to keep the u15s out for long stretches of the game but when the link up play worked it created exciting attacking rugby with a variety of attacking styles demonstrated over the game Well done boys.

 

Biggar U16's

To all the U16s boys who played today thank you for your excellent efforts in very difficult circumstances. With late all offs and down to just 15 players and 4 out of position the boys were outstanding and up to 29 mins when the score was still 0-0 with two very good teams playing good rugby in terrible conditions. We then had a double injury and were down to 13 players. The final result will show that we were beaten by 6 tries to 1 the club but more importantly the boys can be very proud of themselves of how they never gave up and still managed to score an excellent try with great patience and support play. Without doubt this game will going forward will be remembered for all the right reason and as you all keep developing as players and young men there will be great games in the future. As Sir Alex would say, I am a very proud coach today

Andy Barnett

Report

A game of two halves! With the squad down to the bare bones and 4 lads playing out of position the U16 squad set about the away trip to Stirling County in terrible conditions with huge effort and drive, determined to leave nothing on the park. For 29 minutes the lads seemed to be camped out in the County half, edging closer and closer to the try line, dominating in the set piece and bashing it up the middle really taking the game to the hosts. Unfortunately 2 players injured in the same play on 29 mins saw the lads continue to compete well with 13 players against a Stirling side playing great rugby. But inevitably when your down two players, space opens up and Stirling ran out eventual winners 44-5 however the score line didn't reflect the huge effort put in by the young rams, especially to get the try they so richly deserved. The lads, their coaches and their parents should be very proud of their performance today, a result they can take plenty of positives from and build on for the season ahead.


Biggar take points against Hamilton


After the girls had finished it was the boys turn with the U15’s and U16’s both at home and the S1’s and S2’s at Hamilton. Another tough set of games but with very positive results for the Biggar sides.

 

Biggar U16s 50- Hamilton 0 This game was halted before half time as limit reached and development match played for remaining time. A fantastic and very structured performance today by Biggar U16 boys produced a barrage of 9 tries in 26 minutes.

 

Biggar U15s 50 - Hamilton 0 Biggar U15s produced a strong performance against Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton to score 9 trys and win 50 - 0 in today's Shogun Conference match. The teams maturity early on produced strong phased play with determined support running creating opportunities outwide. Well done boys Game halted 5 minutes early as limit reached

 

Biggar U14s 4 - Hamilton 32

 

Biggar U13s 26 - Hamilton 16

 

These matches are of course in the Shogun Conference and Hamilton were the other side to be promoted to this division after two seasons in the conference below. Another good start then although things will inevitably get tougher…..this week the lads meet Stirling County, a club with a proud record in this competition.
 


Biggar Girls were Caithness bound

Caithness v Biggar in Mirage Conference

 

The Club’s Girls teams had made the long journey north to Caithness on Saturday for their Mirage Conference matches on Sunday.

Their trip was an enjoyable one with an overnight stop at Thurso on Saturday night. The rewards were in the results however with two fantastic wins by 55-24 for the 15’s and 66-7 for the 18’s. A cracking start in what was a tricky opener.

A quick depart and a knackered bunch returned home on Sunday night…..school and work on Monday!


Youth Section in Shogun Conference 1st Round

U16s 5-66 defeat

U15s 31-0 win

U14s - 51-0 this was a development match played as Biggar didn't have enough players. Boroughmuir loaned Biggar some players plus 4 from the U15s squad played with them

U13s 22-15 loss.

Boroughmuir U13 22 Biggar U13 15
Our 'baby' midis had to come of age quickly today as they faced Boroughmuir.
For the first ten minutes our lads were overwhelmed as they struggled to cope with the size and pace of a physically mature opposition. It is testament to our lad's guts and determination that they didn't let their heads drop, but found a way to contain the Boroughmuir team for the remainder of the half, and even crossed the whitewash themselves thanks to a great run from Fergus Watson.
They entered the second half three tries behind, but some fresh legs from the subs bench tipped the balance in the favour of the Biggar forwards, and Ben White managed to crash the ball over the line. Biggar were now snapping at 'muir's heels and 'muir's nervousness at this turnaround in fortunes was obvious by their dramatic use of their entire bench and aspects of play that our young lads haven't encountered before. Suffice it to say, their eyes have been opened.
Unfortunately, despite winning the second half, Biggar couldn't prevail overall. But this experience has bound them together even tighter, and they are relishing the thought of next week's encounter with Hamilton.

On this first conference weekend, Biggar earn 10 points, sharing the honours with their City opponents

Hamilton are opponents next weekend which is sure to be another tough contest.


Membership

Biggar RFC operates and Open to All policy and welcomes new members from all sectors of the community

 

We accept members from 5 years upwards who can join our Mini section to those that have retired and want to assist and retain their links with our active club.

 

Our membership year runs from May to April and if you would like to find out more about the playing arrangements at the club or become a member please contact either Gordon Young on 07774678617  or via email at gy1680@aol.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.

 

If you would like to know a little more about our rugby programmes for Primary or Secondary school children please refer to our Mini and Midi pages under the "Teams" section or contact either Laura Watson for information about Primary School age children and Paula Yardley on 07830022447 for Secondary School aged children

Membership rates and packages are as follows:

 

The Standing Order form can be downloaded here (doc format)

 

The BRFC membership form can be downloaded here (doc format)

 


NEWS

U14’s find going tough in last 2 matches

A tough test for Biggar's youngest youth squad

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U15 Boys also on winning run

U15's maintain their winning run

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U15 Girls record a good win over The Borders Girls

Biggar's U15 Girls defeated a competitive Borders girls side to keep their hopes up of place in the Shield final.

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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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Mixed fortunes for Girls Youth U15’s and U18’s

Biggar U15 toil in Banchory while the U18's get the win over far-travelled visitors

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Youth U14’s v Dunfermline

Another imporved performance from the youngsters

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Colts in semi-final win

Biggar reach West area Cup semi final

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Shogun Conference update

Another tough day for the Biggar Youth sides

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Girls host Murrayfield Wanderers

Short handed visitors leads to Development matches

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Shogun Conference update v Currie Chieftains

Biggar win Club contest v Currie Chieftains

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Shogun Conference: Week 3 v Stirling County

Always likely to face stiff opposition, Biggar performed manfully but lost out to well-drilled Stirling sides on Sunday.

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Biggar take points against Hamilton

Biggar maintain Shogun momentum

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Biggar Girls were Caithness bound

Girls return from Caithness with 100% record

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Youth Section in Shogun Conference 1st Round

Biggar v Boroughmuir in 1st Round of Conference fixtures

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Membership

Memberships 2017-18

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