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S2 Update of Tour to Southport

22 Biggar RFC S2 boys returned on Monday from their tour to the land of giants! Over 2 days and 7 games of rugby they proudly represented Biggar and Scottish rugby at the Southport festival against clubs from across England and Ireland. Every one of the boys did the club proud during and after matches, making new friends on the way.

It's fair to say the festival was a stern test of the boys skill and determination when coming up against clubs with over 40 boys at this age group and truly some of the opposition was huge ( find the comparison photo!). Biggar boys out-scrummed every team, competed really well in the rucks and tackled their hearts and bodies out.


Ahead in both the first 2 games they lost narrowly to Liverpool St Helens and Wicklow before a stiff test from a large Sheffield White team. In the final game on day one the boys came through to beat hosts Southport. On Day 2 the boys started slowly against West Hartlepool, a game they could have won, The boys rallied to compete against Nuneaton and eventual Festival winners Sheffield Blue. Some good hard running rugby provided a total of 10 trys scored by Sam Taylor, Jonathan Smith, Aaron Millar and Murray Lean.

The team of parents and coaches have worked really hard to bring this off and thanks go to all of them for the work put in. The boys have had a great experience and this will put them in fantastic shape for U15 rugby next season.

There are some cracking pictures on the Biggar RFC Facebook page.


Girls in brave effort against Hill Jills

U18 GIRLS EDGED OUT IN EXCITING SEMI: U18 Girls Club Cup Semi-Final 7th April 2017

Biggar 29 Hillhead Jordanhill 33

Biggar girls had a lively start against a very professional and well drilled Hills team and following a kick and chase scored a converted try to open the scoring within the first 5 minutes.

Hills responded very quickly with a try to take the scores level at 7 all. The game was very even for the next period with both sides displaying good attack and defence. Both teams were playing the game at a good tempo and it was Biggar who achieved the next score which was converted to make the score 14 -7.

Hills responded with a converted try to level the score at 14 all. Biggar scored again to open the lead to 19 – 14. Biggar continued to apply pressure and following several phases a try was scored by very good forward play. 24-14 (HT)

An injury to Biggar full back Sarah Denholm as part of this earlier play resulted in the referee blowing for half time slightly ahead of time. With paramedics still attending to the injury the second half was resumed on an adjacent pitch.

It was Biggar that scored first to make the score 29 -14, Hills responded quickly with a try taking the scores to 29 -19. The Hills girls enjoyed a prolonged period of possession and although the Biggar defence was responding it eventually was broken allowing a score between the posts with a successful conversion which took the score to 29 – 26.

Hills continued to mount attacks and with Biggar picking up further injuries their defence was broken again to take Hills into the lead for the first time in the match 33- 29.

With only minutes remaining in the game Biggar pressurised the Hills defence but it was Hills that finished stronger and held out to take the victory in a fiercely contested match that would have been worthy of the final.

Biggar tries by Megan McCarry, Jennifer Bell, Rachel Hill, Megan MacLeod , Julia Bell with 2 conversions from Emily Armstrong. Hills now proceed to the final against Stirling at Murrayfield.

Many thanks to the fantastic local support, the officials, Joanne Robertson and the Brown family for their sterling work and Richard Robinson for filming duties which must have been difficult in the reduced light of the second half!

PS- Sarah did not incur any breaks and was released from hospital later in the evening with muscle damage and bruising. (Currently sporting a very nice black eye!)

Report by Bill Denholm


National selection honours

Congratulations to Fraser Brown who was selected to start on Saturday for Scotland against Ireland. Sadly his involvement lasted but 25 minutes after he clashed heads and although he was able to return after treatment he was replaced. Early indications are that the injury will not rule him out of selection for this weekend’s match against France.

At National U18 level Guy Kelly and Andrew Nimmo both took part in a training match on Sunday between the members of the Scotland U18 squad. Both props acquitted themselves well and will now continue to train prior to the 6Nations Championship in March. Meanwhile Andrew Jardine who has had a frustrating season due to injury will continue his latest return to action after rib injury. He will keep his fingers crossed that he will be considered for the March event.


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Girls in brave effort against Hill Jills

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National selection honours

National reps to the fore again.

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