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Easter Rugby Camps 2019


Scotland U18 Girls

Many congratulations ot Biggar's 4 U18 reps. This was a great achievement for the girls and Biggar RFC.

Well done to Emm, Feebi, Rachel and Kaylee!


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.


Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

P4

Musselburgh/Lasswade - 24th Feb Report

I'm guessing there will be a few tired lads tonight after today's matches!It was great to get into the games again today and even better to do so in such great weather! Last week was a good run out but made all the harder with the horizontal rain in Dumfries!I'd like to thank everyone for turning out in numbers that meant we could field two teams this morning, something I think helps when it comes to continuity but also our development as a squad.We saw some tough competition in Musselburgh and Lasswade today and from my side, I was really impressed with how we responded. There were some flying tackles coming in and a confidence in some players I haven't seen to date, which is fantastic! Even when the legs were tired we still got stuck in and finishing with a Biggar V Biggar match brought smiles and laughs to players and spectators alike! I found it frustrating that it often appears we are the only team sticking to the AGLV's but it's to the boys credit that they don't let standards slip. This goes for their courteous behaviour to both opposition and the ref too.

 

We've a few weeks of matches ahead so let's hope we can maintain momentum.

 

Next week should see us host Hamilton/Penicuik but I will keep you posted once details are confirmed.

 

Thanks as always to our touchline support and to everyone who supplied catering and helped in the kitchen. A special thank you to Eliz for coordinating and to Fergus Mason (Mason) who acted as referee on our second pitch!

 

 

P5

Biggar P5's Mighty Warriors Weekend!!


Friday night saw our first visit to the home of Glasgow Warriors to play in a tournament prior to the Pro14 Connacht match. Two groups of four teams would play out to determine who would be guard of honour or who would play on the main pitch at half time. We were drawn against some very good opposition, however as we have seen in training of late, these were challenges we could meet.


18 players travelled, which in itself is a success, if not a challenging one when we are playing 6-a-side and the matches are only 7 minutes long! Maintaining continuity whilst rolling so may subs is never easy, but fortunately every player gelled very quickly when introduced to play.


Our first match against Kilmarnock was a hard one. Big strong boys who relished running straight at us posed a problem. Of late our defense has been our weak point, but right from the off, we started to stop runners going through gaps. We lost the match 6-4, but for a few handling errors on our part, we would have been closer.


Next up was Hamilton, a team we know and a team that (according to their coach), always raise their game against us. By this time however, we were in the mood and strong running combined with quick passing meant we won this game 5-4.


Our last pool game was against Hillhead Jordanhill, a massive pack of lads who really looked like they could play. However, the Biggar players maintained their composure, never panicking, with a strong defense and continued to run in tries. We won this game 6-3.


This gave us the honour of playing the other pool winners, Birkmyre, on the main pitch at half time. This was very much an exhibition match with teams playing 9-a-side and both teams wanting to run the ball at every opportunity. It was a magnificent 'Try-fest', giving lots of players the chance to score a try on the hallowed turf at Scotstoun in front of 7,000 fans.

Our team took a well deserved bow to the crowds' delight and applause, to round off a wonderful night.


Friday night was a fantastic experience and one which I suspect the players will not forget for a while.


Sunday morning came around very quickly and we were back at Scotstoun, with a squad of 15. It was always going to be a challenge maintaining the standard we had set ourselves on Friday night, however any concerns immediately disappeared with Game 1 against Cartha which we won 6-0.


Game 2 saw us up against Annan, a team we are familiar with and who we know are very physical. What we did though, was play smart rugby against them and using the whole width of the pitch we ran at them and put them on the back foot.

Winning 5-3, it was another great lift.


Game 3 against Aberdeen Wanderers saw us lose our way a bit. We lost 2-1, a game we should have won easily but for two seemingly good tries being disallowed.


At this point can I interject about the role of us as coaches being volunteer referees and doing our best. The travelling Biggar family and friends are always very supportive and loud. This is great when all positive, however today, even from the middle of the pitches, criticism of the ref and player performance could be clearly heard from you. Please can I remind everyone that the support should match the high standard we are instilling in the players; should be positive, respectful and leaves the coaching to the coaches. Thank you.


Game 4 brought Cumnock and another well organised team. Our quick handling and movement of the ball along the line was a delight to watch and was commented on by two other coaches! We won this match 5-3.


Game 5 against Lenzie was more of the same, winning 5-4, although we did, unsurprisingly, start to show signs of fatigue. We started to bunch and lose our width, which made the result tighter than it should have been.

Game 6 was against Bishopton - this another close one, with both teams really starting to tire. We dug in deep and ran out 3-2 winners.


Played 6 = W - 5; L - 1. Not a bad day at the office for players and coaches alike.


It was a great morning of rugby, played in brilliant sunshine on the main pitch at Scotstoun. All the players stepped up and performed brilliantly. They were very well behaved and represented themselves, their families, their coaches and their club beautifully.


It was a huge weekend and on behalf of Donald Stewart, Dougie Douglas Low and myself, can I say a massive 'Thank you' to all involved.

 

P6

Biggar vs Lasswade Match Report.

 

A bumper squad of 12 players turned out to play Lasswade in three friendlies on what was a glorious day today.

 

We got off to a slow start and lost the first match by a few points. The Lasswade squad were far bigger than most of our players and we took a while to get to grips with them physically.

 

After the first defeat we asked the players what they needed to improve on and they were able to identify the areas themselves.


They set out in the second game to put those improvements in place and, for 10 minutes, ran in try after try. Lasswade came back strong in the closing minutes but (in my head anyway) we managed to win the game by at least one score.

 

There was nothing in the third 15 minute game and the teams finished level at the end. A fitting result.

 

Passing and support was excellent. Offloading from in the tackle, off the ground and everywhere in between was tremendous. Our big ball carriers did a great job of tying up two or three defenders and we were able to quickly recycle the ball, passing with great confidence to players who then had spaces to run in to.

 

A fantastic effort from ALL the players today. Great attitude, determination and spirit shown by them all - well done!


Minis at Dumfries

On Sunday the Mini section headed for Dumfries.

P4’s played 4 x 10min matches and I made it 2 wins, 2 losses.

 

Dumfries are a tough side as has been proven in the past, but despite not having had a match for a while, the Biggar squad stepped up to the plate and took it too them.

 

There was some strong tackles from both sides, Biggar still need to focus on keeping low but in the main, the discipline only really slips when tiredness sets in.

 

The side had a tendency to bunch up a bit today, especially when targeting the ball carrier but this is something to work on that in training.

 

It will be good to see what the side can muster before a return in a few weeks time. Great effort by everyone in some trying conditions. ����

 

Thanks to all the parents for making the trip down and for your continued support!

 

P5’s

Goes without saying that this was always going to be a tough outing as the side has lacked game time since late November, and so it turned out to be. The side played 8 a side and 4 x 10min matches against Dumfries who had already benefitted from the last two weekends tournaments, were quite a bit bigger and were well organised.

 

Whilst the squally weather did not help with passing and catching Biggar lost all 4 matches but did see improvement each game. There is however a real need to focus on cutting out basic handling mistakes and developing tackling skills. All players can do this really well at training but unfortunately it did not happen today. Again, this is something that the coaches will work on and with a bit more game time, it will become the norm.

 

Training will be on Tuesday night at 6.15pm and we would be delighted to see as many of you there to practise..


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


Biggar triumph at Accies

Biggar 26 Glasgow Accies 10

Having won 16 of their matches this season and facing a side with just 5 wins the pre-match form suggetsed that Biggar should find this latest match against Glasgow Accies relatively straightforward.

 

That they did not was due in part to some uncharacteristic handling errors from Biggar but principally due to an excellent defensive display by the home side. Biggar’s defence has been excellent all this season but they found the Accies effort every bit as frugal, with good organisation allied to commitment restricting Biggar to a tight fought away win.

 

Having said that, the Biggar support is now accustomed to watching a free-flowing Biggar and this no doubt increased the frustration from those on the touchline. This, combined with a couple of ‘tight’ calls which could on another day have gone another way, meant that Biggar had to wait until the last quarter before they were secure with the win and the 4-try bonus.

 

Biggar fielded much the same XV as had travelled to Highland last week with both the very happy ‘new dads’, Alan Warnock and Conor Lavery, playing.

 

Alan of course came back into the side, Jamie Orr moving to the back row to cover for Chris Mulligan who moved to hooker as Euan Stewart was still suffering for the blow sustained last week.

 

Andrew Peacock and Declan Dinnen swapped roles the latter starting with Peacock on the bench.

 

In the backs, Davy Reive was also injured so his place went to Robbie Lavery while Rowan Stewart started at centre with Euan Bogle on the wing.

 

Conditions on the way to Glasgow were very poor with relentless rain falling but happily the Accies pitch remained in excellent condition, especially when the rain stopped just after the match kicked off.

 

An early passage of play saw Biggar camped on the Accies line. A break to the line by Bogle almost resulted in a try but the cover defence was across in the nick of time to barge him into touch. With field position retained a thundering charge by Matthew Stewart made good yards and ended the game for an Accies prop who made a brave tackle before going off with a damaged arm. Pressure continued and, as has been his way of late, Conor Lavery glided through the Accies defence to score the opening try. Matthew Stewart’s conversion took the score to 7-0 with just 5 minutes or so on the clock.

 

Undeterred the home side opened up strongly off the restart with their backs using the ball well and their pace and angled runs putting Biggar under a good deal of pressure. Biggar meanwhile created some great field positions only to see ball lost in contact, this again down to poor ball protection but also to the quality of the home defence.

 

The game at this stage was pretty scrappy with neither side able to get control of proceedings. Biggar’s lineout which had yielded little ball in Highland was back on song with Warnock, Orr and Sanderson all taking good ball on their put in and nipping a few of Accies to boot although they weren’t always able to capitalise on this possession.

 

In what was virtually their first visit to the Biggar 22, Accies struck, a nicely angled run catching the Biggar defence flat-footed and seeing winger Chris Woods cross in the corner, although the Biggar cover defence did everything they could to get the player into touch. The conversion was short but at 7-5 it was game on.

 

Coming back in reply Ross Bradford and Rowan Stewart made some good yards before Orr gained a good field possession with a neat kick to the corner. A squint throw gave Biggar a scrum and with a surge to the line from the scrum it appeared that Euan Sanderson had got the touchdown but the referee was unsighted and therefore unable to award the score.

 

With a half hour gone Biggar engineered a try for winger Bradford. Ball from the scrum was moved to the blindside and following a searing break by Orr which took play from Biggar’s 10m line to Accies 22, the fullback popped the ball to Bradford who made short work of the space to cross for a try converted by Stewart for 14-5.

 

Try as they did and despite several further promising positions Biggar were unable to add to their tally and so half time came with Biggar ahead.

 

A huge defensive set of plays at the start of the second half was applauded by the large Biggar support and this must have set Accies back as they were cut down and driven back as quickly as they were able to go forward. Donald Voas, Mulligan, Sanderson and Dinnen were all to the fore in this area.

 

A few minutes later and Orr latched onto a kick ahead by Conor Lavery and seemed to gain a touchdown but again the referee signalled for a knock on and it was chalked off.

 

Biggar continued to put pressure on their hosts but they couldn’t get a try as Accies worked hard to break the Biggar attacks down. In attack Biggar were also a little guilty of trying to force things, some over-amibitious, wide and hurried passes putting the receiver under pressure. It was from one such pass that Accies nabbed their second try, centre Gregor McEwan picking up a loose pass from Lavery to Stewart to romp home from some 60 metres. Again however, and crucially, there was no conversion but Biggar’s lead was cut to 14-10.

 

Biggar made several changes around this time, Carrossi being replaced by Guy Kelly, Dinnen by Peacock and then shortly afterwards, Matthew Stewart by Iain Renwick. This last change saw Renwick take over at 9, Robbie Lavery moving to centre.

 

Biggar enjoyed a good deal of territorial pressure at this stage and there were some better examples of players making better decisions allowing play to continue. Eventually normal service was resumed as Biggar put their hosts under real pressure via a series of plays with Voas, Kelly, Jackson and Robbie Orr all handling well in the Accies 22. A pick and go from Conor Lavery created some space and his offload found Warnock in support, the lock spinning out of a couple of tackles to crash over for Biggar’s 3rd score. With Matthew Stewart off, Euan Bogle added the conversion for 21-10.

 

Bonus points have been a fairly regular occurrence this season and this match was no exception although it took the side a whole lot longer to claim it.

 

A sustained period of pressure which saw runner after runner ensured that Accies were restricted to defensive chores in their own 22. A series of pick and goes and some darting runs by among others Renwick and Bradford took play to within a couple of metres, Ryan Moffat, who had only recently come onto the pitch, picking up and diving over for try No 4. Bogle was just wide with the conversion.

 

There was still some time left to add to the tally but aside from a particularly silky interchange of passes between Conor Lavery, Peacock and Renwick this last few minutes passed largely without incident. Accies, to their credit, continued to play an open game making a couple of forays over half way but either through errors or Biggar’s defence they yielded possession with Biggar’s kick chase then forcing them to build again from deep.

 

The final whistle came with Biggar taking the win by 26-10. donald Voas deservedly won the man-of-the-match award. This win takes Biggar one step closer to a promotion place. Defeats to Highland and Stewarts Melville were the best possible results from a Biggar point of view with only Highland and Dumfries now able to catch Biggar; and to do that Biggar would have to lose all their 4 remaining matches while their opponents would need to win all theirs by 5-point bonus winning scores. It IS still mathematically possible however and until it is firmly beyond doubt, Biggar will focus only on the next game ahead. This game is against Lasswade at home but because of the 6-Nations break this is not until the 2nd of March.

 

The interim period will be spent on recovery for those struggling with injury and with some mid-season/pre-season work. To date there is a match on Friday 8th against Selkirk although the coaches would like another game at some point to retain match fitness.

 

There were contrasting sides to Saturdays match - a downside and an upside – which created very different emotions for all involved.

 

The negative down side was when some touchline ‘banter’ was taken beyond what is acceptable and this resulted in the Accies touchjudge being unfairly castigated and provoked a reaction which was as unfortunate as the initial exchange. Biggar has a fantastic touchline support, regularly out-numbering that of the opposition (in many cases away from home as well as at home) which the Accies President remarked favourably upon post match. Supporters are reminded however that while they are encouraged to cheer and support the team, officials are carrying out a difficult task on a voluntary basis and should be allowed to do so without being subjected to any form of verbal abuse.

 

The much more positive upside to the match was that two of the starting XV, Alan Warnock and Conor Lavery, both scored tries. This was an ideal scenario as they had both become first time fathers midweek! What a way to celebrate, although I’m certain both will find another arguably better opportunity to celebrate again but with a drink (or two), rather than a rugby ball in their hand!

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Stewart, E. Bogle, C. Lavery, R. Lavery, D. Voas, C. Mulligan, F. Carossi, D. Dinnen, A. Warnock, J. Orr, E. Sanderson, R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, A. Peacock, R. Moffat, I. Renwick

 

The 2nd XV entertained Dundee on saturday, going down ina tight match by 8-3. In a season virtually bereft of yellow cards Biggar were shown 3 on saturday, making their task doubly hard. This was an unfortuante result as it puts Biggar a little closer to the bottom 3 places than is comfy. There are games to play however but biggar need a couple fo wisn to ensure they are not still in the mix at the bottom come the end of the season.


Biggar win top of the table battle

Highland 10 Biggar 12

In what will never be classed as a classic game of rugby, at the end of the day this was a massive performance from Biggar against what is undoubtedly a very good side and one which put Biggar under more pressure than any other side so far this season. With all involved making uncharcacterstic handling errors and with neither side getting the control they would have wished, Biggar did enough to hold on to a small 2 point lead to secure their 16th win of the season. The result sees Biggar stretch their lead at the top of the table to 16 points with Stewarts Melville leapfrogging Highland into second although the Inverness based side still have two games in hand.

 

This was an emotion-charged match at Inverness with the Highland club still in some shock after the passing of one of their coaches and Highland RFC stalwart Alistair ‘Porky’ Wymess. He was a rugby character who was well-known to many from Biggar. The 30 seconds of silence and 30 seconds of applause in his memory which preceded the kick off, plus the fact that ‘his’ No 3 jersey was rested for the match were all very fitting tributes and although Porky’s beloved Highland lost out, this was a contest he would undoubtedly have thoroughly enjoyed with no quarter asked and no quarter given.

 

Biggar travelled north in the knowledge that while their opponents had not played in some 6 weeks they would nonetheless be fired up to perform for their club and determined to maintain their impressive unbeaten home record which stretches back to Oct 2017. In preparation for the match on Highland’s new artifical pitch Biggar had trained at Lanark Racecourse 3G midweek although the conditions at Inverness with a partially frost-covered pitch made conditions for both sides – particularly with regard to handling as the ball was seemingly constantly wet and slippy - very difficult.

 

Highland fielded their strongest XV of the season with Biggar pretty much in similar shape and so the scene was perfectly set for a top-of-the-table clash, the result of which could yet determine the promotion places if not the championship itself. One who did not make thr trip was veteran Alan Warnock who remained at home with mum to be Emma.

 

Having played strongly to repel the first Highland foray Biggar opened the scoring with a very typical Conor Lavery try, the stand-off’s angled run taking him (far too easily from a Highland point of view) through the Highland defence. Matthew Stewart added the conversion to a score which clearly settled the Biggar effort. 7-0.

 

That Biggar scored a second try after just 8 minutes was astounding. This was a long lung-bursting run in for winger Ross Bradford who latched onto a loose pass from Highland stand off Iain Chisholm (members will remember Chis was Biggar DO in 2017-18) to run almost the length of the pitch to cross in the corner– a score almost identical to the one he scored at Falkirk a fortnight ago.

 

Euan Bogle who had come onto the pitch while Robbie Lavery received treatment for a cut head, took the touchline conversion but pulled the kick across the face of the posts. 12-0.

 

That it was all going to be as easy was very quickly dispelled as Highland came right back into the match, their forward effort – especially on the touchline where they won their own ball with ease and disrupted Biggar’s lineout with almost as much ease – pushing Biggar back into their own half where a string of handling errors only increased the pressure felt by the team and the Biggar support.

 

A couple of penalties gave Highland field position and with their lineout drive, the host side took play to within 5 metres of the Biggar line. Referee Smith had signalled for another penalty as Biggar tried to halt the drive but two further drives to the line eventaully saw big centre Rob Eatough barge over – almost up-ending referee Smith in the process. Chisholm was off target with the kick but his side were rigbt back in the game at 12-5.

 

Biggar have played an expansive game all season with players running and passing and using creative off-loads throughout. This has been a strategy which has led to them scoring the most points ever and which has made games very exciting to watch. On Saturday however, with the slippy ball and cold hands contributing, errors were commonplace with the side unable to escape from their own 22 and then when they did so, unable to press home attacks. There were more such errors in this one game as in almost all other matches put together. Indeed Biggar will never make as many handling errors again and yet still win a match. This certainly added to the excitement during the match but did absolutely no good at all for the nerves of the Biggar supporters!

 

This it has to be said was also a factor for the home XV who also struggled to retain possession and who suffered in similar fashion.

 

Biggar’s attack has been devastating this season and this speed and distribution almost provided a 3rd try. An initial attack had been thwarted but ball popped to Robbie Lavery saw the centre move the ball left to Matthew Stewart who broke past the initial cover. With players in support but perhaps just out of sight he opted to go for the line himself and almost got there save for a very good cover tackle from Highland fullback, Fijian Rupeni Rokoduguni.

 

There was however a lack of the usual control in Biggar’s play with the pressure of the occasion clearly telling. This again led to Highland gaining possession and in keeping Biggar out. The half ended with the home side very much on the ascedancy, a series of penalties, several of which they opted to run (this an unusual decision given the effectiveness of their lineout) taking them ever closer to the Biggar line. A lineout spawned good ball again and while Biggar managed on this occasion to halt the drive, Highland spun the ball wide. With Chisholm and Eatough again involved ball was taken by winger Rorry Cross who crashed over for their second try. While the try was scored closer to the posts Chisholm was again just wide, but as it was half time the match was as evenly balanced as it had been at the start of the match. 12-10 to the visitors.

 

Biggar were forced to make a change at the break, scrum half Davy Reive retiring with a hip injury. His replacement was centre Robbie Lavery, with Ryan Moffat introduced at centre. Declan Dinnen was another to soon make an appearance, Andrew Peacock who again showed up well coming off.

 

Biggar almost opened the half with a try, Matthew Stewart looking to be free on the left wing only for play to be halted for a forward pass.

 

Minutes later and another break through the centre after Bradford latched onto another misdirected pass from Chisholm that could well have led to a try was also halted but this time illegally by Highland lock Stuart MacDonald. The penalty and subsequent yellow card reduced Highland to 14 men. The lineout yielded possession but an error led to Highland snaffling a turnover to clear their lines.

 

That Biggar did not manage a try during the following 10 minutes when they had an extra man was donw again to a number of errors but also to some dogged defence from the hosts who managed to keep Biggar out.

 

Highland also managed to put together a number of phases despite being short-handed. A series of pick and goes and then another peanlty which saw them tap and go had Biggar on the back foot. It was a massive defensive effort to keep Highland out but this Biggar managed with a huge effort which saw attack after attack repelled with some excellent individual and two man tackles. Any yards gained were won via sheer hard work from Highland but each attempt was met by a solid wall of black and red.

 

A stramash between almost all of both teams was given little time by referee Smith and happily this was the only such incident in the match which was played in great spirit.

 

That there was no scoring in the whole of second half was unusual but there were loads of very close run things, the errors providing opportunities for both sides but with the cover and scramble defences up to the mark on each occasion.

 

For Highland that saw centre Eatough almost through before fullback Robbie Orr saved the day. This just one of several such incidents when the youngster tidied up loose ball. For Biggar perhaps the best chance came from a neat chip ahead by try scorer Lavery. Having secured possession from his own chip he fed flanker Chris Mulligan who looked set for a long run in to the line. The cover got back but possession was retained and fed to Ewan Stewart who also looked set to score until a try saving tackle from Chisholm saw ball spilled into touch just 5m short of the try line.

 

As the game played out and with just 2 points seperating the teams it became evident that whichever side scored would most likely go on to win the match. But which side would it be? Both continued to make advances but lost possession or had ball turned over.

 

Biggar won a penalty some 35 metres out and rather than go for the points elected to kick to the corner but again they failed to get good quality ball from the lineout from which to press home their attack.

 

With just a few minutes remaining Highland won a penalty to the left of the posts and some 30metres out. Given their control at the lineout it was again perhaps surprising that they didn’t opt to go for the corner and a driven line. Instead replacement Ruaridh NacDonald stepped up with Chisholm, who had missed both previous kicks, at his side.

 

There was a complete silence around the packed ground as the youngster took the kick. Fingers were crossed and breath held by both sets of supporters but the kick was short and pushed to the right of the posts. The danger was not over for Biggar however and it took a great catch from Matthew Stewart to set up the ruck ball. Guy Kelly provided an important pass to Lavery who, knowing that this would be the last play, thumped the ball over the deadball line. The whistle was the cue for celebrations for the Biggar XV to begin.

 

Massive disappointment for all at Highland but they were particularly gracious in defeat. There were several who were in the mix for man-of-the-match. Prop Donald Voas just came out in second to eventual winner and fellow front rower Ewan Stewart who won several very important turnover balls at crucial times in the match and who bravely played on despite a corker of a black eye!

 

A huge thank you from the squad to the fantastic Biggar support! Over 60 made the 380 mile round trip to support their team while dozens of others made good use of Highland’s ‘streaming’ of the match.

 

Special mention to 2nd XV coach Andrew Howatson who, after finding out that his own game was postponed, jumped in the car and headed north by himself to witness the match. Not content with being there he immediately helped out with touchline duties. Fantastic Biggar spirit!

 

Great too, to catch up with former BRFC Treasurer Bill Mitchell. As touch judge for a 2nd XV match between Highland and RAF Kinloss to be played after the 1st XV match, Bill and his pal offered to run the line for the 1st XV match as well!

 

Biggar now prepare for this weekend’s match against Glasgow Accies. They are much bruised from the Highland encounter but as sore were the numerous friction burns from the 3G carpet with knees, elbows and hips all scraped. Check the match photographs for the detail! Preparations were put on hold following Tuesda's snow. Fingers crossed the weather relents before the weekend....

 

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, F, Carrosi, E. Stewart, D. Voas, J. Orr, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, D. Dinnen, R. Moffat, E. Bogle

 

Biggar’s 2nd XV suffered a late cancellation of their match against Cartha with the Glasgow sides pitch failing a second pitch inspection at 10am.

The Colts match against Currie was cancelled on Friday evening.


BRFC 2nd XV run Accies close

Biggar 2nds 7 Edin Accies 21


On the neighbouring 2nd XV pitch Biggar 2nds hosted runaway Reserve League leaders Edinburgh Accies.
Biggar had lost their match in Edinburgh by some 48-3, this a fairly big score but dwarfed by others the Edinburgh XV have run up this season.


Despite taking the game by the scruff of the neck, Biggar fell behind to 2 first half Accies tries.


The hosts claimed a great try in the second half, Andrew Muir touching the ball down and Craig McDonald converting, but while they enjoyed some long periods of possession and territory they were unable to add to that 7 point tally.
For their part and much to their relief, Accies finally scored a 3rd try to put the issue, with just minutes remaining on the clock, beyond doubt. This goes down not only as a very good game of rugby, but also as one of Accies toughest tests.


Biggar currently occupy 6th spot in their league. Quite where they would be if they could field a settled XV for any sort of prolonged period of time, is anyone’s guess. As it was there were no fewer than 3 Colts in the 2nd XV, the Colts having been let down by a very late call-off from Stewartry and therefore without a game.


The youngsters all played exceptionally well as did Craig McDonald in the three-quarters and Stevie Campbell in the pack.


Colt Fin Barr took the man-of-the-macth award.


Biggar 1st XV maintain their winning run

Biggar 69 Whitecraigs 7

Another 5-point league win for Biggar and some wrongs righted after the first encounter which saw Whitecraigs run Biggar close at 22-20. There was perhaps not a lot between the two teams at the end of that first encounter and the Glasgow side are still one of only two clubs to run in 2 tries against Biggar, but on Saturday the visitors were some distance behind their hosts across the board in terms of fitness, skill and tenacity.

 

Having just broken the 600 ‘points for’ barrier Biggar now find themselves on the cusp of breaching the 700 mark, not something they have ever done before….whether Highland will allow that landmark score to be achieved however is highly unlikely!

 

There were changes again for this match with Guy Kelly, Jamie Orr and Lewis Stewart all unavialable through injury/illness but Orr’s absence paved the way for a recall of stalwart Alan Warnock who again proved his value with a huge performance in attack and defence. He was one of several players to be in the frame for man-of-the-match, Chris Mulligan, Ross Bradford and Gregor Stewart the others, with the vote eventually going to the latter who looked full of running and who carried and defended well throughout.

 

There will be a headache for the coaching team with all desperate to make the long trip to Inverness on Saturday for the clash with second placed Highland.

 

Very sadly the Highland club postponed all their matches at the weekend following the very sudden death of Alisdair ‘Porky’ Wemyss, a past player and currently one of their coaches. A real rugby man and a great character he was well-liked and much-respected by many at Biggar. Biggar has passed on its condolences to Porky’s family and to the Highland club.

 

Back to the match:

Biggar, as one might expect from the scoreline, were seldom troubled by the Glasgow outfit although all credit to them because even at the end of the match when their cause was well and truly run they kept battling on, running penalties as they sought another score to gain some form of last word. That they did not manage that score was down to Biggar’s solid defence which was again up to the mark and meant that any yards gained were hard won.

 

Any ball lost in contact or any loose kicking was punished via Biggar’s electric counter attack which saw several scores emanating from Biggar’s half when a combination of speed of thought and swiftness of pass split both the initial and then the cover defence. Cracking stuff to watch and with a very pleasingly busy touchline, many were on hand to enjoy the action and Biggar’s win.

 

After a confident start in which they largely monopolised possession, Biggar ran in their first score after 5 minutes, Conor Lavery cleverly controlling with his feet an equally clever grubber kick from Iain Renwick. Matthew Stewart was just short with the conversion.

 

Whitecraigs benefited from a number of penalty awards throughout the game – the final count was 10-3 – but in contrast to the first match when ‘Craigs used similar awards to put Biggar under pressure, the Biggar effort at both scrum and lineout meant that ‘Craigs were unable to get quality ball and possession from any source.

 

Ross Bradford ran in Biggar’s second score, he taking a pass on a classic 2 on 1 with prop Donald Voas who in turn had been set free after a neat Robbie Lavery off-load. Stewart kicked the conversion – his first of 6 - for 12-0.

 

Whitecraigs fielded a massive pack and playing to this strength they recorded a good score with Andrew Paterson getting the credit for the try although the pack, with a series of pick and drives, paved the way through the Biggar defence, which for once was found wanting. The conversion, kicked by Graham Murchie, made the score 12-7 and doubtless gave the visitors some confidence.

 

This was short-lived however as within 10 minutes Biggar scored their 3rd try, Chris Milligan taking yet another crash ball to bounce over from 5m. The flanker was at his dynamic best, making good yards from every carry and proving water-tight in defence. Stewart’s conversion took the score to 19-7 and he was also successful with the conversion to the next and bonus point winning try which was again credited to Milligan, this a long range effort from some 40 metres.

 

There were barely 30 minutes of the match played and things didn’t get much better for the visitors as Conor Lavery and then Declan Dinnen both crossed before half time, Stewart’s conversions taking Biggar clear at 36-5.

 

The second half began with a rare error, a knock-on, from Warnock but within minutes normal service was resumed as Bradford crossed for his second try. This emanated following the knock on. After Biggar had managed to turn the screw in the scrum to take a ball against the put in, No 8 Ross Jackson made a great break before putting in a fine grubber kick which put the visiting fullback under all sorts of pressure. Ball won was spun wide where Bradford took the ball to cross for his second and his 14th of the season to date.

 

Biggar then made several changes. David Reive came off to be replaced by Euan Bogle who came on as winger, Iain Renwick (another to make good yards with every carry), moving from there to take over at scrum half. Gregor Stewart made way for Ryan Moffat around the same time.

 

Peacock then made his mark, he latching on to a pop pass from Ewan Stewart who had tidied up a poor ‘Craigs lineout.

 

The hooker then made way for Milligan whose place in the back row was taken by Dinnen.

 

The final change saw Paul Davidson replace Franco Carossi.

 

As the game wore on so did ‘Craigs tire, their large pack having taken a fair pounding in the tight and coming off second best in the loose as well.

 

Euan Sanderson was the next to score, the skipper rounding off another fine move with some really good passing at pace.

 

Peacock then scored his second try, Conor Lavery’s break and neat off-load in the tackle giving the big second row the simplest of tasks to run in from some 5 metres.

 

The final score fell to Bogle who was given a sniff at the line from a well-timed pass from Robbie Lavery. The youngster crossed at the corner but kicked a wonderful conversion from far out to complete Biggar’s 69 point tally.

 

Every player made an impact on Saturday with Dinnen and Carossi playing arguably their best matches so far and with all others contributing positively. Credit to the squad and to coaches Mercer, Wilson and Fleming. Indeed Wilson only returned from an extended school break to austarlia on Friday night. He was on hand to take school rugby on Saturday morning before making his way to Biggar for the 2pm kick off.

 

Biggar will not have it their own way this coming Saturday as they travel to take on second placed Highland. It is believed that the Inverness-based side has not had any competitive rugby since prior to Christmas and the expectation is that they might be a tad ring-rusty. That means very little however as they are undeafted at home so far this season, their two losses being to Falkirk and Biggar. They will also be very determined to record a win to properly mark the memory of their late coach Porky.

 

There is likely to be a large travellig Biggar support making their way to Inverness and many thanks in advance from the club for that support. Shout loud and clear!

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, R. Stewart, G. Stewart, I Renwick, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, A. Warnock, D. Dinnen, C. Mulligan, E. Sanderson, R. Jackson

Reps: P. Davidson, A. Peacock, R. Moffat, E. Bogle.


Biggar 1sts start 2019 with a win

Falkirk 5 Biggar 45

Biggar made a dream start to 2019 with a comprehensive win over hosts Falkirk. The 7-1 try count was not really reflective of the control enjoyed by Biggar although the Falkirk XV deserve great credit for their efforts, particularly in the opening exchanges when they attacked well and retained possession much better than Biggar.

 

The festive excesses clearly had an impact on the match with both teams making errors a-plenty, passes lacking the accuracy of the games before Christmas break and reactions a tad slow. There were pleasing signs for both sides however, Falkirk in the way they looked to play the match – the loss of centre Connor Faulds with a hamstring pull a significant loss as he unlocked the Biggar defence on a couple of occasions – while Biggar managed to maintain a tight defensive unit as has been the case throughout this campaign with a couple of very promising Falkirk attacks nullified via the speed of the defensive line and the strength of their tackle.

 

Biggar selected a familiar XV save for the absence of Rowan Stewart and Robbie Orr who were both unavailable but such is the strength of the squad that they were hardly missed.

 

The opening exchanges as suggested saw Falkirk enjoy good possession and territory but their first real assault on the Biggar line ended as Jamie Orr made a timely interception to take play swiftly away from the danger area. Subsequent handling errors put the Falkirk side under further pressure although a good line drive which was Biggar’s first close encounter with the Falkirk line ended as the referee deemed the rolling maul to be a case of obstruction. This allowed Falkirk stand off Duncan Tompkins the opportunity to kick clear.

 

Another line drive with flanker Chris Mulligan in the van was eventually brought down but with possession retained Biggar stand off Conor Lavery drifted through the splintered Falkirk defence for a try under the posts and one which was converted by Matthew Stewart for a 7-0 lead.

 

With a quarter of the match gone it was hoped that this would be the score to help settle the Biggar effort however the game was still a tad scrappy at this stage with passes still missing their target and with neither side able to really get the control they desired.

 

On the half hour mark Biggar doubled their lead after winger Ross Bradford glided through the Falkirk defence to set up a fine attacking position. Matthew Stewart and Orr continued the good work which spawned ball for Lavery who freed Ross Jackson for Biggar’ second, again converted by Matthew Stewart.

 

Prop Donald Voas was the next to cross his powerful run from some 30 metres seeing the big man go round, through and over the stretched Falkirk defence for a well-deserved try in the corner. Just too wide for the conversion.

 

On the stroke of half time Falkirk struck for their try. A penalty which was advanced for chat set the hosts up for a lineout close to the Biggar try line. This saw ball driven by the pack before play was spread right where the Faulds brothers combined well with a neat off load from Conor seeing fullback Glen cross in the corner, just too wide for the conversion.

 

Half time with Biggar 19-5 ahead.

 

Given the lay off this was probably as good a score as Biggar could have expected although there was ample room for improvement. Scoring points is the aim of the game with any score either side of half time arguably the ‘best’ time to score. Having conceded a try just before the break, it was important from a Biggar point of view to keep Falkirk out on the resumption of play.

 

This they did with Conor Faulds’ retiral easing their cause. After the match he was happy to report that the injury was not too serious.

 

With less than 10 minutes of the half gone Biggar struck again to claim their 4th and bonus point winning try, this going to Lavery. As in the first half a penalty and line drive created the position which saw Biggar camp in the Falkirk 5m area. Several attempts to cross the line were thwarted but with the defence stretched Lavery was again able to glide through untouched to dot down for a try for 24-5.

 

Biggar began to ring the changes, Guy Kelly replaced by Franco Carossi and then Declan Dinnen by Andrew Peacock. Both had worked hard in the set piece, had carried well and both had worked hard in defensive as well. Lewis Stewart was next on, the youngster taking over from skipper Euan Sanderson anothet to have shone up well.

 

The restart to Lavery’s try saw Falkirk enjoy some territory and they put together an excellent offensive effort which had the Biggar defence under real pressure. This aspect of the Biggar game has been significant this season however and this was again the case with all showing great determination to keep Falkirk out. With ball spread left it was the outstretched hand of Bradford which put paid to the hosts attack and Biggar’s winger, having gone for the interecption and having juggled the ball before tucking it under his arm, set off on what was a sprint to the line some 90 metres distant. With the Falkirk backs all up in attack the Biggar man had a slight advantage but he did exceptionally well to outstrip the Falkirk cover although fullback Faulds made it a real chase and did everything bar catch him.

 

Matthew Stewarts’ conversion made it 31-5.

 

Five minutes later and it was Matthew Stewart who managed to beat the Falkirk defence and get onto the end of a very neat Lavery chip to get between the Falkirk cover for Biggar’s 6th score.

 

Biggar were now keen to increase their tally and this they should probably have done sooner save for the fact that they their accuracy let them down with the line in sight. Jamie Orr made a fantastic breenge for the line on one occasion but the Biggar support, normally so quick, was a shade late while a couple of knock-ons and penalties spoiled other attacks.

 

Gregor Stewart gave way to Ryan Moffat

 

The final score fell to Chris Mulligan who benefited from Reive’s hassling at the scrum base. The ball popped up nicely for Mulligan who, as is his wont, attacked the line at full pace to cross untouched for a try converted again by Matthew Stewart.

 

Gregor Stewart returned to the fray to take over on the wing, Iain Renwick moving to scrum half to cover for Davy Reive, who having played well all afternoon, retired with an ankle knock.

 

The final few minutes reverted to the somewhat scrappy game that had been bubbling around all afternoon. Biggar, keen to get to the magical 50 point mark were again thwarted by a determined Falkirk rearguard while the visitors made further unforced errors.

 

Biggar were delighted to take the bonus point win. There were many positives: Orr’s control at the lineout, the pack’s dominance in the scrum (even although the referee didn’t always agree) Peacock’s deft touches when on the charge, the resolute defence from all and the speed in both attack and defence. There will be some concern over an unusual uncertainity on the restart and the lack of accuracy when passing although these are most probably a result of the winter lay off rather than any lack of skill or understanding.

 

And so Biggar now prepare for the visit of Whitecraigs who did everything bar win the first encounter. They are one of only two sides to score two tries against Biggar this campaign and their scrum put Biggar’s eight under real pressure. Indeed a missed penalty was all that stood between the Glasgow side and a win.

 

Biggar stole a march on second place Highland with this win as the Inverness team were without a match on Saturday. Highland therefore have a game in hand but Biggar have the points and so there is a little added pressure on the northerners, the encounter on 19th January building up to be a mighty clash.

 

 

The 2nd XV lost out to an experienced and tough Kilmarnock Farmers XV. The match, organised by Davy Reive saw the visitors triumph by 43-22. There were some old-timers making a welcome return to action on both sides and they will doubtless be feeling the extent of their efforts today.


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

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