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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.


U16’s on the road: Border raid Part 1

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 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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