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Club News

Congratulations to those ex-Biggar players who played in Saturday’s Sarah Beaney Ladies Cup Final at Murrayfield.


The trio who were part of the winning Watsonians XV – Ellie Armstrong, Abbi Baillie and Aillie Tucker - were the happiest at the result and commiserations go to Amy Watkins who was in the Hillhead Jordanhill ranks and to their coach Aird Jardine.


This coming Sunday the Girls U18 squad travel to Murrayfield to play in the National Shield final against Hillhead Jordanhill. KO is 2.45pm and as always it would be fantastic to get a large travelling support to cheer the girls on.


Club News

Tartan Touch makes a return to Hartree Mill for season this week, Wed May 1st. Tartan Touch is a social game with the emphasis very firmly on having fun with all ages – from the youngest to the oldest and all levels of ability – from novice to gnarled veteran - all very welcome to attend.


More details will be posted on social media and in the coming weeks.


The focus is also now very firmly on Biggar RFC’s Big May weekend.

This is the club’s major fundraiser and it would be fantastic if there was a good turnout of members to any, or even all, of these events.


With just over 6 weeks to go GY would very much like to get numbers and tables organised for the Ball. To this end members should have been in receipt of an email which details everything you need to know about the event – including table numbers, menu and drink order. PLEASE try and respond to this offer and lets make this event a cracker!


There is of course masses to celebrate with the 1st XV promotion being just one part of that. Add Gold club status awarded by the SRU, Try of the Month for January and Club of the Month for January and 3 awards at the Clydesdale Sports awards plus another successful season for the Youth section with, in particular, our Boys U16’s as Scottish Cup finalists and West District Shield winners.


Big May weekend:

Fri 24th: Celebration Ball (£45)

Sat 25th Biggar Sevens (Gents and Ladies) (£7)

Sun 26th Music in the Marquee Tide Lines (£15)

Super Saver ticket £60 for ALL 3 events

S1’s travel to atke on Strathaven

Strathaven RFC 7 Biggar RFC 37.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Harry scored again, which Ander converted 0-30.


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


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


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


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


Man of the match Jonny .

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

Minis at Dalziel and Boroughmuir

On Saturday the P5’s took part in the Dalziel festival and then on Sunday the Mini Section was in action at Boroughmuir. The very good news is that the P3, P4 and P5 sides were all winners of the Boroughmuir Spirit of Rugby awards!


P5’s Dalziel festival, Sat 27th April 2019
Travelling with a squad of 9, Biggar had 6 teams to play, providing a tough challenge for the players.


From the offset, Biggar’s playwas exceptional and a credit and testament to the hard graft these players have been putting in at training.


The first game was a draw with Dalziel. It was an open running match which warmed Biggar up nicely. Next up was a win against Strathaven where Biggar continued to pass the ball well and support the ball carrier just as they do in training.


The third game against a touring Northern Ireland team resulted in a frustrating loss, with the NI opponents playing rather different rules to those in Scotland and the young ref unable to manage this very well. Enough said.


Lanark was up next and normal service was resumed with a comfortable victory.


East Kilbride always provide a hard game and so it was to be again today. It was a brilliantly competitive match, with both teams giving it their all. But for a couple of missed tackles, Biggar might just have won this one as well.


The last game was against another Dalziel team and all credit to the fitness, attitiude and ambition of our players today, Biggar finished with an easy win.


Biggar’s running and passing amongst all the players today was phenomenal and noted and commented on by many of the other coaches. Our defence today, stepped up a gear too and there will be some sore bodies tonight.


It was a very impressive display by all involved and made for a very happy Biggar camp, with players, parents and coaches almost forgetting how wet it was by the end!



Boroughmuir Tournament P5’s

The second tournament of the weekend beckoned, with a few sore bodies turning up for round 2! However, the team did not disappoint. All teams that were playing were more than capable and very experienced, but Biggar P5s looked to be in confident mood.


First up was Heriots whom Biggar beat 7-5. Normally Biggar start slow and lose, so this was very rewarding to see and get off to a good start. Next was the first of two Boroughmuir teams and a narrow defeat of 8-7 was recorded. This did not dampen enthusiasm and spirits, and the second Boroughmuir team - Boro Blue were beaten 8-6. The final game was against a very strong Stewarts Melville team which Biggar narrowly lost 6-5.


However, as is the case with most tournaments these days, whilst the results are important, what is more important is that all who turn up get a chance to play for the team and do their best. Same goes for the 'travelling support' who applauded other teams when quality rugby was on show.


In short, it was hugely pleasing that Biggar P5s were awarded the 'Spirit of Boroughmuir' for their approach and respect for each other, the opposition and not forgetting the ref (who was first class).


Sincere thanks to the team for contributing - we really are now showing the fruits of our labour and again it is very much appreciated by the other teams' coaches to commend your playing where we do not just depend on one very strong player to get us through...we all count!


Boroughmuir Festival Report P4’s

The sun was shining for an afternoon of rugby at Meggetland. Today saw the P4’s take on some tough opponents but the boys stepped up and played some good quality rugby. Throughout all the games Biggar showed confidence in their attacking rugby using all the pitch and going up the wing but also having the ability to go up the middle and take contact.


When defending Biggar still let the defensive line slip a bit but the boys are getting better at controlling their own line. Biggar were pretty strong when defending making a lot of tough tackles, and they also took advantage of loose balls and turned over quite a few balls to regain control of the game.

Scores as follows:
Boroughmuir Blue 6- 7 Biggar
Herriots Blue 4 - 4 Biggar
Boroughmuir green 7 - 12 Biggar
Melrose 5 - 4 Biggar

One of the many highlights of the day was winning the “Boroughmuir Rugby Club Spirit Of Rugby P4 Award” this was awarded to us for good sportsmanship on and off the pitch. After we won the award a representative from Boroughmuir told us he had noticed how hard our team has worked and how well they conducted themselves.

Final match played - finally!

Preston Lodge 29 Biggar 50

And so the season ends!


After 3 previous postponementts this final match was finally played and with the win Biggar achieved their target of 101 National 2 League points, a truly magnificent total and one which not even the most optimistic would not have dreamt possible at the season outset in August.


That 29 points were conceded was frustrating – this the highest number of points conceded by any opponents this season – but given that there was nothing really at stake and that the match had an ‘end of term’ feel to it this is perhaps not so surprising. In addition the markedly much more pleasant conditions (a warm sun in Prestonpans where there were only clouds and rain in Biggar) only enhanced the desire to play open rugby.


Biggar were able to field a pretty much full 1st XV save for the absence of Ewan Stewart, Davy Reive and Rowan Stewart. A very unfortunate accidental collision during the warm up involving Gregor Stewart and his brother meant that the centre lasted just a couple of minutes before being forced off the pitch. Robbie Lavery started at scrum half but with Stewart’s retiral Luhann Kutze made a long awaited return from injury to play at scrum half with Robbie Lavery moving to centre and with Conor Lavery taking over at fullback from the bench.


There was a very nice touch accorded the Biggar side as they were clapped onto the pitch by their hosts in recognition of their Champions status.


Biggar opened the scoring after just 4 minutes. The sides ability to attack from anywhere and particularly when a turnover is secured has been a feature of the Biggar play this season and so it proved on Saturday with several tries coming as their hosts had the ball in attack. A loose pass or ball spilled in contact was quickly snaffled up and with pace and angles of running the PL defence was bamboozled and found wanting.


There was a tit-for-tat spell for the best part of the match with no fewer than 13 tries scored, 4 for the hosts and 8 for Biggar.


PL kept in touch with Biggar with the half time score of 24-17 meaning that the game was still very much for the taking. An early Biggar try was immediately cancelled out by a brace from PL and so at 31-29 there was just two points sepwerating the sides. Biggar were able to up their game however and a hat-trick of tries for Matthew Stewart took them clear at 50-29. Matthew had a personal tally of 25 points and a season total of 191. This was very probably his alst game for Biggar as it his intention to move to Glasgow Hawks next season and test himself in the new Premiership.


Points on Saturday went to Ross Bradford, Kutze, Lewis Stewart, Conor Lavery, Matthew Stewart (3 tries, 5 conversions) and Ewan Sanderson.



C. Lavery, R. Bradford, G. Stewart, M. Stewart, E. Bogle, J. Barr, R. Lavery, A. Nimmo, C. Mulligan, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson (Capt), L. Stewart, R. Jackson.

Reps: D. Voas, R. Stewart, A. Howatson, L. Kutze.

U16’s Gala Sevens success

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

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

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

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

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

U16’s are West District Shield winners!

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

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

BRFC U16’s Scottish Youth Cup Final

Biggar 17 Stirling County 22

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

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

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

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




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

U18 Girls lose out in Cup

U18 Girls Club Cup 31st March 2019

Premature Exit from Cup!

Following the confusion of the first round, with so many clubs unable to field teams, the structure of this quarter final round was altered to three way ties. Biggar (last year’s champions) were matched up with Stirling and Ayr which meant that at least one of last year’s finalists would be knocked out at this early stage in the competition.


The round robin matches were to be played at Stirling however with Ayr suffering numerous “call offs” on the day and they were only able to field 10 players and, therefore, conceded. This meant that the only meaningful match was to be Stirling v Biggar. This match was to be 20 minutes each half. Stirling had a full squad of 22 players and Biggar 18 due to injury and holiday withdrawals.


The game kicked off in bright sunshine and perfect conditions for running rugby. Both teams started strongly but it was Stirling who registered the first converted try after 5 minutes. Biggar got more into the game and showed nice offloading skills to level the score after 15 minutes. However following a series of errors Stirling managed a further converted try right on the stroke of half time to give them a half time lead of 14 – 7.


The second half started very competitively but was halted after a few minutes due to a couple of serious injuries with Biggar’s Emma Orr having to come off. Biggar had to re-shuffle certain positions with Geri Kimm taking over at No.10. Following some good line breaks, Biggar scored their second try taking the score to 14 – 12.The next phase of play had errors creeping in from both sides and with Rachel Philipps leaving the field due to injury, it meant further shuffling of the Biggar line up. Stirling took advantage at this stage and despite some strong defence scored a further converted try to open the scoring out to 21 – 12. The Biggar girls continued to give their all, but a sustained Stirling attack allowed them two further scores to capture the tie. Final score was 35 – 12.


The Biggar squad were naturally very disappointed and will now drop into the shield competition although the line-up for this is equally confusing.


Try scorers - Emma Orr and Rachel Philipps. Player of the match – Rachel Philipps


We wish Emma and Rachel speedy recoveries from their injuries

Championship winners

Peebles 7 Biggar 25




A wonderful result for Biggar and one which finally clinched the National 2 Championship. For several weeks the destination of the Championship has been all but certain with it being only a very remote mathematical chance that Highland would catch Biggar and equal their League tally. Given Biggar’s massive positive points differential however it was highly unlikely that Highland would be able to take the top spot…..but it was still a possibility.


That possibility is now no more with the 4 points earned against Peebles taking Biggar clear on 96 league points and with the 100 a very real target for their last match on 13th April against Preston Lodge.



Biggar have achieved no fewer than 11 promotions in their relatively short 44 year history but only once before, in season 1984/85, have they been promoted as Champions! This then was a significant achievement and all the more so for the playing squad, none of whom have been in a 1st XV promotion winning side before. And particularly satisfying and enjoyable for 8 in the crowd who were part of Biggar’s first ever 1st XV and for the 7 who were also part of the 1985 squad who attended Saturday night’s annual dinner. CELEBRATIONS all round!


Back in October when Biggar lost their unbeaten record to Peebles, the more optimistic wondered if, when the time came, Biggar would be faced with a trip to The Gytes to secure the Championship. It was felt then, that that challenge would be an enticing yet incredibly difficult one, and so there was a good deal of nervous tension surrounding the preparations for this match given the prize.


With one exception, Franco Carrossi recovered from his rib unjury but adjudged not quite ready for a return to 1st XV duty, all others in the squad were fit – Alan Warnock, Robbie Orr and Conor Lavery recovered from midweek colds/sniffles – and so coaches Mercer, Wilson and Fleming had a difficult task to select a squad. The availability of Andrew Nimmo, who has been with Glasgow Hawks this season, but whose primary club is still Biggar, added more to this debate. In the end the youngster, who has had almost twice as much game time for Biggar than with Hawks, got the nod at loose head with Donald Voas moving to the tight side.


The rest of the squad followed similar lines to recent selections with Robbie Lavery dropping to the bench and Gregor Stewart starting at centre.


A mention must be made of the MASSIVE travelling Biggar support, surely the biggest tunrout of visiting supporters this league aghs seen for many years, if not ever. The whole cluib was represented with players and supporters of all ages and sections of the club making the trip to Peebles. What a reaction from the crowd as Biggar took the field and what a lift it gave the players who could have been forgiven for thinking that it was in fact a home match!


Played in near perfect spring-like conditions the game ensued with both sides playing an expansive game and one which entertained the crowd. Tackles were hard and there was predictably no quarter given or asked.


Biggar drew first blood when after 20 minutes Matthew Stewart kicked a penalty to put Biggar 3-0 up.


As expected at this stage Peebles had the edge in the tight with their pack disrupting the Biggar 8 in the scrum although the home lineout didn’t function just as well with ball won but not as tidily as would have been preferred.


Biggar’s cause was not helped with an injury to prop Donald Voas whose contributions both at scrum time and in the loose this season have been nothing short of immense. A suspected popped rib is a real issue for anyone but especially for a prop and so he was forced from the fray. This ended the much awaited contest between Donald and his brother Douglas who was in the Peebles squad. Replacement Paul Davidson, a natural tight head, put in a huge performance and helped Biggar secure their own ball and nip at least 3 against the head, an unusual occurrence for Peebles.


There was excitement in bucketloads with some good lines taken by both sets of backs and with kicks and chases providing real excitement.


The next score came from Club Captain Alan Warnock – a former pupil of Peebles High and no stranger to Peebles as he played at The Gytes for seveal seasons – got on the end of a great Biggar attack to score a try which Matthew Stewart was just unable to convert.


A second penalty gave Biggar a half time lead at 11-0.


The opening exchanges fo the second period saw Biggar scrum half Davy Reive shown a yellow for preventing fair release. Down to 14 men this 10 minute spell was significant though try as they did Peebles were unable to make the extra man count as the Biggar defence, already a huge factor in this season’s successes, again stood firm. Time and again tackles were made with all contributing to the cause and with Peebles given scant time to play without being under very real pressure.


The game was won on the back of two Peebles attacks which misfired, this again as much to do with Biggar pressure as any perceived Peebles errors. The first saw Ross Bradford, in typical style and certainly not for the first time this campaign, snaffle an interception pass from Peebles stand off Donald Anderson to run home from half way. Another Anderson pass shortly afterwards fell in similar fashion to Gregor Stewart who also ran in from long range. In a season when his younger brother has scored a club record 20 tries, this was particualrly sweet for the centre as this was his first of the season! Matthew Stewart (no relation!) kicked the conversions to both these scores to put Biggar ahead and effectively out of sight.


It looked as though Biggar would keep a clean sheet – which in itself would have been cause for celebration – but Peebles winger Scott Stoddart made amends when, and with only seconds remaining, he latched on to a speculative pass from Conor Lavery to beat the Biggar chase for a try. A stramash ensued as Biggar’s replacement winger Iain Renwick slid into Stoddart as he scored.


The conversion by Anderson was successful and as Biggar believed that referee Gardner’s whistle signalled fulltime there was much celebration from the Biggar squad who were joined on the pitch by the bench. This was short-lived however as the whistle was in fact to signal a penalty restart to Peebles on half way!


Peebles put together a series of phases but an error ended the contest to allow the real celebrations to begin!


There was some very real and raw emotion from Biggar players, coaches and supporters alike and which set things up perfectly for the senior dinner at Hartree Mill later in the evening. Fair play to the Peebles players who had the unenviable task of watchingthe celebrations unfold on their pitch. Not an easy task but one which they carried out admirably and in good spirit – such is rugby!


Many congratulations to Biggar’s coaching staff, Playing Convenors, physios and back up staff all of whom have contributed SO much to this season. Primarily however, congratulations to the senior playing group, every one of which has worked so tirlesssly to develop their fitness, skills and game understanding. It has all been more than worthwhile and has created memories for Biggar RFC which will last forever.



R. Orr, R. Bradford, G. Stewart, M. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, A. Nimmo, E. Stewart, D. Voas, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson (Capt), C. Mulligan, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, P. Davidson, R. Lavery, I. Renwick.


Biggar’s 2nd XV were scheduled to travel to take on Kelso on Saturday but were disappointed when the Border side were in touch to say that they were unabel to field a side.


This was rotten news for the Biggar XV who were primed for the match which they needed to win to be sure of avoiding relegation.


The 28-0 score does just that however and promotes the side to 6th place in the division with 2 games remaining.


A bonus was that the squad, many of whom have had 1st XV action this season were on hand at Peebles to watch the 1sts and join in with the celebrations.

Ladies host Wigtonshire in thrilling match

Ladies Rugby is currently one of THE fastest growing sports in the UK. With that in mind, Biggar RFC is desperately looking to increase the Ladies playing squad numbers. Next season the Ladies will play in a proper SRU led league and there will be a real need for a larger playing pool.


There are several girls who will be making the transition to the senior game but a side with a balance of youth and expereince is the best answer. Coach Mark Senter will be on hand to provide excellent advice and coaching for all aspiring players.


If you are at all interested - regardless of experience - then please get along to Hartree Mill on either (preferably both!) Monday and/ir Wednesday evenings (sharp 7pm start).


Ladies v Wigtonshire

Also at home were the Ladies XV who played Wigtonshire with new coach Mark Senter at the helm. Another sizeable crowd thoroughly enjoyed the match which was one of two halves due to the very strong wind beating down the length of the pitch.


Biggar are still struggling a little with numbers but a series of phone calls and text messages led to a handful of players pitching up to field a full XV although rather embarassingly Biggar played the first 5 minutes or so with 16 players on the pitch! By that time the score was 7-5 to ‘Shire.


Among those who answered the call was Julia Miller (nee Howatson) who made a return to action after some 15 years absence and LOVED it!


‘Shire added 2 more tries before the break and led 19-5 at half time.


Playing with the wind on their backs helped Biggar a lot after half time and it seemed only a matter of time until they scored. With barrowloads of territory and possession Biggar were however beaten back and held up by some stout ‘Shire defence. They were actually over the line on at least 4 occasions but couldn’t get the ball down.


Biggar did eventually score however and took the lead with just minutes to go and by the narrowest of margins at 20-19!


‘Shire had hardly escaped from their own half of the pitch in this second period and with Biggar well up in attack as the seconds ticked away it looked as though Biggar would sneak the win.


Sport throws up some real cruel plays however and so it was this time round as the 'Shire scrum half, who had had a good overall game, broke through Biggar’s defence to run some 60m for what was, especially when converted, the winning score.


A great advert for the Ladies game however and coach Senter must have travelled home in the knowledge that he has a great nucleous of players to work with.


Biggar points: Megan McCarry, Bria Boyd, Rebecca Clark, Ioni McPherson.

Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Youth rugby

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


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


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


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



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




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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

1st XV tajke another step towards the Championship

Biggar 52 GHK 5

Biggar took another step closer to the Division 2 Championship with this 8 try to 1 win over Glasgow side GHK.


That Highland conquered Lasswade with an all important bonus point win means that the celebrations are on hold for another week at least as Biggar require a minimum of one more point to secure the title. It takes a brave man to predict any local derby result but the stakes are now upped given that Peebles are still the only side to have beaten Biggar this season and that they would dearly love to make that a double and stymie Biggar’s championship celebrations!


A big week ahead!

Playing away from the clubhouse and in front of a very good crowd, Biggar and GHK opened up strongly and the early passages of play were long and at times frantic as players sought to run possession wherever possible rather than kick. Dropped passes and good defence prevented any scoring.


Both sides were relatively successful in gaining good yards although neither were able to breech their opponents line until, that is, the 10th minute when Matthew Stewart made a great run to the line after being set free by stand off Conor Lavery who had gained possession from Robbie Orr. The youngster, who was imperious at full back, was making his last appearance at Biggar this season as he sets off for NZ next weekend for 6 months. He flies out to join Ali Steele who left Biggar in February and is playing with Tairu RFC in North Island. What wonderful opportunities for today’s youth!


Matthew Stewart added the conversion for his try but it was not long before GHK replied, their lineout and driving maul working well to take play within metres of the Biggar line. A series of close pick and go’s followed before prop Andrew McCulloch eventually got over the line for a good score. This tactic might have provided more points had they been able to use it more often but possession dried up somewhat after this score.


As it was, not only did GHK score but an altercation after the try saw Biggar centre Robbie Lavery shown a yellow card. Reduced to 14 men there was worse to come as referee Stuart Burns restarted the match with a GHK penalty on halfway.


Another Matthew Stewart break promised much but a penalty award for holding allowed GHK to clear.


Biggar prop Donald Voas has been in fine form of late and this continued on Saturday when on at least 3 occasions he made huge line breaks on the wing, showing some excellent accelaration and speed in the process and proving very difficult to stop.


After the 2nd of these bursts possession was retained and a neat inside pass from Conor Lavery to winger Rowan Stewart saw the youngster slice through the GHK defence for a fine try – his 20th of the season and a club record to boot. Matthew Stewart’s conversion made it 14-5.


A team has to work really hard when a man down to keep their line intact and so it was a real triumph for Biggar to have scored a try of their own during this period.


Lots of possession followed for Biggar but against the stiff breeze they struggled to make further inroads until, that is, the final minute of the half, when, after several promising forays, Robbie Orr made a fantastic run down the clubhosue side of the pitch, evading at least 4 would be tacklers in the process to crash over in the corner. A fantastic solo effort but just too wide for the conversion. Half time then was 19-5 to Biggar.


While many were more than happy with this advantage the coaching staff were less pleased and set Biggar back out to aim for a much greater convserion rate from possession to points.


It seemed that things were to start really well as Chris Mulligan made good a turnover to sprint over the line but referee Burns blew instead for a GHK penalty. The immediate danger was cleared but it was not long before Biggar were back on the attack, Voas getting the credit after yet another destructive touchline breenge. Matthew Stewart kicked an excellent touchline conversion for 26-5.


Biggar beagn to ring the changes with Guy Kelly the first to give way, his place taken by Paul Davidson who made an immediate impact in making an excellent turnover.


Tries were to come at fairly regular intervals now as Biggar increased the pace of the match and as GHK tired in the face of continually having to defend. Next up was that man Voas – again - who collected his second after (another) touchline run, though this time his final charge for the line was aided and abetted by fullback Robbie Orr who put his shoulder behind his prop to drive him over the line. James Orr then made way for Andrew Peacock, another who announced his presence in the best possible manner, the big man latching on to another Lavery pass to sprint clear and past the stretched GHK defence with a neat change of pace for a fantastic try, converted by Matthew Stewart.


Conor Lavery then made a schoolboy error in thinking he had actually scored before he touched the ball down, it squirting clear and rightly adjudged as having been knocked on.


Skipper Euan Sanderson rounded off another passage of play deep in the GHK half with a good score. Matthew Stewart’s conversion was followed swiftly by his second score and then his 6th conversion, a well-timed pass from replacement Gregor Stewart setting him free and over the line for the try.


All Biggar could and had to do was win the match, preferably with a 4-try bonus so from that point of view at least it was a case of mission accomplished. The news from Lasswade was relatively predictable and so the SRU Rep Graham Scott who was on duty with the Cup should Highland have tripped up, will be back at Peebles on Saturday to – hopefully - carry out the honours then.



R. Orr, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. G. Kelly, J. Orr, A. Warnock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, P. Davidson, G. Stewart, I. Renwick.



Saturday saw the end of an era as Davy Reive played his last 1st XV home match. Given the honour of leading the side out onto the pitch, this was clearly an emotional moment for the Biggar stalwart. A fiesty competitor whose experience is difficult to quantify he has been ever-present in the Biggar ranks for some 12 years and has contributed masses to the club.

A bad attack of cramp prevented him from leading the team off at the end of the match but he can hold his head high and he will be sorely missed next season. He does have one more match remaining however and if selected he will be buzzing to get onto The Gytes pitch against Peebles.



A massive thank you from all at Biggar RFC for the huge turnout of support for Saturday’s match. The touchlines were full and helped greatly in making it an occasion for the players and the club as a whole.

The Mini and Youth players also turned out in numbers to make a guard of honour which again was very much appreciated by the players. Of Saturday’s 1st XV squad no fewer than 15 from the 19 came all the way through the Biggar Youth system having played at Mini, Youth and Colts level before graduating to the senior game – a tremendous conversion and retention rate envied by many clubs around the country.
Many came early to take in the Colts match prior to the 1st XV match and to make a day of it.

Once again, all support is so very much appreciated

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


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!




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.



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!



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!



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....




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!




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.

Gold Club Results Sept 2018

September Winners

£250   -   76   Robert Paterson
£100   -   234   Robert Allen
£100   -   132   Doug Ward
£100   -   311   Simone McKeand
£100   -   124   George Kay
£100   -   277   Jennifer Tweedie

6th October
£250   -   269   Robert Cormack

£100   -   28    Colin Robison

£100   -   27   Lorraine Murray Lawrie

£100   -   322  Helen Thornborrow

£100   -   319   Andy Manock

£100   -   157   Robin McCalpine

27th October
£250   -   222   Davina Howatson

£100   -   136   David Murray

£100   -   75    Frazer Andrews

£100   -   281   Tom Sanderson

£100   -   212   Gareth Cathcart

£100   -   257   Derek Anderson


November 2018

£250     319   -    Andy Manock

£100     96     -    Shona Dale
£100     2       -    John Lawrie
£100     179   -   Ted & Frances Gordon
£100     259   -   Robert Stokes
£100     195   -   Ewan McAlpine

December 2018

£250     146   -  Colin Hynes
£100     75    -   Frazer Andrews
£100     26   -    Willie lawrie
£100     317  -   Mrs Johnny Bogle
£100     143  -   John Renwick
£100     36    -   Kid Currie
£100     111  -   Mary Dunlop


January 2019

£250   -   208   Jenny Drife
£100   -   245   Emma Robertson
£100   -   227   Andrew Baillie
£100   -   64     James Drife
£100   -   303   John Bogle
£100   -   87     Tom Struthers

February 2019

£250   -   107   Robert Paterson
£100   -   216   John Sands
£100   -   1       Bob Drife
£100   -   281   Tom Sanderson
£100   -   146   Colin Hynes
£100   -   285   James Wallace

March 2019

£250   -   254   Kevin Wilson
£100   -   87     Tom Struthers
£100   -   302   David Raftery
£100   -   256   John Colgan
£100   -   124   John Kay
£100   -   269   Robert Cormack



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Club News

Some snippets of news


S1’s travel to atke on Strathaven

S1 v Strathaven


Minis at Dalziel and Boroughmuir

A successful weekend rugby


Final match played - finally!

Biggar met PL for their last match of this campaign


U16’s Gala Sevens success

Another chapter in the U16's calendar


U16’s are West District Shield winners!

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


BRFC U16’s Scottish Youth Cup Final

A great advert for rugby


U18 Girls lose out in Cup

Biggar ran out of luck against Stirling


Championship winners

Biggar finally secured the National 2 Championship on Saturday


Ladies host Wigtonshire in thrilling match

Biggar Ladies host Wigtonshire


Mini and Youth rugby update Mar 24th 2019

Reports as received


1st XV tajke another step towards the Championship

A bonus point win takes the club a step closer to the Championship


Scotland U18 Girls

BRFC had 4 girls in the Scotland U18 squad which travelled south to Preston last weekend.


Biggar Youth v BATS

Biggar Youth v BATS


Triangularr matches for Biggar Minis

Biggar Minis welcomed Musselburgh and Lasswade to Hartree Mill


Minis at Dumfries

Biggar visit Dumfries at Mini level


U16’s at Melrose: Scottish Cup

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


Biggar triumph at Accies

Another 5 point bonus win against Glasgow Accies


Biggar win top of the table battle

Biggar v Highland - small margins


BRFC 2nd XV run Accies close

A terrific performance from Biggar 2nds


Biggar 1st XV maintain their winning run

Whitecraigs suffer as Biggar run in 11 tries


Biggar 1sts start 2019 with a win

The 1sts welcomed the New Year with another 5-pointer


Gold Club Results Sept 2018

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