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Biggar Colts lose out to Bulls

Bulls Lead the charge at Hartree Mill

 

A tough derby loss to South Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton Bulls today for the Biggar under 18’s as they were well beaten by a fine display of attacking rugby. The first 10 minutes were a tight affair with only a Hamilton penalty to show for either side. Biggar then seemed to switch off and allow Hamilton to run at them and break the gain line on a consistent basis. This was to prove to be their downfall as the Bulls ran in 4 unanswered tries to lead 31 – 0 at half time.

 

Biggar started the second half well and really took the game to Hamilton in the early stages. It looked like they might start to claw back their lead but with only 14 on the park due to a late first half indiscretion, the Bulls managed to exploit a gap and score again much to the frustration of a large home support.

 

This seemed to galvanise the team and led to the best spell of the match for the home team with Seth Jamieson to the fore. The big number 8 scored 2 tries in quick succession. The first one following a great break from Jack Balkwill and Finn Barr. The second one from a good bit of power from the forward pack with Seth showing great strength to drive over the line.

 

This gave the home favourites some hope and a real battle was beginning to brew. Unfortunately the Bulls upped their game too and scored another 2 tries to quell any fightback hopes.

 

Seth was to have the final word for Biggar as he completed the scoring and his hat-trick in fine style driving well into the bulls defence and over for another good score.

 

Full time Biggar 21 – Hamilton 50

 

Not a great day at the office for Biggar Colts today. Some great flashes of play and real effort but some basics being missed let the Bulls dominate the game. Still some real positives to take from the game. Seth scoring three great tries deserves great credit for his strength and determination. Three new Colts were also capped today. Callum McCallum played well at 10 and will clearly help increase the options in the backs. James Walker came on in the second half and made some really good tackles and disrupted the Bulls ball well and Louis Henderson came on in the front row and did well against a very big Hamilton pack.


Colts and Youth update

On Saturday the Colts travelled to Stirling County. They played well but still lost out by 53-14.

 

Biggar’s Youth sides were also pitched against Stirling who as is so often the case proved to be too strong for the local side.

The U16’s lost their unbeaten record going down by 62-12 while there were defeats for all the other age groups.

S1’s lost 24-8

S2’s by some 6 tries to 4

U15’s was turned into a development match after stirling reached the requiste 50

U16’s by 62-12.

The Shogun Conference is now suspended for the October weeks and so there is some ‘respite’ for the Youth sides who face Currie this coming weekend.


Colts v West

Colts Lose Battle to West at Hartree Mill

 

Another tough game at Hartree Mill for the U18’s this week with West of Scotland the visitors. In a game punctuated by ill-discipline and a number of large scale skirmishes the team that kept their heads were always going to come out on top. As it was West showed a great deal of nouse in dealing with the charged atmosphere to win the game 41-7.

 

A great try from Will Kelly was the highlight of the game for the Rams. An initial break from Cameron Snell worked Biggar into the West 22. A number of rumbling forward phases with Hugo Baillie, Harry Archibald and Seth Jamieson in particular making ground into the West 5m area and leading to a penalty on the 5m line. A quick tap and Will barrelled over. With Rhys kicking the conversion Biggar had an early lead of 7-3.

 

It was a tight affair for the remainder of the first half. West Scored an unconverted try to lead 8-7 and right on the half time whistle, Biggar had them pinned in their 22. Some great play from Hayden marshalling his forwards and Cammy working the backs gave Biggar a real chance to take the lead at half time. Unfortunately a decision to go left instead of right led to the ball being lost to West who stormed up the pitch to score.

 

Half time Biggar 7 –WoS 15

 

In the second half, West ran in 4 unanswered tries to take the game with a comfortable score line but this was not a fair reflection on the way that Biggar played. Some great runs from Ethan Webb had West in all sorts of trouble. Cameron Gray, Drew Brewster and Jack Balkwill also got the West defence turned and looked to be in on more than one occasion but a last gasp tackle or misplaced pass meant that a second score remained elusive.

 

Full Time Biggar 7 – WoS 41

 

A frustrating afternoon for followers of the home team. A keenly contested first half which just ran away from Biggar in the second half. Communication was better and a good work ethic across the team definitely on show for all and deserved a couple more tries in return. Real positivity from captain Rhys Thompson behind the posts too - urging more from all of his team - was good to hear.


Colts in another toughie against Boroughmuir

The Colts were in action at Hartree Mill but they lost out to an in form Boroughmuir XV by 76-0

Biggar beaten by Boroughmuir.

A tough shift for the rams who welcomed the current under 18 Conference leaders to Hartree Mill on Saturday. A final score of Biggar 0 – Muir 76 shows it was a one-sided affair and sometimes when the game goes against you you just have to try and pick out the positives. This was, most definitely, one of those days.

 

It’s all too easy for heads to go down and feel that you don’t belong in these games. My view from the stand is that this could not be further from the truth. There is no doubt that ‘Muir are a good side but Biggar have a real core of great players. Determination in spades, courage by the bucket-load and decent amounts of skill too. Every single young man in red and black showed these attributes in varying amounts on Saturday and every single one of you needs to look inside yourselves and see where you can give more. Look at your team mates and see what they are doing. Look for the positives not just the negatives.

 

Hayden Muir is a great example – he’s played 5 positions in 4 games so far this season. In every game he has stepped up and shone. Saturday was no exception. He stepped in at 9 having only had a couple of training sessions there and did himself proud. Great spirit and dedication.

 

Cameron Snell stepped up on Saturday and into the no 10 Shirt to form a brand new partnership with Hayden. It was rocky at times but given the Half Back pairing had only had about 3 or 4 hours of practice it was a great first effort.

 

Finlay Stewart is another example of courage and determination. Playing with an injury but stepping up time and again to play though it and still making tackles and runs. It would be easier to walk off the pitch and say I’m not doing it than it is to carry on.

 

Harry Low positive throughout the game, making some great tackles and big runs and still chasing down the ‘Muir attack in the 70th minute making a great tap tackle to try and stop a try.

 

Will Kelly constantly demanding the ball in the tight areas of the pitch, taking collisions again and again and sometimes not making the yardage that the contact deserved. This didn’t stop him putting himself in the firing line and taking more contact.

 

There were positives all over the pitch. These need to be the area of focus and development going forwards. Everyone makes a mistake it’s the reaction to a mistake that is important. Focus on the effort that the person made to get into that position in the first place and more positive outcomes will be the result.

 

Keep working hard. It will come!!


Shogun results

The Colts and Youth sections were all in action in Inverness at the weekend.

First up were the Colts who unfortunately lost out by 42-22.

U13’s 24-12 defeat

U14’s 30-0 defeat

U15’s No team

U16’s 50-0 winners


Shogun update 3rd Sept

Biggar Colts

Frustration in the Ayr at Hartree Mill

Biggar Colts took to the field for their first home game of the 2018/19 season against Ayr/Wellington a Hartree Mill on Saturday.

 

An intriguing game with the visitors running out 35-0 winners but the score line did not really reflect the game. Indeed for long spells Biggar would dominate the visitors only for a decisions to cost them dearly at a crucial point. To be fair to Ayr, they defended doggedly and took their chances which is the sign of a good team.

 

Scrums would be the big talking point of the first half with the first 2 Ayr scores coming from scrum penalties. To the amateur observer the scrums seemed to be working well but to the referee Biggar were driving squint. Having reset one or two early on, Biggar were then penalised at almost every resultant scrum in the first half. A third Ayr try came following an in goal flash point that resulted in a yellow card for Drew Brewster and a 5m penalty to Ayr. Ayr spun the ball wide quickly whilst Biggar were still adjusting and went over for the score.

 

The second half and the scrums settled a little but by then the damage had been done. Biggar again had Ayr under huge amounts of pressure but couldn’t get over the line. Ayr defended well and would break well scoring a further 2 converted tries to win it 35-0.

 

There is no doubt that Ayr are a good side and on balance they did deserve to win this game but it should have been a whole lot closer than 35-0. Biggar can take heart from some really good strong running again from Drew Brewster, Euan Barr and Finn Barr, Some outstanding tackling from Dan McConkey, Harry Low and Cameron Gray and a special mention to Aaron for a superb tackle on the speedy Ayr winger. Out wide the Ayr man got around him and although he was still in the Biggar half, he thought he was away for a score. Aaron got a great tap on his ankle to take him down and into touch for a Biggar Line-out. Excellent defence!!

 

Final word to Rhys Thompson for realising an ambition to play at 10. I can’t imagine many hookers can make the transition from 2 to 10 but he answered the emergency call. Well done for stepping up and a great effort.

 

 

U16s v Ayr

The U16s second game was against one of last season’s strongest teams Ayr. The 2 teams met for the first time of the 18/ 19 season  on  a warm windy day at Hartree Mill.

 

This was a physical and bruising contest and for the first 18 minutes nothing separated the 2 teams but then with Biggar pressurising the Ayr try line a simple pass was intercepted and the Ayr player ran 90m  to dot down under the posts.

 

Having been nearly on top but now set back it’s at times like these we see if a team has character. Well the boys got right back up to the Ayr try line from the kick off and after a couple of rucks wide left on the 5 m line, scrum half Archie Damer spotted the gap and dived over the line for Biggar U16s first home points of the season, Callum McCallum converted.

 

The game was played in the midfield for the next 10 minutes until Biggar worked up the field setting a number of rucks again on the Ayr 5 m line. Following an Ayr infringement a quick tap and go penalty from Biggars No 8 Sam Taylor saw him over and under the posts for a try also converted by Callum McCallum. The last 5 minutes of the half saw Ayr pressure the Biggar line but strong defence and good game management saw the half finish 14 – 7  

 

The second half started with the strong wind now at  Biggars back and with the plan to play the game in the right areas. This worked well for the first 5 minutes where Biggar pinned Ayr back to their line but a loose chip kick saw Ayr’s 10  arc wide and attack down the left wing with a pass to their flying winger providing Ayr with a second breakaway try under the posts.

 

Following this Biggar worked up the pitch to win a scrum in the 22 wide on the right. The next play started left with a carry from Rhys Campbell at centre before Lewis Campbell spun the ball wide for Callum Yardley to pop to Arron Millar for a fine wingers try.

 

Biggars next try came from a rather frenetic period of kicks and returns followed by some direct runs by Biggar a loose pass bounced kindly for Rhys Campbell to collect and then give to Callum Yardley to sprint in on the right wing. Both trys were unconverted so the score was 24 – 14 with 15 minutes to play.

 

 Biggar, now with their tails up then began a period of direct attacks and offloads, moving from the halfway line to the try line through fine forwards runs and rucks, this culminating in a decisive try from prop Jack McAllister on the left. The game was stopped with 4 minutes to play after a collar bone injury to one of the Ayr players and we all wish him the best in his recovery.

 

Final score Biggar 29  - Ayr 14

 

The team played mature controlled rugby led by Jonathan Smith with lots of positive structure and invention, there are lots of areas to work on but the platform has been made, well done everyone, players,  coaches, parents and everyone at the club how help.  


Boys Youth v Hamilton

It was Mitsubishi Conference time for the Colts, Boys and Girls Youth sections at the weekend and they posted the following very encouraging resulst in their games with Hamilton (boys) and Hillhead Jordanhill (girls).

 

Colts 43-39 win

Rams conquer the Bulls at Laigh Bent

Biggar Colts kicked off the 2018/2019 Shogun Conference season with a trip up the M74 to South Lanarkshire rivals the Hamilton Bulls. With a perfect 4 wins from 4 games record against the Bulls from last season in hand, the Bulls were always going to fight tooth and nail to get a win in this game and they hit the ground running early on. Initially it was a tight affair with both teams feeling each other out and it wasn’t until the 15th minute it burst into life. Hamilton showed some great skill to go over in the corner to draw first blood.

 

The game had a very balanced feel and Biggar had Hamilton pinned inside their own 22 for a good spell of pressure. A great flowing move from the backs had the ball out to Hayden Muir but it was just too far in front of him. The ball was spilled with the try line beckoning. Worse was to come as Hamilton raced up the field to dot down for a second try.

 

This stung the Biggar team and they upped the tempo and got their reward. Harry Archibald showed great tenacity in midfield in a counter ruck and won the ball well. Finn Barr fed Hayden Muir who made a great break through the Bulls line. Finn Stewart took the ball on and got the ball back to Harry Archibald who barrelled over. A great score and well deserved for the big lock who started and finished the move.

 

Biggar were on the front foot now and managed to get on level terms from the kick off. The ball was taken on by the pack and with big runs from Seth Jamieson, Hugo Baillie and Rhys Thomson got well into the Bulls 22. Having drawn in the defence the ball was expertly whipped to Finn Stewart at 10 who exploited a sizeable overlap to go over.

 

The game settled into a tough midfield battle and with half time closing it appeared that neither team was going to get ahead. Unfortunately Biggar had a nightmare 2/3 minutes spell in which they conceded 3 unanswered tries. Missed tackles and miscommunication was the order of the day as Hamilton exploited every opportunity. From looking tight at half time, Biggar now found themselves with a great deal of work to do in the second half.

 

Half Time - Hamilton 27 – Biggar 10

 

With the coaches word still fresh in their ears Biggar set about clawing back the deficit with gusto. Just 2 minutes in and Harry Low made a great break through the middle. A good tackle from the full back halted his progress but he had the wherewithal to find Harry Archibald who was well up with play. Harry found Hayden in support who got the ball to Ethan. He turned on the after burners and very few people were going to catch him. He touched down and with Finn Stewart adding the extras the deficit was down to 10.

 

From the kick off Biggar again had the Bulls pinned inside their own 22 and were probing for an opening. It looked certain to come when Cameron Snell made a great break but the ball was spilled on. Unfortunately, the Bulls spun the ball wide and went up the other end to touch down.

 

Biggar would not be denied. With a more mobile pack than the home team, they kept the ball moving and were unlucky not to score when the ball was knocked on on the Bulls 5M line. The Biggar scrum had been fantastic the whole game and when it really mattered they knocked the bulls back and the ball bounced out. Finn Barr had the Bulls 9 in all sorts of trouble and reacted best to dive on the ball and score. Great heads up scrum half play and a well-deserved score for the 9. Again Finlay Stewart kicked the extras.

 

The Bulls pack were struggling now and the game was a really open affair. This was key in the next score which came courtesy of Finn Stewart with a great assist to Finn Barr. The Biggar half back pairing showed real nouse to get themselves into space just inside the Bulls half and matching up against 2 front row forwards. Finn B found the first gap and made a great break. He popped it to Finn S who showed the defence a clean pair of heels to go over for his second of the game. With the conversion, it was a one point lead for the Bulls.

 

Hamilton were not going to lie down, they came storming back and great hands from their centres allowed them in under the sticks to get the lead back to 8. With 15 minutes left there was plenty of time for Biggar to recover but what did they have left?

 

For an answer look no further than Ethan Webb. Full of tireless running the whole game, he got his second try of the day doing what he does best - absolutely bombing down the wing. It was started well by Jack Jack with a great cover tackle and Dan McConkey supporting him to secure the ball for Biggar. With the Bulls defence going left, the Biggar attack went right. Running from full back Ethan exposed the gaps when the ball was fed along the line and bounced over out wide. A great try and with Finn Stewart nailing the extras with a really good kick we were back to a 1 point game.

 

Step up Finn Stewart to win it for Biggar. Bagging his hat-trick and finishing off in style, it was a real team effort with the pack hunting the ball down, securing it and a number of drives from Seth, Rhys, Harrys L and A and Hugo softening up the defensive line. An initial break by Andrew Barrett was snuffed out but the ball was fed out to Dan McConkey who broke the line and looked like he could get the score. He was pulled up short but Finn Stewart was in support and a great pop pass saw him over. The conversion was missed and what followed could have been a nervy 8 minutes. In reality, Biggar defended superbly and held on for the whilst and the victory.

 

Full Time – Hamilton 39 – Biggar 43

Excellent effort from all 16 mean who pulled on the Biggar shirt today. Going in 17 points down at half time you feared the worst but every single player stood up and worked their socks off to get the win. Very well done.

 

U16’s 50-0 win

U15’s 33-33 draw

U14’a 43-30 defeat

U13’s 42-13 win

 

Biggar U16s v Hamilton

The Biggar u16s started their new season on Sunday 26th with a local derby in Hamilton. The summer rugby weather forecast for August turned out to be traditional Scottish “sunshine” and felt more like a wet January day in Largs! Undaunted the boys set about their task with the speed and enthusiasm which only a three months off season can bring. With new combinations all over the pitch and players missing this was an opportunity to gel and find a playing style and fluidity to build on for the season ahead. 

 

The game started closely enough with the rucks hotly contested in the initial exchanges  but the deadlock was broken after 5 minutes by captain for the day Murray Lean from 20 yards out stepping back against the run of defenders and beating two more on the right side to get the teams 2018 /19 Shogun Conference points scoring started. Sprints and exchanges from winger Chris Brett and hooker Cameron Gray unlocked the second try on the right wing and the 3rd with a near identical exchange. Starting scrum half Archie Damer stepped up to add a traditional 9s dart and dot followed up by Murray securing his 2nd and teams 4th.

 

By some stage in the second half the game reached 50 – 0 and became a development match with players playing in different positions and gaining more experience. Good support running continued to see chances created and Sam Taylor and Callum McCallum added trys to the total.

 

The team supported each other well, kept good shape and were physical in the tackle and ruck. Given how bad the weather was it was heartening to see so much passing an offloading into space. There is work to be done but  the boys are out the blocks and looking forward to the next few games and challenges.


Biggar Colts

Our Colts team is made up of our 16-18 age players and competes in the Edinburgh District U-18 League, competing at the highest level and providing stiff competition for any team in Scotland,. The team train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is coached by Yogi, Muz and Gavin, who have been working hard with this ever changing group for a number of years and have coached many of our current 1st and 2nd XV players.

If you would like to know more about our colts team please conatact Colts Convener David (Muz) Murray on 07786158710


Membership

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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