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BRFC is on the hunt ......job offer!

Biggar Rugby Club is looking for help, are you the right person for this job?


We are looking for a Communication Coordinator to assist us with our communication & digital marketing strategy to enable us to communicate effectively with all our members, supporters, stakeholders and also the wider community.

 

You will be responsible for developing and overseeing the strategy including assisting with the development of our new website.

 

You will have overall responsibility for ensuring that we communicate professionally through our website, social media channels and newsletters where required.

 


So if you have exceptional communication skills and have some experience in marketing, social media strategy or communications and are a well organised individual that can make a difference, we want to hear from you.

 

We are offering 8 hours per week for 12 months initially and there is flexibility as to days and location to suit both the right candidate and Biggar Rugby Club, although there will be a requirement for some weekend work.

 


Does this sound interesting and do you want to find out more about this position?

 

If so, please contact

 

Pat Mavor on 07729 470093

 

or drop an email to

 

pat@mavorproperty.co.uk.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.


REQUIRED…..

Assistant Ladies Coach: Coach Aird Jardine is in need of help, especially at Game time. The Ladies section is gaining strength in numbers but needs help on Game day. Could you help?

Ladies Physio: the Ladies are also in need of touchline support at games to provide 1st Aid cover.

Contact Lou 07890 310 614

 

 

U15's Boys assistant coach: Doug Roper is ploughing a lone furrow at present and would be very keen for some assistance.

Contact Paula on 07830 022 447

 

 

Referee's: there is NO game without an official. Maybe you're unable to play or of vintage years but wishing to give something back?

Contact David on 07500 103 991

 

 

YOU can help the next generation get the same fun that you had. If it's a YES, then we would love to see you officiate at Junior matches on Sundays.

 

 

If you think you can help with any of the above then please speak to ANY committee member or the linked person above.

 

 

This is YOUR club, there is never a truer saying....

the more you put in the more you get back.

 

Biggar RFC: One Club, One Family


7 from 7…

Biggar 47 Glasgow Accies 7

Win No7 for Biggar came at the expense of National 2 newcomers Glasgow Accies. While the City side have been running things close in recent games they were exposed a little at Hartree Mill as Biggar continued with their unprecedented league start.

 

Being really picky, Biggar should have recorded another half century but, in the last 10/15 minutes when that score was a possibility, players got a little white-line fever and in taking ball to the line by themselves, play became untidy and opportunities were wasted.

 

The fact that they did this is hardly surprising and shows a desire and confidence to score. In reality of course there are only 5 points available from any one match and Biggar had these pretty well sewn up within the first half hour. That they did not match their first half tally after the break came as a result of those last untidy passages of play but also because Accies made a better fist of things after turning round to face the breeze, their pack upping their game and recording their solitary score.

 

Biggar welcomed back Donald Voas and Chris Mulligan who were both unavailable last week, they seamlessly taking the places of two injured players, Guy Kelly (concussion last week against Highland) and Robbie Orr (training injury). Elsewhere, Luhann Kutze made his first start at scrum half in place of Davy Reive while Ryan Moffat regained his centre berth as Robbie Lavery moved back to fullback.

 

Accies began with an inauspicious kick-off which, because it went straight into touch, gifted Biggar early possession.

 

With an expectant crowd – this is in itself an uncommon experience at Hartree Mill – Biggar did not disappoint, their first try coming after just 9 minutes and going to Rowan Stewart who took Moffat’s pass and whose pace took him past the stretched Accies defence. Matthew Stewart kicked successfully for 7-0.

 

Despite playing into the breeze – conditions though not nearly as bad as had been forecast were still chalk and cheese from those enjoyed last Saturday - Biggar used a kicking option with Conor Lavery using a variety of kicks to pin Accies back and to turn defence into attack.

 

The Accies backs were a little hesitant in attack while a couple of risky, wide passes put the receiver under pressure and created opportunity and space for Biggar which they were quick to exploit.

 

In the next passage of play the ‘Ross’ s’ - Bradford and Jackson – took play forward before the kick was again employed. An aerial battle prompted an Accies counter attack but this saw possession regained by hooker Ewan Stewart who then freed Kutze who in turn made short shrift of sprinting clear to the line and under the posts for a try which was again converted by Matthew Stewart.

 

The second score came after 15 minutes and 5 more had barely elapsed before Biggar struck again. Matthew Stewart rounded off a wonderful attacking move spurned by another turnover, this one from Mulligan. Moving the ball to the left at pace and a couple of virtually intuitive passes between Kutze and Rowan Stewart provided Matthew with a run for the line for a try which he also converted.

 

The bonus point winning try came after 28 minutes and the conversion made the score 28-0: a point a minute!This try came after an Accies fumble which perhaps should have also seen play halted for an apparent Biggar knock-on. This was unseen by the referee however and a kick and chase ensued. A series of attempts to control possession by the Accies defence failed and Mulligan was up quickly to eventually get his hands on the ball. Although stopped short his pop pass was taken by Moffat who crashed over for the 4th try. Matthew Stewart converted for 28-0.

 

Biggar then lost the services of winger Bradford who had been unfortunate in collecting a couple of pretty hefty thumps when he appeared trapped in tackle situations. The second hit left him in considerable pain and he would be an unlikely starter against Lasswade next Saturday. Craig McDonald took over.

 

While they continued to press and put the visitors under pressure Biggar were unable to add to this tally and half time came at 28-0.

 

Now with the increasingly strong breeze on their backs Biggar immediately had Accies under pressure at the start of the half.

 

Using kicks both in attack and defence soon saw Accies deep in their 22 and with Biggar using ball well to increase the pressure a lineout take and drive provided good forward momentum for Biggar to run at the Accies defence. A neat pop pass from Conor Lavery to Moffat set the centre free for a tilt at the line which he duly won. Matthew Stewart was off target with this kick.

 

There followed a much improved passage of play and possession for Accies who nevertheless came up against a resolute defensive performance from the Biggar XV who time after time put in some massive hits to halt Accies progress.

 

In attack once more Biggar added another try, this falling to Rowan Stewart who benefited from following up on a Conor Lavery midfield burst. Freed with a 40m sprint to the line, the winger showed a neat turn of pace and shimmy to take him clear of the Accies defence. Matthew was back on target for 40-0.

 

Accies lost a 3rd player to injury as Biggar continued to hit hard in the defensive tackle while biggar themselves were left short-handed when Carrossi fell foul of the scrummaging laws and was shown a yellow reducing Biggar to 14 with just a quarter of the match remaining. Andrew Peacock came and Lewis Stewart became the unlucky player to give way to allow Peacock to provide scrum cover.

 

Undetterred at being outnumbered, Biggar showed sufficient resilience to work their way out of defence and into another attacking position. Running wide from a scrum Kutze put in a neat pop pass to Rowan Stewart coming off his wing at a fantastic angle which cut the Accies defence apart and which led to the teenagers hat-trick. Matthew Stewart brought up the 47 point tally.

 

In a rare attack and with some 15 minutes remaining Accies finally got a score, their pack combining well to turn and then drive the Biggar pack back to their line where, from under a pile of bodies, lock William Brown was credited with the try which was then converted by Gordon McGuire.

 

Notman came on to replace Carrossi after his 10 minute sin-bin had elasped while Reive entered the fray with some 5 minutes to go.

 

Voas had a thundering run at the Accies line, Alan Warnock took play to within a couple of metres while Lavery employed the cross-kick to good effect.

 

A plethora of attacking opportunities were then spurned by Biggar as errors crept into their play with others that were missed by the afore-mentioned white line fever. It can be seen that Accies were in some respects let off the hook.

 

Man-of-the-match was again a tight decision with stand off Conor Lavery getting the nod for his control the game through running, passing and kicking.

 

 

A 7th win from 7 starts makes for excellent viewing and represents a fantastic result and one much appreciated by the coaching staff with Doug Fleming the man in charge on Saturday as both Gary Mercer and Davy Wilson were in Ireland on a school coaching trip.

 

Accies have been getting some valuable coaching input from ex-Scotland prop Ryan Grant. This was clearly evident in their scrum – again Franco Carrossi was on the wrong end of a yellow card as he found the going tough – but Grant will be less pleased with the Accies lineout which Biggar, via Jamie Orr and Alan Warnock managed to pilfer on a fairly regular basis.

 

Biggar’s pace in defence has been a factor in their play to date and this was the case again on Saturday when their opponents were put under immediate pressure whenever they had possession. This led to errors and Biggar’s other strength, an ability to counter attack from almost anywhere led almost directly to several scores.

 

Lasswade are next up. The Mid Lothian side are currently bottom of the table and are having a torrid time but this is almost a ‘local derby’ and in games such as these anything can happen!

 

There is of course another match as Lasswade at the weekend, this involving the clubs’ respective Over 35’s who will do battle on Friday evening (KO 7.30pm).

 

It is unlikely that this will be played at quite the pace of the match the following day or that the combatants from the Saturday match will learn much from the exploits of the ‘oldies’ but stranger things have happaned at sea….!

 

Statistics

Biggar have the best Points Differential of all the Premiership and National League teams. Having scored 267 points they have conceded a miserly 63 which gives them a positive of 204. Nearest to that comes from Gordonians in National 3 with a 178 points differntial.

While few other clubs come close at that 1st XV level, 2 clubs. Hawick Linden of East 2 and Waysiders Drumpellier of West 3 boast even tighter defences with just 57 and 38 points conceded respectively!!

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, L. Kotze, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock (Capt), L. Stewart, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, D. Notman, D. Reive, C. McDonald


Fantastic contest sees Biggar maintain top spot

Biggar 22 Highland 7

Biggar’s total of 22 points, which last week was only just enough to give them victory over Whitecraigs, was more than enough to see them over the winning line against Highland.

 

A sixth win from six starts is as good a record as Biggar have ever had and means that they retain their top spot in National 2 with Stewarts Melville leap-frogging Highland into second place. Having played 4 of the 5 sides immediately below them (local rivals Peebles are the 5th), is also a bonus with Glasgow Accies and then Lasswade next up. Neither of these sides are currently on form and on paper these should equate to two further victories although the coaching staff, with one or two selection headaches in the offing, will be adamant that there should be no complacency in their approach to any match. Banana skins…..

 

In wonderful Autumnal conditions and with Hartree Mill an absolute joy to behold – please check Nigel Pacey’s wonderful pictures from his drone if you are in any doubt – Biggar hosted Highland who hail from Inverness and are the furthest travelled of all National 2 sides. A massive club in the 1970/80’s the club is in the process of recovering from a slump which has seen them climb up through Regional Leagues and Div 3 in the last 3 seasons as they have at the same time also redeveloped their clubhouse and pitches.

 

They are well used to travelling and deserve all credit for their efforts which sees them board a bus every two weeks at 8am for the joureny south. On the evidence of Saturday’s match Biggar’s trip north in January will be a massive test as the Highland side are clearly the best drilled XV they have met so far this season. Highland lost because they were penalised on numerous occasions for high tackles, losing 2 men to the bin and because they were unable to break the Biggar defence which again was immense throughout.

 

In short this was a fantastic match, played with no quarter asked or given and one which had the very pleasingly large crowd enthralled until the end.

 

In the pack, Donald Voas and Chris Mulligan were unavailable for this match and so Guy Kelly started at prop. The youngster completed the best 80m minutes he has had since joining the ranks of the senior squad. His tight play was solid while he also performed well in the loose, carrying ball well on several occasions. Mulligan was replaced by Lewis Stewart who made his first senior start.

 

Andrew Peacock, another who has again blossomed this season, was moved to the bench to provide front row cover and was replaced by Douglas Notman while Jamie Orr made his first return to the senior squad this season. In the backs Conor Lavery returned at stand off with Robbie Orr moving from there to full-back, he another to return a performance well beyond his tender years and claiming two tries in the process, the first of which was a fantastic effort and which saw his speed and strength take him round and through the Highland cover.

 

With this being a top-of-the-table clash it was hardly surprising that this match was absolutely full on from the first until the last minute. Both sides ran at pace, challenging their opponents to defend and off-loading as they sought to play an expansive game. Yards were gained as players ran and found players with neat passes and, as players tackled, yards were lost as there were turnovers and mistakes were made.

 

A series of penalties were awarded to Biggar as referee Tom French took issue with the preponderance of shoulder high tackles made by the visitors but few of these were in kickable positions and so ground was won but on each subsequent attack the Highland defence managed to halt Biggar. At other times ball was lost in contact, this as much to do with the ferocity of the hit as it was to poor ball retention.

 

When in attack, Highland also opted to go for position, this despite the fact that they were playing with the wind and had a couple of penalties which looked to be within range. Had the position been swapped Biggar might have opted for a pot at goal. As it was and having taken good lineout ball Highland ran Biggar close, only some superb defence with all playing their part keeping the visitors out. In this regard Robbie Lavery put in some thundering hits, these backed up by some equally good hits from Conor Lavery, Rowan Stewart, Matthew Stewart and Franco Carrossi.

 

Ball in hand saw Biggar running well, Robbie Orr solid at the back and always making great yardage in the counter attack, while others to shine were Ewan Stewart (whose footwork on a couple of occasions was top drawer), Lavery who hit up well and the afore-mentioned Kelly.

 

After a series of penalties for high tackles (the penalty count was 11-3 in Biggar’s favour in this half) referee French resorted to showing a yellow to Highland’s flanker. The resultant penalty saw Biggar take play to within yards of the Highland line before play was again halted for another penalty, this one for off-side. Prior to this award the solitary kickable penalty Biggar had, proved to be just outside Conor Lavery’s range although he did manage to slot this last award to give Biggar a slender 3-0 lead at the break.

 

With the breeze now on their backs Biggar were able to control play a little better, ensuring that Highland were kept at bay as Biggar kicked from hand to pin the visitors back in their half. While Biggar’s counter attacking had always threatened, Highland’s proved less successful although this was also due to the quick, flat support from the Biggar chase which meant that the Highland counter was always under pressure.

 

An early penalty opportunity drifted wide but with Ross Jackson, the Lavery’s and Peacock (who had come on for Notman) all in possession, Highland were kept in their half. Yet another penalty ended with Highland centre Rob Eatogh shown a yellow and so for a few minutes the visitors were down to 13 men. An initial tap and go from Jackson did not impress referee French but on the scrum restart his pick exploited the short-handed defence and the No 8 cruised over in the corner.

 

Lavery was unable to add the conversion. A mix up on the restart had Biggar at sixes and sevens although they did manage to extricate themselves from a difficult position.

 

Biggar struck next with some 20 minutes of the second half gone. Highland were back to full strength but some excellent attacking play from Biggar which saw play swept from left to right with Conor Lavery and Jamie Orr in the attack ended with fullback Robbie taking possession from around 20 metres out. His typically mazy run bamboozled the Highland defence although he needed all his strength and reach to eventually dot the ball down for what was a wonderful score. Matthew Stewart, from an almost identical position as he had faced against Whitecraigs, kicked the conversion from near the touchline. 15-0 Biggar.

 

Four minutes elapsed before Biggar struck again. Running at pace and asking all sorts of questions of the Highland defence eventually created space on the left. Luhann Kutze who had replaced Davy Reive passed wide to his left, the ball snapped up by Orr who sprinted clear and under the posts for his second try. Stewart added the conversion and Biggar were 22-0 ahead.

 

Undaunted by this latest set back Highland continued to play and attack. Maintaining possession well they pressed deep in the Biggar half but again the Biggar defence was up to the mark and the pressure exerted forced the error to give Biggar some respite.

 

Iain Renwick replaced winger Ross Bradford as Biggar sought to press on.

 

Nevertheless Highland regained territory and courtesy of a needless penalty and by forcing play to the left and then to the right ball found prop Stuart Watson with 15 metres or so from the line. Swatting Biggar attackers aside as if they were troublesome flies the big man barrelled over for a try which stand off Craig Irvine converted for Highland’s 7 points.

 

A spectacular jump and catch by Rowan Stewart off the restart took play immediately back to the Highland 22 where Biggar went in search of what would have been a real bonus of a 4 try bonus point. The same player was then bundled into touch just feet from the Highland line as desperate defence came good.

 

Kevin Robison came on for the injured Lewis Stewart with some 3 minutes to go.

 

Although Biggar managed to retain ball and territory Highland put an end to proceedings with their last kick to touch from a penalty award ending the contest.

 

A massive cheer greeeted the result, Biggar’s support having thoroughly enjoyed the contest and of course the result.

 

The icing on the cake from a club point of view came with the news that the 2nd XV had also recorded a fine victory over their oppoenents, Cartha QP.

 

Biggar have (possibly) never had such a fine start to any previous league campaign and while some of the less optimistic believe that the side is just a couple of wins from being 100% safe from relegation, there is a belief in the squad that they can go forward and improve. The confidence and skills exhibited is a great motivational aspect for play and for development. The number of players used over the past few weeks will increase as injuries and other factors come into play but all those who have been called up have all stepped up to the mark and have done so seamlessly.

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, G. Kelly, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Warnock (Capt), D. Notman, L. Stewart, R. Jackson.

Reps: A. Peacock, K. Robison, L. Kotze, I. Renwick

 

Post Script

Donald Voas took part in the European Log Lift Championships in Glasgow at the weekend finishing in 6th place in his category. A fine effort for someone who is a novice at this event.

Biggar ‘s 2nd XV as described above won their match with Cartha.

Having conceded 2 early tries things looked a tad grim but the home side then mounted a fight back and with Ryan Moffat (who was unlucky to have been dropped from the 1st XV squad) leading the way with 3 tries, Biggar overcame the city side to win by 33-26.

This was the sides first win and it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. As is the case with the 1st XV they have played 4 of the 5 sides at the top of the Reserve league and so they have had a wicked start to their campaign.

A lot will depend on whether they can continue to rely on the mixture of youth and experience fielded on Saturday. Some 7 teenagers were joined by some gnarly veterans in the shape of Grant Owens, James Tawse, Calum Taylor and Andrew Goodall (making a return to Biggar colours after several years in the city).

 

Special mention should be made of what was apparently a real contender for ‘try of the season’ scored by Andrew Howatson. Gathering ball on his own as he covered back the prop come fullback ran to the Cartha pack, flumoxed them with a chip and catch and then burst over the line for a wonderful individual effort.

 

In addition to the above Euan Bogle kicked 4 conversions


1sts sneak a win at Whitecraigs

Whitecraigs 20 Biggar 22

Whitecraigs fullback S. Adair had a ‘last kick of the game’ penalty to give his side victory against Biggar on Saturday. Having kicked 3 from 3 previously and with the penalty invitingly almost in front of the posts it looked a relatively straightforward kick – if indeed there is ever such a thing – but on this occasion the youngster pulled the kick wide and so Biggar ‘escaped’ and made it five straight wins to stay atop the League table.

 

That they had to cling on for the points was a new experience this campaign especially given that the previous two games have been won by 10 tries a-piece. A year ago this match could well have ended in defeat but the squad displayed concentration and had belief in their performance and this ensured that they came away with the maximum 5 league points.

 

This weelend will really see where they stand as they host second placed Highland, a side who were promoted last season and who have also been on a run – they recorded a 47-15 win over Whitecraigs in their match so this will be a huge game for both sides with the winner destined to be league leaders.

 

While Ewan Stewart was available, Conor Lavery, Gregor Stewart and Guy Kelly were all unavailable for this match and so there were several changes within the starting XV. Up front Donald Voas started at prop with Ewan Stewart at hooker: Robbie Orr got the nod at stand off, Robbie Lavery in at centre and Iain Renwick at fullback. Changes, but all involving tried and trusted members of the squad.

 

The Glasgow side were reported to have a large pack and indeed this proved to be the case, their efforts in the tight scrum in particular causing all manner of problems for the Biggar eight. Mobility around the park was not as good however and it was this which Biggar sought to successfully exploit.

 

Rowan Stewart opend the scoring off an Orr pass after some good build up play by the pack. The wingers incision saw him cut through the Whitecraigs defence as the proverbial knife through butter. Conor Lavery’s absence meant that the kicking duties fell on this occasion to Renwick but his aim was not in and the lead was just 5-0.

 

The home side ran hard and straight but the Biggar defence, as has been the case this campaign, remained solid with Carlos Carossi, Voas, Ryan Moffat, Ross Jackson and Chris Mulligan among many others all showing up with some big hits.

 

An Orr clearance was the prelude to the next score as Adair and then Murchie struggled to tidy the kick cleanly. Biggar’s chase ended in a Biggar scrum and after one reset referee Lee Fish awarded a free kick to Biggar. Going with a quick tap, Davy Reive moved the ball left to Orr whose initial show and go broke the ‘Craigs defence. His off-load found Lavery who crashed over for Biggar’s second try. The conversion was swept wide but Biggar led 10-0.

 

Biggar were quickly back on the attack and with several really good runs at the line they should have added to their tally but some poor decisions when firstly players cut back inside and secondly when the blustery conditions spoiled an excellent attacking lineout, meant that these chances went a-begging and allowed ‘Craigs to stay in the match.

 

For their part the home side were still struggling to put phases together and their only attacking opportunities took them to just inside the Biggar half, and this with the benefit of the cross wind.

 

The next score came after Moffat and then Voas had made good ground in the centre to push ‘Craigs back into their 22. Though seemingly the ‘wrong’ way and in the face of ‘Craigs numerical defensive advantage Reive moved the ball left to Lavery. The centre found Rowan Stewart who needed no second invitation to split the ‘Craigs defence for his and his sides second score. Once again however, three tries up but only 15-0 as the conversion was missed.

 

Inevitably the home side then began to get their act together and some powerful driving play by their pack with a gargantuan lock making headway they engineered an attacking position within Biggar’s 22. Having won a penalty they elected to kick and Adair made it 15-3.

 

On the attack again and with ball spun left they should have scor3ed a try save, that is, for an opportune double tackle and steal from Lavery and Orr which was just enough to force the knock on. A Mulligan pick up and tidy and then two priceless turnovers from Reive’s box kick clearances, the first from Bradford and the second from Carossi, gave Biggar a penalty back on half way.

 

With some 5 minutes to go before half time, ‘Craigs were then reduced to 14 men when centre Wamberg was shown a yellow for a high tackle. The resultant lineout was unfortunately untidy and spoiled the initial attack. Able to retain their position Biggar then made another couple of errors although another piece of handling magic from Andrew Peacock deserved better. As it was referee Fish blew for the end of the half.

 

Peacock gave way to Calum Braid shortly after the restart and then Ewan Stewart was replaced by Lewis Stewart, Mulligan moving to hook to alow the youngster to play back row.

 

With the advantage of the breeze Biggar should have been able to push on but they came up against a much rejuvenated ‘Craigs XV who played with much greater pace and asked lots of questions of the Biggar defence and this despite the fact that they were still a man short.

 

There also seemed to be a change in the referee’s interpretation of the scrum and it was soon that Biggar found themsleves penalised on numerous occasions due to this change. Carossi was identified as being the ‘culprit’ though the Biggar coaching team would take issue on this interpretation. Down to 14 as Carrossi was shown yellow did nothing to help Biggar’s cause.

 

Penalties continued to be awarded and on one occasion, and after an inordinately long advantage, which saw several phases completed successfully, play was halted and brought back for the original penalty. The irony of all that was that even after the penalty kick was taken ‘Craigs were short of where they had managed to advance play!

 

Their persistence eventually paid off however and having kicked to the corner, ball won was smuggled back to their replacement lock O’Neill who bundled over for a try. The conversion took the a score to 15-10 meaning that ‘Craigs were right back in the mix.

 

Reive made way for Luhann Kotze who was making his first appearance of the season.

 

Another Adair penalty put ‘Craigs just two behind at 15-13!

 

Arguably the defining moment of the match came with a quarter of the match to go. Making headway deep into the Biggar half, ‘Craigs were penalised for going off their feet at a ruck. Clearly frustrated at the decision their No 7 threw the ball away/at Mulligan. It rebounded into the hands of Renwick who elected to tap and kick. Having taken the home side by surprise – sides usually kick clear when awarded a penalty in their own 22 – the ball bounced twice in play before being snapped up by Kotze who made15 metres before popping the ball inside to his supporting winger. Bradford, who had already impressed with some great attacking carries, took off for the line to score a really opportunist try. To add insult to injury for ‘Craigs, Matthew Stewart stepped up, and from the widest angle of all the kicks on the day, managed to slot the conversion for a 22-13 lead.

 

Having done well to claw their way back into the match another side might have capitulated at this point, but not ‘Craigs who continued to press.

 

A forward pass denied what appeared to be a good score for Biggar but when ‘Craigs continued to attack penalties were again conceded by Biggar – some 29 penalties and 3 free kicks in the match(!) - and this ensured Biggar were kept working hard in defence.

 

A quick tap and go on one such award saw Biggar skipper Alan Warnock shown a yellow for stopping the play within the requisite 10 metres and so Biggar played out the match with just 14.

 

Following this penalty and in the next foray ‘Craigs No 7 – villian turned hero?– drove over from close range. The conversion took the score to 22-20 in Biggar’s favour but with some 5 minutes remaining. A one score match!

 

And so the drama played out until the denoument and that final penalty.

 

Biggar deserved to win. They may not have played as well as they have in recent matches and while ‘Craigs were not a stand out side they posed many problems, not least in the tight and problems which the Biggar coaches and squad will have to solve. Bottom line however is that there are only 5 points available to a team and Biggar once again claimed them all.

 

Plaudits to all for their collective efforts.

 

Biggar

I. Renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Lavery, R. Stewart, R. Orr, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, A. Peacock, A. Warnock (Capt), C. Milligan, R. Moffat, R. Jackson.

Reps: C. Braid, L. Stewart, L. Kotze, C. McDonald

 

Biggar ‘s 2nd XV journeyed to Edinburgh Accies, currently the Reserve League leaders and flying high at the top of the table. A fortnight’s enforced break was absolutely no preparation for this match and try through they did they lost out by 48-3.

 

Once again the scheduled opponents for the Biggar Eagles called off and so they were left without a game.


Biggar run in 10 tries to defeat Falkirk

Biggar 58 Falkirk 7

Another 10 try haul and another 5 point win keeps Biggar at the top of National 2.

 

Falkirk were relegated from National 1 last season and the expectation was that they would prove a much better organised side than that which Biggar faced at Howe. This was indeed the case but Biggar again played at a ferocious pace and that, combined with a rock solid defence, meant that the visitors endured a difficult afternoon.

 

That Falkirk made a host of unforced errors will irk their coaching team but this could as easily be attributed to the pressure exerted by Biggar as by any perceived lack of skill.

 

On a pleasant Autumn afternoon a healthy crowd gathered to watch Biggar’s second home match of this season and they returned home having been royally entertained by the Biggar squad, all 19 of whom contributed so positively throughout the 80 minutes.

 

Biggar was forced into making several changes for this match with the ‘Euan’s’, Sanderson and Stewart both unavailable. Donald Voas moved to hooker with Guy Kelly starting at prop. Ryan Moffat took over in the back row. Conor Lavery, who was injured last week, had recovered and started at stand off.

 

The squad is young, bursting with energy and full of running but this is matched by a growing maturity and confidence which good performances engender. To have beaten both sides relegated from National 1 last season is a feather in their cap and has certainly set out a marker for the other National 2 sides. That they will come a cropper at some point is without doubt but for the moment all can be justifiably very proud of their efforts.

 

Biggar opened strongly and had their first score within 4 minutes, a neat cross kick from Conor Lavery being gathered by Ross Bradford who went over in the corner but just too far out for the conversion to be successful.

 

Falkirk took advantage of several penalty awards to tap and go and this ensured Biggar were kept on the defensive but a Lavery kick pushed Falkirk back, forcing a drop out 22. A break by locks Alan Warnock and then Andrew Peacock created an attacking position, Ryan Moffat breaking on the blindside to take play within 5 metres where his neat off-load was taken by scrum half David Reive who dived over in the corner. On the left side of the pitch meant that it was the ‘right’ side for Lavery who added the conversion for a 12-0 lead.

 

Quickly back on the offensive Biggar’s thrid was Bradford’s second, the winger benefitting from an excellent Lavery pick up and pass.

 

Gregor Stewart was forced off the pitch after taking a series of hits to his chest with Robbie Orr coming into the side at fullback and Robbie Lavery moving to centre. The youngster was barely on the pitch before he rounded off a great attacking move by collecting a pop pass from Rowan Stewart who had made good ground on the left flank to go over for a try. The all-important 4th and therefore bonus point winning try was converted by Lavery for a 24-0 lead.

 

This soon became 29 when a deft pass under pressure from Robbie Lavery put Matthew Stewart into space, the youngsters pace taking him clear and then round the Falkirk defence for a cracking try, Lavery uncharacteristically missing from close range.

 

Falkirk’s back three were taking most of Biggar’s kicks out of defence well and initiating counter attacks but these in turn were well defended by the Biggar side. This was particularly the case in the next passage of play when wave after wave of Falkirk attacks were snuffed out and this all within 5-10 metres of the Biggar line when it seemed that the vistors were almost bound to score.

 

Reive was shown yellow by referee David Young when he killed the ball during one Falkirk attack this leading to another switch for the versatile Robbie Lavery who took over at scrum half. His first role ended in upset however as the ball squirted out of the Biggar scrum and with the Biggar back line preparing for a clearance it was Falkirk No 8 Stewart McCulloch who reacted first to dot down for a try converted by Finn Call.

 

Half time then with Biggar in a commanding 29-7 lead but ever conscious that with the wind they would face another testing half.

 

A turnover at the start of the half after an excellent take from Peacock put Biggar on the defensive but a scintillating break from Orr for some 40 metres took play right back into the Falkirk 22 where, after a series of attacks, Voas picked up from the ruck to thunder over from 10 metres for the first score of this second period.

 

The try scorer left the field to be replaced by fit again Lewis Stewart (Milligan moving to hooker) who made his first appearance of this season.

 

Some good running angles from Moffat in the centre had Falkirk on the defensive again and then it was Chris Milligan who rounded off the next attack with Conor Lavery again notching the conversion.

 

Guy Kelly made way for Callum Braid, another returning from injury and making his first appearance this campaign. Biggar’s scrum was unaffected by this switch while Falkirk’s big props who came off had an impact on their tight scrum.

 

An accidental offside gave Biggar some respite from the next Falkirk attack which again foundered with the line in their sights. A knock on was another error to cost the visitors ground and possession, Biggar able to capitalise with Iain Renwick who had replaced Conor Lavery at stand off, dictating play well.

 

As the game began to open up, Falkirk profited from some good running from their backs who made considerable ground but once again the Biggar defensive effort with Orr, Lavery and Stewart to the fore meant that these were snuffed out.

 

Fittingly it was lock Alan Warnock who rounded off the next try, he tracking play during a lengthy break out from the Biggar half to take a pass from Ross Bradford and in almost identical circumstances as the Howe match last week. Orr added the conversion.

 

The same player – Orr – then made a massive tackle to prevent a rare Falkirk attack and with ball turned over Biggar made a final advance into the Falkirk 22. Warnock was in to support Ross Jackson at the breakdown and his transfer, anothet done under pressure, set Rowan Stewart free from some 40 metres for the final try. Renwick was just short with the conversion.

 

Falkirk ended the match in the Biggar half but referee Young blew for time before they could add to their tally.

 

An impressive performance then and perhaps most pleasing of all was that this was a gritty, whole squad performance. Every player contributed to the cause and while there were errors – not least as Biggar were penalised heavily for a variety of offences which on another day could see their opponents rack up a hefty tally – there seems a quiet resolve not to panic and instead to maintain calm and be patient.

 

This Saturday sees the side travel to Whitecraigs, a venue which has never been a particularly easy place to win. The squad should travel with confidence however and will be all the more determined to maintain this current run.

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, G. Kelly, D. Voas, F. Carossi, A. Peacock, A. Warnock (Capt), C. Milligan, R. Moffat, R. Jackson.

Reps: C. Braid, L. Stewart, R. Orr, I. Renwick

 

Biggar had no other senior sides in action at the weekend as the 2nds game was cancelled when at 12.30 on Saturday Boroughmuir called to say that they were unable to raise a XV. At such short notice this was particularly frustrating for all concerned, the Biggar squad completing a training session prior to watching the 1st XV match. This enforced break will make their match this weekend against Edinburgh Accies all the more challenging as the City side are currently flying high in the Reserve League table.

 

The Biggar Eagles side were also without a match as Musselburgh were also unable to field a full XV.


1st XV in big win at Howe

Howe of Fife 14 Biggar 65

A third win on the bounce and another bonus point after a 10-try romp against a depleted Howe maintains Biggar’s top spot in National 2, by points difference at least, with local rivals Peebles, the only other side to retain an unbeaten run, nipping at their heels.

 

Biggar travelled north in confident mood after last week’s excellent performance against Stew-Mel but they were under no illusions that Howe would pose a threat. In fact the Perthshire outift have lost players to neighbours Dundee while other retirements have led to a depleted squad, this leading to the cancellation of their 2nd XV match on Saturday due to a lack of players.

 

Biggar made two changes to their starting XV, Franko Carossi replacing his namesake Franko Maggiolo who has now left for sunnier climes in Spain, while Robbie Lavery took over at fullback in place of Iain Renwick. Robbie Orr began the match on the bench.

 

In relatively pleasant conditions Biggar were soon on the defensive as Howe opend on the front foot with the back row pair of Robert Cabemaiwasa and Captain Chris Mann giving note of their intent to carry ball at pace. They were initially hard to stop and not before they had made good yardage but try though they did they were largely unable to breech the Biggar cover defence and their attackes were snuffed out.

 

In defence Howe probably correctly opted to kick out of defence but the accuracy of these was not good and gave Biggar good counter-attcking opportunities, Robbie Lavery snaffling ball and looking very dangerous as he ran ball back.

 

Indeed it was from several of these aborted clearances that gave Biggar their first scoring opportunities these taking them into an early 14-0 lead courtesy of tries from Chris Mulligan and then Matthew Stewart, both converted by Conor Lavery.

 

The same player was then forced off with a nasty ankle knock sustained in an accidental collision with his team mate Gregor Stewart! Robbie Orr took over at stand off. Worse was to follow as captain Euan Sanderson was also forced to retire after a head knock, his replacement being Ryan Moffat.

 

Undeterred, Biggar maintained pressure on their hosts with Matthew Stewart scoring his second after the half hour mark following a good break by Carossi and a neat off-load from Orr.

 

Howe hit back with livewire scrum half Andrew Harley making the most of a blindside gap to sprint clear of the flailling Biggar cover to dot down under the posts for a try converted by Dylan Suttie.

 

In ther next sortie to the Howe 22 Matthew Stewart took no time to drop a neat goal this just before the 4th bonus point try which fell to No 8 Ross Jackson who ripped the ball from a Howe player before sprinting home from some 30 metres. Unfortunately the conversion was missed. Now in some form of control Biggar continued to press but were unable to add to their tally, the half time score 27-7 in their favour.

 

In a rare attack Howe gained good ground on the right flank but a great tackle from Mulligan, assisted by Lavery took man and ball into touch but not to the liking of referee Stuart Burns who sent Lavery to the bin for 10 minutes.

 

Now playing uphill Biggar took no time at all in the second half to add to their tally – less then 60 seconds on the clock – with Ross Bradford crossing for the first of his double, Orr adding the conversion.

 

Rowan Stewart was the next to score, he rounding off a great breakout initiated by Robbie Orr. There was no conversion to this score.

 

Donald Voas, who again impressed with some resolute defence and his trademark touchline breenge, gave way to Guy Kelly.

 

Back to a full complement with Lavery restored Biggar continued to create chances but their attempts to add to their tally were intially thwarted, until that is, Jackson scored his second, converted by Moffat. With the half century in their sights and with some 10 minutes remaining that total was duly achieved, Bradford latching onto a neat cross kick from Orr to gather and touch down for a try – Moffat the next to make heavy weather of the conversion attempt. 51-7 to Biggar.

 

Mulligan was the next to cross, this another great counter attacking move begun from deep in the Biggar 22.

 

The successful conversion gave Biggar a tilt at the 60 point mark, this achieved when, very fittingly, Alan Warnock showed his athleticism to maintain contact with yet another long range breakout, Bradford providing the all important last pass. Moffat’s conversion took Biggar to their 65 point total.

 

A final riposte by Howe from centre Sean Murray who showed remarkable resilience throughout the afternoon and who would be a star turn given more possession, gave some consolation to the home XV, with the conversion, an excellent long range drop kick, taking their tally to 14.

 

The Biggar squad could be forgiven for thinking that they had posted the biggest total in the league, 65 a whopping victory, but this total was dwarfed by the Dumfries result, theirs an 87-7 rout of Lasswade. Even if Biggar had converted all their tries and a solitary penalty they would have managed just 76 points so Dumfries had a field day.

 

Next up for Biggar is a home match against Falkirk who lost their unbeaten record when they were beaten by surprise packets Whitecraigs on Saturday. The Falkirk side was relegated last season alongside Stew-Mel and will pose another challenge for Biggar.

 

The depth of Biggar’s squad will be tested as Euan Sanderson is out through injury, Ewan Stewart is unavailable while Conor Lavery must be doubtful after his ankle injury.

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, A. Peacock, A. Warnock, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, R. Orr, R. Moffat, I. Renwick

 

Biggar had no other senior sides in action at the weekend as the 2nds had a ‘free’ weekend while Watsonians were unable to field a side against Biggar Eagles.


Biggar in 5-try win

Biggar 32 Stewarts Melville 3

A 5-try, bonus point win is always very welcome but none more so than when it is against a side relegated from the division above and clearly looking to make a quick return.

 

Stewarts Melville left Biggar without even a glimpse of a losing bonus, having met a resolute Biggar defence which gave virtually nothing away. The capital side will have to address the short-comings of their pack which, aside from being absolutely massive and making life really difficult for Biggar at scrum time, appeared a tad pedestrian at times. It will also come as a surprise to many that No 8 Duncan Wood rejoined the fray after being very clearly knocked out in the opening exchanges. In these days of player welfare and head injury assessments the big lock (and his club) was taking a risk, the visitors electing to ignore the protestations of the Biggar camp to have him stay on the touchline.

 

Selection in the coming weeks will be a much harder task then ever before for Biggar’s coaching staff as few, if indeed any, of the 19 in the squad could have given much more, with another batch in the 2nds waiting for their chance. The 2nd string were defeated by the odd point in 37 in what was a hugely entertaining contest (also against Stew-Mel) and one which was enjoyed by the two squads and spectators alike.

 

With Andrew Nimmo carrying a groin strain from last week, Donald Voas started. Alan Warnock regained his spot at lock at the expense of Franco Carossi who joined Guy Kelly, Ryan Moffat and Robbie Lavery on the bench.

 

The opening exchanges were halted by the afore-mentioned and accidental head knock to Morrison and while Biggar enjoyed the greater percentage of both possession and territory they were unable to open their account as passes failed to stick and Stew-Mel defended strongly.

Conor Lavery did kick a penalty to put his side ahead at 3-0, this lead extended after Ross Jackson made the most of a series of forward-orientated drives at the line to pick up, pop round the side and dot down in the top corner and too far out for Lavery’s conversion attempt.

 

Matthew Stewart showed some excellent pace to gain several yards on a number of occasions but try though they did Biggar were unable to add to their tally.

 

Turning round behind, Stew-Mel began the second half well, stringing passes together much more accurately than had been the case prior to the break and making inroads into the Biggar half. The Biggar first up tackling was first rate however and this, combined with some great pressure, forced the visitors into making some uncharacteristic errors.

 

The city side did open their account however, scrum half Cameron Leask kicking a penalty to bring them back into the contest at 8-3. They then enjoyed their best phase of the match, when, with their tails up, they raised the pace of the game, passing, running and driving with much greater conviction.

 

Electing to run penalties awarded their way, they had Biggar on the back foot on a couple of occasions though Biggar’s cover defence managed to snuff out the threat, Davy Reive or Lavery kicking well to clear the immediate danger.

 

Eventually working their way down the pitch with a variety of kicks from Lavery, Gregor Stewart had a tilt at the line but was held up. Having created the position deep in the Stew-Mel 22, Biggar were not to be denied and it was no real surprise when after a series of good forward drives, Ewan Stewart crashed over for Biggar’s second try to increase the lead to 13-3.

 

Several minutes later and a typically barn-storming run by Voas advanced play back into the Stew-Mel half. Having again created the position another break by Matthew Stewart took play deeper into the Stew-Mel 22. With ball recycled quickly from the ruck an inside pass from Lavery saw Rowan Stewart carve through the visitor’s spread-eagled defence for a try which Lavery converted for 20-3.

 

Biggar were now within one try of claiming a bonus point but before they scored this they had to withstand another Stew-Mel salvo at the line where once again Biggar’s defence was tested and found up to the mark.

 

Having eventually cleared their lines Biggar gained excellent yardage as Lavery continued to turn and probe the Stew-Mel line with a variety of chips, grubbers and punts. A penalty allowed them to turn the screw once more, Guy Kelly peeling round from the front of the lineout to take his skipper, Euan Sanderson’s pass, before crashing over for the all-important 4th try from 5 metres and a 25-3 scoreline.

 

To give the visitors credit they never lacked ambition and tried to play rugby until the end, running ball whenever the opportunity arose and making some decent yardage to boot.

 

Some top-notch defence from the squad and mazy runs by among others Reive and Matthew Stewart kept the city side at bay. Their final attempt to score came as they again elected to run the ball out of their 22. A loose pass and the ever alert Ross Bradford spotted and collected the ball in this final move, the winger sprinting over from some 20 metres for a try converted by Lavery to round off Biggar’s afternoon at 32-3.

 

Biggar

I Renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Maggiolo, A. Peacock, A. Warnock, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: G. Kelly, F. Carossi, R. Moffat, R. Lavery.

 

Unfortunately the Biggar Eagles Development XV found themselves without a match on Saturday when their oppoenents Duns failed to raise a side. The eagles were also stretched however and another appeal goes out to all players from both Lanarka dn Biggar to make known their availability for this weekend when Watsonians are sure to have a side ready and waiting.


Biggar open with win

Dumfries 5 Biggar 17

This match won’t be remembered as the prettiest spectacle but it was a typically hard-fought and robust contest which had the crowd enthralled until the final whistle.

 

Games between the two clubs are always tough matches and with Dumfries winning the two encounters last year and on home turf there was an expectation that Biggar would be in for a real test regardless of their resounding win at the Moffat 10’s which was never going to provide any real pointers as to the result in a full XV-a-side contest.

 

That Biggar ultimately triumphed by 2 tries to 1 was probably a fair result given the territory and possession they enjoyed. Dumfries meanwhile, will doubtless rue the fact that they allowed themselves to become increasingly unsettled by referee Mr Ian Morrisson. Careless penalties conceded and back chat cost them dearly, none more significantly than in the second half and with some 10 minutes remaining when a penalty was advanced 10m forward giving Biggar’s Conor Lavery a much easier pot at goal. The successful kick put Biggar ahead by 2 scores at 17-5 (the final score).

 

Biggar made several changes in the pack for this match with Andrew Nimmo, Ewan Stewart (for their first starts this season) and Chris Milligan all featuring. The latter’s performance, in what was his first senior game for Biggar after 6 years at Heriots, was an all action affair and earned him the Man of the Match award - though there were several other worthy contenders in what was a good all round team performance.

 

The match began at a helter-skelter pace and one which hardly let up all half. Errors there were a-plenty, as both sides were slow to get to grips with the ball, players running the ball from all parts of the pitch which certainly added to the excitement! Both sides tackled fiercely, with defences generally on top and giving little away.

 

A passage of pressure in the Dumfries 22 was the precursor to Biggar’s opening try, Lavery moving right off ruck ball and finding Rowan Stewart with a deft pop pass, the winger cruising through the defence for the touchdown. Lavery added the conversion for 7-0.

 

Further pressure saw Biggar attack deep into the Dumfries 22 but a succession of errors in transfer combined with some resolute defence meant that Biggar were unable to add to their tally. Ironically it was from another period of pressure, when Biggar disrupted the Dumfries scrum, that led to the home sides score. In trouble as the scrum was shunted backwards, and following a tackle by Biggar skipper Euan Sanderson play seemed to have halted with ‘ball held up’. Referee Morrison allowed play to continue however and Dumfries 9 Jack Johnstone put in a relieiving kick up the middle of the pitch. Biggar fullback Iain Renwick was just short in his chase to catch the ball, the bounce taking the ball over his head and into the path of the Dumfries breakout. It was then a race to the line, the whole length of the pitch and while Biggar chased well, none more so than Robbie Lavery, the home side got their try. The conversion was missed however and so Biggar still held a slight lead at 7-5.

 

The half ebbed and flowed with Biggar certainly enjoying the bulk of the territorial advantage but unable to add to their tally, again errors stemming the attack. Another scrum in the Dumfries 22 saw the home side breakout again, Biggar’s Robbie Lavery and Renwick again to the fore in defence to stop the immediate breakout and while Dumfries took play into the Biggar 22 they probably should have done better, Biggar able to escape without further punishment.

 

The last part of the first half was a scrappy affair as all seemed to lose shape, ball lost in contact and passes not as accurate.

 

Penalties were exchanged although none were within kicking range until Lavery was just wide with an attempt with just a few minutes of the half remaining.

 

The half ended with what appeared to be a penalty award but instead of allowing play to continue half time was signalled. The second half started with a yellow card to Biggar’s lock Franco Carossi and a penalty to Dumfries.

 

A man down meant Biggar’s scrum was under pressure and Dumfries worked hard to get into the match but again the Biggar defence held firm.

 

Lavery had a great break from his own half into the Dunfries 22 but scrum pressure allowed Dumfries to clear. That Dumfries were unable to score in this period was significant as Biggar with the wind behind them had an advantge that they now pressed home.

 

Lavery made good ground with a variety of kicks to pin Dumfries back and good pressure meant that the Dumfries defence was tested to the max. A chip to the wing from Gregor Stewart saw a chase to the line which had there been a TMO could easily have seen Biggar get a try as James Barr and then Matthew Stewart seemed to have got the crucial touchdown but it was a call that only a TMO could have made and so Biggar had to be content with a 5m scrum. Dumfries engineered another breakout from this position but again a lost ball allowed Biggar to escape and regain territory.

 

Barr was on the end fo what was deemed to have been a forward pass while Reive, Conor Lavery and Sanderson were all held up short. The decisive score came at the beginning of the 4th quarter ball moved left seeing Barr take Gregor Stewart’s well-timed pass to cross untouched in the corner. Despite the acute angle Lavery added the conversion to make the score 14-5.

 

A penalty award to Biggar after Dumfries centre Michael Yates was shown yellow for a late hiton Moffat took play into the Dumfries half where another penalty and then back chat advanced play forward for lavery to kick the lasy points of the match and give Biggar what was a commanding lead.

 

Supporters will remember last season when on at elast 3 oaccsions Biggar managed to squander winning positions but not this time round and the visitors took the honours, Dumfries denied even a losing bonus.

 

The error count will disappoint the coaches from both teams and certainly neither sdie will escape as lightly in other matches but Biggar will take heart from the win with the team effort a very pleasing aspect of the game.

 

Stewarts Melville are next up, this a home game and which sees the city side making a first visit to Hartree Mill for some 4 seasons. Therwe will be plenty for the coachuing team to work on but with a few players still to make their first appearances there is now real competition for places across all positions. The availability of Andrew Nimmo and Chris Milligan will undoubtedly have an impact as will the injuries highlighted.

 

The injury count continues to creep up with Barr, Rowan Stewart and Ross Bradford all picking up knocks which will test the club’s strength in depth.

Biggar

I renwick, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, A. Nimmo, E. Stewart, F. Maggiolo, A. Peacock, F. Carossi, C. Milligan, E. Sanderson (c), R. Jackson.

Reps: D. Voas, R. Moffat, R. Lavery, J. Barr


Musselburgh take charge

Musselburgh 53 Biggar 14

After two warm up games Biggar travelled to National 1 club Musselburgh on National League Cup action on Saturday. Musselburgh and Biggar have not met for several seasons as the clubs missed each other when Biggar were relegated from National 1 to 2 as Musselburgh were promoted some 4 years ago.

Matches hitherto had been fairly even although there have been similar high scoring wins and defeats.

On this occasion it is fair to say Biggar were comprehensively beaten by the East Lothain side who showed a strong presence up front – including ex-Biggar man Colin Arthur – and who scored freely in the first half to go ahead 32-0. Biggar will point to a better 2nd half showing when the score was 21-14 but M’burgh will doubtelss contest that having done the damage in the first half they slackened off a bit as their progress to the next round was secured.

Biggar were without a couple of regulars but this cannot be used as an excuse and the side will have to quickly regroup prior to the league opener this weekend when they journey to Dumfries.

 

The big home pack did most of the damage and while Biggar looked dangerous with the ball, possession is always key and when a side struggles to retain possession they will forever be on the back foot.

M’burgh ran in 4 first half tries and kicked two conversions and two penalties for their 32 point lead. The first and third tries came from a week defensive effort from Biggar which will task the coaches as this has been an area they have been working on in training. The second after some good support running saw the M‘burgh side breach the Biggar defence while the fourgh was a forward drive controlled by that man Arthur who ultimately touched down.

 

After the break and an early try to the home side – this an interception which could equally as easily seen Biggar in for an opening score, Biggar got their first points with Matthew Stewart taking a pass from stand-off Conor Lavery who added the conversion.

A series of penalties at scrum time disrupted Biggar’s concentratiion and they were posted missing as M’burgh took a quick tap and go to record their 6th score.

A neat off-load by Rowan Stewart put Lavery over for Biggar’s second try.

A testing time for the three quarters who spent the bulk of their day defending and tackling but who have so much more to offer of they can get their hands on the ball.

A number of changes will be made for this Saturday and Biggar will have to dig a good bit deeper if they are to get a win at Dunfries a sdie thet lost to twice in last season’s campaign.

 

There was no 2nd XV match on Saturday but they too will be on duty this weekend when they take on Currie. On 9th September the club are looking to field 3 XV’s with the first appearance of the Biggar/Lanark Development XV. To this end ALL players from the two clubs are encouraged to make themselves available and to let their team secretaries know asap in order that arrangements can be made for the game which is scheduled for Duns.


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First XV Fixtures

October 20, 2018, 2nd XV v Selkirk (H),
October 27, 2018, Biggar Eagles v Dunbar (H),
October 27, 2018, 2nd XV v Musselburgh (H),
November 3, 2018, 2nd XV v Boroughmuir Bears (A),
November 10, 2018, 2nd XV v Kelso A (H),
December 1, 2018, Biggar Eagles v Livingston (A),
December 1, 2018, 2nd XV v Stewarts Melville (A),
December 8, 2018, Biggar Eagles v Duns (A),
December 8, 2018, 2nd XV v Currie Chieftains (A),
December 15, 2018, Biggar Eagles v Watsons 4ths (H),
January 12, 2019, Biggar Eagles v Musselburgh 3rds (A),
January 12, 2019, 2nd XV v Edinburgh Accies (H),
January 19, 2019, Biggar Eagles v Barnton/Queensferry (H),
January 19, 2019, 2nd XV v Cartha QP (A),
January 26, 2019, Biggar Eagles v Linlithgow 3rds (A),
January 26, 2019, 2nd XV v Dundee Titans (H),
March 2, 2019, 2nd XV v Selkirk (A),
March 16, 2019, 2nd XV v Musselburgh (A),
March 23, 2019, Biggar Eagles v Dunbar (A),
March 30, 2019, Biggar Eagles v Livingston (H),
March 30, 2019, 2nd XV v Kelso A (A),
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