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Biggar Youth rugby

Biggar RFC Youth section caters for those of high school age. We currently have teams in U13, U14, U15 and U16 age categories, as well as U12, U15 and U18 girls teams. The gradual incorporation of full rugby union rules over the different age grades makes Youth rugby the perfect stepping stone for progression onto under 18s rugby and then to the senior game.

 

The sides compete at the very highest level available to Youth rugby in Scotland with the Boys competing in the Mitsubishi Shogun Conference while the Girls are in the Mitsubishi Mirage Conference.

 

Training takes place as follows:-

Tues U13

 

Wed U16 and all girls squads

 

Thurs U14 and U15

 

For further information please contact

Boys Youth: Paula Yardley paulayardley@btinternet.com

 

Girls Youth: Tammy Mitchell dtdkn.5@btconnect.com


U16’s on the road: Border raid Part 1

U16s road trip and Christmas cracker Part 1

So while most rugby teams get a little break over Christmas and players simply hope for a new pair of boots or their favourite teams jersey, Biggar U16s were sent back to back road trips into the borders.

 

On 23rd December they headed down to Melrose to play on the hallowed turf of the Greenyards in what was (possibly unfairly) called a preliminary round of the Scottish Nation Cup as both teams had won five games out of six in their respective conferences to qualify.

 

The contest was nothing like a low key preliminary match. With the soon to be honoured Doddie Weir watching over his son play for Earlston/Melrose Wasps the game kicked off under overcast skys .

 

Biggar gained an early ascendancy and scored in the corner from short range through, Callum Smith with the try not converted. However soon after Melrose levelled the score. A long period of sustained Biggar pressure well defended by Melrose eventually brought a penalty in front the posts converted by Callum McCallum. Melrose having weathered a storm then gained in confidence and scored two good converted trys one just before half time.

 

With the score 19 - 8 at half time to the hosts the Biggar boys needed to refocus and convert their territory and possession into points.

 

In the second half the Melrose defence maintained their strength however Callum McCallum broke free from just inside the Melrose half and scored wide on the left, score 19 - 13.

 

Next a period of forward pressure created an opportunity for Cameron Gray to go over on the right. The score mid way through the second half 19 - 18.

 

With time ticking and tension rising Callum Smith made space, dodged 3 tackles and beat the full back scoring a fine individual try from inside the Biggar half and converted by Callum McCallum. 4 minutes to go score 19 - 25.

 

Some tight play closed the game out and Biggar edged out a competitive and free flowing Melrose side to progress into the last 8 of the National Cup.

 

Our thanks to our hosts and the spirit the whole game was played in.

 

Captain Jonathan Smith

Vice Captain Murray Lean


Boys Youth host Ellon RFC

Ellon RFC are keen to join the Shogun Conference and as such were looking to take on Biggar’s Youth to guage their progress.

Their U14 side was unable to make the trip south on Sunday but Ellon did provide sides at U13, U15 and U16 and they all made an excellent effort. Results

U13 Biggar 15 Ellon 40

U15 Biggar 19 Ellon 12

U16 Biggar defeat

 

U15's

Back to Back wins and another fine display from our U15 boys who were supported superbly from a few of our U14s.  A good Ellon side were the visitors on Sunday and an evenly contested match was underway.


Both sides took time to settle into the game with some tricky playing conditions underfoot, Finlay Crozier for the 3rd game in a row scored another excellent try with a great interception on the halfway line and used his pace to outrun his counterpart and cross the line he also made the conversion to put the boys in command. An afternoon of some strong rucking was underway with both sides showing some excellent skills in the ruck.


The Biggar boys hard work was driven on and demonstrated by a man of the match performance from Thomas Young who was involved in everything from strong ball carrying and then some great cover tackles, the energy shown by Thomas was felt right through the side. This hard work was supported All over the pitch and at the heart of that work were Rory Hill and Tom Roper who worked tirelessly to win several turnovers as well some strong tackling and running to gain meters for the team.


Once again Gregor on a scoring streak of his own at the moment showed his skills with some great handling and lovely footwork to cross the line. Ellon hit back in either half with some nice work of their own, however our boys were always that one score ahead.



Great to see the boys continue to improve and see there confidence grow, now back to the hard work in training and fine tune a few details and go again.


U15’s v Stirling County

Biggar U15's v Stirling County

Well done boys,what a great display on Sunday at Hartree against a strong Stirling side.

 

After a few early exchanges the team started to grow in confidence and belief in their own ability. This was demonstrated right through the team with some strong running from Callum,Ciaran and Morris who seemed to be involved everywhere and tackled hard as always.

 

Good strong intelligent rucking from the forwards and quick support saw the team go through phase after phase pushing Stirling back leading to a try or two.

 

Several scrums were contested strongly throughout the afternoon with great awareness and intelligent play shown from Thomas Young who on a few occasions looked to pick up and go from the scrums,this seemed to catch the opposition off guard and led to several metres being gained.

 


Try’s we’re plentiful throughout the afternoon from Biggar with the only blip being Stirling breaching the defence once in the first half. We saw try’s run in from Callum, Sam and a fabulous solo try from Finlay who also capped an excellent afternoon off with 100% from the boot.

 


Overall a well deserved win and strong performance to back it up.


Youth sides update

Biggar S1 4 Boroughmuir S1 34

A very difficult game this afternoon against a more determined and experienced Boroughmuir squad.
Not too much to mention in the first half from our boys other than some determined tackling, especially from Ander. Unfortunately our opposition were able to break through on 5 occasions, converting 3 of them. Half time, 0-18.

 

After some encouraging words at half time from Scott and Jordan, the lads were determined to improve on their first half performance and everyone stepped up a gear. Unfortunately so did our opposition who ran in a further 4 tries, converting them all. It would have been 5 if not for Robert who put in a great last man tackle out on the touch line.

 

Still not down and out our boys battled on and were rewarded when Harry finally broke through and ran in to score under the posts. Liam duly converted to bring the final score to 4-34.

 

Man of the match Ander

 

It’s not the result we were hoping for but I couldn’t be happier with the reaction from our boys. In weeks gone by, our boys would get frustrated and blame the opposition or referee. Not this weekend and it shows how much the boys have grown. We all know where we fell down on Sunday, but as Jordan and I said after the game. It’s how we pick ourselves up again!

 

We’ll be encouraging the boys to remember the performance, but encourage them to get their heads up and put it right.

 

Thanks everyone for the info on how they’re responding after games and training. On to the next one!

 

 

U16s 12-8 loss

The under 16s took part in a tough 2nd (Biggar) v 3rd in the league battle at Boroughmuir today agonisingly losing 12 - 8. The commitment structure, tackling and rucking from both sides was of the highest quality. However with Biggar camped on the Boroughmuir line for the last 5 minutes of the match with the home team giving away a succession of penalties Biggar couldnt get the ball over the line or benefit from the penalty count.

 

A couple of lessons to be learnt on pressing a line but a fantastic commitment and enjoyable game to watch.

 

Well done boys, on another day that would have been our win.


Youth rugby v Ayr

Colts

This squad sustained a pile of injuries last week and this, combined with several players falling ill, led to their match with Ayr/Wellington being cancelled.

On Sunday the Youth section also faced Ayr with the team from the west securing wins in every match.

This is one of the best youth sections in the country however so while Biggar lost out there was still lots to suggest that they have the potential and attitude to develop and improve.

 

U16's

In a tough physical forwards centered contest the u16s lost 43 - 24 to Ayr on Sunday. A good competative match the Biggar boys couldnt win the ball for long periods of the first half and when they did they were met with a solid line of defence which they didnt unlock often enough. Areas to work on but useful lessons have been learnt.

U13’s

The boys did really well defensively in the first half, keeping Ayr out on a number of occasions, but unfortunately they did manage to break through for a couple of tries which were converted.

The second half half was was just as tough for Biggar, but the boys did show a few good positive attacking plays that really merited more than we got. However Ayr continued their clinical rugby by running in another 3 tries, which were all converted. With little time left on the clock Harry managed to channel his frustrations into a run and try under the posts which Liam converted. The final score Biggar 4 Ayr 20 certainly doesn’t reflect on how well the boys performed and each one of them should be proud of their contribution against a much more experienced and physical Ayr side. Man of the Match was Jake Duncan.


Youth rugby report

Hamilton U13s 3 Biggar U13s 39


What a great team performance this afternoon at Hamilton. The boys didn’t take long to get the points on the board, with Liam crossing the try line within 10 seconds of the match kicking off. And by half time the boys had raced into a 20-0 lead with further tries from Robert, Ruaraidh, Harry and Kyle. All of which were converted by Liam.


The second half performance was just as impressive with the whole squad contributing to the teams further 5 tries from Robert (2), Liam and Harry (2). With Liam only missing one conversation, which resulted in a 90% success rate for the match. (Pretty impressive!) Hamilton did manage a try of their own, which they were unable to convert.


Many thanks got to Ruaraidh and Kyle from the P7 squad for stepping in and helping us out.


And a special mention for Franklyn on his debut in a Biggar RFC shirt.


There were man of the match performances from a number of players today, so it will be a difficult decision for the coaches to pick someone in particular.



Lets hope we we can carry this performance into next weeks game against Ayr.

Well played Team!


U13’s and U14’s v Currie

U13 Rugby

Up against a speedy Currie side the boys did well and kept themselves in the game with a try and conversion from Liam and a try from Harry. Going in at half time 7-12 down. (2 tries 1 con to 3 tries and 3 cons)

 

Going into the second half with the wind (and rain) at their backs, the boys competed well with Currie but the visitors were just too fast in their breakaways and unfortunately the second half went similarly to the first with 2 tries against 4.


Again Harry scored a second try as did Liam who also converted it. Final score Biggar 14 Currie 25. A tough day for our boys but they never gave up and battled on to the final whistle against an efficient Currie side that used their fast players to their advantage.


This weeks Man of the match went to Liam.

 

Unfortunately the U14 match was abandoned after Stewart Neill was injured in a play. We all wish Stewart a speedy recovery!


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.


Boys Mitsubishi news v West

The U13’s lost out with an, as yet, unconfirmed score while there was also defeat for the U14’s who were matched in a development game due to a lack of numbers as it was the September weekend.

 

The U15 boys had another tough day in what was a high scoring match, losing 69-40.

 

The U16’s maintained their winning ways with a deserved win by 45-14 over West. As a result they continue to lead the way in the U16 Conference table.

 

The Biggar U16s set about their most recent  task in the Shogun Conference with a much changed squad at home to West of Scotland RFC on Sunday 23rd September.

 

The initial exchanges demonstrated this was going to be a closely contested match with possession exchanged and scrums and penalties aplenty for both sides in the first 5 minutes. 

 

Scoring opened for Biggar following a flowing move from the back of a scrum on half way on the left with the subsequent ruck  set up midfield on the  West 22 and finished  after 6 minutes of play with a trade mark direct run from Rhys Campbell over the line near the posts and converted by Callum McCallum.

 

A period of sustained pressure from West culminated in an overthrow lineout from West on Biggars  5yard  lineout which Biggar were slow to react to and it was tidied up quicker by West and in the confusion was taken through a gap in the Biggar defence for a score and conversion after 15 minutes of play. 

 

Following several minutes of Biggar pressure Wests winger sprinted out of defence but was tackled on the half way line which led to turn over ball for Biggar. Callum McClallum then attacked through the midfield passing to Chris Brett on the left wing near the half way line for him to sprint passed the cover defence and score in the left hand corner, the conversion wasn’t converted.  With 20 minutes played Biggar had a small lead.

 

A period of Biggar pressure and continuity resulted in a series of quick tap and go penalties  culminating in a Biggar try for prop Louis Henderson near the posts and converted by Euan Laing.

 

West  then put together another sustained period of pressure on the Biggar try line which Biggar were perhaps lucky not to concede points from as West where convinced they had grounded the ball. From this period of pressure Biggar played their way up the field through a succession of penalties and quick rucks culminating in a fast ruck ball on the 5 yard line being spun right by scrum half Archie Damer, flipped over Louis Henderson head into the arms of the captain Murray Lean to finish off from 3 yards on the right wing which wasn’t converted.

 

From the subsequent restart the ball was caught by Ben Nicol and a ruck set on Biggars 22 the scrum half fed Fraser Simpson who offloaded to Aaron Millar whole offloaded to Rhys Campbell  on the Biggar  10yard  line who burst through the defensive line to  score a try under the posts and give Biggar a decisive lead which was increased by a the conversion by Euan Laing on the stroke of half time.   HT score 31 – 7

 

Biggar Kicking off with the wind behind and West attacked out of their own 22. Just as a heavy squall started Biggar had the ball and worked up to just  inside the Wests half. A subsequent  pick and go from a scrum on the right from nr 8 Kaleb Millar fed to scrum half Andrew Wight for a sprint down the blindside being tackled deep  inside the  Wests  22. A quick ruck ball fed left through Fraser Simpson, Ryan Adair and Murray Lean fed  to Aaron Millar to complete the move started by his brother just to the left of the posts which was converted by Euan Laing. 

   

As the rain came down West build phase after phase of pressure through a series of rucks in Biggars 22 which eventually paid fruit for West with a quick pick up and dart from 5 yards for their scrum half, which was converted.

 

For the next 20 minutes the game ebbed and flowed with no team  able to control possession or the ball.

 

From a period of West pressure on Biggars try line Biggar created their best try.  Stand Off Euan Laing hacked  at a loose West ball, kicking 20 yards then playing football and kicking again down to Wests 10 m line. A succession of quick rucks led to a Biggar penalty on the left on the West 22 yard line. The forwards passed the ball  through Arran Blyth, Ben Nicol, Ryan Adair and Harvey Robertson, creating a ruck in midfield . Jack Louden then took the ball back into contact and stand off Euan and Arran then secured the ball 10 m out from the posts.  Murray Lean stepping in as first receiver grubber kicked the ball out left through the defence  and followed up with a touch down before the defence could react. The try was converted by Eaun Laing completing a very competitive and entertaining day and  45 – 14 win for Biggar u16s.

 

Thanks must go to West for a tough test and for the attitude of all their players and coaches in a competitive and physical contest.  


Biggar Youth share Shogun spoils with Boroughmuir

On Sunday the other Youth sides also faced Boroughmuir with an eventual 2-2 result. Congratulations to both the U13’s and U16’s who recorded wins and commiserations to the U14’s and U15’s who were both beaten.

 

Biggar U14s lost away to Boroughmuir. When the differential reached 30 points to nil the match reverted to a development game. Boroughmuir scored 14 unanswered tries, 12 of them converted.

 

U16s beat Boroughmuir 27 - 12.
Biggar didnt let muir out their half in the first 35 mins but couldnt rack up the scores they should have and went in 10 - 7 in the lead at half time lossing 7 points to a breakaway try on the stroke of HT. With the wind behind in the second half Biggar kicked well and kept muir pinned back and in their 22 and the points came. A tough physical contest and one i think muir were suprised to lose up front. Well done all great win.


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


Mirage Conference action against Hill Jills

U15 40-32 defeat

 

U18 Biggar win through default as Hill Jills were unable to field a full team;

Biggar U18 Girls –v-Hillhead Jordanhill

With Hills only able to field 11 players, the first league game of the season was played as a development game. With Biggar having lost some of their more experienced players to the senior ranks, it was an opportunity for the girls coming up from last seasons U15 squad to get some early experience. The match was played as three 20 minute sessions with Biggar providing several players to Hills. The conditions were cold, wet and windy which was not conducive to running rugby. Most of the game was fairly even with lots of handling errors on both sides however it was an opportunity for the Biggar girls to trial in different positions and it was Biggar that won over the three sessions Final score 34 – 22.

 

Biggar try scorers Emma Orr (2), Rachel Philips, Abi Bandtock, Sarah Denholm + Emelia Knights Conversions Sarah Denholm (2).

 

Joint Captains for this season are Sarah Denholm and Emelia Knights.

 

Many thanks to Richard Robinson for filming the game. Also thanks to Sarah, Brian and Janet for their help in the kitchen. The next game is away to Cartha on the 2nd September


U15 Bully past Bulls

Biggar U15’s bully past Bulls

   The Lanarkshire derby of Hamilton and Biggar is one that is always hotly contested; no matter the age group, no matter the competition. Like all others, this weekend’s 15s game versus the Bulls did not fail to disappoint. Rueing a previously missed opportunity to beat their counterpart’s earlier in the season, the young lads refused to be pipped at the post twice and produced an enormous effort to take the win and halt the Hamilton’s league winning celebrations.

    The game started frantically and with some serious physicality occurring all over the pitch. Early hits came from Will and James gave Hamilton an indication of what they were in for, but unfortunately it was the opposition who got the first points after a minor defensive error allowing their centre to score. Quickly after, the boys in green and blue got another under similar circumstances. Not the greatest start but certainly not unreachable. 0-14.

   Having gotten over their early lapse, the young rams finally got into the swing of things, using their strong pack to gain yards and their backs to outstrip the Hamilton wings. The first try came from an increasingly characteristic maul on the Bulls twenty two. Having gained about ten yards it was brought down but momentum was not lost as Will and Jack carried strongly. Quick recycling and fast reactions from Callum McCallum resulted in big Jack bullying his way over the try line for Biggar’s first try. Back in the game. Conversion made. 7-14

   Half time: Biggar – 7 Hamilton – 14

    The second half begun like the end of the first, with Biggar on top. Straight from the kick off the ball found its way into the hands of the lightning quick Callum Smith. As ever, he backed his abilities and set off, running around the slow Hamilton pack and fending off the wing to run over the try line for an early Biggar try. Conversion excellently made again. 14-14

   Biggar were now truly in control and it was beginning to take its toll on the young Bulls. More and more carries from the likes of Hayden and Andrew were reaping good yards and another try was inevitable. It came in the form of some very intelligent play from the Biggar boys. Our prop Jack picked the ball off the back of a ruck on halfway and fighting all his front row instincts, beautifully drew the man and popped the ball to Aaron in space who was eventually hauled down 15 out. A penalty was won however, and the ball was kicked to touch. Promptly the ball was won and tucked under the jumper in a maul which proved unstoppable, collapsing over the line the ball was raised by our hooker, try by Cameron and the lead to Biggar. Callum McCallum miraculously nailed the kick from the touch line to put us 21-14 ahead with ten to go. Squeaky bum time Indeed.

   Hamilton came right back at us however and after some long pressure under our line they scored but missed the conversion. 21-19 with five to go, even squeakier.

   More and more pressure ensued, but Biggar would not allow themselves to be robbed and defended valiantly, holding the ball up over the line. A few scrums later the impossible happened and Hamilton were awarded a questionable penalty in the last play, posts were opted for and the game was in the balance. An anxious minute followed with the pitch being silent. The Hamilton lad strode up and struck it well; the ball sailed and spun and swerved but would not come, drifting past the right upright. The whistle was blown and celebrations spread. The boys had done it.

   Full time: Biggar-21 Hamilton-19

   Credit to the Hamilton boys who gave us our most competitive game of the season. However, the ever present improvement of this young bunch of rugby players continues to march on. Skill and speed, pace and power, brains and brawn, nothing seems to be lacking at the moment. Maturity is beginning to flow through this team and a few leaders are really stepping up and taking responsibility. Every boy played his part and gave his all to put us in a position to win it at the end and its just that sweeter against a big rival of the club. Whilst it looks like Hamilton may still win the league with a win against Dumfries next week, we know we can compete with and beat them, no matter the league standings. Whitecraigs await us next week, another tough game, but we’ll be ready for it. 


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

Membership rates and packages are as follows:

 


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