Hartree Mill Sports Grounds, Biggar ML12 6JJCharity Number: SC 047700

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


U14’s find going tough in last 2 matches

Biggar 3 points v Perthshire 43 points

Wanted – “Under 14 boys who are over 6 feet tall”.

There must be something in the water in the Biggar area but our boys don’t seem to grow till they are about 16 years old unlike other teams who can field tall boys who look like menat under 14 age group.

 

Each week our boys go out onto the field and have to look up to their opposition.

 

So, what do we have?

 

Bunch of boys who often have to go through the hard school of knocks but their hearts allow them to just keep going at any team.

 

Many previous Biggar under 14 boy’s teams have been no different. Then as they grow older they catch up becoming taller and stronger and along with these strong hearts and determination become a match for any team in the land. Just look at some of the Under 18 and 16 teams over the last 6 to 7 years. I should know. They just get better and better.

 

Nobody should worry – it will come and often it’s the hard days that they have learned that will see them through. Everyone has a challenge at some point and they learn from it.

 

Although Biggar were well beaten on Sunday by a superior team in all senses they will just move on. In fact, the more they get knocked down the more they just keep getting back up. Hard to beat anyone who never gives up.

 

Biggar did not field their full squad again, forcing Doug Roper to put some into unfamiliar positions in important areas.

 

Perthshire continually attacked throughout this game, forcing Biggar to have a day of defence. But if some will not put in the tackles then it makes it even harder for the others to do extra on a day like Sunday.

 

Biggar did score late on with Thomas Young taking quick penalty to Rory Hill who then put the pass to Lewis Stewart to go over. Lewis often has a football game on a Sunday but makes sure he puts in all effort to get back for the rugby. Good on him and shows the spirit with these boys.

 

Scorers

Lewis Robertson- 1 try

 

 

Biggar 11 points v Waysiders 19 points

 

Biggar knew that they let this game slip away from them as they went 2 scores up early in the game and looked comfortable , not allowing Waysiders to get into the contest.

 

However, Waysiders did manage to respond as Biggar failed to take control and in fact eased off the pedal thinking this would not be a hard contest. How wrong they were !!.

 

Once Waysiders scored again Biggar failed to positively respond and some started to drop heads which impacted on the whole squad.

 

Too often simple errors caused problems such as constant infringements or offside at the ruck. As a team all the players need to take their share of the tackling.

 

Discipline slipped on Sunday and lessons must be learned. The boys also must take in what is coached to them.

 

“Alone we can do so little – together we can do so much”.

 

On the positives there were many players who just got on with it such as Christopher Barrett who was playing out of position but was constantly causing Waysiders issues with his strong running.

 

Callum McLemon again was strong in his running but direction of travel is often an issue.

 

The boys did stick to their tasks and the game was close right down to the end but a knock on allowed Waysiders to kick ahead and they were 1st to the ball over the line. This really was a hammer blow to the boys.

 

The boys keep going but it is hard to keep continuity in the team on the park as Coach Doug Roper has rarely been able to field a full strength team this season as each week there are call offs or non availability. Really need everyone always.

 

The boys can do it when they stick to their tasks.

 

Scorers

Callum McLemon - 1 try

Christopher Barrett – 1 try

Ciaran Bell – 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 from 3.


U15 Boys also on winning run


The Boys U15’s meanwhile travelled to Fife to take on Dunfermline RFC.

 

They returned from Dunfermline with a 97 - 7 win. This included lots of good running lines and support play.

 

Some good kicking to space and nice grubber kicks through to runners.

 

All good preparation for Thursdays Semi final against Strathaven and next weekends tour to Kirby Londsdale and Penrith.
 


City of Derry tourists

Friday evening saw the Boys U16 squad entertain visitors from City of Derry, a club the group had visited last August when they were in Ireland on tour.

 

A very entertaining contest took place despite the best efforts of a strong, blustery wind which made handling and passing a real skill. With a huge visiting squad Biggar faced almost two different sides in the match, Derry making wholesale changes at half time.

 

In August Biggar had just sneaked the win (12-7) and they managed to repeat the ressult this time round as well, the final score reading 29-19.

 

Post match, the squads enjoyed some cracking haggis, neaps and tatties while presentations were made to the clubs by the respective captains. An excellent advert for the game!


West Area cup progress for U16’s

Sunday 11 March 2018

Annan 5 v 70 Biggar U16’s

The under 16’s third West Region Cup fixture, unfortunately turned into a very one sided affair. With Annan a man short from the start, Biggar’s Josh Foster was loaned to the opposition to balance the numbers, but this did not prevent Biggar getting off to a flying start. Callum Smith opened the scoring after Euan Barr picked-up a loose ball and having drawn in the Annan defenders slipped a pass to Callum to run-in unchallenged. Calum McCallum kicked the conversion for Biggar to lead 7-0. Then some excellent forward play led to the ball being spun down the back line to Shane Bolan who touched down in the corner, although the kick was missed to take the score to 12-0. Next Callum Smith scored his second by catching a kicked clearance from Annan’s 10 yard line on just about half-way and running it straight back under the posts. Callum McCallum made the kick to extend the lead 19-0.

 

Unfortunately the Biggar boys began to get complacent and as Annan once again kicked forward from the base of a scrum no one but the Annan centres chased the ball. As the Biggar defenders watched the ball bounce the Annan man picked it up and ran in from distance with only the Biggar full-back making any effort to get to him. Annan missed the conversion but they had put points on the board to bring the score to 19-5.

 

Biggar responded almost immediately from the kick-off gaining a line out and winning the ball through Andrew “pine-tree” Barratt, before taking a driving maul some thirty yards for Seth Jamieson to touch down for the try. This was closely followed by Euan Barr’s second of the game as after a solid hand off he found himself free to sail in under posts. Just before half-time a Biggar scrum on the Annan five yard line led to Cameron Gray picking up and scrambling over the line, although he had an excellent dummy run from fly-half Greggor McPhearson to thank for clearing the way for him. With Calum McCallum making all three conversions the lead was extended to 40-5 as the half-time whistle blew.

 

Despite being so far in front the Biggar boys received a rollicking half-time team talk from coach Andy, who was unhappy at the complacency and showboating that was creeping into their game. This clearly had the desired effect as the boys became much more focussed in the second half and began to play the sort of rugby that any team would find hard to combat. The boys managed to run in a further 5 unanswered tries in the second half. First up, after a long series of phases with the backs criss-crossing the pitch, Euan Barr notched up his second of the match.

 

Next, Will Kelly found himself on the end of another series of back plays and ended up running in from 20+ yards (a record for Will) as the Annan defenders bounced off him along the way. It was Will Kelly again for the next try, this time in the more familiar forwards fashion as he finished off a set play from the Biggar line-out.

 

Try number ten came from another unstoppable Biggar rolling maul, although I am sure at one point there were at least 13 Biggar men involved as Seth Jamieson finally touched down for his second of the game. That only left Cameron Gray to complete the try-fest as he skilfully got on the end of a kick through from Calum McCallum and touched down for his second of the game also. With Calum McCallum kicking three of the five second half conversions the score was extended to 70-7 at which point the coaches called the game.

 

An emphatic victory for the boys but much to work on as they next face Allen Glens the other undefeated side in the cup pool.

 

Sunday 25 March 2018

Biggar U16’s 36 v 22 Allen Glens

This was a big game for the U16’s, a battle between the two undefeated teams in the West Regional Cup pool, which would determine who would top the group. With regular coaches Andy and Aird both unavailable our thanks go to Nick for standing in and keeping the boys on track. The Biggar boys started the game well, with the majority of the first fifteen minutes ensconced in the Allen Glens half, though they were unable to turn the possession and the territory into points. It was the Glens who eventually opened the scoring with a try totally against the run of play, though they missed the conversion for a 5-0 lead. Biggar struck back with their signature driving maul which saw Cameron Gray touching down and Calum McCallum kicking the conversion to make it 7-5.

 

As both teams settled into their game it was end to end stuff. Biggar extended the lead with a Callum Smith try breaking from the half-way line and speeding past all of the Glens defenders to score. Calum McCallum made the kick for 14-5. But then came a second try from Glens to bring it back to 14-10 as they once again missed the conversion. After some excellent rucking play from the Biggar forwards, which saw them progress down the field to the Glens try line, it was Calum McCallum who scrambled over the line from the back of the ruck. Though he missed the kick it was 19-10 as the ref blew for half-time.

 

Biggar opened the second-half with another score straight from the kick-off. Calum McCallum caught the Glens kick making several yards before setting the ball up for a pick-up and go from Seth Jamieson, who after making considerable ground, popped a pass to Callum Smith to score by out pacing the last of the defenders. Though the kick was missed this was an excellent start to the second-half and extended the Biggar to 24-10.

 

Once again though Glens kept themselves in the game with their third try and a successful conversion pulling it back to 24-17. Next up, Euan Barr finished off a series of back moves shuffling the ball back and forward across the park to score, shrugging off three Glens tacklers as he did so. Calum McCallum kicked the conversion to extend the lead to 31-17. Still the game was not over, as the Glens came back again, scoring a try but missing the conversion to make it 31-22, with less than 10 minutes to go.

 

It looked as if things were going down to the wire but another solo run from Callum Smith, sailing down the touchline past several defenders who were just unable able to catch him and scoring in the corner. Although the kick was missed the lead was stretched to 36-22 and the Biggar boys just held on to the ball to see out the clock.

 

An excellent team performance and a well deserved victory for the boys, who topped the group with a 100% record. Next stop the semi-final against GHA!


Youth U14’s v Dunfermline

Biggar U14 v Dunfermline 22-14 defeat

 

(Many thanks to Gavin Hill for this report)

 

Just 4 weeks ago Dunfermline gave Biggar a very stern test winning comfortably using their size and skill levels.

 

On Sunday Dunfermline left Hartreemill knowing that they had been in a game right up to the final whistle winning by 22 points to 14points. Dunfermline coaches felt Biggar had noticeably improved since they last met.

 

Yes, Dunfermline again showed why they have few games over the season but they were matched by a team with determination.

 

As one Biggar boy said 'I'm not that big, physically. I'm just big where it counts - I got a big heart!'

 

That sums up this team and they will go far together.

 

Throughout the game a couple of the Dunfermline boys caused issues. Biggar don’t have individuals they have a team that will do so much together.

 

Biggar did have their share of the ball but they were letting themselves down in the rucking as Dunfermline constantly counter rucked to turn over ball. Also lack of communication at the restart lead to ball being given to Dunfermline too easy.

 

With Morris McDiarmid showing great maturity, the ball was being well used in the backs and this allowed Ben MacBride to show tremendous pace throughout the game. Gregor Forrest was causing their midfield issues and was being well supported by Alexander Walpole.

 

Too often in recent weeks Tom Roper and Rory Hill have had to carry a high percentage of the work in the forwards but Callum McLemon, Christopher Barrett and Ciaran Bell really made a difference on Sunday and this allowed the pack to often take control up front. Christopher and Ciaran really were impressive to watch. The forwards are now showing their potential. If they could all match the determination and improvement of Kyle Frame then we can only go one way- onwards and upwards.

 

The game was open throughout and another 5 minutes played and the game would have been in the balance as the boys were well on top and the Biggar backs were playing excellent rugby which Dunfermline were unable to handle as Morris McDiarmid caused issues with his continual switching of play.

 

What a great game. Well done to all.

 

The hard work of head coach Doug Roper is coming through and he has strong back up with Mark Yates, Jordan Gary and Gavin Hill. The learning of technical skills is coming through on the pitch now.

 

Scorers

Callum McLemon - 1 try

Ben MacBride - 1 try

Morris McDiarmid- 1 try

Gregor Forrest – 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 from 4.


Weekend match reports: Colts v Allen Glens and 16’s v Loch Lomond

Biggar Colts Dominate Against Allan Glens

Biggar Colts had their second run out in the West Region cup completion on Saturday at Hartree Mill with Allan Glens the visitors. Glens finished third in their Galant Conference and last week had posted a 66 point win over Ardrossan so a tight game was expected. Having said that, it had been nearly 3 months since the last home game for the Biggar Colts so the boys came out determined to put on a show for the good sized crowd that had turned up.

 

The early stages were a tight affair. Both teams making handling errors and the odd misplaced pass just leading to a move breaking down when it looked like something was developing. It was a very physical affair with Biggar making some really big tackles and knocking their opponents back on a number of occasions.

 

The first score came for Glens on 13 minutes. With Biggar working to get out of their 22 they were penalised for a hand in the ruck and Glens opted for the 3 points. This seemed to wake up the Biggar attacking intent and they would go on to run in 8 tries.

 

First up a score for Stuart Forrest. I am sure everyone at the club will be delighted to see Stuart pulling on a Biggar shirt again. Returning from 2 broken legs he eased himself back into the game and it was fantastic to see him get on the scoresheet. The try was simple but very well executed. Glens were penalised for an offside just outside their 22. Ali Steele sent a pinpoint kick to secure a 5 metre line. Rhys Thompson hit his man perfectly form the lineout and the catch and drive from the rest of the pack was superb. Glens couldn’t stop the drive and Stuart at the back of the maul broke from a yard out and touched down. It was clear to see how much it meant to him and also his teammates as they celebrated with him. The conversion was missed by Ali.

 

Next up a great team effort which led to a touchdown for Sam Wallis. Another line out for the forwards this time a bit further out so the catch was taken and the ball spread quickly through the backs hands. An excellent offload from Finlay Stewart got the ball out to Sam on the wing and he sped over. Again simple rugby but executed very well by Biggar. Ali nailed the conversion from wide left with a really good kick.

 

Robbie Orr was next to get on the scoresheet and whilst his quick thinking and support play was excellent a great deal of credit needs to go to Ali Steele at fullback. A clearing kick from Glens was taken well by Ali and he clearly spied a gap up the left hand side. Through one tackle then past 2 more defenders he got well into the Glens 22 before popping to Robbie who was running well in support. Robbie still had plenty to do and when he was tackled, Glens were penalised for hand on the floor. Robbie show great awareness to tap quickly and dive over while the decision was being debated. Another tough wide left conversion was landed by Ali.

 

Half time – Biggar 24 Allan Glens 3

 

Into the second half and again Glens came out with real fire and determination. The started to push Biggar back into their own 22 but couldn’t really trouble the try line. The Biggar scrum was dominant with the front 5 of Hugo Baillie, Rhys Thompson, Harry Low, Harry Archibald and Josh JVR really laying down a marker every time there was a scrum called. The back row of Charles Connolly, Craig Frame and Dan McConkey seemed to be everywhere. It really was a very dominant display from every one of the pack (including the replacements).

 

Glens maybe realised that they were struggling to get over the line and when another penalty was awarded inside the 22 and they opted for the 3 points which were well taken. Unfortunately for Glens as with in the first half, this seemed to stir the attacking zeal of the Biggar backs with 4 more scorers touching down.

 

First to go over was Ali and as with the first half it was doing the simple stuff really well that led to the score from Biggar. A scrum was called inside the Glens 22, the ball was won easily and then fed out quickly through the hands. Ali burst in from full back to go through between the posts. Ali converted his own try.

 

Next up Rowan Stewart got the score that his play deserved. Initially the ball was kept in the pack with 4 or 5 pick and drives gaining ground and tying in defenders. Quick hands got the ball out and Rowan cut a great line to steer clear of the chasing defence. This try went unconverted.

 

Biggar were now dominating the game and looked like they could score at any time and next to go over was Finn Barr. He had a really good game at scrum half never giving his opposite numbers a minutes peace. It was that harrying that got him his score. Deep inside the Glens 22 Biggar looked to go over but a knock on gave Glens the scrum. With the Biggar pack dominating there was real pressure on the scrum half to get the ball in and out quickly. With that and the chasing he was getting from Finn he took his eye off the ball and it squirmed out of the back of the scrum. Finn reacted before anyone and pounced on the ball. A really good effort from the scrum half. Again Ali converted well.

 

Final try of the game went to Jamie Bell who had come on as sub on the wing. A big tackle as Glens made their way out of their 22 saw the ball knocked on by Glens. Quick reactions from Biggar secured the ball and it was passed out to Bell on the wing who had plenty still to do but dashed over for the score. Ali then converted with a fantastic drop kick from the touchline which drew a well-deserved cheer as it really was a cracking kick!

 

Full time - Biggar 50 – Allan Glens 6

 

A very good game to watch and a potential banana skin avoided for the Colts in their quest for cup glory. Glens were clearly a decent outfit but Biggar dominated them from early on until the final score. It was great to see all 15 men still fighting for every yard when Glens won a scrum under the Biggar posts in the dying minutes. The game was won but the determination not to concede a try was there for all to see. Some great tackling, superb running and above all getting the basics spot on were the basis for this win. Really good to see and clearly the result of hard work on the training pitch.

 

Final word has to go to Stuart Forrest - great to see you back playing and hopefully Sunday wasn’t too painful!

 

Sunday 18 February 2018

Loch Lomond 10 v 65 Biggar U16’s

Despite the one week layoff it was business as usual for the U16’s as they travelled to Loch Lomond for their second West Region Cup fixture.

 

Despite the constant drizzle and poor conditions the boys got off to a flying start when with 5 minutes on the clock having retained possession through a number of forward phases the ball sailed down the back line for Callum Smith to score in the corner. Calum McCallum put an excellent kick over for a 0-7 lead for Biggar.

 

Next came another good series of forward phases and a touch down from Seth Jamison, although the kick was missed, making it 0-12 to Biggar.

 

Loch Lomond kept themselves in it when a quick line-out by them caught Biggar by surprise and they scored in the corner, but also missed their kick to pull it back to 5-12.

 

The opposition’s score only served to spur Biggar on and they began to dominate the game in both the forwards and the backs. It seemed as though the only time Loch Lomond got a touch of the ball was when Biggar either dropped it, or a wayward pass gifted the ball back to them.

 

In a dominant 20-25 minute spell Biggar ran in five unanswered tries.

 

First Cameron Gray dived over from a 5 yard line-out, then Callum Smith ran in one of his trademark solo efforts sprinting past almost the entire Loch Lomond defensive line. Although both kicks were missed the lead was extended to 5-22.

 

Louis Henderson charged over a few minutes later to round off some excellent forwards phases. Then it was the backs turn again as Aaron Thomson sold an sublime side-step to create a gap for him to sail through the defensive line and score. It was then back to the forwards again who drove the Loch Lomond forwards back to their 10 yard line before Seth Jamison dived over for his second try of the game. With Calum McCallum kicking all three conversions the lead was extended to 5-43.

 

Loch Lomond managed to add to their tally from a kick into space, which Biggar should have dealt with, but the opposition picked up the loose ball and scored in the corner again. They also missed their kick making it 10-43 at the half-time interval.

 

The second half went much the same way as the first, with Biggar maintaining control of the game.

 

Callum Smith sailed over for his hat-trick a few minutes in to the half and with another missed conversion the score was 10-48.

 

Next came the best try of the game with the phases between forwards and backs beginning from almost our own try line.

 

A break from Cameron Snell saw him charging down the line with Josh Foster in hot pursuit. As Cammy drew the tackle and popped the pass to Josh he just continued to sailed down the line, out pacing the last of the defenders, to score in the corner. His first try for Biggar – much to the delight of all his team mates! With the kick missed again the lead was extended to 10-53.

 

Though given the option to concede victory, Loch Lomond to their credit chose to see out the game. There was time on the clock for Cameron Gray to score his second try of the day with a good pick-up and charge and for Callum Smith to complete the try fest with his fourth of the match. Calum McCallum missed one but kicked the other conversion to round the game off at 10-65.

 

Another good all round performance by the boys despite the poor weather conditions. With eleven tries and five conversions there could be little to complain about but the boys were unhappy at giving away two easy tries and not keeping a clean sheet. Next week we have a friendly at home to Dumfries.


Biggar Youth Rugby Round up from 4th Feb

U14’s Biggar 7 Highland 25

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” and this is what the Under 14 boys continue to do and will succeed as they build each week. Together they will achieve.

 

On a cracking bright and warm day for rugby, Highland U14 had a successful long trip from Inverness to Hartree Mill with a 7 tries to 2 tries win.

 

Biggar, although bolstered with a few eligible U15 team members could not match the size and maturity of their counterparts.

 

There must be something in the water in the Biggar area but we just never seem to rear 6-foot giants - unlike other teams. As with Dunfermline, differences in stature came to the fore but as usual the Biggar boys stuck in and gave Highland a great game.

 

Highland dominated up front and were well coached in the lineout and drive which they used to their benefit scoring 3 tries in the process.

 

Their backs were well structured and the stand-off had a rugby brain with clever line running, kicking to space and knowing when to get his backs moving.

 

Where Biggar were getting the better of Highland was wide out and when quick ball could be moved, Ben McBride used his tremendous speed and evasive running to score the try of the day which was well received by the supporters.

 

The other try came from Gregor Forrest who was an inspiration to the boys with his strong running and tackling in the centre which made a difference. Gregor will be a major asset to the boys in the coming weeks and when the others missing on Sunday appear back there will be strong competition for all places.

 

Biggar were given a lesson in match play and how much they still need to improve but as usual they never lost heart and put all their effort in.

 

However, the team must move forward together but are still lacking in that some of the boys still needing to be seen in both attack and defence. Together we can do so much.

Scorers

Gregor Forrest – 1 try

Ben McBride - 1 try

Finlay Crozier -1 conversion.

 

 

Biggar U16’s 55 v 0 East Kilbride/Cumnock

This was the U16’s opening fixture in the West Region Cup and it was clear from the start that the boys were up and ready for the game. Biggar took it to the opposition from the start with Jack McAlister and Liam Bockwell in particular gaining more yards from their ball carries than the entire Scotland team had managed the day before. The opening score game from a scrum with the ball being carried wide from the pick-up and flipped passed to Callum Smith on the wing just inside his own half. “Smithy” still had a lot to do but managed to skip past the EK tacklers and keep his feet in field as he sailed down the line to score in the corner. Calum McCallum made the conversion look easy for and early 7-0 lead. Cameron Gray extended the lead a few minutes later when from a five yard scrum he picked up from the number eight position and dived over the line. With the conversion missed it was 12-0.

 

Biggar’s next score came from some excellent forward play, as the boys went through phase after phase, steadily moving the ball down the pitch. It was Jack McAlister who took the final pop pass and barged his way through three tackles to touchdown for the try. Again the conversion was missed but it was 17-0. EK kept plugging away but the Biggar defence was holding firm and it was a ball lost by EK in the tackle that led to try number four. Callum Smith pounced on the loose ball and flew down the wing past several EK players. Having drawn what remained of the defence to him “Smithy” popped a pass to Calum McCallum who also touched down in the corner. With Calum Mc missing his third kick in a row it was looking like he had left his kicking boots at home but the lead was now extended to 22-0.

 

Biggar’s next scores came from individual breaks with first Callum Smith picking up another loose ball and running through four or five opposition players to score his second try under the posts. Then it was Seth Jamieson who finished off a number of forward phases by breaking through several tackles and touching down between the posts. With Calum McCallum converting both kicks the score was stretched to 36-0 at the half-time whistle.

 

The second half continued in the same vein with Biggar dominating in the forwards and the defensive line handling anything EK could throw at them. Cameron Gray scored his second try of the game touching down after some excellent line-out play from Biggar. But with another missed kick the score moved to 41-0. Callum Smith made it a hat-trick of tries for him flying down the wing again leaving everyone in his wake, before cutting in to score under the posts. This time Calum McCallum did make kick to extend the lead to 48-0. It was another series of forward phases that led to the final score, with Cameron Gray breaking the tackle and popping a pass to Calum McCallum who outpaced the remaining defenders to score his second of the game in the corner. Calum made the final conversion to bring the score to 55-0 and shortly after the ref ended the match.

 

A fine victory for the boys with some very good individual performances, but more importantly an excellent overall team performance, with every player contributing to the win. With nine tries and five conversions and most pleasing of all a clean sheet, the game stats speak for themselves. Next weekend is a free week and we can only hope the boys can keep the momentum going for the Loch Lomond game in two weeks.


Mixed fortunes for Biggar’s Youth sides in Fife

U13's v Dunfermline

The Shogun Conference was a significant challenge for the U13s, coaches and players alike. It's important to take stock from time to time and realise just how far you have come.

 

We started the season with a squad of 13, just enough to field the squad size required at U13, assuming everyone available and no subs. Thanks, in large part, to the work of the development team and the School of Rugby program we now have a squad of 21.

 

With two front row players unavailable and a couple of late call-offs we faced Dunfermline on their home turf for the very first time (if we have met before neither Andrew nor I can remember). We had 15 players available but Dunfermline only 13 so our planned wing forwards started on the bench.

 

I don't have a play by play account of the match as I was organising, encouraging and deliberating with Craig and Graeme who were part of the coaching team on the day. I will cover the highlights of the play.

 

We did the following well: strong ball carries; mixed up narrow and wide attacks; tenacity to finish; set pieces; targeting the ball to good effect.

 

We were reasonable at the following: support running; tackling (some excellent, most physical, some not as low as the should have been).

 

We could have been better at the following: speed into rucks on own ball; body position in rucks; defensive organisation.

 

It's hard to single out individuals for praise when it was a real team performance but I will:
Josh- 2 tries, strong carries, important tackles and great lineout defence;
Max B- 2 tries, 1 conversion, well timed rips and good support;
Ryan- strong carries, effective use of draw and pass;
Robert-1 try, solid scrum;
William- solid scrum, good carries;
Stewart- big improvement in carries, keeping the ball secure and available;
Morgan- fabulous physical performance, good yards and secure ball carrying;
Kai- improvement in carrying straight, physical in contact;
Hamish-1 try. Really sound performance at 9, his first whole game in this position, try saving defence;
Connor D- made so many yards, so hard to stop, even carrying a stone of mud on his shorts;
Gregor- 1 try, 1 conversion, an assured performance at 10, some great defence;
Max G- 2 tries, great awareness of space and support. First time in the centre, well handled.
Fergus W- 3 tries, excellent draw and pass, usual combative defence;
Connor J- fabulous attacks down the narrow channels, so hard to stop, try saving tackles.
Angus- composed performance from one of the newer team members, strong carries, linking and brave defence.


Yea, that was them all but they all merited mention.


I have no doubt that the big teams will continue to pose a big challenge but we need games like this to show how we stand against teams other than the best in Scotland. The occasional big win is good for the soul

 

Dunfermline 28points v Biggar 11 points.

“Determination” is a word often associated with these under 14 boys. No matter what is thrown at them they will not give in and they just keep getting back up, determined to do better and make it happen. The boys have turned the season round and won many games but some reality came back on Sunday.

 

No excuses can be made but Dunfermline has one of the most mature teams that they Biggar boys will have played against for some time. Dunfermline had a large squad with 4 individuals who would easily blend in with many under 16 teams.

 

Often there is one outstanding more physical player but this time there were more throughout the field and the Biggar boys just do not have the size which at this level is a crucial factor.

 

However, they do have big hearts and determination and will grow and bulk out well soon , so obtaining all that is needed.

 

On Sunday on an atrocious pitch Biggar found it hard early on to adjust and were 3 tries down early on. Chances were going amiss due to handling errors and too often failing to hold on to the ball when tackled. In defence yet again too, few making the tackles and doing the rucking.

They did eventually shut the door and came into the game with the whole team working together.

 

After some repositioning of the team the game was very much in the balance.

 

The second half was a different contest early on and Biggar were very much getting the upper hand with both Rory Hill and Ben McBride scoring well taken tries after constant Biggar pressure.

 

Another score came from Gregor (from Dunfermline) who helped Biggar out due to them going short of players due to injuries.

 

With no replacements, Biggar boys tired and Dunfermline put a few late tries away.

 

This was again just another challenge on the long road ahead but no one can doubt the Under 14 team have made the biggest improvement this year and will achieve much.

 

Scorers

Rory Hill – 1 try

Ben McBride - 1 try

Gregor- 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 2 out of the 3.


U14’s in the Capital

Under 14 Friendly

Heriots 27points v Biggar 20 points.

 

“Never give up and never give in” is certainly the moto of this group of boys. This Biggar team are an excellent team who might not be the biggest in size but they certainly have the biggest hearts.

 

Biggar travelled to Heriots after the festive break knowing they would have to put in a good performance against a Heriots team who would take them to their limits due to their advantage of most of them being trained most days at school. Heriots contained few older players with 1 notable being over 6 feet tall and certainly would not look out of place in a Colts team.

 

However what Heriots were about to find out was this is a talented Biggar team and they are hard to beat as they never give up.

 

Biggar held firmly with some great tackling but Heriots used their big players well who exploited gaps early on to go 3 tries in front. At this time, the tackling was being done by the usual few.

 

Biggar knew they just had to fill these gaps more and this they did and then started their own attacking from deep with both Ben McBride and Morris McDiarmid scoring excellent individual tries to narrow the deficit to 2 points. Biggar then before half time went ahead after Nathan Balkwill took a pass at speed from 5 metres out to crash over for a well deserved try.

 

Half time – Biggar up by 2 points.

 

The confidence this bunch of boys have was clearly seen at the start of the 2nd half. They knew that their tackling was stopping Heriots launch their attacks especially Rory Hill and Tom Roper in the forwards along with the midfield backs of Morris McDiarmid , Lewis Robertson and Alexander Walpole. From the start Biggar put the ball out to Lewis Robertson who showed tremendous speed to further put the boys ahead. Speed of Lewis and Ben is a massive asset for the team.

 

Biggar were now in full control and a break by Biggar from their own half and with quick hands the final pass was put to Ben McBride to run in from 40 yards.

 

However, Heriots were not finished and started to put their forwards to good use by dominating at the ruck and breakdown and therefore starving Biggar of any ball. Then their backs continually showed clean hands passing to their winger who was quick enough to go around the Biggar defence to score 3 tries. Unfortunately, 2 of these tries should not have been allowed and it was the Heriots coaches who made these comments before the Biggar coaches could grumble.

 

Heriots scored 1 more final try to win this game but it was a great game between 2 very talented teams played in the best way.


 

Scorers

Ben McBride - 2 tries

Lewis Robertson– 1 try

Morris McDiarmid – 1 try

Nathan Balkwill – 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted all 5 conversions. Some were from far out and what a difference for the team when you have a kicker of Finlay’s ability.


Biggar Youth frustrate West

U16’s v West

A great 38 -0 win for the U16 boys against West of Scotland today at Hartree Mill. After a tight first 15 minutes the Biggar boys built on their excellent defence to wear down West in a really structured multi-phase game in attack and scored a number of hard worked tries. A super turnaround from the close fought match earlier in the season to run out convincing winners. One for the coaches to savour from the boys, but still lots of areas to work on and improve.


One more conference match left against Highland next week. So lots of hard work and focus in training this week and let's aim to turn that result around too ! Well done young Rams

 

U15’s

The U15s returned to winning ways with an entertaining 38 - 7 win against West today. After last weeks narrow, last minute loss to Ayr it was important to deliver a similarly physical performance which the boys did in spades. Missing numerous players this was a chance to try a few new combinations and for others to step up.

 

Its fair to say everyone of the team stepped up and delivered 110%. The support running regaining the levels seen earlier in the season. Well done boys.

 

U14's: West of Scotland 4 points v Biggar 15 points.

The Under 14 boys returned from West after giving their best performance to date winning by 4 tries to 1. What is remarkable is that only 2 months ago they were well beaten by West at Biggar but such has been the improvement in these boys that dominated West all through the game on Sunday.

 

It was rewarding for the team to receive such positive feedback form the West coaches who could not believe the improvement in the Biggar boys but also how they are well structured and motivated to work for each other.

 

Remember it was only August when we wondered if we would have a team as there was only 9 boys and now there is 20.

We have come together which is the beginning

We have keep together which is the progress and

We now work together which is success.

Right from the start the boys stuck to their game plan to subdue the West forwards who were bigger and stronger. Biggar's pack held them and this then allowed Calum McClemon to gain yardage and when ball was set the backs caused damage and this they did especially wide out with Ben McBride.

However, for many periods of play Biggar had to defend Biggars defence was their attack and they showed all-round ability throughout the team to cause West issues everywhere.
Although this was a great team effort, notable performances came from:

In the backs, Ben McBride scoring 3 tries, two weeks in a row and Morris McDiarmid who was outstanding in both defence and attack. With the forwards Calum Mclemon continues to inspire the boys but his running lines tend to puzzle his own team mates when trying to follow him. Rory Hill and Tom Roper put in awesome performances in tackling which really stopped West getting any momentum up in the game.

Scorers

Ben McBride - 3 tries

Calum McLemon - 1 try

Finlay Crozier converted 3 of the 4 conversions.


U18 Scottish Schools Cup, Boys Youth East v West and Club News

ON Sunday many of the Clubs U18 girls were playing at Scotstoun in Glasgow, representing Biggar High in the Scottish Schools Cup Final.

Pitched against the Community School of Auchterarder the Biggar girls were not quite able to retain the trophy they won last year (when they defeated the same opponents).

Biggar ran out of numbers, their cause not helped as several players were unavailable prior to the match while there were three more injuries on the day, this leaving the side at just 14.

Pluckily though the remaining squad performed, they were not able to get back into the match and lost by 39-29.

This was a great match however and all involved – from both sides - can take great credit for the way in which they played.

 

Congratulations as well to all those players – present and former – who were part of the West team that defeated east on Sunday at the Orium.

Current 1st XV member Andrew Nimmo started the match. He was joined by Ross Jackson (now with Marr) while Andrew Jardine (now with Melrose) was on the bench.

The West side ran out convincing winners by 61-26.

 

 

Many thanks to all who supported the club on Friday at Late Night shopping and on Saturday at the Skippinish Concert. Both events were very successful and were enjoyed by all present.

A massive thank you to GY for his organisation throughout.


Shotgun Conference win for U14’s

Under 14 Shogun Conference

Biggar 38 points v Ayr 4 points (thanks as always to gavin Hill for the report)

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation and that’s exactly what the Biggar Under 14 boys did on Sunday. They approached kick off ready to take the game to Ayr and this they did and from the start their attack punched holes in the Ayr defense straight away. Ayr simply did not know what had hit them and within 5 minutes, Biggar were 2 tries ahead. Calum McLemon was as usual leading the boys from the front and this was a vital key to the performance.

Another key to victory is believing you have a team worth fighting for and each player put in an impressive display, working for each other.

Ayr just could not settle into the game as Biggar launched attack after attack in various areas of the field which was proving hard to contain.

When Ayr did get the ball the Biggar centres blitzed their midfield which denied any of the Ayr centres getting the ball with time to then attack. With the centres denied the Ayr standoff resorted to kicking which again played into the Biggar hands as they ran back at them at every opportunity especially when Ben McBride was being given space.

Biggar commanded all areas and it was rewarding to see excellent lineouts and drives which have been worked on at training which then resulted in peeling off the maul to score.

Forwards were working as a unit and when time was right the ball was moved out to the backs to make space.

This team have now scored 20 tries in their last 2 games and continues to work hard and create the desire to succeed
 

Scorers

Calum McLemon - 4 tries

Ben McBride - 3 tries

Alexander Walpole 2 tries.

Morris McDiarmid- 1 try

 

Finlay Crozier had a great day converting 7 of the 10 tries with one being from the side line. Another conversion was awarded automatically after the penalty try.


Biggar Youth draw a blank against Boroughmuir


Boroughmuir recorded wins at Colts level on Saturday and their other youth sides also triumphed on Sunday at each age group. A tough day!
 

Biggar Under 14’s

Boroughmuir arrived confident that they would easily put Biggar to the sword but came away from Hartree knowing that although they had won 24 - 3 they had been in a very competitive game.

 

Boroughmuir were quick to praise the improvement in Biggar compared to the start of the season when Biggar could only field 9 players. Now they have a squad of 18 and each player is proud to be part of it. Each week they move on and it is so good to see.

 

Boroughmuir were not allowed to play early on with Biggar frustrating them and it was not until well through the half before they scored.

 

Half time 12 to 0 for Boroughmuir.

 

Biggar had chances and plenty procession but they were not matching the direct running that their opponents were.

 

However, they did score in the 2nd half through Calum McLemon but were not able to put any further tries on the score board.


Shogun Conference update

On Sunday the Boys were in action against West in the Shogun Conference.

The S1 and S2 sides were at home but neither side could get the better of their visitors, West claiming the points with a 31-0 win at S1 and a 21-11 win at S2.

Biggar Under 14’s

The boys put in another terrific display against West of Scotland in a highly competitive encounter on Sunday losing by 21 points to 11 points.

Although West went in front with 2 early tries it was Biggar who gained the upper hand towards the end of the 1st half replying with a try from Callum McLemon but also losing out on 2 further scores which should have been taken.

The West winger was being given space to get his pace up and angle running which Biggar failed to deal with. However, Biggar never given in and often put West on the back foot to score a further 2 tries from Ben McBride and Christopher Barrett . Finlay Crozier converted two of three tries.

Biggar attack is as strong as any other team in this league but too often it is the defence (tackling) which needs continual work on. Everyone needs to tackle not just a few.

We must not take away how well these boys have moved forward in the last few weeks with coaches Doug Roper and Mark Yates driving the boys from the front.

Attitudes have changed and its these little things that make a big difference.

The other change is that they now have a squad and they are all proud to be playing for each other. This team will not give up and they really are great to watch.

The glory in this team is their ability to rise every time they fall. Many others could learn from these boys.

 

The 15’s and 16’s were at Burnbrae.

The U15s returned to winning ways with a 52 - 0 win away at West on their 4G pitch.

 

Scoring started after 4 minutes with a direct run and try from Jonathan Smith. West then put the boys under 10 minutes solid pressure with the ball being held up over the try line a couple of times. The defence remained strong and organised and when Biggar eventually got the ball they started to link up and the trys followed.

 

First of all for outside centre Lewis Campbell with a try collected perfectly form a bouncing ball after a kick over the top from Euan Laing followed by one from flanker Kaleb Millar with a drive through the middle. Next up was Murray Lean with a strong inside centre cut back from 10 yards out to cut through a wall of defence.

 

In the second half the forwards got more of the trys with first Fraser Simpson breaking through the middle for a break away try. This was followed up by Jonathan Smith's and Kaleb Millar's second and topped off with an injured Sam Taylor keeping his try scoring count continuing.

 

6 of the 8 trys were converted by captain for the day Euan Laing.

 

The rain barely stopped and their was lots spilled ball and knock on's but by keeping West out and the score board moving the team was able to play lots of people in different positions and gain lots and lots of experience.

 

Thanks to hosts for a match always played in the best tradition of rugby.

 

In a close but very high-scoring match the 16’s lost out by 44-38 (loss)

 

The Colts, 15’s and 16’s face a long trip north at the weekend when they journey to Inverness to take on Highland

 

Unfortunately their S1 and S2 sides cannot make the trip south as this weekend coincides with the Inverness October holiday which means they cannot raise numbers to travel. While Biggar are seeking alternative fixtures it might mean a week off for these sides but with a scheduled break in the programme to cater for the October week break here this may mean a fortnight’s break.


Shogun Conference details from Biggar v Ayr

On Saturday and Sunday Biggar’s Colts and Youth sides were pitched in Shogun Conference action against Ayr.

The west coast side inflicted the first full set of defeats over Biggar with none of the sides able to challenge their opponents, well though they played and hard though they tried.

The Colts lost a handful of players to holidays and District commitments and this dealt the side a real blow from which they were always going to struggle, particualrly against one of the top colts sides in the country.

 

The final tally saw Ayr run out by 47-7.

 

On Sunday the Youth section posted the following results:

 

U16's: 0-74 (loss)

 

U15s: 7-57 (loss)

Following a string of good results and accomplished performances from the Biggar boys this was a harsh lesson in the standard the team is working to reach and how difficult it is to play rugby without retaining the ball.

A very different Ayr team, from the one the boys beat in previous years were quicker and more physical all around the pitch, only heroic tackling from Biggar kept Ayr out for long stretches as Ayr kept winning and retained possession.

One lost match doesn't detract from some fine performances to date and simply refocuses the squad on the work required to compete at this level.

 

U14s: 10-30 (loss)

The boys retuned from Ayr with their heads held high after competing for much of the game but were unable to overcome a well organised Ayr team losing 30 points to 10 points.

The boys are not interested in offering excuses “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one”.

The attack was as effective as Ayr, with which their coaches agreed and the results were 3 fine tries by Calum McLemon (2) and Finlay Crozier who also converted one.

At half time the game was evenly poised but in the second half , Ayr with the benefit of a full squad were able to bring on fresh legs.

The boys stuck in well and each week keep moving on positively and more importantly together. They really do encourage each other

Areas of defence and positioning still need worked on but they will take this in their stride and work to get it right.

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained in the struggle against overwhelming odds.

 

U13s: 0-30 (loss)

The U13s played in atrocious muddy conditions today In Ayr. They even used the showers afterwards which really is a first!
It's hugely frustrating for all involved, that the team consistantly plays competitive rugby that is in no way reflected by the 30-0 scoreline against them.
Biggar absolutely dominate the set piece, winning every scrum, every line out, smashes every ruck, and yet they fumble the ball and cannot stop one or two fast players in the counterattack.
Our S1 squad comprises lots of inexperienced players, who lack the confidence and instinct to tackle without hesitation or to create flowing phases of rugby. BUT this is something that can be fixed, it will take a couple of seasons, but this team will sort this out and will become a force to be reckoned with.


Girls host Murrayfield Wanderers

On Sunday the Girls U15 and U18 sides hosted Murrayfield Wanderers in the Mirage Conference.

Having been disappointed after last week when Ayr postponed their matches due to unplayable pitches there was further upset as the Edinburgh sides arrived short of players. The matches were then played as development games which Biggar ‘won’ handsomely, with several Biggar players appearing for the visitors to ensure a contest.


Shogun Conference update v Currie Chieftains

The Boys Youth section were pitched against Currie.

The U13 and U14 sides were at Hartree and honours were shared with Biggar on top at U14, with an excellent performance with some really promising phases and contributions from all with the U13 side, though beaten playing some much better rugby against a good Currie side.

 

U13s

For the record Fergus Watson scored all the Biggar points in the 22-7 defeat.

 

U14’s

This team have recently struggled to win games but they have a determination of never giving up. Working together as a team on Sunday they pulled off a great victory against Currie by 23 points to 6. (3 points for a try and 1 for a conversion).

Try scorers on the were Ben McBride (3) , Calum McLemon (2) and Alexander Walpole (1) with Finlay Crozier converting five of the six . Calum and Christopher Barrett lifted the tempo for the boys and they rose to it and were impressive to watch. Alone we can do so little , together as a team we can do so much. Great support, great day for the boys with 16 present in the squad.

 

U15's

At Malleny Park the U15’s lost their first match of this campaign by to what is likely to be the top U15 side in the Conference but there was some fantastic news as the U16’s won their match by 46-22.

At U15 The first half was close with only a Currie try just before half time opening a gap on the score board. After half time Currie punished some defensive mistakes but Biggar battled on to finish the game with 19 points to Curries 48. A first defeat of the season for the boys but lessons learnt.

 

These results mean that Biggar, by virtue of winning 3 from the 5 Currie matches edge the ‘whole club’ Shogun Conference points. Well done to all.


Shogun Conference: Week 3 v Stirling County

Biggar U15's

The U15s won 27 - 5 at Stirling today in pretty horrible wet conditions leading 3 trys to 1 at half time and finishing with 5 trys in total from Arron Millar (2), Kaleb Millar, Sam Taylor and Jonathan Smith. Conversion from Euan Laing.

The conditions made life difficult in attack and County tackled and rucked well to keep the u15s out for long stretches of the game but when the link up play worked it created exciting attacking rugby with a variety of attacking styles demonstrated over the game Well done boys.

 

Biggar U16's

To all the U16s boys who played today thank you for your excellent efforts in very difficult circumstances. With late all offs and down to just 15 players and 4 out of position the boys were outstanding and up to 29 mins when the score was still 0-0 with two very good teams playing good rugby in terrible conditions. We then had a double injury and were down to 13 players. The final result will show that we were beaten by 6 tries to 1 the club but more importantly the boys can be very proud of themselves of how they never gave up and still managed to score an excellent try with great patience and support play. Without doubt this game will going forward will be remembered for all the right reason and as you all keep developing as players and young men there will be great games in the future. As Sir Alex would say, I am a very proud coach today

Andy Barnett

Report

A game of two halves! With the squad down to the bare bones and 4 lads playing out of position the U16 squad set about the away trip to Stirling County in terrible conditions with huge effort and drive, determined to leave nothing on the park. For 29 minutes the lads seemed to be camped out in the County half, edging closer and closer to the try line, dominating in the set piece and bashing it up the middle really taking the game to the hosts. Unfortunately 2 players injured in the same play on 29 mins saw the lads continue to compete well with 13 players against a Stirling side playing great rugby. But inevitably when your down two players, space opens up and Stirling ran out eventual winners 44-5 however the score line didn't reflect the huge effort put in by the young rams, especially to get the try they so richly deserved. The lads, their coaches and their parents should be very proud of their performance today, a result they can take plenty of positives from and build on for the season ahead.


Biggar take points against Hamilton


After the girls had finished it was the boys turn with the U15’s and U16’s both at home and the S1’s and S2’s at Hamilton. Another tough set of games but with very positive results for the Biggar sides.

 

Biggar U16s 50- Hamilton 0 This game was halted before half time as limit reached and development match played for remaining time. A fantastic and very structured performance today by Biggar U16 boys produced a barrage of 9 tries in 26 minutes.

 

Biggar U15s 50 - Hamilton 0 Biggar U15s produced a strong performance against Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton to score 9 trys and win 50 - 0 in today's Shogun Conference match. The teams maturity early on produced strong phased play with determined support running creating opportunities outwide. Well done boys Game halted 5 minutes early as limit reached

 

Biggar U14s 4 - Hamilton 32

 

Biggar U13s 26 - Hamilton 16

 

These matches are of course in the Shogun Conference and Hamilton were the other side to be promoted to this division after two seasons in the conference below. Another good start then although things will inevitably get tougher…..this week the lads meet Stirling County, a club with a proud record in this competition.
 


Youth Section in Shogun Conference 1st Round

U16s 5-66 defeat

U15s 31-0 win

U14s - 51-0 this was a development match played as Biggar didn't have enough players. Boroughmuir loaned Biggar some players plus 4 from the U15s squad played with them

U13s 22-15 loss.

Boroughmuir U13 22 Biggar U13 15
Our 'baby' midis had to come of age quickly today as they faced Boroughmuir.
For the first ten minutes our lads were overwhelmed as they struggled to cope with the size and pace of a physically mature opposition. It is testament to our lad's guts and determination that they didn't let their heads drop, but found a way to contain the Boroughmuir team for the remainder of the half, and even crossed the whitewash themselves thanks to a great run from Fergus Watson.
They entered the second half three tries behind, but some fresh legs from the subs bench tipped the balance in the favour of the Biggar forwards, and Ben White managed to crash the ball over the line. Biggar were now snapping at 'muir's heels and 'muir's nervousness at this turnaround in fortunes was obvious by their dramatic use of their entire bench and aspects of play that our young lads haven't encountered before. Suffice it to say, their eyes have been opened.
Unfortunately, despite winning the second half, Biggar couldn't prevail overall. But this experience has bound them together even tighter, and they are relishing the thought of next week's encounter with Hamilton.

On this first conference weekend, Biggar earn 10 points, sharing the honours with their City opponents

Hamilton are opponents next weekend which is sure to be another tough contest.


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

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