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1sts and 2nds take on Stewarts Melville

Stewarts Melville 0 Biggar 31

This was a result which will tax the statisticians from both clubs; when was the last time Biggar won back to back games whilst keeping their line intact and when was the last time Stew Mel failed to record a single point at home?

 

Answers on a postcard please to BRFC and if it’s possible these will be included in this Saturday’s match programme when Howe of Fife are the guests.

 

Having managed to defeat the Edinburgh side by 36-3 at Hartree Mill back in September, Biggar were convinced that on Saturday they would face a really fired up opposition desperate to gain some sort of revenge. The Stew Mel warm up gave credilbility to that conviction as the home side, with an onimously large pack, ran through a host of moves at pace. Fast forward to the match however and things were very different when the same moves stuttered and failed as passes were dropped and lacked accuracy while the pack, aside from a couple of notable exceptions came off second best both in the set piece and in the loose.

 

That this was the case was down to the pressure exerted by an equally fired up Biggar squad combined with a real off-day for the Edinburgh side who struggled to match the Biggar effort.

 

Chances to get the Stew Mel scoreboard moving there were, but these were few and far between and on each occasion they found the Biggar defence at its solid best. Players were knocked back in tackles, possession was conceded while opportunities to gain and/or retain field position were lost when the set piece malfunctioned. Indeed, two of Biggar’s 5 tries came from lineout errors when possession was gifted to Biggar players who reacted far quicker to press home the advantage.

 

Biggar fielded a strong XV with competition for places seeing a couple of regulars dropping to the 2nd XV who played their Stew Mel hosts on the adjoining pitch.

 

Up front Ewan Stewart returned at hooker which allowed Chris Mulligan to play on the flank, Lewis Stewart unavailable due to injury. In the 2nd row, Andrew Warnock joined up with Jamie Orr, these two contributing massively in winning and pinching valuable lineout ball.

 

The backs began as of late, and the bench saw newcomer Declan Dinnen making his first appearance in a Biggar shirt.

 

Given the torrential rain during the week it was hardly surprising that the Inverleith pitch was sodden and slippy, this a factor both sides had to contend with, but happily the overhead conditions were reasonably fair.

 

Biggar kicked off up the ‘slope’ and faced an initial onslaught (as expected) and which saw Biggar pressed into defensive roles. A knock on off a neat chip was the first Stew Mel foray into Biggar’s half. Some really good defence and a big scrum saw Biggar gain territory and it seemed a burst to the line from Robbie Lavery would open the scoring but at the last possible moment the ball was knocked from his grasp. Another good scrum saw Stew Mel struggle to break free and Biggar regrouped to make an assualt on the Stew Mel line. Conor Lavery took the ball going right and put in a neat grubber behind the Stew Mel backs, Ross Bradford winning the chase for the first try which Matthew Stewart converted for 7-0.

 

Stew Mel maintained possession from two penalties and subsequent lineouts as Biggar fell foul of referee Steven Turnbull. A searing break through the Biggar line was perhaps the best line break of the match but Biggar’s cover defence in the shape of Rowan Stewart was up to the mark and the attack halted.

 

The hosts opted to take a scrum from the next penalty award, they believing that their scrum would be able to dominate but a somewhat predictable blind side move saw the winger bundled in to touch.

 

Despite gaining some relief via Davy Reive’s box kicks and a good ‘mark’ from Alan Warnock Stew Mel managed to retain possession and territory.

 

The game at this stage was broken and scrappy as both teams made errors, these due to the slippy conditions underfoot and/or as players tried to open play up. Still suffering from a number of penalties all for a variety of different offences, Biggar were under some pressure but this they dealt with pretty well, their two man/double tackles sapping the energy from the hosts attack. Two examples of this with Rowan Stewart and Donald Voas and another by Jamie Orr and Ewan Stewart caught the eye.

 

As it was Biggar began to gain more ground and just after the half hour they struck again. A good attacking position was won from a penalty from Conor Lavery and good lineout ball. Matthew Stewart, Voas and Ross Jackson combined well to take play to the Stew Mel 22. Ball was recycled and pressure maintained via a driving run from Jamie Orr. With quick ruck ball provided a pop pass to Euan Sanderson saw him crash over from 5 metres for a score which saw the ‘points for’ total move past the 500 mark, it all the more appropriate that this try was claimed by the 1st XV captain. Matthew Stewart duly converted the try to put Biggar into a 14-0 lead.

 

Stew Mel came back from the restart but Biggar were able to hold their line intact after Warnock took a good lineout off the hosts possession.

 

The second half saw Guy Kelly – the youngster showing again that he is a talent with some solid scrummaging combined with some very good ‘carries’ in the loose - replaced by Franco Carossi.

 

The half couldn’t have had a better start for Biggar as in what was their first attack an attempted break out by the Stew Mel pack saw hooker Doug Randall pass the ball directly to his opposite number Ewan Stewart who had the simple task of turning and making the 5 yards to the line for an opportunist score. Matthew Stewart was just short with his conversion attempt.

 

Less than 10 minutes later and Biggar claimed their 4th and bonus point winning try, not something which had been given much thought in the pre-match build up. This too came directly from a Stew Mel error and as such a bit of a gift. Biggar have often conceded possession from lineouts in the past but they haven’t been punished just so harshly. An overthrow and knock-down on their own lineout saw ball spilled to the ground, the ever-present flanker Chris Mulligan on hand to pounce on the ball and then make the 5 or so yards to the line for the try. Matthew Stewart duly converted for 26-0 but this was his last involvement as Ryan Moffat took over in the centre.

 

Minutes later and a penalty gave Conor Lavery the chance to extend his sides lead but he was off target from what was a long way out.

 

Dinnen made his first appearance on the pitch when he replaced Warnock and Iain Renwick then took over at scrum half from Reive. These changes disrupted the Biggar effort a little and the remainder of the contest became a little less fluid with errors again creeping into both sides play. It was an entertaining contest nevertheless, with plenty talking points and several chances to add to the Biggar total.

 

Biggar’s 5th try came as Biggar were deep in their hosts half. A series of attacks had come up against some btter defence but with great vision stand off Conor Lavery put in a super cross kick which Ryan Moffat was able to take before crossing for a great score. Lavery was just short with the conversion.

 

The last passage of play saw Stew Mel enjoy a bit more pressure with better possession and they forced Biggar back into defence. That Biggar kept the city side out was as big a bonus as the additional point for scoring 4 tries. The side have now scored 521 and conceded just 87, an average over the 13 games of 40-6!

 

Biggar’s next test is against Howe of Fife, a side languishing at ther foot of the National 2 table. Complacency is a dangerous enemy and with several players unavailable as they travel to celebrate Alan Warnock’s wedding to Emma (best wishes to the couple from all at Hartree Mill), the squad must regroup and ensure that they retain their top spot.

 

 

Biggar

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

Reps: F. Carossi, D. Dinnen, R. Moffat, I. Renwick

 

Biggar’s 2nd XV were left tight for numbers on Saturday and their cause was hampered early on with a nasty head cut injury to stand off James Barr. Happily he has been stitched up and is set for recovery.

 

Further injuries to Ali Steele, Euan Bogle and Paul Davidson meant the side was further depleted although the latter two were able to stay on the pitch.

 

A Bogle penalty was their limit in the first half but a try and conversion from Gregor Stewart in the second period gave the side a lift but Stew Mel were able to run in several tries to win by 41-10.

 

There is bags of potential in this side, especially if those who are available were all able to play regularly. Their mid table position is not at all reflective of thier ability or potential.


1sts bounce back against Dumfries

Biggar 39 Dumfries 0

What a difference a week makes! A Biggar win as they bounce back after the defeat by Peebles while the Border side who looked a competent and strong side come unstuck against Glasgow Accies....

 

After the disappointment of last week when Biggar produced a somewhat lack-lutsre display, the side came out of the traps with all guns firing against Dumfries. Having weathered the Dumfries storm of the first half, they then opened up to record an excellent win, with just as importantly, preventing the visitors from recording any points.

 

Having suffered defeat last week, Biggar were determined to ensure that they got things back on track on Saturday. This was the first game of the second ‘half’ of the season and against a side which had provided stern opposition in the opening encounter.

 

Biggar welcomed back two warriors in lock Alan Warnock and scrum half Davy Reive with Guy Kelly recalled to the front row. Andrew Peacock and Franco Carrossi dropped to the bench with Chris Mulligan taking over at hooker from the injured Ewan Stewart, and with Lewis Stewart at flank forward. In the three quarters the other Stewart brothers (Gregor and Rowan) were unavailable and so Matthew Stewart returned from injury at centre with Iain Renwick, who had been at 9 against Peebles playing on the wing.

 

As had been expected Dumfries began strongly some neat moves in the backs seeing them create great yardage and on one occasion splitting the Biggar defence in two, only a great tackle from Robbie Orr halting the move.

 

Against the run of play then it was a boost to see Matthew Stewart kick a penalty top give Biggar an early lead.

 

Play was a tad fractious at this stage with both sides getting into good attacking positions but errors spoiling all the hard work that had gone before. The wind, which was coming across the pitch, was a major factor with Dumfries struggling to master restarts and with Biggar just too long on a couple of occasions. These, combined with a variety of penalty awards and a mal-functioning Dumfries lineout and some uncharacteristic handling errors from Biggar meant that there were regular stoppages.

 

Dumfries continued to put Biggar under pressure however and it took all of Biggar’s defensive strength to keep their line intact, one superb try-saving tackle from Davy Rieve which did just enough to prevent Dumfries from scoring was one of many to catch the eye, Donald Voas another who put in some thundering hits throghout the match.

 

Dumfries should have tied the scores ast 3-3 but kicker Alan Birdsall was off target from a relatively ‘simple’ distance.

 

Having seen that kick miss Dumfries opted thereafter to run the ball with a series of tap and go’s but again it was Biggar’s first up and cover tackles which came to the fore to repel the visitors.

 

Biggar were a match for their opponents in the tight scrum but they took the lion’s share of lineout ball, Jamie Orr in fine form although tribute too, to his lifters.

 

As ahs often been the case this season Biggar’s ability to counter-attack has been impressive and it was this which led to the first try. A squint Dumfries lineout in Biggar’s 22 led to a sscrum and Biggar possession. Ross Bradford got the ball in midfield and made a great break to the left with Iain Renwick adding more yards. Ballw as then transferred inside to Reive who made short shrift of the gap to reach the line. Matthew Stewart added the conversion for 10-0.

 

This score came just beofre the half hour mark and some 5 minutes later Biggar struck again with Stewart kicking a second penalty for 13-0.

 

A major error on the restart meant the Dumfries were gifted possession and had it not been for their defence Biggar would have conceded a score. Instead however, Bradford, Voas, Chris Mulligan and the Orr brothers all tackled well to stem the tide.

 

A Conor Lavery clearnace took play to half way with the chase stopping Dumfries from a counter attack. A knock on gave Biggar scrum ball and with Ross Jackson making the initial thrust, yards were made by Robbie Orr, then Jackson again who popped the ball to Lewis Stewart who looked to be on his way to scoring a try. The despairing cover tackle did enough to trip him up but the youngster had the presence of mind to find Euan Sanderson in support, Biggar’s skipper diving in for the score, though the flying tackle by the last Dumfries player was not to his liking!

 

Half time then and Biggar were ahead at 20-0.

 

A series of penalties from referee Mike Milner disrupted play as the second half began, Dumfries benefitting from these awards and managing to relieve the pressure exerted by Biggar. Faced with poor possession from their lineout meant that a tap-and-go ploy was again their preffered option, but Biggar were up for this with another batch of big hits ending the momentum Dumfries so craved.

 

With some 15 minutes of the second half gone Biggar struck with a third try. Reive tidied lineout ball before gaining some much needed yards. Robbie Lavery spread play wide and Lewis Stewart linked well before getting the ball to Robbie Orr. The fullback is very elusive and made the try line form the half way mark, out-stripping the Dumfries defence on the way. Matthew Stewart’s conversion took Biggar to 27-0.

 

There was now the real possibility of collecting another 4 try bonus – not something that had been given much thought in the lead up to the game.

 

Robbie Lavery made a great line break with his next foray and with Mulligan carrying play forward again his pass found Lewis Stewart who flew in from the Dumfries 22 for a try convertde by his brother for 34-0 and that all important bonus point try!

 

With the thrid quarter beckoning Voas was carrying well again as Biggar rang the changes with Franco Carossi replacing Kelly and Peacock replacing Alan Warnock. Robbie Lavery then took over at scrum half as Reive left the field to a well-deserved round of applause for his efforts.

 

Dumfries continued to run at Biggar with scrum half Birdsall tireless in his attempts to spur his side and on and with flanker Ben Johnstone and No8 Luke Gilbert making good ground into the Biggar 22 but errors and Biggar’s defence brought these efforts to nought.

 

The last try was one of the best of the season to date and there have been plenty from the top drawer as well. A missed kick to touch was cleared fownfield by Dumfries and into Biggar’s 22 where it was gathered by Robbie Orr. He found Iain renwick who set up a ruck on Biggar 10m line. There were then a series of phases each of which involved different players but which continues to take play into the Dumfries half. An injection of pace by Mulligan and then by Bradford who made some great runs on Saturday set Jackson free for the try in the corner! A total of 13 players were involved at some point…..fantastic!

 

The final few minutes saw Biggar penalised on a number of occasions at scrum time when they seemed to be totally dominant and which meant that Dumfries ended the match in Biggar’s 22.

 

Congratulations to all involved on Saturday. There was no one who did not perform and it was really encouraging to see how the younger members of the squad – 4 in their teens – worked together. This was a big result given the previous week’s performance and one which should again boost confidence. With a weekend off due to the Cup commitements Biggar now prepare for the real challenge posed by Stewarts Melville who are currently in 3rd spot. Biggar won the match at Hartree Mill and took the Edinburgh side by surprise. They will be eager to return the compliment there is no doubt.

 

Biggar

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

Reps: F. Carossi, A. Peacock, R. Moffat, J. Barr

 

The 2nd XV entertained Peebles 2nds in a friendly on Friday evening. After a good first half Biggar dropped off the pace a bit and allowe their visitors too much space.

The Border side ran out deserved winners. Ali Steele, Alex Toal and euan Bogle scored tries with the latter also kicking 2 conversions.


1sts XV lose for the first time

Biggar 7 Peebles 10

Any record has to be broken at some point and while on paper at least Biggar should have been able to extend theit winning run to 11, Peebles, as befits local derby opposition, were always going to provide a very stern challenge to the table-toppers. And so, as Saturday’s game wore on and with Biggar just holding on to a slender 7-0 lead, thoughts turned back to the same game last season when, with some 15 minutes to go and well ahead, Biggar contrived to lose the match with a careless attention to protecting a lead.

 

That Peebles eventually won on Saturday, courtesy of a penalty try and a penalty to a converted try equates to as big a boost for the Border side as it is a disappointment for all at Hartree Mill. A very frugal defence as the ‘points against’ column shows, combined with a much greater ability to break the line than their opponents, have been the hallmarks of each Biggar performance to date this season and on balance this was probably the case against Peebles. That Peebles rarely threatened the Biggar line is confirmation of Biggar’s defensive strength while Biggar made several cutting line breaks and crossed the Peebles line twice (one disallowed try) and came close on at least another 3 occasions. However the Border side were a better organised unit than Biggar have faced recently and with their forwards largely dictating play in the set piece, this put real pressure on the Biggar side, which inevitably cut their attacking options down and limited their attacking threat. The old adage about not being allowed to play largely sums up Biggar’s day; denied quality ball from the set piece and yielding possession from lineout and scrum put pressure on everything else. Biggar also made a host of uncharacteristic errors although perhaps these were as a result of the increased pressure exerted by Peebles than to any lack of focus or concentration.

 

The upshot is that Biggar, having played virtually 11 games without ever having been behind on points, at any stage in any of the previous games, ceded their unbeaten record. This in turn means that their lead at the top of National 2 has been cut to just 4 points. Next up is another home game (against Dumfries) with Stewarts Melville (A), Howe (H) and Falkirk (A) all lying in wait before the Christmas break. An exciting time awaits….

 

With both Davy Reive and Alan Warnock unavailable and Matthew Stewart injured Biggar made a few changes to the starting line up for this clash. In the backs Iain Renwick resumed at scrum half, Gregor Stewart took Matthew Stewarts place at centre alongside Robbie Lavery which allowed Robbie Orr to operate at fullback. In the pack, Ross Jackson returned at No 8 which allowed Jamie Orr to resume his partnership with Andrew Peacock at lock.

 

As a demonstration of respect for Rememberance weekend, both teams, and the Colts prior to their match with Highland later in the afternoon, observed a minutes silence. A defeat in a rugby match, regardless of how ‘important’ that match is deemed to be, is hardly comparable to the sacrifices made by those who are remembered at this time each year and therefore any frustration felt at defeat is put firmly into perspective.

 

Peebles, as anticipated, came out of the traps at full pace and Biggar, on the back foot and in defensive mode from the start, conceded a couple of penalties. The first attempt after just 3 minutes was pulled left by Mrray Brown while thereafter the preffered option was to kick to the corner for a lineout and attempted driving maul. Biggar’s defence held firm however and as they countered Peebles were then made to defend their own line as Biggar had some success via attacking play from their three quarters.

 

Biggar’s cause was then upset somewhat by an injury to lock Peacock who twisted an ankle, his replacment being Zander Lyon.

 

A second Peebles penalty was also missed. After the half hour mark another good Biggar attack, when ball was transferred at pace and which took play into the Peebles 22 earned a penalty but Conor Lavery had similar luck to the Peebles kicker and pulled the kick wide.

 

An offside at the drop out – an offence which is rarely punished – allowed Biggar to retain territory and it was as Biggar attacked that Peebles No 8 Richard Harrison was shown the games first yellow after a reckless shoulder charge to Lavery.

 

In what was virtually the very next attacking move, referee Sam O’Neill then brandished his yellow card again, this time to Harrisons brother Jack, the Peebles scrum half, who had provided a withering assessment on the officials decision making.

 

Down to 13 men – not it has to be said an unusual position for Peebles this season and therefore a situation the side is almost accustomed to – Biggar had to take advantage of the disparity in numbers. A cross kick in their nest attack yielded little but a counter attack from Bradford, this after a comical collison with his team mate Robbie Orr which sent both sprawling on the turf, took play back to the Peebles 22. Ball moved left found the Peebles defence up to the mark but when ball was switched back to the right Robbie Lavery cleverly created space to draw two defenders before sliipping the ball to the supporting Donald Voas who ran in almost unopposed. Conor Lavery added the conversion to make the score 7-0.

 

There was time for the restart and as Biggar transgressed at scrum time, this a first penalty of what was to become many, Peebles were offered another kicking opportunity. This kick hit the post padding and was gathered up by Robbie Orr who then dispatched the ball to touch for half time.

 

Playing now towards the clubhouse Biggar had hoped to kick on but from the outset Peebles adopted a pick and drive ploy which was effective in retasining possessiona nd in gaining ground.

 

In addition Peebles regained full strength with the return of the Harrison brothers. If Biggar attacked the rush defence employed by the visitors continued to frustrate the Biggar attack, forcing rushed passes and the occasional error.

 

One attackm almost yielded a try as Gegor stewart chipped neatly over the Peebles defence for his brother rowan to run on to. Stopped just inches short by the Peebles cover in the sahpe of Jackm Harrison and Donald Anderson. Able to retain possession Biggar should probably have scored but for the stoic Peebles cover defence.

 

Biggar thern made a couple of changes, Ryan Moffat replacing Gregor Stewart while in the pack Lewis Stewart came on for Ewan Stewart, Chris Mulligan moving to hook.

 

A second missed penalty from Lavery would have given the home side a bit of additional breathing space but the ball was pulled left of the posts. A similar award shortly afterwards saw Biggar kick to the corner but in an off day on the touchline athe tail throw was lost and Peebles escaped.

 

Peebles then lost their 3rd player to the sin bin this for a neck roll.

 

A succesful lineout from this penalty saw ball moved left and Robbir Orr make a neat break before off-loading to winger Rowan Stewart who crossed in the corner much to the delight of the Biggar support. This was short-lived however as referee O’Neill deemed the pass to have been forward.

 

Minutes later and the winger was again in the action, ross Jackson havuing won a turnover in midfield. Donald Voas – whose brother Douglas was in the Peebles XV – fed Stewart whose progress weas halted by a flying tackle from Jack Harrison. This and the follow through did niot find favour with the Biggar side and a brawl developed although it was a pull me-push you struggle before order was regained, Biggar penalised, apparently for the involvement of the bench in the fracas.

 

Having crept into the Biggar half Peebles were then awarded a scrum penalty. A second award gave them good field position before a 3rd penalty award was tapped quickly, catching the Biggar defence off guard. Playing the man before the requisite 10m had been made saw Jamie Orr shown a yellow and so it was Biggar who found themselves a man down.. The damage to the Biggar scrum was considerable and at the scrum restart Peebles drove Biggar back over their line, referee O’Neill having no hesitation in awarding a penalty try. 7-7 with just barely 10 minutes remaining.

 

As the minutes ticked by there was a certain inevitability about the outcome. True to type a Peebles kick saw play moved to the Biggar 22. Having the put in would usually see Biggar take and clear, but Peebles instead gained a scrum put in from a squint throw. This is just what Biggar did not want and predictably Peebles were awarded another scrum penalty from which Greg Raeburn stepped up to kick the winning points. While there was time for the restart this was kicked dead, and despite Jamie Orr returning yet another scrum penalty saw the visitors able to kick to touch to end the match.

 

A tough one to take given the hitherto quality of play the Biggar squad has displayed to date. Peeble’s league position belies their ability of that there is no doubt and it is likely they will climb up the table as the season progresses – particularly if they can reduce the yellow card count.

 

Biggar are still top of the table but have as previously noted some massive contests to come. Dumfries are up first and they are still smarting from their opening defeat so its very much game on!

 

Biggar

R. Orr, R. Bradford, R. Lavery, G. Stewart, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, I. Renwick, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, J. Orr, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, R. Jackson

Reps: Z. Lyon, R. Moffat, J. Barr, L. Stewart

 

The 2nd XV were deprived of their match when kelso pulled out citing lack of available players to travel.


Win at GHK signals 10 from 10

GHK 7 Biggar 61

Biggar’s 10th consecutive win – a record as far as we can tell – came at the expense of Glasgow side GHK (Glasgow High and Kelvinside Academy combine).

 

The eventual 9-1 score included another 4 for winger Rowan Stewart, whose league total now stands at 18 from 10 games (another record we think) and which elevates him to the top try scorer for the club...ever!

 

GHK ran the ball well throughout. Their handling was as good as any of the opposing sides Biggar have faced this season, this seen particularly in the counter attack try they scored. Lock Ruaridh Wintersgill who scored and No8 Hugh Parker who initiated the try backed up by centre Danny Campbell, indicates that their current league position of 9th belies their skills and potential. Up front in tight play however they were exposed by the Biggar pack who took control of the set scrum and also managed to disrupt much of the lineout play.

 

Biggar made several changes again for this match, Ewan Stewart returning at hooker with Chris Mulligan resuming on the flank. In the backs Davy Reive started at 9 and Conor Lavery returned at stand off.

 

With conditions much better than had been forecast Biggar began against the breeze, this much more of a factor in play when on the opposite side to the stand which sheltered that half of the pitch.

 

As expected, and with a reputation for running ball through the backs, GHK opened strongly moving ball at every opportunity, but, as other sides have found to their cost, Biggar’s defence was pretty much rock solid with any yards gained by GHK won with maximum effort.

 

Biggar opened the scroing after 11 mins with Ross Bradford benefiting from some good work in the centre which created space out wide and which he exploited to dot down. Mathew Stewart converted this try and Biggar’s second, Rowan Stewarts first. Conor Lavery used a well weighted miss pass to his winger who used some good footwork to cross in the corner.

 

Not to be outdone GHK managed an excellent score of their own, this after a midfield pass went astray between Lavery and Matthew Stewart. Quick to counter GHK moved the ball quickly to the left where a neat off load from Campbell saw Wintersgill gather to cross undet the posts for a try converted by Kyle Henderson.

 

Ten minutes later and Biggar added a 3rd try. Ryan Moffat made good yards through the centre before creating a ruck deep in the GHK 22. Possession retained, ball was moved right to conor lavery who then popped the ball back to Rowan Stewart who crashed over. Matthew Stewart, whilst able to add the conversion, then deprated the field with a thigh injury. He was replaced by Robbie Orr who took over at fullback with Robbie Lavery moving forward to centre.

 

GHK continued to press and had play at the Biggar line courtesy of a penalty but the lineout failed to function properly and Biggar were able to clear their lines. Half time, then at 21-7.

 

The second half was a much more productive period for Biggar as the GHK effort began to falter. Given the strength of Biggar’s defence this was perhaps not surprising, Donald Voas (who had to be patched up after sustaining a head cut), Mulligan, skipper Euan Sanderson and Jamie Orr to name but a few, putting in some really offensive tackles which had the GHK players thumped backwards on a fairly regular basis.

 

Biggar also profited from the control they had up front, Orr and Andrew Peacock pilfering ball at the lineout and the pack steam-rolling the GHK pack back in the tight scrum. This gave Biggar ‘go-forward’ ball which they used to good effect.

 

First up was Bradford. Ewan Stewart swept up a loose pass from GHK and with great vision popped the ball to his winger who ran in from half way, evading the GHK defence with a neat change of direction. With regular kicker Matthew Stewart off, Conor Lavery took over the kicking duties and added the 2 points to this and then Biggar’s 5th try which was scored by replacement scrum half Iain Renwick who had come on just after half time. Zander Lyon disrupted GHK possession to create Biggar possession and the ball was moved swiftly to Renwick who scorched home from some 40 metres. Lavery duly obliged with the conversion.

 

A better period for GHK saw them in the Biggar 22 but a turnover led to another Biggar counter.

 

Mulligan and then Bradford led the charge before the move was halted by some desperate last ditch defence. Ball shipped left found Robbie Lavery who made a neat line break before improvising with a great off-load which was gathered by Robbie Orr for the try, Conor Lavery adding the conversion.

 

With GHK now struggling to match Biggar’s pace and with an electric counter-attack which few could follow Biggar added another 2 tries in quick succession – within 5 minutes in fact and this including the time taken for the conversions.

 

The restart after Orr’s try was taken by Mulligan who set up ruck ball on the Biggar 22. Lavery fired a pass to Gregor Stewart behind the forwards who in turn released Orr on another rampage downfield. Judging his pass perfectly he found Rowan Stewart on the wing and the youngster needed no second invitation before sprinting over in the corner. Undaunted by the angle again, Lavery added the conversion to this try.

 

Biggar then added an 8th score, this again directly from the restart. Ross Bradford took the kick and burst through the GHK line and looked to be almost home when he was eventually brought down by the GHK cover. His pass found the supporting Jamie Orr who in turn, though halted, found Lewis Stewart who dived over for his first try at this level. On this occasion Lavery was just short with the conversion.

 

This achievement then saw a relative lull in the action as the game drfited towards full time. There was room for one more try however, this falling to Rowan Stewart. Conor Lavery put in a well-judged cross kick which the winger failed to catch but nevertheless managed to knock down to the ever-present Jamie Orr. The big man promptly returned the ball to the winger whio dived over for the final try, converted again by Lavery for the 61 point total.

 

Coaches Davy Wilson and Doug Fleming were not particularly overjoyed by the first half performance but with another win, and another bonus point win at that, there is not much room for over-criticism.

 

The week ahead will be devoted to preparations for the next big test, and they don’t come much bigger than a home match against local rivals Peebles.

 

Though there are a couple of the more experienced players unavailable, selection will be tough with all who have come off the bench in recent weeks staking very worthy and completely justifiable claims for inclusion in the starting XV.

 

Please note that this match kicks off at 12.30pm to allow those who wish to attend the Scotland/Fiji match at Murrayfield.

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, Z. Lyon, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, C. Mulligan, J. Orr

Reps: I. Renwick, G. Stewart, L. Stewart, R. Orr

 

The 2nd XV travelled to take on Boroughmuir Bears in their National 2 Reserve league fixture. Fielding a stronger XV than in recent weeks Biggar took control to record an excellent and thoroughly deserved 52-5 win.

 

A strong wind in their faces in the first half led to some trying conditions but the Biggar XV opened up with a try from James Barr, converted by Euan Bogle. A B’muir try led to a tight 7-5 score at half time before Biggar turned round to enjoy the assistance given by the elements. They were able to open out in this second period to run in 6 tries, these going to Alan Warnock, Steve McKeown (2 tries and voted man-of-the-match), Andy Fleming (2) and Guy Kelly. Bogle added 5 conversions and a penalty for the 52 point total.


Biggar take another 5 pointer

Biggar 49 Preston Lodge 0

 

 

On a bright cold Saturday, Biggar 1st XV made it 9 from 9 in National Division 2, extending their lead at the top of the table.

 

 

The scoring came within the first 10 minutes of play when Andrew Peacock crossed the line in the corner following some clever play from a line out on PLS twenty two. Following shortly after Rowan Stewart started his scoring for the game with a similar try in the same corner. Matthew Stewart unfortuantley missed out on both of these conversions. (10-0). Within 20 minutes Ross Bradford made it 15-0 after recieving a pass from James Barr to go over the whitewash. With then only a kick to goal for the rest of the half, the hosts held onto a led of 18-0 going into the second half.

 

 

Matthew Stewart got his frist conversion of the game after Rowan Stewart broke through several tackles to get his second try making it 25-0. With little possession the visitors struggled to string attacks together allowing Biggar to play open and expansive rugby which allowed their lead to continually increase. The 5th try of the game, potentially the most memorable, came from a kick and chase from Ryan Moffat who then offloaded to Jamie Orr to score under the posts. At this point changes started to happen and Douglas Notman was exchanged for Lewis Stewart. Rowan Stewart completed his hatrick after a well constructed counter attack came from Robbie Lavery and Ross Bradford who allowed the 18 year old to continue his own socring record. Again changes were made as Robbie Orr, Gregor Stewart and Paul Davidson all got their run off the bench during the second half of the second half.

 

 

Rowan Stewart then made it 4 tries for the afternoon as he went under the posts after a crisp backs move from a scrum in front of the clubhouse. To conclude the scoring Matthew Stewart got his own try after Robbie Orr made a clever dummy on the blind side to allow the lead to be secured at 49-0.

 

 

It was a very conivcing and comfortable win for the hosts who continue to impress their fans. A special mention should go to Man of the Match Jamie Orr and the three sets of brothers who all played together for the first time. Jamie and Robbie Orr, twins Matthew and Lewis Stewart and brothers Gregor and Rowan Stewart. Biggar look to continue their form as the head away to GHK next Saturday.

 

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, R. Bradford, M. Stewart, R. Moffat, R. Stewart, J. Barr, I. Renwick, D. Voas, C. Mulligan, F. Carossi, Z. Lyon, A. Peacock, E. Sanderson, D. Notman, J. Orr

Reps: P. Davidson, G. Stewart, L. Stewart, R. Orr

 

The 2nd XV hosted Musselburgh in their match. Of course the changes to the 1sts led to resources being stretched somewhat and so Biggar fielded a very young side with a couple of veterans included. They found the visitors with a large pack who were able to dictate play.


Lasswade defeated for 8th win

Lasswade 7 Biggar 67

Biggar secured their eigth straight league win with this latest result from Lasswade.

 

The 10-1 try count is not necessarily representative of the game however with the home side contributing more than their meagre tally would suggest. Credit too that at no time did they concede, working hard throughout and thoroughly deserving of their score. That they are in such a lowly league position is due in a major part to the number of injuries their already small squad has suffered.

 

Biggar were forced into a change at wing with Ross Bradford injured last Saturday against Glasgow Accies, Euan Bogle slotting in after a spell with the seconds. Luhann Kotze retained the No9 shirt with Davy Reive on the bench. There was a return to 1st team squad for Gregor Stewart who was also on the bench.

 

There is now an air of expectation from the Biggar support. While this is probably only to be expected given the sides current form, this level of expectation does not take into account the desire of their opponents to raise their game and to become the first to topple the league leaders. The squad too must be patient and guard against any sort of complacancy as they strive to retain their unbeaten record.

 

The first half saw the home side face the breeze which is always a factor at Hawthorndean. Their only option was to run ball and their pack put in a big effort early on to control ball with pick ups and off-loads which tested the Biggar defence. A feature of Biggar’s play has been their defensive strength and this was in evidence once again as they repelled the Lasswade effort.

 

Ball won by Biggar was run back to Lasswade but their efforts to expose the Lasswade side foundered as the backs with Kutze and Conor Lavery struggling to put their passes together, this undoubtedly due to the wind as the home side had similar probloems in the second half.

 

As it was Biggar struck with just under 10 minutes on the clock fullback Robbie Lavery collecting centre Ryan Moffat’s pop pass to cross over for a try converted by Matthew Stewart – this the first of 5 conversions for the youngster.

 

The Biggar fullback scored his second as he split the stretched Lasswade defence with a lovely angled run to cross under the posts.

 

A great choke tackle by Lewis Stewart prevented a Lasswade breakout and while another knock-on meant that Biggar lost possession in their next phase normal service was resumed as Lasswade conceded a penalty within their 22. A quick tap and go from Kutze saw him make good ground to the line and when he was stopped he managed to slip the ball to his stand off Conor Lavery who crashed over from close range.

 

Matthew Stewart added the conversions to both scores and then converted a penalty as Lasswade erred.

 

Biggar hooker Ewan Stewart was then shown a yellow card as he was deemed to have made a no arms tackle on flying winger Ross Combe who was stopped in his tracks by what appeared to many to be a textbook tackle. Biggar then were unfortunate not to score with two interceptions, the first by Kutze and the second by Conor Lavery. This was certainly the pick of the two, the stand off gathering the ball from Lasswade No 8 Stephen Hunter as the home side made a rare excursion into the Biggar 22. Faced with an 80m sprint to the line the Biggar man looked to be going to go all the way but with the Lasswade defence tracking back he elected to pass to the supporting Kutze. The pass was another to drop in the wind and a knock-on saw Lasswade escape further punishment.

 

The resultant scrum brought the half to an end and Biggar turned to face the elements.

 

On the restart Andrew Peacock replaced skipper Alan Warnock.

 

The half had barely begun when Rowan Stewart scored. Jamie Orr had had a slightly less productive day in the lineout when compared to the previous week’s fantastic stats but in the first lineout of the half he managed to get a hand to the Lasswade throw. The ball ricocheted past Kutze and was gathered by Stewart some 5 metres outside his 22. Running back to the packs he exploited a gap and finding himself in space he burst past the two remaining defenders to cruise home from some 60 metres with defending winger Combe unable to prevent the try despite making good yardage to the Biggar winger.

 

Matthew Stewart added the conversion and Biggar were 31-0 up.

 

Playing with a breeze, while making kicking easier, can often make pssing more difficult as the ball floats away from the receiver. Lasswade found this to be the case, several passes missing the intended receiver.

 

Ewan Stewart’s return coincided with Conor Lavery’s second try the stand off using a neat ‘show and go’ to split the Lasswade defence for a try again converted by Matthew Stewart.

 

Davy Reive replaced Kutze and shortly after that Gregor Stewart came on for Matthew Stewart.

 

Lasswade then found a way to the Biggar line as a couple of penalties which were kicked to the corner gave them an opportunity to use a line drive which they completed successfully, lock forward Liam Greig rounding off the move. Matthew Smith added the conversion.

 

A neat passing movement was the prelude to Biggar’s next try, Ross Jackson taking Reive’s pass after Peacock had made good yards round the side of a ruck. Euan Bogle kicked the conversion and then found himself replaced by Kutze.

 

Coach Mercer then introduced the rest of his bench Craig McDonald coming on for Conor Lavery and Bogle returning to replace Rowan Stewart.

 

A probing run by Ross Jackson saw the No8 almost reach the line but the Lasswade defence halted his progress. However, ball recycled ended with Mulligan picking up and diving to score to mark the half century. Bogle was just wide with the kick.

 

Sadly Jackson damaged a knee in his efforts and he left the field to be replaced by Warnock.

 

Orr was next to touch down, the lock using all his strength to first of all drive his opoosite number back to the Laswade line before twisting to cross the line and dot the ball down. Bogle had his range and added the two points from the tee.

 

Try though Lasswade did and while they were able to retain possession well in their pick and drives and close quarter off-loads the Biggar defence made their hosts work really hard for any yardage they did gain. And any error saw Biggar back on the attack at a pace which challenged the home XV.

 

A quickly taken penalty initiated the next score, McDonald making ground with Ryan Moffat rounding off another sweeping movement which saw play moved from touchline to touchline.

 

Moffat rounded off proceedings with his second try, this a scamper through the middle after another sustained passage of play involving his team.

 

A deserved victory and win No 8. Next up are Preston Lodge who have been showing good form this season and who put Whitecraigs to the sword on Saturday. They will pose a real challenge to the Biggar side who will be without several key men due to unavailablity and injury.

 

A massive effort will be required with the youngsters again tasked with stepping up to the mark.

 

Biggar

R. Lavery, E. Bogle, 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, G. Stewart, D. Reive, C. McDonald

 

The 2nd XV hosted Selkirk in their match and were on the wrong side of a relatively narrow 21-13 defeat.

 

This was a disappointing result however as the side seemed to lack the fire which had been so prevalent the previous week.

 

They too have a home game on Saturday when Musselburgh are the visitors.


2nd XV comeback not quite enough to get the win

Dundee 29 Biggar 22

The 2nd XV journeyed to Dundee, their preparations hampered by a late arrival due to traffic and many thanks to Dundee for allowing Biggar a little extra time.

 

As had been the case against Cartha the week before Biggar conceded a couple of early try’s before they got into their stride to mount a fight back.

 

Dundee were two try’s ahead for most of the game however until the last ten minutes when Biggar’s fitness started to show through.

 

Having clawed their way back into the game to get within one try, and work hard though biggar did, Dundee managed to sig deep to prevent Biggar getting that final scored that they deserved.

 

Many thanks to Neil Wolfendene who travelled to Dundee after playing for the Biggar Eagles on Friday evening, and to Sam Wallis who is studying in Dundee and struggles to get back to play for his club. As is the case with the 1st XV there are a whole host of youngsters all of whom again showed up well. In total of the 18 man squad no fewer than 14 were 21 or under with 8 of those still in their teens!

 

Skippered by James Barr who made a very promising return to action after injury, the Biggar side again showed much promise. There elague record shows that they have already ammassed more points from their 5 games this season than they did for the full league schedule last season!

 

For the record: Paul Davidson scored a try while man-of-the-match Euan Bogle scored 2 tries and kicked 2 conversions and a penalty. Final score Dundee 29 Biggar 22


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.


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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Biggar RFC Second XV

This season 2014/15, Biggar 2nd XV will compete in the Edinburgh RESERVE LEAGUE 1. A good blend of experience and youth allows us to compete well with teams who have far greater resources.

The team is manged by John Bogle and Malcolm Bruce and if you would like to play or assist with the team please contact our Playing Convenor, Ian Notman 07899803916


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Second XV Fixtures

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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