Biggar 17 Marr 31
After a somewhat lack-lustre start last week when Newton Stewart were the visitors Biggar knew that had to up their game against last year’s National 1 Champions Marr.
The Marr squad numbered some 30+ players and they provided a very different challenge from that offered by Newton Stewart. Stength and Conditioning has clearly been a priority over the close season and Marr were pretty relentless in their approach from the outset, denying Biggar ball and retaining possession well.
Initially it looked as though Biggar might be swamped in the face of this but as the game wore on the Biggar defence improved and there were some very encouraging signs that this aspect of their game which was a trademark of last season’s play would feature prominently once again.
Played over 4 quarters Marr scored after just 3 minutes but Biggar replied through Lewis Stewart.
A second Marr try (both of these were converted) to go ahead 14-5.
Three further scores to the visitors with Biggar responding with two of their own – Iain Renwick and James Barr the scorers – gave the 31- 17 score, Euan Bogle on target with one conversion.
There was much to be positive about despite the defeat, several players showing up well. The three try scorers all performed strongly and thoroughly deserved their tries while there were also sound performances from Luhann Kutze, the veteran Alan Warnock and newcomers Simon Horell, Craig Borthwick and Richard Basset.
A troubling aspect to the game was an ankle injury to Conor Lavery who limped off in considerable discomfort. This will be a concern for the coaching team as the preparations continue for the League season which kicks off in 3 weeks time (first game is against Boroughmuir on 7th September).
Next week the Biggar lads journey south to Penrith for their annual joust. There are a large number of players still currently injured/unavailable and while it is hoped to field 2 XV’s numbers are currently a little thin on the ground – if you can play please make yourself available and speak to Doug Fleming or Andrew Howatson.