Our 2XV will compete in Tennent’s East Reserve League Division 1 for the upcoming 2019/20 season after the SRU changed the reserve league structure. In addition to a new league the 2xv will have a new coaching team for the new season as ex Biggar player and Development Officer Calum Taylor has taken on the role as Head Coach. Calum will be assisted by Andrew Howatson and Kevin Robinson whom have been involved with the 2s for the last few seasons.
Our 2XV provides an efficient platform for young players to transition from Colts into senior rugby as well as providing a second competitive senior within Biggar Rugby Club.
With new coaches and a good blend of experience and youth its exciting time ahead for the 2XV at Biggar.
East Reserve League Round 10
Biggar 2s 7 Selkirk A 10
After a narrow defeat in the borders earlier in the season Biggar were hopeful of a victory in the return fixture on home soil. However a strong defensive performance from Selkirk was to leave coaches and players from Biggar frustrated and disappointed. Biggar looked in control for the majority of the match and lead after a well worked team try finished by Craig McDonald. Selkirk then scored what would prove to be a pivotal try in the last quarter of the game to settle the contest. The last few weeks have outlined clear strengths and work ons of the 2s squad. Defensively the squad are performing well and have only conceded 2 tries in the last 2 games however the squad is struggling to capitalize on their opportunities in attack which cost them last weekend. Plenty for coach Calum Taylor to work on with the squad ahead of next weekends trip to Meggetland.
East Reserve League Round 9
Edinburgh Accies 7 Biggar 2s 13
A fantastic result for the 2s against a premiership club that sat 4 places above them in the table. A converted try by Calum Taylor plus 2 Euan Bogle penalties won the match. With such a young squad its fantastic to see the likes of James Barr and Aird Jardine both of which have 1st XV experience being leaders to young lads in the 2s squad. The reward for hard work and good performances in the 2s was demonstrated this week as young back row Finlay Barr got his opportunity with the 1st XV of the bench against watsonians.
East Reserve League Round 8
Biggar 2s 23 Stewart Melville RFC 35
A defeat at home for the 2s squad was ultimately disappointing for coach Calum Taylor but yet again his youthful squad provided positives. They faced a physical Stew Mel squad that had been scoring points for fun all season. 21 of the 22 players involved in the 2s squad came trhough the ranks at Biggar which is fantastic to see. This match also marked the return from injury for Aird Jardine who was returning from 18 months out after a freak leg injury. Jardine returned with a 60 minute performance in which he even managed to get a try. The other biggar points came from the reliable boot of Euan Bogle, tries from Daniel McKonkey and Euan Sanderson. Youngsters such as Lee Smith, Harry Archibald, Rhys Thomson and Jack Balkwill continue to impress with their attitude and application.
East Reserve League Round 7
Hawick Force 29 Biggar 3
Mansfeild is never an easy place to and when you add tough weather conditions it will always going to be tough for our 2s squad. The scoreline however perhaps doesn’t give our boys credit as they competed all the way with the Borders side. Biggars only points came from the reliable boot of Euan Bogle.
East Reserve League Round 6
Biggar 2s 26 Currie Chieftains 12
Biggar 2s returned to winning ways with a bonus point victory over Currie Chieftains on Saturday. Tries from Euan Bogle (x2), Dan Mcconkey, Andrew Muir and Cameron Snell. The squad managed to grind out a win but they were pushed hard by a resilient Currie side. A scrappy first half frustrated the hosts but a far improved second half seen Biggar pull away from their city counterparts. With 7 of the squad only just moving up from 18s 2s coach Calum Taylor will be pleased how the young ones in his squad have quickly acclimatized to senior rugby and are putting in strong performances. The game was called early as Currie had been reduced to 11 due to injuries. Club veteran David Reive spoke after the match insisting the squad must improve if they to put a consistent run of form together but also applauded the teams ability to get over the line in a stuffy contest.
East Reserve League round 5
Heriots 2s 27 Biggar 2s 13
It was another tough test for our 2s squad who travelled to Goldenacre to face one of the strongest teams in the division. We travelled with a strong squad of 22 that had a good blend of both youth and experience with the likes of Douglas Notman and Alan Warnock joining the squad. The Game was at points scrappy but there was still positives to take from the defeat as the squad look to build towards hosting Currie Chieftains this Saturday.
East Reserve League Round 4
Biggar 2s 12 Musselburgh 2s 31
It was a 2s squad with a blend of youth and experience to face Musselburgh with David Reive and Ian Renwick joining the squad. However the 2s squad came up just short against a clinical Musselburgh side. A big learning curve for some of the young players who are still only starting life in senior rugby but the squad will have a brilliant chance to bounce back when they travel to Goldenacre to face Heriots Blues next Saturday
East Reserve League Round 3
Jed Forest 2s 27 Biggar 2s 29
The 2s built on round 2s home victory over Boroughmuir with a hard fought victory at Riverside Park in Jedburgh. It was another youthful squad that travelled to the Borders and Head Coach Calum Taylor would have been delighted with the 5 points collected on the road. Youngsters such as Harry Archibald who is fresh out of the colts continue to improve week on week and its encouraging signs ahead for the 2s squad. The squad will now prepare to welcome Musselburgh to Hartree next week.
East Reserve League Round 2
Biggar 2nds 34 Boroughmuir 12
Boroughmuir led 7-5 at the break, Biggar’s discipline and ball retention once again costing them. Euan Bogle’s weaving run led to the only points for the hosts in an otherwise scrappy first half.
Biggar took the initiative early into the second half through Marcus Dobie after some sustained pressure. This proved to be a decisive point in the match with tries following from Simon Horrell, Scott Watson, Jamie Bell and Andrew Muir with Euan Bogle adding 2 conversions before a consolation score from Boroughmuir on the final whistle.
There were several notable performances from younger members of the squad with Harry Archibald, Lee Smith and Jack Balkwill all making a great account of themselves and showing how much they are learning and developing.
The 2nds travel to Jed next week and this young team will be looking forward to getting more game time under their belts. Many thanks to veterans Callum Taylor and Scott Watson for making themselves available, the latter crowning his time with a try.
Scorers: Horrell, Bogle, Muir, Bell, Watson, Dobie
Man of the match: Marcus Dobie
Selkirk 2nds 33 Biggar 2nds 26
With an average age of only 20 and 7 players starting their debut season of senior rugby this is certainly a team who’s development will be interesting to watch over the course of the season.
Despite their youth, Biggar enjoyed real scrum dominance through the game and will be disappointed not to leave Philiphaugh with more, with discipline and coughing up cheep possession costing them dear.
The game proved to be a real nip and tuck affair with Biggar points coming from a quick tap by Finn Barr, a junky Euan Bogle run and two superb runs by Simon Horrell firstly putting Marcus Dobie in and the second ending in a high tackle over the line and a penalty try.
A different bounce of the ball, a couple less injuries or one more pass to hand and this could well have been Biggar’s day.Instead having to settle for 2 losing bonus points this young team will learn, develop and move forward. The 2s are looking forward to welcoming Boroughmuir to Hartree Mill next week.
Tries: Finlay Barr, Euan Bogle, Simon Horrell, Marcus Dobie
Conversions: Euan Bogle x 3
MOTM: Simon Horrell
Head Coach – Calum Taylor
A familiar face around the club Calum Taylor has been appointed the new 2nd XV Head Coach for the 2019/20 season. An ex player, coach and Development Officer at Biggar Calum has a wealth of experience to offer the 2nd XV. Calum is excited for the challenges ahead in creating a competitive 2nd XV at Biggar as well as developing the young players coming through.
Assistant Coach/Player – Andrew Howatson
Andrew Howatson has been involved in managing and coaching the 2s for the last few seasons as well as continuing to pull on a black and red jersey himself. Howatson will aid the young players transitioning from youth rugby into seniors as well as supporting Head Coach Calum.