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Biggar Colts Draw with Ayr in absorbing encounter

Biggar Colts 5pts v Ayr Colts 5pts .

Friendly - Saturday 24th September 2016

It’s days like this that make all the hard work worthwhile.

But we didn’t win, I hear you say!

That’s a mere detail because if you didn’t manage to watch the Colts on Saturday you missed a cracker and to be honest it was a moral victory for the home side in what was a fine spectacle of structured rugby from two determined sides.

Over the last few years Biggar and Ayr have played against each other twice in Scottish Cup Quarter Finals and once in the semi final with Ayr winning in all occasions but only narrowly. Ayr were unbeaten in their Presidents league and knew that coming down to Biggar would prove to be a stern test as both are rated among st the best in Scottish Youth Rugby.

Why not stick to the game-plan, trust in your ability and take everything you’ve got to your opponents. Sounds like a plan.

This was a test of both mental and physical fitness with plenty of industry shown throughout by both teams. Most of the first half was spent in the middle of the field but you could argue that Ayr looked slightly more assured in their approach and they were very quick to the breakdown. This caught Biggar out on a couple of occasions early on but they managed to recover well.

Neither side was holding back and one would imagine that bodies will be a bit sore this week.

It took 15 minutes of back and forth rugby and bruising tackles before there was a clear-cut chance for anyone to get off the mark. Biggar were caught holding on and forced a penalty for Ayr. They failed to nail down three points after going for the posts. Back to square one.

Split decisions seemed to go Ayr’s way but there was no doubting their dominance in the scrum. It was a test of Biggar resolve and required maximum effort.

For the remainder of the first half it was a case of a pink and black unstoppable force meeting a Red and Black immovable object…and it was breathless stuff.

Half-time, Nil – Nil.

With Biggar having two late call-off’s in Kelly (Hamstring) and Dunlop (Sick), it was Neil Jones who stepped up to the plate and showed real maturity. He commanded his position well, much to the frustration of his opposite number at prop.

Biggar advanced and looked dangerous but, against the run of play, it was Ayr who made the breakthrough. Fifty minutes, yes fifty minutes with no score, had passed at this point when Ayr stole the line-out on their own 5m line, kicked behind the Biggar defence and chased. Biggar now ended up in their own 5m having to defend strong momentum. The home side were awarded a scrum for an Ayr knock-on but failed to clear their lines. The clearing kick was charged down in the in-goal area with the Ayr flanker touching down to break Biggar hearts….or so you think.

“Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts, just be strong and act like it’s okay. Remember, strong walls shake but never collapse”

Biggar showed their teeth and bit back. What followed was superb, consistent phase of play that shook the President’s Conference side. The Hartreemill outfit pulled out all the stops.

Some of their back-line play, marshalled by the outstanding scrum-half Luhann Kotze was sparkling and the forwards were composed. After a patient series of phases inside Ayr’s 5m line, and an immense display of strength from the pack, the ball broke out to Jordan Gray on the blind side who timed his pass perfectly to Lewis Stewart and the back row forward made no mistake in the corner to bring the scores level. The gusty wind made things very difficult for kicking and Euan Bogle narrowly missed the conversion from a tight angle.

It made for a truly gripping finish. The game was on a knife edge and continued to ebb and flow up and down the pitch. Matthew Stewart almost spoiled the visitors’ weekend when he drove for the line with two minutes to go. He was pushed into touch just before the line.

Marcus and Aaron Dobie on each wing made good runs and vital covering tackles in equal amount which is reassuring against quality sides.

Nothing passed Gavin Raftery all day and Keir Hamilton showed his mobile side and great determination to cement a great all-round performance. A word too for those players coming off the bench. They knew the difficult task ahead of them and blended well to consolidate a wonderful team effort.

A dogged defence and complete faith in their ability contributed to a fantastic display of Rugby by Biggar. On reflection, and if memory serves well, Biggar never missed a tackle.

Don’t look for a man of the match for this one folks…..they ALL nailed it!

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”

Tries: Lewis Stewart

Biggar will not rest on this and still have much work to do. Ayr like Biggar were short of one or two of their top players who play mainly for their seniors and only usually return to the Colts when the cup competition starts in the New Year.

What was more pleasing for the Colts Coaches of Ian Barr, David Murray and Gavin Hill was being able to see senior Biggar 1st XV field on Saturday 15 players out of 19 who have played for the Colts at some point. Actually 16 if you include Angus Thomson who was playing for West. There was also a number of ex colts playing away for the 2nds against Haddington.

Next week is back to league games with a Home tie against Hamilton – 1pm kick off


U12 Girls @ Murrayfield

The home of Scottish Rugby was the scene for the team of nine Biggar U12 girls who competed in their first ever tournament. We had gone to the tournament thinking it was a touch tournament, so a change by the organisers to all playing contact caused a few nerves and worried faces. This was noticeable in the first game where a few of the girls were very unsure about making the tackle; this unfortunately resulted in a loss, it must be added at this point that the players that had been most concerned about playing contact did not want to come of the pitch once they got started smile However the girls did not let the loss get them down, they worked together and gave each other the much needed confidence to keep trying. The level of rugby greatly improved during the second game with the girls starting to understand how the game was to be played and using what had been learned in training to good effect; they went on to secure a draw in this game. With this new found confidence they went on to play even better than previously and to win their last game. A big mention has to go to the three girls who joined our team, Eva and Jenna (3 tries) had made the journey from Ellon on Sunday morning and Courtney (1 try) joined us from Murrayfield Wanderers all three players play with their respective club minis and where extremely happy to have the opportunity to play in an U12 girls team, all three girls fitted in fantastically well with our players and taught our girls a lot on the pitch. It was also the first outing for the U12 coaches on Sunday a big thank you to Alex Denholm & Nathan Knights for doing such a good job smile

Biggar U12 team on Sunday was Abbie Prentice (1 try), Milly Greene, Elise Knights (3 tries),Jessica-Anne Thom (1try), Beth Robertson, Jessica Prentice (1 try), Madison Greene, Ashley Court and Kathryn Scott (2 tries)

Well Done Girls!


What’s on this weekend

This weekend

1st XV v Hillhead Jordanhill : BT National League Div 2. (A) KO 3pm

2nd XV v Heriots 3rds BT East Division 1 (H) KO 3pm

Colts v Hamilton (H) Green Conference KO tbc

 

Sunday

Mini v Linlithgow

 

Youth v Hamilton Green Conference

S1/2 (A)

U-15 and U-16 (H)

 

Girls

U-15 and U-18 v Caithness Presidents Conference (A) KO tbc


Weekend: 24th/25th Sept

Another busy weekend of rugby action


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