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What’s on this weekend (26th/27th/28th Sept.)

This weekend
Friday
2nd XV v Peebles BT Reserve League East (A) KO 6.30pm

 

Saturday
1st XV v Hillhead Jordanhill BT National League 1 (H) KO 3pm

Match Sponsor : Scotch Lamb Marketing

Ball Sponsor : John Allison 


Colts v Haddington ; EDU U-18 league (H) KO 1pm

 

Sunday
Micro training 11am


Mini P4-7 v Melrose (A) Please be there for 10.15.


S1/2 v Livingston (A) KO tbc


U-15’s v Gala Red Triangle EDU U-15 League (A) KO tbc


U-16’s v Murrayfield Wanderers EDU U-16 League (H) KO tbc


Brilliant weekend for Biggar Teams

The summer like weather rarely experienced at this time of year saw some of the best rugby from Biggar teams for a long time.

 

Peebles 9 Biggar 15

In subjecting Peebles to their first league defeat of the season Biggar gained their first win of the season - a valuable win at that - and just reward for their efforts as they toughed out a tense, gritty affair decided by the boot of the stand-offs, Biggar’s Graham Hunter versus that of Peebles’ kicker Greg Raeburn.


That there were no tries was disappointing from a spectators point of view at least, Peebles closest when, in the dying minutes, they were convinced they had scored, referee Alistair Watt consulting both touch judges before denying the home XV what would most probably have been a match winner, albeit that the conversion would have had to have been kicked.

 

Local derbies tend to confound the pundits with Peebles clear favourites prior to kick off given that they had won two from two, including the scalp of Aberdeen last week, and that in Aberdeen. The emotions of the coaches on Saturday at the final whistle were in sharp contrast however, Biggar’s Gavin Blackburn delighted at getting ‘off-the-mark’ while the other Gavin (Peebles’ Kerr), was somewhat bemused following what was, after their first two games, a lacklustre performance from Peebles.

 

Biggar made several changes prior to this latest contest, Ewan Stewart returning after injury to resume at hooker, while Craig Simmons and Edlyn Serge were paired in the second row with McKenzie Pearce staring at No8. The duo of Jamie Orr and Lewis McLachlan were a little unlucky to not start though both made valuable contributions when they did get on.

In the backs, a new half back partnership saw Andrew Watt preferred to Davy Reive at 9 with Graham Hunter taking over at 10. Andrew King returned after the injury he picked up against Selkirk to partner Giles Boland in what turned out to be a strong and promising centre partnership.


Biggar rarely get the benefit of any penalty count and they have already this season conceded far more than they have been awarded, so it was a welcome change to see that for the first half at least they shaded the count by 2 to 1, the first such award seeing Hunter put his side ahead after just 2 minutes.


Peebles drew level just minutes later when a scrum offence led to Biggar being penalised. Biggar gave note of their intent and confidence when they chose to run ball out of defence, this catching the Peebles defence out although they did eventually halt the Biggar breakout on half way. Although Pearce dealt pretty well with ball at the scrum base there were a couple of messy pick-ups which saw Peebles take advantage to maintain their position in the Biggar half. Another penalty conceded at the scrum saw Raeburn kick his side level at 6-6 with just 15 minutes gone.

 

The tone of the game was now well and truly set with play confined - largely – to the ground between the 22’s as neither side was able to gain control of the ball for any length of time as knock-ons, turnovers and penalties punctuated play. Both sides were guilty in this respect with ball lost in all manner of ways as tackles were made and the ball poorly guarded. For Biggar the midfield defence of King and Boland was great to see, both working well on several occasions to employ the choke tackle to good effect.


Hooker Euan Stewart took a nasty knock to the face, the cut, while temporarily patched up continuing to bleed and forcing his retirement with Andy Muir taking over the role. Biggar’s attack faltered as ball was lost in contact or as flat passes were adjudged to be forward, these errors bringing to a swift end several promising moves and plays.


A third penalty to Biggar saw Hunter just wide to leave the scores tied.

 

Highlights of the half were the strong running out of defence by fullback Scott Swankie, the directness of No 8 Pearce, the growing confidence of Watt who harried Peebles scrum half Scott McCormick at the scrum base, and the astute covering of prop Craig Bachurzewski who dealt well with ball kicked deep into the Biggar 22.
Swankie ran out of defence at the start of the second half, his progress ended as he was brought down late having kicked ahead. Hunter added the points and just as had been the case at the start of the game, Biggar were 3 points up. Not to be outdone Raeburn kicked the sides level again after a penalty was conceded by Biggar after Boland had read the Peebles exit play from their own 22.With 10 minutes of the half gone Biggar went ahead again as Hunter converted his fourth penalty
The stand off added another 3 points after King engineered a great turnover in midfield. 15-9 to Biggar.

 

A thorn in the Biggar side has oft been their apparent difficulty in taking and dealing with re-starts and this was again the case against Peebles with a combination of poor positioning, fumbles and lack of support conspiring to make things easier for their opponents. This will definitely be a topic for the training ground this week as it is so frustrating to get ahead only to concede possession and territory.

 

Raeburn pulled his next penalty and with 15 minutes or so remaining this was to prove vital, the margin of 6 points requiring the home side to score a converted try or two penalties for the win.

 

McLachlan and Reive came on for Pearce and David Paterson respectively. Unfortunately the scrum was never quite stable enough for McLachlan to launch one of his trademark bursts from No 8 and while Reive was fielded out of position on the wing his defence was, as always, sound.

 

Peebles, for their part, continued to press, the post-match report from their game against Grammar suggesting that they would come out strongly in the second half due to their fitness levels. Their pack did run well but it is testament to Biggar’s defence that they were held out.

 

Orr then replaced Serge at lock with some 10 minutes remaining. Penalties continued to be conceded by Biggar, a series of awards leading to referee Watt issuing a ‘final’ warning to the side that another penalty would see a player shown yellow. Minutes later Alan Warnock (making a return this season to Biggar colours after a handful of seasons at Peebles) the man to be binned. Biggar were therefore a man down with time almost up and Peebles in possession. At 15-9 down, Peebles had their losing bonus and as 3 points would have not been enough to take the game and with time running out, they elected to kick for the corner. Biggar’s hopes now rested on their ability to defend their line and this they did bravely as Peebles flung themselves forward.

 

In the end they almost got the try they craved but Biggar’s defence held firm and the final whistle blew as Peebles lost possession some 10 metres from the line.
Biggar coach Blackburn was full of praise for his charges with their work ethic, physicality and desire to prevent a Peebles score all plus points. He will now prepare the side for the visit of Hillhead Jordanhill. The Glasgow outfit have lost all their games so far but the indications from their latest performance against Kelso is that they are steadily improving and gaining in confidence. As a result they will mount a serious challenge to the Biggar side who will require another strong performance to take the honours.

 

Biggar man-of-the-match went to Andrew Watt.

 

Biggar
Scot Swankie, Mark Bertram, Giles Boland, Andrew King, David Paterson, Graham Hunter, Andrew Watt, Craig Bachurzewski, Ewan Stewart, Calvin Henderson, Edlyn Serge, Craig Simmons(Captain), Douglas Notman, Alan Warnock, McKenzie Pearce.
Reps: David Reive, Andrew Muir, Jamie Orr, Lewis McLachlan, Paul Davidson.

 

Biggar 2nds 83 Lasswade 7
The seconds preparation on Saturday was relaxed and lacklustre - unlike their performance.


One or two choice words in the changing room focussed the minds.

The game started at a furious pace and did not let up until the final whistle. Biggar scored early on and continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over all afternoon. Lasswade scored a cracking try after their big centre came on a hard line to score under the posts.

The half time score was 35-7.

Biggar scorers were Michael McKeand (looking good on his return) two tries and five conversions; Stevie Campbell rampaged to two tries before half time and one after to secure hias hat trick and Callum Taylor made up the first half scores.

 

Biggar were asked to maintain their focus and they did scoring 48 points after the break.

They lost Mark "Fuzzy" Fowler to broken ribs early in the half and this meant a re-jig in the scrum with Andrew (two trys and having another big game) Peacock going in at prop and the return of Neil "Wolfy" Wolfenden coming in to stiffen up the second row.

The scores continued with Andy Fleming getting two tries, Euan Sanderson two more and Kev Robison one. Michael 'Mouse' McKeand added a conversion and Jack Warnock, who came on for Callum Whyte got two conversions.

 

The final score 83-7.


The game was played in great spirit and was always competitive even though the scoreboard suggests otherwise- a credit to Lasswade. The visitors had a few call-offs DUE to a stag party!! The senior players who covered are a credit to their cub.


Biggar 2nds now travel to Peebles on Friday night, 7.30pm kick-off. Its the hot ticket! Local derby with the hosts coming off a big win, too.

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The colts won 38-17 against East Kilbride

The U16's scored too many tries against Penicuik to win by over 90 points

The U15's beat Livingston in a tough match 35-22

The U15 and U18 girls teams qualified for the Brewin Dolphin Cup winning 3 and 2 matches apiece

The Mini teams had emphatic wins at Grangemouth

but unfortunately the S1/2 teams were outplayed by East Kilbride but still put up a feisty performance.

Lets hope all of them can do the same again next weekend.

 


Girls win Bill McLaren 7’s Shield

BREAKING NEWS ***BREAKING NEWS***BREAKING NEWS***BREAKING NEWS

Congratulations to the Biggar High School U-15 Girls squad who today won the Bill McLaren 7's Shield at Hawick, defeating the hosts in the final.

MORE INFO TO FOLLOW.

 

 

And as if that wasn't enough the Girls were in action again on Sunday when they travelled to Tranent for the Brewin Dolphin qualifiers. Both the U-15's and U-18's were playing and both qualified for the next stages.

The 15's won all three games to qualify in top spot, while the 18's won 2 and lost 2 to come in second place behind Warriors Knox.

Fantastic achievements for both teams and all good luck for the next round. 

Here is the U-15's squad.


Biggar Mini Tournament a winner

Hundreds descend on Hartree Mill for the Club's Annual Mini torunament.


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What’s on this weekend (26th/27th/28th Sept.)

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Success @ Brewin Dolphin Entry Tournament

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P7's keep scoring!

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U-15’s and U-16’s record handsome victories in league encounters

The U-15's and U-16's maintain their winning ways.

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UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS

UPCOMING FIXTURES

First XV

September 27, 2014, BT National League Biggar v Hillhead-Jordanhill,

Second XV

September 27, 2014, 2nd XV v Peebles (A) Edin Reserve League 1,

Colts

September 27, 2014, Edinburgh League Ross High,

U16

September 28, 2014, U16 v Murrayfield (h),

U15

September 28, 2014, U15 v Gala Red Triangle (a),

S1

September 28, 2014, S1 v Livingston (a),

S2

September 28, 2014, S2 v Livingston (a),

Minis

September 28, 2014, Micros Training,
September 28, 2014, P4-P7 Melrose Tournament (Away) Times TBC, Away
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