Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Representative success for 16’s and 18’s

Glasgow U-16's v Caledonia

Both Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele are in the starting line up for Glasgow U-16's when they take on Caledonia on Wednesday at Murrayfield (KO 6pm). The boys have played an important role in Glasgow's two outings to date. The first saw them get the better of Edinburgh at Netherdale a fortnight ago while last week they drew with the Borders in a game also played at Murrayfield.

 

Tomorrow the U-18 Glasgow squad also take on Caledonia, with Murrayfield again hosting the matches. The Biggar lads were not initially invited to the trials held back in September but last week 5 of the squad travelled through to Cartha to let the coaches see what it was they were missing. As a result, two of their number (Ross jackson and Andrew Orr) now take their places on the bench for the match which kicks off at 6pm. In addition to these two, who both thoroughly deserve their selection for squad duty, another 5 of Biggar's Colts took their place at the last two squad runs. Congratulations, and good luck to all involved!

 


What’s on this weekend (1st/2nd November)

This weekend
Saturday

1st XV v GHA BT National League 1 (A) KO 2pm (tbc)
2nd XV v RHC BT Reserve League East (A) KO 2pm
Colts v Portobello Edinburgh U-18 League (Home) 1pm KO 
Mini v Dalziel (A) KO tbc

 

Sunday
Micro training 11am
Mini v Linlithgow and Moffat (H) KO tbc
S1/2 v Strathaven (H) KO tbc
U-15 v Heriots (A) KO tbc
U-16 v Watsons (A) 12.30 KO 


Youth section has mixed fortunes

U-15’s Biggar  5  Boroughmuir  22
A wet and windy Showfield was the venue for this long-awaited contest and after a 3-week break from competitive rugby the boys were up for the task. Biggar started exceptionally well and quite possibly played the best rugby so far this season.

The larger Boroughmuir side must have got quite a surprise at the rate at which Biggar pressed forward. There was no let-up in the intensity which was refreshing to watch for the brave support in what was challenging weather conditions to say the least.

Ali Steele deputised at Fly-half for the injured Matthew Stewart and Sam Wallis stepped into the scrum-half position as a result of Luhann Kotze still being in South Africa and Finlay Barr also injured.
It was passionate stuff and the Biggar side were happy to trade blows with the Edinburgh outfit. The rucking drills at training starting to pay off it would seem!

It was the kind of rugby that suggested that only an error could settle things.

Deadlock was broken in the 25th minute with that fateful error. The same costly mistake would haunt Biggar another three times!

After going so well Biggar left themselves a bit short on cover on the left which opened the door for Boroughmuir. The visitors claimed two tries and one conversion in the space of 2 minutes. 12-0 down at half time.
U15's rallied well in the second half and were winning the territory battle but couldn't find that 'Killer' pass.

Biggar were not to be denied points however, and some smart thinking from Robbie Orr saw him kick in behind the Boroughmuir defence with the ensuing chase resulting in him touching down before the opposition Full-back.

Both sides became a bit wasteful of the opportunities open to them due to limited vision and a slight loss of focus. Deteriorating conditions a contributory factor no doubt.
Boroughmuir turned the screw late on in the second half and yet again exploited the gaps in Biggars left field. Another two in quick succession killed the game off.

Biggar deserved so much more from the game and the scoreline was definately no reflection on the assured performance shown by the Hartreemill side. As performances go, this was up there with the best of them. Some luck and improved vision could have made all the difference.

A stand-out performance from Declan Boulton at 2nd Row was delightful to watch and deserves special mention.


Time to re-group and patch-up for the difficult trip to Heriots next week!

Tries: Robbie Orr

 

Livingston U16 0; Biggar U16 91
Another Convincing Win

It was much of the same on Sunday as Biggar travelled to Livingston and crushed their less experienced opposition by 14 tries to nil. The only change was with the weather conditions – unusually for the season so far, the team had to contend with both rain and wind.  The rain at least eased off during the game and didn’t spoil the running rugby that characterises this strong and talented squad.

Biggar spent pretty much all of the first half of the game in the Livingston half.  Early pressure and a series of three scrums saw the forwards work well and Alex Dawe running in from the scrum but falling short of the line.  However the backs were on hand and Rory McGinn took the ball over the tryline for a converted try.  Good work by the forwards including Neil Jones also saw the ball back in the Livingston 22 after the restart.  This gave the platform for Andrew Jardine to make it over the tryline in the left corner for an unconverted try.  Euan Bogle was next on the scoresheet after a great series of play and particularly good movement of ball through the hands.  Rory McGinn then pounced on a loose ball from Livingston and fed Craig Meikle for an unconverted try on the right of the pitch.  Livingston then conceded a penalty in their own 22 for a ruck infringement and this allowed the backs to make a move to the right wing for Marcus Dobie to cross for an unconverted try.  After the restart Biggar lost the ball in a maul but soon after it reappeared and Andrew Jardine picked it up to score the sixth try of the half between the posts - and this time converted.

The second half was played out, pretty much the same way as the first with eight tries scored from; Bogle (running through tackles), Dobie (down the wing), McGinn (jinking run), Dobie (after good run from Denholm), Dobie (cutting nicely inside), Bogle (made by fellow backs), McGinn (supported by Jardine and Bogle) and lastly Jardine (running through tackles).  Six of the eight tries were converted.

Whilst this was a crushing win, it is noted that Livingston put out a mixed squad with some younger age lads getting a run out.  This showed and Biggar were able to dominate in most phases of the game.  However, areas still requiring improvements are in rucks and mauls.  Despite having more power and aggression in the scrums, the forwards were at times out rucked and this will no doubt get some attention at this week’s training. 

Overall, the squad continues to play very well and they need a game against better matched opposition to see just how good they really are.  This should come next week against Watsonians who are third in the table behind Biggar and Dunbar, with Dunbar narrowly edging the game against Watsonians when the two teams met earlier in the month.  So how good are the Biggar squad?  Come along to Myreside next weekend and see for yourself.  The lads say ‘bring it on’ and see you there!

   



 


U15 Quiz Night - Friday 31st October

 

email rogerball6464@gmail.com to book a place!


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Representative success for 16’s and 18’s

Biggar provide District players for this week

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What’s on this weekend (1st/2nd November)

Fixtures for this weekend

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Youth section has mixed fortunes

Biggar's Youth section have mixed fortunes with a win for the 16's but defeat for the 15's

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U15 Quiz Night - Friday 31st October

The U15 teams are hosting a quiz night! Click for details.

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