Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

U-14’s lose out as weather hits KNT camps

Biggar had 8 representatives at the SRU led Easter camps at Hamitlon RFC on Monday. There were around 150 boys from all over the Galsgow North region which suggested a busy day for all.


As the boys made their way to the pitches with their SRU coaches the rain started to fall and it didn't let up all day. The boys had a good run out but by the afternoon the surface was more suited to water-polo than rugby and as they trooped back to the shelter of the clubhouse it was no real surprise that their second scheduled day was postponed.


Of course Tuesday was a much better day but the damage was done on the Monday!!


The U-15's were scheduled for training on Wednesday and Thursday but these sessions were switched to Hamilton Palace.

Biggar S1/2 win Musselburgh encounter

Biggar S1/S2 Mix 16 Musselburgh 12


Biggar dominated the first half and had the much better territory. Musselburgh struggled to get out of their own half and Biggar showed superior strength in the scrum and breakdown. Weather conditions were somewhat challenging with the wind and driving rain causing some handling issues but Biggar broke the deadlock after ten minutes with some good hands following the ever effective scrum. The ball was delivered well and found Lewis Stewart in space. With some work still to do he powered through the opposition defence to slide into the corner for the first try.


Biggar continued their positive approach to this game and quickly followed up the first try with another. Again, Lewis Stewart on the scoresheet who ran with purpose and looked like someone who didn't want to be stopped.


The strong wind made it very difficult to convert either try in the first half, however Biggar went into half time 6-0 up.


The second half saw Musselburgh battle on and pull a try back early on. Biggar then replied with another from Stuart Forrest.


Biggar were then penalised for off-side and again for holding on and retreated but failed to switch on to the opposition tap allowing Burgh to score another. With two scores and two conversions on the board Burgh were only one point behind so Biggar had to respond.


The Hartreemill boys stretched their lead through determination and strength from Luhann Kotze and remained in control. Biggar eased off the gas a little and allowed Burgh to score again after a wayward pass and wind assisted 'bobble'.


Biggar imposed their strength on the visiting side by linking early and neat off-loads with Alistair Masson showing real bravery in the contact area too. Adam Carrick made a couple of crucial tackles to thwart the Burgh attack.


Declan Bolton gets credit for speed of thought to exploit a gap at the far touchline to run in Biggars final try that was converted by Matthew Stewart. M


uch improvement shown by Biggar, especially in the ruck. A good team effort against a team that didn't back down but Biggar matched their physical presence and were never behind and emerged deserved winners. Coaches also encouraged by some individual performances by Sam Wallis, Sam Greive, Finlay Stewart and Cameron Forrest.

Scorers for Biggar; Tries: Lewis Stewart (2), Stuart Forrest, Luhann Kotze, Declan Bolton. conv: Matthew Stewart (1)

Biggar High School Win Lanarkshire Plate

Biggar High School ended a nearly 2 year wait for 15 a side rugby silverware with an U16’s win in the Lanarkshire Plate competition.


Biggar are regular finalists of the 1st  tier Lanarkshire Cup competition having finished as runners-up to Calderglen last year, however following an extremely poor display against Duncanrig in the early rounds of this year’s competition they had to settle for competing for the Plate.


The competition culminated in a finals night on Monday 31st March where the finals of the 1st tier Cup, 2nd tier Plate and 3rd tier Bowl competitions were all due to be decided. However following the late withdrawal of 2 teams in the North Lanarkshire side of the draw, the competition was rejigged and Biggar were pitted against regular foe, Cup finalists Calderglen High School in a rematch of last year’s final.


While Biggar were guaranteed the plate and Calderglen were guaranteed the Cup notwithstanding the result of this game, the Biggar team had the opportunity to right some wrongs from last year where they had lost despite enjoying a healthy lead at half time.


Biggar started the game at a fantastic pace with the forwards stamping their authority on the game. Some hard running by Mark Ewart and Ross Jackson set a precedent giving the back line good opportunity to run. Being the faster team out of the blocks paid dividends for Biggar who raced into a 12-0 lead. Like in the two Schools previous meetings, Calderglen came right back into the game. A brace of penalties, a couple of loose kicks and handling error helped Calderglen exert considerable pressure on the Biggar line. While the defence held well  15 minutes Calderglen finally got reward for their pressure going over for a converted try.  The remainder of the half passed in an even contest with only an excellent Andrew Jardine penalty adding to the score.  Half time Biggar 15 – 7 Calderglen.


Given a roasting at half time Calderglen came right back into the game. With another brace of penalties going against them Biggar were kept pinned in their own 22. Scrum half Douglas Hill, who had come on for Angus Kerr at half time, gave his opposite number a torrid time exerting significant pressure at scrum time. The territorial advantage eventually paid with Calderglen going over for another converted try.


This acted as a wake-up call for Biggar who immediately upped the anti in defence. Credit must go to the Biggar back-row who starved the opposition 10 of time and space creating significant pressure and forcing mistakes. Biggar made the most of this pressure when a flowing back move saw Rory McGinn stopped just short. The forwards were there in number to drive over and finish the move from short range., simon Deholm getting the try.


Biggar added to their lead when William Grieve slid through a gap and sprinted in from 40 metres for a converted try. Calderglen once again came back and saw a flowing backs move finished off in the corner. After this scare the Biggar forwards exerted their dominance once again. From a fantastic kick through by Rowan Stewart, the forwards poured through the resultant lineout to force a dropped ball. William Grieve pounced on the ball to ground it to mark his 2nd try in what was a superb personal performance. Biggar saw out the last 5 minutes to claim their well-deserved 32-19 victory.


Many congratulations to the whole squad who showed a great deal of commitment and effort to shut down what is a strong and well organised Calderglen team. Congratulations also to Ross Jackson who earned the Man of the Match award for his hard running and defence and to William Grieve who earned the Coaches Player of the Match for his hard rucking and work ethic throughout.


Interesting to note that next year only 6 of the squad of 22 players will no longer be eligible for U16 rugby!


Biggar team: Rowan Stewart, Martin Hunter, Henry Adams, Andrew Jardine (c), Mark Harrison, Simon Denholm, Angus Kerr, Mark Ewart, Jordon Gray, Alistair Cameron, Andrew Reid, Guy Kelly, William Grieve, Stuart Affleck, Ross Jackson;  Reps: Andrew Hodge, Craig Shearer, Craig Meikle, Lewis Currell, Douglas Hill, Marcus Dobie, Rory McGinn


The team after full time



Collecting their well deserved medals


Ross Jackson collects his 'Man of the Match' Award


Biggar High show of the Lanarkshire Plate.


U-14’s lose out as weather hits KNT camps


Biggar S1/2 win Musselburgh encounter


Biggar High School Win Lanarkshire Plate

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