Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

U-15’s in tough contest against Heriots

Heriots 36 - Biggar 5
The final game before the Christmas break saw a physically smaller Biggar team put Heriots under surprising pressure for much of the game. Anybody watching the game should have come away believing that had every Biggar player made the tackles that they were capable of, then they could have orchestrated the greatest upset of the season, because all that separated the teams in the end was half a dozen weak tackles and an initial lack of self-belief. With the score at four tries to nil at half time it could have seemed like all was lost; but a much improved level of fitness allowed Biggar to compete for a full 60 minutes and continue to capitalise on some ill-discipline from Heriots, Stuart Forest crossed the line to score a great try to cap off his strongest performance this season. Heriots taking the second half, by only two tries to one.


There are many positives to take from today’s game; firstly I will applaud all of the team for an improvement in levels of fitness, today we saw a team fully capable of contesting for the full game, secondly there was some outstanding bravery from a number of players (how did Jamie Bell get up from that second spear tackle? – not only that he took it back to them – what more can we ask) and thirdly we probably saw six or seven of the team put in some of their best performances; Stuart Forrest dominant all-round the park - excellent, Luhann Kotze who would enjoy playing against his constant invention, energy and tenacity, Lewis Stewart aggressive, energetic and always ready to hit up, Robbie Orr and Jamie Bell tackle counts which and centre could be proud of, Declan Boulton, Finn Stott, Ali Steel and Daniel McConkey great work rates in the tackle and the ruck.


Ultimately all of the team can be proud and can take away the one simple message from the game today - “Believe in it enough and it can be yours” – or in my words, play like you did in the second half and you could beat pretty much anyone.


Finally thanks to all supporters, parents and helpers – much appreciated.

Tries: Stuart Forrest

U-16’s take Edinburgh District title at Heriots

Heriots U16's 0   Biggar U16's 52

Crack open the bubbly!

A lot has been written this year about this team and particularly about how they have showed their character, commitment, considerable skills and team work ethic.  All that was displayed in spadesful again, this time at Heriots on Sunday.  The last achievement for this year for the talented team was to protect their unbeaten record.  They did this with a comfortable margin and sparked celebrations by players, coaches and Biggar supporters more often seen on an F1 podium.


Whilst the points’ difference was comfortable in the end, this was a hard fought match with the two teams far closer in terms of skills and presence than the 52:0 scoreline suggests.  Right from the off, the pace was intense with some hard hits being made early on.  The first test for the teams was a scrum on the Heriots 22 not long after the restart.  Gavin Raftery, playing at No8 today, picked up after a solid scrum and the ball moved out to the centres.  Andrew Jardine battered through two Heriots defenders for an early converted try.

This then became a forwards game with the Heriots forwards winning the early exchanges, particularly in the rucks.  Heriots also dominated territory, keeping Biggar in their own half despite Biggar efforts to clear.  With the wind and cold playing it’s part in the game there were more than usual handling errors, stray passes and knock on’s.  Despite Heriots winning early exchanges at the rucks, Biggar just edged the scrums.  Rowan Stewart had a steal after one such scrum and a forward pass was all that denied Andrew Jardine another try.  However, the following set piece formed the platform for Biggar’s second try.  2 mauls set up by Guy Kelly and then Andrew Nimmo secured territory and the score was finished off by Jardine for a converted try.


The Nimmo/Kelly combination then took Biggar back into the Heriots 22 and it looked like another try was in the offing.  Biggar fell just short but an earlier Heriots infringement brought Biggar back for a penalty.  With confidence high and the tryline in sight the captain opted for a tap penalty and with ball moved to Guy Kelly, he battered through for an unconverted score in the corner.  Heriots put pressure back on Biggar at the restart but the Biggar team held firm for a 19:0 lead at halftime.


Heriots started as they left off at the end of the first half and very nearly scored from an interception straight after the restart.  Although they got over the line the Biggar defence got under the ball and the Ref deemed the ball held up.  Heriots kept the pressure up after the scrum but good Biggar defence forced Heriots to hold on at the ruck and Biggar were able to clear their lines.  However, Heriots came straight back and set up a series of rucks across the pitch that the Biggar defence had to work extremely hard to defend.  Twice Biggar cleared their lines with kicks to touch only for Heriots to come back at Biggar again.  However, another kick from Rowan Stewart and a great chase from Euan Bogle to put pressure on the receiver, forced a Heriots error and the wing/halfback combination of Dobie and McGinn set up Andrew Nimmo for a converted try.


Heriots used the wind at the restart to kick deep.   However, this just allowed space for the Biggar backs to run the ball back into the Heriots half with Euan Bogle breaking the defence and setting up Marcus Dobie for the unconverted try.  A similar story at the next restart allowed Rowan Stewart to get a converted try on his return from injury.  At the next restart, it was Keir Hamilton’s turn to run down the wing at Heriots breaking through several Heriots tackles and drawing four defenders to eventually bring him down.  A scrum to Biggar soon followed and this set up another bursting run through the Heriots defensive lines for Andrew Jardine to get a converted try.  Douglas Hill was then unlucky to be denied a clean run in for a try by a forward pass.  Heriots were awarded a free kick at the ensuing scrum and quick thinking from their scrum half secured territory well inside the Biggar 22 but an interception from Andrew Jardine sealed the game with a converted try.


This was a competitive game up to halfway into the second half when Biggar were able to secure several tries in quick succession.  It’s often possible to point to phases of a game which make a real difference to the outcome.  The first in this was Biggars opening try and the manner in which Andrew Jardine battered his way through the defence, showing Biggar's intention from the off.  The second was the defensive effort at the start of the second half when Biggar had to repel wave after wave of attack from Heriots and the whole team mucked in to deny them a scoring opportunity and the chance to get back in the game.  This collective effort and ruthlessness shows that the team is continuing to learn in attack and defence and this will put them in good stead for what will be some tough games in the New Year.


Well done to all.  The win was well deserved as were the celebrations that followed.

Andrew breaks free

Euan makes a run

Keir embarks on his touchline dash

The celebrations begin


Winning pose


U16’s triumph at Heriots to win league title

What a team performance!!!!

The team needed to win this match to become Edinburgh U16 champions. After a slightly nervous performance two weeks ago against their title rivals, Dunbar, which they won 13-12, today the team put those  nerves behind them and put on one of the best displays of all round teamwork seen in a match in a long time, the team played for each other, tackled like demons, rucked Heriots off the ball, the forwards made penetrating runs to create space for the backs to launch attack after attack and the backs made some great cover tackles that if missed would have seen them conceded points on quite few occasions.At one point they defended for over 10 minutes in their own 22, only to eventually break free and turn brilliant defence into a brilliant attacking move, involving most of the team to notch up another try


However some great work by individuals in creating breaks and then with support from their team members saw them score 8 tries and kick 6 conversions to win 52-0


Herriots played well but were not as organised, committed or working as well as the Biggar team, the subs all played their part with no discernable loss of tempo, commitment or hunger to win when they joined the match


The coaching team of John Bogle and Gavin Hill ably assisted by Jock Gray had grins like Cheshire cats  and deserve praise for the work they have done. As parents of team members they were even more proud as were all the other parents present and the other Biggar supporters which outnumbered and were as usual very vocal in their support and praise of the team.


The club are very proud of the teams achievements and wish them well as they step up to play some of the national teams in cup matches next years

U-16’s cling on for hard fought win

Edinburgh U-16 League

Biggar 13  Dunbar 12

Good Job Well Done


The definition of a team:  A group of people with the full set of complementary skills required to achieve a common goal.  This U16 team fit this definition perfectly.  From 1 through to 22, the whole squad, they showed their individual complementary skills on the rugby pitch but importantly they also focussed their efforts in pulling together to beat a very good Dunbar side which until this game were also unbeaten. Indeed this was THE top-of-the-table clash.


In front of a large, enthusiastic and very much appreciated crowd nerves were evident at the start, with both Biggar and Dunbar knowing this was the biggest game of the season so far.  With the restart not 10m, Biggar were awarded a scrum on the halfway line.  Winning the scrum, Biggar were then gifted a penalty for Dunbar killing the ball in the ruck.  After a kick to touch, Biggar won the lineout but then lost the ball in the ruck.  However, Dunbar were forced out by the Biggar defence and Biggar secured a good lineout, allowing the ball to be moved out through the backs.  Peter Steele made great ground, setting up a ruck well into the Dunbar 22.  With quick ball moved out to Andrew Jardine who scored a well worked try in the right corner.  This left a difficult angle for the conversion for the right footed Euan Bogle.  However, he kept his composure and calmly planted it straight through the posts.


Biggar kept up the pressure from the restart and through some wonderful offloads, kept the ball live worrying the Dunbar defence.  This pressure forced Dunbar to stray offside giving Biggar a penalty in kickable distance.  Euan Bogle again calmly slotted it between the posts.  Biggar’s possession and territory dwindled as Dunbar began to come back into the game.  Biggar’s lineout was a little insecure (moves not slick enough) and this, along with some turnovers at the rucks (body position too high), handed back possession and territory to Dunbar.  They kept the tempo up, running penalties and using rucks and mauls to keep the phases of play going.  Twice they got to Biggar’s 5m line but the Biggar defence was immense, they put their bodies on the line and repelled wave after wave of Dunbar’s attacks for more than 10 minutes.  Holding on, Biggar finished the half ahead by ten points, but Dunbar were definitely back in the game.


Dunbar kept the tempo up into the second half, forcing some uncharacteristic errors from Biggar.  The pressure was beginning to tell.  Dunbar secured a lineout in the Biggar 22 and slipped a tackle to expose a gap for an easy try and conversion.  Dunbar gained territory and eventual possession after the restart but conceded a penalty for holding on.  This allowed Biggar to clear their lines to halfway.  Biggar then took the ball into the Dunbar half and Dunbar conceded another penalty to give Biggar a lineout on the 5m line.  But the lineout was lost allowing Dunbar to take play back to the halfway line.  The ball was soon back in the Dunbar half and Biggar again won a penalty within kickable distance.  Euan Bogle again, slotted it between the posts to increase the margin to 6 points.


A Biggar knock on soon after the restart set up a Dunbar scrum well into the Biggar 22.  It was easily won and Dunbar slipped a tackle for a score near the corner.  This gave a difficult angle for the Dunbar kicker and the conversion was missed,  narrowing the margin in Biggar’s favour to only 1 point.  Dunbar and Biggar then battled it out for the remainder of the half.  Biggar had a chance of a penalty but Euan Bogle didn’t connect his kick as sweetly as he would have liked and the ball fell just short.  Dunbar kept possession putting together some well worked phases of play and had their own opportunity for what could have been a try winning move thwarted by a forward pass.  Both teams battled on to the whistle, which couldn’t come soon enough for Biggar.  With two minutes to go Biggar won back possession through a penalty.  With a kick out for a lineout, all Biggar had to do was win the lineout and keep possession to run down the clock.  Jordan Gray’s throw was good, lineout secured and Ref, David Adams blew for full time to give Biggar the hard fought victory.


The squad’s reaction was a combination of elation, relief and exhaustion as each player had left everything on the pitch.  It had been an amazing game, competitively played with great spirit shown by all 30 players on the pitch.  The Dunbar back row were to the fore throughout and made their presence felt at every opportunity, especially in the second period while their stand off posed problems whenever he got hands on the ball.


In sport a team achieves its goals, but a good team wins.  This Biggar team are unbeaten in 2014.  With one month to go and two matches left can they remain unbeaten?  Based on this performance it will take a very, very good team to beat Biggar.

Under 15’s come up short against Currie

U-15’s Biggar  17   Currie  31
Three times this season Biggar have been on top of much bigger and, historically, better sides but somehow have not managed to close the deal in the final stages of the game.

A bit like a broken record, this game went along its familiar groove with Biggar coming out of the blocks quickly and the opposition nicking the win late on.

However, the action was entertaining and productive and Currie must have been utterly confused by the Biggar passion and physical commitment of the forward pack.

Biggar opened early with Guy Kelly driving over the line after some fine pressure following a number of phases of play.
The Hartreemill outfit scrapped for everything with Daniel McConkey, Lewis Stewart and Declan Boulton doing what they do best at every breakdown.

Biggar slipped in another soon after with a break from Cameron Forrest in the midfield. He then popped the ball out wide to Robbie Orr who ran in from the opposition 22.

Currie manufactured some pressure from their restart that proved difficult to handle for Biggars back line and resulted in the visitors picking up a score in the corner.

The referee's hamstring just couldn't deal with the frantic pace at this point and he had to be replaced after 20 minutes. Didn't see these important dynamic stretches before kick-off George!!

Biggar lost Stand-off Matthew Stewart after making a crunching tackle but appeared to come off second best.
Biggar continued to close down any Currie attack and went into the break 10-5 up.

Currie scored at the start of the second period to draw level.

Biggar were having none of it and applied another good spell of pressure. Luhann Kotze picked up from the back of the solid Biggar scrum, released to Robbie Orr who came at pace to break through the Currie defence and touch down, converted by Ali Steele.
Currie pulled another back by exploiting the space out wide and two missed tackles didn't help the situation.
The tide started to turn when the home side lost Stuart Forrest to a head knock.

With two influential players off the field and the score at 17-17 the subsequent restructuring led to Biggar playing a containing game that didn't quite come off, even though there was a superb defensive display.

Following indiscipline from Finlay Stott the referee gave him 10min in the bin to catch his breath.

Passes started to go astray but Biggar continued to get the ball back only to lose it under a sea of scrapping bodies. Currie capitalised and moved ahead with a converted try under the sticks. Biggar had almost nothing left in the tank and this proved crucial as the resultant gaps in defence led to Currie following up with another score that they converted well from a tight angle.

It's natural to be downhearted but encouraging to think that Biggar U15's can compete with the best the league has to offer. Currie got a taste of that today.

Luhann Kotze deserves special mention for his mature performance at Scrum-half. His southern hemisphere flair, commitment and all-round vision gives Biggar an extra edge on the pitch.

Tries - Guy Kelly, Robbie Orr (2)
Conv - Ali Steele

Development Newsletter - October 2014

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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!




U-15’s in tough contest against Heriots

The 15's tough it out at Heriots


U-16’s take Edinburgh District title at Heriots

Biggar U-16's win Edinburgh District title in style


U16’s triumph at Heriots to win league title

U16;s win leauge title


U-16’s cling on for hard fought win

A tough, tense and enthralling match sees Biggar cling on to defeat Dunbar by the very narrowest of margins.


Under 15’s come up short against Currie

Biggar U-15's put on a brave show against Currie visitors


Development Newsletter - October 2014

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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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