S1/2 run out winners against Penicuik
Biggar s1/2 18 – Penicuik 9
Buoyed by last weeks win against Ayr the s1/2 squad arrived keen to get play underway in the second home match in a row. Due to holidays and injury it was a mixed ability squad that took to the pitch with one player, Aaron Thomson taking to the pitch for the first time and another, Connor, on only his third competitive outing. First points went to Penicuik after some lack luster defending by the Biggar boys. A motivational speech from Brian Dudds saw the boys get straight back into the match with a try from Sam Wallis, the first of 2. Further tries came from Callum McCallum , Adam Carrick and Harry Low. Callum also converted 3 times.
Story date: 21/10/2014
Penicuik were lite on players and suffered some short term injuries so play varied between 11 and 12 a side. Biggar had 15 boys keen to make their mark on the game and the challenge was giving all the game time they all desperately wanted. Every player gave 100% and especially in the second half created some imaginative and flowing phases of play which brought deserved rewards to the team. Tackling was much improved and with some further work this week at training (sorry boys) this weak part of their game will be hopefully be dispelled.
Man of the Match Guy Hunt. Also big well done to all scorers, Jamie Tucker for performing scrum half duties admirably for first time and the other players who played out of normal position.
Well done boys.
Biggar U-16’s head the table
Biggar U16s 90 Forrester U16s 12
Biggar with a Glut of Tries at Hartreemill
The U16s again demonstrated what a good team they are, this time to an appreciative home crowd at Hartreemill. With 7 tries for Biggar in each half there was certainly plenty of action to keep the crowd entertained in cold and blustery conditions.
Whilst Forrester had the first opportunity to put points on the board with a kick for goal from a Biggar infringement, the ball drifted wide of the posts. Biggar took the ball back into the Forrester half with breaks from the Biggar centre pairing and this led to a converted try for Keir Hamilton after some good work by his fellow forwards. Keir broke his nose in the process and unfortunately played no further part in the game. Andrew Nimmo then scored an unconverted try, breaking through the Forrester defence. Weak tackling also allowed Andrew Jardine to get the next unconverted try. However, Biggar had to work for the next try and the team combined several phases of play between the forwards and the backs with Euan Bogle getting over the line for an unconverted try. Andrew Jardine then ran in a converted try from within his own half but a knock of heads after the restart paused the game whilst a Forrester blood injury was treated. The match was restarted with a Biggar scrum on the Biggar 10m line and Andrew Jardine again ran in at the corner for another unconverted try. Alex Denholm then repeated the feat with a converted try, running in from his own half but having to work hard just before the tryline to evade the covering Forrester defence. Forrester closed the half with a converted try following a clever kick through the Biggar line.
Biggar used the wind cleverly in the second half, with firstly Alex Denholm taking advantage of a clearing kick from Forrester that was caught by the wind and blown backwards to get a converted try. Alex then made a perfectly timed pass to Rory McGinn for Rory to score a converted try in the corner. Forrester to their credit were still dangerous when in possession and a rare missed tackle from Biggar gave them an unconverted try in the corner. The Biggar tries kept coming though, with Euan Bogle scoring after a backs move from the lineout, Andrew Jardine capitalising on a turnover ball and then Craig Shearer and Daniel McConkey making ground and sweetly timing a pass for a converted try by Andrew Jardine. Euan Bogle then used the wind to kick and chase, just getting the better of a Forrester defender on the line for a converted try. Alex Denholm then got the last score of the match and successfully kicking the conversion. The kicking of Euan Bogle is worthy of special mention with three good kicks out of seven in the first half against the wind and then six out of six in the second half, one of which was a drop goal after the wind blew the ball off the tee.
Story date: 21/10/2014
So another convincing win from the squad that again allowed Biggar to demonstrate their skills in open play and the bursting runs of both the backs and the forwards to secure territory and points. The wind conditions were testing but passes were secure, as was the defence in the main with the Forrester tries resulting from a rare missed tackle and a clever kick that caught the defence off guard. Players, should be pleased with their performance, coaches should be pleased by the continued commitment from the team and spectators were definitely pleased by the rugby display on show. Thanks also to the U15s that again supported the squad, all of who played really well.
U-16’s triumph at BATS
BAT’s 12: Biggar 53
A Game of Two Halves
This was a tougher game than the recent run of easy wins and, after a tough first half, Biggar ran away with an easy win over a strong BAT’s side. With 2 tries to 9 the final tally, it ended up a game of two halves.
Biggar got off to a good start. The team put together a string of phases that saw the backs eventually finish things off with a converted try but only after some strong direct running from Keir Hamilton that secured territory. Douglas Hill was the try scorer. All looked good but BAT’s came back at Biggar straight away and dominated possession which in the end resulted in a try as their centre burst through a couple of tackles. Although Biggar started well after the restart with Andrew Jardine and Rory McGinn winning territory, BAT’s then dominated possession. Andrew Jardine then pounced on a telegraph pass and ran in a breakaway converted try but this was really against the run of play. Again BAT’s secured possession after a scrum and ran through tackles to score a converted try to take them back to within two points. Biggar pressure at the end of the half led to tries for Andrew Jardine (linking well with Rory McGinn) and for Alex Denholm (made from a good break by Keir Hamilton). Although four tries to two up, Biggar had in no way dominated the half.
The second half was a different game, the Biggar half time team talk seemed to have sorted out a few issues in the forwards and the backs and Biggar consequently secured the vast majority of both territory and possession for the rest of the game. Andrew Jardine secured a converted try soon after the kick-off and this lifted spirits and confidence. Jordan Gray had a good steal at an uncharacteristically scrappy BAT’s ruck and after making good ground himself, moved the ball to the backs with Rory McGinn getting over the tryline. Biggar then won a penalty 10m in from the sideline and the tryline. With some quick thinking from Angus Kerr and Gavin Raftery, Gavin was able to capitalise on a dummy run from Guy Kelly and a good switch pass from Angus to run down the touchline uncontested for the try. BAT’s went down a man after a yellow card for a tip tackle and this in part allowed Biggar to dominate the rest of the game with further tries for Euan Bogle (converted) back after injury, and for Marcus Dobie.
So a much better second half than the first and a convincing win in the end. There were a couple of bangs and knocks for a few of the squad so the rest next weekend will allow healing and recharging of batteries. Biggar should take heart from this win as keeping heads, patience and above all perseverance pays off.
Story date: 08/10/2014
A big thank you to all the U-15 lads who answered the call on Sunday. Your efforts were very much appreciated!