Biggar’s Youth rugby sides record good league wins.
S1/2 v Hamilton
The S1/2 squad was keen to make the trip to Hamilton after their experience at Melrose last week where they realised they had winning potential and the green shoots for success developing.
The match started with the boys fired up and all wanting to deliver.
The forwards again put in a huge effort with the scrum being especially effective. Line out drills also paid dividends with the team winning ground from these set pieces. Rucking as every game since the season started was also strong with huge commitment from all concerned. Backs intensive drilling since last week paid off with the ball getting to the wing creating space and opportunities for some magnificent breaks involving multiple players.
The effort from every individual told in the final Score of 31 - 16 to Biggar. Biggar tries came after intense team efforts and were delivered by Harry Low, Finlay Stewart, Harry Archibald, Cameron Snell, Hugo Baillie, Niall Ball and Jamie Bell. Conversions from Finlay Stewart. Biggars man of the match - THE WHOLE TEAM. A demonstration that the team is more powerful than any one individual. Well done from the coaches. !!
U-16 Edinburgh District League
Livingston 5 : Biggar 34
Biggar Come out on Top after Top of the Table Clash
Peter Steele sizes up his options
Craig McKinlay stretches away from the Linlithgow defence
With both teams having played and won two games at the start of the Edinburgh and District U15 league and Linlithgow ahead on points difference by only 6 points, this match was set to be a closely fought game with honours to the winners potentially securing a top of the table spot.
The game started with some intensity with Biggar appearing more dominant in the scrums but Linlithgow more dominant and savvy in the rucks and consequently securing some turnover ball. The first score came to Biggar though, with Andrew Jardine making a strong run through the Linlithgow defence for an unconverted try. This settled the Biggar team and Rory McGinn made a good steal but Linlithgow’s dominance in the rucks and with loose ball resulted in a turnover. Both teams were working hard but a penalty for a high tackle gave Biggar the opportunity to secure territory in the Linlithgow 22. The resulting lineout was secured and a maul set but again Biggar lost possession. Linlithgow kicked the ball back to Biggar but this only allowed Rowan Stewart to run the ball back to them and working with the rest of the backs through good hands, Andrew Jardine was able to go over for his second try, converted by Bogle. Andrew Nimmo secured the restart and made good ground through the Linlithgow defensive line and this gave the platform for Rowan Stewart, working well this time with Euan Bogle, to break through and go over for an unconverted try. The Biggar backs continued to dominate in open play and a lovely grubber kick from Andrew Jardine nearly resulted in another try, unfortunately the ball was lost forward in the tackle. The last converted try of the half was scored by a typically strong run from Peter Steele after a Linlithgow offside infringement. Halftime Linlithgow 0: Biggar 24.
The second half started with the same intensity as the first and Biggar were again soon on the scoreboard. The Biggar backs combining well with the forwards saw a well worked and hard fought try for prop Guy Kelly. However Linlithgow came right back at Biggar and a No 8 pickup at a scrum inside the Biggar 22 saw Linlithgow on the scoreboard with an unconverted try. Subsequent pressure from The Biggar forwards including Keir Hamilton and Gavin Raftery brought Biggar back into the Linlithgow half as far as their 5m line. However, Biggar infringements for offside and handling in the ruck denied the visitors. The regular infringements broke the continuity of play and the game became more scrappy. The result was a loss of tempers on both sides with two yellow cards, one on each side. Biggar were left with a penalty and a well worked set move gave Marcus Dobie the second unconverted try of the half for Biggar. Linlithgow did not let their heads go down and continued to put pressure on Biggar with infringements from the visitors gifting possession and territory to the home team. However, the clock was on Biggar’s side and the match finished without a further score.
Biggar, definitely deserved the win as they played well in the first half and narrowly came out on top in the second. Set pieces and the moves following them were well worked, with scrums dominant, if a bit loose at times. However, in rucks and at loose ball, the Biggar forwards were outplayed and outsmarted by a street savvy opposition. Perhaps Biggar relaxed as the game was already won, but at this level and in this league a quality team that wants to win cannot afford to take the foot of the gas, no matter what stage of the game or what the scoreboard says. Some focus in training during the week should leave the team well up for the next league game on Sunday, away at Penicuik.
A cracking effort from all, well done!
Story date: 15/09/2014