Biggar Colts power past Dunfermline
Dunfermline Colts 12pts v Biggar Colts 78pts
Green Conference League- Saturday 29th August 2015
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Biggar Colts proved this on Saturday by putting a strong and determined performance against Dunfermline away to win their opening league game in the Green Conference by 78 points to 12 points.
This was a team effort with all the squad performing well in all aspects of the game. The attacking threat came from all areas and this helped produced 12 tries while only conceding 2 .
The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team
This score line did not reflect the game as Dunfermline made it hard work for Biggar in the first half with the 1st 25 minutes tightly contested amongst the forwards. Dunfermline were putting some big tackles especially coming from their impressive back row.
Biggar had to soak up a lot of pressure and the stuck to their job and continued to try and break down the opposition wall. This they did by putting their 1st try on the board from strong running form Peter Steele out on the wing who broke through some tackles to go in for a try converted by Euan Bogle. Peter also got the next try after some strong running out wide and again converted.
Dunfermline continued to press at Biggar and their forwards who were well drilled got moving and managed to power over for a score .
Biggar knew they had to regain the upper hand and started to hit up the park and in turn move the ball wide out to where Marcus Dobie took a pass and ran round his man to score.
It was the hard running of Mark Ewart and Scott Thomson who were allowing yardage to be gained and platforms to be set that helped Biggar gain the upper hand.
After some more powerful work the ball was put out to Andrew Jardine who showed great hands and change of foot to score a converted try.
From this Biggar were now starting to find gaps in the Dunfermline defence and Scott Thomson took a pass from Rory McGinn to break through and indeed run some yards to score a converted try.
One are of play that Biggar were showing well in was defence and it was Rory McGinn at stand off who was putting in numerous vital tackles to contain Dunfermline.
The next try was really just down to good hands from the backs and with Andrew Jardine finding space he was able to go over for a converted try just prior to half time.
Half Time – Dunfermline Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts 40pts.
The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side and with a good squad on the day Biggar were able to bring on boys just as strong as those leaving the field and that matters.
Henry Adams came on and instantly made his mark with strong running up the field passing to Peter Steele who in turn passed back to Henry who then crossed over for a converted try.
Biggar then came into a part of the game where they put 3 more tries in quickly with Scott Thomson (Silver Fox) who had been excellent all day with his strong running scoring 2 more to get this hat trick.
Euan Bogle then put in a well angled cross filed kick which bounced and the Jack Court timed his run to grab and run in form half way to put Biggar into a commanding position.
However Dunfermline took advantage of some slack play and went in for a try.
All the squad were now being used and although there was many changes it was not in any way altering or hindering the team display.
A quick tap penalty was taken by Peter Steele who was on hand to take the final pass again after it went through a few players.
The last score was from Henry Adams who again showed great support play to be on hand for the last score converted.
Final Score : Dunfermline Colts 12pts v Biggar Colts 78pts
Coaches were pleased after the game but again feel there is certain areas still to work on and this will be continued at training .
Although a squad effort there was a few notable performances.
Scott Thomson who showed tremendous strength and presence all day along with Mark Ewart.
Back Row of Ross Jackson, Kyle Anderson and Stuart Affleck who were ever present in doing the rucking and defensive work.
In the backs Rory McGinn put in both an impressive defensive and attacking display along with Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele showing their class.
Henry Adams back after a long term injury showed up well in attack.
Euan Bogle converted 9 tries from 12 and his kicking is a major asset to the team.
One area of the game which was pleasing to see was the decision making at Number 8, 9 and 10 with Ross Jackson as captain showing strong and clear leadership. This crucial area worked well.
The scrum is also being secured more after some specialist work by Johnny Bogle.
Coaches Ian, David and Gavin still though have many other areas to work on.
Next Saturday it is another away league game at Falkirk
Story date: 31/08/2015
U-16’s win at Hamilton and take part in thriller at Dunfermline
Dunfermline 7 Biggar 10
Today was definitely the real thing as Biggar U16 kick-started their league campaign with a bruising encounter at Dunfermline. The Biggar side showed an immense display of courage and maturity in light of what was a very physical game.
Biggar received the kick-off and for the following 15 minutes they had to defend, however Dunfermline failed to breach the Biggar 22 and the visitors held the line well.
Biggar eventually got a break but couldn't capitalise. White line fever, one suspects..........
When Biggar did get the ball they moved it well and broke the line on a number of occasions, but so did Dunfermline. It was back and forward for most of the first half.
The hosts were more effective at the breakdown which led to needless penalties being conceded by Biggar. But the Hartreemill boys held fast and weathered the storm.
Dunfermline may have had the lions share of the ball but Biggar were noticeably more efficient when they ran with it. Robbie Orr, Rowan Stewart and Matthew Stewart linked very well and were unfortunate not to reap more benefit from good hands. On another day perhaps things could be different. But Dunfermline didn't shirk their defensive responsibilities either.
So with stalemate in the first half it was important that Biggar remained focussed in the second.
Scrums were evenly contested but Biggar probably dominated in the Line-out stakes. All the forwards were working hard to secure the ball for scrum-half Luhann Kotze who was as dependable as ever.
After both teams battered each other up and down the pitch for the first ten minutes of the second half, eventually the breakthrough came with Rowan Stewart breaking the line and delivering a neat pass to Craig Meikle who ran it into the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed.
The intensity didn't let up though and Dunfermline came right back at Biggar. After a long spell of re-set scrums you could see Biggar backs lose some concentration. Dunfermline exploited a gap that allowed their big prop to crash over the line with four or five boys hanging off him.
The successful conversion brought the score to 7-5 to the hosts.
It's true in times gone by that this Biggar side would have let their heads go down at this point. Not a chance this time round.
Biggar settled into what has marked them out in this new era: accurate kicks, chases, ball from the top of the lineout that was quickly shipped to the centres to hit the line at pace and quickly recycle the ball. Biggar turned the screw and began to dominate.
10 minutes to go and Biggar managed to work their way to the opposition 5m line. Kotze took a quick penalty, popped it to Guy Kelly who hit, turned and passed to Craig Meikle who slid over for his second. Rowan Stewart just pulling the conversion attempt wide.
Wouldn't you know it...Dunfermline charged back at Biggar but this time their indiscipline at the breakdown and the odd mis-directed pass proved their undoing after all the good work in the first half.
Biggar managed to win a penalty in the dying seconds and the kick to touch saw the referee blow for full time and a passionate roar from the U16's was a mark of how hard fought this game actually was. Some sore bodies after this one.
Performances of note included that of Lewis Stewart. The flanker's tackle and work rate was outstanding.
Sam Grieve at wing shows real promise and a new sense of belief.
Rowan Stewart can be seen as the benchmark of consistent performance.
That said, this was a real team effort and all players put their bodies on the line, and for that they should be commended.
Tries: Craig Meikle (2)
Hamilton 7 Biggar 38
A pre-season win in the continental heat at a sun-drenched Hamilton RFC was just what Biggar needed to cement the positive finish from last season.
Story date: 30/08/2015
It was Hamilton's second outing at this point and their victory against Ayr the week before must have given them real hope for the forthcoming season. Then Biggar arrived..!
Make no mistake, the hosts were a big outfit and intimidating but Biggar were well and truly up for the challenge showing commitment, structure and quality.
A couple of resounding thuds from Rowan Stewart and Matthew Stewart within the first minute left Hamilton in no uncertain terms that Biggar were not out for a Sunday run about.
Ali Steele and Cameron Forrest displayed a maturity that is refreshing to see and bodes well for the new season.
Rowan Stewart (2), Luhann Kotze(2), Daniel McConkey and Guy Kelly got their names on the score sheet with Matthew Stewart converting 4 from 6 attempts.
Stuart Forrest made a real impact at No.8 and played a prominent role in one of the well worked tries.
This game was not for the faint hearted though and much claret was shed in a first half ruck where three players were carted off to hospital for some patching up. Declan Boulton's ear will have a nasty scar after a 'stray' boot made contact.
There is much to think about for next week’s game at Dunfermline but this win will help maintain the positive attitude towards the new season.
Help still required
Programme Editor/Match reporter/match report collator.
The season is just around the corner and the club would very much appreciate the help of someone (or a small team) to take on the above roles.
A programme is produced for each 1st XV and a couple of 2nd or Colts XV matches. We've always managed to produce a 'good' programme and want to maintain that tradition. Can you help?
We also need to submit match reports to the local papers and, perhaps more importantly, for the website. Can you help?
Finally, the match reports from the all the sections need someone to collate them together for the Press and again for the website. Can you help?
You could be a player or keen supporter but we do need your help.
Lots more details available from Al Stewart (07796 175 381)
Story date: 15/08/2015
Athletics Club Fundraiser
Our Pitch development will provide ample space for the Biggar branch of Law and District Athletics club. They are looking for a track and an area for throwing and jumping, all of which can be accommodated ithin our pitches.
As a result, and in support of the development, the Athletics club are running a fundraiser on Friday 4th September. Details below. Your support would be vey much appreciated at this event.
Thanks in anticipation!
Family Fun Evening
(By kind permission of the Philipps Family. www.cormistonfarm.com)
Friday 4th September
6.30pm for 7pm start
Adults £5, kids £2.50 (includes one raffle draw)
Team task: £4 per team
Hot Food Drinks Raffle
Story date: 15/08/2015
All funds towards improved athletics facilities at Biggar rugby club
Enquiries to Joyce: 07918 191127
School of Rugby Programme
When youngsters go up into their first year of Biggar High School they have the opportunity to participate in the 'School of Rugby Programme'. This involves youngsters getting the opportunity to build on their social, physical and mental capibilities through the highly enjoyable environment that is of rugby union.
To download the programme information booklet click DOWNLOAD INFORMATION BOOKLET
To download our year 1 overview, which looks at the success of the first year of the programme, click DOWNLOAD YEAR 1 REVIEW
Story date: 25/05/2015
Membership Forms and Rates
Membership renewals are now due and the current rates and form are on the membership page. Your club depends on the membership Fees to develop what we have at Hartree Mill and what we are able to offer our playesra nd spectators. Clubhouse maintenance, training equipment, heating, lighting......ALL are paid for by your fees. BE PART OF THE CLUB!
Please think about and take advantage of the discount offered. If you pay this month (August) you get a significant saving on your membership for the 2015/16 season. If you wait until Spetember however, you will pay more!
Check the details below - it's worth paying!
Please also note that as always Club cash flow in the summer is never great and prompt payment will help the club
Story date: 12/07/2013
Biggar RFC operates and Open to All policy and welcomes new members from all sectors of the community
We accept members from 5 years upwards who can join our Mini section to those that have retired and want to assist and retain their links with our active club.
Our membership year runs from May to April and if you would like to find out more about the playing arrangements at the club or become a member please contact either Gordon Young on 07774678617 or via email at email@example.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.
If you would like to know a little more about our rugby programmes for Primary or Secondary school children please refer to our Mini and Midi pages under the "Teams" section or contact either Laura Watson for information about Primary School age children and Paula Yardley on 07830022447 or Aird Jardine on 07917731494 for Secondary School aged children
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Story date: 25/08/2011