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Story date: 19/08/2014
Biggar travel to take on Howe of Fife
Biggar had another away game on Saturday, their first ‘full’ game, when they played in Cupar against Howe of Fife.
Story date: 19/08/2014
The Howe club were knocking on the door for promotion last season just missing out when Jedforest pipped them to the post, but have based their success on that of local school Bell Baxter and a thriving Youth section. It is clear that on the basis of this outing they will once again be a force to contend with in National 2 and definitely a side to watch.
Biggar were looking to build on the performances they have given in recent weeks against Heriots, Falkirk and West but this was not to be and the side came somewhat unstuck against a large well-drilled squad who played simple rugby and who benefitted from Biggar’s largesse in handling errors.
In ideal conditions and aside from several others who have joined the Biggar ranks from Dunfermline, Dalziel, Stirling and Kilmarnock, Biggar welcomed two new players in prop Craig Bachurzewski and centre Andrew King both of whom arrived in Biggar on Thursday from Australia. They both started and showed that they will be strong additions to the squad but they both played for less than a half due to the obvious effects of jet lag.
Without dwelling too much on the actual game Biggar ended up pretty much second best for the majority of the game, finding the direct approach of the compact Howe pack difficult to halt. An early Howe score from a well-organised line drive was countered by one after 20 minutes from Biggar’s Mark Bertram who benefited from ground made by centre Giles Boland and the vision of King.
Just minutes later and Howe were over again after ball was lost in Biggar’s half and some neat inter-passing gave their scrum half the opening he required to beat the Biggar defence. With the availability of props a concern, Biggar’s scrum suffered as Howe mounted drive after drive and a 3rd score was conceded, almost inevitably, as their winger received ball out wide with the Biggar defence stretched.
With half time in sight Biggar made the most of their next attacking position when a series of promising pick and drives paved the way for a close range scrum. Ball was taken on via Reive and Simmonds before King burst through a gap to cross for his debut try.
Unfortunately Howe ended the half with their fourth score, ball won in Biggar’s half and then shipped wide to create the overlap.
Down 4 tries to 2 Biggar were now up against it but a number of knocks which saw players come off as a precaution and the disruption caused by switching new players and positions meant they were unable to add to their first half tally, Howe crossing after 15 minutes of the half and then twice more in the dying seconds of the game.
This was certainly not the performance that coach Gavin Blackburn was looking for and the squad will return to training midweek with plenty of work to be done before their next outing, another away game, this Saturday, against Cartha Queens Park. The Glasgow side were in an identical positon to Howe last season when they ended up bridesmaids to Championship A winners Marr. Again therefore, there will be no doubting the quality of the opposition and the need to lift their performance before the Cup game against Watsons on the 30th and the first National League encounter against Selkirk on 7th September.
There is much optimism that problems can be ironed out however with the squad possessing much individual ability but lacking a little in the collective team work which brings team results.