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Biggar Colts too strong for Ross High Colts Select

Biggar Colts 70pts v Ross High Colts 7pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League
Biggar Colts took to the field on Saturday knowing they had already won the game as Ross High conceded, having arrived with only 9 players.
However with Biggar having 21 players, there was enough for a game and so a match was played in good spirit and to a high level. Head Coach Barr made sure that Ross High got a good mix of the Biggar squad players to try and match the game up.
Indeed they did from the start and it was Ross High who went a try up which made Biggar realise that they were in a game and they needed to be organised.
Over time they did and it was Biggar who took full control of the game and at the end of the day managed to score 12 tries to 1 from Ross High even when they had some of the more senior Biggar boys.
Scorers - Liam McCarry with 3 tries, Stuart Affleck (3), William Grieve (2), Ross Jackson (2), Craig Stewart (1) and Andrew Orr (1). Simon Denholm put 4 conversions over and Ryan Ferguson with 1 conversion.
Martin Hunter playing for Ross High and Liam McCarry were the pick of the backs while in the forwards Andrew Orr and William Grieve dominated supported by Stuart Affleck and Craig Stewart.
Credit has to be given to Ross High for making the trip down and so allowing the game to go ahead which all the players benefited from.
Biggar will have learnt that no matter how far they are in front a structure still needs to be kept.
Great to see Jack Court back putting in some fine tackles and also under 16 players Douglas Hill and Rory McGinn who easily blended in.         


Biggar Colts power past Forrester/ Currie

Forrester/ Currie Colts 5pts v Biggar Colts 39pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League

Doing the tough things sets winners apart from losers.” Biggar Colts showed that by continuing to work on their game and put every effort in the training pitch that they are a match for any team.
On Saturday Biggar Colts travelled to take on a combined Forrester/Currie team bolstered by a substantial number of Currie Colts as their National League game was cancelled. Biggar however showed they have nothing to fear and comfortably won by 39 points to 5 points at Malleny Park.
It was probably one of the best all round team performances with all the squad players making an impact and nobody shirking their responsibilities by playing for each other .
“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side”.
Both Biggar and Forrester / Currie started the game at a frenetic pace with both having opportunities and putting in some excellent defensive work.
Decisions were being made which puzzled both teams and this continued for some time. However Biggar kept at Forrester/ Currie and eventually broke through with Andrew Orr finding a gap to go through for an unconverted try. It was taking time to break the opposition down but Biggar kept at their task and were giving no ground. From a lineout Ross Jackson positioned himself to go through the middle for a great score and extend the lead with the conversion by Simon Denholm.
Forrester /Currie continued to keep coming at Biggar but the boys held firm and were putting in some big hits with both centres Simon Denholm and Peter Steele showing excellent defensive work along with the ever present forwards who continue to strangle attacks against them.
The backs were showing good speed and lining running and with some precise passing out by the backs , Richard Morgan came into the line at speed and faked a pass outside to cleverly go in for another try.

Half Time – Forrester / Currie 0 pts v Biggar 17pts

Biggar knew they would need to hold firm a the start of the 2nd half. However it was Biggar who took the initiative of not allowing them in and Ross Jackson picked up a the back of the scrum and went over for a powerful score that allowed Biggar to take control.
A notable feature of the 2nd half was the excellent tackling throughout the team with notable hits going in from Tom Steele, Martin Hunter and Gregor Stewart.
Half backs Gregor Stewart and James Barr were taking full control which was totally strangling Forrester / Currie who could not match the piercing kicks of Gregor which forced them to keep turning round.
Another strong part was the the lineout and rucking which was impressive to see and had been clearly been worked on at training.
The forwards were now dominating and Andrew Orr took the opportunity to go over for his 2nd .
Another good move saw the very impressive Peter Steele go in for a try  and then the last try fell to pick of the forwards Andrew Orr for his third score which was converted by Gregor Stewart.
Great all round performance with others such as Stuart Affleck, William Grieve and Craig Stewart having a high work rate for the team.      
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

Next week Saturday is a home league game against Ross High with a 1pm kick off.

 


S1/2’s at West

s1/2 v West

On the back of a sore loss to Currie the S1/2 squad were keen to make an impact at West of Scotland RFC. A squad of 19 took to the pitch with a purpose and desire that was missing from last weeks encounter. Tackling was vastly improved and all players commitment in this area of the game was noted by the coaches.
The resultant score of 14-12 to West was not relevant. It was the passion with which both teams played this very tight game that all the spectators and coaches enjoyed. As one spectator said, “it was just as existing as the Scotland game last night”.


Lyle Godfrey in only his third outing had a well deserved period on the pitch, his enthusiasm clear to all.  Guy Hunt put in his usual, and now expected, solid performance that contributed to many of Biggars attacking phases of play. The number of crushing tackles put in by forward Harry Archibald was noted by the coaches as was his strength in the attack. We are also exited to see more from Connor in future games, his raw potential a joy for all to watch.


Biggar’s three tries were true team efforts with the honours going to Charles Connelly and Ali Steele. Solid Conversions from S1 Callum Mccallum, Fraser Whitefield and Ali Steele.


Biggars man of the match was number 10, Finlay Stewart who controlled the backs with a new composure and also demonstrated his leadership qualities through individual moments of bravery.


Well done both teams!!


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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Biggar U-16’s edge out winners in Watsons thriller

Watsonians U16 12; Biggar U16 17
Biggar are the Best


Its official! This Biggar U16 Squad really are very good!  Today they demonstrated character, commitment, cool heads under intense pressure and above all belief in themselves and edged out Watsonians in a tense but fair game of rugby.  The squad asked for support, and a knowledgeable Biggar crowd turned up and cheered on the team from start to finish.  Fingers were bitten, stomachs churned but the travelling support consisting of parents, relatives, friends, injured players, lower and upper age group players and several dogs, were all rewarded by 100% effort from the whole squad.

It was an exciting game from the start.  Biggar kicked off and the Biggar team were quick up with Jordan Gray securing the catch. The ball was then moved quickly out to the backs and Peter Steele burst through the stunned Watsonians defence for a score under the posts.  Euan Bogle made the conversion to put Biggar 7 points up with less than two minutes on the clock.  Watsonians composed themselves and with a good restart gained territory in Biggar’s 22.  With a blustery wind, lineout throwing was difficult and Biggar were duly penalised.  Whilst the resultant scrum was evenly matched, Watsonians were able to pick up and move the ball down the blindside for a try in the right corner.  Although the conversion attempt was helped by the wind, the angle was tight and it drifted wide.

Biggar restarted well and put pressure on Watsonians and they were pinged by the ref for offside.  Biggar gained back territory from the penalty and won the resultant lineout.  The ball was moved to the backs and through a wonderful series of moves involving switches and dummy runners that baffled the opposition defence, Peter Steele again broke through and used his strength to carry the ball over the tryline despite some determined tackling near the tryline by Watsonians.  Euan Bogle again kicked the conversion.
 


The game then settled down although much of the play was in the Biggar half.  Watsonians kept up the pressure on Biggar and a chance or two to clear their lines were wasted by errors arising from the sheer pressure Watsonians were putting on the squad.  What was evident though, was focus and a collective team effort.  This was most visible at the rucks.  This squad have often been criticised for their rucking technique (or lack of it) but after a fantastic session during the week from coach Jonny Bogle, the difference today was tremendous.  Not only did it reduce the turnover count to almost nil, it gave a solid platform and clean ball for Angus Kerr at scrum half.  This effort from the Biggar squad kept out Watsonians for the rest of the half, to give a 5:14 lead at half-time.

Watsonians replicated the Biggar quick score from the first half.  This time Watsonians set up a clever and well executed driving maul from a lineout shortly after the restart.  They drove the maul all the way to the 5m line and then moved it out for a converted try.  With the lead narrowed to 2 points and Watsonians with their tails up, Biggar had to keep their discipline and focus.  This they did and, with clean ball from the ruck, the Biggar centres again put together another great move but just couldn’t quite complete the last pass for the score.  However, Biggar were brought back for an earlier penalty and with a tap took the ball into the Watsonians 22.  Watsonians handled in the ruck and gifted Euan Bogle a tricky kick at goal.  Judging the wind well he drilled it straight through the posts.  Jordan Gray had been injured in the earlier play and with no front row replacement, scrums were uncontested until he eventually shook of the leg knock and bravely returned to the pitch.  Watsonians camped themselves in the Biggar 22 but were denied by a determined Biggar defence and an eventual fumble.  This allowed Euan Bogle to take a fantastic pick up from the spilled ball and kick and chase to secure a lineout in the Watsonians 22.  Biggar won the lineout and Watsonians were then offside at the ruck, giving Euan Bogle another chance of 3 points.  However, this time he pulled it slightly wide.  A tense finish to the game saw Watsonians and Biggar trade kicks, but a couple of Biggar infringements in their own 22 did give Watsonians a chance to close out the game.  In the last play they did get over the line but a determined Biggar defence held the ball up and, much to the relief of the Biggar crowd, the Ref blew for a well-deserved Biggar win.

This game proved that the whole squad are good and games are won by team effort.  Injuries and illness depleted numbers today, but the depth to the squad and the commitment from all meant that the coaches didn’t have any difficult team choices to make.  All performed well.  With a free weekend coming up, it will allow some injuries to heal and bruises to fade before the last three games of the league. 
A big thank you from the whole squad and coaches to the travelling support and they hope to see you all again at the next game on the 16th November at home against Lasswade.  They aim to get another good win to keep up the 100% win record.


Mini P7 at Stirling County

Mini Rugby P7
On a day when the weather was only good for rugby or staying wrapped up inside Biggar Minis headed to a windswept and wet Stirling. The minis new jackets were a real winner today so thanks to Paula for organising and the sponsors (CK Contracts Ltd) for providing them.

Sometimes when a team loses three games, each of them by 2 – 1, it’s a frustrating or disappointing day, but not today. Today was all about determination, great individual performances and team work; today was about putting into practice the hard work on tackling and rucking that has been done over the last 3 weeks. Today we saw the squad play proper linked up rugby with good support

going into tackles and rucks and nice offloading and passing in tricky conditions. Each of the matches went down to the wire and any game could have been won. Playing without any subs gave the team lots of playing time and experience which is all good for the future.  A special thanks must go to Archie, Katie, Jack and Myles who all helped out playing with the P6s for a game or two. Feedback from the P6 coaches was that all did very well and helped out greatly - thanks.

The first game against Stirling County 1 was an even affair with Stirling doing most of the pressing but not finding any gaps until eventually they found space out wide. Biggar replied but Stirling got one more in the last minute.

The second game started with a well worked restart going straight to Ross who skipped through the Stirling County 2 defence. They came back eventually getting a try just after half time and then another at the final whistle.

In the final game GHK started brighter with some impressive passing wide especially given the conditions. With the score 1 - 0 to GHK, Biggar came out in the second half ever more determined and through hard team work and pressing got Archie a little space to go over for a deserved try. GHK came back with fresh subs and moved the ball well to get a winning try near the end.


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!

   



 


P7’s at Linlithgow find it tough going

P7 Minis at Linlithgow

The Biggar P7s visited an autumnal Linlithgow for their annual festival which is always a competitive and enjoyable day.

First up were Watsonians, Biggar looked fresh and confident from the off consistently winning the ruck and quick ball with drives led by

Ruadhri and Fraser. Biggar played on the front foot and the first try came quickly from a break down the left with Ruadhri passing to Murray to score. More tries came from Callum, Ruadhri, Jonathan and Fraser with a final score of Biggar 5 - Watsonians 1

In the second game it was clear very early on that Linlithgow had some big powerful players and they knew how to ruck well. Unfortunately by this time  Biggar had lost Ruadhri to a shoulder knock and although others tried hard Biggar couldn't control the breakdown and were pushed off the ball  too often  which gave Linlithgow attacking options which they used to get three trys, Biggars only try coming from Ross. Final score Linlithgow 3 - Biggar 1

In the 3rd game Biggar came up against last weeks’ rivals Gala, The game panned through very similar to last week, it was a close game but Gala were a bit quicker at the ruck and were confident to pass the ball wide quickly running in 2 trys to no reply from Biggar. 

Last up were Falkirk who Biggar had beaten 6 - 1 at the start of the season, this time it was different. Falkirk used their big player to consistently make breaks which Biggar only just managed to contain, eventually though Falkirk scored, for most of the last 5 minutes Biggar were camped on the Falkirk try line but just couldn't break the line. Final Score Falkirk 1 - Biggar 0

The P7s showed lots of commitment and effort with many phases of good play but couldn't quite link all the parts together on the day. There is however a real team spirit and something special developing in the squad.


Gold Club winners

 

Drawn on 8th November

Gold Club – latest draw results
£250   -   98   Phyllis Tweedie
£100   -   33   Jan Warnock
£100   -   22   Meikle Jackson
£100   -   294  Paula Harrison
£100   -   249  Angela Cairns
£100   -   191  Laura Watson


Drawn on 25th October

£250  -   145   Blair Hill
£100 -     277 Jennifer Tweedie

£100  -   130   Marion Wood
£100  -   38    Linda Bell
£100  -   179  Ted & Frances Gordon
£100  -   242   Molly Brown

 

Drawn on 27th Sept

£250   -   Malcolm Coubrough (Jnr)
£100   -   John Lawrie
£100   -   Bob Irvine
£100   -   Shirley Aitken
£100   -   Tom Donnelly
£100   -   Kevin Wilson

 

Drawn on 6th Sept

£250   -   Davina Howatson
£100   -   James Lawrie
£100   -   Ruth Lawrie
£100   -   Trina Watson
£100   -   Don Barrie
£100   -   George Hamilton


Girls Team Vintage Rally

Thank you to the girls that gave up some time on Sunday 17th to go around with collection buckets at Biggar Vintage Rally they raised the sum of £265 to go towards the pitch improvements. Well Done!


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