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Biggar win through against Penrith.

Biggar 24 Penrith 7
In very different wet and windy conditions from the previous week when they played Dumfries on a dry ground, Biggar entertained Penrith for this pre-season friendly.


Last season Biggar were given a real test by the English side but this time round Biggar managed to turn the tables and record a fine win.


As pleasing however for coaches Gary Mercer and Davy Wilson was the style of play and the commitment shown both in defence and attack. For the first time to date numbers were reduced to a 1st XV squad as the 2nds were also in action, Penrith able to bring two sides for what both clubs hope will be annual joust. This meant that there were fewer changes which gave the side a chance to develop together.


Another equally very positive factor was in the shape of the 2nd XV , the side featuring a whole host of youngsters who if they can attract others who have not yet committed to playing will generate a really useful side and push for places in the 1st XV. Coach Doug Fleming was mightily impressed with the turnout although a concussion to hooker Ryan Ferguson brought the contest to a premature close. Attended by one of the Penrith contingent who is a fireman an ambulance was also called. Ryan was given a full assessment and on Saturday evening and then Sunday felt much better.

 

Playing away from the clubhouse Biggar were given the advantage afforded by the east wind, a rare occurrence in itself but one which gave some assistance to defence and clearance kicks.


Biggar opened the scoring with prop Donald Voas crossing again for his second try in as many weeks. Richard Peacock slipped as he prepared to kick and the conversion was missed.
Under pressure and conceding a number of penalties Biggar had to work hard in the tight, where they had some positive results, and in open play where their tackling was sound.


Underfoot conditions proved difficult and players were slipping and sliding while the ball was also tricky to control by hand, moves from both sides breaking down at crucial moments.
A line drive and try for Duncan Withers gave Biggar a bit of breathing space while a kick and chase from stand off Iain Chisholm which saw the DO run virtually the length of the pitch and latch onto a clearance from Aird Jardine put the home side further ahead.


A final try from newly appointed 1st XV captain Andrew Dunlop was well deserved and very well received, the No 8 getting through a power of work in both defence and attack. Richard Peacock added 2 conversions for the 24 point tally, Penrith having the last word with a try and conversion to help avoid the whitewash.

 

This was a sizeable step up from the Dumfries match and will help prepare the side for the first real competitive match which is this Saturday when Marr are visitors in the BT Cup. Marr were in last season's Premiership promotion play-offs and will offer another set of problems for Biggar prior of course to the BT League programme when Peebles are opponents (3rd Sept).

 

The 2nds were down in their match but as suggested there is a very promising side in the making.


Biggar Colts lose out at Boroughmuir

Boroughmuir Colts 24pts v Biggar Colts 19pts.

Friendly – Saturday 20th August 2016

Simply , the Biggar Coaches of Yogi, Gav and Muz will have learned more from this defeat than they will ever have by winning it. There is no harm in losing as it focuses the squad that much still needs done.
Biggar lost away to Boroughmuir on Saturday on a testing day for rugby but there was no doubt that the hosts played to the conditions better.
Boroughmuir forwards were well motivated for this and with speed and bulk they kept it tight and continually powered up the field from which they gained early advantage with a try which was a result of their strong play.

Biggar as ever knew they just needed to get into their stride and take their opportunities and this they did with good hands and running lines culminating in a try for Aaron Dobie to bring them back into the game.

Biggar then capitalised on a poor pass from the Boroughmuir back line to which Robbie Orr greatly accepted to run in for 50 yards which was converted by Euan Bogle.

From this Biggar should have moved further ahead a good running from the backs continually broke the defence lines but the final passes and wrong options were stopping the tries being taken.

Indeed as Biggar failed to score it was Boroughmuir who took their opportunities with 3 tries being score unanswered. Simply Boroughmuir kept the ball tight , used their big boys to hit up and then the ball was moved quickly out to fast running players to come in with good lines to go over. Biggar were failing to interpret the conditions and adjust accordingly.

Much of the play Biggar tried to enforce was more suited to playing 7's on a dry summer day. The result was too many wrong decisions and mistakes in the game.

With 10 minutes to go Biggar did come back into the game with a try in the corner for Aaron Dobie which was well converted by Euan Bogle. However Biggar could not get the final upper hand and Boroughmuir took the win

Final Score : Boroughmuir Colts 24 pts v Biggar Colts 19pts         

Areas have been identified and these will be worked on at training and lessons will be learnt. The most obvious is “Playing to the conditions”

Next week is the start of the league campaign with a trip to Dunfermline.
Competition for places will be strong as the 8 Glasgow District players return who certainly will face a fight in certain positions to be in the starting line .   


Colts start season with win at Hamilton

Hamilton Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts 41pts.

Friendly – Tuesday 16th August 2016
“In order to succeed we must first believe we can” and that is what Biggar Colts showed on Tuesday night with an impressive performance in their 1st game of the season. Every player put in a performance which certainly will make it challenging for the coaches in selection when the Glasgow Regional Players return.
On a warm night, Hamilton took the upper hand early with some big runs by their powerful forwards who were made good yardage and were only being thwarted by some impressive tackling and no more so than Stuart Forest who stopped their Number 3 in his tracks but he had to go off after it due to impact on his shoulder.
Hamilton failed to score from their dominance and when the ball was won by Biggar and shipped out to the backs it did not take long for the backs to gain the upper hand. Some excellent interplay by Aaron Dobie and Rowan Stewart resulted in a try in the corner for Aaron.
Hamilton quickly responded by continuing to use their forwards who were making some big bullish runs specially their hooker who scored after a quick tap and go from a penalty. Conversion was put over.
Biggar knew they just needed to stick to their game plan and the backs put away a fine set piece move to allow impressive Henry Adams to score under the post which was converted by Euan Bogle.   
End of 1st Period – Hamilton 7pts to Biggar 12pts
Biggar in this period started off well and took the 1st try with Alisdair Steele going over after good interplay with Aaron Dobie. Shortly after this Robbie Orr at stand off put in a clever cross field kick which was received by Euan Bogle to allow him in the corner which he then converted.
Biggar however did not consolidate the game and allowed Hamilton back in with good hands by their backs twice allowing the winger to go in for 2 quick succession tries. Too often Biggars defence was not up quick enough and tackles were being missed.
End of 2nd Period – Hamilton 17pts to Biggar 24pts
Hamilton must have felt that they had the upper hand going into the last third but Biggar as usual knew they just needed to be more clinical. This they did and the forwards started to take control and Jordan Gray was gaining continual yards for the team and this allowed ball to be moved out to the backs and after some fine running by Aaron Dobie , Euan Bogle went in for his 2nd try . Aaron then himself scored a try which was converted by Euan Bogle, The last try of the day was a result of good fast hands putting the ball simply out through the back line to allow Alex Toal to score in the corner for the final score.

Full Time :Hamilton Colts 17pts v Biggar Colts 41pts.
Well done to all the boys who really showed a lot of maturity against a fast strong team.
Notable performances came from Aaron and Marcus Dobie who made some big runs due to tier speed coming on to the pass, Robbie Orr who not only attacked well but was very impressive in his tackling especially when having to cover out wide.
Alisdair Steele at full back was solid and very assured in his play. In the forwards Jordan Gray made good yards continually while Calum Dunlop secured good ball at the lineout.     


Biggar get the better of Dumfries

Biggar 35 Dumfries 26
For their second warm up match Biggar hosted Dumfries on Saturday.


There was need for an improvement following last week's outing at Lasswade and this indeed proved to be the case. Starting at a great pace – much as had been the case last Friday – the difference this time was that points were scored and in fine fashion.


Alisdair Sinclair was first up after just 3 minutes, the winger scorching over in the corner after a great passage of play as Biggar retained ball well to put pressure on the Dumfries defence. Gaps eventually opened up to give Sinclair the chance which he took well. Richard Peacock struck an excellent kick to add the conversion.


With Biggar on the offensive once more, Dumfries managed to gain possession from a lineout deep in their 22. A weak clearance was taken by Peacock who was able to feed Robbie Lavery. The ball was put wide to Stuart Hull who burst through the Dumfries cover to score a great try which Peacock again converted.


Up front Biggar seemed to have the advantage in the tight scrum although Dumfries were not the force that Lasswade had been. Andrew Peacock and Douglas Notman were held up well in forays forward but Biggar were over the line again after 15 minutes when Andrew Orr took full advantage of a quick tap penalty to pick and drive, catching the Dumfries cover at sixes and sevens before crashing over from close range. Peacock again added the two points for 21-0.


Inevitably Dumfries came back into things and exerted their own period of attacking play. Able to secure ball when under pressure Biggar made things difficult for themselves by trying to run ball from deep when the kick might have been a better option. Caught close to their line Dumfries should have perhaps done better but in fact they conceded a penalty which allowed Biggar some relief.


This brought the first period to an end and heralded a host of changes to the teams with both sides taking the opportunity to give all their senior squad players a run and to try different formations and pairings.


This was a less structured period as players struggled to gain any consistency of possession with errors from both sides punctuating the flow of the match. Dumfries fared better as they put Biggar under a good deal of pressure. Things were not helped as play became somewhat fractious and ended up testing the Australian referee's patience. Two Dumfries try's made things a good deal closer at 21-14.


Biggar began the third period much as they had the first, with Douglas Voas taking a leaf from Orr's book to tap a penalty and crash over for another try which Peacock again converted. 28-14.


Just when Biggar looked as though they would become more dominant Dumfries upped their game with Biggar making a number of unforced errors. The visitors collected a third try before Ewan Stewart grabbed one for himself, the hooker intercepting a loose pass to scamper over for a try converted by Peacock who maintained his 100% record.


A final score from Dumfries took the score to 35-26, Dumfries having the last word with this. Had they kicked their points this match would have been a lot closer, but as it was Biggar recorded their first win under new coach Gary Mercer. Assistant coach Davy Wilson, who will look after the backs, was also pitch side to view his charges in action for the first time.


Both coaches were content with the performance though not yet happy as there had been too many unforced errors. A positive however is that the squad are as one and look to be enjoying the style of play which Mercer is advocating. This weekend Penrith will travel to Hartree Mill and the English side will pose a number of very different problems with increased bulk their advantage.


School of Rugby Programme

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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 gy1680@aol.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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Biggar win through against Penrith.

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Biggar Colts lose out at Boroughmuir

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Colts start season with win at Hamilton

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Biggar get the better of Dumfries

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