Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

A great weekend for BRFC as 2nds, Colts, S1/2’s and U-16’s enjoy great games.

In a weekend full of action pride of place goes to the semi-final winning U-16's after their win against tough opponents Preston Lodge.

Biggar U16's 44pts v Preston Lodge U16's 7pts

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a teams’ determination and this they proved. Biggar U16's are now one game away from winning the Edinburgh U16 Cup after an outstanding performance at Hartree Mill on Sunday against Preston Lodge by all 22 young squad players which they won by 44-7. They now play Portobello in the Final on Sunday 27th April.

In the past others thought of this team as one with just a few good individuals but it is now being shown that it is the team that makes the difference, not the individuals. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

The game was always going to be a pulsating encounter and so it proved to be, and in front of a very welcome large crowd who witnessed some great rugby throughout the afternoon.

Preston Lodge started the game playing into the wind but this they did to good effect by keeping the ball tight and using their powerful forwards to drive up and then unleash their fast, elusive scrum half up the blind side to good effect. Biggar were on the back seat for a good 10 minutes before they started getting into the game by taking more control in the forwards and then releasing the backs.

From a scrum on the Preston Lodge 22, Ross Jackson went blind from a pick up and then put a well-timed pass inside to Henry Adams to score the first try which was converted by Andrew Jardine. Biggar knew they needed point early on and from well-presented ball by the forwards the ball was quickly put out the backs for Henry Adams to go in at the corner again for his second try. Scott Thomson, Ryan Ferguson and Kyle Anderson were putting in some great tackles and were being backed up by the powerful running of Ross Jackson, Mark Ewart, Stuart Affleck and the impressive Guy Kelly.

However Biggar allowed Preston Lodge back in and the visitors used their forwards to good effect to drive over for a score but only after some excellent tackling by Biggar right on the line but they just could not hold them out for a converted score. Biggar responded by going down the field to be rewarded with a penalty which was put over by Andrew Jardine.

Biggar were now taking more control and the impressive Preston Lodge scrum half was now being well contained by his opponent Douglas Hill in many areas which was subduing the Preston Lodge attack. From a penalty on the half way line, Henry Adams took a quick tap and go to then release Andrew Jardine down the wing the youngster going over for a try which he then converted.

Half time 22 points to 7 for Biggar

Biggar knew they would have to play it tight this half as there was a strong wind facing them. Biggar also knew that Preston Lodge would come at them straight from kick off so much had to go into containing them. This they did early on and actually turned their own excellent defence into attack with some good hard tackling which won turn over ball which then allowed them to release their big runners up the park.

Simon Denholm was now running the game at stand off and was using his centres well which then allowed the back three to gain territory. From this the ball was moved out to Martin Hunter who then put a well-timed pass back into Simon Denholm who came round the blind to score a great try.

With a strong wind blowing into their faces the back three of Henry Adams, Mark Harrison and Jack Court, along with replacements Craig Allison and Rowan Stewart, positioned themselves superbly to deal with the long kicks coming down the field towards them.

Biggar now were starting to gain control and make more inroads up the blind side with Stuart Affleck, Ross Jackson and William Grieve all able to exploit the gaps to good effect. Stuart Affleck scored a fine try with another terrific run up the blind but what makes the team is all the support play he and others carry out to devastating effect. William Grieve was also using the spaces well and he too ran in from some distance out up the wing.

The last try of the day was scored by Martin Hunter who had an excellent day at centre and who sliced through the PL defence out wide. An excellent conversion from Andrew Jardine ended the day.

This was another outstanding performance by a team who have come so far in such a short space of time. This bunch never want to give up and raise their game at all times as they want to succeed. It doesn’t just take strength to win, it takes the true heart of the whole team to win and this is what they do. Nobody wants to let anyone down.

“The strength of the squad is each individual member. The strength of each member is the squad.”

Every squad member played their part. For any team to gain success at the later stages of any competition it is vital that there is a strong squad as much can happen throughout the campaign - such as injuries. Biggar showed that they have this as every player coming onto the park was as good as the player going off. A perfect example was the scrum which stayed constant all day even with the many changes.

As ever, all the Biggar coaches and supporters were delighted that in their last game at home, Biggar U16 put in a display that the Club is proud off and which this squad will remember for some time. Final - 27th April versus Portobello in the Edinburgh Cup Final (Time and Venue to be confirmed. Kick off may be late afternoon as the Shield and Bowl Finals will be played prior to the Cup final)

Biggar Under 16's

Mark Ewart, Ryan Ferguson, Guy Kelly, Scott Thomson, Craig Stewart, Kyle Anderson, Ross Jackson, Stuart Affleck, Douglas Hill, Simon Denholm, Andrew Jardine(captain), Martin Hunter, Mark Harrison, Jack Court , Mark Harrison, Ali Tennant , Craig Allison, Scott Martin, William Grieve, Jordan Gray, Rowan Stewart and Nathan Gallant.



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Dumfries Colts Sevens

Biggar Colts could not follow up their outstanding win at Peebles sevens 2 weeks ago as they were edged out in the final against hosts Dumfries on Saturday. Biggar went through their pool undefeated. They won all their games against Dumfries 2's , Carlisle A and Dalziel. The pick of the games was against Carlisle A who looked very impressive early on but were no match for the Biggar team showing some excellent rugby.

In the semi-final Biggar beat Edinburgh Wanderers 36 – 12 to set up a final against hosts Dumfries who had easily won all their previous games.

The final lived up to all expectations and proved to be an evenly contested game. Both teams exchanged scores in the first few minutes but Dumfries in the 1st half pulled away to lead 26 to 5. However Biggar were not going to lie down and came right back into the game with 3 tries but time was not on their hands and went down to Dumfries 31 – 24.

Squad was Ali Sinclair , Stevie Campbell , Gregor Stewart, Jack Warnock, Aird Jardine, Reiss Cullen and Danny McAllister. Being 1 player short they were helped out in the later stages by Tony from Dalziel.

Gavin and Muz on Saturday were proud of their performance and next week they look forward to travelling to Gala with hopefully 10 fresh players where they will play Hawick Wanderers in the 1st round at 2.20pm.



Biggar S2 (mix) 26 Ripon 27

Oh so close!

Biggar welcomed Ripon to Hartreemill and did all the hard work in the first fifteen minutes and threw most of what they had at the North Yorkshire outfit. Biggar built the phases well from the outset but couldn't quite manage to break through the staunch Ripon defence. Ripon were unperturbed and started to build opportunities for themselves as the first half progressed.

Biggar were penalised for holding on and switched off during their retreat which was enough to allow the opposition to break through for the first score.

A carbon copy of the first mistake led to Ripon's second. A series of changes between Biggar S1 and S2 players meant losing a bit of continuity but the boys kept plugging away. At this point there really was not much between the sides. Ripon scrum half looked sharp and distributed the ball well. Biggars defence started to open up creating space that Ripon exploited another twice. No conversions to support the four Ripon first half tries but it didn't feel as if there was a gulf in class.

Ripon scored another by the flying machine on the left wing (Yorkshire Schools Sprint Champion apparently - keeping it quiet before he passed in a blur). A motivational kick up the proverbial required for Biggar! It was only then that Biggar played as they should have from the start.

The 'Rocky' music would have fitted in well at this point....the comeback of all comebacks!

Tries followed from Keir Hamilton, Stuart Forrest and Euan Bogle. Three fine conversions from Matthew Stewart brought the Hartreemill boys to within a point. Biggar could sniff success and didn't give Ripon an inch in the dying minutes of the game. Replacement Scrum Half, Niall Ball distributed well with Gavin Rafferty collecting and making good ground regularly.

The last play...Forrest made a run to the corner and you would have put money on him getting the touch down but with a foot to go the Ripon defence held up. Biggar penalised for holding on and Ripon kicked the resulting penalty into touch...Full time.

Some solid performances from Guy Hunt, Douglas Masson and Euan Bogle at Full Back. James Dudds was well disciplined at scrum half. Biggar just missed out on the victory but it should be noted that this was a great game of rugby played in a fantastic spirit to which all players should be proud of. Ripon were a mannerly bunch that also deserve credit for their commitment and positive attitude. The obligatory exchanging of team plaques topped the day off in addition to the drinking games (Lemonade) and eating competitions.

Well done to all!

Scorers for Biggar; Tries: Keir Hamilton (2), Stuart Forrest, Euan Bogle. Conv: Matthew Stewart (3)





Biggar 2nds 30 Hamilton 2nds 0

Biggar 2nds rounded off their season with a workmanlike and very entertaining match against local Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton on Saturday. Previous games had been postponed due to pitches and unavailability so it was great to get the match played.

Both clubs fielded youngish sides with Hamilton possibly just outdoing Biggar in size and physicality but with plenty of youthful flair evident. The overall performance was the thing which gave most pride to coaches John Bogle and Murray Thomson while the win was a huge bonus.

With conditions chilly but dry and the talk much about Sevens rugby rather than the full XV –a-side version there was every chance that this would be an open match and the players did not disappoint. All, and referee Cummings, did their best to keep the game flowing as they ran out of defence and tried to attack.

Initially Hamilton had the edge up front, particularly in the tight while lineouts, given the wind, were somewhat of a lottery.

Biggar kicked two early penalties via Craig McDonald to take the lead something they would never lose.

Tries came from David Paterson and Mark Bertram (2), the big centre throwing an outrageous dummy to round the Hamilton full back while arguably the try of the season was rounded off by the ever-present Ewan Sanderson but owed much to the strong running of McDonald the speed and vision of David Paterson and the timely support and off-load of Andrew Peacock.

McDonald added a couple of conversions for the total and the side can take much credit for the way in which they stuck to their task.

A fine debut for Colt Kevin McCarry who started and finished the game and who will of course step up to the senior game next season. Other plus points from Jamie Orr and the ever-green Neil Wolfendene.

U-14’s lose out as weather hits KNT camps

Biggar had 8 representatives at the SRU led Easter camps at Hamitlon RFC on Monday. There were around 150 boys from all over the Galsgow North region which suggested a busy day for all.


As the boys made their way to the pitches with their SRU coaches the rain started to fall and it didn't let up all day. The boys had a good run out but by the afternoon the surface was more suited to water-polo than rugby and as they trooped back to the shelter of the clubhouse it was no real surprise that their second scheduled day was postponed.


Of course Tuesday was a much better day but the damage was done on the Monday!!


The U-15's were scheduled for training on Wednesday and Thursday but these sessions were switched to Hamilton Palace.

Biggar S1/2 win Musselburgh encounter

Biggar S1/S2 Mix 16 Musselburgh 12


Biggar dominated the first half and had the much better territory. Musselburgh struggled to get out of their own half and Biggar showed superior strength in the scrum and breakdown. Weather conditions were somewhat challenging with the wind and driving rain causing some handling issues but Biggar broke the deadlock after ten minutes with some good hands following the ever effective scrum. The ball was delivered well and found Lewis Stewart in space. With some work still to do he powered through the opposition defence to slide into the corner for the first try.


Biggar continued their positive approach to this game and quickly followed up the first try with another. Again, Lewis Stewart on the scoresheet who ran with purpose and looked like someone who didn't want to be stopped.


The strong wind made it very difficult to convert either try in the first half, however Biggar went into half time 6-0 up.


The second half saw Musselburgh battle on and pull a try back early on. Biggar then replied with another from Stuart Forrest.


Biggar were then penalised for off-side and again for holding on and retreated but failed to switch on to the opposition tap allowing Burgh to score another. With two scores and two conversions on the board Burgh were only one point behind so Biggar had to respond.


The Hartreemill boys stretched their lead through determination and strength from Luhann Kotze and remained in control. Biggar eased off the gas a little and allowed Burgh to score again after a wayward pass and wind assisted 'bobble'.


Biggar imposed their strength on the visiting side by linking early and neat off-loads with Alistair Masson showing real bravery in the contact area too. Adam Carrick made a couple of crucial tackles to thwart the Burgh attack.


Declan Bolton gets credit for speed of thought to exploit a gap at the far touchline to run in Biggars final try that was converted by Matthew Stewart. M


uch improvement shown by Biggar, especially in the ruck. A good team effort against a team that didn't back down but Biggar matched their physical presence and were never behind and emerged deserved winners. Coaches also encouraged by some individual performances by Sam Wallis, Sam Greive, Finlay Stewart and Cameron Forrest.

Scorers for Biggar; Tries: Lewis Stewart (2), Stuart Forrest, Luhann Kotze, Declan Bolton. conv: Matthew Stewart (1)

Biggar High School Win Lanarkshire Plate

Biggar High School ended a nearly 2 year wait for 15 a side rugby silverware with an U16’s win in the Lanarkshire Plate competition.


Biggar are regular finalists of the 1st  tier Lanarkshire Cup competition having finished as runners-up to Calderglen last year, however following an extremely poor display against Duncanrig in the early rounds of this year’s competition they had to settle for competing for the Plate.


The competition culminated in a finals night on Monday 31st March where the finals of the 1st tier Cup, 2nd tier Plate and 3rd tier Bowl competitions were all due to be decided. However following the late withdrawal of 2 teams in the North Lanarkshire side of the draw, the competition was rejigged and Biggar were pitted against regular foe, Cup finalists Calderglen High School in a rematch of last year’s final.


While Biggar were guaranteed the plate and Calderglen were guaranteed the Cup notwithstanding the result of this game, the Biggar team had the opportunity to right some wrongs from last year where they had lost despite enjoying a healthy lead at half time.


Biggar started the game at a fantastic pace with the forwards stamping their authority on the game. Some hard running by Mark Ewart and Ross Jackson set a precedent giving the back line good opportunity to run. Being the faster team out of the blocks paid dividends for Biggar who raced into a 12-0 lead. Like in the two Schools previous meetings, Calderglen came right back into the game. A brace of penalties, a couple of loose kicks and handling error helped Calderglen exert considerable pressure on the Biggar line. While the defence held well  15 minutes Calderglen finally got reward for their pressure going over for a converted try.  The remainder of the half passed in an even contest with only an excellent Andrew Jardine penalty adding to the score.  Half time Biggar 15 – 7 Calderglen.


Given a roasting at half time Calderglen came right back into the game. With another brace of penalties going against them Biggar were kept pinned in their own 22. Scrum half Douglas Hill, who had come on for Angus Kerr at half time, gave his opposite number a torrid time exerting significant pressure at scrum time. The territorial advantage eventually paid with Calderglen going over for another converted try.


This acted as a wake-up call for Biggar who immediately upped the anti in defence. Credit must go to the Biggar back-row who starved the opposition 10 of time and space creating significant pressure and forcing mistakes. Biggar made the most of this pressure when a flowing back move saw Rory McGinn stopped just short. The forwards were there in number to drive over and finish the move from short range., simon Deholm getting the try.


Biggar added to their lead when William Grieve slid through a gap and sprinted in from 40 metres for a converted try. Calderglen once again came back and saw a flowing backs move finished off in the corner. After this scare the Biggar forwards exerted their dominance once again. From a fantastic kick through by Rowan Stewart, the forwards poured through the resultant lineout to force a dropped ball. William Grieve pounced on the ball to ground it to mark his 2nd try in what was a superb personal performance. Biggar saw out the last 5 minutes to claim their well-deserved 32-19 victory.


Many congratulations to the whole squad who showed a great deal of commitment and effort to shut down what is a strong and well organised Calderglen team. Congratulations also to Ross Jackson who earned the Man of the Match award for his hard running and defence and to William Grieve who earned the Coaches Player of the Match for his hard rucking and work ethic throughout.


Interesting to note that next year only 6 of the squad of 22 players will no longer be eligible for U16 rugby!


Biggar team: Rowan Stewart, Martin Hunter, Henry Adams, Andrew Jardine (c), Mark Harrison, Simon Denholm, Angus Kerr, Mark Ewart, Jordon Gray, Alistair Cameron, Andrew Reid, Guy Kelly, William Grieve, Stuart Affleck, Ross Jackson;  Reps: Andrew Hodge, Craig Shearer, Craig Meikle, Lewis Currell, Douglas Hill, Marcus Dobie, Rory McGinn


The team after full time



Collecting their well deserved medals


Ross Jackson collects his 'Man of the Match' Award


Biggar High show of the Lanarkshire Plate.

South Lanarkshire School 7’s Competion

Tuesday 18th March saw teams from Biggar, Lanark, Duncanrig and Cathkin compete for the first South Lanarkshire U18's 7s competition.


In the wet and cold conditions at Lanark Racecourse, Biggar High School romped to victory, defeating all other Schools in the round robin competition without conceeding a point. Credit must also be given to Lanark Grammar school who, fielding a team with only 3 members of any rugby experience, defeated Cathkin 20-10 and drew Duncanrig extremely close losing 17-14.


Well done to the winning Biggar team: Aird Jardine (c), Reiss Cullen, Danny McAlister, Ryan Anderson, Gregor Stewart, William Grieve, Simon Denholm, Callum Wesencraft and Andrew Orr


The victorious Biggar HS Team

A good day was had by all playing in the first South Lanarkshire School 7s tournament

Lanark Grammar Field U18’s Team

On Friday 7th March Biggar High School traveled across to Lanark Racecourse to take on the newly formed Lanark Grammar U18's team. This the first time in a number of years Lanark Grammar School have managed to field an U18's team so thus is a huge step forward for rugby in the Lanark area.


The two teams locked horns on a cracking day with a hint of spring in the air! Many of the youngsters playing on both sides are teammates at the Biggar Colts level so both teams naturally there was a sense of needing to "get one over" on the oposition! The game was played in a fantastic spirit with lots of free flowing rugby an big hits on display.


The greater experience of the Biggar team eventually began to show but not before Lanark had grabbed a couple of scores of their own! Final score 43-10.





A great weekend for BRFC as 2nds, Colts, S1/2’s and U-16’s enjoy great games.






U-14’s lose out as weather hits KNT camps


Biggar S1/2 win Musselburgh encounter


Biggar High School Win Lanarkshire Plate

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South Lanarkshire School 7’s Competion

Biggar High School vicotorious in the South Lanarkshire U18 7's


Lanark Grammar Field U18’s Team

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