Biggar Colts Dominate Against Livingston In Cup Semi Final
The Colts put in a very impressive display on Saturday to now progress to the Edinburgh Final on April 8th after defeating Livingston in the semi final by 52 points to 0 points scoring 8 tries and 6 conversions unanswered at Hartreemill.
The final is the goal of the coaches and boys after a great season. Yes they lost out in the National Cup to Stirling in an epic encounter but ;
“What's done is done. What's gone is gone. One of life's lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.”
The boys certainly did on Saturday and from the start put in a very clinical display against a stern Livingston.
However Livingston could not cope with the structure and quick play that Biggar took to them from the start.
With the forwards laying the foundations the ball was quickly put out to the backs and with set pieces working the ball went wide out to Marcus Dobie to go over. This was then followed up with the same play but to the opposite side where Euan Bogle took the final pass to score.
There was times though when errors were unnecessarily coming into Biggar game often due to offloading at the wrong times and not rucking strongly enough which caused Livingston to often counter ruck,
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Biggar quickly learned form their errors and sorted it to then build good play again to allow Matthew Stewart to power over for a converted try by Euan Bogle.
Biggar half backs of Luhann Kotze and Robbie Orr were in total control and it was Robbie who took the next score from starting the move and was then on hand to receive the final pass to go over for another converted try by Euan.
Rory McGinn was causing problems in the middle of the park for Livingston where they struggled to deals with his quick hands and breaks.
Euan Bogle was well assured at full back and this gives a confidence for the whole team in knowing that the defence is solid throughout the park when teams attack both with ball in hand and kicking for space.
Lewis Stewart barged over for the next and this was deserved score form a player who was immense all round the pitch on the day in defence , attack and the way he lead the forwards. Euan converted
Half Time : Biggar 31pts to Livingston 0pts.
Biggar wanted to put this match beyond reach of Livingston early on but they failed to do so and their opponents came out with tremendous momentum and Biggar for some 10 minutes were mainly in defence. However after they put the fire out it was not long before ever present Lewis Stewart was on hand to go over for his 2nd try converted by Euan.
Both Calum Dunlop and Charles Connolly were also causing problems for Livingston with good running with ball in hand.
Biggar then rung the changes putting on the rest of the squad with many of them coming from the under 16's. With those changes it was great to see at times little if any reduction in structure as all the boys train well together and are well aware of the plays and moves.
With quick ball put out along the line , Aaron Dobie took the ball in his own half and managed to evade the tacklers to go over for a try converted again by Euan Bogle.
The last try of the day was definitely a just reward for an outstanding player in Luhann Kotze who was excellent throughout the day and Livingston just could not cope with him throughout the match due to his quick awareness and strong running at speed. Conversion was put over by Robbie Orr.
Full Time : Biggar Colts 52pts v Livingston Colts 0pts.
Yes areas could be improved on but the coaches were satisfied from this performance and will be working on any areas that still need improved.
A great squad effort and these boys continue to work so well week in week out knowing they have to work to improve.
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if your willing to work.
The Edinburgh Cup Final is not scheduled until 8th April 2017. Details to follow
Story date: 13/03/2017
Biggar Colts Away Win At Kelso
Kelso Colts 22pts v Biggar Colts 36pts
Saturday 18th February 2017
Biggar travelled to Kelso for a friendly after their Edinburgh League game against Penicuik was cancelled. The boys returned home after a hard fought encounter winning 36points to 22 points.
Kelso gave Biggar a real test and at times proved sharper around the pitch often proving to be a thorn in the Biggar side in thwarting them being able to get a lot of dominance.
Biggar took satisfaction from this performance especially when six of the current Under 16 squad were part of a large 24 contingent that travelled.
In ideal conditions , Kelso took the initiative early on and were not going to let Biggar settle into their game easily and this they did well by continually rushing up on any potential attack which lead Biggar into mistakes.
Kelso lead early on with a penalty but did not hold it for long as Alex Dawe found a breach in their defence and strode over from 40 yards out which was converted well by Euan Bogle.
Biggar were getting plenty ball but at times the backs were overcomplicating their moves in a narrow pitch which lead to ball being dropped and Kelso were seizing on these mistakes and took a spilt ball to stroll in for a converted try.
Biggar responded when Angus Kerr took a quick tap from a penalty awarded and put a well timed pass to Andrew Jardine to go over. Andrew was playing his 1st game after his lengthy lay off from injury and was at the heart of the game and scored the next try when he found a gap in between their centres and then fained a pass to go over.
Half Time : Kelso 10pts to Biggar 17pts.
Biggar made changes to allow everyone game time and after a few chances Jamie Bell in his 1st game was at the end of a pass from Andrew Jardine to go over. From well out Andrew Jardine converted well.
Yet again Kelso took any opportunity and seized on a weak pass to intercept and bring them back into the game.
Biggar knew that if they could get the ball out to the backs then they could make it happen and this they did when Rory McGinn made a break and put a well timed pass to Andrew Jardine to go over for his third.
Kelso were not going to lie down and again responded with some good forward pressure resulted in them driving over to be within 7 points.
Biggar were not going to lose this game and cemented it late on when Aaron Dobie scored which was converted by Andrew Jardine.
Full Time : Kelso Colts 22pts v Biggar Colts 36pts.
Yes , the game was close but Biggar made many changes throughout the game that disrupted their structure and tightness but all those players both the Under 16 boys and the regular Colts worked well for each other and were not going to let their team mates down.
Under 16 Boys included Sam Wallis, Daniel McConkey, Finlay Barr, Drew Brewster, Jamie Bell and Josh Janse Van Rensberg.
During the match Andrew Jardine, Angus Kerr, Neil Jones , Calum Dunlop , Charles Connolly, Gavin Raftery and Lewis Stewart all put in notable performances.
Story date: 20/02/2017
DO Job Specification
Rugby Development Officer at Biggar Rugby
The DO post appointment coincides with our 4th period of partnership with the SRU and is set to commence a new three year period in Summer 2017 and to prospectively stretch until 2020. The post is annually reviewable and renewable.
The main task is to deliver, alongside our Modern Rugby Apprentice and in conjunction with our Rugby Manager, an expanded programme of Rugby Activities and promotions to the junior members of Biggar RFC. These will be arranged in conjunction with the aspirations and priorities of our Regional Education and Leisure Partners and are aimed to recruit new rugby players and their families. Targets are to
foster Schools representative Rugby in Upper Clydesdale with Biggar Rugby at its heart.
develop Club Coach-Teams, Squads and players via in-season programming, planning & learning
provide weekly alternating support of youth squad training sessions to consolidate and progress the Clubs participation in the Presidents Conference.
The following are specific objectives for Year 2016-2017
1. Mini Rugby Development Objectives : To work with the MA to retain, but crucially to recruit new players, both boys and girls, from local primaries. Wherever possible to grow all age group squads to minimum of 18 players per age group and to develop 2 squads per age group. These should be separate boys and girls age-squads.
2. Male Youth Rugby Objectives : To retain existing players, but crucially to recruit new players from High School activities. Wherever possible to grow all age group Squads to minimum of 20 players per age group and to develop 2 squads per age group.
3. Female Youth Rugby Objectives : To retain existing players, but crucially to recruit new players from High School activities. Wherever possible to grow all age group Squads to minimum of 20 players per age group (U12, U15 and U18) and to develop single age squads at S1, S2 and U16.
4. Club Progress Development Planning Objectives : To contribute to a Junior Rugby Club Development Plan which would make Biggar RFC the leading Centre for Rugby in the area applying lead-club benchmarking processes where appropriate.
Each squad and player should show evidence of year-on–year skill/play improvements using regular periodic LTPD reported evaluations for all Youth Players with a similar yet modified version for Minis. These evaluations should comply with BRFC’s ‘Way of Play’.
To measure, report and enhance the take up of traffic accessing BRFC social media including the BRFC Website, Facebook and twitter sites including the regular publication of the Biggar DO Newsletter, the Biggar Picture.
5. Club- Coaching Development Objectives : To deliver maximum compliance of the SRU participation agreement. This to be achieved by the provision of support towards achieving the following
all coaches becoming Rugby–Right qualified and PVG disclosed.
2xUKCC Level 1 qualified coaches at all Mini age groups,
2xUKCC Level 2 qualified coaches at all Youth age groups (boys and girls),
1xUKCC Level 2 coach at 2nd XV level and 1xUKCC Level 3 coache at U18 and 1st XV level
a refereeing co-ordinator, 2 referees available to each squad, including a lady referee,
a coaching co-ordinator and a team manager and first–aid provision available to all squads
two club referees to be active in Referees Society
club Strength and Conditioning Co-Ordinator
delivery of 10 annual coaching Updates
ensure Coach development opportunities are always promoted,
ensure, via coaches, that team-sheets are submitted timeously,
ensure compliance with on-line injury reporting & player registration
6. Development Reporting Objectives : To attend DO meetings and to produce monthly activity report and KPI updates for Committee and partners.
7. National Projects Objectives: To deliver Street Rugby and Youth Coach Coaching Courses and to attend 1 Warriors Game (and possibly others as and when required).
This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The successful applicant will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment.
Applications for the above post will be received up to and including Friday March 31st 2017 with interviews taking place in week April 3rd to April 7th 2017.
Applications should include an up to date resume and letter of application stating why you feel you are the best person for the post and how your past experiences and attainments have prepared you to be successful in the post.
Interviews will be held April 3rd- April 7th where interviewees will be required to present for approximately 20 minutes on how they would approach attainment of the above objectives for the remainder of Year 16-17 and build upon and progress these across the period 2017 to 2020.
Applications should be addressed to Patrick McGinn, Development Group Manager BRFC at pmcginn2126@hotmail..co.uk
For an informal discussion on the role please contact
Patrick on 07526 187648 or
Alex Edmonstone Youth and School Manager Scottish Rugby on 077641 78936 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary for the post is approximately £18,000 per annum plus reimbursement of Monthly Receipted expenses. There may be some flexibility with the above dependent on the experience of the successful applicant.
Story date: 23/03/2017
Busy Weekend for Biggar Girls
Biggar RFC's Girls U15 & U18 Teams have a busy weekend coming up...
First up the U18 girls play host to Annan U18 Girls in the quarter final of the Girls Club Cup, having had a bye in the prelim round this is the 1st step in this seasons campaign toward the Murrayfield finals on the 29th April.
Hope to see loads of support for the girls - Biggar U18 v Annan U18 @ Hartree Mill Friday Evening 24th March 7pm kick off!
Saturday 25th both girls teams will be in attendance at Hartree Mill to be presented by the SRU for their joint winning of the Girls Presidents Conference, 2.30pm presentation after which the two teams will form a guard of honour for the 1st XV. The U15 girls have also won a Clydesdale Sport Award for Junior Team 2016 which they received at an awards night on the 17th March at Cartland Bridge, awards will be on display in the club on Saturday. Well done players and coaches!
Last but not least the U15 Girls, after a convincing 53 - 0 over Murrayfield Wanderers, head to Ayr for their quarter final, 10.30am kick off on the 26th March, Thank You to all Mums that will be giving up their Mothers Day Breakfast in Bed to get the girls to Ayr on time!
Would be great to have your support at any or all of the above!
Story date: 22/03/2017
Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme Opportunity at Biggar Rugby Football Club
We offer a vocational qualification pathway, linked to BRFC & schools which involves working to Modern Apprenticeship L3 in Leisure Management
The MA Community Coach programme is a partnership of Scottish Rugby & Biggar RFC (BRFC) & Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
Modern Apprentices gain experience & professional qualifications in coaching, child protection, refereeing ,first aid. & are available nationwide
During the Modern Apprentice Community Coach programme your duties will be to:
Be employed full time with Scottish Rugby •Deliver a programme for primary or secondary school aged children during curriculum and after school
Create and manage school-to-club links •Deliver high quality rugby coaching sessions to schools and clubs •Organise club youth programmes
Organise rugby festivals and events •Assist and manage the administration of local rugby development •Assist with and manage the monitoring of rugby activity in the local area •Meet the deadlines set for portfolio completion to achieve the MA Award •Be an ambassador for Scottish Rugby
Achieve a variety of coaching and associated qualifications •Comply with all health and safety and child protection procedures •Attend all Scottish Rugby in-service training and local council development training as required
The skills you learn throughout your programme will equip you towards careers in rugby and sport development
Many previous graduates of this programme have become Development Officers and work in administrative roles within Scottish Rugby. Others have gone on to do Sport Development courses at College and University and even Physical Education at University.
What you will study
Modern Apprentice Community Coach Level 3 Role Profile (pdf)
Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme Information (pdf)
Interested candidates should be 16-19 years old ¬ in full-time education /employment. You will also need to have a sponsor.◦
You should be able to demonstrate an interest in rugby with experience of coaching rugby and/or working with children/young being advantageous
Computer literacy with working knowledge of MS Office packages (Word and Outlook) is essential.
Candidates should also be able to demonstrate good written and oral communication skills and demonstrate good organisational and time keeping skills .Programme Session MA Community Coach Level 3 2016/17 National Minimum Wage- MA Coaches will be provided with a small travel allowance.
(5) The overall aim for Scottish Rugby and Biggar RFC :
Scottish Rugby Key aims
A thriving club game
Increasing match attendance
Increasing commercial revenue
Improving the customer experience
Biggar RFC Key aims & approaches to those aims and the part played by the Modern Apprentice within their delivery :
Is to re-position itself at the forefront of Rugby in Scotland, attained by becoming a leading Rugby Development Club focused on consistent sustained improvement & growth as well as player improvement &retention.The Club works with up to 30 primaries in six clusters.The Club seeks to increase the no of primary children at the Club to sustain two squads at each age & separate female squads whenever possible commencing with U10 & U12
•(5a) This primary- age growth is envisaged as being achieved by the Rugby Apprentice through delivering scheduled Rugby sessions in primaries allied to successful Club recruitment activities & communications links to children & their parents bolted on to school activities (Priority Weight 50 %) •(5b) The Rugby Apprentice will be asked to pioneer a new Pre-School Programme aiming to Recruit Nursery age children (Priority Weight 15%) •(5c) The Rugby apprentice will additionally be expected & required to support Mini-Age Train/Game slots on Sundays with alternating squads so as to enhance and improve the various age-squad coaching activities. (Priority Weight 20%)
(5d) The Rugby apprentice will further be expected to successfully promote & stage a number of Commercial Rugby Camps (Priority Weight 15%)
How to Apply
Scottish Rugby applications process for 2016/17 entry will open on Friday 18th March 2017and close on Monday 16th May at 10am. In advance of this Biggar Rugby Football Club will be keen to receive applications for the Club to sponsor an applicant on the programme by Monday 7th April . The Club will then hold an interview process of interested applicants within April following which the Club will along with the successful applicant make both a candidate application to Scottish Rugby accompanied by a Sponsorship agreement from the Club related to the successful candidate at interview
To apply for the Modern Apprentice Community Coach Programme you should
In the first instance you should apply to BRFC for sponsorship of your application to Scottish Rugby for inclusion in the programme . This sponsorship application will fall into two parts as follows :
(6.1a) Applicants to submit a 500 word submission on why they are the right candidate via email@example.com by April 7th
(6.1b) Following this if further selected attend a BRFC sponsorship interview during April : where you will be required to do a presentation on how if appointed you would in 20117/2018 address requirements (5a) – (5d ) and what you would hope to achieve through these addresses in the year
Following an offer of sponsorship from the Club the successful candidate will be required to submit both the application form on the Scottish Rugby careers website & the Club sponsorship commitment form as well as the 500 word submission covering why you're interested in applying and how you meet the requirements for the post by no later than the Mid May 2017 with shortlisted candidates being interviewed in June for an early August start
Further details available or for an informal discussion please contact Patrick McGinn on 07526 187648 firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Kesterton Scottish Rugby Education Manager on (email@example.com - Tel: 07817 970508) should you have any questions
Story date: 17/03/2017
Biggar demolish PL
Biggar 43 Preston Lodge 17
In what was a beautiful day amongst the hills at Hartreemill, Biggar clicked into gear both in attack and defence and gave fans and coaches a very happy end to the weekend despite Scotlands pummelling at Twickenham.
Biggar kicked off towards the club house and were on the scoreboard soon after as the resulting clearance was put into touch well inside Preston Lodge territory. From the ensuing lineout Aird Jardine put a neat chip over the top which was gathered by Notman, fed to Reive on the left, popped back inside to Aird Jardine who showed the covering defence a fend to dive in under the posts. Jardine converted his own try. 7-0
They say you are at your most vulnerable straight after scoring and this was definitely the case after this score. Biggar failed to field the high hanging kick off handing possession back to PL and infringing in the process. Just as it looked like the referee were going to be awarded the penalty Scrum Half Brian Walls popped over a drop goal from the back of the ruck in true Dimitri Yachvili-esque fashion before a plethora of errors allowed PL to make their way up the pitch again for Chris Dixon to score from a well worked driving maul. Biggar 7-10 Preston Lodge
The first half was played at a ferocious tempo and Biggar replied instantly when loose ball was cleared up by Aird Jardine 10m out and some how resulted in the wee stand off wriggling his way over the line with a bit of help from Voas and Stewart. A mere 5 minute later some excellent build up play set Richard Peacock free down the scoreboard side to score in the corner. Jardine converted the first but missed the difficult attempt from out wide for the second. Biggar 19-10 Preston Lodge
Biggar stuck in well in the latter parts of the first half with Ewan Stewart and Sanderson racking up huge tackle counts and getting through a power of work in the tight despite heavy pressure from PL. The blacks didn't ease up and against the run of play Notman gave an offload to Stewart who offloaded to Peacock and the move was finished off by Andrew Jardine who ran an excellent support line to go over under the post. Older brother Aird Jardine converted the score.
Half Time Score - Biggar 26-10 Preston Lodge
Preston Lodge started the better of the two teams in the second half as they kicked long and forced a Biggar to clear their lines into a heavy breeze. Stewart, Sanderson and replacement Andrew Orr all defended majestically and were rewarded with a try against the run of play when David Paterson scurried in under the posts to make an easy conversion for Aird Jardine. Biggar 33-10
Preston Lodge weren't disheartened by the Biggar barrage and kicked off long again with Reive scuffing a kick into the crowd giving PL an ideal opportunity to strike back through their strong driving maul. Biggar managed to repel the first wave before PL captain Peter Johnson squeezed over. Brian Walls converted beautifully from out wide.
Biggar 33-17 Preston Lodge
One could sense the crowds fear of a home side capitulation but this was the furthest thing from the truth as Andrew Orr glided past three covering defenders to finish outstretched in the far burn corner. Aird Jardine had little chance with the conversion into the wind.
Biggar 38-17 Preston Lodge
Biggar were clearly confident and marched back up the pitch again going through over 20 phases in the process. Play became slower as Biggar battered the PL line using the forwards again and again, doing well to maintain possession. Reive moved the ball wider and Aird Jardine found a tired prop in midfield to go over untouched and complete his hat trick.
A fine performance from an excitable Biggar side with Aird Jardine showing up well with 3 tries but the real hard work was done in the tight with outstanding displays from Ewan Stewart, Euan Sanderson and Andrew Orr leading the way into next week.
Richard Peacock, Alistair Sinclair, Stuart Hull, Andrew Jardine, David Paterson, David Reive, Aird Jardine, Donald Voas, Ewan Stewart, Dan O'Connell, Jamie Orr, A. Warnock, Ewan Sanderson, Douglas Notman, Andrew Dunlop Reps: Lewis McClinton, Andrew Orr, Gregor Stewart,
The side have a week off as the league takes a Super Saturday 6 Nations break before they host second bottom Ardrossan and then travel to take on GHK on 1st April.
There was frustration yet again for the 2nds who were left gameless as other sides fulfilled league commitments.
The Colts meanwhile earned their Edinburgh Regional League Cup final place with a comprehensive win over visitors Livingston. The final will be played on April 8th with both opponents or venue still to be confirmed.
Story date: 14/03/2017
Kirkcaldy take honours
Kirkcaldy 12 Biggar 10
There was great disappointment around the club on Saturday when both the Colts and 2nd XV's opponents called off – Currie at Colts level because they were unable to field a XV and Edin Accies at 2nd XV level because of a water-logged pitch. The upshot is that neither side get to play - again - and the season for the 2nds is extended later when the squad will most likely be depleted due to farming commitments.
The 1st XV match did eventually go ahead but this was only after a morning pitch inspection when the Beveridge Park pitch which had suffered following a very wet Friday dried up, enough to allow play to go ahead.
That both teams and referee coped with the conditions well enough to serve up an entertaining contest is worthy of praise. The underfoot conditions were very difficult to say the least with players slipping and sliding throughout.
Kirkcaldy snatched the match at the death with a try scored after Biggar lost skipper Andrew Dunlop – the sides 3rd yellow card of the day – and when they were eventually outnumbered in defence. The conversion was immaterial but had Biggar opted to kick a penalty with some 15 minutes to go instead of going for the corner, then the pressure would have been huge on the Kirkcaldy kicker and Biggar might have held on to win. As it was Biggar were left ruing those missed opportunities when they were unable to convert pressure into points.
The result prompted mass celebrations for the Fife side who sitting 3rd bottom needed a win to ensure survival in the League next season albeit that there would have had to have been a real change in fortunes for Ardrossan immediately below to have seen them catch Kirkcaldy.
With several of the usual starting squad involved at Lanarkshire YF Talent spot and therefore unable to travel, coaches Mercer and Wilson moved things about to ensure a competitive XV was fielded. It is a current strength within the club that despite being without regulars Orr, Sanderson, Paterson (all YF’s) and Reive, McDonald, Henderson and Lyon (injury/illness) that it was still a strong squad which travelled.
Richard Peacock’s return from injury, which has not seen him involved since November, was all the more timely therefore, the fullback putting in a decent shift despite his lack of match fitness.
In the pack Alan Warnock and Dunlop combined in the second row while Douglas Notman returned to partner Andrew Orr (who is really a hooker) and Duncan Withers in the back row.
Reive’s unavailability allowed David McArthur to start at 9 where he faced ex-Biggar star Quintan Sanft, he an ever-popular sight regardless of the fact that he was again in the opposition XV.
Biggar’s start, on what quickly became a quagmire, was disrupted by an early injury to Robbie Lavery, the centre picking up an ankle injury and which, when combined with injuries to Ewan Stewart and Alan Warnock, will further test Biggar’s resources in the weeks and games to come.
Gregor Stewart came off the bench to replace Lavery.
Playing ‘downhill’ Biggar began well knowing that they would have to keep the big Kirkcaldy pack on the move if they were to win. Despite the conditions Biggar handled well (indeed both sides should, as mentioned take credit for the way in which they passed and held on to ball) to take play into the home sides half where a penalty award saw Aird Jardine kick a successful goal for 3-0.
Enjoying most of the possession but unable to gain any further points highlights came from a great link between the Jardine brothers who opened up a big gap in the Kirkcaldy defence, and from a driven maul which it seemed had ended in a try until the referee adjudged the Biggar ball carrier to have crossed, a clearing penalty to Kirkcaldy the result.
In a see-saw match Kirkcaldy came right back into things with Notman then sent to the bin for what was seen to be a repeated offence of handling the ball on the ground. Reduced to 14 Biggar had to defend well to keep the hosts out but within minutes the steam rolling back took ball over the line for a try to Owen Bonner, converted by Craig Letham.
Under pressure again Biggar struggled to extricate themselves from their half but they also defended well and on the stroke of half time were awarded a penalty just inside their half. With the seconds ticking down Orr took a quick tap to turn the home defence. Having done this and having gained an extra 10m when Kirkcaldy were slow to react Biggar gained a lineout inside the Kirkcaldy half. Ball won was then hit up through the middle by Stuart Hull who found Stewart in support. The centre made ground before converting the 2 on1 and freeing Notman for a sprint to the line for a try converted by Aird Jardine to take Biggar in at half time 10-7 to the good.
Kirkcaldy exerted some real pressure on the Biggar scrum earning a penalty on the restart. Interference by Jardine earned him a yellow and Biggar were back to playing a man short.
Having regained possession Biggar the put the home side under pressure, Warnock going for another quick tap to again turn the Kirkcaldy defence. Having made ground Alisdair Sinclair put in a neat grubber kick but this was gathered and the possession lost.
Notman combined well with Andrew Jardine but a knock on saw this move falter, coach Mercer then fielding Tom Steele for Stewart, this necessitating a switch with Hull coming in at centre. A huge drive by the home pack took play deep into the Biggar half but this attack came to grief as Kirkcaldy knocked on.
Aird Jardine engineered a magnificent 40m line break but he elected to grubber to the line when an inside pass to the supporting Hull might have been a better option although the kick did see Biggar get a great field position just 5m from the Kirkcaldy line. Maintaining their field position Biggar then camped in the home 22 setting up attack after attack but without creating that all-important score which would have put them clear.
Kicking the penalty might have been the better option in retrospect as if Biggar are to convert from close range they need to be more dynamic in the line charge. As it was they gained field position but failed to convert this pressure into points and then the inevitable happened – just as it has several times before!
With a series of attacks coming to nought Biggar lost possession in a turnover and found themselves chasing back to mount a rear-guard defensive effort. This they largely managed to do well although at a similar point to Biggar’s score just before half time, the Fifers eventually managing to break through and over the line for the match-winning try.
This was a disappointment for the Biggar squad who probably just shaded the contest overall. With 3 games remaining against Preston Lodge, Ardrossan and GHK (the first two at home) coach Mercer has set a target of 3 wins from 3. This should be manageable but the squad must be more clinical.
There was good news later on Saturday evening when the result of the Lanarkshire Talent spot came through, Biggar winning and also taking the best Individual act! There is a huge cross over in membership between the two clubs which works wonders for bot organisations.
Story date: 14/03/2017
1sts just miss out
Biggar 10 Cartha Queens Park 20
With three home games scheduled this had been billed as another Super Saturday but sadly 2nd XV opponents Haddington and Colts opponents Pencuik called off midweek leaving the 1st XV as the only home match. Happily the Colts managed to secure a fixture with Border side Kelso ‘Quins but the 2nds were left with nothing although they did enjoy a games-focussed training session prior to watching the match against Cartha.
In October Biggar lost out by 20-11 to Cartha and as there was so little between the sides on that day Biggar fancied their chances of defeating the Glasgow side who are currently league leaders. The result virtually replicated that of October with again over the piece, very little between the sides again.
Cartha won through by virtue of the fact that they capitalised on their territory better than Biggar and that they made fewer mistakes at crucial times. Biggar created opportunities but over the 80 minutes the coughed up too much ball and failed to execute when under pressure. This was an entertaining match however and one which the visitors were mightily pleased to win. Their four remaining games are against 4 of the top 6 sides so they face a tough run in if they are to gain promotion.
In a season when injuries have not as yet had a major bearing on selection, Biggar found themselves short of their regular prop Calvin Henderson, boiler-house pairing of Jamie Orr and Zander Lyon and David Paterson because of injury. Lewis McClinton was brought onto the bench as prop cover, while work-horse Alan Warnock teamed up with Capt Andrew Dunlop at second row and fit-again Stuart Hull came into the side at wing.
Fielding a big pack Cartha came out with all guns blazing, stand off Wayne Burrows kicking an early penalty for 3-0. Quickly back onto the attack Biggar were tested by their visitors who opted for a series of close scrums as they attempted to bludgeon their way over the line. This initial onslaught was repelled following a stout defensive effort which saw all involved as Cartha flung themselves at the Biggar line, scrums, driving mauls and pick and go’s creating real pressure in the Biggar 22.
That they managed to hold their line intact is indicative of the spirit within the squad and indeed the club and is certainly worthy of great credit. Indeed having held out for so long it was a huge achievement for the side to draw level with an Aird Jardine penalty after 20 minutes.
Frustratingly once again Biggar were unable to escape their half from the restart and a series of errors where ball was lost at a defensive lineout and then following a knock-on allowed Cartha to regain their grip on the match. Burrows did his bit in pinning the Biggar side back with some deft and varied kicks to the Biggar line. It was from one of these that a driven maul spawned a chance for prop Juan Phiffer to dot done for a try.
With 15 minutes or so left of the half Biggar were soon back in their 22 as Cartha again used their pack to put further pressure on Biggar’s defence. This ultimately paid off again as following a lineout they enlisted the help of several fo their backs to drive the maul over the line which then allowed hooker Stephan Hartmann to dot down for a try. Burrows was unable to convert either try so at 13-3 Biggar were still very much in the contest.
A tip tackle on the restart gave Cartha a penalty which they used to kick back downfield and while this led to a 22 drop out Burrows gathered Jardines kick to resume the Cartha attack. Another series of line drives saw a huge pile up close the line with Ross Gillies credited with the touchdown. Burrows added the 2 points and so after a huge effort and some great work Biggar still found themselves 20-3 adrift.
Turning around with the breeze on their backs and playing towards the clubhouse Biggar really need an early score to unsettle the visitors but try as they did – and they like Cartha in the first period – enjoyed the lions share of the territorial advantage, they were unable to unlock the Cartha defence.
Biggar did their best to make the breakthrough but they could not sustain pressure as close to the line as they would have liked and found the Cartha tackling as resolute as theirs had been prior to the break.
A good passage of play did see Biggar turn the Cartha defence however and a series of penalties gave them good field position, Cartha eventually losing Burrows to the sin-bin as he crept offside to deny Reive a clear pass. Crucially Biggar were unable to take advantage of their extra man, lineouts taken when a kick at goal might have allowed them to creep closer to the Cartha total.
The visitors employed a very direct crash ball tactic when in defence and this proved successful as Biggar were unable to sustain pressure although charges by Donald Voas, Euan Sanderson, Robbie Lavery, Gregor Stewart and Jardine did make inroads.
There were also a number of unfortunate errors which saw players check when in almost full flow and when lineouts were scrappy and which allowed Cartha to regroup. Andrew Orr who replaced Ross Jackson at half time and Douglas Notman who came on for Sanderson made some telling contributions. Indeed it was Orr who scored Biggar’s try. Jardine made a typically mazy run through the Cartha line before setting up a good ruck. Quick ball was fed left to the rampaging flanker who crashed over from some 10 metres for a great score. Jardine’s conversion gave Biggar some hope at 20-10 but Cartha had hitherto been difficult to unlock and despite further periods of pressure Biggar could n ot add to their tally.
The dying minutes saw Cartha unleash what was their only line break of the half but a turnover gave Biggar the chance for one last hurrah with a gritty 40 metre sprint form Voas. His inside pass was taken by Jardine in support but he was immediately caught and the game ended as this movement was halted.
Loud cheers from the Cartha squad who continue with their promotion bid while it looks increasingly likely that Biggar will have to be content with a 7th place, though this is dependent on the 4 favourable results.
Biggar certainly deserved a losing bonus, of that there is little doubt, their territorial domination in the second half worthy of that at least. It was not to be however and instead Biggar came close, again! While coaches Gary Mercer and Davy Wilson could do nothing other praise the commitment and spirit they would dearly love their side to take advantage of their chances and win these tight games.
Thomas Steele, Stuart Hull, Robbie Lavery, Gregor Stewart, Alistair Sinclair, Aird Jardine, David Reive, Donald Voas, Ewan Stewart, Dan O'Connell, Andrew Dunlop, Alan Warnock, Ewan Sanderson, Ross Jackson, Duncan Withers Reps: Andrew Orr, Lewis McClinton, Douglas Notman, Craig McDonald
Story date: 21/02/2017
Tartan Touch is Coming to Biggar this summer
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Story date: 14/02/2017
National selection honours
Congratulations to Fraser Brown who was selected to start on Saturday for Scotland against Ireland. Sadly his involvement lasted but 25 minutes after he clashed heads and although he was able to return after treatment he was replaced. Early indications are that the injury will not rule him out of selection for this weekend’s match against France.
At National U18 level Guy Kelly and Andrew Nimmo both took part in a training match on Sunday between the members of the Scotland U18 squad. Both props acquitted themselves well and will now continue to train prior to the 6Nations Championship in March. Meanwhile Andrew Jardine who has had a frustrating season due to injury will continue his latest return to action after rib injury. He will keep his fingers crossed that he will be considered for the March event.
Story date: 07/02/2017
Friday night floodlit match
2nds v Penicuik
The break in League action due to the start of this year’s 6 Nations Championship – and what a belter of a performance from Scotland – meant that there was another opportunity to hold a Friday evening match under the floodlights.
With a pre-match meal featuring sponsors Harbro and a fantastic turnout of coaches, refs and other volunteers as the club thanked all for their efforts the clubhouse was packed to overflowing.
The team work of Carolyn Cairns, Jan Harper alongside Kim, Lisa and Tess worked wonders again to provide a cracking meal for all (thanks again ladies!) before those brave enough ventured out to take in the match between Biggar and Penicuik 2nds.
‘Brave’ enough was apt and that goes too for those who played as the evening was anything but pleasant with a gale and torrential rain spoiling the contest which was ended prematurely because players (and referee) were so cold.
By midway through the second half the game was pretty much done and dusted as Biggar had engineered a handsome and unassailable lead against a plucky Penicuik XV who on the night were out-gunned by salvo upon salvo from the host XV.
There were encouraging performances from the side with all contributing positively to the cause. It was great to see Scott Thomson and Kyle Anderson back on the rugby pitch and eager to rejoin the fray.
Jock Bogle and Alistair Browning took over the reins as coach Doug Fleming couldn’t be there – the job of selection not an easy one after the Thursday evening training when there was a massive turnout of some 36 senior players. In addition to those present there were of course others who could not manage and/or who were injured. Given that the 1sts XV had no Saturday game and that the 2nds were playing the following night this was a very encouraging sight for the coaches and the club.
Well done to all involved, with of course praise for the pitch development which means that training is now on a well-lit, firm, largely dry surface which makes the prospect of going training so much more appealing. Contrast that with the conditions of previous years when the 2nd XV pitch was under so much pressure with large areas waterlogged and almost unplayable.
The preparations continue this week for the resumption of league action on Saturday although these preparations will be somewhat disrupted by the Young Farmers, all of whom have a busy schedule with the concert running all week. It’s been done before by many however and as the clubs tend to compliment each other it’s all part and parcel of busy times! Good luck to all!
Story date: 07/02/2017
All ‘GO’ at Hartree Mill on Sunday
On Sunday, teams arrived from Oban at boys S1/2 level, and from Falkirk, Waysiders, Cartha, East Kilbride, Linlithgow and Livingston at girls U15 level. Games ensued on what was a much more pleasant afternoon than had been the case the previous day.
All had a great afternoons’ rugby.
Biggar also had an U18 girls side at Murrayfield Wanderers (31-15 defeat) and U12 and U10 girls at Stewarts Melville! It just gets bigger and better!
U18 girls v Murrayfield Wanderers. (Report by Jane Denholm)
The U18 girls had their first match of 2017 on a cold and bright day on the back pitch at Murrayfield.
They started off well with some early pressure leading to a penalty which was taken quickly and a try was scored in the corner by Amy Watkins.
Wandies came back at Biggar although handling errors on both sides meant that the sides were evenly matched for the bulk of the first half. Injuries to Biggar full back Kim Laird and No 10 Amy Watkins on the half hour mark disrupted play and Wandies took advantage from a lineout to score an unconverted try to level the score at 5 all at half time.
Wandies started the second half better and took advantage of a mix up in the Biggar ranks to score a converted try to take the score to 12-5. Biggar responded with some pressure that led to a further try scored by Ailie Tucker to take the score to 12-10.
Wandies N0 10 ,who was a constant threat to Biggar all day, scored a breakaway try and with a successful conversion took the score to 19-10. Wandies continued to press and despite some valiant defending by Biggar they scored a further try mid-way through the second half to increase the score to 24-10.
Some direct running from the Biggar girls and good driving gave Biggar a try with 5 minutes to go taking the score to 24-15 (try scored by Biggar Captain Emily Armstrong). However it was Wandies that showed the greater hunger and after an error at the re-start it allowed the Wandies Nr 10 to score a further converted try right on full time. Final score 31-15.
The girls looked rusty for long periods of the match although there was some very good work at the lineout and scrum but they will need to work on certain areas ahead of the upcoming league and cup matches. As always many thanks go to the coaches and we hope that Amy and Kim recover quickly and are back playing soon.
Story date: 01/02/2017
A Tale of two halves…
West of Scotland 26 Biggar 32
Biggar claimed only their second away win this season after they scraped over the line against West on Saturday.
That Biggar claimed a 4 try bonus was another boost for the side who have struggled recently, save for last week against bottom of the table Hill Jills.
With West claiming a win over near neighbours GHK the previous Saturday, Biggar travelled in the knowledge that they would face a city side on form. That they dominated the first half was extremely pleasing then, their 29 point tally coming in very nearly the same number of minutes. Aird Jardine kicked 2 conversions from the 5 first half tries, the opening try scored by himself and others by Alisdair Sinclair, Donald Voas, Ewan Sanderson and Gregor Stewart.
Quite what went wrong after the break needs some analysis but seemingly, without any obvious reason, Biggar’s effort faltered just as West’s increased, the home side able to claw their way back into the contest to add 3 tries to their solitary first half score to claim a 4 try bonus of their own ato take the score to 29-26 with some 10 minutes remaining.
This then became a 1 score match and it was left to Jardine to stretch Biggar’s lead to 6 points with a penalty. West were still very much in the game however and had they opted to kick for touch with their last penalty and use their most successful tactic, the lineout drive to exert pressure on the Biggar line then they may have sneaked the win. Instead however the tap penalty option was preferred and as they went through the phases it was Jamie Orr who rounded off a cracking game with a priceless turnover to end the contest.
Exciting or nerve racking? Both and in equal measure!
Biggar made a couple of changes to the side which opened against Hill Jills. There was a change at centre where Gregor Stewart returned after injury to replace Craig McDonald and at scrum half where Davy Reive replaced David McArthur.. In the pack Andrew Dunlop moved up to 2nd row to replace the injured Zander Lyon while Duncan Withers took his place in the back row albeit for just the first half due to a prior engagement.
Colt Andrew Nimmo made his first step into senior action as he came off the bench, the youngster showing up well and making some decent hits. He is also to be congratulated on making the next cut for the Scotland U18 squad who take on England at Peffermill on Sunday.
In a whirlwind start, this much to do with the fact that the game was played on West’s 3G pitch, Biggar ran West ragged and allowed them barely a touch of the ball and this only after Jardine opened the scoring with a neat chip and chase.
David Paterson, who had a very positive and very industrious day in both attack and defence, made the break for the next score although it was opposite winger Sinclair who rounded off the move with try in the corner. Paterson showed some real flair with this run which saw him round and hand off no fewer than 4 defenders before feeding Sinclair. Having missed the first conversion from a relatively good angle Jardine saw his next effort from virtually the touchline rebound off the upright. 10-0.
A series of good carries ended as Withers was left isolated and the resultant penalty gave west the chance to use their driving maul to good effect to take play into Biggar’s 22. Their pick and go’s looked to have done enough for a score but the referee blew for a knock on instead although the scrum saw Biggar penalised and west regain the initiative. A couple of phases later and their centre crashed over for a score which took the score to 10-7.
Undeterred Biggar came right back into things with a try Donald Voas, the prop tracking a dynamic charge from Ross Jackson. When tackled Jackson presented well and gave Voas the chance to pick and go for the last 8 metres.
Barely three minutes elapsed before Ewan Sanderson crashed over after another assault on the West line. Jardine’s conversion put Biggar ahead at 22-7 and also gave Biggar the 4 try bonus.
Stewart’s try just short of the half hour was set up by Robbie Lavery whose run took him through the first West line of defence. His pop pass was gratefully accepted by his fellow centre who was able to get the ball down despite the attentions of the West cover. Jardine added the points for the 29-7 half time score.
Biggar almost added a 6th try as Jackson intercepted off West in the Biggar 22. The youngster set off for the line but a cracking cover tackle from the West fullback did just enough to prevent the off-load tp the supporting Paterson and the attack came to nought.
Biggar don’t have a great track record for regularly running up large scores but such was their dominance of the first half proceedings - save perhaps for the driven line which West used to good effect – that had they managed another score shortly after half time, things might have been very different.
That was not to be however and a combination of errors and an increase in confidence of the home side conspired to give West the initiative. Their scrum half nipped over from an early attack and the conversion took the score to 29-14.
West will rue the missed chances they had in the game and which would have given them the win had they been converted. Twice they lost control of ball over the line although this was also due in no small part to some excellent cover defence from Biggar’s back 3 of Sinclair, Paterson and Steele who tracked back well on both occasions to prevent the score.
On the first of these the score was merely delayed as a mix up off the scrum base, an area which Biggar generally controlled well, led to possession being lost by Stewart who could only watch as the West centre pounced to score the try. 29-21!
A penalty and kick to the corner preceded the next West try, which happily from a Biggar point of view at least, was not converted. But at 29-16 the match was set alight for a nerve-jangling 10 minutes.
As the game progressed it became evident that the errors from both sides were going to be influential. While Biggar showed up really well in defence – Orr, Sanderson, Stewart just three who tackled tirelessly throughout – it was West’s errors which prevented them from claiming the lead.
Biggar’s attacks were rare occasions and these too ended with errors which allowed West further attacking opportunities. One such opportunity came as West lost ball in attack. Showing some great skills Biggar passed the ball wide to Lavery who made ground before passing to Paterson who took off on another run. There is a time to pass and a time to run and on this occasion Paterson held on for a fraction too long, the off-load to Orr just not suite going to hand.
Just minutes later however and Biggar were awarded a rare penalty which Jardine slotted for 32-26.
As the clock ticked on Biggar tackled manfully and then came the last turnover from Jamie Orr which brought the final whistle.
Players breathed heavily from their efforts while the Biggar spectators breathed heavily in relief! Ex-Biggar man Angus Thomson again showed up well form his adpoted club, leading form the front and tackling well throughout.
Coaches Mercer and Wilson were left scratching at their heads in an effort to understand quite what changed after half time. Nevertheless, this was an important win and one which should set the squad up nicely for their next match which sees them back in Glasgow at Whitecraigs.
Thomas Steele, Alistair Sinclair, Robbie Lavery, Gregor Stewart, David Paterson, Aird Jardine, David Reive (C), Donald Voas, Ewan Stewart, Dan O'Connell, Andrew Dunlop, Jamie Orr, Duncan Withers, Ewan Sanderson, Ross Jackson. Reps: Andrew Orr, Calvin Henderson, Andrew Nimmo, Craig McDonald.
The 2nd XV hosted Lasswade in a match postponed from a fortnight ago.
Able to field a strong XV Biggar recorded another excellent win by 41-3.
There was a 4 try bonus point with Alan Warnock notching a fantastic 4 try haul himself while Douglas Notman, Craig Frame and Alan Todd also scored, the last two both scoring from what was their first touches of the ball!
Gary Morrison (2) and Jack Warnock (2) shared the kicking duties.
With Kelso winning a tight match by 19-17 at Edin Accies, but without the all important bonus point, Biggar now return to the top of the East reserve league table by just 1 point.
Well done boys!
Story date: 01/02/2017
Gold Club results.
£250 - 236 Peter Kinstrey
£100 - 311 Simone McKeand
£100 - 332 David Parker
£100 - 286 Trina Watson
£100 - 15 Donald Elliot
£100 - 198 Douglas Davies
£250 - 220 Ian Goodall
£100 - 26 Willie Lawrie
£100 - 261 Bill Conn
£100 - 61 Kenny Bruce
£100 - 30 Andrew Warnock
£100 - 307 Lauren Murray Lawrie
£250 - 227 Andrew Baillie
£100 - 319 Andy Manock
£100 - 10 Alistair McArthur
£100 - 19 Ian Warnock
£100 - 273 R. White
£100 - 257 Derek Anderson
£250 - 79 Susan Bell
£100 - 259 Robert Stokes
£100 - 254 Kevin Wilson
£100 - 49 Finlay Smith
£100 - 307 Lauren Murray Lawrie
£100 - 83 Gordon Young
£250 - 233 Jane Bairner
Story date: 31/10/2016
£100 - 20 Andrew Duncan
£100 - 53 Alf Tucker
£100 - 62 Neil Harrison
£100 - 14 Bill Conn
£100 - 113 Tom and Sheila Tweedie
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.
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Story date: 25/05/2015
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 for Secondary School aged children
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Story date: 25/08/2011