Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Biggar Colts win a bruising encounter

Portobello/Ross High Colts 24pts v Biggar Colts 26pts

Edinburgh District Under 18 Shield Pool B

The secret of Biggar Colts as in the previous year is that this group of boys never know when to give up. Even with  6 minutes to go and behind by 10 points , this group of boys showed their belief in each other and pulled off an excellent win by 26 points to 24 points in the Shield Competition.
Portobello and Ross High have recently merged for the Shield and on Saturday they were bolstered with four Watson's School 1st team players who are registered to Portobello. This team was going to be and were formidable opposition in a enthralling encounter
From the start Porty/Ross High showed some strong running and were strong physically. Their forwards won good ball and this allowed their backs to make constant ground with their good handling and speed. Biggar were not coping with them coming through the middle and with tackles being missed , Porty/Ross put away 2 early tries to make Biggar realise that they had to put their game into place. This they did eventually and with half backs James Barr and Gregor Stewart showing good quick hands going up the blind side they were able to release Ross Jackson for a try.
Biggar were now coming back into the game but too often poor handling and strong counter rucking by Porty/Ross who thwarted many attacks . However Biggar kept at it and no more than Andrew Orr who lead from the front all day. It was becoming a bruising encounter with Biggar getting well tackled throughout the game.
Half time – Porty/Ross High 10 points to Biggar 5 points
Biggar had a strong wind and sun behind them which was well utilised by Gregor Stewart who constantly forced the opposition to turn round and this was gaining Biggar the upper hand.
With the forwards now gaining good ground, William Grieve after a period of good work scored a try which was converted by Gregor Stewart.
Surely Biggar were now in control.
No, with a lapse in concentration Porty/Ross High took a quick tap from a penalty and their Number 8 was able to stride 60 yards up the pitch to move them ahead.
Biggar had to resettle and when they did launch an attack a loose pass was intercepted for their impressive second row to also stride up the pitch to put Porty/Ross High 12 points ahead.
Well what do you do now?.
Do you panic or just put your heads down. No this group of boys realised they were in this together and “ Alone they could do so little; together they could do so much”  - And they did.
They stuck to the task and put some great phase play together and with the ball moved out to the backs, young Andrew Jardine cut back inside to go over for a try converted by Gregor Stewart.
Biggar then launched attack after attack and thought they had got another try but it was pulled back as the linesman had his flag up. Not down hearted they stuck to their task. Gregor Stewart put a big kick down field to which Liam McCarry chased and took the ball at speed and made his way to the line to be brought down short but on hand was Mark Ewart to take the final pass and go over.
Gregor Stewart then had the conversion to win the game and he did so but managed to make everyone suffer heart attacks as it came of the post before going over. However it was a relief that Gregor had according to him had it all planned ????????????.
That was it , Biggar has won a 1st class game of rugby between two teams who both showed great level of skills and determination.
What a squad effort and they all knew they had been in a game. 
“The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.”
Coaches Ian Barr, David Murray and Gavin Hill could not have been more proud watching the team on Saturday. Looking forward to the New Year.
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
No players of the day, its was the squad. Andrew Orr, Ryan Ferguson, Mark Ewart, Mark Harrison, William Grieve, Stuart Affleck, Ross Jackson, Kyle Anderson. James Barr, Gregor Stewart, Simon Denholm, Calum Wesencraft, Tom Steele, Martin Hunter, Richard Morgan, Andrew Jardine, Liam McCarry and Craig Allison  


Colts power past Lasswade

Lasswade Colts 5pts v Biggar Colts 57pts 

Edinburgh District under 18 League

What makes a team special is not just what they have to gain, but what they feel there is to lose.
Biggar Colts made sure they did not slip up in their final league game against Lasswade winning 57 points to 5 points and so securing the runners up spot in the Edinburgh league and entry into the National Bowl.
Yes they did not win it this year but “trophies just carry dust anyway. Memories last forever” and they will have many of these  as this squad of players really do demonstrate everything that is good about team work and friendship. 
They know that “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team”. All 15 of the boys that travelled   made the difference. Pity some just never turned up for the game.
On a great day for running rugby Biggar put in a dominant but at times workmanlike performance against a team who never gave up at any time. 
From the start Biggar gained the upper hand showing good hands by the backs to put Richard Morgan in the corner for an unconverted try.
Another try was shortly followed up with a solid platform being laid by the forwards to then allow the ball to be put out the backs to where Ross Jackson was on hand to go up the wing for another try  converted by Simon Denholm. Biggar in this period put some excellent plays together and were slick, powerful and intelligent in their play.
But as seen before they failed to fully capitalise on it and allowed Lasswade back into the game and for some 15 minutes the game was played in the middle of the park with little if any chances between the 2 teams.
Eventually an opportunity  arose and James Barr put some quick ball out to Gregor Stewart who linked well with William Grieve who continually impresses to go over from 30 yards out for a try converted by Simon Denholm.
This was then followed up with a break made by some powerful running by Peter Steele who  broke through up the field to be stopped but it was Richard Morgan on hand to take the pass and go over for a try converted by James Barr.
The next try was a hall mark of the tries scored by Ross Jackson who can take the ball quickly at the base of scrums and power up the field to score tries. This was converted by Simon Denholm.
Then the player of the 1st half , Craig Stewart who had been excelling all round the park took the ball at speed and powered through Lasswade defence , even breaking tackles with a pirouette (that's   spinning round to others ) then continuing on his way to score  from some 60 yards out with the try converted again by Simon Denholm.
Before half time Biggar were severely tested with Lasswade for some 5 minutes trying to power over the line from close range but  at all times , the Biggar boys held firm with some excellent defence that really showed the commitment these boys have.
Yes there may be one or two smaller players in the forwards but it does not stop them contributing to the defence. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters”.
Half time : Lasswade 0pts to Biggar 40 points
This was not going to be the walk over thought by some as Lasswade at no time dropped their heads and they showed more in their character in losing than ,many others have in winning.
Lasswade never laid down and worked at finding a way back into the game and often testing the Biggar defence. William Grieve did find a gap and showed pace to go on a big run and score .
Lasswade came back in to the game and exploited the blindside to go over for their score.
The game then descended into an even contest but eventually chances were taken with William Grieve continuing to show his all round skills to go in for his 3rd try which was converted by Simon Denholm. The last try of the game was a delight to watch as a set move practised on the training pitch was impeccably converted to then be put away by Liam McCarry out on the wing .
Final Score : Lasswade 5 points to Biggar 57points
This was  good performance by Biggar and these boys continue to impress everyone and again as last year, the Colts really are playing some great rugby.
Much credit has to be given to Lasswade who at all times never gave up. Lasswade to many did not lose this as “You're never a loser until you quit trying and they never did".
Coaches Barr, Murray and Hill are proud of the Biggar boys.
The colts will now arrange some friendlies before the Bowl and Edinburgh Cup Starts which includes Boroughmuir and Currie back in the mix.
Squad: Craig Stewart, Ryan Ferguson, Jack Court, Mark Ewart, Andrew Orr, William Grieve, Ross Jackson , Mark Harrison, Stuart Affleck, James Barr, Gregor Stewart, Peter Steele, Simon Denholm, Martin Hunter, Liam McCarry, Craig Allison and Richard Morgan.    


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.

 


Biggar among first clubs to benefit from SRU FastTrack Funding

Scottish Rugby has today revealed the first 39 clubs, from across Scotland, which will benefit from the new £1.6 million Club Sustainability Fund, announced back in November.

The successful clubs, from throughout the country – including Aderdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness as well as from the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway– will receive up to £2,000 from the FastTrack strand, for club maintenance and improvement projects.

These range from shower refurbishments at Allan Glens, to new roofing at Alloa and Gala YM and clubhouse improvements at Mackie Academy and Madras’ clubhouses, amongst others.

Scottish Rugby’s Head of Club Services, Nick Rennie, said: “We were inundated with applications for the FastTrack strand of our new Club Sustainability Fund.

“Today we reveal the first round of funding, which totals more than £72,000.


It’s great to see that clubs from all over Scotland are looking to improve their facilities and make them a better place to train, play and socialise.”

The FastTrack strand replaces Scottish Rugby's small facilities fund and allows clubs to apply for 50% of maintenance and improvement projects up to £2,000.
 


U-15’s in tough contest against Heriots

Heriots 36 - Biggar 5
The final game before the Christmas break saw a physically smaller Biggar team put Heriots under surprising pressure for much of the game. Anybody watching the game should have come away believing that had every Biggar player made the tackles that they were capable of, then they could have orchestrated the greatest upset of the season, because all that separated the teams in the end was half a dozen weak tackles and an initial lack of self-belief. With the score at four tries to nil at half time it could have seemed like all was lost; but a much improved level of fitness allowed Biggar to compete for a full 60 minutes and continue to capitalise on some ill-discipline from Heriots, Stuart Forest crossed the line to score a great try to cap off his strongest performance this season. Heriots taking the second half, by only two tries to one.

 


There are many positives to take from today’s game; firstly I will applaud all of the team for an improvement in levels of fitness, today we saw a team fully capable of contesting for the full game, secondly there was some outstanding bravery from a number of players (how did Jamie Bell get up from that second spear tackle? – not only that he took it back to them – what more can we ask) and thirdly we probably saw six or seven of the team put in some of their best performances; Stuart Forrest dominant all-round the park - excellent, Luhann Kotze who would enjoy playing against his constant invention, energy and tenacity, Lewis Stewart aggressive, energetic and always ready to hit up, Robbie Orr and Jamie Bell tackle counts which and centre could be proud of, Declan Boulton, Finn Stott, Ali Steel and Daniel McConkey great work rates in the tackle and the ruck.

 


Ultimately all of the team can be proud and can take away the one simple message from the game today - “Believe in it enough and it can be yours” – or in my words, play like you did in the second half and you could beat pretty much anyone.

 


Finally thanks to all supporters, parents and helpers – much appreciated.

Tries: Stuart Forrest


U-16’s take Edinburgh District title at Heriots

Heriots U16's 0   Biggar U16's 52

Crack open the bubbly!

A lot has been written this year about this team and particularly about how they have showed their character, commitment, considerable skills and team work ethic.  All that was displayed in spadesful again, this time at Heriots on Sunday.  The last achievement for this year for the talented team was to protect their unbeaten record.  They did this with a comfortable margin and sparked celebrations by players, coaches and Biggar supporters more often seen on an F1 podium.

 

Whilst the points’ difference was comfortable in the end, this was a hard fought match with the two teams far closer in terms of skills and presence than the 52:0 scoreline suggests.  Right from the off, the pace was intense with some hard hits being made early on.  The first test for the teams was a scrum on the Heriots 22 not long after the restart.  Gavin Raftery, playing at No8 today, picked up after a solid scrum and the ball moved out to the centres.  Andrew Jardine battered through two Heriots defenders for an early converted try.

This then became a forwards game with the Heriots forwards winning the early exchanges, particularly in the rucks.  Heriots also dominated territory, keeping Biggar in their own half despite Biggar efforts to clear.  With the wind and cold playing it’s part in the game there were more than usual handling errors, stray passes and knock on’s.  Despite Heriots winning early exchanges at the rucks, Biggar just edged the scrums.  Rowan Stewart had a steal after one such scrum and a forward pass was all that denied Andrew Jardine another try.  However, the following set piece formed the platform for Biggar’s second try.  2 mauls set up by Guy Kelly and then Andrew Nimmo secured territory and the score was finished off by Jardine for a converted try.

 

The Nimmo/Kelly combination then took Biggar back into the Heriots 22 and it looked like another try was in the offing.  Biggar fell just short but an earlier Heriots infringement brought Biggar back for a penalty.  With confidence high and the tryline in sight the captain opted for a tap penalty and with ball moved to Guy Kelly, he battered through for an unconverted score in the corner.  Heriots put pressure back on Biggar at the restart but the Biggar team held firm for a 19:0 lead at halftime.

 

Heriots started as they left off at the end of the first half and very nearly scored from an interception straight after the restart.  Although they got over the line the Biggar defence got under the ball and the Ref deemed the ball held up.  Heriots kept the pressure up after the scrum but good Biggar defence forced Heriots to hold on at the ruck and Biggar were able to clear their lines.  However, Heriots came straight back and set up a series of rucks across the pitch that the Biggar defence had to work extremely hard to defend.  Twice Biggar cleared their lines with kicks to touch only for Heriots to come back at Biggar again.  However, another kick from Rowan Stewart and a great chase from Euan Bogle to put pressure on the receiver, forced a Heriots error and the wing/halfback combination of Dobie and McGinn set up Andrew Nimmo for a converted try.

 

Heriots used the wind at the restart to kick deep.   However, this just allowed space for the Biggar backs to run the ball back into the Heriots half with Euan Bogle breaking the defence and setting up Marcus Dobie for the unconverted try.  A similar story at the next restart allowed Rowan Stewart to get a converted try on his return from injury.  At the next restart, it was Keir Hamilton’s turn to run down the wing at Heriots breaking through several Heriots tackles and drawing four defenders to eventually bring him down.  A scrum to Biggar soon followed and this set up another bursting run through the Heriots defensive lines for Andrew Jardine to get a converted try.  Douglas Hill was then unlucky to be denied a clean run in for a try by a forward pass.  Heriots were awarded a free kick at the ensuing scrum and quick thinking from their scrum half secured territory well inside the Biggar 22 but an interception from Andrew Jardine sealed the game with a converted try.

 

This was a competitive game up to halfway into the second half when Biggar were able to secure several tries in quick succession.  It’s often possible to point to phases of a game which make a real difference to the outcome.  The first in this was Biggars opening try and the manner in which Andrew Jardine battered his way through the defence, showing Biggar's intention from the off.  The second was the defensive effort at the start of the second half when Biggar had to repel wave after wave of attack from Heriots and the whole team mucked in to deny them a scoring opportunity and the chance to get back in the game.  This collective effort and ruthlessness shows that the team is continuing to learn in attack and defence and this will put them in good stead for what will be some tough games in the New Year.

 

Well done to all.  The win was well deserved as were the celebrations that followed.

Andrew breaks free

Euan makes a run

Keir embarks on his touchline dash

The celebrations begin

CHAMPIONS!!

Winning pose

 


U18 Girls Win Edinburgh Rugby 7’s Festival

On the 7th of December both the U15 and U18 girls teams took part in a P.C.S. (Positive Coaching Scotland) Edinburgh Rugby 7's Festival at Murrayfield. Both teams played extremely well with the U18 team winning their age group tournament. The U18 team of Corrie, Rachel, Robyn, Jennifer H, Lauren F, Lauren W, Hannah, Fiona, Megan M, Kat and Kim, played really well winning 3 of their 4 games. They where all delighted to be presented with the first trophy of the season on the main pitch at Murrayfield during the half time of Edinburgh's game against London Welsh. The U15 team of Emily, Amy, Abbie, Rebecca, Sharee, Erica, Ellie, Neola, Feebi, Geraldine, Sarah, Rachel, Mason and Emelia won all their games with numerous tries scored, unfortunately missing out on the trophy as other elements are taken into account in the scoring of a P.C.S. tournament.  Well done to all the girls and their coaches for all the hard work and commitment that they have shown through the first part of this seasons games and training. Things are looking very good for the 2015 part of the season.

Thank you to Edinburgh Rugby for the organising of the festival and also for the complimentary tickets for the Edinburgh game that the girls very much enjoyed.


Over 35’s v Peebles

Peebles Over 35’s 17 Biggar Over-35’s 5
Biggar Over-35’s took to the field against their Peebles counterparts in what is now an established fixture in the season. Both sides were at full ‘strength’ if that is an accurate term to use for guys who for the most part last pulled on their boots in anger in the same fixture 12 months ago!


In pretty dreich conditions at The Gytes as rain and wind threatened to slow the game down (mercifully), Peebles came back after Biggar opened the scoring through Dr David Carvel, he a first choice within the Biggar ranks not only for his pace but for his life-saving skills thought these were not required in this match!


A couple of tries gave Peebles a 12-5 lead going into the second half and while the game was essentially pretty even throughout they added a third score to seal the match.


The players retired to the Eastgate clubrooms where they enjoyed an excellent meal and some great craic! Many thanks to Peebles RFC and to Jim Currie, in particular, for organising the day and for being great hosts and to Biggar’s GY who drilled the Biggar squad. He was one of four of Biggar’s first ever XV to feature in the match – the others being Ian Warnock, Rab Ramsay and Al Stewart.


Biggar Minis P4 - P6 at Murrayfield

Our P4, P5 and P6 teams took part in Edinburgh Rugby vs London Welsh match day events on Sunday 7th December.  P4 and P5 squads did a wonderful job carrying out guard of honour duties and our P6 team won in a match against Lasswade, played at half time on the main pitch at Murrayfield.  A big thank you to all the players, coaches and parents who braved a very cold day to take part in the events and a massive thank you to Edinburgh Rugby for lettting us take part in this experience.


U-16’s cling on for hard fought win

Edinburgh U-16 League

Biggar 13  Dunbar 12

Good Job Well Done

 

The definition of a team:  A group of people with the full set of complementary skills required to achieve a common goal.  This U16 team fit this definition perfectly.  From 1 through to 22, the whole squad, they showed their individual complementary skills on the rugby pitch but importantly they also focussed their efforts in pulling together to beat a very good Dunbar side which until this game were also unbeaten. Indeed this was THE top-of-the-table clash.

 

In front of a large, enthusiastic and very much appreciated crowd nerves were evident at the start, with both Biggar and Dunbar knowing this was the biggest game of the season so far.  With the restart not 10m, Biggar were awarded a scrum on the halfway line.  Winning the scrum, Biggar were then gifted a penalty for Dunbar killing the ball in the ruck.  After a kick to touch, Biggar won the lineout but then lost the ball in the ruck.  However, Dunbar were forced out by the Biggar defence and Biggar secured a good lineout, allowing the ball to be moved out through the backs.  Peter Steele made great ground, setting up a ruck well into the Dunbar 22.  With quick ball moved out to Andrew Jardine who scored a well worked try in the right corner.  This left a difficult angle for the conversion for the right footed Euan Bogle.  However, he kept his composure and calmly planted it straight through the posts.

 

Biggar kept up the pressure from the restart and through some wonderful offloads, kept the ball live worrying the Dunbar defence.  This pressure forced Dunbar to stray offside giving Biggar a penalty in kickable distance.  Euan Bogle again calmly slotted it between the posts.  Biggar’s possession and territory dwindled as Dunbar began to come back into the game.  Biggar’s lineout was a little insecure (moves not slick enough) and this, along with some turnovers at the rucks (body position too high), handed back possession and territory to Dunbar.  They kept the tempo up, running penalties and using rucks and mauls to keep the phases of play going.  Twice they got to Biggar’s 5m line but the Biggar defence was immense, they put their bodies on the line and repelled wave after wave of Dunbar’s attacks for more than 10 minutes.  Holding on, Biggar finished the half ahead by ten points, but Dunbar were definitely back in the game.

 

Dunbar kept the tempo up into the second half, forcing some uncharacteristic errors from Biggar.  The pressure was beginning to tell.  Dunbar secured a lineout in the Biggar 22 and slipped a tackle to expose a gap for an easy try and conversion.  Dunbar gained territory and eventual possession after the restart but conceded a penalty for holding on.  This allowed Biggar to clear their lines to halfway.  Biggar then took the ball into the Dunbar half and Dunbar conceded another penalty to give Biggar a lineout on the 5m line.  But the lineout was lost allowing Dunbar to take play back to the halfway line.  The ball was soon back in the Dunbar half and Biggar again won a penalty within kickable distance.  Euan Bogle again, slotted it between the posts to increase the margin to 6 points.

 

A Biggar knock on soon after the restart set up a Dunbar scrum well into the Biggar 22.  It was easily won and Dunbar slipped a tackle for a score near the corner.  This gave a difficult angle for the Dunbar kicker and the conversion was missed,  narrowing the margin in Biggar’s favour to only 1 point.  Dunbar and Biggar then battled it out for the remainder of the half.  Biggar had a chance of a penalty but Euan Bogle didn’t connect his kick as sweetly as he would have liked and the ball fell just short.  Dunbar kept possession putting together some well worked phases of play and had their own opportunity for what could have been a try winning move thwarted by a forward pass.  Both teams battled on to the whistle, which couldn’t come soon enough for Biggar.  With two minutes to go Biggar won back possession through a penalty.  With a kick out for a lineout, all Biggar had to do was win the lineout and keep possession to run down the clock.  Jordan Gray’s throw was good, lineout secured and Ref, David Adams blew for full time to give Biggar the hard fought victory.

 

The squad’s reaction was a combination of elation, relief and exhaustion as each player had left everything on the pitch.  It had been an amazing game, competitively played with great spirit shown by all 30 players on the pitch.  The Dunbar back row were to the fore throughout and made their presence felt at every opportunity, especially in the second period while their stand off posed problems whenever he got hands on the ball.

 

In sport a team achieves its goals, but a good team wins.  This Biggar team are unbeaten in 2014.  With one month to go and two matches left can they remain unbeaten?  Based on this performance it will take a very, very good team to beat Biggar.


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

Welcome to Biggar RFC's first edition of the development newsletter. 

 

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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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