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Biggar win through against Penrith.

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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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


Biggar get the better of Dumfries

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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 gy1680@aol.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.

 

If you would like to know a little more about our rugby programmes for Primary or Secondary school children please refer to our Mini and Midi pages under the "Teams" section or contact either Laura Watson for information about Primary School age children and Paula Yardley on 07830022447 or Aird Jardine on 07917731494 for Secondary School aged children

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