Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

Biggar Colts grind out a draw with Hamilton

Biggar Colts 7pts v Hamilton Colts 7pts .

Green Conference – Saturday 1st October 2016

Rugby is a spectator sport but this encounter was a hard one to watch for all concerned.

The history the between these two South Lanarkshire teams reads favourable for Biggar but, here, it was as if the home side’s early fire and fury that was doused by a team that was Biggar-esque for some parts and the home side got a taste of their own medicine. For spells in the game, particularly a very brief period in the second half, Biggar struggled to deal with the sort of offensive play and gutsy defence that they themselves have administered to others this season.

An afternoon when the weather should have enhanced the skill but instead it was saturated with knock-ons, turn-overs and sporadic commitment. The tension throughout was the most entertaining factor.

The boys started the first half started exactly as the Biggar Colts would have wanted.

Biggar had the possession and took territorial advantage but too often the last pass went wrong which would have allowed tries to be scored. Form early on Biggar really should have finished the game but didn't.

Craig Frame , blind side Flanker showed real endeavour and was solid in attack and defence, causing some damage against his opponents. His open side partner in Lewis Stewart wasn’t far behind. Rory McGinn at centre slammed the door shut on numerous occasions to halt Hamiton’s progress. Out on the wings Aaron Dobie and Mathew Stewart were solid in defence and explosive with ball in hand. 


Breakthrough came in the 18th minute with a trademark Colts move that was built from effective forward play. As the ball reached the backs on the 22 it was Rowan Stewart who scythed his way through the Hamilton defence, and with a bit of work to do he managed to get down under the posts. Ali Steele converted.

Hamilton looked nervous and their handling was suspect. Biggar pressed. Robbie Orr at stand-off punished the visitors with accurate kicking for touch. The visitors barely marked the home half turf with a stud in 35mins of play. At half-time the score was 7-0 and even although it didn’t look much Biggar appeared comfortable and seldom in trouble.

All good for the second half then. Not really. Biggar just couldn’t get it together. Standing off, missed tackles and failing to retreat. They were finding it hard to break through a team who really were starting to work together and take the game to Biggar.

Hamilton took control with good phases of play and were rewarded with a try which was converted try. Hamilton looked a totally different side at that point. They were being well lead by thier big number 8 who was causing problems for Biggar. This was 6 min into the second half and, believe it or not, that was the one and only time Hamilton were in Biggar’s half in the second period.

So for the next 30 minutes the Hartreemill side were camped in the Hamilton half…..and it yielded nothing, nil, nada!

By the end Biggar could barely move from A to B without coughing up a mistake. Decision making was not good and it lead to some frustration.

When they are good, they are very good, as evidenced by the excellent tries they score, but they need to take greater attention to the essentials, in particular working as a team and not individuals.

This is a very capable bunch of boys who are fully confident and will be in ideal form for the next league game.

Regardless of close inspection this wasn’t a defeat and a point should not be sniffed at, albeit frustrating. “There is no lift to success, you have to take the stairs” We must all move forward together , then success will take care of itself.

Tries: Rowan Stewart

Conv: Ali Steele


Next week is a home league game against Whitecraigs




Biggar Colts Draw with Ayr in absorbing encounter

Biggar Colts 5pts v Ayr Colts 5pts .

Friendly - Saturday 24th September 2016

It’s days like this that make all the hard work worthwhile.

But we didn’t win, I hear you say!

That’s a mere detail because if you didn’t manage to watch the Colts on Saturday you missed a cracker and to be honest it was a moral victory for the home side in what was a fine spectacle of structured rugby from two determined sides.

Over the last few years Biggar and Ayr have played against each other twice in Scottish Cup Quarter Finals and once in the semi final with Ayr winning in all occasions but only narrowly. Ayr were unbeaten in their Presidents league and knew that coming down to Biggar would prove to be a stern test as both are rated among st the best in Scottish Youth Rugby.

Why not stick to the game-plan, trust in your ability and take everything you’ve got to your opponents. Sounds like a plan.

This was a test of both mental and physical fitness with plenty of industry shown throughout by both teams. Most of the first half was spent in the middle of the field but you could argue that Ayr looked slightly more assured in their approach and they were very quick to the breakdown. This caught Biggar out on a couple of occasions early on but they managed to recover well.

Neither side was holding back and one would imagine that bodies will be a bit sore this week.

It took 15 minutes of back and forth rugby and bruising tackles before there was a clear-cut chance for anyone to get off the mark. Biggar were caught holding on and forced a penalty for Ayr. They failed to nail down three points after going for the posts. Back to square one.

Split decisions seemed to go Ayr’s way but there was no doubting their dominance in the scrum. It was a test of Biggar resolve and required maximum effort.

For the remainder of the first half it was a case of a pink and black unstoppable force meeting a Red and Black immovable object…and it was breathless stuff.

Half-time, Nil – Nil.

With Biggar having two late call-off’s in Kelly (Hamstring) and Dunlop (Sick), it was Neil Jones who stepped up to the plate and showed real maturity. He commanded his position well, much to the frustration of his opposite number at prop.

Biggar advanced and looked dangerous but, against the run of play, it was Ayr who made the breakthrough. Fifty minutes, yes fifty minutes with no score, had passed at this point when Ayr stole the line-out on their own 5m line, kicked behind the Biggar defence and chased. Biggar now ended up in their own 5m having to defend strong momentum. The home side were awarded a scrum for an Ayr knock-on but failed to clear their lines. The clearing kick was charged down in the in-goal area with the Ayr flanker touching down to break Biggar hearts….or so you think.

“Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts, just be strong and act like it’s okay. Remember, strong walls shake but never collapse”

Biggar showed their teeth and bit back. What followed was superb, consistent phase of play that shook the President’s Conference side. The Hartreemill outfit pulled out all the stops.

Some of their back-line play, marshalled by the outstanding scrum-half Luhann Kotze was sparkling and the forwards were composed. After a patient series of phases inside Ayr’s 5m line, and an immense display of strength from the pack, the ball broke out to Jordan Gray on the blind side who timed his pass perfectly to Lewis Stewart and the back row forward made no mistake in the corner to bring the scores level. The gusty wind made things very difficult for kicking and Euan Bogle narrowly missed the conversion from a tight angle.

It made for a truly gripping finish. The game was on a knife edge and continued to ebb and flow up and down the pitch. Matthew Stewart almost spoiled the visitors’ weekend when he drove for the line with two minutes to go. He was pushed into touch just before the line.

Marcus and Aaron Dobie on each wing made good runs and vital covering tackles in equal amount which is reassuring against quality sides.

Nothing passed Gavin Raftery all day and Keir Hamilton showed his mobile side and great determination to cement a great all-round performance. A word too for those players coming off the bench. They knew the difficult task ahead of them and blended well to consolidate a wonderful team effort.

A dogged defence and complete faith in their ability contributed to a fantastic display of Rugby by Biggar. On reflection, and if memory serves well, Biggar never missed a tackle.

Don’t look for a man of the match for this one folks…..they ALL nailed it!

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”

Tries: Lewis Stewart

Biggar will not rest on this and still have much work to do. Ayr like Biggar were short of one or two of their top players who play mainly for their seniors and only usually return to the Colts when the cup competition starts in the New Year.

What was more pleasing for the Colts Coaches of Ian Barr, David Murray and Gavin Hill was being able to see senior Biggar 1st XV field on Saturday 15 players out of 19 who have played for the Colts at some point. Actually 16 if you include Angus Thomson who was playing for West. There was also a number of ex colts playing away for the 2nds against Haddington.

Next week is back to league games with a Home tie against Hamilton – 1pm kick off

Biggar Colts Win Tough Encounter at Falkirk

Falkirk Colts 21pts v Biggar Colts 43pts.

Green Conference – Saturday 17th September 2016

A win’s a win ….right?

Well it would be amiss to suggest that Biggar were anything other than the dominant rugby playing side but as they blew hot and cold it was clear that the team keeps improving but still remain as ‘work-in-progress’ but then it’s still early in the season.

Plenty still for the coaching staff with a clear line of sight on how to develop an eager squad of young men.

Falkirk was a tough nut to crack. Biggar may have gained the early advantage but failed to capitalise. As Falkirk cleared their lines the visiting back line fumbled, which is uncharacteristic, and the home side pounced on the loose ball in the centre of the park. They shipped it wide and scored a converted try with relative ease.

Biggar looked nervous but continued to advance after the restart.

Their momentum was good and they forced a penalty and chose to go for the posts rather than run the ball. Perhaps they felt they just needed to get on the score sheet to steady the ship. Euan Bogle struck well for three points.

Falkirk responded immediately with a physical onslaught with Biggar simply weathering the storm for a bit. The ball did pop favorably out of the back of the ruck into Biggar hands in 19 mins. Rowan Stewart slightly mis-timed a pass out wide onto the advancing Falkirk wing who failed to secure the interception only to find the rebound drop straight back into the Biggar mans hands. With a second bite at the cherry the inside centre took his opportunity to sprint 50 yards then off-load to the supporting Euan Bogle who scored between the posts. The conversion attempt just missing the target.

A number of the Falkirk squad regularly play senior rugby and with their 2ndXV match called off this was a very physical side that proved challenging to break down.

Biggar struck 2 minutes later with a good run of phased play allowing Andrew Nimmo to show his blistering pace over 2 yards and crash over for the visitor’s second try. Bogle converted this time round.

Biggar Colts definitely looked the better side but, on this particular outing, when they got hold of field position some basic skills let them down.

There were flashes of excellence amongst some mediocrity and none more so than the third try.

Good moves off the set play scrum saw both forwards and backs combine well. A resulting infringement led to a penalty and the quick tap found Rory McGinn, who played what was in front of him all day, and chipped neatly through the rush defence to allow Rowan Stewart to follow up and nab the score.


22-7 up at half-time looked comfortable on paper but Biggar would still have some work to do.

They cranked up the aggression at the breakdown with forwards working harder to support the ball carrier. Set piece was fairly clinical and the ball off the top of the line-out effectively led to a Kotze try in the 42nd minute.

A trademark slick backs move followed, that has proved fruitful to date, and this one was no different. The ball moved swiftly along the line to the wing with Aaron Dobie putting in the lion’s share of the work and ample support from the following scrum-half saw him pick up at the breakdown and sneak through for a well deserved try. Bogle converted well from a tight angle.

Biggar front row applied some hefty charges and made their mark allowing Aaron Dobie to get one of his own in 55 mins from an almost identical move as the previous. This is easy to watch when it clicks. Euan Bogle yet again wowed the support with another sweet strike between the uprights.

It seems odd to say at this point but Biggar struggled to get any flow and were turned over just when they appeared to have stretched the hosts to breaking point. That ‘Off’ switch showing it’s face again leading to Biggar operating in scramble mode for the next ten minutes. Falkirk’s attacking play yielded two tries in quick succession.

As frustrating as that was the last play lifted spirits after Biggar managed to clear their lines.

The full-back’s exit kick dropped behind the Falkirk defence and the backs chased the ball down and after some footballing skills from Matthew Stewart he won the foot race to touch down.

The back division remains assured with Luhann Kotze looking sharp and energetic while in forwards all of them put in a very controlled display especially from Guy Kelly, Jordan Gray, Andrew Nimmo and Stuart Forrest who all put in a great controlled shift in attack and defence given the physical nature of this game..

Plenty positive aspects to carry forward into the friendly against Ayr

Tries: Euan Bogle, Andrew Nimmo, Rowan Stewart, Luhann Kotze, Aaron Dobie, Matthew Stewart

Conv: Euan Bogle (5)

Pen: Euan Bogle

Saturday 24th the Colts will play Ayr in a friendly at Home.

12pm Kick off

Biggar Colts overcome GHA

Biggar Colts 29pts v GHA Colts 0pts .


Green Conference – Saturday 10th September 2016

This eagerly anticipated clash displayed some of the flair seen at previous outings this season. Not everything Biggar attempted came off but that shouldn’t detract from the endeavour shown by a clearly fitter side, and a clean sheet to boot.

Adorned in their brand new red shirts (some fitting closer than others) and cutting quite a dash in the sunshine, early signs looked good with the home side asserting pressure on their sizeable opponents. Biggar looked significantly sharper than 14-man GHA and they took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Rowan Stewart’s return from concussion was a happy one when he found a gap in the GHA defence. The centre collected well and burst through at pace to go under the posts on 5 mins. Euan Bogle converted.

Biggar continued to dominate both possession and territory with the visitors having to clear their lines regularly.

The home side also managed to turn defence into attack when needed. Opposition line-out’s were dominated throughout and Callum Dunlop, who stole no less than 4 in a row, displayed great flexibility in the air. Equally, Gavin Raftery secured the attacking line-out and commanded his position well.


GHA’s penalty count increased and numbers depleted further as they saw yellow for a deliberate knock-on. Numerical superiority would tell as Biggar forced another try through Jordan Gray following a well executed line-out drive. The big forward consolidating the good work shown from the week previous.

GHA attempted the push but were forced back by a resolute Biggar defence although Andrew Nimmo was ordered to take a 10 minute rest following a bit of over enthusiasm and unsafe tackle.

The game began to slow somewhat prior to the break and Biggar’s lead of 12 points seemed slender but not necessarily in danger of being overtaken by the visitors.


The second half started smartly and Kelly and Gray yet again punched their way through the GHA pack straight from the restart, who were no doubt taken by surprise at the swift and clinical execution of Biggar’s third try. The ball was secured and shipped out wide for the backs to show their skills which they carried out with the last pass going to Marcus Dobie who collected at pace to outrun his opposite number. The winger had a bit of work to do from 40 yards but he took it well.


Biggar never let up but could have been accused of ‘over-egging’ the pudding a little as the odd individual effort came at the cost of a clear team move. There was an element of frustration felt on the sidelines.

However, the home side regrouped and inflicted some damage, tactically and physically, with powerful carrying.


With the home side's scrum dominant and Euan Bogle’s touch-finders inch-perfect, another try in the 44th minute swung matters even more decisively. Stuart Forrest boosted the tally with a scything run through the tiring GHA defence after collecting from a Kelly off-load.

But another 10 minutes of mixed fortunes and GHA warning shots across Biggar’s bow stalled progress. The pattern of play at that point consisted of over excitement, unfinished moves and limited penetration.


However, after a period of GHA pressure Biggar fought back and pressed up the field to the opposition 22m line and following a sustained phase of structured attack Luhann Kotze cut through the defensive line to score under the posts.


Uncontested scrums and pauses for injuries stilted the match for the next 20 mins, and where Biggar looked the more dominant team, neither side really looked like scoring any more tries.

Jordan Gray and Guy Kelly got through an awful amount of work while both Rory McGinn and Robbie Orr had another polished afternoon at outside centre and stand-off respectively.


The coaches think this team has a lot more to give so there’s much to work on


Tries: Rowan Stewart, Jordan Gray, Marcus Dobie, Stuart Forrest, Luhann Kotze

Conv: Euan Bogle (2)


Next Saturday 17th September the Colts are away to Falkirk in the league.

The following Saturday 24th the Colts will play Ayr in a friendly. Details to be confirmed






Bigga Colts Dominant Win at Dumfries

Dumfries Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts 41pts.

Green Conference – Saturday 3rd September 2016

“Commit yourself to learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it”

Biggar clearly learned lessons from last weekend at Dunfermline and applied their skills more effectively than their hosts in the Galloway hills.

There was a fine variety of fumbles, slips and misdirected passes early on, largely down to weather and ground conditions, before Biggar constricted their opponents into submission. If the Green Conference Champions were not at their absolute best last week, they certainly rectified that against a side that spent most of the afternoon on the back foot.

Early pressure and big collisions set out the visiting team’s stall and Biggar’s intention was clear from the outset. They weren’t out for a Saturday stroll.

Openside flanker Lewis Stewart’s energetic start led to turnover ball. Andrew Nimmo, more than happy to support, burst through the middle and ran like a prop that wasn’t going to be stopped to score the first after 7 mins. Euan Bogle struck well for the extras.

 Luhann Kotze, ever the opportunist, pounced on a spilt ball and sprinted in from the opposition 22m six minutes later to increase the tally with Bogle on target to convert.

Dumfries came back though and forced the penalty. Their attempt at posts pulled just wide.

Biggar’s back division was fluent and showed great composure after the re-start to feed Aaron Dobie on the wing who scored the first of his Hat-trick. Simple!

The 27th minute saw what was probably the try of the day. Robbie Orr delivered a slick flat ball to Lewis Stewart who hit the space. A sublime step inside at pace by the flanker drew the defender and opened up the space for a neat pass to the left wing, and Aaron Dobie’s second.

Good tactical kicking by Orr and Bogle put the hosts under real pressure and Bogle picked up a well deserved try after ‘Going solo’ from half-way just before the break.

31 -0 at half time was a comfortable scoreline from an accomplished performance. So more of the same in the second half? Sadly not!

There were a few personnel changes at half-time and it felt like Biggar forgot to disengage the handbrake fully and the game went a bit flat. This was a chance for Dumfries to push forward but they remained too lateral. Biggar did manage to slam the door in their faces a number of times, however some indiscipline in the Biggar ranks afforded them some territory and they capitalised well by bullying their way up to the try line and eventually getting on the score sheet. The close quarters defence from the travelling side was lacking somewhat. An area of development perhaps.

Biggar hadn’t lost their grip on the match though, and were soon back on track. They badly needed a restoring pick-me-up, which duly materialised when the ball was shipped wide, and through simple rugby, again, Alex Toal registered the visitors’ 6th Try of the day.

The Colts continued to show attacking intent right to the end. Aaron Dobie was in again with power and pace to secure his Third and Biggar’s second win of the season.

The report card reads as follows;

Forwards showed much improvement since the previous week. Dominant scrum and more aggression at the breakdown and working harder to secure the ball. Jordan Gray showed dynamism and Craig Frame not afraid to get ‘Down-and-Dirty’ against bigger lads.

The centre partnership of Rory McGinn and Matthew Stewart was a tireless presence and the backs in general looked ‘joined-up’. Good communication throughout.

The whole team appeared to have improved vision and played a brand of rugby we all love to watch but they must stay focused and avoid freelancing when the game is won.

This game kicked off at such a cracking pace. If this is a glorious indication of what is to come then everyone will be richly entertained, although these Colts still need to work exceptionally hard as defending a title will not come easy.


Tries: Aaron Dobie (3), Andrew Nimmo, Luhann Kotze, Euan Bogle, Alex Toal.

Conv: Euan Bogle (3)


First home match against GHA this Saturday at 1pm will prove to be a stiffer contest one would imagine.

Biggar Colts confident start to league campaign at Dunfermline

Dunfermline Colts 14pts v Biggar Colts 47pts.

Green Conference – Saturday 27th August 2016

Biggar kicked off their defence of the Green Conference with a comfortable win against Dunfermline but at times were found out in certain areas of play which will need worked on. However it is early season and everyone continues to improve.

On a great day for running rugby it was Dunfermline who took the early initiative using their larger pack to keep it tight and power up. Biggar did eventually contain them with some good tackling which at times forced ball to be spilt by Dunfermline.

When Biggar did get the ball it was moved out to the backs and it was then fed to Andrew Jardine to glide through for the 1st try which was then converted by Euan Bogle.

Some minutes later the ball was fed again out to the wing , back inside to Robbie Orr  and when close to the line was able to feed ever present Callum Dunlop to dive over in the corner for a well worked try which was well converted by Euan Bogle.

When the tempo was lifted and the ball moved away from the Dunfermline pack , Biggar were able to take control and with good speed of hands it was left for Henry Adams to go over. This try proved that with fast hands opportunities would arrive constantly.
More tries should have been scored this way but too often passing was being delayed. In the forwards set pieces was going well and Callum Dunlop was certainly making his mark all over the pitch.      

Half Time : Dunfermline Colts 0pts  v Biggar Colts 19pts

Biggar then rang the changes and what is good to see is that those coming on are as good players as those coming off. That really matters as the season develops.

After early Dunfermline pressure in the forwards, Biggar again took control and an excellent break by Henry Adams was thwarted just short of the line to which he then offloaded to Andrew Jardine to score which was converted by Euan Bogle.
Simply Biggar then switched off and were not keen enough in the loose and reacting quickly enough which allowed Dunfermline to score an opportunity try when spilt ball on the line was seized upon.
Biggar didn't put their heads down and quickly responded with ball moved well out the backs to allow Henry Adams to go over which was converted by Bogle.

Shortly after this the forwards also showed they too have the handling skills  needed and it was moved involving many of them along the back line and finally out to allow Marcus Dobie to score which was well converted by Bogle.

This was followed up by another nice piece of play and Biggar sliced open the midfield to allow Matthew Stewart to go over which was again converted by Bogle.

However again Biggar pressed the switch off button and areas such as set piece and defensive duties went missing. It was loose and not what was wanted by the coaches. 

Dunfermline saw their chance and their forwards bullied the Biggar pack in most areas and some good powerful play allowed them to go over for their 2nd try.    

Full Time : Dunfermline Colts 14pts  v Biggar Colts 47pts

Yes there were areas of play that  were impressive to watch but other aspects were not. The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individuals in the world but it they don't work together, the team wont be worth a penny.  Its still work in progress.

Biggar will look to work on these areas thorough the week.
On the positive side well done to Callum Dunlop who really impressed throughout and to Robbie Orr who is showing great maturity at stand off.

Next  away to Dumfries

Biggar Colts impressive win in “Battle of the Celts”

Biggar Colts 26pts v Corinthians 7pts .


Friendly – Saturday 22nd October 2016


“Alone we can do so little ; together we can do so much”

Biggar Colts showed that they are a team who can work so well together and this they did winning 26 points to 7 points against a strong and fit Corinthians team from Ireland.

Corinthians continue to achieve championships in Ireland but at Biggar they could not break down the home team who were both solid in both defence and attack.

Although Biggar had not played for 3 weeks they started off at a ferocious pace taking it to Corinthians who found to settle in to a pattern. Strong tackles by Biggar were making a difference with Mark Ewart and Kyle Anderson leading the way who both were returning to Colts duty after taking some time out from rugby to concentrate on fitness. !!!!!!!!!!!!.

In the backs Rory McGinn was leading the way with his defence work . Indeed it was Rory who scored the 1st try after some good interplay through the backs allowed him to take the final inside pass to release him for the line.

Corinthians were not finding it easy to find opportunities as Biggar kept them on the backfoot and when their players failed to cover the fringes of the rucks Luhann Kotze exposed the gap down the blind and ran in for a try between the posts which was converted by Euan Bogle.


Scrums were going well for Biggar but lineouts were not being won cleanly and good attacking opportunities were not being taken to put more points on the board.

Both sets of forwards were canceling each other out with Neil Jones, Keir Hamilton and Gavin Raftery showing their ability and leading well from the front. In the backs Luhann Kotze, Robbie Orr and Rory McGinn were putting notable performances in and were causing Corinthians continual problems when attacking and providing a solid wall when defending.


However prior to half time Biggar allowed the Corinthians back in and they started to put phases together and with quick ball moved out wide they scored in the corner which was well converted.


Half Time : Biggar 12 points to Corinthians 7 points


Biggar knew this was going to be a hard 2nd half as Corinthians were looking sharper and fresher as the game was progressing while injuries continue to mount for the home team.

For most of the 2nd half both teams put in excellent performances with strong attacks and defences. Biggar had more opportunities but were not putting the points on the board due to final passes etc.

Biggar did press forward and with the forwards continually setting up phase after phase the time came for Luhann Kotze to again find the defence missing round the fringes and set off on a 40 yard dash for the line which he took well for a try which was converted by Ali Steele.


The home team now looked to put the game away and with good hands out wide it was left to Aaron Dobie to run at speed down the wing and step inside for a score which was again converted by Ali Steele.


Full Time : Biggar Colts 26 points to Corinthians 7 points.


Coaches Barr, Hill and Murray were extremely delighted with this performance as each and every one of the squad played their part in this game. These boys worked so hard for each other and stuck solid to their task and as players return from injury and district duty there will be no doubt selection will not be easy as each one of these boys on Saturday staked their claim.

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars but if they don't play together the whole team will not reach its goals”.

Next week is a home league game against Dumfermline


Biggar Colts lose out at Boroughmuir

Boroughmuir Colts 24pts v Biggar Colts 19pts.

Friendly – Saturday 20th August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colts start season with win at Hamilton

Hamilton Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts 41pts.

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

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

Biggar Colts

Our Colts team is made up of our 16-18 age players and competes in the Edinburgh District U-18 League, competing at the highest level and providing stiff competition for any team in Scotland,. The team train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is coached by Yogi, Muz and Gavin, who have been working hard with this ever changing group for a number of years and have coached many of our current 1st and 2nd XV players.

If you would like to know more about our colts team please conatact Colts Convener David (Muz) Murray on 07786158710


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

Membership rates and packages are as follows:

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