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
Colts Start Edinburgh League With Comfortable Win
Forrester Colts 0 pts v Biggar Colts 36pts
Edinburgh Youth League Cup
Saturday 11th February 2017
As one door shuts (Scottish Cup) another opens (Edinburgh League Cup) which Biggar will look to retain which they won after a tight battle against Currie last season.
Biggar Colts travelled to Forrester on Saturday to take on a side with some big physical forwards who from the start set out to take it to Biggar. This they did by keeping it tight and hitting up to try and break through Biggar. They certainly put a lot of work in but Biggar were not going to let them through and held firm for some 20 minutes.
Forrester tried to hit up once again but Robbie Orr was able to rip the ball from their hands and broke through to run in for the 1st try converted by Euan Bogle.
Shortly after, a set move by the backs ,allowed Robbie Orr to pop the ball to Euan Bogle who broke through and then in turn passed back to Robbie Orr who went in for his 2nd which was gain converted by Euan.
Biggar knew that when they were getting opportunities they would make it happen. This they did but only after some excellent tackling from the whole team.
With this being the 1st Edinburgh league Cup game , there was an opportunity to blood some of the Under 16 players who will certainly feature for the Colts next year. Finlay Barr and Sam Wallis made their debuts joining Daniel McConkey who has been with the squad for some time. All these players were putting in a big shift and were not phased by the size of the opponents. Finlay like his brother James may not be the biggest player on the pitch but he will have one of the biggest hearts and that counts for a lot.
Sam is strong and has a physical presence to easily blend in with the Colts.
Half Time : Forrester 0 pts to Biggar 14 pts.
Biggar started the 2nd half knowing they would have to work hard as they were facing into a strong wind.
But this was not going to distract them from playing free flowing rugby and in this half they showed why they are one of the best teams in Scotland.
After some strong rucking a loose ball appeared which Daniel McConkey seized upon and lifted the ball to then run some 30 yards to score. Daniel again coming from the under 16 squad will certainly play a significant part for the Colts in the next few years.
Robbie Orr , fresh from an early night notched up his third try by breaking down the blind and with 2 dummies was able to score from some 40 yards out.
Biggar were now fully in control and a short pass was popped up to Sam Wallis who showed great strength to break through 2 tackles to go over for a well deserved try.
The last try of the day was down to Jordan Gray who had put in a big shift throughout the day with his workmanlike performance in taking the ball back to the big Forrester forwards. Euan Bogle converted the try.
More tries could have been scored but too often passes were either not going to hand or being delayed too long.
Full Time : Forrester Colts 0 pts v Biggar Colts 36pts.
This was very pleasing result as Biggar continue to show continued maturity in how they mange their game.
No matter what game they play they go about it in a professional manner that is impressive to see .
Next week is a home league game against Penicuik.
Story date: 13/02/2017
Biggar Colts Lose Out in Tight Game to Merchiston School
Biggar Colts 3pts v Merchiston School 14pts.
Saturday 28th January 2017
Biggar Colts know they are unquestionably one of the top Youth teams in Scotland.
But where are they in relation to the top School sides ?.
The question was going to be answered on Saturday when one of the best school teams, Merchiston Castle arrived at Hartree where on a cold day the rugby again was of the highest calibre. Coached by ex Biggar 1st team coach Roddy Deans this team were going to be well drilled and organised throughout the pitch.
Biggar knew they again had to test where their limits were and again found out on Saturday that they really are up with the best.
Yes it was a defeat by 14 points to 3 points but it was one of the hardest games Merchiston had encountered throughout their season.
Merchiston who each Saturday can field three Under 18 teams and train each day were runners up in the top schools league and with a number of Scottish Under 18 players it was going to another stern test for Biggar.
Biggar may have encountered defeat, but they were not defeated. In fact, they came off the field knowing that they had proved themselves and were gaining incredible respect throughout Scotland.
Merchiston took the game to Biggar trying to create their strucutre that has allowed them to win so many games this season. From a lineout they drove and went over early on which was converted.
But Biggar were not going to let them settle and got into their usual belief that no matter what was thrown at them they have a determaintion and inner strength that they would not be defeated.
Merchiston were trying to break out but Biggar tackling was as usual ,solid and Merchiston were just not going to get through. Biggar then went on the attack and Aaron Dobie took an interception but was brought down just short.
With the Biggar forwards working tirelessly to contain the larger more athletic Merchiston pack, they were able to provide ball out to the backs and Robbie Orr who was outstanding, continually making breaks through the opposition defence.
Robbie was a constant thorn to Merchiston and they were struggling to contain him for a period of time and his offloading was allowing Biggar to gain territory. When the ball was moved out wide the backs set pieces were put into play and again ground was being made.
The most competitive area was with the scrum halves with both Luhann Kotze for Biggar and Robert Greenshields for Merchiston continually putting each other to the test. Both were playing excellent rugby.
Up to half time both teams cancelled each other out but there was some excellent rugby on display. Defence was dominant in both teams games and so it was not easy for any attack to gain much ground .
The Biggar forwards never at any time were for giving any ground and were solid at set piece.
Half Time : Biggar 0pts to Merchiston 7pts.
Biggar knew they had to continue causing frustration to their opponents as they had to gain deny them getting in any form of rhythm.
And they did and the whole 2nd half became a see saw battle with Merchiston only getting their 2nd try late on by hitting up through their forward and finally bullying over. Biggar did put points on the board with Euan Bogle kicking a penalty.
Final Score :Biggar 3 points v Merchiston 14points.
Final whistle was blown 2 minutes early due to injury to Rowan Stewart who is recovering well.
These boys have learned and delivered so much this season.
There hearts just don't allow them to lie down.
As once said “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”
The Colts have for some years made the club so proud.
As head Coach Barr said “Biggar Colts are now dining at the top table”
Next up should be the Edinburgh Cup starting 11th February. Details to follow
Story date: 30/01/2017
Biggar Colts Lose Out In Close Quarter Final
Biggar Colts 3pts v Stirling Colts 13pts.
At Hartreemill on Saturday two of Scotland's top Under 18 teams came together in the top billing quarter final of the Scottish Youth Cup.
With six current Under 18 Scottish Squad players (3 from each) on the pitch this was always going to be a game of the highest caliber and it did not disappoint. Many of the players will hopefully in the future go on to be highly successful rugby players.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained in the struggle against overwhelming odds. With a squad of over 44 players Stirling are the current Scottish Youth Cup Holders and won the Presidents Conference undefeated again this season . They amassed against the other top rated sides some 426 points while only conceding 32 points over 10 games. Their closest game was 27pts to 8 pts against Highland.
Early on Biggar were under intense pressure and had to deploy their biggest asset in their defensive tackling. Although Stirling had the upper hand in physicality and size they found the aggressive tackling by Biggar to be solid and were finding it hard to break through. Where Biggar had their strength. lay in their heart and determination.
Stirling were not gaining required moving up the middle and so took the ball wide where they took ground due to their ability to spread their team out and create overlaps which they did down the blind and it was their Captain , James Gibson who went over for the 1st try.
Stirling were starting to dominate and no more so that in set pieces which were causing difficulties for Biggar which in turn limited the opportunities that the home team had. Luhann Kotze at scrum half was not being allowed any time to create any forward movement.
Stirling then again moved quick ball out to their left wing Tommy Johnson who took advantage of the Biggar defense not man marking and sped down the wing to kick ahead and chase to ground the ball over the line before the Biggar cover.
The Biggar backs knew that if they could get chances then there was opportunity and this they did with Rowan Stewart breaking through but unfortunately support was not there for him to put points on the board.
The attack was working in the backs but more often it was their defence that was having to be deployed. Robbie Orr, Rory McGinn , Euan Bogle and Rowan Stewart were outstanding in containing the highly rated Stirling three quarters from being able to operate.
In the forwards Aaron Dobie was doing the job he was tasked to do and that was disrupt and tackle heavily. Not the biggest player on the pitch but maybe the one with the biggest heart. Craig Frame was working tirelessly beside him but nothing should be taken away form the rest of the forwards who were all putting 100% work rate in.
Biggar were now more involved in the Stirling half than previous and with half time approaching were awarded a penalty from which Euan Bogle converted.
Half Time : Biggar 3 pts to Stirling 10pts.
Biggar knew that Stirling would not feel comfortable with this score and so they would come back out strong.
Biggar got the ball out wide and Henry Adams went round his winger and traveled at pace towards the corner but was stopped just before the line.
Stirling were now in a game and for the next period of the game no ground was going to be given by either side. Biggar did half a period where they were inside the Stirling 22 but although penalties were being given any attempts towards the line were being well thwarted by Stirling.
The game then became very tense and it is often questioned why a this level there is not neutral touch judges present as off the ball incidents were not being punished which can aggravate situations more.
Stirling continued to try and break through and when in the Biggar half they were awarded a penalty from which Kieran Gammie kicked to give them a crucial advantage.
As always Biggar did not give up and right down to the wire they competed.
Final Score :Biggar 3 points v Stirling 13points.
You may encounter defeat , but you must not be defeated.
Every player in the squad of 22 played a major role and each was outstanding .
Biggar Squad : Euan Bogle, Marcus Dobie, Rowan Stewart , Rory McGinn(captain), Angus Kerr, Robbie Orr, Luhann Kotze, Neil Jones, Jordan Gray, Guy Kelly, Gavin Raftery, Calum Dunlop, Aaron Dobie, Lewis Stewart , Craig Frame, Alex Dawe, Daniel McConkey, Charles Connolly, Henry Adams, Keir Hamilton, Andrew Nimmo, Alasdair Steele.
Story date: 23/01/2017
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
Story date: 26/09/2016
Biggar Colts Win Tough Encounter at Falkirk
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
Story date: 20/09/2016
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
Story date: 12/09/2016
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.
Story date: 05/09/2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next away to Dumfries
Story date: 29/08/2016
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 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 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.
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.
Story date: 21/08/2016
Colts start season with win at Hamilton
Hamilton Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts 41pts.
Friendly – Tuesday 16th August 2016
Full Time :Hamilton Colts 17pts v Biggar Colts 41pts.
Story date: 21/08/2016
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
Story date: 23/02/2013
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Membership rates and packages are as follows:
Story date: 25/08/2011
Colts FixturesApril 8, 2017, Colts v Boroughmuir,