Biggar Colts show the way and Secure League Championship
Hamilton Colts 6pts v Biggar Colts 25pts .
Green Conference – Saturday 3rd December 2016
Biggar Colts followed on from last year and again retained the Green Conference on Saturday after a strong performance against 2nd place Hamilton winning 25 points to 6 points.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a teams determination .Never give up! There are no secrets to their success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. The work and effort that the Colts continue to put in throughout training and the game day is the reason that they have achieved so much over the last few years making.
Biggar traveled to Hamilton knowing that their opponents had been in top form in their recent league games and would prove to be a challenge. Biggar would have to weather an early storm and this they did as Hamilton started the game at a ferocious pace and constantly tried to knock holes through the defence with their ball carrier at Number 8 showing that tackling would have to be at its best to stop him. The answer was that Biggar did show a solid defence and were closing Hamilton down quickly and with force.
With the amount of domination that Hamilton had, they must have been frustrated how they just could not put points on the board and a major reason was the Biggar defence was not going to give and at times the defence was turning into attack.
Biggar were also having to cope with the set piece domination but no matter what was thrown at them they were not going to give any ground.
Both teams had chances in the 1st half but all that was to show was a penalty kick each.
Half Time : Hamilton 3 pts v Biggar 3 pts
Biggar knew they now had overcome the on slot and if the ball could be put out to the backs then results could happen and it did.
The forwards who had found it hard in the 1st half were now more organised and were proving a match which allowed more ball to be be set for the backs.
Early on the ball moved wide to allow Euan Bogle to create an overlap and then pass to Matthew Stewart who with tremendous speed and direct running went over for the 1st try.
Hamilton replied with a penalty kick.
Biggar now had the upper hand and when the ball was moved to Andrew Jardine he was able to make a break and then pass to Matthew Stewart who again showed direct running to go over which was then converted by Euan Bogle.
Hamilton could not now cope with the Biggar attack and especially when kicks were forcing them to turn.
With a impressive set move the final pass went to Robbie Orr who managed to evade his tackler and run in from 30 yards out . The backs were now showing what they can with space do and the confidence shown to do set moves was impressive.
Not long after the ball was moved again wide out to allow Euan Bogle to cut in then from the tackle offload to Matthew Stewart who in turn got tackled short of the line but was aware to pop up to Rory McGinn to score the final try.
Final Score :Hamilton 6 points to Biggar 25 points.
Yes there will be much to work on in the coming weeks but nothing can take away the commitment that these boys showed especially when under so much pressure early on .
Hamilton had the vast share of the ball in the 1st half but they just could not break through . They must have at times wondered why these Biggar boys just never gave in no matter what was thrown at them.
This was a great squad effort by all and Coaches Ian Barr , David Murray and Gavin Hill continue to be proud of these boys.
Well done to all
Next week is the final league game against Whitecraigs away
Colts continue to bring success to the club and are recognised as one of the most consistent top teams in Scotland. They will now progress to the Scottish Youth Cup with a home tie against tournament favourites Stirling on January 14th.
Story date: 05/12/2016
Biggar Colts In Full Control Away To GHA
GHA Colts 7 pts v Biggar Colts 57pts.
Green Conference – Saturday 12th November 2016
“Victory is much more meaningful when it comes not just from one person, but from the joint achievements of many together” and this is why Biggar Colts continue to constantly achieve as they work every week for each other .
Again on Saturday they put in an impressive performance to dominate GHA from the start and put 57 points to 7 points on the score sheet which included 9 tries.
Each week more injuries appear on paper to have weakened the team but that may be down to perception which relies on instant judgment and this has proven to be so wrong as the others just come forward and step up to the mark.
To lose Stuart Forrest who we wish well, was a blow as he was playing so well and then Guy Kelly for a few weeks has not be to the detriment of the squad as on Saturday Jordan Gray and Andrew Nimmo certainly took the initiative in the forwards.
With a larger away support than the home team, Biggar set out to take the upper hand early on and this they did with constant fast ball moving out to both sides before Luhann Kotze exploited the blind to run some 30 yards to score the 1st try which was well converted by Euan Bogle.
It was both Luhann and Euan who were causing GHA problems early on with good running and fast hands along with assurance under high ball from Euan.
Another attack with fast hands allowed Matthew Stewart to make a break but was stopped just short which with quick recycled ball Luhann Kotze quickly saw a gap and dived over for a score.
GHA then found problems with the Biggar forwards and no more so than with Andrew Nimmo who when allowed to take the ball at speed was constantly rampaging up the field and he scored a well taken try which was converted by Euan Bogle.
GHA then made the mistake of kicking again to Andrew Nimmo who then took the ball at speed and like a Limousin Bull , charged up the field only to be stopped short and with quick ball it was seized on by Jordan Grey who ran at a clever angle to score. In fact Jordan then showed he could also take the lead and he himself took good ball from the half backs to score his second after a terrific run which was converted by Euan Bogle. Jordan was coming onto his game impressively
Forwards moving well while the backs were moving the ball out as wide quickly and cleanly. Biggar were also clearing their liunes well and in their half Robbie Orr was constantly making GHA turn due to some great kicks down field which GHA were not coping well with.
Half Time : GHA 0 points to Biggar 31 points
Now GHA were down in numbers and it was put to them if they wanted to concede and play a development half. This seemed to be agreed and Biggar let 4 players go early to the Autumn international at Murrayfield. However they did not which was confusing and also did not want to take some Biggar players. Biggar did drop numbers to 13 and with this the second half started.
This time it was the backs who got going and with ball moved out well to the wings . Aaron Dobie ran well and cut inside players to score under the posts which was converted by Euan Bogle.
In fact it was Aaron who scored the next with some fine attacking play and clever cutting of angles that allowed him in for his 2nd which was converted by Euan, again.
Biggar then got a bit lazy and a poor pass allowed GHA to intercept and run some 60 yards to score. Biggar did continue for a period to have to rely on last ditch tackling a few times when GHA started to unleash their impressive prop who regularly made good ground. However good defensive work denied him tries and when he was contained Biggar took to the offensive again and with ball moved out wide Alex Toal went in the corner to score.
The last try of the day fell to the ever present reliable Rory McGinn to score a fine try which was converted by Euan.
Good 1st half was a bit diluted by a strange 2nd half which really offered little for both teams .
Good squad performance but there were also some notable performances .
In the forwards Jordan Grey and Andrew Nimmo rampaged all round the park . Gavin Raftery lead the boys well and in fact showed high a level of skills with his athletic presence all round the park.
In the backs Luhann Kotze continues to cause issues everywhere along with Rory McGinn. The Dobie wingers with their incredible physique just run at and tackle anything no matter what is put in front of them. Euan Bogle put in a very mature performance as he was solid at the back which is a great assurance to have and he is attacking lines at speed and showing quick hands.
Biggar now regroup and will start to build for their last 3 league games and will be bolstered by others returning from injury.
Final Score : GHA 7 points to Biggar 57 points
Next week is a home league game against Falkirk
Story date: 14/11/2016
Biggar Colts shut the door on Dunfermline
Biggar Colts 33pts v Dunfermline Colts 0pts .
Green Conference – Saturday 29thOctober 2016
Success doesn't become reality through luck; it takes sweat, hardwork and determination.
If Biggar Colts are to achieve their objectives this season then it is the belief in themselves and they fear of not wanting to let their team down that will drive them to their destination.
The Colts took another step towards their goal by overcoming a strong Dunfermline side on Saturday to win by 33 points to 0 points.
On another ideal day for running rugby Biggar took the game to Dunfermline early and after good running rugby the ball was moved Robbie Orr who kicked ahead and chased to score the 1st try with Ali Steele converting. Forwards were laying good foundation ball to allow it to be put out to the backs who continually made yards out wide with good hands but were failing to actually break through with Dunfermline having to do some frantic last gasp defending.
Guy Kelly was leading from the front and he was rewarded with his efforts by taking the ball at speed and powering over for a score converted by Ali Steele. Each week Luhann Kotze makes his mark on the game and no more so in this encounter as he was able to take advantage of scrappy ball from Dunfermline to score which was gain converted by Steele. Luhann not only was solid in his attacking game but he had to deal with at times unsecured ball at rucks as Dunfermline often counter rucked well. His partnership with Robbie Orr who himself is making his mark in every game is continually developing. Biggar in the 1st half were not going to let Dunfermline into the game and were causing continual issues for them out wide . In the Biggar pack along with Guy Kelly , Craig Frame was quickly hampering any Dunfermline attack with his ferocious tackling. With the backs Rory McGinn was a thorn to the opponents with fast play and hard tackling which was well backed up by Matthew Stewart. Both Marcus and Aaron Dobie continue to be a match for an any opposing backs with their tenacious tackling and darting runs. No matter how hard they are hit they just seem to bounce off their tacklers and keep going.
Half Time Biggar 21 points to Dunfermline 0 points
In the 2nd half Biggar made changes due to squad rotation and a few injuries were occurring. The game was not as fluent now and errors started to increase. However Biggar stuck to their task and continued to deny Dunfermline any chance to break through. Biggar were not themselves finding it easy to break through but Jordan Gray was starting to make good yards at times. Eventually after some time Biggar did score again, as a result of a break down at the back of a Dunfermline scrum , which Angus Kerr seized on to score. Angus Kerr was taking on the scrum half role from Luhann Kotze who was forced from the field with an injury . Angus thrived with some confident running , passing and tackling.
The tempo now lifted and it did not take long for Neil Jones who continues to improve bursting over the line to score which was converted by Ali Steele. Ali had been very secure at full back all day.
Final score with the result that Biggar had firmly shut the door on Dunfermline
Final Score ; Biggar 33 points to Dunfermline 0 points.
A well deserved victory with many positives to take from it. Attacking was well structured and continues to improve in organisation. In the forwards team work is improving and in the backs no matter who is playing in what position they are a threat all over the park. Playing and training in different positions is paying dividend.
Next week is a home league game against Dumfries Kick Off 2pm
Story date: 31/10/2016
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
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
Story date: 23/10/2016
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 or Aird Jardine on 07917731494 for Secondary School aged children
Membership rates and packages are as follows:
Story date: 25/08/2011