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Biggar Colts too strong for Ross High Colts Select

Biggar Colts 70pts v Ross High Colts 7pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League
Biggar Colts took to the field on Saturday knowing they had already won the game as Ross High conceded, having arrived with only 9 players.
However with Biggar having 21 players, there was enough for a game and so a match was played in good spirit and to a high level. Head Coach Barr made sure that Ross High got a good mix of the Biggar squad players to try and match the game up.
Indeed they did from the start and it was Ross High who went a try up which made Biggar realise that they were in a game and they needed to be organised.
Over time they did and it was Biggar who took full control of the game and at the end of the day managed to score 12 tries to 1 from Ross High even when they had some of the more senior Biggar boys.
Scorers - Liam McCarry with 3 tries, Stuart Affleck (3), William Grieve (2), Ross Jackson (2), Craig Stewart (1) and Andrew Orr (1). Simon Denholm put 4 conversions over and Ryan Ferguson with 1 conversion.
Martin Hunter playing for Ross High and Liam McCarry were the pick of the backs while in the forwards Andrew Orr and William Grieve dominated supported by Stuart Affleck and Craig Stewart.
Credit has to be given to Ross High for making the trip down and so allowing the game to go ahead which all the players benefited from.
Biggar will have learnt that no matter how far they are in front a structure still needs to be kept.
Great to see Jack Court back putting in some fine tackles and also under 16 players Douglas Hill and Rory McGinn who easily blended in.         


Biggar Colts power past Forrester/ Currie

Forrester/ Currie Colts 5pts v Biggar Colts 39pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League

Doing the tough things sets winners apart from losers.” Biggar Colts showed that by continuing to work on their game and put every effort in the training pitch that they are a match for any team.
On Saturday Biggar Colts travelled to take on a combined Forrester/Currie team bolstered by a substantial number of Currie Colts as their National League game was cancelled. Biggar however showed they have nothing to fear and comfortably won by 39 points to 5 points at Malleny Park.
It was probably one of the best all round team performances with all the squad players making an impact and nobody shirking their responsibilities by playing for each other .
“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side”.
Both Biggar and Forrester / Currie started the game at a frenetic pace with both having opportunities and putting in some excellent defensive work.
Decisions were being made which puzzled both teams and this continued for some time. However Biggar kept at Forrester/ Currie and eventually broke through with Andrew Orr finding a gap to go through for an unconverted try. It was taking time to break the opposition down but Biggar kept at their task and were giving no ground. From a lineout Ross Jackson positioned himself to go through the middle for a great score and extend the lead with the conversion by Simon Denholm.
Forrester /Currie continued to keep coming at Biggar but the boys held firm and were putting in some big hits with both centres Simon Denholm and Peter Steele showing excellent defensive work along with the ever present forwards who continue to strangle attacks against them.
The backs were showing good speed and lining running and with some precise passing out by the backs , Richard Morgan came into the line at speed and faked a pass outside to cleverly go in for another try.

Half Time – Forrester / Currie 0 pts v Biggar 17pts

Biggar knew they would need to hold firm a the start of the 2nd half. However it was Biggar who took the initiative of not allowing them in and Ross Jackson picked up a the back of the scrum and went over for a powerful score that allowed Biggar to take control.
A notable feature of the 2nd half was the excellent tackling throughout the team with notable hits going in from Tom Steele, Martin Hunter and Gregor Stewart.
Half backs Gregor Stewart and James Barr were taking full control which was totally strangling Forrester / Currie who could not match the piercing kicks of Gregor which forced them to keep turning round.
Another strong part was the the lineout and rucking which was impressive to see and had been clearly been worked on at training.
The forwards were now dominating and Andrew Orr took the opportunity to go over for his 2nd .
Another good move saw the very impressive Peter Steele go in for a try  and then the last try fell to pick of the forwards Andrew Orr for his third score which was converted by Gregor Stewart.
Great all round performance with others such as Stuart Affleck, William Grieve and Craig Stewart having a high work rate for the team.      
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

Next week Saturday is a home league game against Ross High with a 1pm kick off.

 


Biggar Colts overcome Portobello

Biggar Colts 34pts v Portobello Colts 7pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League

The biggest challenge is continuing on the same path. Its easy to become complacent from the success you've had.
There is no doubt that Biggar Colts did not take to the pitch with the correct mindset and it was not until the 2nd half of the league game that they got their rhythm which ended up with a comfortable win for the Colts by 34 points to 7 points against Portobello.
From the start Biggar were caught sleeping and the Portobello backs capitalised with their centre breaking cleanly through the Biggar defence to go over for a converted try. The ball at kick off and restarts was not being taken and there was a general lack of focus and structure early on.
After some strong words from Head Coach Barr, Biggar with the wind behind them started to get back in the game and they did well with Calum Wesencraft showing some strong running to go over with an unconverted try.
Indeed, following on from this it was Calum again who showed his improvement at centre with a clean take from a move to go over for another try to put Biggar ahead. Both centres Peter Steele and Calum were causing their opposition problems due to their strong attacking play and excellent tackling.
Straight from the start the forwards had now come into the game and Mark Ewart powered up the park to offload to William Grieve who showed  his speed and good hands to go over to further extend the lead. Along with William Grieve other forwards in Stuart Affleck , Ross Jackson, Andrew Orr and Mark Ewart were making distance and problems due to their strong running and ever presence. Mark Harrison was put into the forwards and  was making some great defensive hits.
Biggar were now showing the level of skill previously shown in games and were in control. However too much confidence was at times being shown with the backs wanting to run out of their own 22 and continually being caught which created their own problems by failing to kick downfield.
When they did kick James Barr was putting in some big distances to put Portobello on the back foot much to the relief of the team.
The backs were when required putting some moves into play and it was from this that created a gap for Calum Wesencraft to go straight through again for a score converted by James Barr.
With Biggar showing domination the ball was moved out to Richard Morgan who showed tremendous speed and ability to go  in for a score in the corner with little if any space available.
Half Time – Biggar Colts 27 points to Portobello 7 points
It was the 2nd half with Biggar facing the wind that they showed their best rugby with some tight control up the middle so starving Portobello from any ball and opportunities.
The only score of the 2nd half was taken by the ever present Ross Jackson who stormed over for a try converted by James Barr.
When Biggar did get the chance they were making distance up the park but often it was the last pass that  was going astray.
At times nobody was with Andrew Orr when he was running with ball as simply they had no clue where he was going !!!!.
Biggar kept the game under control but the game was cut short with a serious injury to Portobello player and their numbers were down to 13 at that point.
Overall a strong performance but concentration and focus struggled early on and this will be addressed.
Please Please make every effort to attend training and turn up for games as numbers are again getting lower for match day.    
Next week it is an away tie against Currie/Forresters  
         


Biggar Colts crush Dunbar

Dunbar Colts 0pts v Biggar Colts 95pts

Edinburgh District under 18 League

For the 2nd time in five weeks , Biggar Colts travelled to Dunbar to play in the Edinburgh League. Biggar previously won the encounter 79 points to nil but after a league restructure , the boys were asked to play again and this time on Saturday convincingly beat Dunbar by 95 points to nil.
The colts have had some big wins this year and often very little is taken from these games apart from the fact that the boys have a great spirit in the team.
But those teams who are suffering these defeats may well learn more from losing in that they learn to keep going . Dunbar never put their heads down and showed that the greatest test of courage was that they beared defeat without losing heart and credit has to be given to them. If all teams showed the spirit that Dunbar showed then it might just be a different league we are in.
Biggar scored 15 tries – Mark Ewart (2), Ross Jackson (2), Richard  Morgan(2), Stuart Affleck (2), Peter Steele (2), Andrew Orr (3), Craig Stewart (1) and Scott Thomson (1) .
James Barr had a very impressive kicking display in strong wind conditions to put 9 conversions over with Mark Ewart putting 1 over.  
Strong features of the game was the forwards power and strength, backs giving good clean ball through the line and some notable players actually passing and offloading the ball effectively rather than taking too much on
Next week is a home league game against Portobello with 1pm kick off.            

 


Biggar Colts comfortably beat Haddington

Biggar Colts 46pts v Haddington/Preston Lodge Colts 0pts

Friendly

Quitters never win, Winners never quit"
No matter how many friendly games Biggar Colts play the enthusiasm never dwindles and this was shown again when they hosted newly merged Haddington/Preston Lodge Colts at Hartreemill resulting in a comfortable 46 points to 0 points win.
For the 1st time this season the game started in very wet conditions but this did not hold Biggar back in launching early attacks towards Haddington who were simply going to find it hard to contain the Biggar forwards.
Within the 1st few minutes the ball had been passed to the rampaging Craig Stewart who took the ball close to the line to bundle over for a try which was converted by Gregor Stewart.
The Biggar forwards especially Ross Jackson, Mark Ewart and Andrew Orr were making ground and keeping it tight due to the  conditions.
At times when in position the ball was being moved out to the backs to make ground and this resulted in a try by Calum Wesencraft again converted by Gregor.
Martin Hunter followed up with a try where the ball was moved out right along the back line. Biggar could have gone further ahead but too often last passes were not being given or poor timing of the pass was too late.
This problem arose too often but when it was corrected then there was always opportunities which were being taken. William Grieve who is proving to be a  very athletic all round player continually showed great agility and speed which culminated in two tries for him which both was a result of his ever presence and ability.
Stuart Affleck who was enjoying his afternoon at centre!!!! rounded off another good move to power over outwide.
A notable feature of the 2nd half was the skills showed by Liam McCarry in receiving high ball and then his quick turn of pace to make good yards and he was unlucky not to score.
However althoguh not a game that suited the backs they did at times show some good attacking skills but often were not running at speed to be fully effective. More work on this I fear.
The next try was a bit of brilliance. My match notes were too wet to read due to the weather but according to Jack Foster he took the ball at speed in his own 22 and ran through a solid defence to go right up to the Haddington line to where he gave a reverse pass to Stevie Campbell who had managed to keep up with him.?????
The last score of the day was left to Craig Stewart who took the ball at pace from a ball popped up to him at the back of the ruck and ran through the defence to score a well taken try which was well converted by Simon Denholm.
Full time – Biggar Colts 46 point to Haddington 0 points.
The rugby shown was far better than could have been imagined at kick off but both teams stuck to their task to give a good game of rugby.
Next week is a league game against Dunbar away. Details to follow        

 


Biggar Colts topple Dumfries Colts

Biggar Colts 38pts v Dumfries Colts  20pts

Friendly

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.”
Biggar Colts continue to have a tremendous team spirit both on and off the pitch and this is brining the boys together to make sure when they play, that it is for each other and not just themselves.
Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.
Biggar again played a friendly against Dumfries Colts who are in the  National League and last year defeated Biggar.
Biggar gave starts to John McOuat, Fraser Wilson and Fraser Prentice to give them they game time they deserve and they showed up well in this hard worked win against Dumfries at Hartree by 38 points to 20 points.
The game started with an evenly contested opening period and it was Dumfries who took the lead with a neatly struck penalty. It was not long after that the talented Mark Ewart playing in the centre stormed over to start giving Biggar the upper hand and this was further stretched with Andrew Orr going in soon after. With Biggar now dominating Craig Stewart the powerhouse made a clean break up the middle and when caught short of the line , popped a lovely pass to Ross Jackson to go over for a converted try by Gregor Stewart.

 
Biggar could have gone further ahead but at times opportunities were not being seized by players to hit up and too often it was being left to the same individuals to do this work. James Barr at scrum half was getting good ball  but often the opportunity was not taken to hit up from the opportunity.
Gregor Stewart at stand off was showing command and was able to give good ball to Mark Ewart. Out on the wing Ryan Kearney made some great runs showing his ability and quickness.
Rucking was going well and it was especially due to the workrate of Kyle Anderson who continually thwarted the threat of the Dumfries pack counter rucking and along with Andrew Orr caused them problems in holding up players in the rucks so allowing Biggar to have the input with next scrum .
As with the previous week, Biggar failed to push away with more points and it was the Dumfries pack who brought their team back into the game with some excellent hard running but more importantly their ability to offload in the tackle which caused some problems for Biggar and their 1st try was a result of this.

Half time -Biggar Colts 17 points to Dumfries 10 points   

Biggar knew they had to get the advantage back up and this they did , straight form the restart when Richard Morgan fielded a kick into his own half  and then showed great speed and angle running to go over for a converted try. Richard was causing problems for Dumfries when they chose to kick towards him and continually he made good distance. Biggar went further ahead with Ross Jackson (now top try scorer) finished off a great play involving many hands to go over for another converted try by Gregor Stewart.
Ross was making good yards from picks ups a the scrum and was taking a few players before they stopped him. In the backs Mark Ewart was causing Dumfries problems due to his tremendous strong running.

 
William Grieve back after injury was always on hand to link the forwards up with the backs showing clever hands and turn of pace.
But again Dumfries came back in with some power play to narrow the gap before the ever fresh Stuart Affleck rounded off the game with the last try of the game.
Full time – Biggar Colts 38 points to Dumfries 20points.

Biggar have now beaten 4 teams who are in the National league.
Biggar find these games so valuable while the Edinburgh league which they are in struggles to get teams to fulfil fixtures.
Biggar stuck in well but at times concentration and focus was not at the usual  level. Many areas will be worked on at training  such as restarts where Biggar won few if any. But the boys continue to work on areas needing addressed and will seek to improve.
Next week is meant to be Dunbar away but confirmation will be given through the week .
   


Colts League campaign gets underway at last

Ross Jackson in determined mood bursts away from the Dunbar cover

Gregor Stewart prepares to take on the Dunbar back line - including 'on loan' Martin Hunter (Dunbar No1)

The squad pose for their first photo of the year.

Dunbar Colts  0 pts  v Biggar Colts 79pts
Edinburgh and District Under 18 League

Biggar Colts finally got their league campaign started on Saturday after postponements with a fine performance at Dunbar where 13 tries were scored against a team who never gave up.  
Dunbar may have lost heavily but what they did win was the respect by Biggar in how they kept going no matter how hard it was for them.
Before kick off the Dunbar pack looked big and heavy and would want to strangle Biggar in getting any ball out to their backs. However the Biggar forwards had other  ideas and started the game at such a ferocity that it was the Dunbar forwards who could not handle the continual strong running of all the forwards in Ryan Ferguson, Mark Ewart , Jack Foster , William Grieve, Andrew Orr, Ross Jackson, Craig Stewart and Stuart Affleck who played at such a pace that the backs must have often felt like passengers for much of the game.
In fact the backs scored only 3 tries while the forwards claimed 10 tries and certainly  took the glory.  The forwards were playing a very direct running game while the backs were tending to play outwide but it was not paying as much dividend.

Tries in the 1st half came from Stuart Affleck after some good hands by the backs, Richard Morgan out wide , Simon Denholm after a fine No8 pick up by Ross Jackson who also got on the score sheet with a take a the restart and a sprint all the way to touch down. William Grieve also had an exact  similar score , followed by Mark Ewart and the Stuart Affleck and final score in the half was credited to the ever present dynamic and versatile Jack Foster who bulldozed over from 4 inches out.
4 conversions were put over with 3 credited to Gregor Stewart and 1 to James Barr. 

In this half the backs had held firm and launched many attacks with Gregor Stewart showing excellent attacking and defensive skills and certainly operated a steady ship in midfield. Plenty ball was being distributed by James Barr and Simon Denholm. However it was concerning to see Ewan Eccles take another bad shoulder injury that may keep him out for some time.

An area of concern for the coaches was that impressive breaks were being made but when the players were being caught or tackled , often the ball was not being well offloaded so reducing more try scoring opportunities. This was evident in a lot of the players.
So guess what will be being practised at training.
“Its always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile”.

Half time 48 points to 0 for Biggar.

Scrums went to uncontested in the 2nd half and credit must go to Dunbar who actually came at Biggar and caused some strong defensive work to be implemented.
Biggar did score straight away from the restart after a fine take by William Grieve who in turn passed to Ross Jackson who scorched over.
Bit it was some 20 minutes later before Biggar got another score from Jack Foster who actually this time did run in from 15 yards which was then followed up by tries from Peter Steele, Ross Jackson and regular scorer Craig Stewart to finish the game off. 2 more conversion from James Barr and 1 from Gregor Stewart put the final score to 79 points to 0 points.

As we say “Its all work in progress “ and there was a time in the second half where ball was going out to the backs but too often ball was being squandered due to over running and many of them drifting which caused players to be crowded out on the wing.  Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.

Offloading did not improve in the second half but it still does not interfere with the excellent all round performance of Biggar and especially the forwards who are willing to attack from everywhere. The whole squad deserves credit. This bunch of boys are gelling really well on the park, wanting to play for each other and this bodes well for future games. 

Next up it is Haddington next Saturday at home.


Colts take on Dalziel

Biggar Colts 24 v Dalziel Colts 17 .
Pre Season Friendly

Fifteen guys on the pitch working together can achieve more than fifteen talented individuals who come and go as individuals.


Too often on Saturday many of the Colts failed to combine and work as a unit and the structure demanded was not evident.


This does not take anything away from a good win against Dalziel at Hartree by 24 points to 17 points in this pre-season friendly.
Dalziel were a solid unit and Biggar knew they would be tested just as firmly as they were last year when the Steelmen recorded a deserved win.
With a strong wind facing them in the first half, Biggar knew they had to keep the ball tight and work up the field before any ball was moved wide. This they did well with the forwards hitting up powerfully and from this type of play the ball was moved well with fast hands from James Barr to Calum Wesencraft and lastly Richard Morgan who went over for a fine try wide out but which was not converted.


Straight away from the restart another try followed – this right out of the top drawer with the forwards showing great levels of skill, speed and agility. Kyle Anderson took the restart, side stepped at least 3 players before passing to Mark Ewart who then passed back to the-ever-present Anderson who then shipped it on to Ross Jackson who in turn put a pass to Stuart Affleck for a try that was as good as seen for some time. James Barr put over the conversion.


The back row were starting to dominate and it was Anderson who was the stand out with his constant presence and ability around the park. To most spectators and especially the pleasingly large support Biggar it appeared that Biggar were going to dominate - but this was not to be the case.


Many of the boys too thought the game would be easy and started to do their own thing without laying down any platform. Unfortunately this all led to broken play with turnovers, poor tackling and spilled ball creeping into Biggars game and which Dalziel capitalised on.
Dalziel got a penalty and from a quick tap and go they went over for a converted try.
Play was still too loose and mistakes were costing Biggar as chances were created but not taken.
Dalziel levelled the score with a drive from a lineout and then went further ahead with Biggar failing to take the ball near their own line. Dalziel took the scrap ball to put another try on the board. The stand-off from Dalziel was making his presence felt and was creating many opportunities.
Biggar knew they had to regroup to try and stop the problem areas. Eventually the forwards took more control and from a scrum Ross Jackson took the ball blind and powered up the field. When stopped short the move was continued by Andrew Orr who bullied is way over to level the scores.
Ball was being put out well from the forwards and it was Simon Denholm at scrum half who was making this happen with his reliable passing, constant tackling and support play all of which was proving hard for Dalziel to contain.
From this good clean ball the Jardine brothers (Aird and Andrew ) were gaining much ground in the centre and Andrew was unlucky not to go over, just being stopped short of the line.
It was great to not only see the Jardine brothers on the pitch but they were joined by the Anderson Brothers (Kyle and Ryan) so making this a memorable occasion for their families.  These memories as brothers playing together will be shared for a long time.


Biggar knew they had to shut this game down and they did with some fast hands out to the wing where Craig Stewart had positioned himself cleverly to take the ball and sprint over the line from 15 yards (not 90 yards as claimed!). Simon Denholm put over and excellent conversion to finish the game. 


There is no doubt that before the league campaign eventually starts that a lot of work still needs to be put in. Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the dream. We are sure that the Jardine and Anderson brothers dreamed of playing together and they did but it took hard work to earn their place together.

Next week the league campaign is due to start against Musselburgh but unfortunately due to some Musselburgh player issues this may have to be postponed. Please keep reading the website for updates throughout the week.

Note: Everyone from Biggar Rugby Club and especially the Colts would like to wish young Aird Jardine all the best as he embarks on a year out in Australia. There is no doubt he will prove to be an asset to the rugby club he will be joining both on and off the pitch as he enjoys his time in Sydney.


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


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