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Biggar Colts Lose out in Scottish Quarter Finals

Ayr Colts 26pts v Biggar Colts 7pts.

National Youth Cup Quarter Finals -Under 18

Saturday  23rd January 2016


“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up but its harder to beat a team who never give up”.
Biggar Colts gave their all on Saturday and although competing impressively till the final whistle they just couldn't break through Ayr Colts defence enough to win. This was close encounter between 2 top Scottish Teams and Ayr knew they were in a game right till the end.


Ayr did the damage in the 1st half with 3 unanswered tries and Biggar could not do enough in the 2nd half with both team scoring 1 try each.      
The Colts now have to regroup after their National Youth Cup Quarter Final to Ayr in a tense and highly competitive game.
In ideal conditions at Millbrae on the main pitch both teams started at ferocious pace and very little was being given to each other.


Biggar knew it was going to be tough early on and with a few players not at total match fitness it was going to take a big performance by everyone.
The game featured no fewer than 8 Glasgow District players (5 from Ayr and 3 from Biggar ) who regularly train together so it could be seen that each side was well aware of each others type of game  and who to watch so often cancelling each other out especially in the midfield. 


It was however Ayr who got into their stride early on and were being more effective in attack with strong hitting up by their forwards and then after a few phases ball was being moved wide out quickly. This is how Ayr got their 1st try with their winger going over after 10 minutes.


Biggar did have opportunities but at times the final pass needed was not being given and sometimes slight hesitation crept in.
Where Biggar tried to find gaps , Ayr were very quick to shut it down and so the only areas where opportunities existed was wide out in loose play. Henry Adams was giving them problems with kick and chases which was forcing them to constantly turn round.

Ayr centre Paxton did however find a gap after clever back play which allowed him to go over for a converted try.
From this Biggar did start to take some initiative and worked well together and were being superbly lead by captain Ross Jackson who was starting to gain good yards.
However wrong decisions were being made and often when the ball was moved to the blindside , Biggar were being well marshalled and were forced out with good defence by Ayr.


Ayr again got back in their stride and with strong support play from their forwards supporting their backs they went over for their 3rd try.  

 
Half time – Ayr 19 pts to Biggar 0pts


Biggar had to come out and give it their all in the 2nd half and this they did with Ayr being severely tested and it must have been a major concern to them how much Biggar stuck to it and gave nothing.


The boys were now pushing each other. 
“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team”
To watch some players such as William Grieve , Andrew Nimmo and Stuart Affleck giving their all when carrying injuries is testimony to the team spirit within.
The squad knows that ”alone they can do so little; together they can do so much”

Scrums were more solid and better lineout ball was being taken which allowed platforms to be set to launch attacks.
Ayr must have thought they were going to pull away in this game but it was not to be for them and the half was end to end ferocious mature play.
Ayr scored their 4th and last try again with the big boys hitting up and were offloading well to good support who then gained yards to go over for a converted try.
Biggar then showed their ability to play and scored a good try well out by Aaron Dobie which was superbly converted by Euan Bogle.


The confidence was there and Biggar put extreme pressure on Ayr for some time but were not putting the ball out quickly enough and it looked rusty at times (team had not played since 12th December)  and so what opportunities given were not being taken.

Full Time :Ayr Colts 26pts v Biggar Colts 7pts.


Biggar put in a gutsy determined performance but were overall 2nd best to Ayr when the game was fully analysed. Ayr knew they had been in a game and their coaches felt that Biggar gave them an enormous test that many of the teams in the Presidents League had not given them.


Biggar need to playing at that level each week and along with the Under 16 team are one of only 4 clubs in Scotland where both Under 16 and Under 18 had got to the National Quarter Finals. Indeed those other 3 Clubs , Ayr, Stirling and Highland have large catchment areas to draw on and so great credit must be given to Biggar.
Never the biggest club in Scotland but we have some of the  biggest hearts.


So when one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the next one opening for us. The boys must now regroup and do their best in the Edinburgh League.

Squad was
Neil Jones, Andrew Nimmo, Mark Ewart, Keir Hamilton , Craig Shearer, Gavin Rafferty, Kyle Anderson ,Stuart Affleck, William Grieve, Ross Jackson (c) Angus Kerr, Euan Bogle , Andrew Jardine, Simon Denholm, Peter Steele, Marcus Dobie, Aaron Dobie, Henry Adams , Craig Allison, Jack Court, Calum Dunlop and Alex Toal.

Next Saturday- Lasswade Away in Edinburgh Regional League

 


Biggar Colts Triumph Over Whitecraigs

Biggar Colts 61pts v Waysiders Colts  8pts.

Green Conference League- Saturday  21st November 2015


“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the team won't be worth a penny”. This group of boys have worked so hard for each other in this league campaign which culminated in another win to now be in a position to have won the Green Conference (needs clarification).


Their nearest rivals GHA and Hamilton have both lost 3 games so with only 2 games left for Biggar it can be assumed they are Champions.
However after a hard fought win against Whitecraigs there was no celebrations as this squad know that to be real champions they want to win the 2 remaining games and this will be a challenge with it being GHA and then Hamilton who will certainly be up for a tough encounter. 


If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” Biggar are hard to beat but if they are to be ready for the Scottish Cup Quarter Finals on January 9th then there are specific areas that still need worked on. The training pitch is where this will happen.


On a cold day on Saturday the game kicked off and it became apparent early on that Whitecraigs were going to give them a very stern test as they were very well drilled and organised. Both teams were matching up a the breakdown and no ground was being given early on. It took some time before Biggar exploited wide out and William Grieve ran down the wing some 40 yards out and with a change of pace and inside step he went over for a try converted by Euan Bogle.
Unbelievably this again was to be a day for Euan who converted 8 from 9 tries from all angles which really is from the highest calibre and when games are tighter in the forthcoming weeks it could and often can make the difference. 


Whitecraigs came back at Biggar and managed to gain ground into the Biggar half but only to have the ball ripped from them by ever present Ross Jackson who then broke away to then feed the ball to Peter Steele who then set on a run to go over for a score.


Whitecraigs answered back moving well up the field and when awarded a penalty, they kicked to put their 1st points on the board.
Biggar did then answer back and it was down to Keir Hamilton to power over for a well deserved try as he was hungry for the ball throughout the game.
Biggar have to take some credit for getting these tries on the board as they were actually struggling in certain areas which were causing problems such as the scrum where they were being pushed off their  own ball and also the line outs which were not often going in their favour.


Often attacking lines had to move quickly to go into defensive  positioning. In the backs poor handling was creeping in to deny many opportunities.
Towards the end of the 1st half the blind side was being exploited well by Biggar and a chip kick by Euan Bogle over the defence heads forced them to turn but not quickly enough and Henry Adams chased at speed to then kick ahead and then be 1st to the try line.
Half time : Biggar 28 points to Whitecraigs 3 points.

Biggar were going to be facing the conditions and instruction was that thus need to be a controlled and structured half.
For a while it was not and it was Whitecraigs who took the upper hand early on to score due to mistake from Biggar on their own line.
Yes Biggar did respond with a well taken try following some strong running by the forwards which allowed Mark Ewart to go over.


However in Biggars own 22 the type of game wanted was not being implemented and too often mistakes were being made such as running out of their own 22 and then passes were either going astray or knocked on leading to Biggar putting themselves under unnecessary pressure.
When Biggar did get out their own 22 they started to show some excellent attack running form Ross Jackson in the forwards and then Andrew Jardine and Henry Adams in the backs.


Andrew Jardine broke from his own half with some lovely angle running and then timed his pass perfectly to Henry Adams who came at speed to then run in for another try.
With 20 minutes to go Biggar put in their best period of play and were showing better game structure , kicking well out of their own 22 and making the right decisions at the right time.


The next try was scored by Euan Bogle who showed good speed and agility to go over for a fine try. With the forwards now in full control Calum Dunlop went on a run and then a well timed pass was put to Henry Adams who then ran in from half way to score his 3rd try of the day.
Andrew Jardine and Henry Adams were linking well at 12 and 15 and this partnership was very much in evidence for the last try when Henry broke and with the defence approaching he passed to Andrew who came in at an angle to then run in for the score.

Final Score  :Biggar Colts 61pts v Waysiders Colts  8pts.

A hard fought win with Biggar often making it hard for themselves. Coaches Barr, Murray and Hill are clear that to be prepared for up and coming harder games the boys have still vital areas needing addressed.


If not they could well put themselves in positions where stronger opposition will fully capitalise. However this band of brother have accepted every challenge and succeeded. Maybe harder games will actually make them thrive in areas needing worked on.

But we should not get away from a well fought victory. For a player who did not play all of last season, Henry Adams has come back with a new found energy and inspiration that culminated in a excellent attacking performance at full back on Saturday. In open play he really thrives and caused defences issues constantly.
As usual Ross Jackson put in a performance but it although only on for the 2nd half Calum Dunlop came on and ran well with the ball and took some good ball at the line out.

Next Saturday- game to be finalised          
      

 


Biggar Colts Comfortably Beat Dumfries

Dumfries Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts 59pts

Green Conference League- Saturday  3rd October 2015

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”.
Biggar Colts travelled to Dumfries on Saturday and showed the belief in themselves to again put in the performance required.

They want to make sure that they take all opportunities to improve on the field and they know that they have to do it themselves. Its what they do that matters , not what you think or say or plan.

With the weather favourable Biggar kicked of with a slight wind advantage but were nor using it to their advantage and in fact had to encounter some effective driving play by Dumfries.


Biggar did weather the storm and from a scrum Ross Jackson at No 8 picked and went and when halted , Henry Adams came running in at speed to take the pass and then run in from 40 yards out to score the 1st try of the day. Euan Bogle was on hand to convert. Euan throughout the day put in another impressive display converting 7 of the 9 tries from varying positions.

 

Biggar should have then taken full control but a total switch off in the centre allowed the Dumfries centre to seize on a loose bouncing ball to make a break and outpace the last defence line.

Biggar now knew they had to take the initiative again and this they did with the ever impressive Kyle Anderson showing tremendous pace and agility to go over for a converted try.


This was then followed up with a try  by Peter Steele following some very strong running who was proving hard to bring down. Biggar should have now been in a position to clearly demonstrate structured rugby but in fact they tried to play open rugby in their own half that actually caused themselves problems and continual errors.
When they did get in the opposition half then the style of attacking play was being utilised well and no more so than when ball was being put to Jack Court who scored an excellent try with fast running and good foot work showing some 3 or 4 sidestep to cause problems to the Dumfries defence.


Aaron Dobie also claimed a try out wide.
When the ball was being moved out wide Biggar were taking their chances .


Although the tries were being scored it was often too lethargic and the back line was not running at speed to be more clinical.
Following this try Jack Court was on hand again to go down the wing from his own half to score again.

Dumfries laid siege on the Biggar line for some 5 minutes but excellent defence by the forwards notably Scott Thomson denied Dumfries any score prior to half time

In the half Ross Jackson and Kyle Anderson were putting in notable performances with Jack Court and Henry Adams in the backs.

Half time Dumfries Colts 7 points to Biggar Colts 38 points.

It was felt that Biggar would certainly put a lot more scores on the board but in fact they had to cope with a Dumfries team who when they put phases of play together were gaining  good yardage.

Biggar ran the changes and in the half put another 3 tries on the board.


Aaron Dobie again took the last pass from wide out to sneak over in the corner on a narrow pitch.
Too often further chances could have been taken wide out but wrong decisions were being made to try and hit up through the middle where it would have been easier just to keep passing out.

A feature of the day was that both restart and lineouts were far more clinical and cleanly taken.

From a scrum 30 yards out Ross Jackson picked up and went blind to then barge over .
The final try of the day fell to Henry Adams who received a high ball, attacked and then kicked to space and with his pace was there 1st to take the ball an go over for a fine try.

Full Time  : Biggar win by 59 points to 7 points.

The boys knew they had put in a fine display but as every week they know areas they need to work on.  

Price of success is hard work, dedication to the job in hand , and the determination , that what ever the outcome , we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
This band of brothers do this week in , week out.

Nest Saturday is a home league tie against Whitecraigs
 


Biggar Colts power past Hamilton

Biggar Colts 48pts v Hamilton 7pts.

Green Conference League- Saturday  3rd October 2015

"There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps and each game that Biggar Colts win keeps them in pole position for the league title.
Now half way through the Green Conference, Biggar are undefeated with 6 wins.
Although well tested Biggar were still comfortable winners by 48 points to  7 points against a team who arrived with only 14 men who although short ,worked tirelessly through the game .

 

The next half of the league will be tougher as Biggar have to travel to GHA and also their local rivals Hamilton who gave the boys a good test on Saturday at Hartree. Simply there is “There's never an easy route to the things that matter.” 
From the start Biggar put pressure on Hamilton who struggled to contain an attack wide where the ball was moved out with simple clear passes and then back in from Aaron Dobie to Andrew Jardine who went in for the 1st score.

 

Hamilton then gave Biggar a severe test with relentless attacks but Biggar held firm and major hits were going in on Hamilton which forced them often to make mistakes and drop ball.
Scott Thomson was at the forefront with this and his constant big hits allowed ball to be retrieved and put up the field to ease pressure in Biggars half.
Biggar when back in Hamilton's half put a series of attacks in place and after 3 phases the ball was moved to Andrew Jardine who then put a pass back into the ever present Stuart Affleck who went clear through form some 30 yards out for a try converted by Euan Bogle.

Hamilton again returned the pressure and went in for a score when their scrum half found a gap to go over.

Biggar knew they were in a game and they had to start hitting up more and this they did when Mark Ewart was on hand to go a massive powerful run form half way to score a great try. 

Hamilton were finding it hard to contain relentless attacks and it was not helped in that with both teams only allowed 7 in the scrum , Biggar had Stuart Affleck positioned in the backs and this advantage was continually taken with strong running from Stuart.
Also Hamilton were opting for short lineouts which continually were over thrown and then seized on by Douglas Hill who was able to then feed the Biggar forwards not in the lineout. 
Sometimes, little mistakes can make a big difference...” 

Half Time – Biggar Colts 22 pts to Hamilton 7 pts 


Biggar knew they were going to have to cope with the Hamilton  onslaught early in the 2nd half and this they did by turning again their defence into attack.
Henry Adams made a great break from his own 22 and linked with Marcus Dobie who then in turn returned the pass for Henry to go in for a score that really put Biggar in a strong command. Euan Bogle converted.

 

Hamilton did not give up and continually pressurised the Biggar forwards who at times were leaving gaps to allow attacks to proceed but were able to shut it down eventually.
Biggar battered up out wide and when 2nd phase ball was put out by Craig Allison to Euan Bogle who found a gap to slice through for a try which he converted .
William Grieve back after injury then got on the score sheet after linking well with Andrew Jardine and the last try of the day was for Andrew himself who converted his own try after some crisp handling by the backs

Full time – Biggar Colts 48 points to Hamilton 7 Points  
This was a good game of rugby with the forwards making improvements in areas of concern after the GHA game and the backs are proving to be just as effective in defence as in attack.

Half way through the league campaign and the its not the individuals who have made it possible but the whole team who have made the difference.
Euan Bogle, Marcus Dobie, Andrew Jardine , Alex Denholm, Peter Steele, Rory McGinn, Douglas Hill, Keir Hamilton, Andrew Nimmo, Craig Shearer, Scott Thomson, Kyle Anderson, Ross Jackson, Stuart Affleck, Jack Court, Mark Ewart, Craig Allison, Angus Kerr, Calum Dunlop , Henry Adams, Aaron Dobie , William Grieve, Mark Harrison, Simon Denholm, Alex Toal and Martin Hunter.
 

The Colts are not due to play their next Conference game until 31st October which is a home game against Dunfermline. 6 games played and 6 more to play as all teams play each other twice.
       


   


Biggar Colts overcome GHA

Biggar Colts 41pts v GHA Colts 22pts.

Green Conference League- Saturday  3rd October 2015

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a teams determination and this they proved again on Saturday with a well fought victory against GHA at Hartree by 41 points to 22 points.
Biggar have a team spirit  “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."


On a great day for running rugby and a massive support the game started with both sets of forwards putting some big tackles in and conceding little ground to each other.
However Biggar knew that getting the ball wide out would give opportunities and this they exploited with a cross filed kick bouncing and Henry Adams was present to receive and run in to put the 1st score on the board .


As normal Euan Bogle converted and in fact all 5 tries  through the day were converted.
Euan also put over 2 penalties early on to keep the score sheet ticking and this really does make a difference for the team.


Biggar did allow GHA back into the game and their strong front row was doing some damage and it was GHA Number 3 who powered over from 5 yards out
Biggar responded when Ross Jackson picked up at Number 8 before feeding to the ever present Kyle Anderson who managed to accelerate at pace and side step the defence to go in for a well structured try. Not only in attack was Kyle present but it is ability to disrupt the opposition play with his strong tackling and ball pinching.
GHA forwards were matching in many areas and in response their number 8  also picked up for  the back of the scrum and powered over.

Half Time – Biggar Colts 20 pts to GHA 12 pts 

“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team.”
The Biggar Boys at half time encouraged each other as they knew they really needed to come out strong and nullify any GHA threat and this they did. 
No matter where on the park the Biggar team were putting in thundering tackles and you do not need to be the biggest player son the park to do it. Marcus and Aaron Dobie just will not let anyone past them no matter how big they are .


The back row of Stuart Affleck, Kyle Anderson and Ross Jackson were ever present both in attack and defence and it is pleasing to see the front row of Mark Ewart, Keir Hamilton and Neil Jones show that they can be a match for any team in any part of the game. 
In the backs the whole line is showing great maturity and skill all round the park.  


Form 2nd phase , Andrew Jardine drew his opposition and created a gap to then feed Stuart Affleck back inside who then exploited a gap to go over. GHA knew they had to keep the ball tight in the forwards and from clean lineout ball they powered over to keep themselves in the game.


Biggar as usual responded working together and Ross Jackson was on hand to score after gathering loose ball as a result of continuous pressure put on GHA.
From this point Biggar were wanting to exploit wide out and when Peter Steele was given ball he chose to run and then chip over the defence line and was  their to gather for a great opportunist try .
It was actually GHA who had the last score and again their dominant Number 3 was on hand to bully over .

Full time – Biggar Colts 41 points to GHA 22 Points  

This was a hard fought victory with a well structured and mature display against a very good forward GHA team
Biggar forwards and backs continue to work well together and can offer  options for attack any where on the park. 

The great thing about Biggar Colts is that they have a squad and not a team.
The asset is that those coming onto to the park are just a strong as those they are replacing.

Next Saturday , the Colts will play Hamilton at home in the Green Conference League.(12pm Kick off)
       


   


Biggar Colts overcome GHA

Biggar Colts 41pts v GHA Colts 22pts.

Green Conference League- Saturday  3rd October 2015

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a teams determination and this they proved again on Saturday with a well fought victory against GHA at Hartree by 42 points to 22 points.
Biggar have a team spirit  “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."


On a great day for running rugby and a massive support the game started with both sets of forwards putting some big tackles in and conceding little ground to each other.
However Biggar knew that getting the ball wide out would give opportunities and this they exploited with a cross filed kick bouncing and Henry Adams was present to receive and run in to put the 1st score on the board .


As normal Euan Bogle converted and in fact all 5 tries  through the day were converted.
Euan also put over 2 penalties early on to keep the score sheet ticking and this really does make a difference for the team.


Biggar did allow GHA back into the game and their strong front row was doing some damage and it was GHA Number 3 who powered over from 5 yards out
Biggar responded when Ross Jackson picked up at Number 8 before feeding to the ever present Kyle Anderson who managed to accelerate at pace and side step the defence to go in for a well structured try. Not only in attack was Kyle present but it is ability to disrupt the opposition play with his strong tackling and ball pinching.
GHA forwards were matching in many areas and in response their number 8  also picked up for  the back of the scrum and powered over.

Half Time – Biggar Colts 20 pts to GHA 12 pts 

“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team.”
The Biggar Boys at half time encouraged each other as they knew they really needed to come out strong and nullify any GHA threat and this they did. 
No matter where on the park the Biggar team were putting in thundering tackles and you do not need to be the biggest player son the park to do it. Marcus and Aaron Dobie just will not let anyone past them no matter how big they are .


The back row of Stuart Affleck, Kyle Anderson and Ross Jackson were ever present both in attack and defence and it is pleasing to see the front row of Mark Ewart, Keir Hamilton and Neil Jones show that they can be a match for any team in any part of the game. 
In the backs the whole line is showing great maturity and skill all round the park.  


Form 2nd phase , Andrew Jardine drew his opposition and created a gap to then feed Stuart Affleck back inside who then exploited a gap to go over. GHA knew they had to keep the ball tight in the forwards and from clean lineout ball they powered over to keep themselves in the game.


Biggar as usual responded working together and Ross Jackson was on hand to score after gathering loose ball as a result of continuous pressure put on GHA.
From this point Biggar were wanting to exploit wide out and when Peter Steele was given ball he chose to run and then chip over the defence line and was  their to gather for a great opportunist try .
It was actually GHA who had the last score and again their dominant Number 3 was on hand to bully over .

Full time – Biggar Colts 41 points to GHA 22 Points  

This was a hard fought victory with a well structured and mature display against a very good forward GHA team
Biggar forwards and backs continue to work well together and can offer  options for attack any where on the park. 

The great thing about Biggar Colts is that they have a squad and not a team.
The asset is that those coming onto to the park are just a strong as those they are replacing.

Next Saturday , the Colts will play Hamilton at home in the Green Conference League.(12pm Kick off)
       


   


Biggar Colts Dominate at Whitecraigs

Whitecraigs Colts 3pts v Biggar Colts 78pts

Green Conference League- Saturday 19th September 2015


Hard work pays off - hard work beats talent any day, but if you're talented and work hard, it's hard to be beat.
This group of talented boys each week put in every effort to improve and make sure they work for the team not themselves.

Its the preparation that they put in that makes the games worthwhile and all the effort was rewarded on Saturday with a convincing away win against Whitecraigs on Saturday by 78 points to 3 points.

On a great day for running rugby and a wide pitch to be exploited , Biggar took the game to Whitecraigs early on and although some strong defence , it was the power of Mark Ewart with some strong running that put the 1st points on the board that was converted by Euan Bogle.
This was to be an excellent display of kicking from Euan who got 9 conversions out of the 12 tries. What was impressive was that most of the kicks were from wide out and he continues to impress many with this vital asset in the team. “The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today “ and Euan does this constantly at training.

Biggar although against a sizeable team did not let this hinder them and continually showed great speed and strong play to take the game to Whitecraigs. Rucks were being well secured allowing Douglas Hill at scrum half to have control and put good ball out to the backs who used it well with some lovely play and thinking to put Henry Adams in for the next try. This was to be a day for Henry as he shone throughout the game and it is rewarding for him after being out of rugby for a lengthy period due to injury.

Scott Thomson scored the next try taking the ball  from the restart and running in from some 60 yards out. Then some 3 minutes later Stuart Affleck too the ball at the line out and found a gap to allow him to run 40 yards to score.

Whitecraigs were not for lying down and put in some strong running and clear ball at the rucks to go into the Biggar 22 to which they were reward a penalty which they opted to kick.
This reminded Biggar that they were not getting it all their won way and it has to be credited to Whitecraigs for this  

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
Prior to half time Biggar put an other 2 tries on the board with Peter Steele continuing to show strong running going over for a try after receiving the ball from a kick to him.
The next was from clever play when the boys took a penalty and from this Douglas Hill switched play to the left to find Mark Ewart who came  at speed and powered over.

All the team had certainly put in a shift in this period and credit should be given to those who though not scoring the tries but made it possible such as ever present and strong leader Ross Jackson who along with Kyle Anderson and Stuart Affleck  were putting in some strong tackles and were stopping a lot of Whitecraigs attacks. Craig Shearer has definitely shown impressive improvement and takes good ball at the line out.
Euan Bogle was impressive at stand-off and Andrew Jardine with Peter Steele were orchestrating many of the moves that were being executed.  

Half time : Whitecraigs 3 points to Biggar 38 points

Biggar knew that Whitecraigs would have to attack straight away from the restart but were ready for it and in fact took the initiative  themselves and ball was moved out wide where Ross Jackson took the ball and then sped up the field to then feed back inside to Scott Thomson for the try of the match.

Another fine try was then credited to Aaron Dobie who was able to run in from 20 yards after the centres created an overlap for him. Aaron and Marcus are two quality wingers and characters who will stop anything coming towards them.
Next up Scott Thomson who was putting in a great performance and with his speed and strength he went over .
Andrew Jardine who had done so much work all day managed to get on the score sheet himself and then the last 2 tries were from the two who impressed all day Mark Ewart and Henry Adams.    Great to seem Mark now at fully 30 % match fitness.   
 
Full time : Whitecraigs 3 points to Biggar 78 points

This was a good display by the boys but they know they have to keep training well as the next 2 games will be very competitive against GHA then Hamilton.

Coaches Barr , Murray and Hill still know that certain areas of play that needs work on and so all players should be at training both nights to work on the areas of concern. 

Currently No Game for this Saturday 26th September
Next Game is a home league tie against GHA on S
aturday 3rd October. .    


Biggar Colts power past Dunfermline

Dunfermline Colts 12pts v Biggar Colts 78pts

Green Conference League- Saturday 29th August 2015

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Biggar Colts proved this on Saturday by putting a strong and determined performance against Dunfermline away to win their opening league game in the Green Conference by 78 points to 12 points.
This was a team effort with all the squad performing well in all aspects of the game. The attacking threat came from all areas and this helped produced 12 tries while only conceding 2 .
The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team

This score line did not reflect the game as Dunfermline made it hard work for Biggar in the first half with the 1st 25 minutes tightly contested amongst the forwards. Dunfermline were putting some big tackles especially coming from their impressive back row.
Biggar had to soak up a lot of pressure and the stuck to their job and continued to try and break down the opposition wall. This they did by putting their 1st try on the board from strong running form Peter Steele out on the wing who broke through some tackles to go in for a try converted by Euan Bogle. Peter also got the next try after some strong running out wide and again converted.

Dunfermline continued to press at Biggar and their forwards who were well drilled got moving and managed to power over for a score .
Biggar knew they had to regain the upper hand and started to hit up the park and in turn move the ball wide out to where Marcus Dobie took a pass and ran round his man to score.
It was the hard running of Mark Ewart and Scott Thomson who were allowing yardage to be gained and platforms to be set that helped Biggar gain the upper hand.
After some more powerful work the ball was put out to Andrew Jardine who showed great hands and change of foot to score a converted try.
From this Biggar were now starting to find gaps in the Dunfermline defence and Scott Thomson took a pass from Rory McGinn to break through and indeed run some yards to score a converted try.

One are of play that Biggar were showing well in was defence and it was Rory McGinn at stand off who was putting in numerous vital tackles to contain Dunfermline.
The next try was really just down to good hands from the backs and with Andrew Jardine finding space he was able to go over for a converted try just prior to half time.

Half Time – Dunfermline Colts 7pts v Biggar Colts  40pts.   

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side and with a good squad on the day Biggar were able to bring on boys just as strong as those leaving the field and that matters.
Henry Adams came on and instantly made his mark with strong running up the field passing to Peter Steele who in turn passed back to Henry who then crossed over for a converted try.
Biggar then came into a part of the game where they put 3 more tries in quickly with Scott Thomson (Silver Fox) who had been excellent all day with his strong running scoring 2 more to get this hat trick.

Euan Bogle then put in a well angled cross filed kick which bounced and the Jack Court timed his run to grab and run in form half way to put Biggar into a commanding position.
However Dunfermline took advantage of some slack play and went in for a try.

All the squad were now being used and although there was many changes it was not in any way altering or hindering the team display.
A quick tap penalty was taken by Peter Steele who was on hand to take the final pass again after it went through a few players.
The last score was from Henry Adams who again showed great support play to be on hand for the last score converted.

Final Score : Dunfermline Colts 12pts v Biggar Colts 78pts 

Coaches were pleased after the game but again feel there is certain areas still to work on and this will be continued at training .

Although a squad effort there was a few notable performances.
Scott Thomson who showed tremendous strength and presence all day along with Mark Ewart. 
Back Row of Ross Jackson, Kyle Anderson and Stuart Affleck who were ever present in doing the rucking and defensive work.
In the backs Rory McGinn put in both an impressive defensive and attacking display along with Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele showing their class.
Henry Adams back after a long term injury showed up well in attack.
Euan Bogle converted 9 tries from 12 and his kicking is a major asset to the team.

One area of the game which was pleasing to see was the decision making at Number 8, 9 and 10 with Ross Jackson as captain showing strong and clear leadership. This crucial area worked well.
The scrum is also being secured more after some specialist work by Johnny Bogle.

Coaches Ian, David and Gavin still though have many other areas to work on.

Next Saturday it is another away league game at Falkirk            


Biggar colts impress against Hamilton

Biggar Colts 43pts v Hamilton Colts 7pts.

Pre Season Friendly

With a week to go before the league campaign starts , Biggar Colts were looking to build on the previous week and put in a good performance against Hamilton in a pre season friendly.
This they did although it took some time before the upper hand was gained.
The match was split into 3 sections to allow the coaches to switch players and look at different combinations.
In the 1st period Hamilton fielded a strong line up and it was indeed a close fought period with both teams cancelling each other out. Stuart Affleck was continually testing Hamilton and was gaining yardage throughout the period.
Both had chances but often last passes were not going to hand and so denying scores. As the period was near completion Biggar were rewarded with the 1st score after a good build up of forwards hitting up the ball was put out to the backs but although it was erratic play Euan Bogle was able to capitalise on some space to go over for an unconverted try.

2nd Period
The Biggar back line was totally revamped and the rest of the forwards who did not start came on. Hamilton also made changes but unfortunately could not cope with the  continual strong running of Mark Ewart. Ross Jackson and  Stuart Affleck who were excelling.
Biggar moved down the park with strong running and then were using the blind side to exploit with Douglas Hill putting the ball out to Ross Jackson who positioned himself right on the touch line to then take the pass and storm up the blind with no defence to face for a try.
Biggar were now in control and Andrew Jardine broke through to then offload to Ross Jackson outside him to go over for another try which was converted by Euan Bogle.

The last try of this period was from a stolen lineout close to the Hamilton line and William Grieve took the chance to go over from the drive. From well out Euan Bogle put an excellent conversion over.

3rd Period
Right from the start Biggar took the upper hand with Scott Thomson going over due to a loose ball. Not only was Scott ever present all day but his defence was ferocious and made a real difference.
Ross Jackson was ever present as always , Mark Ewart was making his mark with his bull runs which allowed him to gain yards while William Grieve and Kyle Anderson forming a strong duo in defence. William is certainly setting his mark as the captain and is a leader for the boys.
In the backs Andrew Jardine and Rory McGinn were causing problems but too often the last passes in moves was not going to hand or players were not putting the last  pass away at the right time.
Next try was from some good running form the backs and it was Henry Adams who made good yards before offloading to Andrew Jardine to go over for a converted try.      

Stuart Affleck was  putting in his best performance to date with his running and it was down to him with the last try for Biggar as he stormed up the field before passing to Andrew Jardine who went over for a converted try.
Hamilton did not give up and indeed produced some good play which was stopped by Scott Thomson initially but later their Number 8 found a gap and went over for a converted try.

Full time : Biggar Colts 43pts v Hamilton Colts 7pts.
Good performance from the boys but again much to work on at training next week.

Next Saturday , the Colts will play their Opening League game against Dunfermline away
       


Biggar Colts Win The League Championship Unbeaten

Hamilton Colts 10pts v Biggar Colts 24pts.

Green Conference League- Saturday 12th December 2015

No supporter will argue that Biggar Colts have not made an impression on them over the last few season. Again this season they have won all games played and at all times shown a style of rugby that is a joy to watch.


No matter what is thrown in front of them they rise to the challenge and bring success to the Club. On Saturday Biggar Colts achieved their 1st goal of the season with a 24 points to 10 points win against Hamilton to win the Green Conference Title. 


“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you shown and maintained throughout.”
This group of boys have worked tirelessly for each other and never let each other down. With 10 players unavailable or injured Biggar travelled with only 17 players. However no matter what 15 each week take to the field each player will play their heart out.


In good conditions Biggar took the game to Hamilton for the start and it was not long before the 1st try was scored. The forwards hit up and after a few phases set the ball to be moved out and with simple hands through the backs Henry Adams with an overlap went over for a try converted by Euan Bogle. 
Biggar were then in a position to control the game but it was Hamilton who took the upper hand and started some good running amongst their forwards and then were shifting the ball out to their backs who were switching play and causing Biggar to go into defensive mode which they were able to do for some 10 minutes but eventually Hamilton found a gap in the forwards and went over to tie the game.


However the game switched back to Biggar and Mark Ewart and William Grieve were starting to get some big runs in and in doing so were causing Hamilton problems. From a quick tap and go penalty the ball was passed to Mark Ewart for him to power over for a well deserved try. Mark was a constant thorn to Hamilton with his power and continual running.


In this half it was of delight for the coaches to see the scrum being secured and in fact Biggar had the upper hand.
William Grieve at Number 8 was taking the ball at the back reguraly at the back of the scrum and was breaking out with terrific pace to gain continual yardage.
As usual Kyle Anderson and Scott Thomson were ever present both in attack and defence while Gavin Rafferty improved the line out which has been of concern.
In the backs yards were being gained but often lass passes or positioning was denying potential tries being taken.


Centres Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele were constantly causing Hamilton problems but it was Henry Adams who was secure in defence and making good runs in attack that caught the eye.
Angus Kerr was putting in a very positive display with his distribution and defence and has been impressive over the last few weeks.

Half time – Hamilton Colts 10 pts to Biggar Colts 12 pts          

Biggar knew that Hamilton would certainly take the game to them and this they did. However Biggar knew their best form of defence was to attack and this they did which resulted in 20 minutes with no scores for both teams.
Both sides did have opportunities but often poor decisions or hands  denied possible scores.
Biggar did however show some great defence with everyone putting in some great tackles.


With 10 minutes left and Biggar having weathered continual attacks, they went into attack and after some good running by both backs and forwards the ball was put along the back line to Henry Adams, who  showed great vision to see his own players out wide to which he then chipped the ball over the defence to be cleanly gathered by Peter Steele to go over for a tremendous .
Hamilton then tried to respond but it was Biggar who had the last say as Andrew Jardine powered through the Hamilton line to be stopped short and then put the ball to Guy Kelly who went over for a try converted by Euan Bogle. In the time Guy was on he made an outstanding contribution.


Full Time – Hamilton 10 pts v Biggar Colts 24 pts


This has to be marked down as one of the best performances by the boys for some time. They did without a number of regular players. 
Yes there might be one or two players who can lead from the front but when they are not playing others continually step up to the mark and it can be seen that often those being lead are more important to the those leaders than often many leaders are to them. 


Within these boys their success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person they believe they were meant to be.


Coaches Barr, Murray and Hill were delighted with this result and know they have a squad who make the difference and not a team.
 

As they move towards the Scottish Cup Competition what the coaches have learned from lessons in the past is that you need to have a strong squad and know that during a game those who come off the bench onto the park are as good as those who are coming off. They now believe they have.
 

Squad was
Scott Thomson, Neil Jones, Mark Ewart, Guy Kelly, Craig Shearer, Gavin Rafferty, Kyle Anderson , William Grieve, Angus Kerr, Euan Bogle , Andrew Jardine, Peter Steele, Marcus Dobie, Aaron Dobie, Henry Adams , Craig Allison and Alex Toal. 

 


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


Membership

Biggar RFC operates and Open to All policy and welcomes new members from all sectors of the community

 

We accept members from 5 years upwards who can join our Mini section to those that have retired and want to assist and retain their links with our active club.

 

Our membership year runs from May to April and if you would like to find out more about the playing arrangements at the club or become a member please contact either Gordon Young on 07774678617  or via email at gy1680@aol.com or Nigel Pacey on 07714 713504.

 

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

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