Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

SUMMER CAMP 2015!

 

The dates have been finalised and bookings are now being taken for the Summer Camps 2015. Participants are required to bring their own lunch, wet weather gear and a change of clothes. Please note - ages should be taken as the childs 2015/16 school year.

 

Please make sure to book on as this helps with the planning of activities. Book on by emailing Calum Taylor on development.officer@biggarrfc.org.uk.

 

If you haven't attended BRFC camps before please provide your name, emergency contact details and any health / allergy information that we need to know.


Biggar Colts back to their best at Haddington

Haddington/Preston Lodge 0pts v Biggar Colts 43pts

Edinburgh District Under 18 Shield Pool B
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Progress is getting back up after you have fallen, learning why you fell before, and avoiding going the same route. Keep progressing.

This is exactly what the boys did after the disappointment of last week at Melrose. They arrived at training during the week knowing they had areas to work on and put in the effort.
This they did, put it into practice and then simply moved forward putting it into effect on Saturday with an all round clinical performance against Haddington/Preston Lodge , winning convincingly 43 points to 0 points in the Edinburgh Shield.  

Early on from a line out, ball secured and driven by a determined pack of forwards who knew they needed to get back to showing their potential  as did the backs. Ball was moved out to Peter Steel who ran hard getting over the game line, which  then turned into a well formed ruck for Stuart Affleck to pick and go round the side unopposed to score under the posts for a try converted by Gregor Stewart

Biggar were getting into their stride and were playing with some great structure to their game.  Andrew Orr found space 20 yards out and went  through the middle with Haddington defence nowhere to be seen. Gregor Stewart added the conversion

Bigger backs were also getting into their game stringing some good passes together with Martin Hunter making a good run down the wing with some great support play from Craig Stewart who took the pass and went in for a nice try converted by Gregor.

With accuracy and confidence growing Biggar started to play some lovely rugby with the forwards creating a platform for the backs to exploit the spaces in the Haddington back line.  One move in particular, where the Biggar pack was in control was clean ball from James Barr to Gregor Stewart who showed real class to grubber kick through the Haddington defence and with Biggar chasing hard , the ever present Stuart Affleck scooped the ball up and chipped the Haddington winger only to be beaten to the ball by the Haddington Full back to prevent try of the season (according to Muz and Stuart).

Good slick handling followed with Richard Morgan showing great pace and strength to score in the corner.

Craig Stewart was showing his ability and actually had real pace for  a big athletic guy !!!! with a 30yd surge upfield and as usual Andrew Orr was up in support to receive the offload for a fine score.

From the kick off the ball was received and passed to Ross Jackson who rampaged up the field handing off Haddington defenders then cleverly giving a dummy pass to score a lovely individual try – well deserved .  Gregor Stewart converted.

Thomas Steel scored also which was reward for a day when he showed his all round ability with a stirring and thriving performance in the 2nd half in the second row.

Final Score – Haddington/Preston Lodge 0 points to Biggar 43points.

The performance was so much improved from the previous week but it was simply down to the boys themselves who turned it round starting with their effort and commitment at training. They knew they had it within them.

Nest Saturday is a friendly at home against Gala Wanderers but it may change depending on weather. Keep you posted.
 


Colts power past Lasswade

Lasswade Colts 5pts v Biggar Colts 57pts 

Edinburgh District under 18 League

What makes a team special is not just what they have to gain, but what they feel there is to lose.
Biggar Colts made sure they did not slip up in their final league game against Lasswade winning 57 points to 5 points and so securing the runners up spot in the Edinburgh league and entry into the National Bowl.
Yes they did not win it this year but “trophies just carry dust anyway. Memories last forever” and they will have many of these  as this squad of players really do demonstrate everything that is good about team work and friendship. 
They know that “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team”. All 15 of the boys that travelled   made the difference. Pity some just never turned up for the game.
On a great day for running rugby Biggar put in a dominant but at times workmanlike performance against a team who never gave up at any time. 
From the start Biggar gained the upper hand showing good hands by the backs to put Richard Morgan in the corner for an unconverted try.
Another try was shortly followed up with a solid platform being laid by the forwards to then allow the ball to be put out the backs to where Ross Jackson was on hand to go up the wing for another try  converted by Simon Denholm. Biggar in this period put some excellent plays together and were slick, powerful and intelligent in their play.
But as seen before they failed to fully capitalise on it and allowed Lasswade back into the game and for some 15 minutes the game was played in the middle of the park with little if any chances between the 2 teams.
Eventually an opportunity  arose and James Barr put some quick ball out to Gregor Stewart who linked well with William Grieve who continually impresses to go over from 30 yards out for a try converted by Simon Denholm.
This was then followed up with a break made by some powerful running by Peter Steele who  broke through up the field to be stopped but it was Richard Morgan on hand to take the pass and go over for a try converted by James Barr.
The next try was a hall mark of the tries scored by Ross Jackson who can take the ball quickly at the base of scrums and power up the field to score tries. This was converted by Simon Denholm.
Then the player of the 1st half , Craig Stewart who had been excelling all round the park took the ball at speed and powered through Lasswade defence , even breaking tackles with a pirouette (that's   spinning round to others ) then continuing on his way to score  from some 60 yards out with the try converted again by Simon Denholm.
Before half time Biggar were severely tested with Lasswade for some 5 minutes trying to power over the line from close range but  at all times , the Biggar boys held firm with some excellent defence that really showed the commitment these boys have.
Yes there may be one or two smaller players in the forwards but it does not stop them contributing to the defence. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters”.
Half time : Lasswade 0pts to Biggar 40 points
This was not going to be the walk over thought by some as Lasswade at no time dropped their heads and they showed more in their character in losing than ,many others have in winning.
Lasswade never laid down and worked at finding a way back into the game and often testing the Biggar defence. William Grieve did find a gap and showed pace to go on a big run and score .
Lasswade came back in to the game and exploited the blindside to go over for their score.
The game then descended into an even contest but eventually chances were taken with William Grieve continuing to show his all round skills to go in for his 3rd try which was converted by Simon Denholm. The last try of the game was a delight to watch as a set move practised on the training pitch was impeccably converted to then be put away by Liam McCarry out on the wing .
Final Score : Lasswade 5 points to Biggar 57points
This was  good performance by Biggar and these boys continue to impress everyone and again as last year, the Colts really are playing some great rugby.
Much credit has to be given to Lasswade who at all times never gave up. Lasswade to many did not lose this as “You're never a loser until you quit trying and they never did".
Coaches Barr, Murray and Hill are proud of the Biggar boys.
The colts will now arrange some friendlies before the Bowl and Edinburgh Cup Starts which includes Boroughmuir and Currie back in the mix.
Squad: Craig Stewart, Ryan Ferguson, Jack Court, Mark Ewart, Andrew Orr, William Grieve, Ross Jackson , Mark Harrison, Stuart Affleck, James Barr, Gregor Stewart, Peter Steele, Simon Denholm, Martin Hunter, Liam McCarry, Craig Allison and Richard Morgan.    


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 suffer crucial defeat

Musselburgh Colts 42pts  v Biggar Colts 36pts

Edinburgh and District Under 18 League


Biggar Colts suffered their 1st defeat of the season but it was a crucial defeat as it impacts on them being able to go through to the National Cup , losing out to Musselburgh who will likely take that spot and the Edinburgh League title.
These two teams are arguably the best in the league and with so many cancelled games there will be not much chance to regain the top spot.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure as both teams put in a almighty display with the game in the balance up to the final whistle.

It was evident early on in the game that although Biggar were going to dominate up front , the Musselburgh backs were if given ball going to have the ability to cause significant damage and this they did.
It took 15 minutes before the 1st score of the game. Musselburgh spilled ball which was quickly seized on by Peter Steele who then offloaded to Mark Harrison to go in the corner for an unconverted try.
Biggar then had to go into defence which they have not been used to over the last few weeks and it was the big Musselburgh centre who broke through the defence to then go over inbetween the posts. This centre along with others was going to cause problems all afternoon.
But Biggar knew to keep it amongst the forward and use the strong runners in Mark Ewart, Ross Jackson and Andrew Orr. This they did to good effect and were rewarded with a try to Mark Ewart who continues to improve and impress stormed over for a converted try put over by Gregor Stewart. 
Shortly following this Musselburgh took their turn and their centre again broke through by palming his opposite number off and he duly stormed over from half way.
Again Mark Ewart responded in his usual way with a converted try by Gregor Stewart.
This game was now at a high intensity and both teams were taking and putting in some big hits to neutralise each other.
Musselburgh were awarded a penalty which was kicked to go into the lead. But in this see-saw game it was Biggar's turn and it was seized by Scott Thomson who was at then end of a period of play where the Biggar backs showed good hands to put Scott in the corner.
That try gave the Biggar backs some confidence and just outside their own 22 , James Barr put in a well placed kick from the left over to the right and with a bounce , Mark Harrison took the ball cleanly and sprinted 50 yards to score.
Biggar now had the upper hand and went in at half time in the lead.
Half time Biggar in the lead with 36 points to Musselburgh 17 points

There could be no doubt that Musselburgh knew they could get back into the game   if their well drilled backs could get ball and at the same time their forwards could try  to lift their game.
This they did and straight from kick off they came back in with another strong run by their backs putting the winger in. Musselburgh forwards were now more organised and were working in pairs to stop the Biggar big forwards who were trying to punch holes.
Biggar backs were finding it difficult against a back line who had pace and skill with excellent angled runs that was causing problems with the Biggar defence which in all the positions was not getting up on their opposite man quickly enough to stop them.
Also the forwards were struggling in areas such as lineouts.
A further try was taken by the Musselburgh winger and Biggar were now in defensive problems as shown when the again went over.  Nobody can  be signalled out as this team play as a team and take any problems as a team. 
Musselburgh were now just a point behind and with two minutes to go , put over a penalty to take the lead.
Biggar pressurised to get back in but were getting held well and in fact Musselburgh  seized an opportunity for their winger to go over and win the game.
It was a disappointment as so much work went in but credit has to also go to Musselburgh who had an excellent back line with pace and skill.
“Yes it was a defeat but its just another word for experience”
Nobody can doubt that as the last few years we have a special bunch of boys who would be a credit to any club

Full time – Musselburgh 42 points to Biggar 36 points


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.


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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