Leamington Sports Club (NZ tourists) come to Biggar on Sat 10th Oct
COMING -TO A PITCH NEAR YOU!!
New Zealand club Leamington Rugby Sports Club who are on a British Isles World Cup tour arrive in Biggar on 10th October to watch our Colts play Hamilton and then the Scotland/Samoa World Cup match.
The Kiwis will play Biggar on Sun 11th (Please note change of date) and spend the next three days in and around Biggar before departing for Ireland and Navan RFC.
Prior to being in Biggar they will have played at Leamington Spa and taken in the All Blacks/Tonga match. After ireland they will travel to wales and Dunvant RFC before playing a touring Argentine side in London. Quite an expedition!
Leamington was the home club of Tony Walker who came to these shores and played here some 18 years ago while Grant Owens, Conor Lavery and Andrew Campbell have also played for them and Bob Aitken is currently a member there having emigrated earlier this year.
There are several major connections therefore and it is hoped we, as Biggar RFC, can make their stay a memorable one.
Story date: 28/09/2015
Biggar win through to 2nd round of BT Cup
Biggar 46 Whitecraigs 27
Biggar made it back-to-back wins for the first time for many months when they comprehensively defeated Glasgow club Whitecraigs in the first round of the BT Cup.
That they managed this showed wonderful spirit in adversity as they were reduced to 12 men at one point after both Douglas Notman and Robbie Lavery were shown yellow and then Davy Reive was shown red for dissent.
These issues arose just before half time which meant that Biggar played over half the match with just 14 men. This was another performance which gave an indication of how the side is slowly beginning to gel together as the individuals are becoming more familiar with each other and working hard for each other. On balance it has to be pointed out that Whitecraigs are in some disarray as they are suffering as Biggar did at the start of the season with a shortage of fit, available players. Of course you can only beat the team that is in front of you so again Biggar must take credit for doing so and making Whitecraigs return trip – in just 3 weeks and on league duty – a less attractive prospect than it had perhaps been on Saturday morning!
The side selected for Biggar was almost that which defeated Cartha last week save that the unavailable Crag McDonald was replaced by Jack Warnock although the youngster started at fullback after Richard Peacock was delayed by work. There was a debut then for newcomer Aubrey Horton who is making a return to rugby after injury. He showed enough to indicate that, as a former club internationalist, he will be an asset during his time at Hartree Mill.
Whitecraigs sit just above Biggar in National 2 so there was a bit if intrigue involved, particularly as the Glasgow side are due back at Hartree Mill on league duty on 17th Oct.
Ten minutes into the match and Biggar lost the services of centre Douglas Voas who further damaged an ankle. His place was taken by Graham Jamieson who made a telling contribution thereafter. The game was punctuated by referee Peterson’s whistle who penalised Biggar for a variety of misdemeanours including handling on the ground, not releasing and offside. This was doing nothing to provide a flowing match but Biggar must look to address these areas as they are often falling foul of referee decisions. Flanker Neil Alexander put his side ahead with one such penalty award.
Biggar replied in wonderful fashion after Francois Nel put in a very good grubber kick to within 5 metres of the Whitecraigs line. The stand off hit up from the resultant scrum before passing to Ewan Stewart who made ground to the line. Reive then popped the ball back to Nel who squeezed over for the try which he then converted for 7-3.
Just 4 minutes later and Aird Jardine showed great maturity to first of all take ball up the wing. Having drawn the defence and running out of space the youngster opted to chip inside and chase. The chase won, he dotted down for a very good individual effort.
Whitecraigs replied with another penalty from Alexander but Biggar were in control with the defence much firmer than it has been recently, Reive, Jamieson and Donald Voas putting in some big hits.
Notman was then sent to the bin for what he agreed was a clumsy challenge but worse was to come as Whitecraigs sought to break into the Biggar 22. A penalty was advanced for not retiring and the visitors attacked through their big men O’Donnell and Pollock, both of whom were taking a lot to stop.
Lavery was singled out as not having released and, given the play was in the ‘red’ zone, the referee felt that he had no option but to send the centre to the bin. There was much consternation at this as it seemed Lavery had not been close enough in the play to have been the culprit however much worse was to follow in what was the very next play as Reive was then also shown yellow. He took exception to this and his frustration got the better of him Peterson swiftly opting or a red in place of the yellow.
It was hardly surprising that Whitecraigs took full advantage of their numerical superiority to score a try. The conversion taking them into the lead at 13-12.
In the space of some 10 minutes Biggar it seemed had not only lost the services of 3 of their number but also control of the match. Cairns took over the rudder and with Notman returned to the fray Biggar responded from the unlikeliest plays.
Having taken play into the Whitecraigs 22 Nel looked for a drop goal. His attempt was badly struck – a shank in golfing parlance – and seemed to be flying harmlessly towards touch. No one from ‘Craigs had spotted the approaching Jamieson however, the centre collecting the ball and scoring a fine opportunist try which Nel converted to take the score at half time to 19-13. Another example of some good luck which this time came to Biggar’s aid.
There was everything to play for in the second half therefore as only one score split the sides.
Things did not start well for Biggar as ‘Craigs then benefited from the break of the ball as Notman knocked on after Nel’s initial clearance. Graham Berry showed good awareness and good pace to start off and then finish the move with a good run to the line. Alexander kicked for a 20-19 lead.
In almost the next play Biggar regained the lead, Jamieson showing great awareness and strength to score from some 15 metres out, the big man bursting a couple of tackles on the way. Nel converted for 26-20.
Biggar then hardly looked back as ‘Craigs effort wilted a little. Despite being a man down Biggar’s forward effort never waned and they enjoyed the best of the tight scrummage play and also at the lineout where Orr and Cairns took ball well. The big ‘Craigs runners still caused concern whenever they took the ball but they didn’t have the support that their efforts required to further advance play and when O’Connell was left dazed after another crunching hit from Donald Voas there was little option other than for him to leave the field, this of course further weakening his sides threat.
Nel missed a long range penalty from almost half way before he tried another drop goal, this a much cleaner effort and one which bounced in off the upright. He then added another penalty to take the score to 32-20 and effectively out of ‘Craigs reach.
Some great work by Cairns off the scrum and from Notman and O’Connell who both showed great speed on the wing to advance play went unrewarded but continued to trouble ‘Craigs defence. Horton showed great acceleration to take play past the ‘Craigs defence in another move and this was matched by Richard Peacock who also showed good pace in attack.
Alan Warnock crowned a great performance with a try after the pack caught and drove at the lineout while the last Biggar try involved Nel, Jardine, Horton and Orr before Peacock rounded things off with the touchdown. Both of these were converted by Nel for Biggar’s 46 point tally.
The last move of the game saw ‘Craigs gain a consolation try, certainly deserved of their efforts, this, when converted, bringing the match to its end.
A great win and one which should further bolster confidence. Feet on the ground however as this was a Cup match which is of less importance than the league position which still sees Biggar rooted in second bottom place of the table.
Kirkcaldy are next up in match which has been switched from Friday to Saturday and then back again. The date has now been settled and the KO time confirmed as 8pm. The Friday game will prevent an early Saturday kick off and allow players to watch the South Africa/Scotland Rugby World Cup match – hopefully at Hartree Mill where there is expected to be a large crowd of Youth players in attendance.
It’s always difficult to single out one player in what is a team game and in this case a real team performance. The Whitecraigs award went to Stuart Pollock and on this occasion Biggar prop Dan O’Connell got the nod for some good tight scrummage play and a couple of intrusions on the wing.
But what of the others……prop Donald Voas deserves mention as he, like Dan, put in a great performance in the tight but who also made some great defensive hits to halt Whitecraigs big runners. Andrew Cairns made another huge contribution at No8 and led the side well after Davy's premature departure. Graham Jamieson (who came on when the luckless Douglas Voas further damaged his ankle) had his best game yet in a Biggar jersey and crowned it with two very different tries, while Douglas Notman linked well again as flanker and when he pops up in the backs. Francois Nel kicked well - some cross-kick drop goal for Graham's try! - while his and Robbie Lavery's orchestration of the backs makes such a big difference to the youngsters.
That's almost half the squad and yet what about Aird Jardine's try, great composure and pace from the youngster; the continually improving boilerhouse duo that is Jamie Orr and Zander Lyon; Ewan Stewart at hooker who works so hard in all areas; Alan Warnock, another who gets through so much hard work and rounded off the forward drive for a deserved try; Andrew Orr and Jack Warnock who, despite their teenage years always give of their best and continue to develop; the Peacock brothers who do everything that is asked of them and more; Paul Davidson making a very welcome return at prop after nearly 5 weeks out and last but not least Aunbrey Horton who showed some real pace and a thirst for action at all points in what was his debut in a Biggar jersey.
A TEAM effort - well done boys. And don't forget the coaching team, Gav, Ali, Muz. You've done Biggar proud!
Story date: 28/09/2015
J. Warnock, A. Jardine, R. Lavery, D. Voas, A. Horton, F. Nel, D. Reive (Capt), D. Voas, E. Stewart, D. O’Connell, J. Orr, Z. Lyon, D. Notman, A. Warnock, A. Cairns. Reps: A. Orr, P. Davidson, R. Peacock, A. Peacock
Biggar lose out to Preston Lodge
Preston Lodge 52 Biggar 14
Another hefty defeat for Biggar and another scoreline which would seem to suggest a capitulation by the young Biggar XV. Nothing could be further from the truth however and while PL undoubtedly deserved their win and the score is emphatic, Biggar played again with fantastic spirit, falling foul of several handling errors and bad luck which saw PL capitalise on every error and enjoy the absolute rub of the green.
For the trip to Prestonpans, the first by a Biggar 1st XV for many years, Biggar were unable to call on the injured Douglas Notman (hand), Ian Baillie (knee) or Steven Campbell (ankle) but welcomed back prop Dan O’Connell, scrum half David Reive and stand-off Francois Nel while Zander Lyon and James Simpson made their first top team starts with Richard Peacock appearing on the bench after his return to these shores following a sojourn to Oz. The home side fielded ex-Biggar prop Colin Arthur, the big man throwing his lot in with PL after several years at Melrose.
Playing into a stiff breeze, which crucially dropped at half time, Biggar played some really good rugby from the outset, the pack picking and driving and retaining possession well. The first score then came somewhat against the run of play and after what was to become a run of bad luck. A loose ball was hacked downfield by PL and while it appeared fullback Jack Warnock had slid and dived text-book style to recover the ball before passing to reive to clear, referee Tony Jenkins awarded PL as scrum for what he deemed to be a knock-on. The PL scrum took control and with a big drive gave No8 Jason Riley a simple task for the first try. Stand-off Thomas McMann added the conversion with an excellent kick from the wide touch line angle.
Just 5 minutes later and Biggar suffered again as a knock on by Nel deprived them of what would have been a wonderful try. Alan Warnock took ball on from a lineout and his pass was taken by centre Robbie Lavery. A mercurial break from the wee man saw him nip through the smallest of gaps and into the clear but Nel was just unable to take the off-load with the line in his sights.
On the 20 minute mark and with Biggar maintaining momentum in the PL half a ball stripped out of full-back Warnock’s hands saw PL hack downfield again, the wind taking the ball deep into the Biggar 22. This time a dive to secure possession by Craig McDonald saw the ball squirm from under his body and right into the path of Riley who scored – McMann notching another conversion from almost exactly the same spot as the first.
Nel took full advantage from every penalty awarded to Biggar to take play downfield but Biggar could just not get through the PL defence to turn them, speculative kicks ahead being taken and returned by the PL back three. On the half hour mark Biggar lost the services of hooker Andrew Orr, the youngster being shown a yellow for talking back and shoving an opponent. Down to 14 men Biggar were on the defensive and forced to make some stout tackles to keep PL out as the home pack crept ever closer to the Biggar line. Inevitably a break came this allowing lock Matt Sanderson to cross for a try which McMann again converted for 21-0.
Forced back into their 22 from a kick ahead which led to a drop out, Biggar were then again caught as ball which was always going to be too difficult to kick clear was run out of defence. A pop pass from Nel to Lavery which would have put the centre into acres of space failed to go to hand and instead was gleefully taken by PL centre Blair Robertson who coasted through untouched from 10 metres out. McMann added the conversion for 28-0.
Orr returned to the fray and Biggar once more rose to the challenge with some spirited play taking them into the PL half. Donald Voas, Ewan Sanderson, Alan Warnock, Nel and Lavery all took ball forward and with another phase beckoning Reive lost control at the breakdown, possession going directly to Robertson who burst through the unprotected middle to gallop in for PL’s 5th try, McMann converting for 35-0 and half time.
Richard peacock replaced Peter Miller (who had played very tidily) at half time. Biggar’s task in the second half had to be to keep PL out and to get a score of their own. As previously described however the wind dropped, this denying them the advantage enjoyed by their hosts in the first half. Biggar’s first foray into the PL half ended as position was lost first from a lineout which was adjudged squint and then as they were penalised from the resultant scrum.
If previous tries came from Biggar errors this next score was all PL. Initially it appeared the lineout call was miscued leaving Arthur the job of tidying ball up at the tail but his drive spawned possession for McMann who broke the line. The stand-offs pass was taken by Robertson who sent Paddy Cooney away from half way for a sprint to the line. A great score from a PL point of view but another hard knock for Biggar.
Andrew Peacock then joined his brother on the pitch as he replaced Zander Lyon who had carried ball well in what was his first start at this level and a real test for the youngster who has been out injured for the best part of two seasons. O’Connell was then shown yellow as he was deemed to have kicked a player. Arthur’s take and drive off a tap penalty was held up but the cavalry arrived in the shape of PL’s 17, the replacement crashing over for a good try.
The 10 minutes which followed saw Biggar again play some excellent rugby but PL fully exploit a couple of lapses as Biggar’s effort waned ever so slightly. With the tails up PL, with a one man advantage, were now in the ascendancy and their confidence was growing. Another very good passage of play saw fullback Jonathan Brash freed for a run to the line, McMann converting for 52-0.
With some 10 minutes remaining Biggar could well have capitulated given the way the game was going but this XV has a dogged spirit and they play for each other and for the full 80 minutes, something which the large Biggar support added and responded to with constant encouragement. O’Connell’s return coincided with a scrum. Having been under the cosh for much of the match Biggar managed to take ball against the put in and Alan Warnock and Sanderson advanced play on the blind before Reive switched play back right. O’Connell took the pass and burst through the defence for a very good try. Nel converted.
Orr and Douglas Voas then suffered as they picked up knocks, Orr forced off but Voas able to hobble on. Lavery, Sanderson and Peacock all made good ground to take play into the PL 22.
The whole pack was involved in Biggar’s second score as they upped their game to drive to the line. Although the initial hits to the line were held up – one offside and tap to Reive could so easily have seen PL been shown a yellow card – Nel managed to pick and scuttle over from a couple of yards. Despite continuing problems with his ribs which he injured at Lasswade the stand-off added the conversion.
These two scores were the very least Biggar deserved and they could well have added to that tally has things been a little kinder. Another wonderful midfield break by Sanderson saw the flanker find Jamie Orr on his inside. With great technique the lock burst to the line and despite being knocked to the ground picked himself up prior to diving for the line – a perfect score? Nope – referee Jenkins adjudged a double movement and PL escaped with a penalty. Rough justice. The final minutes saw Biggar redouble their efforts and again they might have been rewarded with a try as PL sought to slow play down, Whittingham perhaps fortunate not to have bene shown yellow as he lay offside.
And so the game came to its conclusion.
It’s a cliché there is no doubt but there were many positives despite the defeat. A tremendous spirit exists and if the boys can learn and mature together then they will get that currently elusive win. That in turn will provide the confidence which the side craves. There were some really spirited performances and some very tired bodies and emotional minds at the end of the game and there is an undoubted will to improve and to win.
Jack Warnock, Craig McDonald, Robbie Lavery, Douglas Voas, Peter Miller, Francois Nel, David Reive (Capt), Donald Voas, Andrew Orr, Dan O'Connell, Zander Lyon, Jamie Orr, Euan Sanderson, James Simpson, Alan Warnock. Replacements: Ewan Stewart, Andrew Peacock, Richard Peacock
This Saturday sees unbeaten Glasgow side Cartha Queens Park visit Hartree Mill. Having beaten Hill Jills, Falkirk and Ardrossan they will come full of confidence but Biggar must use the positives from Saturday to their advantage. They will surely never have so much bad luck in one game again, and just a little rub of the green would do so much to help.
A big home support would be a bonus, so come on Biggar get behind your rugby club!
Due to a large number of injuries Biggar were unable to field a 2nd XV on Saturday. This was a big disappointment and the cancellation one which the club is keen not to repeat. Another call to arms for all former players – please make yourself available for the club.
Story date: 15/09/2015
1sts blown away by Hamilton
Biggar 21 Hamilton 67
Hamilton wrested the Lanarkshire Champions tag from Biggar with an emphatic win on Saturday.
Fielding another much-changed XV after Calum Taylor, Francois Nel, Craig Simmonds and Ewan Stewart were ruled out through injury and minus Dan O’Connell and David Reive due to unavailability Biggar were put to the sword by a stronger, faster and more streetwise Hamilton side who on this evidence must surely look good for promotion.
Biggar’s front row opened with all 3 players under 20 and while they all played well and there is undoubted promise as these boys develop they were up against things throughout. Indeed the Biggar XV included no fewer than 10 players aged 21 or below with 6 of those teenagers. The avaerage age was just a tad over 21!!
Biggar were playing catch up virtually from the kick off when Hamilton found a midfield gap and motored downfield to encamp in the Biggar 22 with only some great defence keeping them out. The pressure eventually told however and Hamilton notched their first score after taking a quick tap penalty to put winger Whitelaw over in the corner. Stand-off McLeish added the conversion but was just off target with his next attempt which came virtually from the restart, Whitelaw again the scorer.
Biggar hit back with an excellent try from Ian Baillie who profited from a good lineout take by Douglas Notman which was advanced by Alan Warnock. Jack Warnock added the conversion.
Biggar lost Steven Campbell at this point with an ankle injury, Andrew Peacock his replacement and one who put in an excellent shift thereafter.
A driven lineout and a somewhat fortunate pop ball gave Hamilton their 3rd try and some less than effective midfield defence allowed them their fourth. McLeish converted both but couldn’t add the conversion to Whitelaws third score.
Biggar came right back and took the full 7 points after a dangerous tackle on Jack Warnock as he tried to cross ion the corner led referee Pounder to award a penalty try. A yellow card followed as Warnock kicked the conversion. 31-14 at half time would have been a decent score and Biggar almost got their third try as winger Aird Jardine took an interception in his own 22. Home alone the youngster was pulled back as the referee was alerted to the tiniest of knock-ons. Instead Hamilton regrouped and scored another try of their own. A possible 31-21 was translated to 38-14.
Set piece ball was won on the retreat and lineouts, though effective, yielded possession never quite as tidy as the backs and scrum half Baillie, in particular, would have preferred.
Biggars task in the second period had to be to stem the tide and get some points of their own on the board. This first aim they failed to achieve as lock Alexander powered his way over after three minutes. A fumbled restart gave Hamilton possession which they used to take play into the Biggar 22. Some excellent and very committed defence kept them out – one hit by Robbie Lavery a real bone shaker – but ironically Hamilton’s next score came after Biggar had fought their way into attack. A miss pass by Notman was gratefully taken by Whitelaw who won the race to the touchdown just outpacing the covering Warnock who nevertheless put in a great covering tackle. Biggar’s task was not helped in any way by injury to Baillie, Jardine his replacement, while Craig McDonald was also forced off with an ankle injury although he was able to return to the fray.
That Biggar didn’t concede more points was due to Hamilton over-complicating things and failing to use the extra man but also due to some committed scramble defence which saw several Hamilton attacks come to nought as Biggar players flung themselves into the fray. Pressure eventually told however and they added to tries before Biggar responded.
This came from Jamie Orr (Warnock converting) and put a 4-try bonus within reach. Biggar applied themselves well in the last quarter and benefited from the replacement of Hamilton’s Maxton - the veteran a source of excellent lineout ball - but they could not add to their tally. Hamilton had the last word, they escaping upfield again as Biggar’s attack faltered.
That the Biggar XV never wilted and managed to retain a strong spirit despite their meagre attacking opportunities does them great credit. It is never easy to be on the end of a thumping and the squad was pretty down after the match. This is a very young side however and if they can learn together they will become stronger together.
Man of the match for Biggar was try-scorer Jamie Orr who stood up well to the Hamilton threat while the Hamilton winner was lock Jerry McKee.
The 2nd XV were also under the cosh as they entertained Currie 2nds a side bristling with Scotland age-group players. The score reached three figures and Biggar lost the services of their bench fairy early on as injury took its toll. Their spirit too never faltered however and all credit to Neil Wolfendene and his troops who faced an uphill struggle in this division.
Man of the match went to Zander Lyon with Matt McPhillips winning the nod for Currie.
A bleak day at Hartree Mill then as both senior sides lost out and lost ground in their respective leagues. It is a long season however and players must be encouraged to keep working to develop their game. This weekend both sides are away from home, both heading for East Lothian, the 1sts at Preston Lodge and the 2nds at Musselburgh.
Another plea for all past players to look out their boots – your club needs you!
Story date: 08/09/2015
Lasswade record rare victory over Biggar
Lasswade 31 Biggar 6
Biggar’s first foray into National 2 ended in disappointment as they were swept away by Lasswade – a first victory for the East Lothian side for many years.
That a whole division separated the two sides last year was certainly not evident, Biggar second best in almost every area; set-piece, first up tackling, ball presentation and retention and aggression.
To excuse this is not easy save for the fact that while all have featured in the pre-season action several in crucial positions were playing together for the first time. For example there was a new combination at front row, at half back and in the centre, all areas where understanding is key. With regard to front row there is also a carry-over into lineouts where lifting calls and positioning depends on practice.
That excuse only holds water up to a point however as all involved are all good enough players to be able to adjust to each other’s styles.
In a penalty-strewn match which indicated rustiness on the part of the referee as well as the players, Biggar edged into an early lead via the boot of Francois Nel who kicked his first points for his new club.
Lasswade replied with a well-taken try although incomplete tackles in the centre made it a little easier than it should have been. Nel kept Biggar in the hunt with a second penalty but was off-target with a third long range attempt after a quarter of the hour, this awarded after Lasswade centre Smith was shown yellow after a late tackle on Biggar scrum half Davy Reive. That Biggar kicked for goal rather than for the corner where they might have exploited their extra man is a moot point but in the event Nels’ kick dropped just under the crossbar and Lasswade escaped further punishment.
Lasswade made light of playing into the stiff breeze, quick penalties, their handling and direct running taking them out of defence with some ease. Try as they might and they did engineer some promising attacking positions neither side could add to their tally. Biggar failed when they had ball stripped off them, in the tackle or when passes went astray, Lasswade when they lost ground from penalties. That said there was no more scoring until the last movement of the half.
Ironically Biggar’s midfield had held up an initial Lasswade thrust this ending with a Biggar scrum. As Lasswade drove and disrupted the Biggar heel, Reive found stand-off Nel but the Lasswade stand-off Elliot was up quick to charge the ball down ad to take full advantage to touch down for a fine opportunist try. There was no conversion but biggar turned round 12-6 down instead of 7-6 down.
Now facing the breeze, Biggar opened well but lost ground and almost a try when a floated pass went astray, the Lasswade kick and chase foiled by Graham Jamieson who chased back well. Calum Taylor was forced off with the recurrence of a shoulder injury – Ian Baillie his replacement – and this coincided with a Lasswade penalty which they kicked to the corner. A textbook take and drive saw No8 Hearn round off the move for a try converted by kicking prop Billingham.
Ewan Stewart was almost on the scoresheet faster a neatly take at the lineout saw him take ball at the front and drive for the line, some stout defence all that stopped him from touching down. Robbie Lavery then almost scored as he took a crash ball in the centre, possession spilled in contact and with the line almost at his mercy.
At this point Craig Stewart replaced new recruit Dan O’Connell at prop and shortly afterwards Jamieson came off to be replaced by Aird Jardine. the youngster playing his first top team league match.
Another line drive gave Lasswade their deserved 4-try bonus at 24-6. Gav Blackburn replaced Donald Voas also at prop although the coaches stay was not long, he conceding a scrum penalty before damaging a calf muscle which ended with his replacement by O’Connell.
A nasty jarring tackle saw hooker Ewan Stewart immobilised by the medical staff of both teams and he was stretchered off with a neck brace. Happily he was quickly assessed and given the all-clear by ambulance staff although he was obviously not allowed back on. This gave Biggar an additional problem as the lineout play suffered as stand-in thrower Voas struggled to find his mark. To make matters worse Lavery was then shown yellow for what the referee deemed a high tackle, this putting Biggar under further pressure.
Lasswade capitalised with a try for Smith, Billingham’s conversion taking the score to 31-6.
The last 6-7 minutes were marginally better for Biggar as they did their best to open out but it was too little too late.
A real disappointment and one which was compounded by injury to at least three of the squad. With Simmonds likely to be out for a few weeks these injuries will test the straight in depth of the Biggar club, this already an area of concern as the 2nds XV struggled to get a XV on Saturday. A big call to arms from past players who are still young enough to make a difference! Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays – please make yourself available, your club needs you!
This weekend sees Biggar welcome Hamilton to Hartree Mill after an absence of some 4 seasons. The title of South Lanarkshire Champs is once again up for grabs therefore and the Hamilton XV will come buoyed up by their big 55-29 win over Ardrossan Accies. This will be a huge test for Biggar’s youthful squad and a big support would be much appreciated by the boys and by the club. KO 3pm
Story date: 01/09/2015
Youthful Biggar 1st XV draw with Dumfries in first friendly of season
A few photos from Saturdays friendly
Story date: 08/08/2015
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