Hartreemill, Biggar, ML12 6JJ

1sts and 2nds have mixed fortunes at Cartha.

Cartha 17 Biggar 47

Biggar’s last outing prior to competitive action took them to Glasgow and Cartha Queens Park RFC.

Having just missed out on promotion last season Cartha were in a similar position to last week’s opponents Howe but if a week is, as once suggested, a long time in politics (a fairly topical observation at present) it surely is the same in rugby as this was a very different Biggar XV from the one which sputtered into action last week.
With two good midweek session under their belt and with players becoming increasingly better acquainted with each other and with what coach Gav Blackburn is looking for, there were many positives from the match which Biggar won comfortably.

There were still some dull points which will take time to iron out – not least the times when having strung together several good scoring opportunities the side seemed to take their foot of the gas allowing Cartha back into things – but there was more than a semblance of teamwork and unity coming to the fore.
Free from the effects of jet-lag Andrew King at centre and Craig Bachurzewski at prop gave note that they will be a real asset while there were once again positive displays from Scott Swankie, Giles Borland, Mark Bertram and debutant Graham Jamieson.

Biggar exerted early, good pressure from the kick off and got into Cartha 22.  While Cartha were able to clear they made good ground into the Biggar 22 from a couple of penalties and opened the scoring from a neat blind-side move off a well worked lineout. 

Biggar then worked their way back into the game scoring three tries in the first half, through good link up play between backs and forwards. Bachurzewski scored off a good break from Scott Swankie, Mark Bertram scored in the corner after some good handling, and Borland added a third.  

17-7 at half time. 

Biggar came out like rockets after the break to score 3 unanswered tries in left hand corner in around just 10 minutes. Quick ruck ball and simple hands led to the first two with the 3rd a 60m run from Swankie.   Biggar then sat back slightly and allowed Cartha to have a positive 10 minute spell during which they scored a try. Not to be outdone Biggar hit back via a try from Craig Simmons with a good break from around 25m out.  

In addition to those already mentioned, it was great to see Alan Warnock and Michael Dunlop back in action, the latter in particular as he has now recovered after heart surgery last year.


The 2nd XV meanwhile managed to get a run out as well although they were heavily dependent on the availability of those who took their place on the 1st XV bench to make up the numbers.
Playing against the wind a tough opening half saw them turn round with scores tied at 0-0. Carha came out strongly after the break to run in 4 tries with Biggar finishing the match with a well-deserved try from ex-Colt Steven Campbell.
The match also saw four other of last years Colts making their senior debuts, Grant Hamilton in the pack, Aird Jardine at scrum half (Aird kicked the conversion), Alistair Sinclair at stand-off and Danny McAllistair in a variety of positions! All acquitted themselves well and it is of some importance that these boys receive the best support that the club can offer in order that they develop quickly.

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