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Biggar Midis

Biggar RFC Midi section caters for those of high school age. We currently have teams in S1, S2, Under 15 and Under 16 age categories, as well as an Under 16 girls team. The gradual incorporation of full rugby union rules over the different age grades makes Midi rugby the perfect stepping stone for progression onto under 18s rugby and then to the senior game. All midi rugby teams train on a Wednesday night at the club at 6.45pm. If you would like to know more please contact Aird Jardine on  07917731494


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S1/2 run out winners against Penicuik

Biggar s1/2 18 – Penicuik 9
Buoyed by last weeks win against Ayr the s1/2 squad arrived keen to get play underway in the second home match in a row. Due to holidays and injury it was a mixed ability squad that took to the pitch with one player, Aaron Thomson taking to the pitch for the first time and another, Connor, on only his third competitive outing.   First points went to Penicuik after some lack luster defending by the Biggar boys. A motivational speech from Brian Dudds saw the boys get straight back into the match with a try from Sam Wallis, the first of 2. Further tries came from Callum McCallum , Adam Carrick and Harry Low. Callum also converted 3 times.


Penicuik were lite on players and suffered some short term injuries so play varied between 11 and 12 a side. Biggar had 15 boys keen to make their mark on the game and the challenge was giving all the game time they all desperately wanted. Every player gave 100% and especially  in the second half created some imaginative and flowing phases of play  which brought deserved rewards to the team. Tackling was much improved and with some further work this week at training (sorry boys) this weak part of their game will be hopefully be dispelled.
Man of the Match Guy Hunt. Also big well done to all scorers, Jamie Tucker for performing scrum half duties admirably for first time and the other players who played out of normal position.
Well done boys.


Biggar U-16’s head the table

Biggar U16s 90 Forrester U16s 12
Biggar with a Glut of Tries at Hartreemill


The U16s again demonstrated what a good team they are, this time to an appreciative home crowd at Hartreemill.  With 7 tries for Biggar in each half there was certainly plenty of action to keep the crowd entertained in cold and blustery conditions.


Whilst Forrester had the first opportunity to put points on the board with a kick for goal from a Biggar infringement, the ball drifted wide of the posts.  Biggar took the ball back into the Forrester half with breaks from the Biggar centre pairing and this led to a converted try for Keir Hamilton after some good work by his fellow forwards.  Keir broke his nose in the process and unfortunately played no further part in the game.  Andrew Nimmo then scored an unconverted try, breaking through the Forrester defence.  Weak tackling also allowed Andrew Jardine to get the next unconverted try.  However, Biggar had to work for the next try and the team combined several phases of play between the forwards and the backs with Euan Bogle getting over the line for an unconverted try.  Andrew Jardine then ran in a converted try from within his own half but a knock of heads after the restart paused the game whilst a Forrester blood injury was treated.  The match was restarted with a Biggar scrum on the Biggar 10m line and Andrew Jardine again ran in at the corner for another unconverted try.  Alex Denholm then repeated the feat with a converted try, running in from his own half but having to work hard just before the tryline to evade the covering Forrester defence.  Forrester closed the half with a converted try following a clever kick through the Biggar line.



Biggar used the wind cleverly in the second half, with firstly Alex Denholm taking advantage of a clearing kick from Forrester that was caught by the wind and blown backwards to get a converted try.  Alex then made a perfectly timed pass to Rory McGinn for Rory to score a converted try in the corner.  Forrester to their credit were still dangerous when in possession and a rare missed tackle from Biggar gave them an unconverted try in the corner.  The Biggar tries kept coming though, with Euan Bogle scoring after a backs move from the lineout, Andrew Jardine capitalising on a turnover ball and then Craig Shearer and Daniel McConkey making ground and sweetly timing a pass for a converted try by Andrew Jardine.  Euan Bogle then used the wind to kick and chase, just getting the better of a Forrester defender on the line for a converted try.  Alex Denholm then got the last score of the match and successfully kicking the conversion.  The kicking of Euan Bogle is worthy of special mention with three good kicks out of seven in the first half against the wind and then six out of six in the second half, one of which was a drop goal after the wind blew the ball off the tee.


So another convincing win from the squad that again allowed Biggar to demonstrate their skills in open play and the bursting runs of both the backs and the forwards to secure territory and points.  The wind conditions were testing but passes were secure, as was the defence in the main with the Forrester tries resulting from a rare missed tackle and a clever kick that caught the defence off guard.  Players, should be pleased with their performance, coaches should be pleased by the continued commitment from the team and spectators were definitely pleased by the rugby display on show.  Thanks also to the U15s that again supported the squad, all of who played really well.


U-15’s run Gala close

Gala RT  22    Biggar   17
Biggar really should have secured 4 points in this match, however indiscipline, loss of focus and variable commitment contributed to this disappointing defeat. Couple this up with the fact that some marginal judgement calls from the local official didn't go Biggars way, and what we have is a group of frustrated lads and equally disgruntled travelling support.
With no real breakthrough for 15 minutes it was looking like it could be a long day.

Gala were strong at the breakdown which at times Biggar struggled to deal with and more frustrating by virtue of the fact that this was regularly happening when Biggar carried the ball into contact.

The Hartreemill boys recovered well and drew first blood with a simple move that saw the ball passed through the backs out to Niall Ball, who touched down in the corner. Matthew Stewart's conversion attempt from a wide angle just short.

Some good defence thwarted the Gala attack but the hosts pulled one back with a similar move.
There was no real flow to the game and things were somewhat scrappy but 5-5 at half time probably did Gala more justice because Biggar certainly had the lions’ share of the possession.
Biggar started the second half very well and took the game to Gala. Quick hands, vision and support led to Guy Kelly touching down from close range with three bodies hanging off the strong prop. The referee was on the wrong side and adjudged the ball 'Held-up', no try. No way! The TMO would have given it....if there was one!
Momentum was on Biggar's side and they rallied to make sure of 7 points two minutes later with another strong run by Guy Kelly scoring between the posts and a successful conversion.
Gala slipped a couple of tackles and evened out the try count but Biggar remained in front. 
Another try for Biggar through Stuart Forrest opened the gap, much to the delight of the vocal support.

At this point things went downhill and with the official taking exception to Biggars approach to the game, claiming poor discipline at the breakdown, and following lengthy discussion about the consequences, the afore mentioned focus dwindled.

Gala then linked well to break through with Biggar unable to put their bodies between ball and ground to preserve their lead. 17-17, two minutes left to play and the draw looked likely.

Biggar pressed into the Gala half and were awarded a penalty and, for whatever reason, this decision was over-turned, giving the home side an advantage.

Gala pushed forward and slipped through only to be halted on the line by a fine tackle by Lewis Stewart. Stress levels were high and perhaps this is what led to a loose pass that Gala pounced on right on the Biggar try line.

To say the boys were 'Gutted' was an understatement. It was Gala's alertness in broken play and Biggar's failure to see clear opportunities that contributed to this defeat.
However, Sam Wallis should take encouragement from a solid performance at Scrum-half with Robbie Orr and Jamie Bell following suit at Centre and Wing.

 

This U15 side are not far off the mark and deserved so much more from the game. They must also understand that high levels of commitment should be maintained throughout the 60 minutes. Crucially, decisions went against Biggar and disruptions didn't help at all, but such are the challenges that are set out before us.

Tries (3): Niall Ball, Guy Kelly, Stuart Forrest
Conv (1): Matthew Stewart


U-15’s and U-16’s record handsome victories in league encounters

U-15’s Biggar  35   Livingston  22


An 11-try thriller saw Biggar come out on top of this game and register their first win of the season.


Late call-offs and injury nearly scuppered any chances of a win at all and without the help of S2's, a forfeit was on the cards. As always, in the face of adversity, Biggar managed to sort it out and field 15 able bodies.


Biggar set out their stall from the kick-off putting pressure on the Livi side and restricting their large pack from bossing the game.


U15's were without influential flanker Daniel McConkey but with Fin Stott deputising splendidly Biggar managed to maintain their consistency in the back row.


Positive intent led to the first try that saw Biggar handle well with the ball getting to Matthew Stewart who used his pace to out-run the flailing Livingston defence.
Biggar pressed up to the Livi line once again, and after some gentle persuasion from the sidelines, crash ball was the order....sorry, request. Stuart Forrest obliged and smashed through the defence to touch down.


Scrum half Luhann Kotze fancied a piece of the action and used much initiative and vision to sneak one in from the blind side.
Livi had the potential to pull things back and that's just what they did through a combination of quick hands and slack Biggar defence.


15-5 at half time and Biggar certainly looked more like the improving team they aspire to be this season.


Biggar continued to dominate in the scrum even though the Livi pack were clearly larger but technique won through. Although it would appear that Biggar need some work in the ruck which was somewhat passive in its execution.


Kotze picked up another try but Biggar conceded two others due to switching off. Perhaps they thought they had less time to play than their opposition.


This loss of focus didn't last long and normal service resumed with Drew Brewster scoring a try after a display of commitment and determination and Declan Boulton added to the score sheet showing much of the same.


Lewis Stewart showed real desire all day and was rewarded by scoring a fine solo effort from inside the opposition 22.


The last play of the game was declared by the referee and a few seconds later Cameron Forrest got a rules 'Black-out' and tactical genius mixed up and threw the ball out of the park thinking it was all over! Unfortunately, Livingston scored from the awarded penalty. No harm done, but I reckon there's plenty of mileage in this one! Look out for the end of season awards!


Biggar had no success from the kicking tee and this was largely down to the wide angles that they were faced with.


Particular thanks should also go to S2's Harry Archibald, Drew Brewster and Cameron Snell who acquitted themselves well at the older age group.


This game was an obvious step forward and gives the U15's a great platform to work on before travelling down to Netherdale to meet Gala next week.


Tries: Matthew Stewart, Stuart Forrest, Luhann Kotze (2), Declan Boulton, Lewis Stewart,
Drew Brewster.



Penicuik U16 0; Biggar U16 86


The weather was beautiful at Penicuik and so was the flowing rugby from the Biggar squad.  With confidence levels already high after some good wins so far, these have been bolstered even further by this run out at Penicuik.


The coaches philosophy this year is very much that the U16’s play as a squad, with each player having opportunities to shine and play in various positions throughout the year.  This match was an ideal opportunity for the coaches to mix things up a bit and try a few players in different positions.  Even with this, the squad showed an impressive level of continuity with everyone slotting in well, no matter where they were playing.


This translated into an impressive scoreline in the first half with Biggar scoring 9 tries and 5 conversions.  Craig Meikle was the first on the scoresheet (his debut try), the ball being moved right for him to score after a scrum.  Biggar kept up the pressure and this time it was a forwards ball after a scrum with Keir Hamilton powering through the defence for the score.  Biggar ran the ball back after the restart and the backs linked well to put Douglas Hill over for another try.  Hamilton then made ground and Angus Kerr took the ball out of the ruck and with a swerving run sprinted to the tryline.  Hill then scored again, the try made through a good change of pace in his run, outsmarting the Penicuik defence.  The forwards then got their chance to score with Guy Kelly and then Jordan Gray breaking through tackles for a score apiece.  The forwards then worked a good lineout to secure ball and feed the backs with Alex Denholm crossing the tryline in the corner.  The last try of the half was scored by Andrew Jardine, linking with his fellow backs to take the ball over the line straight from the restart.


The second half was much like the first, Biggar dominant in pretty much all phases of play, perhaps the only area where work still being needed is at the rucks.  In order to improve in this area, the squad really need some competitive and aggressive opposition and this will come in later games.  With 5 tries in the second half and 3 conversions, Rowan Stewart scored both the first and second tries of the half, linking well with fellow centre Jardine.  Jardine then made a break to set up the next score for Hamilton with a further hat-trick try for Douglas Hill soon to follow.  Jardine finished the half with a try between the posts.



An impressive performance by all with some beautiful moves and hands displayed by the backs (and the forwards at times).  There were some training ground moves from both set-piece and in open play; switches, dummies, sidesteps, changes of pace, and good old fashioned straight running battering through the defence.  The squad played really well and confidence, already high, continues to grow even further.  With Murrayfield next up (bottom of the table before today’s results) the squad should again have an opportunity to try a few things and continue to enjoy their rugby.


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Midis Fixtures

October 26, 2014, S1 v Boroughmuir (h),
October 26, 2014, S2 v Boroughmuir (h),
October 26, 2014, U15 v Forrester (h),
October 26, 2014, U16 v Livingston (a),
November 2, 2014, S1 v Strathaven (h),
November 2, 2014, S2 v Strathaven (h),
November 2, 2014, U15 v Heriots (a),
November 2, 2014, U16 v Watsonians (a),
November 9, 2014, S1 v Currie (h),
November 9, 2014, S2 v Currie (h),
November 16, 2014, S1 v West (a),
November 16, 2014, S2 v West (a),
November 16, 2014, U16 v Lasswade (h),
November 23, 2014, U15 v Currie (h),
November 23, 2014, S1 v Whitecraigs (a),
November 23, 2014, S2 v Whitecraigs (a),
November 23, 2014, U15 v Lasswade (a),
November 23, 2014, U16 v Heriots (a),
November 30, 2014, S1 v Heriots (a),
November 30, 2014, S2 v Heriots (a),
November 30, 2014, U15 v Portobello (a),
November 30, 2014, U16 v Dunbar (h),
December 7, 2014, S1 v Livingston (h),
December 7, 2014, S2 v Livingston (h),
December 7, 2014, U16 v Dalkeith (a),
January 18, 2015, S1 v Melrose (h),
January 18, 2015, S2 v Melrose (h),
January 25, 2015, S1 v Strathaven (a),
January 25, 2015, S2 v Strathaven (a),
February 1, 2015, S1 v Heriots (h),
February 1, 2015, S2 v Heriots (h),
February 8, 2015, S1 v East Kilbride (a),
February 8, 2015, S2 v East Kilbride (a),
February 22, 2015, S1 v West (h),
February 22, 2015, S2 v West (h),
March 1, 2015, S1 v Boroughmuir (a),
March 1, 2015, S2 v Boroughmuir (a),
March 8, 2015, S1 v Hamilton (h),
March 8, 2015, S2 v Hamilton (h),
March 15, 2015, S1/S2 v Penicuik (a),
March 22, 2015, S1 v Gala (h),
March 22, 2015, S2 v Gala (h),
March 29, 2015, S1 v Whitecraigs (h),
March 29, 2015, S2 v Whitecraigs (h),
April 5, 2015, S1 v Currie (a),
April 5, 2015, S2 v Currie (a),
April 19, 2015, S1 v Ayr (a),
April 19, 2015, S2 v Ayr (a),
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