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
Story date: 25/08/2011
Biggar Midi section record wins on Sunday
Biggar U15’s 50 Lasswade U15’s 0
Fourteen Try Bonanza
In wet, blustery and cold conditions, Biggar again demonstrated the significant improvements in skills, teamwork, spirit and confidence that they have gained in the latter part of the season. Keeping a clean sheet, they were always on attack against a relatively inexperienced Lasswade side that, to their credit, kept playing to the final whistle.
The game got off to a flying start for Biggar as Alex Denholm collected the ball from the Lasswade kick off and literally flew down the left wing, catching the Lasswade defence off guard to score his first of four tries in the game and this after only 20 seconds. With Lasswade penalised for offside soon after the restart, Biggar took a quick tap and moved the ball out wide. Euan Bogle offloaded well to Alex Denholm who broke the Lasswade defensive for a try. The scrums were well contested and Alex Dawe picked up to make ground and set up a ruck which then allowed Angus Kerr to move the ball out quickly to the backs for Euan Bogle to make it over the line. Biggar set pieces worked well with the lineout now much more solid and Andrew Reid jumping well. The forwards played with grit and determination with Guy Kelly making good ground that led to the ball being moved to the wing for Lewis Currell and Alex Denholm to score a try each. Lasswade, under pressure and with a 5m scrum, kicked to clear only for Marcus Dobie to collect cleanly and evade several tackles before offloading to Rory McGinn. Although knocked-on over the line, this break did set up a few further phases of play that resulted in the sixth try of the first half. Keir Hamilton, continuing to impress, showed a fair turn of speed for a prop to round off the half with the seventh try. The first half was marred only by a shoulder injury to Captain Rowan Stewart.
Keir Hamilton, having finished the first half with a try, started the second half with another, again breaking the Lasswade defence at pace. Gavin Raftery and Marcus Dobie then combined well with Raftery making a textbook offload round the man to set up Dobie for a try. Keir Hamilton, Jordan Gray and Guy Kelly continued to hit up and supported by the rest of the pack set up rucks that allowed the backs then to move wide for Euan Bogle to score his second try of the match. In making 9 out of 14 conversions in the wild conditions, Bogle had a really good all round game. Hooker Jordan Gray then showed a fair turn of speed with a break down the right wing and would have made the line but for a great tackle from the opposition No15. Tries from Alex Denholm, Marcus Dobie and Lewis Currell rounded off the seven tries in the second half.
So, a bonanza of tries arising from hard work by the forwards, making line breaks through strong direct running, particularly from the Biggar front row of Hamilton, Gray and Kelly and supported ably by the rest of the pack. Although Hamilton got a hat-trick of tries, (costing his parents a small fortune in try bonuses), the hard work throughout the game from flanker Gavin Raftery secured him man of the match. The backs contributed very well too, particularly Denholm with his four tries and Bogle with his brace of tries and fantastic kicking in difficult conditions. Currell also impressed too, obviously enjoying his new position on the wing, and Kerr’s passing at scrum half continues to improve, both in speed and consistency.
The whole team is continuing to develop as a unit and is showing more and more promise in all aspects of the game. With confidence and spirits high, roll on next weekend.
Biggar 45 vs 10 Linlithgow
Story date: 08/12/2013
Edinburgh U/ 16’s league
Biggar had another tough game at home this weekend to Linlithgow a team that Biggar have already played in a friendly this year when Linlithgow came out on top. It was a wet and windy afternoon and it looked as though it would be a hard afternoon to play fast flowing rugby.
Biggar were looking for revenge after being beaten in the last meeting and they took the game straight to Linlithgow from the first whistle. Douglas Hill, who has been growing in confidence every week as a player put Biggar on the front foot in attack by taking some quick penalties and running straight into Linlithgow who were not ten metres back, giving Biggar another penalty. This time Simon Denholm stepped up to put the ball out to touch. But with the wind blowing straight into Simon he was unable to make touch and instead possession went into a Linlithgow players hands. However the ball was knockled on and Ross Jackson, who was the quickest to react to this put the advantage to full use by driving towards the line and drawing in three defenders. He then offloaded to Simon Denholm who had chased his own kick and to run in Biggar’s first try of the afternoon. The try was then converted sweetly by Denholm who was kicking in the absence of the injured Andrew Jardine.
Linlithgow were quick to respond to Biggar’s try by getting one of their own. They did this from a a penalty awarded inside Biggar’s 22 and smashed up into Biggar to create a gap. The conversion was missed.
Biggar did not lose any focus through the try and instead it seemed to get the Biggar Boys even more fired up for the game. Biggar threatened the Linlithgow defence for a long time and nearly burst through a few times. Finally Linlithgow’s defence was broken when the ball was passed out to Simon Denholm who threw a dummy to Martin Hunter who was running a good line. He then passed the ball out to Peter Steele, who with a lot of work still to do ran in to the corner for Biggar’s second try. This was again well converted by Simon Denholm.
Linlithgow were unable to get any momentum going in their attacks as Biggar’s defence was solid This led to a Biggar turnover won by Peter Steele who was quick into the ruck to rip the ball from the player on the ground. He then got the ball out to Stuart Affleck who ran down the wing using footwork to get round the defence and run in another Biggar try. This was again converted by Denholm who seemed to have his kicking boots on today.
Peter Steele got his second try and Biggar’s fourth of the day. It came from Peter fending players off left, right and centre and some strong running through the Linlithgow defence until he was over the white wash for the second time. The conversion was missed.
The Biggar boys showed a great amount of effort in that first half and they knew they would have to continue this effort into the second half.
It wasn’t long until Biggar scored again. It came from Biggar’s solid defence which put Linlithgow on the back foot in attack. A clearance kick in their own 22 was charged down, leaving Simon Denholm to hack ahead before diving on it to secure another Biggar try. Denholm converted his own try.
Peter Steele collected his hat-trick with another strong run with which the Linlithgow defence could not cope. This came after Jack Court tidied well from another Linlithgow clearance kick. He then popped the ball up to Ross Jackson who drew the first man and passed to Peter Steele who ran in his third try, leaving the Linlithgow defence trailing behind him. The conversion was missed.
Linlithgow still had a bit of fight in them however and they went down the other endof the pitch to record their second try. It was much like the first with just continuous pick and goes round rucks until they finally managed to get over. Biggar’s defence was almost unbreakable in the second half until that point and this was due to the effort put in by all 15 boys on the pitch.
The game’s final try came from Biggar’s Captain on the day Martin Hunter. Given his efforts in defence this was well deserved. It was a good bit of vision from Martin to read Linlithgow’s plan as he managed to get an interception from just inside the visitors half to run in under the posts. The conversion was missed.
Biggar put in a tremendous amount of effort around the pitch in attack and in defence. There were several boys who were in contention for man of the match but it was awarded to Peter Steele for his efforts in all areas.
The front row of Ali Tenant, Scot Martin and Ryan Ferguson all deserved mention for the effort they put into today’s game as did Craig McGinlay playing at flanker who can be pleased with his shift. There were some colossal hits too from Scott Thomson who week after week produces consistent performances.
Coach Steve Court is more than happy with the result and is looking to build for another big game away to Preston Lodge next weekend. This will be the last game of this year and some big shifts on the training pitches this week will be expected to hopefully attempt to end 2013 with a win.
It cannot be emphasised enough that the boys who train are the boys who will play. As a result the coaching team is looking to see good numbers again at training this week!
S1 and S2’s at Livingston S1’s get a game at last….AND A WIN!! S2’s just lose out.
The whole team showed great determination and commitment throughout this match.
The first period saw Drew Brewster scoring three tries all converted by Finlay Stewart. The forwards were excellent in winning the ball for the three’s, who enjoyed and made excellent use of the service,
In the second period Livingston scored twice converting once before Biggar got back into the game and the period ended with an excellent try by Biggars Gregor McPherson.
The final period was tough and keenly contested by both sides with Livingstone scoring the only try of the period. This was an excellent try by Biggar player Adam Carrick who played the final period for the opposition.
Final score 10-15 to Biggar (3 tries, one converted to our 4 tries, 3 converted).
Everyone gave a 100% which was excellent to witness with lots of positives to take away from the match.
A big mention must go to Jamie Shannon, Hugo Baillie and Adam Carrick who all played a third of the match for the opposition without complaint.
S2’s at Livingston
Story date: 03/12/2013
Livingston 19 Biggar 4
Biggar S2's made the trip to Livingston having had very limited game time over the past few months. Start of October since their last competitive match in fact.
This did not deter them nor affect their confidence.
Livi certainly had the lion’s share of the bulk in what was to become a bruising encounter, but not necessarily for the larger side.
Defence was the order of the day from the outset and Livi capitalised on a couple of gaps, scoring early on.
As the match progressed it was clear that Biggar would not break down the larger pack of Livingston, however it was not for the lack of trying.
Livi proved too strong in the forwards and broke through the Biggar defence another twice in the first session. Biggar just couldn't get 'over' the ball in the ruck.
A change of tactics was needed with more action required in the back division and the game started to even out with both sides running the ball wider.
Livi picked up another two tries in the second session which they had to work a bit harder to get this time round. Many tackles were still too high.
Third session, final 20 minutes, blue touch paper lit....!!
To say that some 'red mist' descended upon the pitch would probably be an accurate account.
Biggar, looking the fitter side, thought they still had something to prove in this match.
Handling skills improved, more direct running, and shall we say, a bit more aggression. Tackles got lower and harder.
Some powerful running from Charles Connelly started to break through the Livi defence.
Some indiscipline led to a number of penalties being conceded by the home side.
Biggar capitalised on this with some speedy passing firstly by Robbie Orr who linked to Matthew Stewart who neatly popped the ball to Jamie Bell who ran in his first try for the side.
The game really heated up at this point and Biggar pressed hard for another and nearly succeeded were it not for Charles Connelly being 'Clothes Lined' by his opposite number, much to the shock of the spectators followed by a 'reserved' reaction from the Biggar coach.
A bit of 'Argy-Bargy' ensued for the closing moments of the game. No blood shed, thankfully.
Some spirited performances form Charles Connelly and Declan Bolton who battled hard throughout.
Plenty of learning points to work on going into the game next week against Dalkeith.
Girls play well at Broughton festival
U-15's and u-18's pose for a sunny snap!
Story date: 03/12/2013
It’s been a long gap since they last played a competitive match but Biggar Ladies were in action again on Sunday when they travelled to Broughton RFC in Edinburgh to take part in a 7’s competition at both U-15 and U-18 age groups.
Coaches Charley Court and Eric Shearer reported that this had been a great day for the girls with all playing at least two games and getting involved in the action throughout. The U-15’s finished in 2nd spot, the U-18’s in 3rd place. Plus marks to U-15 players Kim Laird, Abbie Baillie, Kari Barr and to newcomers Sharee Marshall, Ellie Court, Loni McPherson and Neola Mitchell.
At U-18 Jennifer Hewitt, Rachel Brett, Corrie Brewster, Eleanor Steele, Alison Orr, Kristin Barr and Lauren McDonald all performed admirably. Sadly Lauren’s participation was ended at the end of the day with a back injury, which necessitated a hospital trip while Corrie sustained a cracked rib! The collective best wishes of the club goes to both girls.
Well done girls, with lots to work on and with game time the main difference between the Biggar sides and their opponents.
U15’s v Penicuik
Photos courtesy of Graeme Kerr from Sundays match against Penicuik.The U-15’s and U-16’s both enjoyed wins on Sunday.
Biggar U15s 50 Penicuik 0
A Team on Fire
From start all the way through to the finish of this game, the U15 squad worked together as a team, played some inspiring and delightful rugby and dominated the opposition in all phases of the game. They even had their strips on, unlike last week when Team Manager Jock Gray forgot them. Euan Bogle made sure this didn’t happen again by texting Jock four times before the game to remind (mock) him.
With their mojo back following a good all round display at Watsons last week, Biggar had their tails up right from the start. Penicuik kicked off and the Biggar forwards gathered the high ball well and took it into contact. Rowan Stewart then made a break from the ruck and catching the Penicuik defenders asleep at the start of the game, got over the line for the first try. At the restart, Penicuik again floated the ball to Biggar and the team took it straight back at them with Lewis Currell making the break this time. He was tackled short but Penicuik gave away a penalty and this allowed the forwards to take it close to the line and then move it wide for Alex Denholm to score. With confidence high, and the forwards dominating, Keir Hamilton made a great break showing some turn of speed up the right wing. The support play amongst the forwards was fantastic as was their scrummaging, and the third and fourth tries for Biggar both came from moves resulting from dominant scrums. The second was a peach, with a big push allowing Alex Dawe at No. 8 to pick up and run round the scrum through the Penicuik backs defence for a score. Penicuik were rattled and the first half finished with tempers spilling over on both sides, reminiscent of the Foreman v Ali Rumble in the Jungle (parents will relate to this and players reading should Google or YouTube it). Ref, David Raftery showing good judgement here and throughout the game, blew for half time after having a stern word with both Captains.
Adrenalin more settled from the spike at the end of the first half, Biggar restarted. A scrum soon followed and Alex Dawe repeated his pickup from the scrum only this time not making it all the way to the touchline, stoppedby a good Penicuik tackle. But a penalty was conceded by Penicuik and after a quick tap, Guy Kelly took it over the line. This was the first of eight tries for Biggar in the second half. With Callum Dunlop and Andrew Hodge on as subs, Biggar kept up the territory and possession dominance they showed in the first half. Good forwards performances from Keir Hamilton, Jordan Gray and Alex Dawe made ground for the team and effort by the rest spearheaded by Gavin Raftery and Alasdair Masson and supported by Guy Kelly, Andrew Reid, Ryan Evats, Callum Dunlop, and Andrew Hodge made sure rucks were secure and Penicuik were constantly under pressure. Scrum half Angus Kerr harried his opposite number and the 7 yrs competitive experience supplying Rory McGinn at stand off made sure communication and game play decisions were the right ones. The rest of the backs really performed too. Lewis Currell made good ground on the wing, Marcus Dobie tackled, made ground and read the game like a pro and the others, Euan Bogle with his kicking and line breaks, Rowan Stewart as always leading from the front as captain, making line breaks and try’s and Alex Denholm doing all of the above, it was just sublime to watch.
A fantastic performance by all meant that the team were awarded man of the match. Importantly no injuries and remember that when we have Aaron Dobie and Euan Campbell back after Christmas we will have even more presence and depth to the team. Although we scored 12 tries and didn’t concede a point it wasn’t because Penicuik were a bad team. They had size and heart but they were just played off the park from the first to the last whistle by a Biggar team that were just on fire.
The 16’s defeated Lasswade away. The 15’s had nothing but positives in their game and importantly no injuries but the 16’s reported a nose break for Andrew Jardine; his post match talk centred on his frustration at having to miss this weekends game!
Story date: 02/12/2013