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
U-16’s regain winning ways
Edinburgh BAT's 7 Biggar 43
A win's a win no matter how you look at it, right?
The first half of this one wasn't pretty at all. Despite a couple of flashes of old form in the first few minutes, it looked as if the Hartreemill boys were still recovering from a Highland Hangover.
Early visits to the BAT's 22 should have led to scores but Biggar kind of forgot what that should look like and squandered the opportunities.
BAT's Fly-half showed a bit of vision and kicked well in behind the Biggar defence which meant they had to start the whole process again.
The hosts made a good break though and showed composure to score between the posts but Biggar didn't panic and, thankfully, normal service was resumed when Luhann Kotze spotted a gap inside 5m line after good forwards pressure. He squeezed under the BAT's pack to level things up.
Before the half was out Stuart Forrest extended the lead to 12-7, soon after the BAT's fly-half missed a touchline effort and Rory Wesencraft made good progress. The No.8 ran a good line to collect a sharp pass out the back of the ruck and crashed over the whitewash to ease Biggar's self inflicted pressure.
Biggar started the second-half with far greater purpose. The ball was being recycled more effectively with forwards working harder to get beyond the ball at the breakdown.
They started to dominate the game thanks to their defence too, which did not buckle and as Biggar looked for a decisive score, their ability to move the ball wide quickly thanks to some sublime off-loading by forwards and backs, saw flanker Fin Stott outdoing everyone. The right place at the right time. Nice to watch and a clinical 5 points. Rowan Stewart added the extras.
You’re only as strong as the squad you've got and it’s important that, when they’re given the chance, players who haven’t had much rugby take it and Craig Frame was the man that certainly did. Deputising for the injured Sam Grieve, he displayed excellent effort and physicality that will be embraced within this squad.
The pattern of the game remained unaltered. Biggar continued to dominate and Robbie Orr got on the score sheet with an excellent line-break.
Rowan Stewart did much the same a minute later to increase the tally.
Matthew Stewart also displayed a cutting edge when he ran in from 20m, and an impressive conversion from Ali Steele widened the ever increasing gap.
With 10 minutes left to play Stuart Forrest collected the kick-off 10 yards out and popped to Guy Kelly. Stuart re-collected from Guy and had the strength to break the attempted tackle and broke brilliantly from his own half, side-stepping the centres and accelerating clear of the cover before sprinting 50 metres to cross unopposed.
Even when BAT's did enjoy a period of possession in the final few minutes of the game, the Biggar defence held impressively firm.
On reflection, Biggar combined flashes of brilliance with periods of mediocrity, predominantly in the first half, but all the tries were well worked and they were visibly the fitter side.
Stuart Forrest was dynamic all day and deserves the top performer accolade.
Onward and upward.
Story date: 31/01/2016
Tries: Luhann Kotze, Stuart Forrest (2), Fin Stott, Robbie Orr, Rowan Stewart, Matthew Stewart.
Conv: Robbie Orr, Rowan Stewart, Ali Steele (2)
U-16’s come up short against Highland in Cup quarter
Highland 15 Biggar 7
If success was to be measured in territory, possession and determination then on reflection Biggar should have won this fixture.
However, the words ‘Rusty’ and ‘Lack of valuable game time’ resounded amongst the support and they were right, with furrowed brow suggesting this was going to be an awkward affair and anything but straight forward. That’s not to say the standard was poor. In fact both sides showed real quality.
Highland made an early impact with a brief spell of sustained pressure on the Biggar 5m line. Biggar defended well and managed to hold Highland up after they crossed the line.
The hosts had momentum though and eventually managed to score in the corner after drawing in the Biggar defence.
5 minutes gone and 5 nil down. And that’s how it stayed for the next 30 mins.
Highlands penalty count was on the increase and Biggar had the lions share of the ball and territory but the visitors just couldn't get that crucial pass in or exploit the fact that Highland were on the back foot and the Hartreemill boys largely failed to make any impression even with the wind in their favour.
A knock-on here and fumble there led to Highland turning over in the last minute of the half. When they touched down for their second Biggar were left scratching their heads as to how they managed to let that happened.
Highland were well drilled and patient and closed the Biggar forwards down quickly. This meant the centre pairing of Stewart & Stewart saw little ball to begin with.
10 nil at half-time was not a disaster though and a sense of belief remained ever present.
Biggar’s performance in the second half was a bit more like it. The game started to flow in the visitors favour and their determination and improved quality of play meant we could be safe in the knowledge that they weren’t going to be trampled over by their hosts. Biggar were starting to look dangerous.
The flanker partnership of Lewis Stewart and Daniel McConkey was effective in pinching line-out ball and clearing out in the ruck.
But, hold the press!
The going was soft, heavy in places and damp which led to the proverbial ‘Bar of Soap’ popping into Highlands hands and they used their forwards well to crash over for their third.
Heartbreaker....or was it? Highland hadn't converted any of their tries. They weren't that far away from being caught.
Biggar still had much to play for and in Rowan Stewart they had one of the most forthright runners on the field closely followed by Stuart Forrest and Matthew Stewart.
Luhann Kotze's vision led to the Biggar score.
After good pressure the scrum-half made a lateral run and in a flash he'd cut inside, leaving the Highland defence sprawling, and off-loaded to Rowan who burst right through the middle to slide under the sticks. Ali Steele added the two point conversion.
Biggar were almost at it again, which would have made for a tasty finish, but a knock-on thwarted any efforts.
So, there you have it. The cup dream ends soon after it started. But make no mistake, Highland were tested and it could have been a different story if Biggar played the first half the way they did in he second.
Sam Grieve showed composure at wing and Rory Wesencraft continues to improve.
Robbie Orr threw himself at men twice his size in defence and kept things moving in attack.
Biggar were so keen to impress and perhaps just over-thought the process a little.
Story date: 31/01/2016
They're a talented bunch and will bounce back quickly.
Tries: Rowan Stewart
Conv: Ali Steele
Green conference v Whitecraigs
The Biggar's S1 produced their most efficient and complete team performance so far today away to Whitecraigs in the sharp winter sun of mid-November.
Both teams were short of numbers and it was agreed to play 12 aside and 2 sessions of 20 minutes. From the start Biggar ran at Whitecraigs and although the hosts tackled and competed hard Biggars passing and support was too much for the hosts and Biggar scored 12 trys and had a fine 40 - 0 final score.
Trys were scored by a mix of forwards and backs, some out wide some through the middle but always because the team ran and supported each other with most of the trys going through several pairs of hands. Tackles were strong and low rucking forceful, scrums steady and lineouts planned and secure.
Cameron battled through feeling unwell to ruck and steal ball. Connor was impressive in rucking and around the loose ball. Ruadhri rampaged through the middle starting the play for the best try on the day from Biggars own 22 before passing to Ross while the latter also scored his own.
Jonathan captained the team and downed Whitecraigs big forwards many times. Fraser again chop tackled excellently and appeared on the wing to take the ball and finish off the best try of the day. Cairan got in the thick of things and helped Biggar win a number of rucks and possession.
Andrew at 9 consistently delivered good ball to No. 10, Murray, who was equally good at distributing the ball, especially from penalties. Euan ran great lines and ‘jackled’ well in the ruck. Ross got some mazy, strong, balanced runs, popping the ball off the ground during the work up to the try of the day to Gregor on the wing who had some lovely runs and side steps and was unlucky not to score. Archie on the other wing was itching to be more involved but tackled and harassed any opposition that came near.
Great hard running team work today, lots to be positive about but also plenty that the coaches see can be worked on and strengthened.
Under 15’s Made to work in the Winter Sun
A beautiful winters day at Hartree Mill on Sunday saw the under 15’s take on Whitecraigs on the first team pitch. This was a decent encounter with both teams showing some real craft but Whitecraigs having a little more rugby nous.
Whitecraigs burst out of the traps taking the game straight to Biggar and the hosts were caught napping. Missed tackles out wide on the left saw Whitecraigs nippy winger over the line twice in the space of 3 minutes with 2 almost carbon copy scores.
Biggar were struggling early on and Whitecraigs rucking was excellent. Time after time they seemed to be able to legally win ball that they had no right to win. A real skill and it starved Biggar of possession. When Biggar did get the ball in hand, players seemed to be isolated and possession was invariably turned over.
Highlight of the first half from a home perspective was a well worked try by Josh JvR. The big lad is becoming bit of a scoring machine and finished off what was a well worked moved to burst over the line. Great rucking and good determination from Biggar saw possession retained and a ground made into Whitecraigs 22. It looked like the ball had gone the wrong way as Josh was covered by 2 or 3 men but he proved the doubters wrong by bursting through and over. The conversion was missed.
It was a tough first half and Biggar found themselves 29-5 down at the whistle with a second half mountain to climb.
Unfortunately the second half started with a further Whitecraigs score and there was a real concern that heads would go down but these lads are made of sterner stuff. This score seemed to galvanise them and they started to fight and push Whitecraigs back.
A much improved second half from all was the result. Whilst Whitecraigs scored a further 2 tries they were forced to work much harder for their scores. During the same period, Biggar scored 2 more tries so the game had a much more even feel to it.
The first was an excellent solo effort from Cameron Snell. From the base of the scrum almost on half way he took off down the blind side and just kept going. Some fine footwork foxed the fullback and he was over for a great try in the corner.
The second was also a fine solo effort this time from Josh JvR again. The ball was popped to him inside his own half and he barrelled off down the left hand side of the pitch. A couple of hand offs later and he could see the white line. Excellent strength and running from the forward and a well-deserved 2nd try for him was the last action of the game.
Final Score Biggar 15 Whitecraigs 48
A tough game for Biggar but credit must go Whitecraigs who rucked well all day and whose handling at times was phenomenal – there 7th try in particular was excellent with a juggling catch being made prior to the score.
Biggar started very slowly and were caught cold by the determination and speed of the opposition. This was possibly down to the fact that the game last week and subsequent training had to be cancelled due to the poor weather. Regardless, the boys dusted themselves down and made a real fist of it in the second half. Taking the game to Whitecraigs and making them work for their victory. This is the attitude we have come to expect from this team and they did not disappoint.
Man of the match was given to Craig Frame for great determination in the tackle and ruck and also good strong running with the ball in hand.
Biggar 68 Whitecraigs 0
'Wesencraft whirlwind backs up Whitecraigs whitewash'
The second clean sheet of the season saw hat-tricks from Rory Wesencraft and Craig Meikle and a down right solid performance to boot from a team that are on the brink of winning the League.
With confidence abounding and a real desire to win it was clear from the outset that Biggar were the dominant side.
There was a little clumsiness at the point of delivery between the forwards and backs at the mid-point but other than this was a very appealing match to watch.
In all honesty you would have expected a tense affair because the visitors were a real threat the last time the two teams met. Their threatening centre partnership was absent due to injury and that made a real difference.
There were a couple of notable features of the match. One being a powerful scrum. Biggar are as powerful a unit as any in the Green Conference and they thrived in that department. The other being support play with confident handling. Biggar were quicker to arrive at the ruck but could dominate more but the less said about the Line-out, the better. It was a step too far to have your cake, and eat it.
Cammy Forrest signed in early doors with a score in the corner quickly followed by Rory Wesencraft. Sam Wallis secured the ball well at wing to provide the platform for Wesencraft's second. The full-back, who left three or four defenders in his wake, was on fire and his blistering pace is a delight to watch.
Craig Meikle found himself in space on the right soon after to register his first of three.
Biggar, ever on the ascendancy, bossed proceedings and left Whitecraigs reeling after Rowan Stewart linked well with his fellow backs to score between the posts. Some moves you just cannot defend against. That was one of them.
The visitors tried their very best to halt the Biggar attack but to no avail.
Craig Meikle managed another two out wide after some strong play by the forwards who ground the Whitecraigs pack down.
Robbie Orr converted three from seven and the half-time score was 41 nil.
Biggar ruthlessly dismantled Whitecraigs in the second half and showed a clear intent to inflict more damage even though the result was way beyond doubt.
There would be no revival from the visitors, who struggled as the game went on. With half an hour to go they looked disjointed and dispirited.
Full-back Wesencraft was in again showing quick feet. Matthew Stewart supported well to get on the score sheet followed by Luhann Kotze and Ali Steele. McConkey couldn't help himself when he was in a great position late on. Normally the unselfish flanker would have off-loaded but not a chance this time. Saw the gap and crashed over.
Story date: 23/11/2015
So, what of the league? A win at GHA on 6th Dec would secure top spot and see Biggar crowned Green Conference Champions. Exciting times!
Youth v Falkirk
S1 Biggar 11 - Falkirk 7
After several nice Sunday afternoons watching rugby in the late summer sun winter finally bared it's teeth at Falkirk for Biggar S1s latest game in the Green Conference. Lashing rain, gale force winds and a determined Falkirk team provided a new set of questions for the squad. Biggars team work, skill and determination didn’t disappoint parents or coaches.
Biggar started facing into the wind but even so they spent most of the first 15 minutes camped in Falkirk’s half. Various forays to the try line were repelled by a well organised and committed Falkirk team. Both teams tried to play rugby in difficult conditions and the passing intent with ball in hand was a pleasure to watch. For all of Biggars possession it was Falkirk who scored first, their score coming from an 80 yard run stopped by Biggars No15 Ross Henderson. The ensuing ruck and maul gave Falkirk a penalty try which wasn’t converted, half time score after 20 minutes of intense rugby 3 - 0 to the hosts.
With an injury to Ross, Biggar went down to 12, Falkirk sportingly agreed to also drop to 12. Biggar received from the restart kick, Archie Damer made a 30 yard sprint down his wing beating several players before passing to Fraser Simpson to cut inside to beat 2 more and score under the posts. The extra point converted by Euan Laing. From the restart Biggar quickly won ball and Murray Lean got the ball wide through hands to the revived Ross who sprinted in under the posts, the conversion successfully being taken by Archie Damer.
Although Biggar had a lot of possession and the forwards competed hard in horrible conditions gradually Falkirk worked their way towards Biggars try line and through a succession of penalties scored under the posts and converted. So once again Biggar were in a 1 point game with less than 10 minutes to go and again the players and team worked out a way to win.
By this time Biggar had lost Euan and Jonathan Smith to a combination of knocks and the cold. Biggar pressed forward, Falkirk had a scrum in the corner defending their own line. Good pressure on the kick clearance led to the ball landing with Ross on the 22, a sprint for the line was only stopped by a high tackle which gave Biggar the penalty. Quickly marshalled by Murray Lean the ball was passed to Ruadhri O'Donnell who went through a wall of bodies for a deserved try. The conversion was missed and whistle blown for full time. Score 11 - 7 to Biggar.
One thing was sure, both teams wanted to win this match and the difference partly came down to who wanted it the most.
Given the torrential rain the offloading from Biggar was exceptional, both teams passed the ball and several times Biggar moved the ball through 4 - 5 hands to attack wide. Special recognition goes to Ciaran who loved his role as No 8 in the thick of the match. The ability of players to switch and change positions and feel comfortable in different situations is a big gain for the team.
Well done and thanks to players and parents for braving the weather.
The U-15’s hosted Falkirk at The Showfield and in quite dreadful conditions put their visitors to the sword running in many tries in a 50+ point victory. It’s never easy playing in such conditions (or spectating for that matter and thanks to all those who turned out) but it’s easier of you are winning so all credit to the Falkirk squad who stuck at their task manfully despite the conditions and the one-sided nature of the contest.
U15’s win in testing conditions against Falkirk
With a late switch of venue to the Showfield for the U15’s game and a late start for players to be involved in Remembrance Services, the game finally kicked off just after 2.00pm following a 2 minute silence to remember and honour those who have lost their lives for our freedom, then and now.
Falkirk arrived with just 16 players and, as Biggar knows to their cost this season, this can be quite a daunting task for a team just hoping that injuries do not follow quickly during the game. Biggar too had a couple of unavailable players in Harry Low and Guy Hunt but thankfully we now have good playing squad numbers and were still able to field a strong team.
Biggar chose to play the first half with the wind at their backs and Rhys Thomson set the tone for Biggar with a crunching tackle that quickly robbed Falkirk of having the luxury of a spare man. Drew Brewster scored the first of Biggar’s 9 tries and this was quickly followed up by a bullocking run by Josh who touched down to the right of the posts. Both these tries were converted by Finlay Stewart who kicked remarkably well considering the windy and slippery conditions. In fact, Finlay managed to convert 6 out of the 9 tries, which is a tremendous return.
Falkirk playing into a strong wind and hemmed back on their own goal line then tried to kick the ball to relieve the pressure but Shawn Cottam, playing at full back sliced through the covering defence and touched down in the left corner for a great solo try.
Flanker, Craig Frame then managed to score two tries, one either side of half time. The first from a line out to him at the back, expertly thrown by Rhys (half time score 33-0) and his second came from good pick up and drives from a number of forwards that resulted in Craig crashing over.
Unfortunately for Falkirk, when they turned around at half-time, the wind and rain had eased so they did not really benefit from the favourable conditions Biggar had had in the 1st half. Biggar then started to play a more expansive game with strong running and off loading to support runners that resulted in a try for centre Niall Ball. From the base of a scrum, Cameron Snell picked up and charged through the first line of defence, the ball was then shipped to Finlay who gained further yardage into Falkirk’s 22 before passing to Niall who still had plenty to do but managed to power over the line just to the right of the posts.
The next try was the coaches pick of the bunch as it showed them that the boys are starting to put into practice the coaching from Wednesday night’s training. This score typified what good support play is all about and how to capitalise on attacking positions when one player has managed to break the defensive line. Firstly, another powerful run by Josh into the heart of Falkirk’s defence, then an off load to Jamie Shannon who drew two players that released Hugo Baillie for an easy run to the line.
Jamie then managed to bag a try for himself when he went through a few Falkirk players close to the line to crash over. Jamie’s try also resulted in Falkirk losing another player and so the game was played out to a finish with both teams having 14 players on the pitch. The Falkirk boys never gave up and they kept coming at Biggar with a real willingness to get on the score sheet but unfavourable conditions and lack of substitution opportunities, it just wasn’t meant to be and no further scores came for either team.
Final Score: Biggar 57 – 0 Falkirk
This was a really good team performance by the Biggar boys. Special mentions must go to the backs for their handling in particularly difficult conditions, the forwards for their dominance at the scrum, Cameron for his play at the base of the scrum, Finlay for his kicking, Shawn for his willingness to run the ball back whenever he could and Jamie Bell for his stout tackling on the wing to snuff out any chances that Falkirk had.
It was great to see a good crowd up at the Showfield, especially when the weather was so atrocious. The boys were really lifted by this and pleased that many of the U16’s, Colts, Girls Squad members, and parents braved the wind and rain to cheer them on.
Lastly, many thanks to Lesley and Karen for their volunteer duties in the kitchen and for missing out on a good win though you might have been best placed considering the weather!!
Story date: 11/11/2015
Scorers: Drew Brewster 2, Craig Frame 2, Shawn Cottam, Josh Jvr, Niall Ball, Hugo Baillie and Jamie Shannon
Green Conference against Dunfermline
S1s. BIGGAR 17 - DUNFERMLINE 12
Autumn sunshine was once again the weather for Biggar S1s away trip to Dunfermline on the 1st of November.
Biggar kicked off and the hosts moved forward off a couple of phases but Biggar tackled and harried and quickly won turn over ball largely through Ruadhri’s O’Donnell determination. The ball was then quickly moved through five pairs of hands to winger for the day Fraser Simpson who beat his cover and sprinted in from 30 yards for a fine opening try which demonstrates all the work going on recently on passing and attacking play. The hosts restarted but Biggar had their tails up and the forwards won the ball for Ruadhri to charge past a few defenders and ran in solo try under the posts which was converted by Archie Damer the first conversion hitting the posts.
At this point the game slowed down with a number of knock on’s and scrums which Biggar seemed to have the upper hand of but couldn’t execute the attack from. Then just after 12 minutes Biggar lost their hooker Jack Louden through injury and Fraser was moved back into his conventional berth in the forwards.
In the middle period Biggar scored another try and looked to have scored another one through captain on the day Murray Lean but who’s dive was just short! Then last year’s white line fever looked to have taken hold in the team with sustained pressure on the Dunfermline line not bearing fruit as quickly or easily as it should have until finally Cameron Armstrong broke through and scored near the posts with another conversion hitting the posts and the hosts also scoring the score going into the last 15 minutes was 13 – 6.
Two scores from the hosts then took the score to 13 – 12 and the game was certainly still on! Injury to the teams replacement hooker Connor Lister then spread the Biggar resources thin. Here was the first real pressure for the team, could this squad close off a game which 10 minutes earlier had looked safely put to bed? Much to the parents and coaches admiration the squad stuck in and grew they worked for each other with darting runs and drives and finally got the ball to the newest team member Gregor Forrest to score.
Final score 17 – 12 to Biggar but more important than the result was the development in both character and playing style, Good job team.
(Note score 3 points a try 1 for conversion, game 3 session of 15 minutes)
S2's DALZIEL 30 v BIGGAR (S2) 21
As there was no competitive game this week the S2’s travelled to Dalziel for a friendly, hoping to keep up the momentum from the excellent team performance against Hamilton last Sunday. With the sun shining and the turnout up, there was a squad of 17 players for the new Coaching Team to choose from, expectations were high as the game kicked off.
Unfortunately, the boys slipped back into their previous bad habits of failing to secure their own ball and an almost complete absence of tackling, which allowed Dalziel to score a try from their first attack and then double their lead minutes later, although both conversions were missed, to make it 6-0. The Biggar boys responded with the forwards securing the ball and after a series of plays sending it down the back line for Callum Smith to touchdown in the corner. With the difficult kick also being missed it was 6-3 with only 10 minutes played. Poor tackling once again let Dalziel run in a further three unanswered tries, all of which were successfully converted to extend the Dalziel lead to 18-3 as the Ref blew to end the first 20 minute period.
The Biggar boys rallied in the second period and began to secure the ball better in the forwards and spin it down the back line to move steadily up the park. But it seemed as though every time Biggar crossed the Dalziel twenty-two the ball was either lost or intercepted and three times in quick succession Dalziel were able to breakaway up the park to score a try. With all three tries once again being successfully converted the lead was stretched to 30-3 and the game looked to be all but over for Biggar. The boys refused to give up though and continued to utilise forward and back play to press the Dalziel defence. Biggar were awarded a penalty try after deliberate foul play by Dalziel just five yards from their line. Calum McCallum converted the kick to make it 30-7 and a few moments it was Calum McCallum again that dived over in the corner for Biggar’s third try after the backs ripped the ball from Dalziel and sent it quickly down the back-line. Though the kick was unsuccessful the try brought the score to 30-10 at the end of the second period.
It was clear that the Dalziel boys were beginning to tire and this was confirmed when they asked for the last 20 minute period to be cut to 10 minutes. Though the Biggar coaches were not keen on this, a compromise agreement was reached for a 15 minute period. It was a period that was all Biggar though, as the forwards and backs combined to put pressure on the Dalziel defence. First Callum Smith pulled it back to 30-13 finishing in the corner after quick ball from the scrum found him out on the wing, although the conversion was unsuccessful. Then almost direct from the kick-of the boys travelled up the field again before Callum Smith broke away to complete his hat-trick and score between the posts, which Calum McCallum converted to make it 30-17. Then after further good play by the forwards and backs, Josh Dempster picked-up the ball on the wing and sailed past a stream of defenders to finish under the posts and again Calum McCallum converted the kick to make it 30-21. The boys thought they had closed the gap even further when Calum McCallum pounced on a loose pass and dived over in the corner, but the Ref pulled the boys back for a foot in touch and a line-out. Shortly after that the Ref blew the final whistle and the game finished 30-21, but who knows what could have happened if those final five minutes had been played?
Ultimately though it was the poor start and appalling lack of tackling that lost the boys the game, with Dalziel running in five tries to one in the first period and three tries to two in the second, although Biggar did take the shortened third period three tries to nil. Whilst there were some positives in the game – not least the fact that the boys refused to give up and kept at it right to the final whistle. Training this week will need to focus on tackling, tackling and more tackling and then if there is time – MORE TACKLING!
U-15’s Biggar 5 Dunfermline 39
Under 15’s perform well in defeat at Hartree Mill
Biggar under 15’s took on Dunfermline at Hartree Mill on Sunday and put in a creditable performance even in the face of a 39 points to 5 defeat. Having lost their first competitive game of the season to Dunfermline by 70 points a tough game was expected and that was as the case but Biggar performed well.
Dunfermline arrived with excellent numbers and as expected were a strong, well-drilled outfit that did the basics very well. The first half was a tousy affair with defences on top. Dunfermline had most of the ball but Biggar defended manfully tackling well and containing the runners. Jamie Bell’s tracking back and tackling was excellent and Guy Hunt was working well in the middle of the line to stop the big Dunfermline backs.
Some of the rucking on display from Biggar was excellent. Harry Low in particular driving Dunfermline back and being well supported by Harry Archibald and Connor Sheridan. All areas of the team were working hard and it was disappointing to see Dunfermline score out wide left. A lost scrum was worked well out wide and Dunfermline managed to work the ball into space to score an unconverted try.
Dunfermline scored again from a quickly taken penalty with Biggar possibly guilty of switching off slightly. Going over wide on the left with another unconverted try. The game was still very tight and the battle was happening in the middle of the park. Tackling was good and rucking was hard but little ground was being gained by either team.
Half Time Biggar 0 Dunfermline 10
From the start of the second half, Biggar took the game by the scruff of the neck. The forwards driving Dunfermline back and working hard to get back into the game. A number of excellent pick and go’s from Biggar getting them well into the 22. A couple of forwards could have scored with Hugo Baillie and Craig Frame going close but it was Niall Ball that made it over the line to bring Biggar right back into the game.
Unfortunately from there on, Dunfermline started to take real control of the game scoring 5 further tries. A number of them when Biggar were really pressing hard to get over the line. Each time the last pass seemed to fall to the opposition and they produced good rugby to get themselves out of danger.
Dunfermline were working Biggar really hard and it was proving tough to close them down. Indeed they could have scored more but some great tackling on the right from Gregor Harley and an amazing last gasp intervention from Shawn Cottam preventing what looked like a certain try.
With the last play of the game, Biggar were pushing and pushing for a score which their play surely deserved but the ball was lost and Dunfermline showed guile and determination to take the ball from their 5m line and score.
Full time Biggar 5 – Dunfermline 39
Although this was a disappointing result, the performance from Biggar was another step in the right direction. Tackling, rucking and support were all good and the boys worked their socks off. It’s a testament to the excellent coaching that the boys are receiving that they are making such big strides game by game. Another positive was seeing 3 more boys making their competitive debuts for Biggar this week. Alex Trickey, Harry Griffies and Joe Kelly all getting game time and Lee Smith coming off the bench again with all 4 boys making a real impact in the game. Another tough game next week against Falkirk who won the away game by just 3 points. Keep working and hard and we can hopefully get our 3rd win of the season.
Many thanks to Lanark RFC ref Stewart Wise who answered the call to arms when unavailability and injury ruled out Biggar's supply of refs.
U-16’s: Biggar 58 Dunfermline 12
Biggar started the second half of the league fixtures with a ruthless display against Dunfermline in glorious Autumn sunshine.
Biggar fans can be sure of one thing when U16's play, and that's commitment and desire.
This team played with assurance from the start and was not thrown by the few moments when Dunfermline threatened in the first half. A couple of minor adjustments sorted that.
So where do we start...the solo run by Robbie Orr? The sublime link up play by Rowan Stewart? The sheer guts and determination from Guy Kelly? Take your pick, it was all inspiring.
The back row learned today that they have real leader in Daniel McConkey. But no real surprise there. Stuart Forrest now knows the meaning of 'Meet it early'...as does his opposite number. We could wax lyrical for ages and so we should because this squad entertain week in, week out. It's a pleasure to watch.
Dunfermline kicked off in calm conditions only to find themselves facing a hurricane. It is to their credit that they were not blown away in the opening blasts. In fact they looked quite dangerous early on after cancelling out the first Biggar try in what was a very good 'forwards' score, but they never managed to add to their tally other than in closing stages following a Biggar mistake.
Biggar had eight different try scorers. Talk about a Team effort.
Guy Kelly drew first blood with an impressive turn of speed from about 3 feet. Robbie Orr scored in 20 mins after he went on a 'Mazy' from 10m. Guy in again after a sustained period of play with three or four phases. Ali Steele dived over the whitewash for Biggar's fourth after linking up well with the backs.
Ali converted three from four to bring the half-time score to 26-7.
Straight after the break the support was offered up the try of the day, and all you could do was stand and applaud at what was, quite frankly, a touch of class. A combination of slick ball, hitting the line, vision, support and off-load led to Rowan Stewart breaking through and off-loading to Lewis Stewart and the flanker was happy to finish off the centres hard work.
Sam Grieve added another followed by Stuart Forrest. Blind-side flanker McConkey got in on the act to put the icing on his solid performance. If you want a cherry on the top then look no further than Luhann Kotze's box of tricks. In fact the electric scrum-half stuck another two on top, one of which was converted well by Craig Meikle.
Ten tries, four conversions, and we haven't even mentioned the performance of second row Alex Dawe. A fully fired-up individual that made so much ground. Ran like he just wasn't going to be stopped.
What sets this team apart from others is the ability to keep going which must sicken the opposition because it would appear that as the match goes on the intensity rises.
As ever though, the game was played in the spirit we should all expect. Respectful and disciplined.
Story date: 04/11/2015
Tries: Guy Kelly (2), Robbie Orr, Ali Steele, Lewis Stewart, Sam Grieve, Stuart Forrest, Daniel McConkey, Luhann Kotze (2).
Conv: Ali Steele (3), Craig Meikle (1)
Youth Section record clean sweep
Not all reports are available as yet but the Youth Section did the club proud by winning all 4 matches against stuffy Hamilton sides on Sunday.
After a few weeks away from competitive rugby the Biggar S1s visited Hamilton on a still and dry Autumn day.
With only 10 players Biggar were lower on player numbers than ever before but that galvanised a great team spirit led by captain for the day Jack Louden.
The pattern for the match was set in the first minute when Cameron broke through a couple of tackles and ran from half way to score under the posts converted by Euan, 4 more try's came in the first 15 minute period, for Ross, Ruadhri, Cameron and Fraser again with 1 more conversion.
The second period brought 4 more try's: one more for Fraser, Ruadhri and Cameron and at the end of the period for Captain Jack.
In the final period the team were given certain objectives. - 5 more try's and 1 for Grego.
All targets were achieved with try's coming from Jonathan, Ross x 2, Fraser and Gregor with a lovely inside centres straight run to the outside from a scrum won against the head in the last minutes of the match.
The team's work and support for each other over 45 minutes of rugby was a pleasure to watch with a lot of passing out of tackles and pops off the ground keeping the attacks going. All this was achieved with 10 Biggar players playing against 13 Hamilton players!
Final score Biggar 48 - Hamilton 0.
So that's 6 wins and 1 loss so far as S1s. Lots of good play and team work. Great start with much more to work on in training and in the remaining matches.
HAMILTON 11 v BIGGAR (S2) 35
After a two week lay-off Biggar travelled to Hamilton with both a new coaching line up a few new and returning players, though two late call-off’s meant we once again had to play with only 14 players. New Head Coach Chris Kelly with his team of Jock Gray, Kenny Henderson, Andrew Smith and Gavin Catto put the boys through their paces during the warm up and then put their heads together to work out their best line up. Despite a few boys being asked to play outside their comfort zones, the team as a whole were clearly up for the challenge and started the game with all guns blazing. It took less than two minutes for Callum Smith to open the scoring with his now trade-mark picking the ball up within his own 22 and speeding past opponent after opponent to score between the posts. Next up came Josh Todd who was having an excellent game as a marauding Number 8 and barged over the line to finish off a great forwards try. The boy’s third try was another excellent team effort coming from a series of set pieces involving both forwards and backs and ending with a quick penalty that saw Callum Smith touch down again. Try number four was all back play with quick movement of the ball, strong running and great support play leading to Josh Dempster diving over to score. With Calum McCallum kicking three out of the four conversations the boys were ahead 0-15 at the end of the first twenty minute period.
The second period was more evenly matched as both teams attacked and counter attacked and the play moved from one end of the pitch to the other. It was Biggar who struck first though as sustained pressure by the forwards led to a series of quickly taken penalties and Josh Dempster dived over for his second try of the match. Hamilton finally got some points on the board as their forwards also put pressure on the Biggar defence and a quick penalty saw them score in the corner. Biggar responded quickly though and after another series of excellent forward plays it was Will Kelly that bundled the ball over the line for try number six. Just before the end of the period Hamilton scored their second try of the game after further sustained pressure on the Biggar line. The Hamilton kicker converted one out of two kicks, but the trusty boot of Calum McCallum saw him convert both his kicks and extend the Biggar lead to 7-23 as the Ref blew to end the period.
The Biggar boys rallied again in the third period and another series of set plays involving both the forwards and the backs saw Lewis McCary crossing the line to complete an excellent team try. Try number eight came from sustained pressure from the Biggar forwards again and it was Louis Henderson who eventually charged through a line of defenders to touch down. Biggar’s final try came from Calum McCallum, who intercepted a pass on his own 22 yard line and ran the length of the field with three Hamilton players in hot pursuit. They could not catch him though as he touched down just to the right of the posts. Having converted the previous two kicks Calum McCallum also converted his own try to bring the score to 7-35. Hamilton kept at it right to the end though and their endeavours were rewarded with a third try which was successfully converted, but it was too little, too late, as the Ref blew the final whistle with the score at 11-35.
An excellent all round team performance from the Biggar boys with each and every one of them putting in an enormous amount of effort and playing well. There will be a few things for the coaching team to work on in training but all in all a very positive performance and well deserved victory for the boys.
Under 15’s take the fight to Hamilton Bulls.
Biggar 33 Hamilton 10
Biggar under 15’s took on local rivals Hamilton Bulls at Hartree Mill on Sunday and recorded a fantastic 33 – 10 victory. Having played a friendly against the Bulls earlier in the season, it was not a surprise that this was a bruising encounter. Both teams have big strong packs and the battle up top was always going to be key. As it was, it was the Biggar backs that carried on their excellent form to produce a fantastic display of running rugby that the Bulls simply couldn’t live with.
Hamilton got off the mark first when quick thinking and poor tackling combined to get them over the line out wide on the left. The try went unconverted and from then on Biggar put up the shutters in defence and worked their socks off to ensure they won the game.
Biggar went ahead with the first of their 5 tries coming from a well held scrum on the right. Captain Drew Brewster saw a gap on the blind side and powered through. Great vision and determined running was enough to see him breach the defence and go over between the posts. Finlay Stewart kicked the conversion.
Biggar scored again from another set piece this time a line out. Rhys Thomson, who played well at hooker, had a good throw taken well by Cameron Snell. The ball was fed out quickly to Niall Ball in the middle of the park and he simply went for it. His run cut through the heart of the Hamilton defence and they simply couldn’t stop him. A great try under the posts and again a conversion from Finlay Stewart.
The third Biggar try was possibly the best of the bunch. Hamilton found space up their right and their big number 12 looked like he might get in to score. A great tackle from Drew at full back coupled with excellent forward support from Harry Archibald and Craig Frame secured the ball. It was popped quickly to Shawn Cottam who bolted for the line. He had very limited space, three defenders on him and over half the pitch to cover but he made it look simple as he touched down between the sticks. Again Finlay converted well.
Half Time Biggar 21 Hamilton 5
Into the second half and it was a very tight affair. Hamilton were desperate to get back into the game early and made a concerted effort to get into the Biggar 22. As with the first half, every Biggar Man worked his socks off in defence. Tackling, rucking and mauling with gusto to prevent any score. A penalty and then scrum on the 5 metre line bringing real pressure but Biggar stood firm then hit Hamilton with a sucker punch. From an untidy passage of play in midfield, the ball was passed on to Josh who made a drive for the try line. From just inside the Hamilton half, the big man ran and ran barging defenders out of his way. He made it to the line with a couple of the opposition hanging onto him and got the ball down for another superb try from Biggar which Finlay again converted.
The fifth try for Biggar was scored by Niall Ball getting his second of the game. Great running from Cameron Snell and support from Niall saw him going in out wide. Another good try from the centre who was unlucky not to get a “hat trick” as earlier in the game he had shown some amazing footwork to get the ball into the in goal area but the bounce of the ball eventually beat him.
Hamilton scored a late consolation try which went unconverted.
Full Time Biggar 33 – Hamilton 10
There were so many positives that the boys can take from this game. Lee Smith coming on for his debut playing his first ever competitive rugby and acquitting himself admirably. Jamie Shannon making his comeback from injury and making a really positive contribution. Fantastic defence from all 18 boys who played. Some of the tackling was excellent and the work-rate superb. The hard work in training really is paying off. Finally the direct running. All of the scores were as a result of running at Hamilton and committing them. Some of the running from Connor, Craig and Josh in the forwards was excellent and Hamilton really struggled to cope.
A well-deserved victory boys keep up the hard work and keep playing at that tempo and you will give anyone a good game.
Biggar 17 Hamilton 6
'Biggar hold firm to extend their winning sequence in the Green Conference
Biggar can reflect on a 'Job well done' against their fellow South Lanarkshire opponents at Hartreemill.
Story date: 25/10/2015
With two players down due to representative duties the day before it was important that they consolidated the hard work put in at training to ensure the shape and focus was maintained. Biggar did not disappoint.
The game didn't flow as much as previous games by virtue of the fact that Hamilton probably felt they had something to prove following the pre-season friendly defeat and disrupted the Biggar game-plan well.
Hamilton's forwards had certainly done a good job early doors and forced two penalties that allowed them to go for the posts. The kicks were well taken and the visitors were 6 points up after 15 minutes.
No panic though and skipper Kelly steadied the ship with some good carries to get Biggar back into the Hamilton half.
The hosts had limited options in midfield but coped well and utilised the forwards effectively, albeit slighty laboured on occasions at the breakdown.
Positivity and determination was evident though and that paid off in 20min when sustained forward pressure saw Ali Steele squeeze low over the line to score. His own conversion attempt just wide.
The two sides traded penalties inside the Hamilton half and all was a bit loose with no real progression from either side.
Biggar eventually found some space and fluency as time went on and good hands led to Biggar's second to put some daylight between the the two sides. Ali Steele again showing maturity and exploited a gap in the defence to run in from 5m.
Hamilton were dangerous and were expected to hit back in the second half, but Biggar now had the wind at their backs and an obvious advantage that Hamilton didn't manage to capitalise on in the first.
Previous homework suggested that the visitors struggled under sustained defensive pressure with handling errors creeping in. Sure enough, history did in fact repeat itself.
As dangerous as Hamilton were, Biggar just simply plugged away and waited patiently for the break, that they eventually got. The ball was slung wide from a good turn-over and some direct and powerful running from Rowan Stewart made space for Craig Meikle to increase his tally for the season. An excellent conversion from Ali Steele secured the maximum 7 points.
Rowan Stewart was nearly in himself soon after with a brilliant break and chip over the defender but the bounce wasn't favourable and he knocked on....unlucky.
Conclusion: A hard fought win, but well deserved.
Sam Wallis deputised well at Scrum-half. Mature performance from Ali Steele. Daniel McConkey sharp at the line-out and dominated contact.
There were some good decisions out there – but there is a lot of the game that Biggar can improve as well. It is promising for the future.
Tries: Ali Steele (2), Craig Meikle.
Conv: Ali Steele (1)
Biggar v GHA Green Conference
GHA 40 v BIGGAR (S2) 7
With Biggar only having 14 players and GHA a bare 12 it was looking like another forfeit game for the boys until the last minute arrival of a 13th man for GHA. Biggar agreed to play 13-a-side but the first 20 minute period was probably their poorest team performance of the season so far. With a handling error straight from the GHA kick-off leading to the first try and the Biggar kick-off being run straight back in for the second, Biggar found themselves 8-0 down with less than 5 minutes on the clock. Further handling errors and poor kicking led to the breakdown of every Biggar attack and the almost complete absence of tackling allowed GHA to run in a further 3 tries. The GHA kicker was also on excellent form slotting home all five conversions for a 20-0 lead at the end of the period.
The second 20 minute period did not start any better for Biggar as GHA once again ran the ball over for a try straight from the kick-off. This was followed by two further tries, all of which were successfully converted to stretch the lead to 32-0. Biggar kept at it though and their efforts were finally rewarded when after edging up the field through a mixture of running moves and penalties, Will Kelly managed to force the ball over the line for a well-deserved Biggar try. There was just enough time on the clock for Calum McCallum to slot over the conversion and the second period ended with the score 32-4.
Biggar brought on their extra man for the third period and finally began to hold their own, managing to both defend their own line and string together some decent attacking play, though they were still let down by handling errors when it looked like they might breach the try line again. It was another mixture of running moves and penalties that led to their second try as Euan Barr touched over in the corner. Biggar missed the kick but kept the pressure on the opposition playing much of the period in the GHA half of the pitch. GHA managed a further two breakaway tries just before the end, both of which were successfully converted and they ran out 40-7 winners at the final whistle.
A bad day at the office for the Biggar boys who must at least be given credit for the fact that they never let their heads drop and they kept trying right to the end of the game. There will be a number of things they need to work on in training before our next game
Under 15’s lose the battle at Hartree Mill
As the old adage goes, you can lose a battle but still win the war and this game had a bit of that about it. In the end, the battle was lost with GHA running out winners by 48 points to nil but in terms of the season (the war), today may have been a turning point.
For the first time this season, the under 15’s were able to field 15 players and even had the luxury of 2 substitutes. The tireless work of the coaching staff and players paying dividends with 3 new players pulling on the black and red for the first time. This showed in parts with communication occasionally breaking down but with 3 weeks to go until the next league match, this is something that can be worked on.
With these reinforcements in place - Josh, Craig and Lee – the Biggar team had a bit more aggression and strength. Indeed it was one of the new players, Craig Frame, who was Biggar man of the match. For a young man playing his first competitive game of rugby he was superb. Working hard, tackling, rucking and running fearlessly at the opposition. Fingers crossed we will see a lot more from him as the season unfolds.
GHA were a well organised hard-rucking side who just had a little more craft and nous than their Biggar counterparts and it showed at the crucial times in the game. Biggar played very well in parts with some excellent tackling on show from all in black and red. GHA had 4 or 5 big strong runners and no-one shirked the challenge but every so often in the game GHA would show the extra bit of rugby craft that led to a score.
Two scores from throws to the back of the line-out were the pick of the GHA tries with one in particular an excellent score out wide. Another well worked score was from a quickly taken line-out showing awareness of tiring Biggar legs and minds to find gaps and score out wide.
Biggar had a number of positives to take from the game. All 8 backs that played a part in the game looked like they are beginning to form a real understanding together and had a number of promising runs that just couldn’t quite get them over the line. The tackling and work rate from all backs was good with Guy Hunt, Finlay Stewart and Jamie Bell all showing well. Some good kicking was on display too with one real gem from Drew taking Biggar from their own 22 into the GHA 22. This added a new dimension to the Biggar game and one that will bring dividends as the season progresses.
Pick of the forwards was Craig as man of the match but Hugo Baillie had a good game at loosehead. Up against a big man in the front row he scrummaged well and made 3 or 4 notable carries constantly making ground. Cameron Snell had another good game at number 8 and Sam Wallis did well playing flanker for possibly the first time then moving back to Scrum half in the second half.
Final Score Biggar 0 GHA 48
This was a much closer game than the score-line suggests with the score showing as 29 -0 going into the final 10 minutes and Biggar still in contention. These lads are starting to look like a team now with squad numbers on the up and if they keep up the hard work in training, the second half of this league season could be very different from the first half. Keep going lads – a win against Hamilton in 3 weeks is an achievable goal if everyone pulls together and works hard.
U-16’s Biggar 53 GHA 17
Biggar put GHA to the sword with a thumping home win, but the scoreline was no reflection on the visiting sides performance.
Biggar were considerable, not least in their ability to react quickly in open play when the unexpected happened or opportunities were created. The hosts had a couple of slick moves behind from set pieces but lacked the skills they displayed from previous weeks and often looked in disarray on occasions. However, skipper Kelly steadied the ship, with some help from his pack, to crash over the line in seven minutes following a sustained period of 'Pick 'n' Go's'.
The visitors showed a similarity with their hosts in their approach to the game with strong props carrying and safe hands in the back division. Couple that with good discipline and what you have is a tough team to break down.
GHA did bite back with a try of their own five minutes later and again through a strong and patient phase of play with the forwards.
For the next 15 minutes it was back and forward with both teams trading blows equally throughout. Craig Meikle touched down in the corner then GHA squared things up with another.
Luhann Kotze showed his value in 30 min and made a trademark break and step to run in from the opposition 22m to keep Biggar ahead at half-time.
Stuart Forrest broke the line early on in the second half and was rewarded with a very good try to widen the gap and take some of the pressure off the Hartreemill side because GHA just were not going away. Matthew Stewart's radar broke on his kicking boot and failed to make any conversions in the first half so handed the goal kicking responsibility to Ali Steele who deputised well as he converted the Forrest try.
GHA were, if not rattled, rattling, but Biggar had by then virtually emptied their limited bench and most of the players they had based their game plan on were either sitting on the sidelines with an injury or lying crocked on the pitch. They were soon joined by Robbie Orr, who received a yellow card for wiping out the GHA winger, fortunate referee Taylor, who was very fair and refereed what was in front of him all day, did not reach for red.
GHA saw the gaps and went for it. They scored a converted try to reduce their deficit to 8 points.
Then, it was as if someone had flicked a switch....the 'on' switch.
In the final 20 minutes of the match the crowd were dealt up a fine spectacle of maturity and skill. GHA failed to cope with the intensity and physical dominance that Biggar threw at them. They were hugely impressive.
Biggar were consistently productive. They steadily increased the pressure, waited for the error and produced the telling blows at the decisive moments. That's what led to Rory Wesencraft's try, then Jordan Gray's, then Matthew Stewart's, then Guy Kelly's.
In the dying moments of the game, and with GHA on their haunches, Biggar steadily switched the ball from left to right, their forwards making ground before the decisive play. The ball found its way to Guy Kelly, who rode a bruising tackle and crashed over the whitewash for his third of the day and Biggar's 9th try.
GHA did manage a brief foray into the Biggar 22m near the end but the high ball was well managed by Wesencraft to thwart any progression.
Biggar U16's continue to play well as a team which will ultimately lead to them achieving their goals, but, and this may sound hard to believe, they can play better. They have much more to give. The scoreline masked a couple of early errors which centre around focus and positional awareness. A word too for the opposition, they didn't make it easy...not by any stretch. A mannerly and disciplined bunch that made the game a pleasure to watch.
It's becoming increasingly difficult to single out a 'Best' performance but Biggar's open side flanker Lewis Stewart probably nudges it and was utterly spent after displaying outstanding commitment.
Story date: 07/10/2015
Tries: Guy Kelly(3), Craig Meikle, Luhann Kotze, Stuart Forrest, Rory Wesencraft, Jordan Gray, Matthew Stewart.
Conv: Ali Steele (4)
S2’ 15’s and 16’s against Whitecraigs
S2's: BIGGAR 7 v WHITECRAIGS 24
The S2’s finally got to play their first competitive match of the season against a well organised Whitecraigs side that was packed with boys of much bigger and bulkier physiques than our own. With Head coach Steve Cooper also unavailable, Will, Kenny and Jock took the coaching responsibilities and as we only had the bare 15 players we were grateful for the assistance of S1’s, Murray Lean and Archie Damer who joined us after completing their own S1’s game.
The first 20 minute period saw a flowing game of rugby with the play moving from end to end. It was Whitecraigs that took the lead however, through two quick breakaway tries, the second of which was successfully converted to give them an early 0-7 lead. Disappointingly both tries were due more to the poor tackling of the Biggar boys than the play of the opposition and this was to be a recurring theme throughout the match, with tackles either being missed altogether or being attempted so high on the chest and arms so as to be totally ineffective at stopping the opposition. What chances Biggar did create petered out due to passes being dropped or balls being thrown away. Definitely areas for the boys to work on during next week’s training sessions.
The second period saw some improvement by Biggar, who began to string together a good series of forward plays and some good running moves by the backs. It was just such a series of forward breakdowns and pick-ups and drives that led to their first try as Will Kelly forced his way over the line at close range. With the kick being missed it was 3-7 and everything to play for, before once again two quick breakaway tries from Whitecraigs, one of which was converted stretched their lead to 14-3. The boys were under pressure again late in the period but a kicked clearance from defence saw Callum Smith chasing the ball up the field and his skilful pick-up around the halfway line saw him sprinting his way clear to touchdown right between the posts. Calum McCallum secured the extra point with a drop-kicked conversion and the period ended 7-14 to the visitors.
In the third period it all went wrong again for Biggar, with further handling errors scuppering the own attacking play and more poor tackling allowing Whitecraigs to run in three more unanswered tries, only one of which was converted to stretch the score to 7-24 by the time the Ref blew the final whistle.
A disappointing result for the boys, although they were in no way out played by Whitecraigs, who will surely be slightly flattered by the +17 points score-line. There were still a number of positives to be taken from the game for Biggar, not least the fact that the boys stuck at it right to the final whistle and never let their heads go down.
Numbers Game costs Under 15’s at Whitecraigs
Biggar under 15’s were in action at Whitecraigs this weekend and again the battle for numbers was to play a key role in the result. The coaches worked tirelessly to get a competitive 13 man team on the pitch for Biggar only to be told that Whitecraigs were unwilling to play a 13-a-side match! As it was then the game kicked off with 15 versus 13.
Rugby is a simple game when evenly matched but very very tough when starting 2 men down. Credit to all in black and red they faced the challenge head on and gave an excellent account of themselves throughout the 60 minutes. The Whitecraigs pack were a big lot and for the first time in a while, Biggar found themselves under real pressure at the scrum and line out. The Biggar backs at times seemed swamped and it looked as though they were really struggling but when you consider that at every set piece, they were playing 7 against 9, it was always going to be difficult.
There were a number of highlights for Biggar.
Two excellent forward tries were scored. The first from Cameron Snell who showed off his dancing skills to jink between defenders and burst for the line. A great try from the big second row who can really shift. The second from tight head Harry Low who scored a now trade-mark burst over the line from close in when great recycle ball was won by his fellow forwards. The ball was popped to him and he drove over despite the attentions of 2 or 3 defenders for his fourth try in 3 games.
Another highlight was some outstanding tackling from the backs. They were under real pressure for 60 minutes but they fought and fought valiantly putting in some great hits.
Biggar man of the match was awarded to Sam Wallace who must have made 15/20 tackles in one 5 minute period hitting man after man and knocking them backwards. Great spirit despite knowing that the game was long since lost. This is the sort of dedication that we expect from Biggar players and none of them let us down.
Final score was 72 – 14 to Whitecraigs.
I am sure that Whitecraigs will be delighted to have won one of the four competitive games that they played against Biggar this weekend. That they felt they needed to play 15 v 13 to get it left a bad taste in the mouths of most of a black and red persuasion. Points were taken over a competitive game and whilst the Biggar team will have learned lots from playing 13 v 15, it is difficult to see what the Whitecraigs players will have learned. Indeed the vision of seeing their players arguing over who gets to take the next conversion to score some points seemed to sum up their attitude. This would not have been allowed by Biggar coaches or players.
From a Biggar perspective, a free week next week gives everyone a chance to relax and come back raring to go for our first home game of the season the following week. These boys will be back and stronger for the experience both as individuals and as a team. Despite the score line you did the club and yourselves proud by keeping heads up and working hard when the cause was lost. Keep it up!
U-16’s Whitecraigs 14 Biggar 46
Let us not make extravagant claims just yet, but this victory over fully fledged Green Conference opposition, was comprehensive. Eight tries to two, but there was a price to pay as Alex Dawe had to leave the field with a shoulder injury soon after kick-off. The second row came off second best after very good contact with his opposite number. However, Fin Stott deputised well as his replacement.
Biggar started boldly though, attacking the line through Robbie Orr and Jordan Gray and stretching Whitecraigs. It took Biggar only three minutes to make their mark when Jordan Gray burst through the defence and touched down for the first which was well converted by Matthew Stewart from a tight angle.
The hosts barely had time to draw breath before Biggar were at it again. Ali Steele collected the restart and progressed up the field. A number of quick phases saw Craig Meikle pick up on the blind to run it into the corner.
Whitecraigs found a bit of form and exploited the space on the right. Their centres were strong and used to good effect. In truth they scored a well worked try as opposed to a gap in the Biggar defence.
The visitors responded almost immediately with two tries that were quite simply a display of complete unselfishness. The first, Rowan Stewart broke the line and probably could have gone on to score, but he spotted support from Matthew Stewart on his left and loaded a perfect pass for the centre to dive over.
The second, with Biggar thriving off the back of their set piece, were swift to target Whitecraig's defence out wide, the ball conveyed swiftly and crisply to the outside channel again and again. When the ball was worked back into the middle, Daniel McConkey received a tight ball from Luhann Kotze and he crashed over for Biggar's 4th try of the half.
Skipper Guy Kelly led the pack well and Jordan Gray was inspiring. The prop, Gray, covered a lot of ground and was visibly sharper than any of his forward opposition.
As the Black and Red shirts poured forward they showed an air of composure and simple hands led to the fifth as Sam Grieve ran into the space after a sweetly delivered pass from Finn Stott on the left put Grieve in for his fourth of the season.
Whitecraig's lateral movement and predictable crash-ball moves were read by Biggar as if they had been printed in large, bold letters. However, they did bite back briefly to score by their strong centre partnership.
Biggar were soon back on track. Lewis Stewart consistently showed real maturity and the flanker made a superb break from the restart only to be thwarted close to the line.
As the half wore on, Biggar started to batter Whitecraigs back into their own territory. With 15 minutes to go they were awarded a scrum on the edge of the host's 22. From there, Luhann Kotze snapped the ball out to the outstanding fly half Robbie Orr. It was fast and physical and a damn good spectacle as the ball was shipped wide for Matthew Stewart to power in for his second of the day.
Rowan Stewart was outstanding all day. The outside centre was dominant in the contact area and his superiority in all other aspects of the game shone through constantly. As he went about his business the spirited back was rewarded with an excellent try made from his own determination as he broke through the middle and slipped a couple of tackles.
The eighth try came from unusual circumstances. Stuart Forrest made a good break and where you thought he would continue his drive, no, he kicked the ugliest grubber that had the prettiest result! Rowan Stewart followed up like a steam train and collected the kick and then offloaded back to Stuart Forrest who scored between the posts. And well deserved too. Entertaining indeed.
Line-outs were in full working order, scrums are getting there. It's still early days but 4 from 4 is an excellent start. U16's should remain focussed.
Tries: Jordan Gray, Craig Meikle, Matthew Stewart (2), Daniel McConkey, Sam Grieve, Rowan Stewart, Stuart Forrest.
Conv: Matthew Stewart (2), Ali Steele (1)
Girls at Murrayfield.
The Girls sides were in action at Murrayfield Wanderers where they had mixed fortunes. The U-15s’ lost out by 60-54 in what must have been one of the highest scoring games of the weekend while the U-18’s recorded a very good win by 51-10.
Story date: 23/09/2015
These two weekends have seen the Girls play two of the top women’s sides in the country with very encouraging results.
Green Conference v Dumfries
Youth rugby: Green Conference v Dumfries
DUMFRIES SAINTS (S1/S2) 18 v BIGGAR (S1/S2) 15
After the disappointing complete “no show” from Falkirk last weekend, the boys were looking forward to finally getting their competitive rugby season underway, but once again it was not to be as Dumfries were unable to field either an S1 or S2 side. After some discussion the coaches agreed to play a mixed S1/S2 “Development Game”.
With the first 20 minute period being given over to predominantly S1 players Biggar took an early lead with Callum Smith finishing off a well worked move, diving over in the corner. Calum McCallum just missed the very difficult conversion keeping the score at 0-3. Dumfries began to lift their game however and they ran in two breakaway tries of their own, both of which were converted with drop-kicks to give them an 8-3 at the end of the first period.
The second period saw Biggar making multiple changes to allow a predominantly S2 side to play the second 20 minutes. This made for a free flowing end to end match with both attacks creating chances and both defences holding their own. It was Dumfries that eventually extended their lead however, running in two breakaway tries, one of which was converted to take the period 7-0 and push their overall lead to 15-3 as the Ref ended the period.
The third period allowed Biggar to mix-up the S1/S2 players a little more and will Callum Smith rounding off a well worked series of plays in the first five minutes it was clear the boys felt they were still in with a chance of coming back into this game. Dumfries however were not going to ease up either, and they responded with yet another breakaway try. With both kicks being missed the score stood at 18-6 with less than fifteen minutes to play. Biggar rallied again and after a gruelling series of plays pounding at the Dumfries defence, Will Kelly finally smashed his way through to make it 18-9. Biggar had the bit between their teeth now and another series of hard fought moves saw S1, Johnny Smith, touchdown to pull the score back to 18-12.
With coaches and supporters all checking their watches the consensus was there could be no more than 4-5 minutes left to play – surely there would not be enough time to close the gap would there? The question was answered straight from the Dumfries kick-off with Callum Smith catching the ball well into his own half and weaving his way through the entire Dumfries defence to score right between the posts and make 18-15. Despite this being the easiest kick of the four he had taken in this period Callum McCallum was again unable to convert it, but this did not matter as Biggar needed to score another try to level the game. Once again they went on the charge from the Dumfries kick off with no more than 90 seconds left on the clock. Biggar reached the Dumfries 22 yard line with the Ref calling a scrum and what would have to be the last play of the game. They won the strike but as the ball flicked out the back row it was lost forward and the Ref signalled that time was up. An excellent third period rally from the boys which saw them take the period 3-12, but they just ran out of time as Dumfries triumphed 18-15 overall.
Here’s hoping we can finally get the competitive season underway with next weekend’s home fixture against Whitecraigs.
Under 15’s shine in Dumfries Showers
Biggar under 15’s secured their first win of the season at Park Farm Dumfries today and if their efforts are anything to go by, it will not be their last. Quite simply every young man who turned out for this team shone. The game was again played as a 13-a-side game and with both sides having 14 players, it was hoped that numbers would not be a factor and in the end that was the case. Biggar ran in 8 tries to Saints 1 before the game was cut short due to a bad looking injury to a Saints winger.
The game kicked off in torrential rain and it seemed as though conditions would not allow any form of flowing rugby but both sides played their fair share with Biggar first to threaten. A scrum to Biggar was held comfortably and the ball kept in the forwards. It was recycled patiently and picked up by Finn Stott who showed great strength and determination to dive for the line and open the scoring. Finlay Stewart kicked the conversion.
Biggar took the restart well and got straight back into the Saints half putting them under increasing pressure with all signs looking really positive. Communication was working well, passing was good and running was direct. Dumfries worked their socks off tackling hard but they were unable to contain the Biggar pack and every set piece seemed to provide an opportunity regardless of whose ball it was. Just such a situation saw Biggar increase their lead. A strong scrum was won well by Biggar and fed out by the backs to the midfield. Finlay Stewart straightened up and was well supported by Drew Brewster who was the recipient of a good pass to allow him to get himself over the line. Again Finlay Stewart kicked the conversion.
This second score seemed to rouse the Saints who came storming back. On one of the few occasions that they got the ball out to their winger the big man was unstoppable – indeed as he ran at Jamie Bell – who is an excellent tackler – he went through him with great strength to score in at the corner.
The Biggar fans held their collective breaths to see what sort of response this would get from the boys in black and red and the answer was simple – an excellent one. Biggar fought their way into Saints territory and won a scrum inside the 22. Confidence in the strength of his pack allowed Finn Stott to pick from number 8. He still had a good bit to do but as with his first score this did not deter him. He fought and drove his was forward and got himself over the line. What a hard won score and importantly it restored the 2 score cushion.
Next up, it was the backs turn to setup a score for Shawn Cottam. Dumfries tried to get themselves out of their own half but as a group, the Biggar backs squeezed and squeezed them pushing them back with great tackling and rucking. Dumfries eventually knocked on and gave the scrum to Biggar. As was now expected, the scrum was won and the ball was worked out well to Shawn on the right wing. He still had lots to do but off he went at full pelt and none of the chasing Saints defence could catch him.
Biggar were building a decent lead and as half time approached they got in again. An excellent direct run by Guy saw him tackled well deep inside the Saints 22. Strong rucking saw the ball popped to Harry Low just a few feet out. The big prop got himself over the line to score despite the attention of 3 Saints defenders.
Half Time Dumfries Saints 5 – Biggar 34
Saints came out for the second half with a determined look about them but Biggar had other ideas. The pack was winning almost every scrum and line out regardless of whose ball it was and that gave the backs a strong platform to work from. This saw service resumed with another fantastic team try being finished off by Finlay Stewart. The stand-off had an excellent game with strong tackling, determined running and great strength all of which were on display for his well-deserved try. A great tackle in midfield from Guy saw Saints spill the ball with the Biggar forwards picking it up and recycling for a number of phases. Eventually it was worked to Finlay who dived for the line to score.
The next try was the pick of the bunch. Again great forward play secured early ball and the backs forced saints to commit numbers to the breakdown. The ball was worked quickly to Niall on the left wing inside his own half and off he went showing great pace. A fantastic cut inside the full back saw him evade the tackle and go over between the posts. Finlay Stewart converted the kick.
Niall got his second and Biggar’s final try shortly afterwards. Finlay’s - Stott and Stewart both of whom had great games drove at the Saints defence and forced them to commit numbers to defence. The ball was then popped to Niall who got himself over the line on the left wing.
Biggar tails were up now and it looked as though they would really run away with this game when Saints right wing went down with what immediately looked like a bad injury. After 10 minutes treatment on the field, it was agreed that the referee should blow for full time with the result not in doubt. All at Biggar wish the young man a speedy recovery.
Full time Dumfries Saints 5 Biggar 46
This was an excellent team effort from all in black and red today and all should be rightly proud. Saints were a decent side but Biggar were excellent in all areas. Hard work on Wednesday was carried through to today and they were rewarded for their efforts. Communication was really good and a strong team spirit is building that will be tough to counter. Special mention and thanks to Will Kelly for stepping up from the S2 team to provide injury cover. As Shawn had to go off with a bad facial cut he allowed Biggar to retain 13 players on the field. He played extremely well having already played 60 minutes just prior to kick off.
U-16’s: Dumfries 0 Biggar 49
Biggar rise against the Saints in the Galloway hills.
This scoreline was a reflection of Biggar's dominance throughout the whole match in what was their third successive win of the season. The nine try thumping was a fine example of teamwork and effective leadership.
Dumfries were sluggish at the start and paid the price for some slack defending.
Robbie Orr displayed great maturity at Stand-off and used the boot to great effect when his cross-field kick was met by Rowan Stewart who ran in the first to get Biggar off the mark.
Craig Meikle collected well on the right following a break from Luhann Kotze and scored Biggar's second. That was five minutes into the game and within ten minutes they were in again. Sam Grieve exploited the space on the blind side and ran in the third from the opposition 22.
A sustained period of phases broke Dumfries down and yielded a well deserved try by Alex Dawe as he burst through from deep off Kotze's pass and the second row's strength and determination took him past the Dumfries defence to go in between the posts.
The pressure on the depleted hosts continued with Stuart Forrest at No.8 making excellent headway through the middle and displaying strength and vision.
Craig Meikle was in on the act again when simple hands off the back of the ruck reached the winger who obliged with his second try.
Dumfries were a good physical side and managed to advance into the opposition 22m but Biggar held strong and cleared their lines well.
Robbie Orr showed great vision once again and kicked into space behind the Dumfries Full-back and Rowan Stewart won the foot race to touch down for his double.
Biggar were thoroughly convincing and new exactly what their plan was which must have been demoralising for the hosts because the visitors just kept coming at them. One slight blot was the conversion attempts with only two of the nine being converted. However, what Matthew Stewart missed with the boot he more than made up for on dominant running and secure passing.
Sam Grieve was on the mark for his second try with a similar move to his first and slipped through on the blind.
Biggar collected well from the restart and advanced to the Dumfries 22. As they moved through the phases to get there they were put into touch. The ensuing line-out was expertly won against the head by Lewis Stewart and as he landed he spotted a gap and burst right through the pack to score on the left...clever.
Charles Connolly at replacement hooker played as if he had something to prove and made his mark on his arrival with a great run through the middle. The back three axis has proved, in the past, to be Biggar's nemesis but this area of the team is showing real promise with Rory Wesencraft making a positive impact at Full-back. His pace carried Biggar up the field on many occasions and linked well with the wingers.
Luhann Kotze was to have the final say. Stuart Forrest broke from the back of the scrum then off-loaded to the scrum-half who turned on the gas for a deserved try.
There is still much to think about and carry forward to forthcoming games. Dumfries were quick at the breakdown and this is an area for improvement for the Hartreemill boys. It wasn't as profitable as it should have been.
That aside, Biggar were indeed the most dominant side. They were physical and threatening. The flanker partnership of Stewart and McConkey is positive. McConkey popped up everywhere, as is his right. The midfield combo of Orr, Stewart & Stewart (Answers on a postcard...) provides so much forward momentum. However, Biggar cannot afford to be complacent. They must strive to be better. There are some difficult games ahead.
Player of the day was a close run thing, but for such physical bravery combined with technique and all round good skill, that accolade must go to Robbie Orr.
Story date: 15/09/2015
Tries: Rowan Stewart (2), Craig Meikle (2), Sam Grieve (2), Luhann Kotze, Alex Dawe, Lewis Stewart.
Conv: Matthew Stewart (2)
Youth Section v Falkirk
Under 15's oh so close at Falkirk
The under 15's got back into their groove somewhat at Falkirk on Sunday with a much improved performance from the week before at Dunfermline. Like the game the previous week this game was played as a 13 aside match. Unlike the previous week, Falkirk only had 13 boys too so it was to prove to be a competitive and entertaining game.
The first half kicked off with Falkirk receiving and they went straight on the offensive moving the ball out to their winger who went over the line wide on the right. This left a very tough conversion for their kicker which he made look simple with an excellent kick.
Biggar then looked like they would run away with the game scoring 4 unanswered tries. First up was Cameron Snell. An excellent drive through the middle from Harry Low was stopped short and the ball knocked on. It looked like the opportunity was lost with a scrum to Falkirk but the Biggar pack fought valiantly and took the ball against head. It was recycled and picked up by Cameron who dived over between the posts. The conversion was made by Finlay Stewart to bring the scores to 7-7.
Next up was Finn Stott he picked the ball up in his own half he went on an excellent run leaving Falkirk players in his wake to score under the posts with Finlay converting again.
It was then the backs turn to get in on the act. From a scrum the ball was worked out well to Sean Cotnam who showed an excellent turn of pace to shake off 2 or 3 defenders and go over out wide.
The forwards took over again this time with another strong run attacking the middle of the Falkirk defence. From a ruck the ball was popped to Harry low just inside the Falkirk half and he barrelled through 2 or 3 challenges to touch down. This was again converted by Finlay Stewart.
Biggar then seemed to switch off. Having built up a good lead they let Falkirk back in it with 2 quick tries. In both cases missing tackles at crucial times and conceding numerous free kicks and penalties costing them.
Half time 26-17
Biggar came out with intent in the second half and extended their lead almost straight away. Good running, excellent support and great determination from Hugo Baillie saw the big prop go over the line.
As the penalties continued to mount against Biggar, they were caught for not retreating 10 on 3 or 4 occasions. The ref decided on the 4th time he'd had enough. Niall Ball was the unlucky recipient of the game’s first yellow. Falkirk took this as a real opportunity and scored 3 unanswered tries to turn the game on its head - for the first time they were ahead and were growing in confidence.
Biggar then came storming back. Great scrummaging put the Falkirk pack under pressure and the ref awarded a free kick. Biggar got set and the ball was taken on by Harry Low. Again the big number 3 went barrelling through 4 or 5 players leaving them trailing in his wake to go over and regain the lead.
Having regained the lead, indiscipline was to cost Biggar again. Falkirk were putting them under pressure and won the penalty. Having already carded Niall earlier for not retreating 10 there would only seem to be one option when Harry Low didn't retreat 10 and so it was to prove. The tighthead being shown a yellow leaving Biggar to play the final 10 minutes with 12 v 13.
From the resultant penalty Falkirk went over to score and the converted try gave them a 39 - 36 lead. The 12 men from Biggar battled valiantly to try to find another score but it was not to be.
Full Time - Falkirk 39 Biggar 36
This was tough to take. Biggar were excellent in parts and credit must go to all 26 players from both sides for contributing to an entertaining game. It was scrappy at points and there were 2 or 3 instances where Biggar dropped the ball as they were almost crossing the line. In the end Playing 20 of 30 second half minutes a man down was always going to be a big ask and it probably cost these boys what no-one could have denied would have been a deserved victory. To bounce back from last week showed real character and credit to the boys for that – keep it up!
Report by Simon Low and snaps courtesy of Adrian Hunt.
U-16's: Falkirk 22 Biggar 48
'Biggar shine brightest at sun drenched Falkirk'
The scoreline suggests this was a stroll for Biggar but it was anything but. The hosts put up a good fight and where Biggar dominated most of the match it was clear that they would need to be on their guard.
Scrum-half Kotze was Biggar's tactical hub, aware of opportunities around the fringe of rucks and set-pieces and quick to make up his mind on a cloudless day which made conditions ideal for moving the ball.
He nipped in early on when he picked up from the back of a scrum and met limited resistance as he exploited the gaps in Falkirk's defence to touch down in the corner.
Within ten minutes he was at it again. Speed of thought led to his charge-down being jumped on by Matthew Stewart after a period of pressure on Falkirk 5m line.
Sam Grieve was next in line to score following a well-timed run up the left and simple hands allowed the winger time to gracefully dive over the line. The try was converted well from a tight angle.
So at 17-0 at half time you would think the visitors had it fairly much in the bag by the way they started...yes? No, not really!
Biggar lost focus. They became indecisive, failed to dominate in contact and stood off.
This would prove costly as Falkirk took full advantage and ran in two tries in quick succession. Biggar were left wanting in all departments. What they needed was a kick up the proverbial. Coach was happy to oblige and normal service was resumed.
Biggar soon re-established their form and Guy Kelly led the way and displayed a marked supremacy up front. A dominant run of play with off-loads and good link-up play led to the big prop crashing over the line to maintain the gap.
The fifth try from the visitors came as a result of keeping with the basics and reading the game. Biggar's scrum was fairly solid all day and quick ball from the base proved fruitful as Stuart Forrest received the ball from down the line and ran into the space to score, simple.
The U16's lineout was clinically executed all day and provided secure platform to work from.
Matthew Stewart got in with his second opportunist try of the day when the ball broke loose and after a bit of pin-ball it bobbled into the in-goal area. The inside centre got to the chase first. Falkirk pulled one back after a well-deserved period of pressure.
The next try must have crushed Falkirk's spirit. It was quite simply the best worked try seen in some time. The forwards can be immensely proud of how they linked and off-loaded. Guy Kelly broke the line, Jordan Gray was right on his shoulder to support who popped it to Daniel McConkey. McConkey did his usual and sublimely off-loaded to Luhann Kotze who slid a perfect pass to Matthew Stewart who ran it in under the posts for his hat-trick.
Biggar were dynamic and ran the ball well. The new recruit Rory Wesencraft got his name on the score sheet. The speedster received well on the right after a switch to the blind side to bring Biggar's total to eight.
Falkirk scored a consolation try at the death but failed to convert.
Story date: 08/09/2015
If you want performances of note look no further than that of Guy Kelly in the first instance closely followed by Luhann Kotze. However, make no mistake, this was a proper team effort.
The U16's need to keep their feet on the ground though. Do that, seek to improve, maintain the spirit and what you'll have is a formula for success.
Tries: Luhann Kotze, Matthew Stewart (3), Sam Grieve, Guy Kelly, Stuart Forrest, Rory Wesencraft.
Conv: Matthew Stewart (4)
U-15’s at Dunfermline
The trip to Fife was a big ask for the U-15's who continue to struggle with numbers. Once again however they competed manfully throughout and never let their heads drop. Added to their troubles was a nasty injury to Jamie Shannon who had to go to hospital with what looked like a broken collar bone. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
Dunfermline ended up with a convincing win by 85-10. The pics below show some of the contest. Hopes are high that numbers can be increased to bolster a side short on numbers but big in spirit.
Thanks to Adrian Hunt for the pics
Story date: 02/09/2015
U-16’s win at Hamilton and take part in thriller at Dunfermline
Dunfermline 7 Biggar 10
Today was definitely the real thing as Biggar U16 kick-started their league campaign with a bruising encounter at Dunfermline. The Biggar side showed an immense display of courage and maturity in light of what was a very physical game.
Biggar received the kick-off and for the following 15 minutes they had to defend, however Dunfermline failed to breach the Biggar 22 and the visitors held the line well.
Biggar eventually got a break but couldn't capitalise. White line fever, one suspects..........
When Biggar did get the ball they moved it well and broke the line on a number of occasions, but so did Dunfermline. It was back and forward for most of the first half.
The hosts were more effective at the breakdown which led to needless penalties being conceded by Biggar. But the Hartreemill boys held fast and weathered the storm.
Dunfermline may have had the lions share of the ball but Biggar were noticeably more efficient when they ran with it. Robbie Orr, Rowan Stewart and Matthew Stewart linked very well and were unfortunate not to reap more benefit from good hands. On another day perhaps things could be different. But Dunfermline didn't shirk their defensive responsibilities either.
So with stalemate in the first half it was important that Biggar remained focussed in the second.
Scrums were evenly contested but Biggar probably dominated in the Line-out stakes. All the forwards were working hard to secure the ball for scrum-half Luhann Kotze who was as dependable as ever.
After both teams battered each other up and down the pitch for the first ten minutes of the second half, eventually the breakthrough came with Rowan Stewart breaking the line and delivering a neat pass to Craig Meikle who ran it into the corner. The conversion was narrowly missed.
The intensity didn't let up though and Dunfermline came right back at Biggar. After a long spell of re-set scrums you could see Biggar backs lose some concentration. Dunfermline exploited a gap that allowed their big prop to crash over the line with four or five boys hanging off him.
The successful conversion brought the score to 7-5 to the hosts.
It's true in times gone by that this Biggar side would have let their heads go down at this point. Not a chance this time round.
Biggar settled into what has marked them out in this new era: accurate kicks, chases, ball from the top of the lineout that was quickly shipped to the centres to hit the line at pace and quickly recycle the ball. Biggar turned the screw and began to dominate.
10 minutes to go and Biggar managed to work their way to the opposition 5m line. Kotze took a quick penalty, popped it to Guy Kelly who hit, turned and passed to Craig Meikle who slid over for his second. Rowan Stewart just pulling the conversion attempt wide.
Wouldn't you know it...Dunfermline charged back at Biggar but this time their indiscipline at the breakdown and the odd mis-directed pass proved their undoing after all the good work in the first half.
Biggar managed to win a penalty in the dying seconds and the kick to touch saw the referee blow for full time and a passionate roar from the U16's was a mark of how hard fought this game actually was. Some sore bodies after this one.
Performances of note included that of Lewis Stewart. The flanker's tackle and work rate was outstanding.
Sam Grieve at wing shows real promise and a new sense of belief.
Rowan Stewart can be seen as the benchmark of consistent performance.
That said, this was a real team effort and all players put their bodies on the line, and for that they should be commended.
Tries: Craig Meikle (2)
Hamilton 7 Biggar 38
A pre-season win in the continental heat at a sun-drenched Hamilton RFC was just what Biggar needed to cement the positive finish from last season.
Story date: 30/08/2015
It was Hamilton's second outing at this point and their victory against Ayr the week before must have given them real hope for the forthcoming season. Then Biggar arrived..!
Make no mistake, the hosts were a big outfit and intimidating but Biggar were well and truly up for the challenge showing commitment, structure and quality.
A couple of resounding thuds from Rowan Stewart and Matthew Stewart within the first minute left Hamilton in no uncertain terms that Biggar were not out for a Sunday run about.
Ali Steele and Cameron Forrest displayed a maturity that is refreshing to see and bodes well for the new season.
Rowan Stewart (2), Luhann Kotze(2), Daniel McConkey and Guy Kelly got their names on the score sheet with Matthew Stewart converting 4 from 6 attempts.
Stuart Forrest made a real impact at No.8 and played a prominent role in one of the well worked tries.
This game was not for the faint hearted though and much claret was shed in a first half ruck where three players were carted off to hospital for some patching up. Declan Boulton's ear will have a nasty scar after a 'stray' boot made contact.
There is much to think about for next week’s game at Dunfermline but this win will help maintain the positive attitude towards the new season.
School of Rugby Programme
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Story date: 25/05/2015
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Story date: 25/08/2011