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Biggar Midis

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


U-15’s come out on top against Lasswade

Biggar  45   Lasswade   5


Biggar U 15's gave a spirited and focussed performance winning 45- 5 against a strong home team at Lasswade this week. A couple of injuries gave an opportunity to ring a few changes throughout the team and on the strength of this showing we clearly have a number of players who can step up and into new positions and continue to make an impact, Lewis Stewart and Robbie Orr effectively trading places and both contributing strongly through out, with Robbie just taking  the "Man of the Match" honours.

 

The first half was tightly contested with neither side really getting the upper hand: Lasswade proving stronger in the set piece and Biggar edging it in the loose, eventually after a couple of strong half breaks from Matthew and Lewis Stewart and other runs from Jamie Bell and Robbie Orr, Biggar got the break through with Stuart Forrest romping in from 35 Metres. Minutes later Stuart Forest added a strong second try, Matthew Stewart kicking the second of his five successful kicks, taking the lead to 14 - 0 going into half time.

 

Right from the restart Biggar took the second half game to Lasswade; within a minute Luhann Kotze had crossed the line for the first of what turned into an inspired hat-trick of tries for the ever resourceful scrum half. The Biggar pack began to match Lasswade as the game developed and provided a much better platform for second and third phase ball. Good line speed continued to limit the attacking potential of some strong and rapid Lasswade backs, but equally our enthusiasm did on a couple of occasions mean that we were penalised for coming up too quickly. It was this same speed that to came to Niall Ball's flying feet half way through the half, when he scored a great wingers try, diving onto the loose ball and making the score in the corner, Lewis Stewart added the seventh with a strong run in to cap his first showing at centre - was this a glimpse of what he may be able to add if the move from flanker to centre becomes more permanent?  All in all; a very good day at the office for all concerned and a foundation to build on next week at Portobello.


Thank you to all players, supporters and taxi drivers. Your efforts today were very much appreciated!

 


Tries:  Luhann Kotze(3), Stuart Forrest(2), Niall Ball, Lewis Stewart.
Conv:  Matthew Stewart(5)


Under 15’s come up short against Currie

U-15’s Biggar  17   Currie  31
Three times this season Biggar have been on top of much bigger and, historically, better sides but somehow have not managed to close the deal in the final stages of the game.

A bit like a broken record, this game went along its familiar groove with Biggar coming out of the blocks quickly and the opposition nicking the win late on.

However, the action was entertaining and productive and Currie must have been utterly confused by the Biggar passion and physical commitment of the forward pack.

Biggar opened early with Guy Kelly driving over the line after some fine pressure following a number of phases of play.
The Hartreemill outfit scrapped for everything with Daniel McConkey, Lewis Stewart and Declan Boulton doing what they do best at every breakdown.

Biggar slipped in another soon after with a break from Cameron Forrest in the midfield. He then popped the ball out wide to Robbie Orr who ran in from the opposition 22.

Currie manufactured some pressure from their restart that proved difficult to handle for Biggars back line and resulted in the visitors picking up a score in the corner.

The referee's hamstring just couldn't deal with the frantic pace at this point and he had to be replaced after 20 minutes. Didn't see these important dynamic stretches before kick-off George!!

Biggar lost Stand-off Matthew Stewart after making a crunching tackle but appeared to come off second best.
Biggar continued to close down any Currie attack and went into the break 10-5 up.

Currie scored at the start of the second period to draw level.

Biggar were having none of it and applied another good spell of pressure. Luhann Kotze picked up from the back of the solid Biggar scrum, released to Robbie Orr who came at pace to break through the Currie defence and touch down, converted by Ali Steele.
Currie pulled another back by exploiting the space out wide and two missed tackles didn't help the situation.
The tide started to turn when the home side lost Stuart Forrest to a head knock.

With two influential players off the field and the score at 17-17 the subsequent restructuring led to Biggar playing a containing game that didn't quite come off, even though there was a superb defensive display.

Following indiscipline from Finlay Stott the referee gave him 10min in the bin to catch his breath.

Passes started to go astray but Biggar continued to get the ball back only to lose it under a sea of scrapping bodies. Currie capitalised and moved ahead with a converted try under the sticks. Biggar had almost nothing left in the tank and this proved crucial as the resultant gaps in defence led to Currie following up with another score that they converted well from a tight angle.

It's natural to be downhearted but encouraging to think that Biggar U15's can compete with the best the league has to offer. Currie got a taste of that today.

Luhann Kotze deserves special mention for his mature performance at Scrum-half. His southern hemisphere flair, commitment and all-round vision gives Biggar an extra edge on the pitch.

Tries - Guy Kelly, Robbie Orr (2)
Conv - Ali Steele


Biggar U-16’s edge out winners in Watsons thriller

Watsonians U16 12; Biggar U16 17
Biggar are the Best


Its official! This Biggar U16 Squad really are very good!  Today they demonstrated character, commitment, cool heads under intense pressure and above all belief in themselves and edged out Watsonians in a tense but fair game of rugby.  The squad asked for support, and a knowledgeable Biggar crowd turned up and cheered on the team from start to finish.  Fingers were bitten, stomachs churned but the travelling support consisting of parents, relatives, friends, injured players, lower and upper age group players and several dogs, were all rewarded by 100% effort from the whole squad.

It was an exciting game from the start.  Biggar kicked off and the Biggar team were quick up with Jordan Gray securing the catch. The ball was then moved quickly out to the backs and Peter Steele burst through the stunned Watsonians defence for a score under the posts.  Euan Bogle made the conversion to put Biggar 7 points up with less than two minutes on the clock.  Watsonians composed themselves and with a good restart gained territory in Biggar’s 22.  With a blustery wind, lineout throwing was difficult and Biggar were duly penalised.  Whilst the resultant scrum was evenly matched, Watsonians were able to pick up and move the ball down the blindside for a try in the right corner.  Although the conversion attempt was helped by the wind, the angle was tight and it drifted wide.

Biggar restarted well and put pressure on Watsonians and they were pinged by the ref for offside.  Biggar gained back territory from the penalty and won the resultant lineout.  The ball was moved to the backs and through a wonderful series of moves involving switches and dummy runners that baffled the opposition defence, Peter Steele again broke through and used his strength to carry the ball over the tryline despite some determined tackling near the tryline by Watsonians.  Euan Bogle again kicked the conversion.
 


The game then settled down although much of the play was in the Biggar half.  Watsonians kept up the pressure on Biggar and a chance or two to clear their lines were wasted by errors arising from the sheer pressure Watsonians were putting on the squad.  What was evident though, was focus and a collective team effort.  This was most visible at the rucks.  This squad have often been criticised for their rucking technique (or lack of it) but after a fantastic session during the week from coach Jonny Bogle, the difference today was tremendous.  Not only did it reduce the turnover count to almost nil, it gave a solid platform and clean ball for Angus Kerr at scrum half.  This effort from the Biggar squad kept out Watsonians for the rest of the half, to give a 5:14 lead at half-time.

Watsonians replicated the Biggar quick score from the first half.  This time Watsonians set up a clever and well executed driving maul from a lineout shortly after the restart.  They drove the maul all the way to the 5m line and then moved it out for a converted try.  With the lead narrowed to 2 points and Watsonians with their tails up, Biggar had to keep their discipline and focus.  This they did and, with clean ball from the ruck, the Biggar centres again put together another great move but just couldn’t quite complete the last pass for the score.  However, Biggar were brought back for an earlier penalty and with a tap took the ball into the Watsonians 22.  Watsonians handled in the ruck and gifted Euan Bogle a tricky kick at goal.  Judging the wind well he drilled it straight through the posts.  Jordan Gray had been injured in the earlier play and with no front row replacement, scrums were uncontested until he eventually shook of the leg knock and bravely returned to the pitch.  Watsonians camped themselves in the Biggar 22 but were denied by a determined Biggar defence and an eventual fumble.  This allowed Euan Bogle to take a fantastic pick up from the spilled ball and kick and chase to secure a lineout in the Watsonians 22.  Biggar won the lineout and Watsonians were then offside at the ruck, giving Euan Bogle another chance of 3 points.  However, this time he pulled it slightly wide.  A tense finish to the game saw Watsonians and Biggar trade kicks, but a couple of Biggar infringements in their own 22 did give Watsonians a chance to close out the game.  In the last play they did get over the line but a determined Biggar defence held the ball up and, much to the relief of the Biggar crowd, the Ref blew for a well-deserved Biggar win.

This game proved that the whole squad are good and games are won by team effort.  Injuries and illness depleted numbers today, but the depth to the squad and the commitment from all meant that the coaches didn’t have any difficult team choices to make.  All performed well.  With a free weekend coming up, it will allow some injuries to heal and bruises to fade before the last three games of the league. 
A big thank you from the whole squad and coaches to the travelling support and they hope to see you all again at the next game on the 16th November at home against Lasswade.  They aim to get another good win to keep up the 100% win record.


Youth section has mixed fortunes

U-15’s Biggar  5  Boroughmuir  22
A wet and windy Showfield was the venue for this long-awaited contest and after a 3-week break from competitive rugby the boys were up for the task. Biggar started exceptionally well and quite possibly played the best rugby so far this season.

The larger Boroughmuir side must have got quite a surprise at the rate at which Biggar pressed forward. There was no let-up in the intensity which was refreshing to watch for the brave support in what was challenging weather conditions to say the least.

Ali Steele deputised at Fly-half for the injured Matthew Stewart and Sam Wallis stepped into the scrum-half position as a result of Luhann Kotze still being in South Africa and Finlay Barr also injured.
It was passionate stuff and the Biggar side were happy to trade blows with the Edinburgh outfit. The rucking drills at training starting to pay off it would seem!

It was the kind of rugby that suggested that only an error could settle things.

Deadlock was broken in the 25th minute with that fateful error. The same costly mistake would haunt Biggar another three times!

After going so well Biggar left themselves a bit short on cover on the left which opened the door for Boroughmuir. The visitors claimed two tries and one conversion in the space of 2 minutes. 12-0 down at half time.
U15's rallied well in the second half and were winning the territory battle but couldn't find that 'Killer' pass.

Biggar were not to be denied points however, and some smart thinking from Robbie Orr saw him kick in behind the Boroughmuir defence with the ensuing chase resulting in him touching down before the opposition Full-back.

Both sides became a bit wasteful of the opportunities open to them due to limited vision and a slight loss of focus. Deteriorating conditions a contributory factor no doubt.
Boroughmuir turned the screw late on in the second half and yet again exploited the gaps in Biggars left field. Another two in quick succession killed the game off.

Biggar deserved so much more from the game and the scoreline was definately no reflection on the assured performance shown by the Hartreemill side. As performances go, this was up there with the best of them. Some luck and improved vision could have made all the difference.

A stand-out performance from Declan Boulton at 2nd Row was delightful to watch and deserves special mention.


Time to re-group and patch-up for the difficult trip to Heriots next week!

Tries: Robbie Orr

 

Livingston U16 0; Biggar U16 91
Another Convincing Win

It was much of the same on Sunday as Biggar travelled to Livingston and crushed their less experienced opposition by 14 tries to nil. The only change was with the weather conditions – unusually for the season so far, the team had to contend with both rain and wind.  The rain at least eased off during the game and didn’t spoil the running rugby that characterises this strong and talented squad.

Biggar spent pretty much all of the first half of the game in the Livingston half.  Early pressure and a series of three scrums saw the forwards work well and Alex Dawe running in from the scrum but falling short of the line.  However the backs were on hand and Rory McGinn took the ball over the tryline for a converted try.  Good work by the forwards including Neil Jones also saw the ball back in the Livingston 22 after the restart.  This gave the platform for Andrew Jardine to make it over the tryline in the left corner for an unconverted try.  Euan Bogle was next on the scoresheet after a great series of play and particularly good movement of ball through the hands.  Rory McGinn then pounced on a loose ball from Livingston and fed Craig Meikle for an unconverted try on the right of the pitch.  Livingston then conceded a penalty in their own 22 for a ruck infringement and this allowed the backs to make a move to the right wing for Marcus Dobie to cross for an unconverted try.  After the restart Biggar lost the ball in a maul but soon after it reappeared and Andrew Jardine picked it up to score the sixth try of the half between the posts - and this time converted.

The second half was played out, pretty much the same way as the first with eight tries scored from; Bogle (running through tackles), Dobie (down the wing), McGinn (jinking run), Dobie (after good run from Denholm), Dobie (cutting nicely inside), Bogle (made by fellow backs), McGinn (supported by Jardine and Bogle) and lastly Jardine (running through tackles).  Six of the eight tries were converted.

Whilst this was a crushing win, it is noted that Livingston put out a mixed squad with some younger age lads getting a run out.  This showed and Biggar were able to dominate in most phases of the game.  However, areas still requiring improvements are in rucks and mauls.  Despite having more power and aggression in the scrums, the forwards were at times out rucked and this will no doubt get some attention at this week’s training. 

Overall, the squad continues to play very well and they need a game against better matched opposition to see just how good they really are.  This should come next week against Watsonians who are third in the table behind Biggar and Dunbar, with Dunbar narrowly edging the game against Watsonians when the two teams met earlier in the month.  So how good are the Biggar squad?  Come along to Myreside next weekend and see for yourself.  The lads say ‘bring it on’ and see you there!

   



 


U-15’s run Gala close

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

U-15’s Biggar  35   Livingston  22


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Penicuik U16 0; Biggar U16 86


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


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


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


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



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


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Midis Fixtures

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