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
National selection honours
Congratulations to Fraser Brown who was selected to start on Saturday for Scotland against Ireland. Sadly his involvement lasted but 25 minutes after he clashed heads and although he was able to return after treatment he was replaced. Early indications are that the injury will not rule him out of selection for this weekend’s match against France.
At National U18 level Guy Kelly and Andrew Nimmo both took part in a training match on Sunday between the members of the Scotland U18 squad. Both props acquitted themselves well and will now continue to train prior to the 6Nations Championship in March. Meanwhile Andrew Jardine who has had a frustrating season due to injury will continue his latest return to action after rib injury. He will keep his fingers crossed that he will be considered for the March event.
Story date: 07/02/2017
All ‘GO’ at Hartree Mill on Sunday
On Sunday, teams arrived from Oban at boys S1/2 level, and from Falkirk, Waysiders, Cartha, East Kilbride, Linlithgow and Livingston at girls U15 level. Games ensued on what was a much more pleasant afternoon than had been the case the previous day.
All had a great afternoons’ rugby.
Biggar also had an U18 girls side at Murrayfield Wanderers (31-15 defeat) and U12 and U10 girls at Stewarts Melville! It just gets bigger and better!
U18 girls v Murrayfield Wanderers. (Report by Jane Denholm)
The U18 girls had their first match of 2017 on a cold and bright day on the back pitch at Murrayfield.
They started off well with some early pressure leading to a penalty which was taken quickly and a try was scored in the corner by Amy Watkins.
Wandies came back at Biggar although handling errors on both sides meant that the sides were evenly matched for the bulk of the first half. Injuries to Biggar full back Kim Laird and No 10 Amy Watkins on the half hour mark disrupted play and Wandies took advantage from a lineout to score an unconverted try to level the score at 5 all at half time.
Wandies started the second half better and took advantage of a mix up in the Biggar ranks to score a converted try to take the score to 12-5. Biggar responded with some pressure that led to a further try scored by Ailie Tucker to take the score to 12-10.
Wandies N0 10 ,who was a constant threat to Biggar all day, scored a breakaway try and with a successful conversion took the score to 19-10. Wandies continued to press and despite some valiant defending by Biggar they scored a further try mid-way through the second half to increase the score to 24-10.
Some direct running from the Biggar girls and good driving gave Biggar a try with 5 minutes to go taking the score to 24-15 (try scored by Biggar Captain Emily Armstrong). However it was Wandies that showed the greater hunger and after an error at the re-start it allowed the Wandies Nr 10 to score a further converted try right on full time. Final score 31-15.
The girls looked rusty for long periods of the match although there was some very good work at the lineout and scrum but they will need to work on certain areas ahead of the upcoming league and cup matches. As always many thanks go to the coaches and we hope that Amy and Kim recover quickly and are back playing soon.
Story date: 01/02/2017
Biggar High Girls win Scottish Cup
Biggar High School success
Biggar High 20 Community School of Auchterarder 14
Biggar High School U18 girls travelled on Friday evening to play in the U18 Scottish Schools cup final at Scotstoun. Their opponents were from the Community School of Auchterarder a team which has previously posed Biggar real problems in the past.
Both sides showed real grit and determination, in what were very challenging, wet conditions, to play running rugby. The match was a real spectacle and all credit to all the players from both sides for their efforts.
There was nothing really between the sides at half time although Biggar did lead by 15-7. With just 16 players available however Biggar's resources were stretched as Erica Steele and Amy Watkins were injured before the break. This meant that Biggar had to play with 14 for the whole of the second half.
A tremendous effort through the last 35 minutes then as Auchterarder came right back into things at 14-15. Biggar then extended their lead to 20-14 but with 10 minutes to go there was only a score separating the sides. Happily Biggar clung on to record their Cup success.
There is a huge selection of photos on the club website which record the whole evenings events as they unfolded (thanks as always to Nigel Pacey).
Many congratulations to all the girls involved, many of whom play for the club and who were part of the Presidents Conference success last month when they shared the title with Stirling County.
Congratulations as well to Mr Scott from PE and BRFC DO Iain Chisholm and MA Rhiannon Yardley for their coaching and support.
Story date: 12/12/2016
Youth Rugby at Whitecraigs 11th Dec 2016
S2 win home and away
The S2s continue to grow and mature as a team with two good wins to end their matches within the Green Conference.
On a frosty day at the end of November on one of the new pitches at Hartree Mill Biggar hosted Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton. Following their defeat at Hamilton ealier in the season the Biggar boys were in a focused and determined mood to show how they can play rugby.
From the kick off Biggar's forwards ran directly at Hamilton breaking tackles and gaining yards. This new direct approach was rewarded with 5 trys in the first half. Hamilton attack was mostly stopped but their powerful No13 did break through tackles and scored twice in the first half. The game stayed a competitive close game through the second half with the Biggar forwards doing consistent work in and around the ruck and creating trys. Several times Hamilton built pressure on the Biggar line for Biggar only to clear or launch counter attacks. The best of these was a full team try in the final minutes of the match.
From a Biggar scrum deep in the defensive 22 on the left the ball was won passed along the line to Murray to kick clear to the half way line, one bounce and the ball was collected by Chris who stepped 3 tackles before offloading to Callum whose 40m run was stopped 2 yards short near the right hand corner post. A quick ruck with forwards and backs securing the ball allowed Sam to pick and go and cap a fine performance by him and the team. The second half ended with Biggar scoring 4 more trys to Hamiltons 2. This was a forwards match with 8 of the 9 trys Biggar scores coming from the forwards.
Final score Biggar 34 - Hamilton 15
Captain - Murray Lean
Trys from Cameron Armstrong, Kaleb Millar, Jonathan Smith, Arron Millar, Sam Taylor (4) conversion Euan Laing (6) Callum Yardley (1)
The final Conference match saw Biggar visit Whitecraigs again. Due to a few changes because of injuries and some positional experimentation it was a slightly nervous start for the coaches... this lasted only a minute as Sam broke from the back of a ruck and started this game the way he finished the last with a try. In this game however Biggar mixed the style up a lot better with numerous rucks and drives followed by the ball being switched wide and the Whitecraigs defence run at by the centres and wingers. In the end trys came from 9 different players. Whitecraigs fought and tackled all through the match and put sustained pressure on the Biggar line at the start of the second half but the defence stayed organised and cleared well.
Final Score Biggar 48 - Whitecraigs 0
Captain - Connor Lister
Archie Damer, Kaleb Millar (2), Sam Taylor (2), Jonathan Smith, Murray Lean, Fraser Simpson, Arron Millar (2) Euan Laing (2), Callum Yardley. Conversions Euan Laing (8), Jack Louden.
Their has never been a doubt about this groups commitment or desire to play rugby, sometimes in a Harlem Globetrotter fashion! Over these two games parents and coaches have seen a development in playing styles and game understanding throughout the team. Hard work during training has been paying off with the teams rugby understanding jumping forward especially with the advice of the DO Iain Chisholm ringing in their ears. The team have a lot to learn but are taking strides in the right direction.
This squad now of 21 boys work for each other and pull each other along. They have welcomed 4 new players into the team in the last few weeks and would welcome any other potential players to join this rugby journey.
One club one family.
Story date: 12/12/2016
U15 Bully past Bulls
Biggar U15’s bully past Bulls
The Lanarkshire derby of Hamilton and Biggar is one that is always hotly contested; no matter the age group, no matter the competition. Like all others, this weekend’s 15s game versus the Bulls did not fail to disappoint. Rueing a previously missed opportunity to beat their counterpart’s earlier in the season, the young lads refused to be pipped at the post twice and produced an enormous effort to take the win and halt the Hamilton’s league winning celebrations.
The game started frantically and with some serious physicality occurring all over the pitch. Early hits came from Will and James gave Hamilton an indication of what they were in for, but unfortunately it was the opposition who got the first points after a minor defensive error allowing their centre to score. Quickly after, the boys in green and blue got another under similar circumstances. Not the greatest start but certainly not unreachable. 0-14.
Having gotten over their early lapse, the young rams finally got into the swing of things, using their strong pack to gain yards and their backs to outstrip the Hamilton wings. The first try came from an increasingly characteristic maul on the Bulls twenty two. Having gained about ten yards it was brought down but momentum was not lost as Will and Jack carried strongly. Quick recycling and fast reactions from Callum McCallum resulted in big Jack bullying his way over the try line for Biggar’s first try. Back in the game. Conversion made. 7-14
Half time: Biggar – 7 Hamilton – 14
The second half begun like the end of the first, with Biggar on top. Straight from the kick off the ball found its way into the hands of the lightning quick Callum Smith. As ever, he backed his abilities and set off, running around the slow Hamilton pack and fending off the wing to run over the try line for an early Biggar try. Conversion excellently made again. 14-14
Biggar were now truly in control and it was beginning to take its toll on the young Bulls. More and more carries from the likes of Hayden and Andrew were reaping good yards and another try was inevitable. It came in the form of some very intelligent play from the Biggar boys. Our prop Jack picked the ball off the back of a ruck on halfway and fighting all his front row instincts, beautifully drew the man and popped the ball to Aaron in space who was eventually hauled down 15 out. A penalty was won however, and the ball was kicked to touch. Promptly the ball was won and tucked under the jumper in a maul which proved unstoppable, collapsing over the line the ball was raised by our hooker, try by Cameron and the lead to Biggar. Callum McCallum miraculously nailed the kick from the touch line to put us 21-14 ahead with ten to go. Squeaky bum time Indeed.
Hamilton came right back at us however and after some long pressure under our line they scored but missed the conversion. 21-19 with five to go, even squeakier.
More and more pressure ensued, but Biggar would not allow themselves to be robbed and defended valiantly, holding the ball up over the line. A few scrums later the impossible happened and Hamilton were awarded a questionable penalty in the last play, posts were opted for and the game was in the balance. An anxious minute followed with the pitch being silent. The Hamilton lad strode up and struck it well; the ball sailed and spun and swerved but would not come, drifting past the right upright. The whistle was blown and celebrations spread. The boys had done it.
Full time: Biggar-21 Hamilton-19
Credit to the Hamilton boys who gave us our most competitive game of the season. However, the ever present improvement of this young bunch of rugby players continues to march on. Skill and speed, pace and power, brains and brawn, nothing seems to be lacking at the moment. Maturity is beginning to flow through this team and a few leaders are really stepping up and taking responsibility. Every boy played his part and gave his all to put us in a position to win it at the end and its just that sweeter against a big rival of the club. Whilst it looks like Hamilton may still win the league with a win against Dumfries next week, we know we can compete with and beat them, no matter the league standings. Whitecraigs await us next week, another tough game, but we’ll be ready for it.
Story date: 07/12/2016
Youth section host Dumfries Saints
Biggar Under 16’s Dominate against Dumfries Saints
A beautiful early winters afternoon at Hartree Mill saw Biggar under 16’s take on their Green Conference counterparts from Dumfries and having lost the away fixture earlier in the season the Biggar boys were keen to make amends.
This was evident from kick off as Biggar scored with their first attack. Biggar kicked off deep into the Saints 22 and the team followed up well as a unit. Some excellent tackling had the Saints pinned in their own 22 followed up with good counter-rucking causing panic in the defence. The referee blew for a penalty to Biggar having seen illegal hands on the deck and Ali Steele didn’t hang about. From about 8 yards out he took the quick tap and dived for the line. First blood to Biggar. In tough windy conditions, the kick was missed.
This was the sign of things to come for most of the first half. The Biggar lads had their collective tails up and really took the game to Dumfries. The second score came from Cammy Snell. A great run by Josh JVR saw him barrel through the Saints defence deep into the 22. Harry Low followed up well and got to within sight of the line. From the resultant ruck, Cammy took the ball quickly and dived over to score. Again the conversion from wide left was missed.
The third Biggar try was an excellent team effort finished off by Sam Wallis but with great forward play setting it up and some excellent penetrating runs from the other backs. Once again a secure scrum was followed up with aggressive rucking to gain a real hold in the Saints half. Finn Barr picked the right time to go to his backs and first Ali then Drew made ground before getting the ball to Sam. He had work to do but finished well close to the posts to allow the conversion to be made.
Biggar had dominated the game completely with Dumfries not really showing in the home team half at all but with some good back play they managed to get over the line just at the end of the half
Half Time Biggar 17 Dumfries 5
Into the second half and Biggar were again unrelenting scoring a further 3 or 4 tries. I thought 4 more tries but the referee had 3. In my defence there were a couple of close calls at the line but as I’m not sure which one was ruled out I’ve written them all up!
Next up to score his second of the game was Ali Steele with another good team try. Again ball was secured this time via a maul by the forwards. Harry Archibald, Rhys and Lee Smith wrapping up the ball and man to secure the scrum put in in the middle of the Saints half. With options either way, Charles hit the ball at pace and made some real ground before popping the ball to Drew. Again a good carry from the centre saw ground made and when the ball was popped to Ali he managed to dive over.
Cammy Snell then scored 2 more tries each a copy book of the other. In both cases he ran in from inside his own half with the backs creating a gap for the mobile forward to run into. Both trys were converted.
The final try was almost a mirror image of the opening try and show that quick thinking can pay dividends. With Biggar attacking deep in the Saints 22 again a high tackle was called by the referee. Ali Steele grabbed the ball and ran for the line, no doubt sensing a hat trick; sensibly as the defence ran at him he popped the ball to Dan McConkey. There was still a deal to do and not a lot of space to do it in but he barrelled through to score.
Final Score (officially) Biggar 36 – Dumfries 5
An entertaining game for all who saw it with some really good strong running rugby from Biggar. Some real craft on display from all the backs and real aggression in defence to ensure that Dumfries rarely got into the Biggar half. The same could be said of the forwards. It’s easy to pick out Cammy with 3 trys to his name but Harry Archibald and Dan McConkey worked tirelessly in defence while Craig and Josh never gave the Saints defence a moment’s peace. All 18 boys who turned out today played well and were well worth their victory.
A special note for today’s referee Cammy Forrest who did an excellent job in officiating his second match of the day. It can’t be easy refereeing some of your peers but he did a fabulous job. Only slight worry was when it looked like he might have to yellow card Charles in the second half for a late hit but thankfully (for Biggar) he made do with a warning! Well done and keep up the good work.
Story date: 08/11/2016
s2’s win in Fife
The S2s match at Dunfermline on 30th October shared similarities with the new Forth road bridge with its final roads sections being lifted into place in the glorious autumn sunshine. In both, the long planning and hard
work by many is paying off with some big gaps in the structure being filled in on both the team and the bridge. Both are still a long way from the finished article but all can see the progress of something strong and good forming.
Nearly a full squad of 18 players traveled to the match. The Biggar team started well but the hosts competed fiercely around the breakdown causing Biggar early problems. Biggar took control with the passing and support running at its best, on several occasions trys were created by fast accurate passing and multiple offloads out of tackles covering the full length of the pitch. Dunfermline competed every minute of the match putting pressure on Biggars line and tackled even more fiercely (and fairly) as the game went on.
In the end Biggar won 41 - 0 through 12 trys
Fraser (5), Murray (2), Sam (2), Jonathan, Gregor, Kaleb. Conversions from Euan and Kaleb.
Jonathan was captain, Frasers prodigous try scoring continues and the teams newest addition Sam scored twice on his debut in the Black and Red. Of real importance to the teams development was the signs of organised structures in defence and attack. Storms will batter the new Forth road bridge and some matches will batter this squad but good foundations and team structures are in place to weather these and today was a day in the sun for both.
The S1's meanheile came back well in the second half of their match.
Story date: 01/11/2016
S2’s triumph at Whitecraigs
Resurgent S2s win well away to Whitecraigs.
Following a first every defeat for this squad to Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton the Biggar S2s required to refocus and redouble their efforts to produce high quality 15 man rugby. Another away match this time at Whitecraigs provided the opposition. Biggar travelled with nearly a full squad with only 2 players out injured and welcomed 2 new additions Arron and Kaleb.
The coaches agreed 3 periods of 18 minutes to allow for lots of time to change players and positions.
Biggar started sharply and 3 times in the first 10 minutes moved the ball along the back line to Fraser Simpson to charge past the flayling defense. Fraser's reward for his prodigious scoring in this and previous games was to be rotated off to allow others a chance to play! From the restart the opposite winger Issac Falconer took the ball arced wide, put the jets on and ran in a nice solo try.
Euan Laing playing 10 took a nasty stud to the thigh and came off for a while with the captain Murray Lean moving into the 10 berth and Fraser restated on the wing.
In the next period the forwards were incouraged to take control of the breakdown which quickly produced quality ball for the backs to shift wide for another Fraser try. The same again looked likely for Fraser to be stopped and knock forward 5 m out. From the resulting scrum and good pressure on the hosts defensive kick resulted in Nr15 Chris Brett collecting at the 22 before side stepping through 4 tackles to score under the posts.
In the final periods the hosts excerted some pressure on the Biggar try line but Biggar coverer tackled and reorganised well to hold them off. Fraser got his 5th and 6th trys. Callum Yardley moved out from Flanker to 15 got a break through the middle to score and the scoring was completed by Kaleb's 2 tries in his first match with the Black and Red. Whitecraigs put up stiff defense and had been better in the ruck at the start of the game but Biggar got stronger and won more ruck ball with the ball kept tight before being moved through the back line for trys out wide.
Final score 37 - 0
( 11 trys and 4 conversions at 3 points and 1)
The team continues to progress and are learning to play with structure. The coaches are looking forward to the day everyone is fit and available.
Story date: 13/10/2016
Girls back on the road.
The girls section meanwhile were on the road once again, albeit to a destination not quite as far removed as last week. Annan RFC was their goal, all 3 sides – U12, U15 and U18 – making the journey.
Another good day out for all three of our girls teams in Annan.
The U12 girls played their second game, since their inauguration earlier this year. Travelling down to Annan along with the other girl’s squads. The Annan players turned out to be much older and bigger than our girls, so it was decided that the two teams would be mixed, and due to an Annan player not having a gum shield, the first session was played as a touch game, which turned out to be a very congested affair, with little structure to play. However, a spare gum shield was eventually secured and the second session went to full on tackling, resulting in a much more structured game. Some good phases of play, and some good tackling, became evident, with all girls taking something away from their experience. Great effort by the 8 U12s girls from Biggar who played in mixed teams in development games with Annan. For a number it was their 1st time on the pitch. Although Annan girls were older and mostly taller than the girls from Biggar they did themselves proud. No scores, just a great chance to show how much they have progressed. Result was a game which all players enjoyed, encouraging these youngsters to continue, and strive to improve.
Well done to all who took part.
Our U15’s Girls played with reduced numbers in Annan, playing two 20 minute 7's games, resulting in great offloading and pop passing, combined with excellent support play and tackling. Result was 19 tries to 1 for Biggar. Bigger picture and by far the more important success of the day was that both Annan and Biggar players came away with a better understanding of sevens Rugby. Well done team. No individual man of the match as you all played so well, but will mention Captain Mason Cosh for all her encouragement today.
Our U18 Girls lead by a new Captain for the day, Emily Armstrong; who deserves a big shout out for not only embracing the Captains role but against a tough Annan team converted 8 of the 13 tries...
Special mention also for man of the match Ellie Court, quick ball, strong tackles, great communication... Eilidh Sandilands opened up the game in the first 3 minutes with a superb try...
Julia bell, Jennifer Bell and Ailie Tucker for the hard smashes, hat trick of tries from Feebi Robinson who played a convincing and strong number 10. Amazing display of diversity by Sharee Marshall covering full back and working with the two inexperienced wingers Jade and Erin who are getting better and stronger every game. Megan McCarry, Megan MacLeod and Lauren Findlay very strong front row winning 80% of all Scrums, making some great runs and tackles, with 3 tries scored.
A long way come but still work to do, a great team effort... Well done...
Well done to all the girls who travelled and played at Annan on Sunday, coaches and parents are very proud of all your hard work and determination.
A big thank you to Annan RFC for their usual warm welcome and hospitality!
Story date: 11/10/2016
Biggar Youth section in action
Youth rugby and the Green Conference
On Sunday it was Green Conference action again with Glasgow side Whitecraigs the opponents.
S1 and U-16 sides played training matches while the S2's and U-15's played league matches. In these honours were even, Biggar winning the S2 match but losing out narrowly to the Glasgow outfit at U-15.
U-15's at Hartree Mill
After a closely fought contest last weekend versus local rivals Hamilton, the U15’s were looking to put their league campaign back on track with a strong performance against Whitecraigs. Unfortunatly, due to a number of reasons we came out second best this time, but sometimes you learn more from a loss than a win and the whole coaching staff feel there are positives and lessons to be learnt from this weekends game.
Following an abrasive and physical beginning to the game, it was the visitors who got the first points on the board. After some sustained pressure and good phase play from the Whitecraigs outfit, their 10 managed to scythe through a previously resolute Biggar defence. 0-5.
Biggar were not to be disheartened easily though and were quickly taking it back to the opposition. A cracking bit of decision making by Aaron to go blind off a scrum bore fruit with an offload to Euan who got us deep into their twenty two. Good carries by the likes of new boy Josh and step in captain Will earned us a penalty, which was intelligently tapped and passed to isaac out on the wing, who finished well. Conversion missed, 5-5.
A lull in the Biggar squad was to follow and Whitecraigs capatilised with three tries in quick succession before the break. One as a result of their winger’s pace, another from a loose kick and accumulated pressure on our line allowed their forwards to carry over for a third.
Half time: 5-26
One player who impressed in both attack and defence was young Isaac at outside centre. He showed his effective speed and footballing ability at the beginning of the second half, streaking past all the defence with some excellent footwork which deserved a try. The bounce was unkind however, and the chance went begging, positive play nonetheless, signs of more to come.
The Biggar crowd did not have to wait long for their next boost of excitement. Yet another strong carry by the ever present Will and Jack gave Isaac good clean ball which he promptly shipped to the wing and eventually to Aaron who used his strength to barrel his way over. Well desrved team try for the work put in by the whole squad. 12-26
The spark of a fight back was further ignited when Euan Barr ripped the ball excellently in defence who popped to a few forwards who brilliantly used the brains giving it to Gregor who released Isaac. Once again he pierced the defence with a show and go, stepping the full back to finish off under the posts. Conversion well made 19-26.
Despite the optimism, Whitecraigs closed out the game well with two tries in the games dying breaths. A frustrating finish to a game that could’ve gone either way, the score line certainly did not reflect the closeness of the game.
Final Score: 19-38
Many congratulations to debutant referee Cameron Forrest who took charge of the U-15 match. Despite his tender years – Cameron is 16 – he took charge of proceedings and managed the game well.
With this such an important aspect of the club game it is particularly praiseworthy of Cameron to take on the officials role. May there be many more to follow in his footsteps.
Of course with SRU referee commissioner Tappe Henning living locally any trainee referees will be given the ideal opportunity to develop. There are of course specific referee training courses to attend, Cameron enrolling at Gala RFC.
Story date: 11/10/2016
Youth v Hamitlon and Girls in Caithness
Firstly, the Girls sides journeyed north on Saturday to play Caithness in the Girls Presidents Conference. Biggar were happy to travel as Caithness have previously been guests at Hartree Mill. Two great games ensued with Biggar winning both convincingly.
For the record the U-15's won by 63-24 while the U-18's managed a 76-0 scoreline.
On Sunday Hamilton were the opponents in the Green Conference Youth fixtures.
At Hamilton the S1 squad played a development match as this Biggar unit is still short of players. The S2 group had their work cut out and went down by 52-21.
At Biggar the U-15 squad had a narrow defeat by 26-19 with the game being a nip and tuck affair from start to finish.
The U-16's played in a Development match
Biggar under 16’s got only their 3rd game of the season under way against Hamilton Bulls at Hartree Mill on Sunday and managed a great win in a tight game. Having been forced to cancel the last 2 games against GHA and Falkirk due to lack of players, this game was also in doubt up until the last minute. As it was, Hamilton agreed to play a development match having only turned up with 11 players themselves.
The game kicked off as 13 a side with Jamie Shannon and Cammy Snell turning out for the Bulls in the first half and Hugo Baillie, Harry Archibald and Shawn Cottam (a short spell of injury cover) turning out for them in the second.
What followed was good high-intensity, high-scoring game with Hamilton drawing first blood early on. Their number 10 who was comfortable the whole game with ball in hand picked it up in midfield and ran for the try line. Rusty tackling was in evidence from some in black and red as he was allowed to get up a head of steam and fly over in the corner. Biggar had started well and a lapse in concentration had allowed the bulls into the game.
Biggar hit back with some excellent direct running from the backs. The ball was well won in the midfield and hit up by the forwards. After 2 or 3 phases, the backs took over and good hands were shown by all to get the ball to Drew. He took off and had the Bulls defence backtracking. Exploiting indecision in the tackle the big centre stepped inside his man and made it in for the score. The conversion from out wide right was missed by Sam Grieve.
The next try was a standard Cammy Snell try. Pick the ball from the base of a ruck, run at the defence and exploit the gaps to score. Great run, great try, great news – except Cammy was playing for Hamilton! This one from under the posts was converted to put the Bulls back in the lead.
Biggars forwards then took over. Hamilton were a big set of lads but Biggar are big too with perhaps more mobility. A penalty break saw Daniel into the Bulls half a pop to Harry Low and the big prop set off for the line. He picked a slightly sideways line but clearly saw a gap to exploit. Through the winger he went and over to score. Sam Grieve kicked the conversion.
Biggar took the lead on the stroke of half time. A great phase of forward play down the right started by a great break from captain Dan McConkey was well supported by all as the ball was secured and then hit up by Lee Smith, Hugo Baillie and Josh JvR in quick succession. The ball was picked up by Harry Low who made a bolt for the line from the base of the ruck to head over for his second score. Again the kick was made by Sam.
Half Time Biggar 19 – Hamilton 12
Into the second half and the there was no let-up in intensity. Once again, Biggar seemed to switch off slightly at the start of the half and let the Bulls in to score. As with the first half, Biggar seemed comfortable and a slip in concentration allowed the Bulls in to level.
Next up it was the turn of Jamie Bell to get on the scoresheet. This one was made by Josh and could have been his try. The big man got hold of the ball and battered his way through almost to the line. A last ditch tackle was made but he made it over. Double movement according to the ref - shame but probably a fair call. From the penalty Hamilton failed to find touch. Sam Wallis tracked back well and turned and ran at them. He made up some great ground and with support from Drew the ball was back into Hamilton territory. Into a ruck and Josh picked and went again. He seemed destined to score but was prevented by another last ditch tackle. Scrum half Jamie Bell was on hand with a quick pick and through a tight gap for the score. Sam converted again.
Hamilton went over again this time out wide right. Crucially the kick was missed. Biggar held a 2 point lead!
The final Biggar try was scored by Captain McConkey and was a great mix between backs and forwards. Good straight running from Sam who popped it to Daniel. He still had work to do but showed good speed to make it over. Again Sam kicked the extras.
The final score of the game went to Hamilton who went over but again missed the conversion. With 90 seconds left Biggar were 4 points up but were kicking to the visitors. It was kept tight for a number of phases and a Biggar knock on in midfield gave us a scrum as the last play of the match. The Bulls held the ball and in their eagerness to get the ball, Biggar conceded a penalty. Fingernails were being chewed on the touchline!! Hamilton ran it as you would expect but a great tackle from Charles Connolly saw the runner isolated. Sam Wallis went into the ruck, secured the ball and launched it out of the park. A win for Biggar!
Full Time Biggar 33 – Hamilton 29
This was a very entertaining game played in an excellent spirit by all. The boys continue to make progress and some really good strong running rugby was on display. Some real big performances ensured that Biggar won the day. Sam Grieve took on the kicking role and did superbly. Not sure if he has kicked in a game previously but converting 4 out of 5 won the match for Biggar so he deserves huge credit. Lee Smith played the full 60 minutes at hooker. His scrum impact was good and he put in some excellent throws too. GH came in for his first game of the season and made some great tackles on the right wing as well as showing some great passing skills in the second half. The whole pack deserves huge credit as time after time, they made tackles and gains in equal measure. Some of the carries from them produced great yards and they were rewarded with 3 cracking forward tries (4 if you count Cammy scoring for Hamilton!).
As coach John Archibald said, it was great to see a smile on all the boys faces. Too true and it put a smile on the fans faces too. Well played lads! Many thanks too to Lanark whistler Stewart Wise who presided over proceedings. Always handy to have guys willing to take control and support Youth rugby.
Story date: 03/10/2016
u-15’s at GHA
GHA 31 Biggar 44
Coming off the back of two promising wins against both Dunfermline and Dumfries, the U15 lads travelled up to GHA in search for a third to consolidate their place at the peak of the Green Conference. This was set out at the beginning of the season as a big challenge for the team, but this didn’t phase them one bit. They came out with the most effective and efficient game of rugby the coaching staff had ever seen them produce and were good enough to clinch the win.
With a frantic start to the game, it seemed as if Biggar were bound to put the first numbers on the scorecard. Deja vu of Callum Smith’s excellent try scoring performance from last week ran through everyone's mind when he made a break early on. Quickly linking with young Johnnie who had stepped up from the s2’s to help us out, many thought we were in. But an infringement that looked a lot like a GHA knock on rather than a Biggar one denied us a certain try. Instead, the GHA boys displayed some good counter attacking play to get themselves into our half, and eventually over our line. 0-7.
Not to be disheartened the boys quickly got back into the swing of things. Good phase play got us a penalty and a wee nudge in the corner set us up for a maul. A good initial drive was cut short when Cameron Snell peeled off the back and used a strong fend and his physicality to get himself a try. Conversion made by Callum, 7-7.
GHA would not allow us to get a head of steam however, and they scored a nice try off a secure scrum to put us on the back foot once again. 7-12. Again the lads showed great resilience to get themselves into the opposition half again. Great carries from Cameron, Jack and Andrew got us right over the gain line. Johnnie’s running had impressed all day, especially for a back rower playing centre, and it was a good hands by Aaron and Gregor that allowed him to show his athletic ability and bag himself a five pointer in the corner. The scores were level at 12-12.
Another try from GHA put their noses in front but just before half time Biggar scored an excellent try. As a team, the forwards coaches – alongside consultation from Biggar’s set piece expert: Johnnie Bogle – have been working really hard to tighten up our set piece so we can really use it as a weapon in games. This practice was perfectly put into place here. A good lineout by Cameron got us into a maul from about 15 metres out. A massive effort from the forwards drove us a few metres short before a few backs joined in to get us over the line. Fantastic display of a driving maul. The try went to Cameron Snell, but it was a full forward pack effort. 17-19.
Half time- Biggar 17 GHA 19
After some technical talk at half time, the boys come out fighting. A good kick off by Gregor was beautifully kept in by a silky 'out the back' offload by Euan. This was quickly followed by good carries from Jack and Andrew. The try scoring machine that is Will Kelly found himself with the ball two metres from the line, no one was going to stop him. 22-19. Another good set of carries resulted in a well deserved try for Cameron Gray. 27-19.
Another unfortunate lax in defence allowed GHA to score again and get within 3. Again a maul that was exceptionally set up was excellently driven over the line and gave Cameron Snell his third try of the day. 32-24.
The back and forth of the score board continued when GHA managed to sneak over for another to bring it within a point; nail biting moments to ensue. Another try from Cameron Snell however, quickly eased our nerves a little. 39-31. And the last of the day went to a really worthy recipient. Since the beginning of the season our prop Jack McAllister has been a constantly reliable source for a good four or five yards in every carry. His work rate and strength has really shone through since their first appearance on our tour to Oban. He gratefully took the ball in the dying minutes and barrelled his way over for Biggar’s last of the day. 44-31.
Full time – Biggar 44 GHA 31
An unbelievable performance by the boys all in all. Special thanks must go to Johnnie who hugely impressed with his maturity and ability to make a break out of nothing; to Cameron Snell who is almost impossible to stop in attack and Daryl who put in a strong defensive and attacking performance when he got on. These three boys came from their own age groups to help us out and we really appreciate that. Star performances came again from Jack, who, as mentioned, was a machine in attack, from Callum McCallum who defended very well and kept the tempo at nine and James who only consolidated his position as our defensive stalwart. The forward pack as a whole put in a hugely dominant effort and showed us their full potential and the backs took the opportunities they were given. An excellent performance, and now, on to the next.
Story date: 13/09/2016
Colts and Youth travel to Dumfries
S2's: Dumfries 13 Biggar 43
What a scorcher at Dumfries. Both the heat of the early September sun and the blistering play of the Biggar S2 team.
Hosts Dumfries Saints were low in player numbers so it was agreed to share 2 players to the home team and play 13 aside and play 3 sessions of 20 minutes. This looked a worrying decision as the hosts rucked Biggar off the ball and scored 3 trys with no reply 1 even coming from the Biggar pair Murray and Jonathan who partnered up to score. The team were (just about) left to wake up and sort themselves out, which they did! By the end of the first 20 minutes Biggar had scored 3 through Fraser, Archie and Andrew and were up 11 - 10.
More switching of players and Biggar moved into ascendancy in the 2nd period scoring first through Jonathan from a kick off return. Then 2 more from winger Fraser on the predatory rampage as has become a trade mark of the team and 1 for Callum under the posts. The second period ended 26 - 10.
In the final period there were further player changes but the fast offloading game continued but also with laser direct tackle breaking runs from Daryl, Fraser and Jonathan. A missed tackle allowed the hosts to score but another try for Archie and the final try coming from Murray with a battling score in the corner.
The score ended 43 - 13 with 12 trys scored from Andrew, Archie (2), Callum, Daryl, Fraser (4), Jonathan (2), Murray. Conversions from Callum (2), Archie (2), Euan L (3).
Thanks to the hosts for a tough and always spirited match.
Dumfries win the Numbers Game against Biggar Under 16’s
A beautiful late summer rugby match was the order of the day on Sunday when Biggar under 16’s travelled to their Dumfries counterparts for the latest instalment of the Green Conference matches.
The sight of the coaches counting and recounting boys was a worry for all as it raised the spectre of numbers once again for this team. Only 14 available boys to fill 15 slots – early signs were not good. As it was, Dumfries agreed to a 14 a side match which was very good of them so we kicked off all square.
Biggar started brightly and had their hosts pinned back with some real aggressive rucking from the forwards and quick hands from the backs. An overlap was created and Guy Hunt tore for the line only to be tackled just short and dragged into touch. From the resultant line out Daniel McConkey was lifted well to grab the ball against the head. He dove for the line and scored. The kick from out wide was missed.
Unfortunately Guy sustained a head knock as he went for the line and was unable to take any further part in the game. Biggar 5 – 0 up but it was 14 v 13. The space in the backfield showed as superior numbers allowed the Dumfries backs to find space and score with a converted try.
Biggar then took the game by the scruff of the neck. The pack was rucking and scrummaging well and took 2 or 3 balls from Dumfries lineout throws. With the ball in hand, the backs started to really penetrate the Dumfries line none more so than Finlay Stewart. A great break down the left saw him jink past 2 or 3 defenders and in for the score. Again the conversion was missed.
Biggar then started working the links between backs and forwards well. From a cleared kick, Sam Wallis took a great catch and ran straight back at Dumfries. He was supported well by Daniel McConkey who recycled the ball and popped it to Drew on the right. The big centre ran at Dumfries who had no answer to him and he went over for a 3rd Biggar try. The conversion was hit this time.
Unfortunately Jamie Shannon sustained a knock as he was clearing out at the ruck so he was now off the park too. Biggar 17 – 7 up but it was 14 v 12.
Drew scored another great try for Biggar. Again the forwards were doing well rucking aggressively and pushing their counterparts back. The ball was won and worked out to Rhys Thompson who went for a run, drew his man and popped the ball to Drew. The big centre again had work to do but he could see that Dumfries were nervous of him and he went flying over. As was now becoming the norm, this resulted in another injury for Biggar. Drew had been having a knee problem and took a knock when scoring. With 3 players now off, Biggar were 22 -7 up but were playing 14 v 11. Everyone watching knew something would have to give.
Biggar continued to fight manfully and were unlucky to concede again just before Half time but with payer shortages all over the pitch it was no wonder.
Half time Dumfries 12 – Biggar 22.
Biggar had been fantastic for every second of the 35 minutes but you could see it had taken its toll on the players. A very warm day and a big heavy pitch meant it would be a difficult second half. Jamie Shannon was able to continue into the second half which provided a big boost and Drew came back on but with his knee troubling him was unable to have the devastating effect he had had in the first half.
As was expected still with 14 v 13 Dumfries came storming back Having scored 2 converted tries they led 26 – 22 but Biggar raised themselves and fought back. A great try with the pack showing that they had listened well to Yogi on Wednesday. The line out was taken and they went for a maul and they mauled their opponents off the park. The ball was with Jamie Bell to spin over for the try but every single forward deserves credit (as well as Yogi)!
That was to be the end of the scoring from a Biggar point of view. With Drew hobbling it was effectively 14 v 12 and gaps inevitably appeared. Dumfries scored 2 more tries to take the win.
Final score Dumfries 36 Biggar 27
It’s really difficult to sum up this game without sounding disrespectful to Dumfries. They recorded a win and should rightly be proud but this was very hard on Biggar. Every young man once again fought and fought for 70 minutes and some fantastic performances were on display. Jamie Bell was called in to play Scrum Half and was outstanding. He covered every blade of grass and when Biggar were down to 11 was covering 3 or 4 men and doing it superbly. Cammy Forrest played very well at Centre. His communication, work-rate and running were excellent. Drew played an excellent first half and had the Dumfries defence terrified every time he got the ball. Jamie Shannon pulled off tackle of the season when running back to prevent a try late in the first half and the aggressive rucking from all of the forwards was impressive.
To lose a game when so many have given so much is frustrating and whilst lack of numbers has to be put down as the main cause of this loss, I would urge each young man to take that as a positive. You were all fantastic, you are developing so well and when we finally can get 18/19 fit and healthy players on the pitch, I am sure that results will follow.
Story date: 06/09/2016
Boys Youth v Dunfermline - mixed results
S2's Biggar 37 Dunfermline 11.
The S2s welcomed Dunfermline to Hartreemill for the first game of the season in the Green conference. The boys started this season the way they finished last season with fast open attacking rugby.
Some excellent passing, support play and tough tackling broke down a tough and determined Dunfermline team. The final score 37 - 11 to Biggar with trys coming from Fraser Simpson (5), Callum Yardley (2), Archie Damer (1), Chris Brett (1) and Euan Laing (1) conversion's coming from Callum and Euan.
The try scoring started with winger Fraser on a trademark supporting run and sprint from 30 yards to take the lead. Dunfermline replied quickly then the home team started to excert pressure through the forwards and pass the ball wide with nr 15 Callum running in 2 trys into the corner. HT saw Biggar lead 14 - 3. At the start of the second half Biggar came out strong applying pressure on the kickoff and Euan collecting a loose ball for a 1 yard dive over the line. Fraser collected a couple of more trys with his speed and support play.
A drop in concentration allowed the visitors to score 2 trys before Biggar refocused. The most exceptional try was probably Chris Bretts, on for only 2 minutes total game time due to injury he collected a pass following a Biggar restart dodged 4 defenders to get a try to then quickly be subbed back off to protect an injury. A mazy run and try from Archie capped the try scoring.
The full team worked hard for each other and started to put together the structures and roles that we have been working on in training.
U-15's Match report
Big beginning for Biggar’s U15 boys.
After a positive pre season, the U15’s were raring to go this Sunday at Dunfermline on a glorious day for a good run about. Due to a minor mix up on timings the boys started the game with 13 on the pitch, but this was definitely not an unlucky number for the lads as they got off to an absolute scorcher.
A barnstorming run from Callum Smith was quickly brought to ground, but with rucking that Coach Kelly himself would have been proud of, the ball was well shifted to Isaac who promptly linked again with his centre partner Smith to finish in the corner. Conversion missed, 5-0 to the lads from Biggar.
The big lumps that are the forwards refused to be shown up by their “fluffy” back counterparts and so started a little rumble of their own. Heavenly hands from the likes of Cameron, Will and Jamie T got the boys deep into the Dunfermline 22, and a great combination of passes resulted in the ball bouncing its way along the line to Isaac, who finished well. Conversion missed, 10-0.
After another two tries from the strong running of Smith and a wee touchdown from Euan also, the team then showed their ability to turn defence into attack beautifully. Having been pinned under the shadow of our own sticks for too long, the boys got their hands in the ruck and managed to get a turnover. A few flicks of the wrists and the ball was soon in the hands of the rapid Isaac who streamed in from about 60 yards. Isaac quickly snatched another under the posts with a neat pick up from a Dunfermline mistake. After a few low fliers Gregor gratefully nudged his first conversion of the day over.
Half time: Biggar-37 Dunfermline-0
The first try of the second half was a personal favourite. Off a solid scrum the backs executed a cracker of a move, with Isaac running a dummy line, the ball being moved to Smith who quickly put a zinger of an inside ball to Aaron who did his best prop impression and barrelled over for a try. Conversion made. Smith quickly got himself on the scoresheet again with the use of some Campese like feet. 51-0.
Another break from Smith and some sublime support from Aaron resulted in him getting his second try of the day. Soon after, a bit of a blunder at the kick off allowed Dunfermline to dot down for their first of the day. 58-5.
Another few from Euan and Isaac put the boys further in front. The last of the day was entertainment for all. A well manufactured maul was quickly formed off a lineout, the new skips Jamie Tucker peeled of the side and dove for the try line, only to be absolutely mugged off when realising he was lying over the 5m. Cameron Gray graciously grabbed the ball off his captain and dived over. Try by Cameron, unintentional assist by Jamie.
Final Score: Biggar-73 Dunfermline-5
Overall, an absolute stormer of a start to the season for the U15 boys. Some really promising link play and recycling in attack allowed the backs to get the feet moving and the tries flowing. The lineout was effective all day with new jumper Andrew Barret using his unfair height to pluck the ball out of the air like it’s nobody’s business. Man of the match was given to young Will Kelly who dominated all day in contact and showed his soft hands with a few awesome offloads. A good performance is only as good as its follow up however, Dumfries next, lets hope the boys can recreate the same there.
Under 16's keep on fighting at Dunfermline
Biggar under 16's travelled to Dunfermline on Sunday knowing a tough game would be in store. Having played them twice last season they knew that Dunfy were a tough well drilled outfit who were blessed with big numbers too.
Both sides played fantastically well working very hard to put on a really tough rugby battle. The final score of 34-5 to Dunfermline flattered the hosts somewhat as they score of 2/3 late tries with Biggar tiring towards the end of the game.
Numbers were tight as ever for this group and with only 16 available it was hoped that they could all stay fit to allow changes to be made during the game. As it was after 10 minutes they lost Ethan Webb to a bad knock as the winger made a crunching tackle. He knocked the Dunfy man back on his heels but incurred a concussion in the process. Bad news for Biggar as they would now have to play the next 60 minutes with only 15 men. This was to prove telling as with a 22 man squad to pick from Dunfy were able to rotate players and bring on a number of fresh legs.
Most of this game was almost like an attack against defence exercise. Dunfy taking the game to Biggar and Biggar fighting and tackling like demons to repel them. Every single young man played his part in an excellent display from Biggar. Communication, work rate, team work and determination were all on display in abundance. That coupled with some fantastic tackling combined to see a Dunfermline limited to one score in the first half.
Half time score 5-0 to Dunfermline.
Into the second half and Biggar were again on the back foot. It would be easy to say that numerical superiority won this game but that would be disrespectful to Dunfy. They played some excellent aggressive rugby and kept moving the ball and probing for openings. As Biggar tired Dunfy started to find more gaps and scored a further 4 unanswered tries to lead 29-0. Some of the Biggar persuasion were worried that Dunfy might run riot but these boys dug deep and fought back. Rallied by Captain Daniel McConkey under the posts they took the game to Dunfy. Hard running as a team, pinpoint kicking from Ali Steele and determined play had Dunfy pinned in their 22. A scrum was won and the ball held. Cammy Snell went for the no 8 pickup and left the defence in his wake going over for a score that Biggar richly deserved.
Full time Dunfermline 34 - Biggar 5
This was an excellent effort from all of the young men in black and red. They worked so hard on defence and having seen them working on these aspects week in week out at training their coaches should be proud of the effort they put in to this aspect of the game. There were 2 or 3 players that I viewed as playing the best game of rugby I have seen them play. Harry Archibald was outstanding in defence hitting tackle after tackle. Sam Wallis Superb at full back again making a number of last ditch tackles and supporting his back line well and Lee Smith played an excellent 70 minutes carrying the ball, hitting rucks and scrummaging well. Having said that, this was a team effort and all deserve massive credit for their play. The sight of every single player hardly able to applaud Dunfermline off the pitch after the game was a sign of how much they had given. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
Story date: 30/08/2016
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Story date: 25/05/2015
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Story date: 25/08/2011