Biggar RFC Midi section caters for those of high school age. We currently have teams in S1, S2, Under 15 and Under 16 age categories, as well as an Under 16 girls team. The gradual incorporation of full rugby union rules over the different age grades makes Midi rugby the perfect stepping stone for progression onto under 18s rugby and then to the senior game. All midi rugby teams train on a Wednesday night at the club at 6.45pm. If you would like to know more please contact Aird Jardine on 07917731494
Story date: 25/08/2011
Biggar 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.
BIGGAR RFC OCTOBER CAMPS 2015
Bookings for October Camps 2015 are now taking place!
No experience is necessary, come along if you want to try out rugby! To register, contact Calum Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07720677977.
Story date: 22/09/2015
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
When youngsters go up into their first year of Biggar High School they have the opportunity to participate in the 'School of Rugby Programme'. This involves youngsters getting the opportunity to build on their social, physical and mental capibilities through the highly enjoyable environment that is of rugby union.
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Story date: 25/05/2015
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Story date: 12/07/2013
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Story date: 25/08/2011