Biggar U-16’s clinch National U-16 Bowl final at Murrayfield
To see action shots from yeyserdays match click on the above photo
There is NO doubting what the BIG game of the weekend was however as the U-16’s journeyed to Murrayfield to contest the National U-16 Bowl Final. This match was a cracker. A very stern test was posed by South Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton and the match was a thoroughly enjoyable and competitive match. A neutral – and there weren’t that many present – would have revelled in the skill and fitness levels on display. Both sides played with commitment, skill and showed some very positive decision-making (qualities which were absent from the match played 24 hours previously!).
Thanks to parent and scribe Graham Kerr who provided the following report.
After the freezing conditions of last week and the intervening days to thaw out, the team, coaches, mums, dads, siblings and a good few supporters took the bus to Murrayfield for this much anticipated final. After high energy grub at the clubhouse from chef Jock, the boys were fuelled up for the encounter. They needed it as this was to be a bruising match in weather conditions that were at times reminiscent of last weekend.
Yes, the boys won the game on the pitch but they couldn’t have won if it were not for a lot of other people who have helped them along the way. As a Dad and on behalf of all of the Mum’s and Dad’s we must thank the coaches; Johnny, Gavin and Craig; as well as chef, bag man, physio and team manager Jock. Mum’s, Dad’s and other supporters along the way have enjoyed the good rugby the team has played but they have also ensured that there is huge encouragement from the touch line – the lads do hear it on the pitch - and at Murrayfield today the triple digit numbers ensured that whilst we were at a neutral ground, the home of Scottish Rugby, it felt like a home tie. Thanks also to the club that gives the boys the opportunity to play a game they love. Whilst the whole set up is worthy of praise, Calum Taylor, Development Officer and Aird Jardine, Midi Convener, deserve special mention.
Hamilton were worthy opponents and they and their coaches should be congratulated for a classic encounter.
What made the difference between the two teams? Each had a squad of 22; both teams were unbeaten; and to a man they were all ready for the game and desperate to win. The difference was Biggar played structured rugby, they kept their shape and importantly they varied their game plan throughout the match. They are inventive, skilled and cohesive. They have natural talent. They are coached well. They are a team. They are winners. Hoooorraay!!
Man-of-the-match Peter Steele
Biggar U16 Squad:
Euan Bogle, Marcus Dobie, Andre Jardine (C), Rowan Stewart, Peter Steele, Rory McGinn, Douglas Hill, Keir Hamilton, Jordan Gray, Guy Kelly, Andrew Reid, Callum Dunlop, Andrew Nimmo, Neil Jones, Gavin Raftery, Craig Shearer, Alex Dawe, Angus
The trophy presentation was made by past Biggar President Doug Ward who was in attendance on Sunday in his capacity as SRU Council member. Doug quite obviously took great delight in making the presentation to his home club while, in what was fact becoming an all-Biggar afternoon, another who was equally proud was 'man-on-the-mike', SRU host and Biggar man Chris Cruise who couldn't hide his pride and made comment on the boys from his own 'home town'. Brilliant!
Story date: 02/03/2015
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
Development Newsletter January 2015
Welcome to the January 2015 Development Newsletter.
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Story date: 20/01/2015
U-16’s cling on for hard fought win
Edinburgh U-16 League
Biggar 13 Dunbar 12
Good Job Well Done
The definition of a team: A group of people with the full set of complementary skills required to achieve a common goal. This U16 team fit this definition perfectly. From 1 through to 22, the whole squad, they showed their individual complementary skills on the rugby pitch but importantly they also focussed their efforts in pulling together to beat a very good Dunbar side which until this game were also unbeaten. Indeed this was THE top-of-the-table clash.
In front of a large, enthusiastic and very much appreciated crowd nerves were evident at the start, with both Biggar and Dunbar knowing this was the biggest game of the season so far. With the restart not 10m, Biggar were awarded a scrum on the halfway line. Winning the scrum, Biggar were then gifted a penalty for Dunbar killing the ball in the ruck. After a kick to touch, Biggar won the lineout but then lost the ball in the ruck. However, Dunbar were forced out by the Biggar defence and Biggar secured a good lineout, allowing the ball to be moved out through the backs. Peter Steele made great ground, setting up a ruck well into the Dunbar 22. With quick ball moved out to Andrew Jardine who scored a well worked try in the right corner. This left a difficult angle for the conversion for the right footed Euan Bogle. However, he kept his composure and calmly planted it straight through the posts.
Biggar kept up the pressure from the restart and through some wonderful offloads, kept the ball live worrying the Dunbar defence. This pressure forced Dunbar to stray offside giving Biggar a penalty in kickable distance. Euan Bogle again calmly slotted it between the posts. Biggar’s possession and territory dwindled as Dunbar began to come back into the game. Biggar’s lineout was a little insecure (moves not slick enough) and this, along with some turnovers at the rucks (body position too high), handed back possession and territory to Dunbar. They kept the tempo up, running penalties and using rucks and mauls to keep the phases of play going. Twice they got to Biggar’s 5m line but the Biggar defence was immense, they put their bodies on the line and repelled wave after wave of Dunbar’s attacks for more than 10 minutes. Holding on, Biggar finished the half ahead by ten points, but Dunbar were definitely back in the game.
Dunbar kept the tempo up into the second half, forcing some uncharacteristic errors from Biggar. The pressure was beginning to tell. Dunbar secured a lineout in the Biggar 22 and slipped a tackle to expose a gap for an easy try and conversion. Dunbar gained territory and eventual possession after the restart but conceded a penalty for holding on. This allowed Biggar to clear their lines to halfway. Biggar then took the ball into the Dunbar half and Dunbar conceded another penalty to give Biggar a lineout on the 5m line. But the lineout was lost allowing Dunbar to take play back to the halfway line. The ball was soon back in the Dunbar half and Biggar again won a penalty within kickable distance. Euan Bogle again, slotted it between the posts to increase the margin to 6 points.
A Biggar knock on soon after the restart set up a Dunbar scrum well into the Biggar 22. It was easily won and Dunbar slipped a tackle for a score near the corner. This gave a difficult angle for the Dunbar kicker and the conversion was missed, narrowing the margin in Biggar’s favour to only 1 point. Dunbar and Biggar then battled it out for the remainder of the half. Biggar had a chance of a penalty but Euan Bogle didn’t connect his kick as sweetly as he would have liked and the ball fell just short. Dunbar kept possession putting together some well worked phases of play and had their own opportunity for what could have been a try winning move thwarted by a forward pass. Both teams battled on to the whistle, which couldn’t come soon enough for Biggar. With two minutes to go Biggar won back possession through a penalty. With a kick out for a lineout, all Biggar had to do was win the lineout and keep possession to run down the clock. Jordan Gray’s throw was good, lineout secured and Ref, David Adams blew for full time to give Biggar the hard fought victory.
The squad’s reaction was a combination of elation, relief and exhaustion as each player had left everything on the pitch. It had been an amazing game, competitively played with great spirit shown by all 30 players on the pitch. The Dunbar back row were to the fore throughout and made their presence felt at every opportunity, especially in the second period while their stand off posed problems whenever he got hands on the ball.
In sport a team achieves its goals, but a good team wins. This Biggar team are unbeaten in 2014. With one month to go and two matches left can they remain unbeaten? Based on this performance it will take a very, very good team to beat Biggar.
Story date: 03/12/2014
Biggar U-16’s edge out winners in Watsons thriller
Watsonians U16 12; Biggar U16 17
It was an exciting game from the start. Biggar kicked off and the Biggar team were quick up with Jordan Gray securing the catch. The ball was then moved quickly out to the backs and Peter Steele burst through the stunned Watsonians defence for a score under the posts. Euan Bogle made the conversion to put Biggar 7 points up with less than two minutes on the clock. Watsonians composed themselves and with a good restart gained territory in Biggar’s 22. With a blustery wind, lineout throwing was difficult and Biggar were duly penalised. Whilst the resultant scrum was evenly matched, Watsonians were able to pick up and move the ball down the blindside for a try in the right corner. Although the conversion attempt was helped by the wind, the angle was tight and it drifted wide.
Biggar restarted well and put pressure on Watsonians and they were pinged by the ref for offside. Biggar gained back territory from the penalty and won the resultant lineout. The ball was moved to the backs and through a wonderful series of moves involving switches and dummy runners that baffled the opposition defence, Peter Steele again broke through and used his strength to carry the ball over the tryline despite some determined tackling near the tryline by Watsonians. Euan Bogle again kicked the conversion.
Watsonians replicated the Biggar quick score from the first half. This time Watsonians set up a clever and well executed driving maul from a lineout shortly after the restart. They drove the maul all the way to the 5m line and then moved it out for a converted try. With the lead narrowed to 2 points and Watsonians with their tails up, Biggar had to keep their discipline and focus. This they did and, with clean ball from the ruck, the Biggar centres again put together another great move but just couldn’t quite complete the last pass for the score. However, Biggar were brought back for an earlier penalty and with a tap took the ball into the Watsonians 22. Watsonians handled in the ruck and gifted Euan Bogle a tricky kick at goal. Judging the wind well he drilled it straight through the posts. Jordan Gray had been injured in the earlier play and with no front row replacement, scrums were uncontested until he eventually shook of the leg knock and bravely returned to the pitch. Watsonians camped themselves in the Biggar 22 but were denied by a determined Biggar defence and an eventual fumble. This allowed Euan Bogle to take a fantastic pick up from the spilled ball and kick and chase to secure a lineout in the Watsonians 22. Biggar won the lineout and Watsonians were then offside at the ruck, giving Euan Bogle another chance of 3 points. However, this time he pulled it slightly wide. A tense finish to the game saw Watsonians and Biggar trade kicks, but a couple of Biggar infringements in their own 22 did give Watsonians a chance to close out the game. In the last play they did get over the line but a determined Biggar defence held the ball up and, much to the relief of the Biggar crowd, the Ref blew for a well-deserved Biggar win.
This game proved that the whole squad are good and games are won by team effort. Injuries and illness depleted numbers today, but the depth to the squad and the commitment from all meant that the coaches didn’t have any difficult team choices to make. All performed well. With a free weekend coming up, it will allow some injuries to heal and bruises to fade before the last three games of the league.
Story date: 03/11/2014
Youth section has mixed fortunes
U-15’s Biggar 5 Boroughmuir 22
The larger Boroughmuir side must have got quite a surprise at the rate at which Biggar pressed forward. There was no let-up in the intensity which was refreshing to watch for the brave support in what was challenging weather conditions to say the least.
Ali Steele deputised at Fly-half for the injured Matthew Stewart and Sam Wallis stepped into the scrum-half position as a result of Luhann Kotze still being in South Africa and Finlay Barr also injured.
It was the kind of rugby that suggested that only an error could settle things.
Deadlock was broken in the 25th minute with that fateful error. The same costly mistake would haunt Biggar another three times!
After going so well Biggar left themselves a bit short on cover on the left which opened the door for Boroughmuir. The visitors claimed two tries and one conversion in the space of 2 minutes. 12-0 down at half time.
Biggar were not to be denied points however, and some smart thinking from Robbie Orr saw him kick in behind the Boroughmuir defence with the ensuing chase resulting in him touching down before the opposition Full-back.
Both sides became a bit wasteful of the opportunities open to them due to limited vision and a slight loss of focus. Deteriorating conditions a contributory factor no doubt.
Biggar deserved so much more from the game and the scoreline was definately no reflection on the assured performance shown by the Hartreemill side. As performances go, this was up there with the best of them. Some luck and improved vision could have made all the difference.
A stand-out performance from Declan Boulton at 2nd Row was delightful to watch and deserves special mention.
Time to re-group and patch-up for the difficult trip to Heriots next week!
Tries: Robbie Orr
Livingston U16 0; Biggar U16 91
It was much of the same on Sunday as Biggar travelled to Livingston and crushed their less experienced opposition by 14 tries to nil. The only change was with the weather conditions – unusually for the season so far, the team had to contend with both rain and wind. The rain at least eased off during the game and didn’t spoil the running rugby that characterises this strong and talented squad.
Biggar spent pretty much all of the first half of the game in the Livingston half. Early pressure and a series of three scrums saw the forwards work well and Alex Dawe running in from the scrum but falling short of the line. However the backs were on hand and Rory McGinn took the ball over the tryline for a converted try. Good work by the forwards including Neil Jones also saw the ball back in the Livingston 22 after the restart. This gave the platform for Andrew Jardine to make it over the tryline in the left corner for an unconverted try. Euan Bogle was next on the scoresheet after a great series of play and particularly good movement of ball through the hands. Rory McGinn then pounced on a loose ball from Livingston and fed Craig Meikle for an unconverted try on the right of the pitch. Livingston then conceded a penalty in their own 22 for a ruck infringement and this allowed the backs to make a move to the right wing for Marcus Dobie to cross for an unconverted try. After the restart Biggar lost the ball in a maul but soon after it reappeared and Andrew Jardine picked it up to score the sixth try of the half between the posts - and this time converted.
The second half was played out, pretty much the same way as the first with eight tries scored from; Bogle (running through tackles), Dobie (down the wing), McGinn (jinking run), Dobie (after good run from Denholm), Dobie (cutting nicely inside), Bogle (made by fellow backs), McGinn (supported by Jardine and Bogle) and lastly Jardine (running through tackles). Six of the eight tries were converted.
Whilst this was a crushing win, it is noted that Livingston put out a mixed squad with some younger age lads getting a run out. This showed and Biggar were able to dominate in most phases of the game. However, areas still requiring improvements are in rucks and mauls. Despite having more power and aggression in the scrums, the forwards were at times out rucked and this will no doubt get some attention at this week’s training.
Overall, the squad continues to play very well and they need a game against better matched opposition to see just how good they really are. This should come next week against Watsonians who are third in the table behind Biggar and Dunbar, with Dunbar narrowly edging the game against Watsonians when the two teams met earlier in the month. So how good are the Biggar squad? Come along to Myreside next weekend and see for yourself. The lads say ‘bring it on’ and see you there!
Story date: 27/10/2014
U-15’s run Gala close
Gala RT 22 Biggar 17
Gala were strong at the breakdown which at times Biggar struggled to deal with and more frustrating by virtue of the fact that this was regularly happening when Biggar carried the ball into contact.
The Hartreemill boys recovered well and drew first blood with a simple move that saw the ball passed through the backs out to Niall Ball, who touched down in the corner. Matthew Stewart's conversion attempt from a wide angle just short.
Some good defence thwarted the Gala attack but the hosts pulled one back with a similar move.
At this point things went downhill and with the official taking exception to Biggars approach to the game, claiming poor discipline at the breakdown, and following lengthy discussion about the consequences, the afore mentioned focus dwindled.
Gala then linked well to break through with Biggar unable to put their bodies between ball and ground to preserve their lead. 17-17, two minutes left to play and the draw looked likely.
Biggar pressed into the Gala half and were awarded a penalty and, for whatever reason, this decision was over-turned, giving the home side an advantage.
Gala pushed forward and slipped through only to be halted on the line by a fine tackle by Lewis Stewart. Stress levels were high and perhaps this is what led to a loose pass that Gala pounced on right on the Biggar try line.
To say the boys were 'Gutted' was an understatement. It was Gala's alertness in broken play and Biggar's failure to see clear opportunities that contributed to this defeat.
This U15 side are not far off the mark and deserved so much more from the game. They must also understand that high levels of commitment should be maintained throughout the 60 minutes. Crucially, decisions went against Biggar and disruptions didn't help at all, but such are the challenges that are set out before us.
Tries (3): Niall Ball, Guy Kelly, Stuart Forrest
Story date: 29/09/2014
U-15’s and U-16’s record handsome victories in league encounters
U-15’s Biggar 35 Livingston 22
Story date: 22/09/2014
Midis FixturesMarch 8, 2015, S1 v Hamilton (h),
March 8, 2015, S2 v Hamilton (h),
March 15, 2015, S1/S2 v Penicuik (a),
March 22, 2015, S1 v Gala (h),
March 22, 2015, S2 v Gala (h),
March 29, 2015, S1 v Whitecraigs (h),
March 29, 2015, S2 v Whitecraigs (h),
April 5, 2015, S1 v Currie (a),
April 5, 2015, S2 v Currie (a),
April 19, 2015, S1 v Ayr (a),
April 19, 2015, S2 v Ayr (a),