Minis in action at Watsons
Mini Section at Watsons with Falkirk (Sunday 20th Nov)
A huge well done to the P3's who attended the joint training session at Watsonians.
Apart from being incredibly well behaved off-pitch their effort and skill on-pitch was superb!
We joined Falkirk for training and some 'tag' practice which is useful for next weeks game, they were very focused and did an excellent job representing Biggar RFC.
We had 6 Biggar P4's joining over 20 Watsons players and a dozen from Falkirk. The players split into three groups and took part in 2 games and a drill. The drill had several phases and was more advanced than we would normally coach but, after an uncertain start, our boys got on with it and slotted right in.
2 of our players were in each of the teams for the games and, from what I saw, were making themselves known, putting in tackles and scoring tries. Although I wasn't able to watch over everything the feedback that I got from the (many) Watsons coaches was really positive. They had good things to say for every one of the P4's and commented on their excellent behavior. Well done lads!
We played 3 games, 2 against Watsons teams and one against Falkirk. I'm not sure of the scores but if forced would score as 3-2 in first game, 3-1 in second and 2-4 in last game with Biggar losing first two and winning last.
A slow start by Biggar in game one, coaches to work on the warm up drills to make sure we hit the ground running! But the team woke up and started playing with more confidence as the game developed. The Watsons team played well with solid tackling by all and Biggar fell into a habit of trying to off load the ball out contact which led to a lot of handling errors, lost possession and being pushed backwards by the constant pressure.
It was really pleasing that the team took heed of the advice from coaches between games and the second game saw Biggar presenting the ball after tackles in a much more controlled way, rucking improved and everyone stepped up on the tackling front.
The third match was real blood and guts stuff and Biggar woke up and got into full stride against Falkirk. Great work in mid field from Poppy and Fergus putting in a huge tackle count between them. Really great to see Lewis build on the brilliant ball carrying he was showing all day by putting in tackles. Leyland made a number of key tackles and was determine to dig the ball out of rucks. Connor also got into the zone and made some great yards we look forward to him bring his impact to rucking. Kyle ran well as always and continued to have the confidence to take opposition on physically which is fantastic to see. Harry worked hard in the mid field and was an important link in a number of moves, Archie and Ruari were involved in so much of the play and a highlight for me was the passing between them that led to the last try.
Story date: 22/11/2016
Biggar P7s made their annual trip to Myreside to see how the other half live today. We were missing a large number of our regulars so welcomed the addition of the four Biggar P6s that had turned out. A planned joint training session with Watsons and Falkirk turned into two freindlies. First up we played the hosts, and the benefits of training every day were obvious with Watsons proving to be a well drilled and aggressive team, quick to seize on any missed pass or fumble. Biggar spent most of the game defending, and when they did gain possession missed opportunities to score due to poor passing. It was not all bad however, as despite being under huge pressure the Biggar defence weathered the onslaught well. The end score of 2 tries to 0 in favour of Watsons is a testament to this.
Unfortunately heads went down a bit and this was picked up on by the Watsonian's hooker who was training them between the matches. It was a valid point that they needed to cheer up and start enjoying their rugby or what was the point of being there?
So, after a bit of a team talk and a reminder of the shirt they were wearing, the team took on Falkirk with a much more positive attitude.
Suddenly the ball was moving across the pitch at speed, the team were playing together with smiles on their faces. Falkirk couldn't break the line, and couldn't stop the Biggar attack. Biggar P7s were back, and unstoppable. The final score was 5 to 1 for Biggar. Falkirk only scored because the ref accidentally stood in front of a Biggar player.
A good way to finish the day, and a positive note for next week in the Borders cup.
Minis host North Berwick
It was a different feel on Sunday at Hartree Mill as winter weather finally took hold. Our P3's seemed to feel the effects too as we hosted North Berwick in a joint training session and games. - The visitors just showed the edge in the end winning by one try but we had some great positives as we saw some of our new players really get to grips with the game in their first proper match. Well done to all who took part and for the sideline cheers from our very cold parents!
North Berwick arrived with a squad of 10 on Sunday. Since we only had 6 we agreed on a combined training session followed by a mixed 8 a side game. Although we'd normally play 6 each side the important thing on Sunday was to keep everyone involved as it was pretty chilly.
As we saw in the previous week our players were keen to get stuck in from the off and the coaches are pleased to see the number of tackles being made increasing every week.
We will continue to work on the physical aspect at the next training session and introduce some new exercises to keep up the momentum with our tackle practice.
A twelve strong Biggar P5 squad faced a strong North Berwick P5 squad on Sunday. Given the excellent numbers we managed to run two games simultaneously on adjacent pitches. This is a first for our group and its great that we have numbers to be able to do this. The two Biggar P5 sides were split with equal ability in both team, but with no substitutes. In one of the games we were heavily beaten 5 tries to zero. This was most unlike this group but i think the very cold conditions and two injuries left this team with a mountain to climb against a reasonably strong North Berwick team. I am hoping David and Harry are none the worse for the knocks they took. However, there was some strong running from Lewis and Conor, but our usual high scoring strike runners were struggling to cope with the cold, with both attack and defence suffering. The other Biggar team fared a little better losing out by a couple of tries (5-3) to a fairly large and skilful North Berwick side. We finished off with a combined game which saw North Berwick score a last play try to win 6 tries to 5. The Biggar team showed great stamina and heart to push North Berwick so close. We did suffer a little with the referee’s interpretation of when defenders can advance, but Rory and I were delighted when Poppy made a mockery of the rush defence by wrong footing them all and running in a lovely try up the touch line. It was good to see progress being made by some of our new comers with Conor realising he is a potent force in bulldozer mode, Lewis showing a clean pair of heels to the whole North Berwick team to score a cracking first ever try (apparently the North Berwick TMO said he dropped the ball over the line, disagree). Our usual grapplers did some excellent work in the loose with Fergus, Ruari and Alastair doing especially well. Kyle showed more of his new found confidence with another great try through positive running and fast feet. Archie put in some kamikaze style tackles and equally abrasive forward runs, great commitment and frightening at times, keep it up. Harry, Oliver and Eve continue to show excellent progress in all aspects particularly making yards when in possession and getting into the right position in support of the ball carrier. Game time is key to everyone gaining more appreciation for the rules, although this can at times be difficult with some interesting interpretations from the referee.
Well done everyone, it was a tough day for most of us. Given the conditions we did suffer from the cold.
This week we played North Berwick.
We had a good turnout of players.
We had a good training session beforehand as North Berwick were a bit late turning up.
All players were up for it,we then played two games with some good tackles being made by both teams, but North Berwick are a good well coached side and were too strong for Biggar on both games and were convincing winners.
We then had a coaching session on rucking which went down well with both teams.
Then we mixed up teams and had a full side game with all players which all enjoyed.
I must say that the North Berwick players were very well mannered and respectful to myself and the Biggar team. Good fun.
Story date: 08/11/2016
We're calling Biggar P7s the 'comeback kids' on Sunday. Despite intentions of building on last week's impressive performance, the first ten minutes against visitors North Berwick were a catalogue of errors, cold hands led to passes not going to hand, tackles were being missed and we were overpowered in the ruck. Ref Aird Jardine's whistle couldn't have come soon enough and the home team found themselves 4 2 down. The team knew exactly where they were going wrong, and where previously they might have dropped their heads, today they came out all guns blazing and North Berwick suddenly found themselves scrambling back in defence and encountering a more determined Biggar line. Ten minutes later the score was level at 6 all, and a final ten minute playoff was enthusiastically agreed on. Biggar's hands must have warmed up, as passes were flying across the pitch and players were slicing the North Berwick line. Final whistle blew on a 10 - 7 scoreline to Biggar. The whole team should be congratulated today, but a special mention has to go to Robert who scored his first ever try!
Minis host Dumfries Saints
Biggar P4s welcomed Dumfries Saints on Sunday. Since numbers from both sides were low the coaches agreed on a combined session of training followed by a mixed game. The Biggar P4s, who have trained with the P5s for the last 2 weeks, were much more willing to take the ball into contact and also make attempts to tackle, with some big, confident tackles being made. From the coaches point of view it was a very encouraging session as the players continue to get used to the physicality of the contact game.
Another good day for the P5s today with an ever growing squad. A 14 strong P5 squad faced a slightly smaller (in numbers) Dumfries team today at Hartree Mill. We started the first game well with an early try but then Dumfries responded with one of their own. We traded one each but then realised snakey snakey defense is far inferior to the the fishing net approach (ask the kids). In addition to this, the realisation that we are rugby smart, plus the application of forward running rugby saw us prevail 6-2.
In our second game there was more of the same and we ran out winners 5 tries to zero as our self belief grew.
It was by no means one sided with Dumfries handing out a bit of a lesson in rucking. Something we will work on in the weeks ahead.
Special mentions for Kyle for some very imposing play with confident running delivering two tries, and Lewis on his debut who played like he'd been there for the last three years. Well done everyone.
We played two games against Dumfries
They were a very strong and skilled team who were to much for us
1st game we lost 12-1
2nd game we lost 10-2
We then had a mixed team game and the boys played a lot better with some good runs from Biggar
Game ended in a draw
Overall Biggar P6,s put up a good show and they enjoyed it.
Story date: 02/11/2016
A great team performance providing a 7 to 4 win over visitors Dumfries Saints.
The welcome return of Fergus M to the squad meant that along with Josh, the squad had the muscle to control the centre of the pitch. Massive hits from both players left Dumfries' ball carriers out of options up the centre, and their ability to draw in multiple defenders opened up space for Biggar's speed merchants to run in try after try down the wing. A special mention goes out to new recruit Max G who showed he's got the gas to be another real threat.
The speed the ball was shipped and the improved ball handling across the squad is making a major difference, as is the calm efficiency of the scrum half, with set piece play now becoming a real strength.
The game was not a one sided affair, with Dumfries moving their ball carriers to the wing in an attempt to expose weaker tacklers and managed to pull back a few tries, but for every try they scored, Biggar replied in kind, meaning they were never going to catch up.
It's starting to come together for the P7s after a slow start to the season. All the players have listened to the coaches over the past weeks and are putting it into practice.
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Story date: 25/08/2011