Colts Go for League at Murrayfield
This weekend our Colts team has a chance of winning the Edinburgh and District u/18 League as they take on Murrayfield Wanderers If they win they will make a wee bit of history as it has been 16 years since a Biggar U/18 team has topped the League. A touchline full of Biggar supporters I am sure will encourage our Colts to give everything they have got in their efforts to become league champions. Kick Off is at 2.00pm on the back pitches at Murrayfield. (IC)
Story date: 13/12/2013
Biggar Minis round year off at Musselburgh
Story date: 08/12/2013
On Sunday 8th December Biggar Minis took 3 teams (P4, P5, P6) to Musselburgh RFC for the final matches of 2013.
The P4s arrived at Musselburgh just a couple of players short of the full squad so it was an opportunity to see how they put into practice the skills rehearsed over recent weeks.
Their first match was against Musselburgh, who quickly demonstrated that they had both capable runners and aggressive tacklers in their team. They also showed that size, and gender, was no indication of either ability, determination, or aggression, with a couple of very capable young ladies in their number. After the initial shock, the Biggar team started to make some line breaks and put in some tackles that limited the space afforded to Musselburgh. In the end however it was too little, too late and Musselburgh's strong start could not be recovered.
The second match was against Haddington. This was also a very competitive game, both teams having strong runners and tacklers amongst their numbers, but Biggar were able to find gaps in the Haddington lines and score both fine individual, and team effort, tries. Bigger won this match.
Haddington had come along with a large squad and were fielding two teams. Biggar had expected to play both teams, but due to a breakdown in communication, the second team were unaware of the match and their parents whisked them away and sped off down the A1. So a second match against Musselburgh was hastily arranged. This was a much closer affair, with end-to-end action and some excellent try saving tackles from both teams. The match ended a draw, which probably was a fair reflection of the performances of both teams.
The P4s needed some capable opposition and today didn't disappoint. The coaches have the luxury of seeing some very competent individual performances, plenty of effort all round, and having more than one or two things to focus on in the next few training sessions.
The P5s played Haddington first and managed to get a healthy ten tries in recording a good win. The second game against Musselburgh was a lot closer with Musselburgh just pulling ahead in the second half.
The P6s were short of a few familiar faces but everyone stepped up their effort in what was their first matches for a few weeks. Biggar got off to flying start in their first game with Murray Lean running through 3 tackles and scoring a try straight from the start. Biggar won the ball back quickly and after a few phases Greig Callan powered and twisted his way over to make it 2 - 0 before half time. Haddington came out with renewed resolve, harassing and tackling with new purpose, and quickly getting a try back. After a few minutes of frantic play and loose control of the ball Biggar started to link up better with Andrew Wight sprinting over in the corner following a well won ruck. Strong direct running from Jonathan Smith saw him run down the line through a few tackles and get the final try. Final score Biggar 4 - Haddington 1.
After a short break Biggar were back on the field against a Musselburgh team who had also beaten Haddington. Disappointingly Musselburgh scored straight from the start without a tackle being made. Biggar worked hard but Musselburgh’s tackling and cover was excellent. Eventually Greig dodged over for a try however Musselburgh yet again ran straight through Biggars defence from the restart. Biggar again found it hard to find space taking several minutes to score which eventually they did through Greigs determined running. Then for the 3rd time Musselburgh scored far too easily from the restart; the score at half time was 3 - 2 to Musselburgh. Biggars tackling returned to it's normal intensity in the second half with Musselburgh exerting pressure for long periods and Biggar making too many small handling errors when they did win the ball. Musselburgh did get over the whitewash to give them a little breathing space. With time running out Biggar put together their best phase of the game, with first Jonathan, then Christopher Brett and Callum White sprinting to get over the line from a few yards out. Eventually Andrew collected from the back of a midfield ruck and sprinted to the try line to score in the corner. With that the final whistle was blown and this very competitive game came to an end with Musselburgh winning 4 – 3.
All the P6s boys showed the effort they have put into training over the last few weeks and it is especially heartening for the coaches to see the depth of talent this group has with everyone able to contribute and add to the team performance.