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Biggar Minis P4 - P6 at Murrayfield

Our P4, P5 and P6 teams took part in Edinburgh Rugby vs London Welsh match day events on Sunday 7th December.  P4 and P5 squads did a wonderful job carrying out guard of honour duties and our P6 team won in a match against Lasswade, played at half time on the main pitch at Murrayfield.  A big thank you to all the players, coaches and parents who braved a very cold day to take part in the events and a massive thank you to Edinburgh Rugby for lettting us take part in this experience.


Mini P7 at Stirling County

Mini Rugby P7
On a day when the weather was only good for rugby or staying wrapped up inside Biggar Minis headed to a windswept and wet Stirling. The minis new jackets were a real winner today so thanks to Paula for organising and the sponsors (CK Contracts Ltd) for providing them.

Sometimes when a team loses three games, each of them by 2 – 1, it’s a frustrating or disappointing day, but not today. Today was all about determination, great individual performances and team work; today was about putting into practice the hard work on tackling and rucking that has been done over the last 3 weeks. Today we saw the squad play proper linked up rugby with good support

going into tackles and rucks and nice offloading and passing in tricky conditions. Each of the matches went down to the wire and any game could have been won. Playing without any subs gave the team lots of playing time and experience which is all good for the future.  A special thanks must go to Archie, Katie, Jack and Myles who all helped out playing with the P6s for a game or two. Feedback from the P6 coaches was that all did very well and helped out greatly - thanks.

The first game against Stirling County 1 was an even affair with Stirling doing most of the pressing but not finding any gaps until eventually they found space out wide. Biggar replied but Stirling got one more in the last minute.

The second game started with a well worked restart going straight to Ross who skipped through the Stirling County 2 defence. They came back eventually getting a try just after half time and then another at the final whistle.

In the final game GHK started brighter with some impressive passing wide especially given the conditions. With the score 1 - 0 to GHK, Biggar came out in the second half ever more determined and through hard team work and pressing got Archie a little space to go over for a deserved try. GHK came back with fresh subs and moved the ball well to get a winning try near the end.


P7’s at Linlithgow find it tough going

P7 Minis at Linlithgow

The Biggar P7s visited an autumnal Linlithgow for their annual festival which is always a competitive and enjoyable day.

First up were Watsonians, Biggar looked fresh and confident from the off consistently winning the ruck and quick ball with drives led by

Ruadhri and Fraser. Biggar played on the front foot and the first try came quickly from a break down the left with Ruadhri passing to Murray to score. More tries came from Callum, Ruadhri, Jonathan and Fraser with a final score of Biggar 5 - Watsonians 1

In the second game it was clear very early on that Linlithgow had some big powerful players and they knew how to ruck well. Unfortunately by this time  Biggar had lost Ruadhri to a shoulder knock and although others tried hard Biggar couldn't control the breakdown and were pushed off the ball  too often  which gave Linlithgow attacking options which they used to get three trys, Biggars only try coming from Ross. Final score Linlithgow 3 - Biggar 1

In the 3rd game Biggar came up against last weeks’ rivals Gala, The game panned through very similar to last week, it was a close game but Gala were a bit quicker at the ruck and were confident to pass the ball wide quickly running in 2 trys to no reply from Biggar. 

Last up were Falkirk who Biggar had beaten 6 - 1 at the start of the season, this time it was different. Falkirk used their big player to consistently make breaks which Biggar only just managed to contain, eventually though Falkirk scored, for most of the last 5 minutes Biggar were camped on the Falkirk try line but just couldn't break the line. Final Score Falkirk 1 - Biggar 0

The P7s showed lots of commitment and effort with many phases of good play but couldn't quite link all the parts together on the day. There is however a real team spirit and something special developing in the squad.


Biggar Minis at Melrose

P4

 

P7


The P7s headed down to the Melrose tournament a little depleted in numbers with 11 regulars and 2 newbees.
Due to Langholm not providing a full team the draw was reshaped with Biggar meeting Stewart's Melville in their first pool game rather than their last. The game in the first half was closely fought with S/M quicker to any loose ball and a little more street smart at the scrum and breakdown but with Biggar tackling and holding back most of the attacks at half time the score was 2 - 0 to S/M with Biggar just missing an opportunity to score before the break. In the second half S/M used their four subs and with fresher players and some slick passing ran in 5 tries to a tiring Biggar team. The 7 - 0 score line overstates the difference between the two teams and with a full squad the result would have been much closer. This result also needs put in the perspective that S/M are and have been for several years the best team at our age If not in Scotland in the teams that Biggar ever meet but that comes from having a large pool of players and many of the players if at the school training/playing 4 - 5 times a week. Their support work and free passing style is something we can still work towards.
Our second game came straight after the S/M match and it was a pretty even game against Gala which they ended winning 2 – 0 in the end. Andrew being unlucky to have his try chalked off for being in touch yards from the line after a 50 m sprint. The only difference between the teams was that they were slightly fresher and faster and again stole our ball at the ruck too often. It was good to get Myles involved in the action in this game and he fitted in well and gave some nice darting runs.  We will likely play Gala at Linlithgow and I am confident we can overturn this result although I am sure it will be a close game.

In our last game we came up against Dunfermline and our team played some good rugby we were 2 – 1 up with trys from Ross and Raudhri  going into the last minute losing a try from a maul with 30 seconds remaining. The team kept playing tackling and competing all the time although it was clear they were tired and not able to get properly on the front foot. It was good to see Mason get a first chance to play with the team and when she got the ball go forward with it.

 

Training is on as usual on Thursday night and as it is the end of the month we will go into the changing rooms after the session (about 7.40) for 5 minutes to have the player of the month award and quick chat Q and A, all parents are welcome.


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Minis Fixtures

December 28, 2014, BRFC Minis - Festive Break,
January 11, 2015, Biggar RFC Minis Training, Various
January 18, 2015, Minis P4-P7 Match, Away - Musselburgh
January 18, 2015, BRFC Micros Winter Training (P1-P3), Biggar Leisure Centre
January 25, 2015, P4 Winter Training, Biggar Leisure Centre
January 25, 2015, P5 - P7 Training, Hartreemill
February 1, 2015, P4 - P7 Match, Away - Lasswade
February 8, 2015, P4 - P7 Match, Home
February 14, 2015, P4 - P7 Match, Away
February 15, 2015, P4 - P7 - No Training,
February 22, 2015, P4 - P7 Match, Away - East Kilbride
March 1, 2015, P4 - P7 Match, Away - Portobello
March 8, 2015, P1-P7 Match, Away - Falkirk
March 15, 2015, P3-P7 Tournament, Away - Edinburgh Accies
March 15, 2015, Micros (P1-P3) Winter Training, Biggar Leisure Centre
March 22, 2015, P4 - P7 Match, Away - Watsonians
March 29, 2015, P4 - P7 Tournament, Away - Edinburgh (Exact Location TBC)
April 5, 2015, P1-P7 Training, Home
April 12, 2015, P1 - P7 Training followed by Easter Egg Hunt!!!!, Home
April 19, 2015, P4-P7 Match, Home
April 19, 2015, Micros (P1-P3) Training, Home
April 25, 2015, P1 - P7 Tournament, Away - Dalziel
April 26, 2015, P3 Tournament, Away - Stirling County
April 26, 2015, P4-P7 Tournament, Away - Currie
April 26, 2015, P1-P2 Training, Home
May 3, 2015, P1 - P7 Training, Home
May 10, 2015, P4 - P7 Tournament, Away - Moffat
May 10, 2015, Micros P1-P3 Training, Home
May 17, 2015, P1 - P7 Training, Home
May 24, 2015, P4-P7 Tournament, Away - Stirling County
May 24, 2015, Micros (P1 - P3) Training, Home
May 31, 2015, P4 - P7 Tournament, Away - Perth
May 31, 2015, Micros (P1 - P3) Training, Home
June 7, 2015, Minis Player Awards and End of Season BBQ, Home
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