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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

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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

October 26, 2014, P1-P7 Stirling County (with GHK) Away, Away
November 2, 2014, P1-P2 Training, Home
November 2, 2014, P3-P7 Linlithgow, Moffat & Watsonians (Home Matches), Home
November 9, 2014, P1-P7 Training Home, Home
November 16, 2014, P4-P7 Match Stew Mel Time TBC Away, Away
November 16, 2014, Micros (P1-P3) Training, Home
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