Second straight win for Biggar RFC

WINS are like the buses at Biggar Rugby Club – you wait ages for one and then two come along at once!
All action...Biggar v Whitecraigs (Pic by Sarah Peters)All action...Biggar v Whitecraigs (Pic by Sarah Peters)
All action...Biggar v Whitecraigs (Pic by Sarah Peters)

After the previous Saturday’s 14-12 home league win over Cartha Queens Park, Biggar repeated the feat last weekend with a 46-20 home triumph over Whitecraigs in the BT Cup first round.

Delighted head coach Gavin Blackburn said: “The boys played some very good rugby on Saturday.

“We had good set pieces to launch our play and our backline looked dangerous when the forwards gave them quality ball.”

After going 3-0 down to an early Whitecraigs penalty, Biggar hit back with a Francois Nel try which he converted himself for 7-3.

A fine individual score by youngster Aird Jardine increased Biggar’s lead before Whitecraigs replied with a second Neil Alexander penalty for 12-6.

Biggar’s Douglas Notman was sin binned for a clumsy challenge before the same fate befell Robbie Lavery for not releasing the ball. Biggar were reduced to 12 men when Davy Reive was red carded when he mouthed off at the referee after initially being penalised.

Whitecraigs scored a try and added the conversion to put them 13-12 ahead.

But a fine opportunist try by Graham Jamieson – converted by Nel – meant that Biggar were soon 19-13 up.

Whitecraigs went back in front when Graham Berry’s try was converted by Alexander.

Jamieson then ran in from 15m for a great score which saw Nel’s kick go over for 26-20.

Nel’s penalty and drop goal made it 32-20 before tries by Alan Warnock and Peacock were both converted by Nel.

Referring to the fact that Biggar hadn’t won since January prior to the Cartha match, Gavin added: “You could see things were improving in the build-up to that game.

“Although results hadn’t been going their way, the boys were working incredibly hard on the training pitch.

“They have been a credit to themselves and are now playing well.”

Biggar are in a positive mood ahead of their BT National League Division 2 clash at Kirkcaldy on 
Friday night.

Gavin added: “It is always a hard place to go but we have a lot of confidence as we have shown plenty of mental strength in the last couple of weeks. We are at full strength.”

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