Biggar 69

Whitecraigs 7

Al Stewart

at Hartree Mill

ANOTHER five-point league win for Biggar and some wrongs righted after the first encounter which saw Whitecraigs run Biggar close at 22-20.

Biggar, as one might expect from the scoreline, were seldom troubled by the Glasgow outfit although all credit to them because even at the end of the match when their cause was well and truly run they kept battling on, running penalties as they sought another score to gain some form of last word.

That they did not manage that score was down to Biggar’s solid defence which was again up to the mark and meant that any yards gained were hard won.

After a confident start in which they largely monopolised possession, Biggar ran in their first score after five minutes, Conor Lavery cleverly controlling with his feet an equally clever grubber kick from Iain Renwick. Matthew Stewart was just short with the conversion.

Ross Bradford ran in Biggar’s second score. Stewart kicked the conversion for 12-0.

Whitecraigs fielded a massive pack and playing to this strength they recorded a good score with Andrew Paterson getting the credit for the try although the pack, with a series of pick and drives, paved the way through the Biggar defence, which for once was found wanting.

The conversion, kicked by Graham Murchie, made the score 12-7 and doubtless gave the visitors some confidence.

This was short-lived however as within 10 minutes Biggar scored their third try, Chris Milligan taking yet another crash ball to bounce over from five metres.

Stewart’s conversion took the score to 19-7 and he was also successful with the conversion to the next and bonus point winning try which was again credited to Milligan, this a long range effort from some 40 metres.

There were barely 30 minutes of the match played and things didn’t get much better for the visitors as Conor Lavery and then Declan Dinnen both crossed before half time.

Stewart’s conversions taking Biggar clear at 36-5.

The second half began with Ross Jackson making a great break before putting in a fine grubber kick which put the visiting fullback under all sorts of pressure. The ball was spun wide where Bradford took it to cross for his second try.

Peacock then made his mark, after latching on to a pop pass from Ewan Stewart who had tidied up a poor ‘Craigs lineout.

As the game wore on so did ‘Craigs tire, their large pack having taken a fair pounding in the tight and coming off second best in the loose as well.

Euan Sanderson was the next to score, the skipper rounding off another fine move with some really good passing at pace.

Peacock then scored his second try. Conor Lavery’s break and neat off-load in the tackle giving the big second row the simplest of tasks to run in from some five metres.

The final score fell to Bogle who was given a sniff at the line from a well-timed pass from Robbie Lavery.

The youngster crossed at the corner but kicked a wonderful conversion from far out to complete Biggar’s 69 point tally.

Biggar will not have it their own way this coming Saturday as they travel to take on second placed Highland.

There is likely to be a large travelling Biggar support making their way to Inverness and many thanks in advance from the club for that support.

Biggar: R. Lavery, R. Bradford, R. Stewart, G. Stewart, I Renwick, C. Lavery, D. Reive, D. Voas, E. Stewart, F. Carossi, A. Warnock, D. Dinnen, C. Mulligan, E. Sanderson, R. Jackson. Reps: P. Davidson, A. Peacock, R. Moffat, E. Bogle.