Biggar 53

Boroughmuir 7

Al Stewart

at Hartree Mill

BIGGAR opened their National 1 League campaign with an impressive win over Boroughmuir.

A minute’s silence preceded the match in tribute to Eric Shearer who lost his battle with cancer a fortnight ago.

Biggar opened strongly with Andrew Jardine kicking a penalty after just three minutes.

Five minutes later Biggar notched their first of seven tries.

A neat pass from Jardine set his fellow centre Rowan Stewart free, but the youngster had a lot to do as he barged his way over from some 10 metres for a great score.

Jardine added the conversion for 10-0.

Jardine kicked a second penalty before Biggar struck again, with winger Ross Bradford latching onto a loose pass to grab the interception and make the long run in from some 70 metres.

‘Muir then enjoyed a prolonged passage of play and possession, but the home defence was once again up to the mark and with each man putting themselves on the line, Biggar retained their shape and repelled attack after attack.

‘Muir might have been better to have taking stock as they were awarded a couple of penalties deep in the Biggar 22 but instead Johnstone went for the quick tap and go.

Early in the second half Bertram raced through the visiting defence for a great score under the posts.

Lewis Stewart was next on the scoresheet, crashing over for a well-deserved try.

And yet again Jardine was on target for 41-0.

Boroughmuir did respond with a try of their own.

But it was the home team who had the final word.

Having taken play to the ‘Muir line Biggar effectively laid siege, the pack picking and driving well.

Milligan was almost over but while the scrum put in was Biggar’s, a slight lapse in concentration allowed the hosts to kick clear and then re-group.

This proved insufficient however to do anything other than slow down the Biggar effort.

A pick and go from Ross Jackson on the half way line saw the ball was passed out to Jardine, who again broke free before passing to Bertram. He in turn fed Orr who scampered over for his second try.

And in injury time Voas raced under the posts.

Jardine was again on target.

A great start then and one which should give the squad a good deal of confidence.

Biggar: R. Orr, M. Bertram, A. Jardine, R. Stewart, R. Bradford, J. Barr, L. Kutze, D. Voas, C. Milligan, R. Basset, C. Borthwick, J. Campbell, E. Sanderson, L. Stewart, R. Jackson. Reps: D. Voas, P. Davidson, C. Milligan, A. Peacock, D. Reive and R. Lavery.