The Hard Slog Continues in the Biggar Sunshine
Biggar 57 points Hillhead/Jordanhill 7 pts
The final scoreline appears very one sided, but the “ Hills” XV and their bench certainly contributed to a performance which at times during the first half matched Biggar’s, but ultimately lacked staying power against the home side’s superior physicality and cohesion.
It will not be very often that a report from Hartreemill talks up the conditions in which the game was played, as Biggar’s ground occupies a very exposed location in South Lanarkshire ; but this particular Saturday saw Mother Nature at her finest with a clear blue sky, warmish sunshine and astonishingly no wind. Occasionally the “Hills” performance matched the superb overhead conditions with forwards and backs combining well to play through the phases, as their coaches demand. The final ten minutes of the opening period, which saw hooker Harry Perston harshly sin binned for an offside, found the visitors constantly on the attack and they were rewarded for their persistence in the forwards via Owen Gemmell’s driving play and scrum half Ross Thomson’s distribution with a James Lowry try close to the posts which stand off Rory Harte converted. The half time score of twenty two points to seven slightly flattered Biggar.
The second period, however, saw Biggar move away from “Hills”, as numerous injuries to the visitors disrupted their shape both in attack and defence. Biggar certainly were ruthless in their exploitation of the “Hills” defence and fairly rattled through their routines with slick distribution behind the gain line putting their quick runners consistently into space. Despite some solid defence from, in particular, Jamie Maddox and Dan Williams , Biggar ran in a further five tries. “Hills” did have occasional forays into the Biggar half, principally through Scott Busby who broke the Biggar line well, but his attack ran out of impetus due to limited support.
“Hills” therefore are still seeking that elusive first win of the season, but there was sufficient spirit and tenacity displayed to suggest that with some luck there may well be dancing in the streets of Hughenden soon.
“Hills” 1st XV – Dan Williams, Andrew Bolster, Scott Busby, James Lowry, James Maddox, Rory Harte, Ross Thomson, Ross Andrew, (Callum Kettles), Harry Perston, Blair Mackenzie, (Adam Plunkett), Chris Warnock, Alec Cameron, (Scott Whiteford), Owen Gemmell (C), Conor Duignan, Ryan Reilly (Harry Cordner). All subs used.
Bernie ‘The Bunnet’ Mitchell