U18s close the gap on Biggar
Young Bulls show improvement yet again.
Five minutes into this match and it could be said that it was not the start that Hamilton were looking for. A charged down kick and a resulting penalty gave Biggar possession on Hamilton’s five metre line. They did not need any further invites and they exploited their pitch position to take the first score of the game with a converted try.
To be fair Hamilton were not phased by this and spent a lot of the first half in Biggar territory but lacked the killer blow to get across the line. Decisions making and patience meant that field position was often kicked away or passes rushed, resulting in the attacking move breaking down. The score remained at 0-7
The second half saw a more direct style of play and within minutes Robbie Mac Donald had crossed the line to score and with Andrew Crawford converting easily the score was now level.
The game became a much more interesting game with both sides fighting for everything. So much so that Biggar decided to take 3 points at their first penalty opportunity as it was already looking like it may be a deciding score. They then took their next chance of a penalty in the
Hamilton half and gave themselves a 6 point lead, as so far in the half they had not actually been in the Hamilton twenty two.
Hamilton on the other hand had several ventures into the Biggar twenty two and it was only five minutes later that Oliver Dalby ran round the winger, scoring in the corner. Unconverted the score was now 12-13 to Biggar.
The game was now approaching its final throws and with six minutes left on the clock it was Robbie MacDonald that put Hamilton into the lead with a well converted penalty. The score was now 15-13 to Hamilton.
Unfortunately the Hamilton players took too long to get back into position and while they were still out of position at the kick off, Biggar kicked deep and were rewarded with a lineout to Hamilton but on the Hamilton five metre line. Normally the young Bulls would have exited this position in a play straight off the training field but again they did not switch on and the lineout throw was deemed not straight, giving Biggar the scrum only five metres from the Hamilton line.
Their first two attacks at the Hamilton line were repelled but on the third attempt Biggar attacked back on the blind side scoring in the corner. With only two minutes left Biggar were now 3 point ahead. The young Bulls were not for lying down and were attacking well into the Biggar half when the Referee stopped the game for an injury and called time at that, with the score 15-18 To Biggar.
This game was always going to be measured by the improvement this squad have made and while losing by 3 points it was a massive improvement in attitude, confidence and skills from the last game that allowed Biggar to win by 3 trys and a 16 points margin. For the second week in a row we have seen this squad prove that the second half of the season has everything to play for.
Thank you once again to the great support that turned out and witnessed this nail biter. Thank you to Biggar for a game that never disappoints. Thanks this week to Kelson and Cameron for their pitch side duties, Kirsty for running touch and Libby and Neil for photographs. As always a big thank you for Graeme for videoing the game and making the games a better learning experiences for the whole squad, players and coaches included.