U14s V Biggar
By Anne Baird
Hamilton lose at Home to Biggar
Thanks to Biggar for travelling up on this lovely day for the game, thanks to Harry Richardson for officiating the game, the club and parents for making and serving the food.
Biggar opened the scoring up the wing six minutes into the game, a couple of moments later Hamilton marched up the park with the ball through the hands of most of the players until Gregor Peters jinked through multiple tackles to run through for a try, unfortunately no conversion. Biggar immediately responded with a try up the opposite wing bursting through some unfortunately weak tackles, no conversion another within minutes with the same tackling resulted in them running in another for an easy try along with a conversion. Luckily the bulls responded quickly with a combination of Craig Cherrie and Christopher Lee to try and conversion by Ronan Gemmell.
The order of the day was to present the ball immediately at the off to Biggar's No 8 their biggest player who would run the wing uncontested by the Bulls ineffective tackling, running in an immediate try and conversion. It took slightly longer on this occasion but the same end result with the ball ending up in the hands of Biggar's No 8 who strolled through for another try, with the Bulls playing tig rather than tackling. Luckily the Bulls pulled off some magic with the ball ending up in the hands of Gregor Peters again who ran in for another try, converted by David Brogan. The Bulls were only two tries behind at the end of the first half with a knock on on the line by Biggar at the blow of the half time whistle.
The Bulls from the off on the second half were a more positive team...thanks to the motivational speech by David Fearnside and past coach Neil Mitchell at half time, The Bulls driving forward all the way to the line before being pushed back to our end of the park for another try and conversion by Biggar.
Biggar slowed for a while before their No 8 ran through for another try, in the process of striking Gregor Peters in the face, Gregor challenged the altercation with the ref who immediately removed him from play, however allowed him to return to play after some time out.
Some great rugby today by the Bulls where they had flashes of brilliance which saw Craig Cherrie through for a try and a conversion by Ronan Gemmell. Again real rugby by the Bulls who were digging deep allowed all the players to get involved and push forward to dominate for a period of time resulting in a try by Gregor Peters, again no conversion.
Again the same as has been happening during the entire game happened at the off and Biggar strolled through after a dummy without a tackle, the story of the game so far is lack of tackles which allowed Biggar to at least appear as if they were the better team on the park. Again rugby being played by the Bulls... the ball through the hands, determination and teamwork allowed another superb try by the Bulls...again by Gregor Peters and converted by Gregor himself.
This was in no way a defeat, the Bulls played fantastic rugby with team work, passing the ball, tracking across the field and determination all playing a part and contributing to the flashes of real rugby being played, the learning point if any is that the need to tackle and when we do we need to hold onto them.
By Iain Simmons