Dundee High Rugby 5-52 Biggar – Match Report

On a day when dreich did not adequately describe the conditions, two surprises were to the fore. Firstly, that the game went ahead at all – I have witnessed games being pulled with less surface water on show; and secondly that the teams lined up in very similar strips. When mud was added to the equation many spectators struggled to tell the teams apart.

What wasn`t a surprise was the result with Biggar showing that their standing in the league is no fluke.

An ex-High player lined up in the centre for the away team in the shape of Robbie Lavery and he and his fellow backs enjoyed a steady stream of ball delivered by their big well-drilled pack.

Biggar scored early doors with their man of the match number fourteen kicking ahead to gather and dive under the posts. This was followed by a blindside break, a line out take and driving maul leading to another converted try: two goals to nil.

Both teams were trying to pass the ball in attack, which, though commendable led to frequent errors, also the home side were conceding penalties aplenty and you feared a yellow card. Surprisingly it didn`t come and indeed not one was shown all game; amazing, as the count by the end was into the twenties, with a fair contribution coming from the visitors in the second half.

Biggar also had a stronger kicking game which provided much work for full back and skipper McKay who put in a workmanlike shift. Unfortunately much of his work and that of teammates took place in front of Biggar`s defence.

A penalty in the home red zone led to that driving maul again and the resultant score took us to nineteen nil after 20 mins.

As expected, the young home side did not bend the knee all afternoon and their tackling and commitment excelled. Then like a shaft of light on a very dark day Chad Ward intercepted and galloped in at the corner to record five points for the Crown.

But normal service quickly resumed with tight driving from the visitors and penalties from Dundee led to another Biggar score: 5-26 on the half hour mark.

The match then drifted to half time with huffs and puffs but no more scoring.

The second half started at a brisker pace than the embers of the first and Biggar looked to really push on. Sure enough a knock on from Dundee allowed Biggar`s scrum to barge forward allowing their 8 to pick go and link for open side Sanderson to add to the score: 5-33.

Biggar now camped in Dundee`s red zone and the constant defence was sucking the energy out of the home team. A reversed flip pass [in these conditions] saw away number eleven, cruise in: 5-40

Again the game became bogged down in midfield and kicking becoming more prevalent. Dundee did enjoy a spell towards the end of the match, when number 8 Gauld led a few charging runs deep into opposition territory, pride but no points resulted and Biggar, as in the first half, roused themselves and finished with two quick fire scores to end the contest 5-52 to the good.

The result, as stated earlier, was no surprise and neither was the never say die attitude of the homesters, you can`t but warm to these young lads who leave it all on the pitch. Keep supporting them please, they are worth the effort.

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