Biggar 11 Peebles 3
6 February 2010
After the game, this was described as a poor game between two poor sides, despite there being no lack of commitment from both teams in this Scottish Hydro Premier 2 local derby at Hartreemill. The visitors were not quite fresh of 2 good away victories, there being another weather enforced sabbatical in the interim, however confidence was high going into this match. That was quickly eroded as Biggar proved the slightly better side making a few less errors and handovers and scoring the only try of the game.
The game started at a fair pace with Biggar throwing everything at their Tweed Homes sponsored neighbours and were rewarded after 7 minutes with an easy penalty to take the lead. A quarter of an hour later with Peebles still under the cosh, David Harvey took a team yellow for killing the ball, giving the Biggar fullback a second easy penalty to increase lead to 6 points.
Despite being a man down, Peebles came back strongly, and Peebles fullback, Donald Anderson narrowly missed a long range chance at the posts 2 minutes later.
Peebles stayed on the attack, but when the Biggar scrum half was penalised in front of the posts for pulling the maul down, the penalty was reversed and Adam Clark received a 10 minute rest.
Not to be outdone, the Biggar 13 received his yellow card on 31 minutes and this allowed Peebles a bit of space and after a good handling movement Craig Borthwick was forced into touch inches from the try line.
Four minutes from the interval, with Peebles again looking for an opening score, Biggar illegally won ruck ball, and Donald Anderson opened the visitors account from just outside the 10 metre line. A second similar offence just a wee bit further out saw Donald Anderson's penalty land short and the home side cleared.
Peebles ended the half strongly but could not get that all important score needed before the interval.
Starting the second half, downhill, Peebles had a sniff of victory, and continued from where they left off. However confidence ebbed when the Biggar left wing ended a long distance attack going over in the corner to end the scoring for the day.
The Biggar no 5 collected a yellow card to make that count 2 all and the subsequent penalty was oh so close; but a miss is as good as a mile.
The game went downhill after that as mistakes, turnovers and defences cancelled each other out; Peebles taking no points from this skirmish, and for the first time in several years, Biggar won away and home in the league.