West replayed their cancelled fixture against Biggar. A fortnight ago, the snow had frozen, but despite the persistent rain, the 4G pitch made the match playable without risking a mudbath.
Biggar had figured out some tactics for the synthetic surface and scored right at the start. Out half Aird Jardine chipped over the West defence and won the chase to touch down under the posts. He managed to miss the conversion, though, but Biggar increased their lead when a West missed tackle allowed their winger to break out, passing to his opposite winger Alisdair Sinclair who scored in the corner. The extras were again missed and the visitors led 0-10.
West hit back, firstly a knock on near the line, then a series of pick and drives broke through the defence and when the ball was passed wide, Jamie MacAulay was on hand to score. As happened at Cartha, Blair Smith couldn't find the kicking tee and instead executed an excellent drop kick for the conversion.
Just when a West fightback looked on the cards, Biggar broke out again, the ball going through the hands to find prop Donald Voas who scored in the corner. Then after a passing move, flanker Euan Sanderson broke through the West defence to score under the posts for a bonus point try. Biggar's first successful kick saw the score extend to 7-22. Things got worse for West when influential back rower Ross Jackson found a hole in the defence and broke two tackles to score. The conversion made the half time score 7-29.
It looked to be a bad afternoon on the plastic for West but they gradually got back into it and were banging on the Biggar line, Harry Brewster eventually sneaking over, Blair Smith converting to make it 29-14. An interception saw Nicky O'Brien nearly score, being stopped just before the line before a bad pass saw a Biggar defender drop the ball only for Jamie MacAulay to pick it up and score his second try. Blair Smith did the honours and it was all to play for at 29-21.
Biggar were now looking tired and West were hammering at their line. At first they defended doughtily but after a good driving maul Billy Dineen executed a classy shovel pass to Mark Jenkinson who scored on the overlap for West's try bonus. Props and locks never used to do this stuff - it was now a cracking match. West were in touching distance at 29-26.
It was Biggar who rounded off the scoring though with a long range penalty. West had two points in the bag so long as they didn't allow any more scores and were grateful when the visitors booted a penalty into touch for the final whistle. West might have one this but in truth were satisfied with the points haul after the 6-try haul the visitors ran up before half time. A fortnight's break now before Peebles visit Burnbrae.
West Team: 1. Neil Fullarton, 2. Darren Allan, 3. . Billy Dineen, 4. James Harley, 5. Mark Jenkinson, 6. Tom Grey, 7.Craig McCall, 8. Angus Thomson, 9. Harry Brewster, 10. Ross McAulay, 11. Fintan Cuthbertson, 12. Jamie MacAulay, 13. Blair Smith, 14. Nicky O'Brien, 15. Calum Booth. Substitutes 16: Mark Valance, 17. Stuart MacDonald, 18 Fraser Smeaton, 19. Rory Cuthbertson