Biggar Rugby Club’s 43-10 home win over already relegated Greenock last Saturday saw them go ahead thanks to two Karetai Williams-Paul tries.
Richard Peacock converted the first of these, the full-back taking over the kicking duties because of Francois Nel’s absence.
In an open and entertaining contest, Greenock showed their worth as well with livewire scrum half MacDougall and centres McGroarty and Harrison hitting up well.
They scored a try after good pressure saw ball spread left where winger Cleary took advantage of a neat inside ball to cross the line. Diffenthal, having miscued his first penalty, was short with this attempt as well.
Another great breakout from Biggar saw Warnock tidy a loose lineout ball and then the Voas brothers exchanged passes on the left wing before skipper Davy Reive rounded off the move with a 30m dash to the line. Peacock kicked an excellent conversion from way out on the touchline.
The hosts went further ahead when Notman burst over and under the posts for Biggar’s four-point winning try.
Peacock converted for a half-time score of 26-5.
A tap penalty taken by Reive gave Donald Voas the chance he required for a five metre plunge for the try. Peacock saw his conversion rebound off the upright.
With play increasingly unstructured, Greenock’s McGroarty plunged over from loose play following a good run from full-back Tyley. Diffenthal was again unable to find his mark.
Greenock’s bench ran out so scrums were uncontested, meaning that Biggar could no longer pin Greenock back.
But a lineout drive was then rounded off by a try from O’Connell, just reward for the efforts of the pack.
As Greenock gamely attempted to run out of defence the ball was spilled and with Jamieson alert to the occasion he tapped, dived and then twisted for the score.
The engines of those who are slightly longer in the tooth – namely Biggar’s Reive, Warnock, Cairns and Notman but also O’Connell – can only be admired, particularly given the sticky conditions underfoot.
Warnock especially seemed to be everywhere, a late, lung bursting 60m sprint out of defence from a tap penalty with dummy passes included quite something to behold.