Tour Report – BATs P7 tour to Windermere

International Mini Rugby Series, 17-19 April 2015

On Friday 17 April at around 6pm the BATs P7 touring squad arrived safe and sound at Windermere RUFC for the 2015 International Mini Rugby Series - Cumbria.

A sunny evening welcomed the boys’ for their first Under 12s RFU match against fellow Scottish club, Dunfermline. The boys played some good and entertaining rugby with BATs winning 6 tries to 1. A slap up meal at Patterdale Youth Hostel followed, so the boys were well fed and in fine fettle after a good first day touring.

The next morning, after a full English breakfast followed by a brief trip to Lake Windermere for some sightseeing and ice cream, the boys prepared for their next two games of the tournament. Under glorious conditions, warm sunshine and a light breeze, the BATs P7 squad produced some more champagne rugby and won both their games, beating Hoylake 6 tries to nil and Ballymoney 5 tries to 1. Well earned refreshments followed in the evening sunshine.

On the final day of the tour the boys played some more strong and skilful rugby, in final matches against all the teams they had played over the previous two days again. The BATs squad was keen to remain unbeaten and did so winning against Dunfermline 13-0, Hoylake 8-2 and Ballymoney 4-2.

Over the whole weekend the boys gave their all, especially in a very hard fought final game against a strong Ballymoney team. A ‘Grand Slam’ victory achieved, against English, Irish and Scottish teams, resulting in a job very well done (42 tries for, only 6 against) and the lifting of the Under 12s trophy!

It was a privilege to be with the boys on their first rugby tour and see them rise to the occasion. There was great camaraderie and a fine team spirit across the whole group all weekend. Numerous positive comments were received from other spectators and coaches at the tournament, including: “the Edinburgh boys put on quite a show yesterday”; “very impressive”; “we’ve not seen a team like this before”.

We watched them play what was undoubtedly the best team rugby they have ever played, by some margin. This was even more impressive when they successfully dealt with contested scrums and lineouts, kicking, mauling and ball targeting for the first time – a real coming of age moment. The boys’ coaches and parents are all very proud of the whole BATs squad, not only for their well-executed rugby skills but also for their excellent behaviour both on and off the pitch.

Posted on Thursday, 23 April 2015 under Match Reports Club News BATs Mini Rugby