Thursday 16 November 2017

BATs' Review 16 November 2017


  • Friday 17 November: S1&2 Tier 4 competition, Broughton High School, 13:30-15:30
  • Saturday 18 November: Trinity Academy v Dunbar, all age groups
  • Sunday 19 November: BATs S1 v Sedbergh School & Peebles RFC, New Field, meet 10:15 for 11:00 ko
  • Sunday 19 November: BATs S2 v Hartlepool, RP, 11:00
  • Monday 20 November: ACE Academy, RAF Hall, 18:30
  • Wednesday 22 November: BATs S1 & S2 training, RP, 18:00-19:00


It has been a busy few weeks for the BATs’ S1s and S2s, with both sides having fixtures. The S1s played in a three-way tournament at Broughton High School with teams from Stew Mel and Watsonians. A strong display of rugby saw all three sides playing very competitive games with a mixture of results.

Last weekend the S2s hosted Heriot’s at Raeburn Place, in the first of two annual fixtures we have with our near neighbours. The game was played in the right spirit by both teams, with some displays of exciting rugby. A match report from this game can be read here.

We have good numbers regularly attending our Wednesday evening training sessions at Raeburn Place (now under the lights). This has allowed the coaches to work hard with the player to ensure they have all the tools needed to continue to perform well and develop.


Trinity Academy:

Girls’ rugby at Trinity Academy took a step forward last week, with the launch of a Wednesday afterschool club. This is on top of the new School of Rugby girls’ classes and is for all age groups. Eight players attended and Sula Callender, with the help of BAT’s MA, Ryan Grieve (aka Snowflake), ran a session based around the introduction of the tackle.

The focus for the S1 to S4 boys for the last two weeks has been the breakdown. The players have been looking at this through a mixture of skill-based sessions and games. We will be looking at tackling for the next two weeks.

Results from Saturday 11 November:

  • Trinity Academy S1 7-26 Knox Academy S1
  • Trinity Academy S2 50-7 Knox Academy S2
  • Trinity Academy U16 61-0 Knox Academy U16
  • Trinity Academy U18 48-59 Knox Academy U18

This weekend Trinity Academy plays Dunbar at all age groups in the Mitsubishi Outlander Conference.

Broughton High School:

Delivery is at an all-time high within the school, with all S1 and S2 boys’ PE classes receiving six-week blocks. This has allowed numbers to grow at the afterschool club and has led to the launch of a mini School of Rugby for S1 and S2 pupils. Those enrolled in the School of Rugby now have the opportunity to come out of one lesson a week for additional rugby coaching.

The school has been attending citywide, Tier 4 competition events hosted by Edinburgh Rugby, but this Friday, 17 November, sees them host the event at Broughton High School. These events provide the opportunity for competitive games against other emerging schools.

Primary Schools:

This week in the primary sector we have been focusing on the low chop tackle and good progress has been made. With 15 children attending the Broughton Primary lunch club, we managed to do a full contact game, as well as some tackle practice. There were some great tackles, with the highlight being some real chops from the P6s and P7s.

This continued at Ferry Hill Primary lunch club, with our seven committed players from P6 and P7. They displayed some great skills and impressed Snowflake with how much the skill level has risen and how the players are gaining in confidence.

Our focus on the chop tackle at Wardie Primary went really well and we even managed to get into some double tackles. The 14 boys from P6 and P7 focused really well and it was one of our best sessions so far.


Congratulations to BATs’ boys, Cameron Cartwright, Hamish Cartwright and Bryn Evans, who have all recently obtained their Level 1 SRU Referees’ qualification, in a bid to lower the average age of those who tend to referee games in the junior ranks.

The boys attended the Level 1 course in June and have been assessed on-field since then. Hamish, who is the eldest of the trio, has officiated in girls’ age group games, and all three have been acting as assistant referees in the BT East of Scotland league.

Well done boys! Young, enthusiastic match officials are an essential part of rugby’s survival and growth and we hope your example will inspire others to take up their whistles.

Cameron, Hamish & Bryn


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