Friday 24 November 2017

BATs' Review 24 November 2017


  • Saturday 25 November: Trinity Academy v Lasswade, all age groups
  • Sunday 26 November: No training for S1 or S2
  • Monday 27 November: ACE Academy, RAF Hall, 18:30
  • Wednesday 29 November: BATs S1, training, RP, 17:30-18:30
  • Wednesday 29 November: BATs S2, training, RP, 18:00-19:00


What a week of rugby for the club! Wednesday saw great numbers down for both S1 and S2 training, which started to build momentum into the weekend, when both squads hosted touring teams.

The S2s’ visitors were from Hartlepool RFC. We took them to the Scotland v All Blacks game on Saturday and then had our own test match on Sunday morning (read more below). The S1s hosted a three-way tournament at New Field with Peebles RFC and a touring squad from Sedbergh School.

This Wednesday saw the S2s training at the RAF Hall, due to the torrential rain, where they were filmed by BBC Alba, who are including a segment on BATs and how we deliver rugby in north Edinburgh, as part of a wider piece on Edinburgh Accies in its 160th season. You can watch the article this evening (at approximately 18:10), when it will be shown at half time in the Edinburgh v Cheetahs game.


Trinity Academy:

The focus has started to shift for the S3 and S4 groups, with both now having one period a week of strength and conditioning. The players are concentrating on five key exercises for rugby and will be working through a six-week block. The attitude so far has been first class.

Our S1 and S2 groups continue to work outdoors on the FUNdamentals of the game. Body position in the tackle was our key work on this week and we will continue to develop this.

We had a positive second week for girls’ rugby at Trinity Academy with 11 players attending, including three new players. With the help of our MA, Ryan Grieve (Snowflake), Sula Callender continued to develop the tackle, as well as looking at the use of footwork to avoid contact.

Results from Saturday 18 November:

  • Trinity Academy S1 12-45 Dunbar GS S1
  •  Trinity Academy S2 4-21 Dunbar GS S2
  • Trinity Academy U16 14-38 Dunbar GS U16
  • Trinity Academy U18 40-10 Dunbar GS U18

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

Broughton High School:

After a successful start to the year at Broughton High School, we have now delivered to all the S1 and S2 boys’ curriculum classes and seen a significant growth in the after-school club. We have linked up with Sula Callander, a Modern Apprentice for women’s and girls’ rugby, who will be coming into the school and working alongside Callum to deliver rugby to the S1 and S2 girls for their six-week curricular block.

Last Friday saw the school host the most recent tier 4 competition. They played in a mixture of games and, although Broughton themselves had some mixed results, the afternoon of rugby was a huge success.

Primary Schools:

We are now seven weeks into the BATs’ five P7 and P7 lunch and after-school clubs’ 10-week block. Our first Game Day for the clubs will be held at Raeburn Place on Friday 1 December, 14:00-15:30pm.

Due to the weather this week, we went back to basics at the lunch clubs, with a focus on handling. It was satisfying to see how many players across the clubs had improved their passing over the weeks.

As excitement grows heading into our first primary tournament, there have been consistent numbers of players committing to the lunch clubs, with an excellent 17 at Broughton, 7 at Ferryhill and 13 at Wardie. 

With one more week of training before our tournament and then a break for Christmas, the players can now look forward to competing and showing what they have learned.

Match report: BATs S2 v Hartlepool, Sunday 19 November

We lost 49-19 but what a difference to the way we played the last time we met Hartlepool. We have to bear in mind that, due to the English age group bindings, some of the opposition were almost a year older and bigger than our players. We were also once again fielding a number of new players, which is a tribute to the players and coaches for brining everyone together in a cohesive squad.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to play, coach and support. Hartlepool enjoyed their visit immensely, taking in Saturday’s Scotland game too. We have already received an invitation to go to Hartlepool’s President’s Day on 6 May as guests of the club. The bar at Raeburn Place was finally vacated mid-afternoon. We hope there was a toilet on the bus otherwise it was s a long way home to keep your legs crossed!

BATs S2s and their Hartlepool guests at Murrayfield for Scotland v New Zealand


From the Archive