Category: Match Reports

Match Report – Bishopton RFC v Lenzie RFC 20/10/2018

 Bishopton – 5


 Lenzie – 66

Tries; Gary Clark





With the league settling in recent weeks Lenzie are clear out at the top of the league and looking like the team to be stopped and the Holmpark men were looking to do just that as the team at the top of the tree were yet another team to make a long overdue visit to Bishopton.

The Bishopton team was again much changed once more with injuries and suspensions resulting in another shakeup to the stating XV. With Bish now having had a different starting line up every week since the second week of the season. This has just shown the strength and depth that the squad have in the current climate, a huge advantage in a very strong league.

Thinks looked to start off well for the home side as the spent the majority of the first 5 minutes in the oppositions half and it looked to be an even contest, all it took was small lapse in concentration at a scrum on the Bish 22.  The Lenzie number 8 went with the ball from the back of the scrum and quick hands to the backs proved lethal to get to the Fullback who was able to sprint round the outside to get in.  But it was a quick fire double from the visitors as they were quick to win a penalty and gain a line out well inside the 22, from the resulting line out the maul and drive was deadly giving Lenzie the opportunity to go over for their second try with both conversion being good they were up 0-14.

From here Bish looked like they might finally get a hold back in the game but it would prove only to be a consolation for the day. As the forwards worked hard to get the ball forward inch by inch after having won a penalty on the 5m. As they worked to within half a meter of the line it was Clark that was able to get on the end of it to dive over the last meter. Catto’s conversion drifted wide to leave the score at 5-14.

Clark kept his scoring ways

Another quick fire double from Lenzie then came. As they once again were able to ship quick ball once more from the lineout to the backs to keep things moving very quickly out to the opposite wing where one of the Flankers was able to get on the end of it – this conversion dropped short and the score went to 5-19. Straight from the restart the visitors were awarded a scrum and again the well drilled backs were able to work to the wing and canter round the outside to gain the bonus point try the conversion went: 5-26 Lenzie. Halftime was reached without any further damage.

The defence was put to the test

As the second half started the traffic was all towards the Bishopton try line with the visitors running in a further six tries with five being converted. It was a testament to the league leaders and shows why they are top. The well drill side build off of the strong set pieces of the forwards with the lineout and scrum being the starting point for four of the six with only two tries coming from the open play. Leaving the final score at 5-66.

Bishopton were kept on their toes all day

The Bish did have some clear open pieces of play in the second half getting close to the Lenzie line on a couple of occasions but their defence was able to hold strong. The Pride of the Clyde Man of the Match was Captain Bruce Abernethy and the C-R-Y Glue Player was Prop Alistair Doak as they both put in defensive efforts that without could have let the final score be much higher.

Lenzie will be a hard team for anyone on the league to beat, and Bishopton will be all the wiser come the next meeting between the two having now seem them in action.

Next week Bishopton move on to play Uddingston in yet another top of the table clash with the Bishopton men getting on the road to try to gain back some respect from their latest outing.

Match Report – Strathaven RFC v Bishopton RFC 13/10/2018

   Strathaven – 13

Bishopton – 20

Tries; Ruari Taylor, Gary Clark

Conversion; Max Catto (2)

Penalty; Max Catto (2)

Red Card; Boab Moore

Having gotten back to winning ways against Paisley, the Bish were looking to keep the momentum going against Strathaven having made the trip to the other side of Glasgow for the first time in two years with the home side having been promoted a year earlier than the Bish.

There were a few changes in the back line for the Bish again with several players coming back from injury and several players keeping their places giving the coaching staff a severe headache before the game. This saw Rob Wallace keep his Man of the Match jersey at Scrum Half and the returning Taylor move out the wing and Peter Duncan was shifted out to Inside Centre for the Returning Max Catto at 10.


Duncan got the game underway putting the ball high and deep into the Strathaven half and for the first 15 minutes Bish were the aggressors not letting the home side anywhere near the halfway line. With the ball changing hands regularly but Strathaven just could not find that gap to push Bish back, and they soon gave away a penalty infront of the posts and the call was made to take the points. Catto lined the shot up and slotted it perfectly to give the visitors the lead. 0-3 Bishopton.

Catto got the kicking game started

But the lead was short lived as straight from the kick off the ball was knocked on giving Strathaven the scrum on the 22, the Bish pack held strong but the home side worked the ball back and the Number 8 was able to pick the ball work his way round the side of the scrum and bypass the Bish Defence the conversion dropped way short and the hosts took the lead, 5-3 Strathaven. From the restart Bish won a knock on and took up where they left off in the opposition half and kept the pressure on. This soon resulted in another penalty for the Bish but it was not to be this time as if flew wide. There was very little action in the remaining 10 minutes of the half other than the Strathaven Fullback being sent to the bin for 10 minutes. With this both teams were able to see out the half with no other changes to the score.

Bish came out the gates quickly in the second half with quickly gaining another penalty that was well within kicking distance and Catto did just that slotting the kick. 5-6 Bishopton. But again the hosts were quick to strike back gaining a penalty straight from the restart and slotting this one. 8-6 Strathaven.

The restart fed straight into Bish hands and the ball was worked out to Catto who slotted the ball deep into the strathaven half giving them a defensive lineout inside the 22. But it was quickly stolen back and worked out into the Bish back field where Peterson got his hand on the ball and took the quick chip and chase. The Strathaven number 8 was looking for the ball to dribble into the dead ball zone and then panicked at the ever quickly approaching Taylor and tried to sweep the ball up but missed allowing Taylor to pounce on the ball for the try. Catto slotted the conversion 8-13 Bishopton.

Taylor added to his try total again

From here things started to go wrong for the Bish as Prop Boab Moore received his marching orders as the Referee flashed red at him from throwing a punch in retaliation to an unseen incident within the scrum, this was not the first reported incident of the act on the day. But none the less his reaction was uncalled for and meant the team would have to see out the last 20 minutes with 14 men. From here Catto would end up going off to receive treatment to a cut on the head after being on the wrong end of a boot at the bottom of a ruck and Duncan’s resulting penalty rattled back off the post and into the hands of Abernethy. From here the ball was worked about the Bish forwards and a couple of close calls where it finally popped out to Duncan that went on another dazzling run and looked a set to get over for the second Bishopton try of the day however the tackle came flying in and Duncan went down and looked to be in considerable pain. A trip to the hospital would later show a fractured leg – everyone at the club is wishing him a speedy recovery but he’s not expected to be back in action to the New Year. In the build up to this injury Hogan had been on the receiving end of a tackle that the referee had noted and came back to supply the Strathaven winger with a yellow card for repeated offences. So the players were matched back up for the final 10 minutes.

It was Bishopton that took advantage of the numbers being even once more and Scott Baird managed to get onto the ball and run his way through the Strathaven defence to get within meters of the try line. At which point Clark picked the ball from the bottom of the ruck and smashed his was over the line and Catto who was back on and patched up fired the conversion over to give Bishopton the lead at 8-20.

Clark bundled over in a real forwards effort

But just like the rest of the match Strathaven were straight back up the pitch from the restart and were slowly pushing towards the Bishopton line and into the corner where after serveral minutes of pushing the Bishoptons defence they were finally able to work their way over. The conversion was missed well wide leaving the score at 13-20 Bishopton. But as the game restarted in the dying minutes Strathaven looked the more likely to score again, but a knock on in the pass brought the game to an end.


Another great win for the Bish and another great performance from the team with this week’s Pirde of the Clyde Man of the Match going to the whole forwards sections and the Lorimers Glue Player going to Ruari Taylor.

This weekend sees the league leaders Lenzie coming to Holmpark, this will be a huge test for the men in green and will hopefully see a fantastic encounter unfold.

Match Report – Bishopton RFC v Paisley RFC 6/10/2018

Bishopton – 15

 Paisley – 8


Tries; Scot Baird (2)

Conversion; Peter Duncan

Penalty; Peter Duncan

The Renfrewshire Derby returned for the first time in over a decade on Saturday and with out regular reported away for the weekend Scrum Half and last seasons leading try scorer Ruari Taylor stepped in while recovering from an injury to fill the void.  After several poor results, Bishopton were looking to hit back at a Paisley team who historically have had the better of the boys in green.

The starting XV was much changed after the sub-par performance last week, and due to lots of players coming back from various ailments.  Scott Baird, Gary Clark, Chris Lee, Ally Doak and Ali Peterson all returned to the side.  Rob Wallace returned from the wilderness to play scrum half, and Sandy Glassford delayed travelling back to London to play with the boys.  Ross McGowan, Fraser Williamson Ruari Taylor and Patrick McReynolds were all ruled out due to injuries picked up in Stranraer last week.

Saturday arrived with blue skies, a beautiful green pitch and a Bish XV fired up and ready to get stuck into the Paisley.  Bishopton won the toss and opted to kick, with Peter Duncan kicking off the afternoon.  Paisley took the ball and cleared their lines putting the ball into touch.  From the resulting lineout, Gary Clark battered through the Paisley defence and ran 40m before being brought down.  Bish recycled the ball with efficiency Paisley couldn’t cope with and 2 phases later Scott Baird crashed over to score the first try of the day.  Peter Duncan nailed the conversion and Bishopton were 7-0 up within 2 minutes.  A dream start.

Baird was dominant with ball in hand

The next period of play was all Bish.  Any Paisley attacks were smashed apart by a ferocious Bishopton defence, with Gary Clark and Ryan Moore winning several turnovers.  Paisley had clearly not expected nor were prepared for the physicality that the boys in green gave for their club.  The forwards dominated and the backs put in some nice passing to utilize space out wide.  Some lovely counter-attacking running from Ali Peterson then Gary Clark put Rob Wallace over the try-line, only for the referee to adjudge he knocked the ball on and disallow the try.  Bish remained camped inside Paisley territory for the next 20 minutes, and ought to score several tries.  However, too many handling errors and mistakes cost Bishopton.  Peter Duncan did land a penalty in this period making it 10-0.

Duncan’s kicking was on point

Straight off the restart, Gary Clark made another 50m run leaving Paisley bodies scattered behind him, taking Bishopton right back to the try line but again the home side could not cross.  This proved frustrating as tries were there for the taking but Bish just made far too many mistakes.

On half time, Paisley managed to break the length of the field and looked destined to score until Kyle Haldane made an incredible tap tackle on the Paisley player 5m from the line.  Paisley then knocked on and the referee blew for half time – 10-0 Bishopton.

Haldane was not just strong in defense but carried well too

The 2nd half started as the first half finished with some end to end rugby but no cutting-edge play.  Paisley came out trying to make an impact, but Bish comfortably stood up to their challenge.  Then, from a scrum 20m out, Scott Baird picked from number 8 and charged, leaving a trail of destruction behind him before running over the last Paisley defender on the try line and scoring his 2nd of the day.  The conversion was missed. Bish leading 15-0.

However, the 1st half effort was beginning to catch up with Bishopton.  Paisley managed to drag the game from a spectacle of running, physical rugby into a war of attrition.  Keeping the ball narrow Paisley worked their way up the Bishopton line, where they managed to kick a penalty.  15-3.

Bishopton switched off from the kick-off and allowed Paisley to bring the ball right onto the try line again.  After a series of set pieces, multiple phases and telegraphed attacking play, Paisley got over the line and the referee managed to spot a grounding of the ball.  Paisley missed the conversion leaving the score 15-8 with 15 minutes to go.

The momentum was all in Paisley’s favour, but the resolve and mental determination of this current Bishopton squad proved massive.  The defence stayed firm with Bish surviving another Paisley attack before running the ball 80m, and were unlucky not to score again.  From here, Bishopton saw the game out comfortably.

Wallace was key in keeping directing the match towards the end

The referee blew his final whistle and with it brought the end of Paisley domination in Renfrewshire.  Bishopton proved too much for Paisley all over the park and should have won by many more points.  The physicality of the forwards was immense and the backs allowed Paisley’s ‘attacking prowess’ to go nowhere.  The Pride of the Clyde Man of the Match was Rob Wallace for an outstanding defensive performance and the Reid’s Florists Glue Player was Kyle Haldane for that tap tackle.  Everybody at Bishopton is now looking forward to the rematch at the Anchor in January where we will look to consolidate our position as the best rugby team in Renfrewshire.

14 months ago Bishopton lost to Paisley in a pre-season game by 69-8.  How times change.  Thank you to Paisley for the well-fought game and we hope your injured players recover quickly.  Next week Bishopton travel to Strathaven, looking to build on the derby win in what will be another tough game.


Match Report – Bishopton RFC v Clydebank RFC 22/09/2018

Bishopton – 17


 Clydebank – 33



Tries; Ruari Taylor (2), Ryan Moore

Conversion; Max Catto


Saturday saw changes with in the Bishopton squad as several members were out of action, but there was still a strong team set to be on the pitch. The opposition on show were Clydebank who have not made a trip to Holmpark in over a decade.

It was the visitors that got the game underway giving Bish the ball to run it back straight from the get go. Bishopton worked their way up to the Clydebank 5-meter line, Bish earned the penalty. Having been a strong point in the opening three games Bishopton took the scrum, unlike others so far this season Clydebank’s held strong but it was pulled up at 8 and popped off to Taylor at scrum half, who was able to run around the side and under the post. Catto was able to split the posts with the conversion to take the score to 7-0.

Clydebank were quick to hit back having stolen the ball back they worked their way up the middle with some heavy carrying and crashing from the forwards. And it was from the back of a ruck meters out that the ball was popped to one of the forwards who was able to crash over the line. The conversion was good and the scores levelled at 7-7.

Bishopton looked set to take the game back to Clydebank and they forced a 5-meter line out and off the back of the throw and they looked close to make the try but a knock on in the tackle resulted in Clydebank having the scrum. They took full advantage. With some quick hands before the got into the Bish 22 where they made some strong forward lines through the middle pulling the defence in and creating the overlap on the outside to allow the winger to work his way in for the score. The long wide conversion was good 7-14 Clydebank.

It wasn’t long until the Clydebank forwards were on the go again and this time it was the powerful number 8 that was able to power through the Bish line, bashing his way through the line to grab a mighty try. The conversion from the Stand-off once again went straight through the posts. 7-21 Clydebank. Then almost straight from the restart Clydebank were straight back on the attack putting Bish on the back foot where they managed to win a scrum from a knock on. From the scrum they were able to spin the ball out. Finding one of the centres to crash over the line to secure the bonus point for the visitors. The score moved to 7-28 from here Bishopton managed to see out the clock and make it to half time.

The second half started the way that the first had ended with Clydebank making for the try line once more. They gained an early penalty and took for the line from the line the Clydebank went up and brought the ball down and started to drive to the line and the large number 8 was stood at the back ready to pounce at the opportune moment for his second try of the day. The conversion was wide and a first miss of the day and it would prove to be the last chance of the day for Clydebank as Bishopton started to kick into gear.

The spark for the road back came once again in the form of Scrum half Ruari Taylor who was quick off the mark on Bish winning a penalty on the 10-meter inside his own half. He took the quick tap in front of the Clydebank pack and was able to dance his way round them and make for home. Getting himself to the try line and scoring Catto’s conversion dropped short, making the score 12-33 Clydebank.

For the next 20 minutes both teams stood resolute in defence with neither team looking like they would make the break Bishopton where very aware that they needed to pull something from the game and it looked like they might just manage that with 5 minutes to go and all the traffic going their way. When Hooker Moore made the break off yet another quick penalty from Taylor from 10 meters out Moore was able to slip the defence. With the scent of a bonus try point in the air Catto sacrificed the conversion with a drop goal to get the game back underway for the bonus point.

But Clydebank had the last of the attacks looking set to go over but the ball was held up short and the referee made to call the game.


Bishopton’s Pride of the Clyde Man of the Match was Captain Bruce Abernethy for another strong display in defence in what could have been a much larger defeat. And the Glen Lusset Glue Player was Scrum Half Ruari Taylor for pulling the team back into the game with his two tries’.

Next week Bishopton take the long trip down to Wigtownshire to get things back on track in the league against the team that piped them to first position in the league last season for promotion.

Match Report – Loch Lomond RFC v Bishopton RFC 15/09/2018

Bishopton – 41


 Loch Lomond – 3



Tries; Ruari Taylor (2), Ross McGowan, Ryan Moore, Kyle Haldane, Gary Clark

Conversion; Max Catto (4)

Penalty; Max Catto

Yellow Card; Ross McGowan

Coming off the back of two bonus point wins to start the season off Bishopton were looking to build on this with a trip to Loch Lomond there were a number of changes to be made this week, with several players going out due to prior engagements and small injuries. This meant it was a good opportunity to test the strength and depth of the squad.

The match got off to a slow start with the opening 30 minutes not having either team take advantage of the possession that they were sharing, with bishopton looking to get the ball about the park and let it do the majority of the work. And Lomond looking to take the more direct route of rumbling up the middle of the park. Both teams were swapping penalties, but it was Bishopton that took the first hit as Lomond opted to take a kick at goal on the half hour mark. The kick sailed through the posts to put the hosts 3-0 ahead.

But it was Bishopton that took advantage from the restart by pushing forward into the Lomond half with several striking runs from both the backs and the forwards. As Clark latched on to the ball and drove towards the line and was stopped just short, Taylor was quick off the mark from the back of the ruck and was able to make a dive for the line and got the ball down right on the post protector. The conversion was picked up by Catto and the Bish were out in front. 3-7. But the Bish fortune was not to be so lucky in the after math as Bishopton were soon a man down with Lomond on the attach McGowan looked to put in a tackle as the man offloaded the ball. As he went over the referee deemed the tackle to have gone over the horizontal and produced the yellow card just before half time.

Taylor gets the first try in.

Moving into the second half with the man down Bishopton were not phased and picked up an early penalty which Catto calmly slotted over to extend the lead to 3-10. Being a man down didn’t put much pressure on the well trained and conditioned Bish, but once back up to full strength it was the cautioned McGowan who was out to make amends. As he started off with some strong running and fending defenders off, before Moore was able to take the ball into the 5-meter channel before it was worked out to Stand Off Catto who lightly and quickly moved it on the McGowan who was back in the attacking line. Allowing him to make the last few meters before diving for the line. Catto’s took a slip on the conversion attempt keeping the score to 3-15.

McGowan makes amends

It was at this point Lomond started to unravel and Bishopton where able to jump on top of it straight from the restart with several bishopton players bouncing through various phases of the Lomond line and working back to within 10 meters of the Lomond try line at which point Hooker Ryan Moore was on hand to take the ball in to score with a hard brake to the line with a little attempt of a challenge. Catto converted from in front of the posts to take it to 3-22.

Moore dives in past several defenders

The bonus try soon followed, as Bish once again were able to get back up the pitch thanks to another penalty and were able to build off the back of a line out. The ball was swept wide from the set piece and made it back into the posts were Haldane was sitting in wait ready to power his way over the line. Catto had no problems from in front of the posts 3-29. After the restart Lomond were reduced to 14 men for the remainder of the match as they received a yellow card. With this in place Bishopton took full advantage of the extra man unlike Lomond earlier in the match.

Haldane powers in from close range

Once again Bish were able to build from another line out penalty with Clark getting onto the second phase ball 5 meters out when he went from the bottom of the ruck and was not to be stopped by a tired defence, Catto once more was on target taking the score to 3-36.

Clark flies in for his 3rd try of the season 

But Bishopton were not about to shut up shop as they were able to wrestle the restart back almost immediately they look set to keep a hold of the ball on the halfway line and see out the match. But Scrum half Ruari Taylor had other thoughts on his mind as he spotted a gap around the side of a ruck and was off like a rocket making the 50-meter sprint to the corner to grab his second try of the day. McGowan had taken over the kicking duties with Catto being given a rest. A tough first kick of the day drifted wide and left the score at 3-41.

Taylor makes the break to round out the day

But Lomond feeling the weight of the final whistle founds the strength to mount one final attack and were able to push the Bish back onto their own try line as they took advantage of a 5m line out. The Lomond pack were pushing towards the line for their first try of the day, but just as they were within scoring distance Bish managed to turn the ball over where flanker Euan Keltie was able to kick the ball to touch to bring an end to the game.


It was another strong performance for the Bish with second row Kyle Haldane picking up the Pride of the Clyde Man of the Match award for a strong presence in attack and defence, as well as a strong jumping performance at the line out. Making his first start for the club Scott Millar picked up the Leaps and Bounds Glue Player award for coming into the starting line up for the first time and putting in a vital defensive performance with several key tackles.

The bonus point victory keeps the Bish joint top of the table on 15 points and with the visit next week of Clydebank to Holmpark who had a strong result against Uddingston. Next week we also have a chance before the game see and purchasing the kit that all our sections have on offer for the coming season, and then after the game another chance to see it being modelled by the players that will be wearing it in our first social event of the season in Bishopton’s First ever Fashion Show. We hope to see you all there!


Match Report – Bishopton RFC v Millbrae RFC 08/09/2018

Bishopton – 31


 Millbrae – 7



Tries; Scott Baird, Ryan Moore, Boab Moore, Peter Duncan, Gary Clark

Conversion; Max Catto (3)


Red Card; Scott Baird


Having come off the back of a win in the opening weekend Bishopton were looking to keep the run going with the visit of Millbrae to Holmpark. There was only one change to the team that beat Helensburgh as the replacement hooker was the only change.

Things got off to a bright start after Catto got the match under way, and inside the first minute Bish forced a scrum just outside the 22 and the pack continued where they left off last week and the Millbrae scrum went in one direction towards their own try line. After moving them back substantially Number 8 Baird picked the ball from the back and went down the blind side where Millbrae were lacking in defence. Catto’s conversion dropped short of the posts to keep the score at 5-0.

Baird opens the scoring

Millbrae then went on the attack gaining a penalty and opting to kick at goal form the 10 the ball drifted wide allowing Bish to take the 22 drop out. Millbrae came straight back on the counter and gained a penalty that they put out to the 5m for a lineout, they spun the ball off the top and out to the Fly Half who was able to take advantage of a defensive error and get in under the post for the try. The conversion was good from in front of the posts and put the visitors ahead 5-7 Millbrae.

But Bish weren’t about to take the setback lying down and were straight back in attack mode gaining a penalty on Millbrae’s first attack and Catto took to the boot and fired a long-range touch finder to within 10 meters of the try line. The line out was good and Bish took on the catch and drive with the ball at the back Moore notice that the Millbrae wing was wide open and took off down the blindside, and it was a clean run in to get his second try of the season. The conversion was short again and the score remained at 10-7 keeping Bish in-front.

Moore manages to avoid the winger to slip in

Upon receiving the ball back Bish went about building the phases and going to the play book to try and break the opposition down further. And it soon came when Bish won a scrum on the 5-meter line, it looked like Bish would push the Millbrae scrum over for the walk-in try but they opted to run it to the back and the crash ball went into the defensive line of Millbrae and it wasn’t enough. But the second wave was ready and Boab Moore was not to be stopped from 5 meters at pace and he smashed through the line to pick up the 3rd try of the day. This time Catto got the extras and took it to a 17-7 lead.

Moore was not to be stopped to extend the lead

It was minutes after the restart a blow was dealt to the home side as Scrum Half Ruari Taylor was put out of action with a late tackle that went through the horizontal but the referee was passed the play and could only issue a warning. With Taylor out of action a reshuffle was in order and Peter Duncan came on to make his Home debut for the club, having been the second of the original 11 junior section players to role out for the First XV and the 8th graduate of our junior section to make the step up.  Duncan made an immediate impact in defence and attack as he was able to spot the opportunity to make and interception down the 10 channels inside the Bish 10m and once the ball was safely in hand there was no stopping him to run in the bonus point try and sliding in under the posts. Again, Catto was not going to miss from in front of the posts 24-7 to The Bish.  From here both teams coasted into half time with Bish having an almost try held up right on the whistle.

There was no catching Duncan on his home debut

The second half started off with a fiery temperament with a brawl breaking out on the pitch with the two players that the referee deemed to have started the altercation both seeing red taking the two teams down to 14 men.

The game soon settled into a pace of back and forth and then moved to uncontested scrums at the request of Millbrae from here Bish were able to take advantage one last time, when a change up in the pack saw Clark at number 8 and he was able to come off the back of the scrum and crash over a tired defence. Again, Catto added the extras to take the score to 31-7 to the home team.

Clark carried the ball with intent and it paid off

The second half came to an end in the same way the first did in the whistle going on another apparent Bishopton try but this time rather than being held up the pass to the last man was forward and the referee called an end to the contest.

Ryan Moore was able to pick up the Pride of the Clyde Man of the Match after another strong appearance in a Bishopton kit and Captain Harry Seymour was in good form in picking up the C-R-Y Glue Player for the day in keeping the team together and contributing to key periods of play.

Another strong bonus point for the Bish to keep the ball rolling and moving into next weekend when the team are back on the road to visit Loch Lomond.

Match Report – Helensburgh RFC v Bishopton RFC 01/09/2018

   Helensburgh -19


Bishopton – 26



Tries; Harry Seymour, Ruari Taylor, Ryan Moore, Gary Clark

Conversion; Max Catto (3)



After a long summer break and a lot of hard work in the off season, The Bish were finally back to league action and ready to take on the challenge that came with promotion to Tennent’s West Regional Division 2 and the team’s first opponents came in the form of Helensburgh RFC who had been relegated from West 1 last season. With this knowledge The Bish knew going into the game that the opposition were going to be tough to overcome, but there was a confidence about the team in the pre-match warm up.

Bish received the honours of taking the kick off and getting the game underway and that they did, Helensburgh took up the first attack but Bish soon had the ball back in possession and started to make the yards with direct running.  Captain Seymour soon took advantage as Bish got inside the 22, he picked the ball up at pace and was able to find a glaring gap in the Helensburgh defence and slide over the try line in just over 2 minutes. Catto as always stepped forward to take the conversion but it wasn’t to be for the first kick of the season as the ball drifted wide of the posts. Bish take the first blood to 0-5.

Seymour opens the scoring

But Helensburgh were not about to sit back and let the visitors dictate the terms of the game so early on. Within another two minutes they were back in control after the sending the restart up into there air. Coming off the back of a ruck the Burgh back line went straight to quick hands were the inside centre was able to break through a tackle in the Bish midfield and brush off a tackle. The man then ran the ball in from 22 meters to dive down between the posts. The conversion was good and the hosts had the lead 7-5.

The next 10 minutes were very much a case of the two teams settling down and going about the business on the park and feeling the opposition out. But with this the teams when to the playbooks in the backs and both teams were showing a little rust with multiple knock-on’s and being pinged by the referee for not releasing in the tackles – with the number of scrums on the increase there was a clear advantage seen in the Bishopton pack.  As on average the Bish scrum were making 5 meters and wining possession back or forcing the Burgh scrum half into speeding up his link in with the backs. This became evident as Bish pushed further towards the try line once more, the reward soon came as Bish were unfortunate to drop the ball over the line resulting in another Burgh scrum. But with the dominance that Bish had been showing they took full advantage. Starting on the 5-meter line Burgh were left a meter away from the try line when their scrum half popped the ball to the first receiver hastily, but Bish scrum half Taylor had read the move perfectly and was up for the tackle straight away. But the man with the ball had not anticipated the quickness of Taylor or the ball coming and Taylor was able to wrestle the ball away from him on the right side of the try line for Bish and as soon as he had it he went straight to ground to take the 5 points and continue his sublime scoring record that saw him take home 99 points last season.  Catto managed to get himself on the board this time as the conversion floated over the post to make the score 7-12 to the Bish.

Taylor takes full advantage of a dominant pack

After the restart there was a period of back and forth with kicks from hand and again more scrums that Bishopton dominated, but in this period the lineout came into play and again all of the hard work that the Bish had put in here was clear to see. The penalties were coming into play and Bish got that chance to take advantage but it was just too far for Catto.  But the Bish forwards decided from the 22 drop out that they were not going to let the back have all the fun! The second row got things under way from the halfway line with Haldane collecting the high ball and making good ground before being brought down. The pop went up to the returning Clark who has on occasion been known to power his way though a defence and it took three Burgh men to bring him down. But no sooner than was he down was galloping number 8 Baird at his heals, who was able to avoid 2 men with his sleek foot work before another two were needed to bring him to ground. It was at this point that hooker and last seasons 2nd top try scorer Ryan Moore came in at the back of the ruck to collect the ball. He took the last 5 meters with the support of several players pushing through a three-man defensive pod, where he was able to force himself to the ground to get Bish’s third try of the day. Catto made the extras to take him to 4 points for the day leaving the score 7-19 and with this came the break for halftime.

Moore opens his account for the season

Going in 2 tries down at the break seemed to give Helensburgh the much-needed boost that was needed to have them come out fired up in the second half. As for the first 10 minutes of the second half they were able to dominate possession. And then in the space of 4 minutes they were able to pull level with the Bish with two quick fire tries and a bit of luck to help them. As Bish started to come back into the game Burgh looked to clear their lines with a kick to the wing, with the chase on by both the opposing wingers Bishopton’s Peterson looked set to secure the ball after it landed but the ball took an unpredictable bounce straight into the attacking mans hands leaving an easy canter to get under the posts. The conversion was again good leaving the score 14-19.

The third Burgh try was almost identical with the playmakers in the team seeing an opportunity to again chip into the open space in the Bish back field this time however the was no awkward bounce but rather just open space due to the Bishopton back three being stretched. With them Helensburgh man taking the change to run in and dot down. The conversion would have taken Burgh 2 points clear, but it wasn’t to be leaving the score level at 19-19.

In days gone past Bishopton may very well have let their heads drop at this being the case. But the drive and focus are not something that is lost to easily these days by the squad. It was Clark that took the bulls by the horn when Bish were able to turn the ball back over after the restart. Collecting the ball at half way he was only going to stop at the try line and this was evident in the 3 men that he shook off in his run into the 5-meter channel and then going through the last man who stood no chance at stopping the second row with the momentum that he had built up in his thunderous run. This secured the try bonus for the Bish and Catto was able to fire the conversion over to make the score 19-26.

Clark powers over

But there was still 30 minutes of the game to see out but neither team would cross the white was again but instead both teams tightened their respective defences up and were able to see out the match. But you could see from Bishopton that had Helensburgh given them the opportunity there could have been more tries for the taking.

Full time soon sounded. Leaving Bishopton the victors at 19-26, Clark picked up the Pride of the Clyde Man of the Match award this week for his returning efforts around the pitch and in scoring his try. Boab Moore picked up the Lorimers Glue Player this week for his dominance at scrum time and his carrying into contact at the gain line.


Next week sees a return to action at Holmpark with Millbrae coming to visit and they will be looking to bounce back from a 10-89 defeat at the hands of Uddingston. But the Bish will be looking to keep the momentum going from this week and secure another victory!

All Photos credit Siân Neil

Match Report- Isle of Mull RFC v Bishopton RFC 28/04/18

   Isle of Mull – 15


Bishopton – 45



Tries; Harry Seymour, Ruari Taylor, Alex Neil (2), Boab Moore, Stephen Hogan (2)

Conversion; Max Catto (5)



As the bus pulled out of Bishopton to take the team to Mull for the last away day of the season there was an air of tension amongst the squad.  With several players having picked up injuries in recent weeks and other not being available for selection the squad was in many ways depleted from the regular 30 active bodies down to the legal 21 that are allowed to be named. This was on top of the knowledge that gaining a single point would seal promotion for the club and see them playing in West 2.



On Arrival on Mull and getting through the warm up the team were looking up for the challenge that lay before them.  However, the game didn’t get of to the desired start as Catto’s kick-off didn’t get through the 10-meter line and it gave Mull the advantage of the scrum to get the game under way. This was quickly quashed as Bish soon got the ball back and moved fast and quickly up the pitch, quickly getting within 10-meters off the line. The constant pressure being put on the Mull defence soon built up as a penalty was awarder to Bish, the quick tap and crash was taken and Mull still stood strong. But then Bish started the spread the ball through their back line quickly moving across the pitch allowing for Seymour to burst onto the ball at pace and hit the perfect gap in the Mull line for the Clubs Player of the Year to slide in to open the scoring – Catto stepped up to slot the conversion and push Bish into a 0-7 lead.


Seymour slides in to open the scoring.


Mull however hit back straight from the restart with their Flyhalf being able to slip through the Bish defence and taking advantage of the last man in the line slipping on some loose ground. Allowing the Mull man to run in the try, the conversion was pushed wide leaving Bish with the advantage. 5-7.

But Bish were quick to take notes on Mulls restart and were able to turn the ball back over on Mulls first attack. With Scrum- Half Taylor picking the ball and going from inside his own half, shaking off several defenders before he was able to break away and get in for his 19th try of the season moving him to 99 points the real question being would the Young Player of the Year get into the 100 club for the season. Catto again slotted the conversion to take Bish to a 5-14 lead.

Taylor dots down.

There was soon a change in the dynamic of the game as a switch to uncontested scrums due to an injury to one of Mulls front row. But it soon played dividends to Bishopton as they were able to take advantage of the solid base to build off. With the forwards able to make a quick release from the scrum they were able to reach the next break down in huge numbers, this lead to Most Improved Player of the Year Alex Neil was able to get over the line with several of the other forwards behind him. Again, Catto added the extras. The score sitting at 5-21 to Bishopton one more score was needed to gain the bonus point.


Things soon took another bad turn for the hosts as after a series of penalties they received a yellow card for a very high tackle inches before the try line.  This lead to a tap penalty 5 meters out from the line.  Taylor took the tap and shovelled it to Neil who looked to be in for his second of the day but the Mull defence stood strong. They could not through for the second attempt however, as Bob Moore picked the ball up from the back of the ruck and bullied his way through 3 defenders to get himself and the ball over the goal line. This gave Bishopton the Bonus point and more importantly the single point that was needed to see them secure 2nd place in the league an promotion for next season. Catto lined up his conversion attempt and was unlucky to find the crossbar, 5-26 to Bishopton.


Moore scores the promotion sealing try with the bonus point.


Mull were quick to take advantage of Bishopton celebrations as they recovered the ball from the kick-off and they were able to stride through several large gaps in the bishopton defence. With no one being near the attacking player the Bish would need to sharpen up if they were to see out the game as the winners of the match. The conversion was pushed wide cutting the deficit to 10-26.  This soon lead to half time with bishopton looking to regather their composure and come out in the second half to secure the victory.

The second half started with a bustling run from Seymour gaining a huge amount of territory before Catto was able to add even more with the penalty coming. Off the back of the line out returning substitute Stephen Hogan was able to take advantage by blowing through the gap in the line to touch down for a try on his return. Catto again added the conversion, 10-33. Straight from the kickoff though there was a sense of Deja-vu as Bish won the ball back it was again passed to Hogan who was able to glide through the Mull defence for his 2nd of the game Catto again made the kick, 10-40 Bishopton.


Hogan takes his 2nd try in as many minutes.


Neil flies over the line to double his tally for the game and season.

Bishopton were again on the attack from the off with several phases of moves being put into play. But it was the dominant second row Neil that got the decisive bit of the ball as he collected 10 meters out and was able to cut another line that he has become well know for this season. With this he sealed his 4th try of the year and 2nd of the game, by launching himself over the line. Catto’s conversion was caught in the wind and pulled wide leaving the score at 10-45. From here it was Mull that would see out the end of the game however as they took advantage of a jubilant Bishopton side and they were able to play some nice rugby in the closing minutes. As they worked their way closer to the line their patience and persistence paid off as they were able to work round the side of a ruck and pounce over to pull five points back 15-45. They were not done there as they straight from the restart were able to go on the hunt once more as the clock went red and Bishopton were given some fortune in that the ball went loose and into the dead ball area allowing fullback Peter Rainey to touch the ball down and the referee blowing for full time.



This gave Bishopton the bonus point victory and caped off a fine display with Captain and Team Player of the Year Bruce Abernethy picking up his 4th Man of the Match of the season and pushing him to the top of that table with one game left to play against the University Medics on the 12th of May.


Club President Greame Adam congratulates Captain Abernethy on Man of the Match and Promotion


As a final note we would like to give a huge thanks to Mull for hosing us on for the game and the after-match hospitality on a very long day out. Also a huge thanks for transporting our entire team and traveling support back to the ferry terminal after the game allowing us to make the boat off the island.

There may also have been a little bit of a party on the ferry home….



Match Report-Bishopton RFC v Lanark RFC 13/01/18

  Bishopton – 50


 Lanark – 7


Tries; Ruari Taylor (3), Scott Baird, Ross McGowan, Kyle Haldane, Ruaridh Catto, Max Catto

Conversion; Max Catto (5)


After kicking off 2018 with a commanding win away to a strong Moffat team, this week saw a return to action at Holmpark where the Bish were hosting Lanark in the return fixture from September where Bishopton were looking to repeat the feat of a 0-45 victory.

This week some Changes to the team either forced by injury, the bench filling out again with the return of players from the physio room and those being available for their first run out of the year.

With the rain making its presence known before the game it was clear that the conditions facing the players were going to be tough and that the wide spread running game might have been difficult to procced with. And the first half was a reflection of this, where in there was a lot of ball lost in possession by both teams and scrapping on the ground to gain it back in the opening minutes. The game then settled into a rhythm as the players acclimatised to the conditions.

Bishopton soon started the march towards the Lanark try line gaining meters through close contact carrying. They soon gained the penalty 10 meters out in front of the post. Scrum Half Ruari

Taylor dives in for his first of the day

Taylor was quick to the referee’s mark before the Lanark defence were able to regroup and was able to sprint under the post for his 15th try of the season. Catto fired the conversion over the posts taking him to 125 points for the season. 7-0 Bishopton.

Bishopton were soon back up in the danger zone after working their way up the pitch with several strong scrums and being able to dominate the lineout. With both Alex Neil and Kyle Haldane becoming pests for the opposition through out the match with the number of steals that they were able to make come time for Lanark to put the ball back into play. Bishopton’s 2nd try of the day came from just such a scenario.

Taylor touches down for number 2

When Haldane was able to clear up the Lanark overthrow and ship the ball out to be taken into contact. And once again Taylor was at the back of the ruck shouting commands to his backline and made the move to go out wide only for the Lanark defence to come up quickly allowing him to dart in on their mistake, and once again getting between the sticks. Catto once again fired the 2 points in. 14-0 Bishopton.

Lanark came back into the game at this point and seemed to have a wake-up call. As they went on to put the pressure right back in on Bishopton for the remainder of the first half going close to gaining a try back. But the Bishopton defence stood strong and made the half time whistle but they were given some work to think about. At half time there were changes made to bring back into the fold some of the returning players were brought back into the fold.

The seconds half started off with Lanark loosing two players to injury, and reducing their playing numbers on the pitch allowing Bishopton the space to become a bit more creative with their loose play. This first score of the half came in the form of a scrum on the halfway line and a chance for the returning Scott Baird to get his first taste of rugby in 2018.

Baird was on the rampage

He opted to pick and go. The No.8 went straight into rampage mode that he had been in on his last outing at the start of December against Hyndland. He was able to shake off three men on his way to the try line but he looked to be caught, as the Lanark man was able to wrap his legs but his momentum carried him over. Catto crisply sent the ball over the posts to secure the 3rd conversion of the day. 21-0 Bishopton.

With in moments of the restart. Centre Stephen Hogan had got his hands on the ball in the 22 and sent the ball into the open Lanark back field with the ball taking a favourable bounce and leaving the defender wrong footed. But Ross McGowan the other returning player on at half time had judged coming off Hogan’s shoulder to perfection and was able to take advantage. Even had the ball not fooled the defender McGowan was the favourite to get his foot on it as he had made the ground up in an impressive sprint and was able to kick the ball towards the try line and outstrip his opposite man before launching himself onto the loose ball for the try. The wide conversion didn’t quite make it this time. 26-0 and the bonus point secured.

Smiles all round as McGowan (Centre Right) secures the Bonus Point

At this point the flood gates started to open as Lanark started to feel the effect of loosing two men and Bishopton were able to return the restart and took to camping in the opposition 22. Here

Haldane’s solid shift in the back row rewarded with a try

Bish were able to gain a scrum on the 5m line. Baird took from the back but slipped a quick reversal back into Haldane who was able to take a man over the line with him. This brought him back into the try scorers having started the season prolifically. Catto added the  extras to take the game to 33-0.

Again, from the restart Bish looked into the creative part of their game and started to throw the ball about in the backs and give the forward some well earned time off. As the ball was worked around the midfield that was now Catto

Ruaridh Catto slides in for the try

, Seymour, Catto. With the ball moving between the three and Seymour adding some flair with a ball caught behind his back before popping it back into the older of the two Catto brothers, as Ruaridh was able to slide into the corner for the try. Max’s conversion fell short of the posts. 38-0.

Bish soon after won the penalty inside their own half and Taylor took the tap and shipped it to Max Catto, who not looking to be out done by his older brother threw the dummy pass and pinned his ears back at the halfway line and made the break. Though it looked tight for Catto the younger as the Lanark players started to close in on him and he was forced wide of the posts before sliding into record the score. The conversion short, score now 43-0.

Max Catto rounds out a fine display

Lanark though seemed to find a second wind after seeing Catto taken close to the bone and they were able to recover the restart and force Bishopton back towards their try line and looked to be on the verge of pulling a consolation try out, the fight back was on. Though it was not to be as the ball was knocked forward in a tackle and spilled into the dead ball zone and quick thinking as ever, Taylor tapped for the 22 drop out and was off. With only the referee seeming to know exactly what had happened as he reached the 22 and took to the grubber and collecting it before being able to go the length of the pitch to round out his hat-trick for the day. Catto added the 2 to close out Bishopton’s account for the day. 50-0.

Taylor celebrates running in for his Hat-trick

Though Lanark were adamant not to go home empty handed. As they once again retook procession of the ball and marched back up the field and were able to force Bishopton into putting the ball out for a line out. From here they were able to secure and send to very strong phases after the ball the later resulting in them crashing though the Bishopton defensive barrier. A strong desire from the visitors not to leave Holmpark paid off and they were able to add the extras seconds from the final whistle. Bringing the final score in at 50-7. Another strong Bishopton result.

Allma Constructions Man of the Match could have gone to a number of men on the field, but ultimately it went to Taylor who once again drove the team around the pitch and lead the charge.

Taylor was Allma Construction Man of the Match

With some fortune, the results elsewhere and a deduction of points for the Medics showing on the SRU Website had The Bish leap back to the top of the table by two points. Meaning that the team have to keep destiny firmly in their own grasp with the Medics due to visit the fortress that is Holmpark in two weeks’ time. However, before that there is the challenging matter of a trip to the Isle of Mull to come next Saturday 20th January and we are looking to take a full squad up to the Isle and as many supports as possible for the 2pm kick-off.

Match Report – Moffat RFC v Bishopton RFC 06/01/2018

            Moffat   – 10


Bishopton – 32


Tries; Sandy Glassford, Ryan Moore, Harry Seymour, Boab Moore, Ruari Taylor

Conversion; Max Catto (2)

Penalty;  Max Catto

After a well-earned Christmas break the First XV were looking to get back on the road and start the new year off with a victory the only obstacle standing in their way was an away trip down to a formidable Moffat team.
The early morning meet was a frosty occasion but the temperature was due to drop further as the location of the match was reached. But a quick bus trip supplied by our main sponsor Pride of the Clyde down the M74 soon had the team at the home of the Rams.

Seymour breaking the line

The team got off to a strong start retaining possession and gaining some early yards this was soon rewarded with a penalty and the option to kick for goal was take, but with a strong win coming into play the kick dropped sort of the posts and the tone of the kicking day was soon set from this moment. But with Moffat recovering the penalty quickly they wasted no time in returning it from to the Bish backline after the quick reactions of the missed penalty were followed up by the defensive Bishopton line. From this the Bish were able to reshape and kick on back up the field carefully building phases in order to find the weaknesses in the Rams defence. This was soon found by centre Harry Seymour who burst onto the ball at blistering pace and looked like he was going to be able to run the ball in himself, with just the fullback to contend with he spun the ball out to the returning Sandy Glassford who was able to dive into the corner at top speed to secure a first try of the season. The wide conversion attempt was no match for the wind that was sensing with kicks were due to be take all afternoon. The Bish moved in to a 0-5 lead.


Moffat looked to bounce back from loosing the opening score of the match and came out at the restart and were able to reclaim the ball straight from the off and then let their forwards start to take the hard yards. Building territory and moving there way forward. But it was to be sort lived as the knock on going into contact soon came and the scrum went to Bishopton. The chip over the top soon came and Bishopton were able to collect the ball with the blistering pace of newly converted Flanker Euan Keltie recovering the ball and presenting it back for scrum half Ruari Taylor. Who’s quick thinking came into play and he looked to spin the ball out to the back only for the Moffat defence to all follow the ball allowing him to nip found the side of the ruck and make a break for the try line. But Bishopton top try scorer would have to wait for his 14th try of the season would have to wait as he was tackled by the opposition Fullback but thank full the teams second top try scorer Hooker Ryan Moore was the first man on the scene and was able to gather the pop and make the final 5 meters to the line dotting down his 10th of the season. Catto’s Kick was once again gathered by the wind. 0-10 Bishopton.

Moore crossing to hit double figures for the season

Moffat once again came back out of the gates looking to restore some of the deficit and their efforts were not in vain as they were able to claim the penalty and slot it over bringing them back with a converted score. 3-10 Bishopton. But it was now the Bish’s turn to return fire and they did it in fine form with Seymour finding several more gaps in the Moffat defence with his solid running, after two hard runs his third off the back of a scrum proved fruitful as his line left no one near him and he was able to walk across the line and place it down under the posts allowing for Catto to have the easy kick – extending the teams lead to 3-17.

Moffat once again came out the blocks looking to pull something back and went to work once more gaining hard thought territory bullying towards the try line before getting to within 8 meters and winning a penalty. Taking the quick tap and go catching the Bish defence off guard with there forwards and crashing over to the side of the posts allowing the easy kick to pull the score back to 10-17. We then reached half time with the Bish nosing ahead by one score.

The bench were kept in suspense in some rather nippy weather

Bish came out to a blistering start in the second half managing to camp on the Moffat 5-meter line for much of the opening 10 minutes after Taylor was able to take advantage of a tap penalty and get the team up there before his being tackled. A series of scrums followed before a barrage of forwards blows onto the line with Keltie going close several times himself as well as setting up the platform in his rucking over to secure the ball. But it was Boab Moore who was finally the one to break the Moffat wall down as he piled over to score his 2nd try of the season. This try secured the bonus point for Bishopton and Catto once again fired home the extras at close range. 10-24 to the Bish.

Bish were soon back up to within 5 of the line and there were more several close calls to have the ball go down one of the more closely called being when Keltie received the ball and powered his way forward with the ball handing off at least two players before he was brought down shy of the line.

Keltie brushing players aside on his way to man of the Match

The ball looked to be turned over when Seymour came from deep in the midfield to clear out the Moffat props from the ruck and save the ball for Captain Bruce Abernethy to quick pick and go only to be stopped mere inches from the line. The backs then took advantage and whipped it wide to win the penalty that Catto was able to knock over extending the lead to 10-27.

The Day ended on a high note as Glassford made a trade mark burst off receiving the high kick in the back field and made post haste up the wing allowing winger Iain Kerr to cut inside and burst up the line into the 5 meters. The scrum was awarded to the Bish and the pack decided that 5 meters was not close enough and decided to walk over to less than a meter to the line, when Taylor keenly spotted a gap and threw himself towards it getting his own try for the day and extending his points total. Once again Catto was unfortunate to have a kick from the touch line into the wind and it drifted wide to finish the game 10-32 to the Bish securing them another Bonus Point win and keeping them in the hunt for the league title!

Catto had a personal battle with the wind

The Leaps and Bounds man of the match for the day was Euan Keltie who seems to have found his position with a very impressive performance at number 6 having switched from the wing.

Club President Greame Adam congratulates Keltie on his MotM performance

Next week sees a return to action at Holmpark when we host Lanark in the return leg of the fixture from earlier in the season where Bishopton kept a clean sheet in a 45-0 victory and will be looking for more of the same this time round.