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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!


Royal Bank RugbyForce 2018

Sunday 12th August saw Bishopton Rugby host our 2018 Royal Bank RugbyForce Day. This year we set ourselves several goals in order to make the coming season one to remember, and they were no mean feats – they included:

  • Resizing and moving the pitch
  • Raising new posts
  • Deep cleaning and clearing out the changing rooms
  • Updating of facilities in the previously unused 3rd changing room

To help out with all these task and many more we were please to accept the help of over 30 volunteers from throughout the club and also the helping hands of Scotland and Glasgow Warriors Ryan Wilson and Jonny Gray to help with some of the heavy lifting required.


Time to raise the posts
The posts are set time to get the guy ropes down

The day started as early as 7:30am with a dedicated crew out early doors in order to finish the preparations on the new pitch markings to ensure that the new post positioning would be spot on. As the day moved on the foundations for the posts got deeper and the hard task of raising the posts into position started. All in it took around 20 people to man the support ropes and heave the posts into position no easy feat. This was made evident when First XV stalwart and the man in charge Matthew Wallace shouted ‘Right down the other end and we go again!” There was disbelief that there was no rest in-between the two posts going up. But its always best to get the hard jobs out the way early on.

A little help was required in double checking the crossbar was tight.


With the posts in place and the more specialised building work going on around the back of the club with the Front Row leading the charge in cousins Ryan and Boab Moore, lending their trades as an electrician and joiner to help get the previously unused container to a place where we can start proper work on it. This will become very useful for the club moving forward now that the ladies section is up and running allowing the ladies to make this their own space.


Rucking practice
Handling Drills


While this was ongoing back out on the training area Ryan Wilson and Jonny Gray were getting to meet the future of Bishopton Rugby and putting our junior section through their paces in a series of handling and bag exercises. Jonny then took to playing touch rugby with members from our Senior, Ladies and U18s team and in this time Ryan was teaching the juniors a new trick that could be very handy in keeping an opposition guessing just what you might do next. This was all followed up by a Q+A session for the whole club.

Touch Rugby

The day was rounded out when Bishoptons Royal Bank RugbyForce Young Ambassador Andrew Carey got the chance to put some questions to the Scotland Caps.

Andrew gets his questions in

All in it was once again another outstanding day down at Holmpark with members from all areas of the club coming together to show what makes our club great!

The Ladies team with Jonny and Ryan



Royal Bank RugbyForce Day 12th August

With the start of the season upon us and pre season training in full swing, it is now time to look towards ensuring the facilities that we have at the club are up to scratch and standard to be used through out the course of the next year for all sections of the club. In doing this we will be taking part in the 10th annual Royal Bank of Scotland RugbyForce Day, where the SRU encourage the clubs across Scotland to get all the odd jobs and of course the much bigger jobs completed. With this the SRU help support the clubs by supplying funding and in some cases a Full Scotland International player to come a long and help out with the heavy lifting.

This year Bishopton have been lucky enough to receive both of these incentives to help us on the day. But along with the great benefits form the SRU we are still in need of as many hands that we can get down as possible and also a few other things that will help us achieve some of the larger project goals that we have planned for the day.

The ask that we are looking for is that anyone that has any materials that they are no longer likely to use and are able to donate them to the club to help with several of these project that we are looking to get underway they would be greatly appreciated. Anything from electrical fittings to paint and wood and everything in between that may be lying around in the back of your garage that you think could be of use to us.

Also if there are any trades people that would like to get involved and donate some of their time on the day to the cause to be sure that we are meeting all safety standards for the installation of our works that would also be greatly appreciated.

If you can help in these matters or if you are interested in just coming along and giving us a hand on the day contact us via the button above or reach out to us on all of our social media platforms for more details.




Bishopton are looking for a Coach to lead our growing Ladies section.

Bishopton Ladies is a new Section – started in February 2018, the squad are made up of mostly of inexperienced players, who are still learning the game however there are unquestionably talented players in this group and we are looking for someone to maximise all of the player’s potential, in a positive environment.

We have a strong community club ethos, with a thriving and constantly expanding junior Section. We are also supporting our local High School, to become a School of Rugby for both Girls and Boys. With the housing development of a further 4,080 homes being built in the village over the coming years, we are working within the community to ensure a new 21st century Sports and leisure facility is built, with a 3G World Rugby pitch at its heart. There clearly is a lot of potential in Bishopton and we are looking for someone to help maximise this and enable our goal of Rugby for all.

Candidate Requirements

  • Applicants should hold IRB Rugby Right plus UKCC Level 2 Qualification. Candidates, currently working towards Level 2 will be considered.
  • Preferable to have experience in woman’s rugby.
  • Show commitment, drive and ambition which will command respect within the club.
  • We will consider both experienced coaches and players looking to move into a Player/Coaching role with a proven playing track record.

Key Responsibilities

  • Delivery of training sessions (Monday 8pm @ Renfrew Sports Centre on 3G pitch)
  • Match Day Delivery with tactics and selection.
  • Support and enable the growth of Bishopton Ladies into SRU league, structure for Season 2019-18
  • Support School of Rugby development, with focus on enabling Girls teams
  • The position is a voluntary role, however reasonable expenses will be considered by the Management committee.

If you are interested in this role call Andy Jackson for a preliminary discussion

on 07894906967 or email your rugby CV to

The closing date for applications is Friday 17th August 2018.



Annual General Meeting – 18th June

On Monday the 18th of June 2018 at 19:30 –  Bishopton Rugby Club will hold our Annual General Meeting. All Club members are encouraged to come down and have their say in the running of our club for the next year.

At the meeting several important call to actions will be brought to the floor, so be sure to come a long and make your voice heard.




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….