Professional video service could enhance Premiership

Melrose are Scottish club rugby champs after beating Currie 26-10 at the Greenyards and Gala were narrowly beaten 34-33 by Ayr at Netherdale. Coach John Dalziel and his team have an anxious wait to hear if his team has won the title.
Melrose are Scottish club rugby champs after beating Currie 26-10 at the Greenyards and Gala were narrowly beaten 34-33 by Ayr at Netherdale. Coach John Dalziel and his team have an anxious wait to hear if his team has won the title.

Melrose, Scotland Under-20s and Baa-baas coach John Dalziel has gave his backing to a new video analysis service for BT Premiership clubs.

The drive to enhance Scotland’s top amateur rugby league has taken a step forward with the roll-out of a professional service for all top-flight clubs, including Borders teams Melrose, Gala, Hawick and, as from next season, newly-promoted Selkirk.

A camera person will film the action from the five-game fixture list every Saturday, with a fully-coded match analysis made available via Coach Logic the following evening. Coding allows games to be broken down into specific and searchable parameters that can be exported into stat sheets. This allows teams to identify and analyse behaviours and positive and negative plays quickly, which can in turn help teams adapt and improve their preparations and performances.

Video analysis students from Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, provide this service with the support of Scottish Rugby’s performance analysis department, with defending BT Premiership champions Melrose already seeing the benefits. Dalziel said: “We have done some video analysis in recent years when Ciaran Beattie (former Scottish Rugby analyst) was assistant coach, but this service now brings every team up to the same level and for me, it’s about getting the right balance of information.

“The amount of stats available is fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will impact the league.”

Funding comes as part of Scottish Rugby’s Player Improvement Fund, allocated to the top 10 Premiership sides.