OPEN ACCESS DEVELOPMENT DAY
UNDER 12 & UNDER 13
Hosted by: Peterlee Pumas
Venue: The Pavillion, Helford Road
Helford Road, Peterlee, SR8 1ER
Date: Tuesday 21st July 2015
Time: U12 = 10:00-11:30am U13 = 12-1:30pm
This is an opportunity for all players from all schools and clubs to attend a fun day of rugby league delivered by Level 3 coaches from both Newcastle Thunder and North East Thunder Academy.
The Pumas under 13's with just 10 fit or available players took on Title Contenders Durham Tigers at home yesterday. Perviously away, Peterlee were not able to compete at shildon where Durhams attack appeared to score at will and the new young Pumas side werent able to take much from the game at all. However with new players joining all the time and a lot of hard work being put in by a side largely playing up year with a few notable exceptions the Pumas are inproving every game and could claim to be unfortunate to only turn around 18 10 down at the break. Durham had opened up a two try lead but Pumas Standoff Ewan Lydiatt got on the end of two well worked moves and powered over on the right at ifrst and then on the left converting one of his tries. Dom Thwaites was held up short a couple of times jinking through the durham line and Lewis Collin was unfortunate after a brilliant spin out of a tackle in front of the posts to just pick the wrong angle and hit more contact. Ewan was also unfortunate not to score a couple of more times. The Pumas attack though has definitely improved and are creating more chances as they progress but it was the first half defence that epitimsed this game, line speed was excellent taking the Pumas line into the Durham attackers faces and giveing them little time to make decisions and all 10 players were making tackles where in the past it was not the case. Durham were drawn into the arm wrestle of a game that the pumas had trained for and it worked for most of the game. Unfortunatley, the Tigers had twice as many players as the home side and were able to put a totally fresh side on at half time and as the fatigue kicked in for the Pumas, the Tigers were able to employ thier slick wide game, avoiding the strong pumas middle and posted 4 tries in consectutive sets to put a higher score than the competitiveness of the game would have suggested. Peterlee had several chances to score in teh 2nd half also but a strong Tigers defence managed to keep them out. Peterlee are away to Cramlington next Saturday 27th.
Peterlee Pumas hosted an under 9s and 11s Festival with Teams from Whitley Bay, North Yorkshire and Gateshead taking part, great fun was had by all and the ever increasing numbers in the Pumas Littlies section continue to show great promise playing some excellent Rugby.
The rest of the Pumas had to travel to Cramlington where a 9 man under 13's side took on the top side Cramlington who were kind enough to drop to 11 in the spirit of the game.
The Pumas defended well for the first 17 minutes but lacking confidence early on, they grew as the game progressed but 2 mistakes by Peterlee in attack rewarded the rockets with 2 tries. Going and into the final 5 minutes of the half reflecting a committed and determined performance by the visitors. Pumas went a man down through injury and concede another 2 tries going into the break however. The 2nd half saw Peterlees' attack get stronger and more organised, but another injury put them down to 8 again and an early try was conceded. Lewis Simpson scored an outstanding long range try from a break in midfield getting on the end of a pumas shift wide and Dom Thwaites put an excellent solo effort in and ran almost the length of the field to score also to put really positive score line on a gutsy shorthanded Pumas. Rockets. scored one more to make it 32 12 at full time. Back up to play cramlington B next weekend with more Pumas to join the 13s are on the up.
The Pumas 13s are looking for more players to take part in training on Wednesdays a 18:30 and Saturdays at 10 am when not playing. If you are interested in taking part in a squad that has the potential to do really well please get in touch with the Pumas, details below.
The Under 15s started well in their game against Cramlington, had a couple of injuries and were also outnumbered by the home side. However Peterlee didn't do themselves any favours, some good platforms were set by some hard running from the forwards although this was a too direct at times and requires more supporting runners but the decision making and execution once set up didn't allow the Pumas to show what they can really do and also kicking the ball away on the 1st and 2nd tackle gave the home side good field position and starved the Pumas of possession. As fatigue set in, the visitors started coughing up the ball early in tackle count even more got injured to the point where Peterlee were down to 9 and then 8 players against 13 in the last 10 minutes. The Pumas 15s have come on leaps and bounds since last season but still a long way to go which they will with a lot of hard work being put in both by the coaches and the players. More players are required to mitigate against injuries but another Pumas Juniors Squad showing great potential.