U11’s and U9’s festival at Winlaton
First festival of the season was held at Winlaton home of the Warriors. Pumas travelled with seven U11s and three U9s.
The U11s took a little while to settle back into the festival format with a 2-1 loss to Tigers in their first game (try scored by Benjamin Simpson). However they soon got into the swing of things and were undefeated for the rest of the festival. Next up was Whitley Bay Barbarians and Pumas clocked up three tries by Lewis Simpson, Benjamin Simpson and Brandon Wallace and were strong in defence not letting any tries past them. Next up was North Yorkshire Broncos and a 2-1 win with John Daniel and Benjamin Simpson scoring tries. Next game was against Warriors who were low on numbers due to injury, so we lent them Benjamin Simpson. Final score a 5-3 win for Pumas with Lewis Simpson, John Daniel(2) and Brandon Wallace(2) scoring tries and Benjamin Simpson scoring two of the Warriors three tries. By the last game Pumas were beginning to get tired but still managed to put seven tries past Cramlington Rockets and again strong in defence, stopping them from scoring throughout (7-0). Try scorers were Benjamin Simpson(2), Lewis Simpson(2), Jack Paddon, Wallace and Zack Clarke. A fantastic effort from all the U11s.
Meanwhile the U9s had joined with others from Broncos and Warriors to form a “Rest of the World” team against Whitley Bay Barbarians. They played some great rugby with both Blaine Strange and Ethan Bye scoring several tries and some fantastic tackling from Jack Lockey. The stamina shown by these was astonishing keeping up a great performance for the entire time and even when they were supposed to be having a break still running around and practising their kicking. Well done to all of them!
always destined to be a tough encounter between 2 very good teams and it certainly turned out that way.
Demons started brightly with Bielby and Conley doing good runs and Conley pass set up Hitchens who saw a gap in pumas defence and scored under the posts, Coates converted.
From the restart pumas defended strongly with walker and clark doing good tackles, however on the fifth, a great kick from Coates across the field, caused problems in the pumas defence with cartridge and Brooksbank not dealing with the high ball on the try line and Parkes came through to score and again Coates converted 12-0.
Pumas woke up after that and started coming back into the game, Marr, Norman and Bestford gained some ground and from Kitching quick pass found the on running Coxon who powered over, Drinkwater converted 12-6.
Pumas really started to get going and another great powerful run from Coxon gained pumas 50 meters, quick play from Marr set up Drinkwater to power over. 12-10.
A knock on from Brown gave Demons a scrum and they took advantage with Belsey and Wells doing some great runs and they set up Walton to power over for a try on his debut. Coates con 18-10.
Demons from the restart gained some great yards with Beilby, coates Walton. Some great tackling from Norman and Jackson were keeping them out but demons weren’t to be denined and Walton weaved his way throughthe defence to get his second try, coates converted 24-10.
Pumas got right back in the game thanks to a great interception from Cook saw him race through to score under posts and Drinkwater Con 24 – 16.
With halftime approaching Pumas were gaining confidence and from Clark, walker and Bestford gained yards and from Marr pass, the on running Norman powered over for a deserved try on his debut. Drinkwater conn.
Half time 24-22.
Second half both teams started really positively showing heart, spirit and some great league skills. It wasn’t until 10 mins into the second half saw the next try. From Marr great pass Bestford saw a gap in the Demons defence and powered over. 24-26.
Pumas then went further when Norman, Drinkwater Bestford went up the field, Walton made a great tackle on Brown from a quick play from Kitching, Marr, Coxon passing set up Cook to go over, Drinkwater con 24 – 32.
Demons never gave up and Belsey wells and Beilby got Demons right on Pumas try line. On the fifth demons shipped it, ball bounced off Cartridge and Hitchins went over, ref said it went back to 0 tackle and awarded the try coates missed 28-32.
The end of the game was getting really tense with both teams going for the win; despite some really good tackling from Demons they couldn’t stop Clark going over for the winning try.
Full Time Durham Demons 28 – 36 Peterlee Pumas
Demons coach Karl Stephenson said “It was a tough start to the season, Peterlee had a lot of strong runners and defensively we didn’t cope with that. We need to work on that for our next match.”
Pumas Coach John Steel said “We knew this was going to be a tough game and against a good Demons team, we we’re disappointed with the tries we conceded but full credit to our lads we stuck at, played some very good rugby. We’ve got Owen Gill and Jas Dhami coming back and with the under 13s coming through as well, future looking really bright for our club”
Under 13s Match Report
Jarrow Vikings 46 – 4 Peterlee Pumas
- Morgan Passman
- Liam Smith
- Moses Wilkinson
- Callum Williams
- Ross Higgin
- Sam Kitching ©
- Harry White
- Scot Norman
- Michael Spencer
- Aidan Wales
- Matthew Ellwood
- Tristan Paddon
- Kai Gray
After the great win on the opening day against Winlaton Pumas wanted to continue their good start against the Vikings. This was always going to be a tough game as it was the first game as 13 aside.
Vikings started very brightly with some great passing and movement, but some of the tackling from pumas was brilliant with wales, kitching and white doing some great tackles but they couldn’t stop a try going over after 3 mins and there a conversation.
From the restart Spencer went to kick for a bounce out but sadly went out on the full. Vikings were trying there best to break the defence of pumas down but like the first try, it took the last tackle to go over despite a great attempted tackle from Passman.
Passman was extremely unlucky to stop the next try as the Vikings ran down the wing try line to try line and passman went to tackle his ankles, the winger stumbled but kept control of the ball to go over. Passman got applause from the crowd for his attempt. Pumas got a penalty and from Norman, wales and white gained some yards kitching and higgin also and on the fifth Spencer kick was well caught by Vikings. Pumas kept going but Vikings strength started to show and got a few more tried before the break.
After half time Pumas started to put Vikings on the back foot with Kitching, Paddon and Ellwood doing some great drives, Passman had a great run on the fifth but Vikings stayed strong. Vikings went down the other end and got 2 more tries on the fifth tackle.
Pumas heart and spirit was great to see and got a reward when Passman went over after great play pumas play when Wales, Norman, Paddon, white all had great runs and passman drove over from 20 yards,
With Pumas tiring Vikings added to their tally but yet again they had to use all the sets to go over.
Pumas coach John Steel said “I was very proud of our lads today. We came here with 13 lads, think they had 17, all there lads were year 8; we had 6 the other were year 7 including Kai whose only just started playing rugby. They may have scored 10 or so but most of them were on the last tackle which shows how well we were defended and how hard the lads were trying. We should have Josh Dodds and James Murphy signed up for cramlington who have looked good in training and Zak and Joe aswell so lots to look forward to.”
The Pumas under 13s played their first game together in that age group combining year 7 and 8 players in the new trial league format for 2013. Hosting Winlaton Warriors the Pumas put a strong performance in winning 46-4 in the end with man of the match Moses Watkins playing a strong defensive and attacking part along with notable strong running and in particular tackling from every member of the team. A god squad to look out for for the future.