The Pumas hosted their first ever National Conference League games last Saturday against another one of the top flyers hoping for promotion, Warrington Based Woolston Rovers. The club is a combination of the form RLCN team Warrington Wizards and the Woolston Rovers Club which has seen them strengthen both on and off the field and the visitors were able to display excellent organisation and skill despite the atrocious conditions. Before the game Mayor of Peterlee Councillor Robert Kyle presented the Woolston team with a Town Plaque to commemorate the occasion.
The Pumas needed to put a lot of work in training last week now having seen first-hand at Pilkington what was required of them and they didn’t disappoint. A massive improvement in defensive line speed, work rate off the ball and a general determination saw theme match and frustrate Woolston for the first 20 minutes, a much better performance from last week. The turning point came when fullback Zac Mcluskey took a knock to the head and had to retire which offset the Pumas defensive organisation that had been coping so well with attack after attack. Also the Peterlee side were kept pinned in their own 20 for 3 sets giving Woolston a good attacking platform and they finally crossed.
The floodgates opened for the rest of the half and Woolston took their total up to 34. HT 0-34. The break was used to reorganise and in the second half Peterlee got back to playing some good rugby themselves and getting the defences coping well. Pumas man of the match Carl Brown ran an excellent line to cross for the Pumas and Hooker Paul Flynn converted, with 10 minutes to the second half score was only 6-10 to the visitors as was commented on by Gordon Wallace illustrating a much more competitive Pumas side but two late tries by Woolston took the final score to 56. Full Time Innovtech Peterlee Pumas 6 Woolston Rovers 56.
Next Game Kells (Whitehaven) away 16th March, Next Home games 23rd and 30th to 2 more potential promotion chasers Underbank Rangers (Huddersfield) and Heworth (York).
The Pumas Junior Section also finished off the Day with a race night at the Pavilion raising nearly £500 to go towards the season.