A tough trip to one of the strongest sides in the competition, the fixture list hasn’t been kind to Peterlee lining them up against the top teams in each of the first month of fixtures and it doesn’t get any harder than travelling to Whitehaven to play Kells. Four late cry offs due to injury from the Pumas, Road works and traffic accidents conspired against the Pumas right from the start meaning a late arrival for most of the team and very little warm up time however a full squad travelled to give it their all. However the Pumas got off to a good start and were competing in the first half. Getting more ball in this game than in the previous two together the Pumas will be annoyed with themselves for lack of execution. The Pack were drawing penalties in the battle up front getting the repeat sets but the lack of experience at this level showed against a determined home defence.
Kells on the other hand were able to put attacks together and although not able to boss the middle as easily as they may have thought were able to shift the ball wide and play some really good rugby at pace on the fringes. The Pumas defence scrambled throughout the game and in particular winger Dan Alvey saved multiple tries covering from the wing and chasing across from his side to the other to stem the tide at times. The Pumas can be annoyed that they hadn’t built on the progress from the previous weeks and at best consolidated their performance at home. At Half time it was 34-0 similar to the previous game at home but I the second half Coach Martin Flynn had to go read the riot act after 4 or 5 soft tries had been conceded. This seemed to do the trick and the Pumas came back with more attacking play although not enough to change the result. Full time 86-0 to Kells, below par from the visitors but excellent Rugby from the home team. Next Game home to Underbank Rangers 23rd March, 14:30.