With an ever increasing injury list, the Pumas travelled to Coventry, a club looking to take up a professional slot in Championship 1 next year with only 2 recognised forwards. Slotting backs and taped up the side looked to be able to do a job on paper and were competing and holding off the initial Coventry attacks. The Pumas were only getting the ball coming off their own line in the early exchanges however and were forced into 1 out rugby.
Too many errors turned the ball over in their own half also which allowed the home side to build pressure. Disaster struck in the first 10 minutes also when Pumas half back jack Adamson and Hooker James Daniels left the field with a dislocated shoulder and hip injury respectively. Shortly after second rower Will Crisp left the field with a shoulder injury also leaving the pumas with 1 sub and not enough play makers for the majority of the game.
Coventry were able to build up an easy 50 point lead on the back of many Pumas attacking errors, good line speed saw them intercept Pumas several times and go over to score and the visitors only seemed to complete every other set.
Half time saw an active discussion in the changing room and Peterlee came out a different side. The first 20 minutes of the 2nd half saw Peterlee build repeat set after repeat set although a much fresher Coventry were able to hold the Pumas off there were glimpses of what the Young Peterlee outfit are working towards. More injuries and reshuffling however compounded the problems in defence and Coventry were able to keep the score board ticking over until the reach a final sore of 88-0.
Line Seed of the Pumas was probably slower than in a regional game and very disappointing considering the amount of work put into it. Attack in glimpses but too many personnel changes before and during the game was always going to make it a big ask.
Some Seriously hard work required in training this week for the home game against Crossfields at 14:30 at Helford Road, it won’t be for the faint hearted, but neither is this League.
The Pumas under 11s played at the Winlaton festival winning 4 games out of 5 and the littlies section played a series of mixed together friendly games also.
The under 13,s didn’t fare quite so well away to Jarrow losing but with a side made up with a lot of year 7s, put a good effort in and were holding the home side out to make them complete their sets of 6 before they could score. A lot to work on for the youngsters, many of whom are only in their first years and games of rugby.