PETERLEE PUMAS 18 UNDERBANK RANGERS 42
Peterlee lead twice in the first quarter for the first time in and NCL game this season. Boawe Rankin opened the scoring on the 7th minute getting on the end of a fumbled bomb kick in right corner. As the ball came out of the Underbank defenders hands and bobbled on the floor both winger Rankin and Full Back Heckles who had both contested the ball in the air dove on the ball with both claiming the score but the try was awarded to the 17 year old winger. Hooker Leigh Wheatley converted. 11 minutes late Joel Farrel pulled one back for Underbank and the conversion from Chris Harrop levelled the scores.
In the 22nd minute, half back Jack Adamson got on the end of a good midfield move from the Pumas and crossed under the posts, Wheatley making it 12-6 to the home side but Underbank hit back minutes later through Dave Farrand and Harrop again equalised.
The half was contested evenly by both sides but the visitors just edged ahead in injury time in the first half through Courtney Allette with Harrop adding the extras again to make the Half time score 12-18 to Underbank.
Three tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half put the result beyond doubt as Alex Chatteron only two minutes in crossed in the corner, Andy Brotherton crossed on the 50th minute and Matt Adam 2 minutes later all converted by Harrop to take their score to 36 but the Pumas then got back on terms and steadied the defence again creating plenty of chances themselves but not quite being able to cross the line and with 10 minutes left on the clock James Usher crossed for Under bank with Harrop taking their total to 42. A good shift wide with fullback David Heckles coming in off and angle to go under the posts gave some consolation to another much improved performance from Peterlee, Wheatley added the extras to take the full time score to Peterlee Pumas 18 Underbank Rangers 42.
Next game home to Featherstone Rovers, 29th June KO 14:30.
The Pumas A team were also in action in the North East Regional competition in the County Durham Derby against Durham Tigers. Having won away 56 16 earlier in the season the Pumas were confident and fielded their strongest side so far. Tigers battled all the way but the home side were too strong and ran out 104 to 10 winners.