Peterlee Pumas kicked off their 2nd season at National Level on Saturday, having worked really hard over the off season and brining in some new faces to strengthen the squad the Pumas were hit with set backs at the last minutes as several players pulled up injure or employers called some in to work.
Still a quick reshuffle and the pumas strong squad was able to accommodate and quickly took the lead after 4 minutes through scrum half jack Adamson. Heworth came back at the home side but the Peterlee defence is a lot stronger this year and it wasn’t till the 24th minute when former Castleford Tigers forward Jonathan Payne crossed for the Visitors from York. Darryl Fogg and George Wilkinson quickly followed up at 4 minute intervals and Paul Thompson had the last word in the 1st half 2 minutes from half time which was converted by Danny Allan who could boast experience with Leeds Rhinos.
Half time 4-20.
Allan was the difference in the sides and showed good organisation skills to keep Heworth going forward
A quick score straight from the kick off through mark Hayes following a mistake receiving the kick and Allan converted but then Peterlee steadied themselves again and battled and contested everything for the next 20 minutes. Payne crossed again after 61 minutes again, converted by Allan but then Pumas loose forward Carl Brown broke the line on the Pumas 40 and showed everyone a clean pair of heels to cross to take the score to 8 32. Josh Poulter hit straight back for Heworth to make the score 8 36.
A much improved performance from the Young Peterlee side who will get better as they go this year, notable performances from scrum half Jack Adamson who was the only out and out half back in the side this week and also made over 40 tackles, Carl Brown gave the side some good go forward and some steel in defence and New boys Kevin McGuire at second row and Taz Pelser also fronted up well and caused the visitors problems. The Pumas outside Edges that were their vulnerable points last year also did well with several last minute tackles saving the day and former Junior Ian Chapman playing on the wing for his first ever open age game at 18 years old performed well more than holding his. More players to come back next week for the trip to what looks to be a strengthened Crossfields outfit but everyone looks forward to the trip.