An incredibly tough away day for the Pumas young side, a few late injuries and work making a few unavailable lead to 7 changes from the side that performed against Heworth at home the week before. The home side, Crossfields have recruited a lot of good new players and on the back of drawing with top side Blackbrook the week before are a completely different side to last year. The home side were looking for a big celebration to commemorate the opening of their new £100K pitch in front of sky, press and a very big crowd, plus a formal presentation to the Pumas after the game they were looking to put a good show on.
The Pumas are 30 to 40 points a game better defensively this year and the attack is a lot more dynamic with some good go forward and the Pumas started well, especially with several people playing out of position and put some good attacking sets but the final passes turned over the ball too far up the field and Crossfields took 24 0 half time lead.
By the time second rower Steve Horsley came off with a broken nose and concussion the pumas we're looking to go 3/4 of the game with 1 interchange player left but battled on through a second session where they went long periods without getting the ball. Debutant Adam Capper went well in the second row but came off with a broken finger for treatment however after some tender care and lots of tape went back on later for the last 15. By this time the home side were scoring at will as the pumas conceded 60 second half points, consolation for Peterlee though, a good break from scrum half Jack Adamson got the Pumas going forward in good position, a couple of quick tackles and a bomb kick from Adamson soared high into the corner and winger Boawe Rankin rose into the air to win and tap it back for prop John Malcolm who played the full 80 at prop to score.
The Pumas are massively improved and much better than last year and miles better than the score suggests however circumstances and the big occasion conspired against the young Peterlee outfit this time. Every game will be like a cup final and a much stronger team spirit along with some good new signings are propelling the Pumas forwards. Another man of the match performance from veteran loose forward Carl Brown.
No game next week gives opportunity to learn from mistakes and recover and prepare for the next home game v Blackbrook on the 22nd March at 14:30 which will be followed by the club race night. All welcome.