PETERLEE PUMAS 6 BLACKBROOK 56
Steven Parkinson opened the scoring after just 3 minutes from a well worked shift to the left followed 10 minutes later by Danny Fairhurst and another on the quarter of an hour mark by Parkinson again, this time able to convert to make it 14 0 to the visitors after 15 minutes.
Peterlee had plenty of ball in the opening quarter and had sets close to the Brook line but just couldn't get the final attacking move together to cross where the visitors were more clinical in the attack on the edges.
Several attacks down the wing were snuffed out by Stalwart loose forward Carl Brown who rolled back the years to chase down the Blackbrook wingers and Scrum half Jack Adamson put his best attacking performance together yet and together with Brown tackled themselves to water in easily posting 50 plus tackles each.
On the 20th minute a couple of strong hard running runs from the forwards, a break from Centre Gregg Newlands and quick play of the ball to put Prop Richard foster in from 20 meters for the Pumas which was converted by Paul Flynn was the Pumas consolation in this game but then 5minuts later Ian Honey crossed for Brook, converted by Parkinson, and Davidson scored again just before the break to take the Half time score to 6-24 to Blackbrook.
Peterlee held out for the first 10 in the 2nd half but Parkinson went over again to make it 6 28, but generally the first 20 of the 2nd half was well balanced with both sides trading sets until the 60th Minute when Scot Davidson crosses, converted by Parkinson, Parkinson went in again straight from the kick off, converting to add the extras and he got another straight from the kick off as the Pumas could not shore up the right hand wing. Honey went in again virtually from the KO and Parkinson crossed for another followed by Jack Parker minutes later from a horrific right hand side defensive 10 minutes from the Pumas. Some changes shored up the defence for the home side for the last 10 minutes but Greg Hill crossed in the last minute of the game, converted by Parkinson to make the final score 6-56. Pumas Man of the Match, Full Back Leigh Wheatley, Black Brook, 2nd Rower Darren Forshaw.
Next game away to Featherstone, 29th March.
Peterlee were hit by injuries and illness this week but a lot needs to be done to increase the playing pool available to them in the area. A massive junior recruitment and development program is underway in Primary and Secondary schools to broaden the playing base for the medium to long term and there are now more Junior Pumas than ever thanks to a massive recruitment program over the last year. The Peterlee Club recently supplied almost a 3rd of the North East under 16s squad which, for a town the size it is highly disproportionate but indicative of both the massive amount of work done by the Pumas volunteers but obviously the club needs to be able to rely on its own stream of Juniors coming through so either needs to look at some way of bringing more juniors in or being able to have access to the players its produced.
At open age level, the core of the young pumas outfit continue to get better and it is a process that needs to be gone through. A lot better than the same time last season and a lot more to come yet.