Peterlee Pumas start a rebuilding year with a very young side consisting of a lot of former juniors with some older experienced heads coming back to leand assistance, couple with some new faces keen to make a mark, the pumas are looking new and improved for 2016. Starting with a couple of friendlies, the County Durham Derby at home to Durham Demons saw a competitive free flowing game with both sides showing some rustiness but the pumas ran out 25 18 winners in the end. the following week, Pumas travelled to Catterick who were able to field 32 players but peterlee came back 3 times to beat the Army based side outsocring by 8 tries to 7, final score was disputed although not the result with Peterlee taking the spoils 48 32. The final weekend before the league stars saw Peterlee enter a side into the North East 9s festival, Mens and they peroformed some entertaining rugbl and doing really well, beating Gateshead storm 21 9 and Wallsend eagles 32 7 in their group although narrowly lost to 9s specialist durham demons in a thrilling opener to the group stage where both sides scored from some free flowing Rugby although Durham just edged out the Pumas in the end. Which meant they went through to the semi final. A couple of controvertial disallowed tries ment they lost 20 15 to Cramlington and missed out on a final spot against Durham which would have seen a rematch of the opening group game which would have been another close encounter, however Durahm ran out comfortable winners against Cramlington in the final instead.
Peterlee now look forwards to the opening game of the season, away to Jarrow who have had it all thier own way in recent years and will be strong fabourites especially having recruited some former Pumas but Peterlee will be able to use the game as a benchmark to measure against last years poor performances and see how far they have come.
The under 16s have started their season well also, hosting a 9s festival themselves, they won one against Catterick and lost narrowly to Wallsend, and then their first league game unfortunatley, due to several injuries and gcse committments meant only 11 players had to take the field against a full Cramlington squad. A huge performance and really close game saw the 11 man Pumas narrowly go down 22 20 to Cramlington in a game that could have gone either way and bodes well for the Pumas this year who will look to entertain at all leves.
Finally the pumas littlies section saw even more bright encouragement for the Pumas future, with the under 8s running out in the Kingston Park Festival, winning 2 and drawing one game, the under 10s also performed well in their game at KP.
The pumas are always lookign