The Pumas NCL squad has fortnight off but the A team travelled to Durham Tigers and rang the changes from what was a disappointing display last week. No fewer than 10 changes to the starting line-up 3 of whom, Luke Tinkler, Warren Parsonage and Liam Meehan making their debuts for the club meant it was quite literally like watching a different side from the previous week. Peterlee opened up through centre John Malcolm but the home side hit back on the back of Pumas mistakes but then Peterlee took control, another 2 from Malcolm to give a Hat trick to alongside a Hat Trick from Peter Yuill playing his first game for a year, prop Andy Palmer rolled back the years to go through the line and over from half way and great individual efforts from debutants, full back Luke Tinkler and prop Warren Parsonage along with veteran loose forward Darryl Mclaren following his return from Afghanistan and also scrum half Leigh Wheatley also returning from Afghan added a brace along with his six conversions.
Man of the match Stand off Peter Yuill but plenty of promise from the Pumas econd string who have to compete in a league with other clubs first teams they are certainly well worth the watch. Full time Tigers 16 Pumas 60.
Next Game home to Carlisle based East Cumbria Crusaders, Saturday 11th May, KO 14:30.
Peterlee Pumas Summary 27th April 2013
The Pumas had a full diary starting with the under 11s and 9s travelling to the Shildon Festival, the Pumas won all of their games at the festival in great style and many youngsters of the future emerging already. The under 13s got off to a terrible start at home to Cramlington conceding 30 unanswered points in the first half but a serious rethink and reorganisation of the side playing only its first season of Rugby and the Pumas came out in the second half all guns blazing. Scoring 2 tries but conceding 3 they showed they could compete with the large Tyne and wear outfit and played some really good attractive Rugby, a real corner turned during the game showing that they are a thinking team that are more than capable of playing Pumas style Rugby and other sides will soon have to watch out for them.
The under 15s cranked it up a few notches, having already beaten Cramlington and victory over Whitley Bay recently, they took on closest rivals in the competition Jarrow Vikings. Both sides sporting more than two thirds of the North East Scholarship team between them a tough game was on the cards and prepared for. The Pumas opened up the scoring with Sandy Rae which started a route of 34 points finishing with a late try from Connor Wilkinson but the great achievement of the game was they managed to hold out the Vikings throughout the game an achievement no other Pumas side has made against a Jarrow outfit. Great Strides made with the team through coach Brian Sidney and the players who really looked the part and will banging on the Pumas open age door in the not too distant future putting pressure on for places.
The Open age section fielded their Development side for the first time this season at home to the North East Regional League favourites Durham Demons. A student based side who always start the season strongly and should almost certainly be in the North East Premier division, were able to score some easy tries against the experimentally Pumas side fielding several new players making their debuts and some players newly arrived from the close of the Rugby Union season playing their first games of the year. Most notable, soccer convert Simon Ward made a great impact with a 60 yard try down the wing with no able to get near him, he also put some strong tackles in defence. It want enough for the game though and the Pumas went down tp a flattering 70 18 although owing to the nature of the experimental side this always has the potential to happen but they will almost undoubtadley pick up more games than they lose this year.
Disaster struck on the 2nd tackle of the Pumas return leg against top side Pilkington Recs. Full back Scott Williams took the ball in and broke his leg in 2 places and although he attempted to get up and play the ball the game had to held up for over half an hour while everyone waited for the ambulance.
When the game finally got underway, the Pumas showed just how much they had improved holding the Recs to a 36 0 half time lead and putting some really good attack in but unable to convert against the tough visitors pack. Pilkington fielded the biggest pack the Peterlee side had encountered so far this season but matched them up front but the speed of hands and feet out wide meant that when a break was made the home side reverted to a scrambling defence. Pilks ran out 70 to 0 winners but a huge improvement in the side. 2 weeks off for Peterlee in the NCL now and a chance to heal some battered bodies and regroup. The Pumas Development side are away to Durham Tigers next week then home to Carlisle the following week however so the action continues.
Peterlee Pumas V Crosfields
The Warrington based outfit brought a good crowd to the Pumas also chasing their first win of the season sat just above the home side on 1 point earned through a draw with Coventry.
Peterlee fielding their strongest side of the season so far but still missing Hooker James Daniels, Standoff Ollie O’mara and Centre George Manser from the previous week’s game through injury or unavailability started brightly and had some good ball close to the Crosfields line but were unable to cross.
The first quarter was well balance but Peterlee despite having a good possession, squandered it early in the tackle count all too often and gave the visitors good field position to attack which they capitalised on building up a 42 0 lead until soccer convert Phil Howe got on the end of a Pumas well executed shift wide and went in at the corner from 30 meters out, Paul Flynn converted the difficult conversion kick to make the half time score 42-6 to Crosfields.
Peterlee had plenty of ball in this game but a woeful 33% completion rate cost them dear in the second half also and too many good attacking positions were squandered early in the tackle count which frustrated all who could see an improving side. A lot down to being an inexperienced youthful side it has to be said and another harsh less learned as the visitors build their lead up to 74 and outstanding solo effort from half way saw Standoff Jack Adamson playing with a ruptured rotator cuff chipped the Crosfields defensive line, recovered the ball the other side of the line and went over to score on the right, again converted by Flynn.
The attack was seen to be getting better this week and the mistakes came from trying to play rugby it has to be said and must be encouraged but more focus on ball security needs to heavily considered by the team and although defensive organisation needs to be worked on also, more often than not it was the counter attack that was catching the home side out.
Next week home to League Leaders Pilkington Recs and the North East side host Durham Demons, bot KO at 14:30 at Helford Road.
Meanwhile two Pumas junior sides were in action with the under 14s travelling to Shildon to play Durham Tigers winning 18-52 and the 12s travelling to Catterick to take on North Yorkshire winning also.
With an ever increasing injury list, the Pumas travelled to Coventry, a club looking to take up a professional slot in Championship 1 next year with only 2 recognised forwards. Slotting backs and taped up the side looked to be able to do a job on paper and were competing and holding off the initial Coventry attacks. The Pumas were only getting the ball coming off their own line in the early exchanges however and were forced into 1 out rugby.
Too many errors turned the ball over in their own half also which allowed the home side to build pressure. Disaster struck in the first 10 minutes also when Pumas half back jack Adamson and Hooker James Daniels left the field with a dislocated shoulder and hip injury respectively. Shortly after second rower Will Crisp left the field with a shoulder injury also leaving the pumas with 1 sub and not enough play makers for the majority of the game.
Coventry were able to build up an easy 50 point lead on the back of many Pumas attacking errors, good line speed saw them intercept Pumas several times and go over to score and the visitors only seemed to complete every other set.
Half time saw an active discussion in the changing room and Peterlee came out a different side. The first 20 minutes of the 2nd half saw Peterlee build repeat set after repeat set although a much fresher Coventry were able to hold the Pumas off there were glimpses of what the Young Peterlee outfit are working towards. More injuries and reshuffling however compounded the problems in defence and Coventry were able to keep the score board ticking over until the reach a final sore of 88-0.
Line Seed of the Pumas was probably slower than in a regional game and very disappointing considering the amount of work put into it. Attack in glimpses but too many personnel changes before and during the game was always going to make it a big ask.
Some Seriously hard work required in training this week for the home game against Crossfields at 14:30 at Helford Road, it won’t be for the faint hearted, but neither is this League.
The Pumas under 11s played at the Winlaton festival winning 4 games out of 5 and the littlies section played a series of mixed together friendly games also.
The under 13,s didn’t fare quite so well away to Jarrow losing but with a side made up with a lot of year 7s, put a good effort in and were holding the home side out to make them complete their sets of 6 before they could score. A lot to work on for the youngsters, many of whom are only in their first years and games of rugby.