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.