Peebles 21 - Stewart's Melville 15
2 October 2010
Tries by Dave Mclean & Drew Moore: Neil Warnock, converted one try and added 3 penalties
DC reports from Gytes
Peebles went into this week’s game against Stewarts Melville top of the pile in Premier 2 and still unbeaten after 6 games. The Tweed Homes boys were also boosted by the acquisition of Shannon Tamita as they looked to continue their push for a top 4 finish.
The game started off at a high tempo which has become accustomed with Peebles style this season, and were unlucky not to go ahead when the ball was spun wide after some good work by the forwards and with Dale Clancy going over with 3 defenders, only to be held up. Peebles however looked as if they wanted to keep things interesting and when the prop buttered his sides and squeezed into a hole between Moore and Clancy the Stewarts Melville team were to go over in the corner, even after some great defensive play by the whippet Cruickshank, who got back to ensure it was a difficult kick by thwarting the try under the sticks.
This seemed to ignite some clever Peebles play, and with the forwards doing what they do best and have done so far all season by retaining ball, captain Moore shipped the ball off to Warnock who sent Dave McLean into a tight hole and he crashed over for his first try in Peebles colours. This was to be converted by Warnock, who is looking a good bet for the South fly half berth with his recent displays. Peebles were to get a few more penalties from the boot of Warnock before the turn around and there was also time for Drew Moore to flat foot the Stew Mel defence and sprint over the line from 2 yards out. The try was another fine example of a pack of forwards who were winning the team games, and also outclassing the opposition as they were playing smart fast paced rugby and looking after ball when it was being disrupted by the opposition (and maybe one other!!) Willie Aitken set the tone for the try by snuffing out a loose ball to allow a few more phases of play before the eventual score. There was time for a Stew Mel penalty before the break, going over off the bar to make it 18-8 at half time.
With no half time team talks from David Paton this week spurring the boys on, Peebles looked to make the game out of reach for the city slickers, who were looking dangerous when the ball found its way to the Full Back. This wasn't to happen however with a string of penalties against the Gytes men, which were dubious at best according to Moore and Borthwick who didn't understand how the referee was controlling the break down. This allowed them back into the game with a converted try with Peebles getting pegged back by the penalty decisions. Warnock made sure there was a grandstand finish by slotting a penalty to ensure Stew Mel needed a converted try to end Peebles unbeaten streak. A backs against the wall defensive display, from the likes of Borthwick, Tamita, the Warnocks and also man of the match Jackson ensured that their line was not to be breached and the game would finish 21-15.
The final whistle brought a few talking points, the effective ball carrying skills of the new signing, the impressive displays from Jackson back in his natural role of flanker, Aitken's red card for "persistent" infringements and also the display of the referee of which few of the Gytes regulars were impressed with. However with all of this, Peebles still came out on top and remain top of Premier 2 with Aberdeen away next up.
After the game Aiken was asked about his two yellow cards resulting in a red, "I'm not quite sure why I got sent off" Ex-Captain Aitken said, "I very rarely find myself in the rucks so I don't really understand what's allowed and what's not. I will watch it back on VHS at CarlopHill and make sure that I don't end up in the same situation again." Bruce McNaughton, Stewarts Melville's coach was unavailable for comment.
1 Willie Aitken 11 Martin Cruickshank
2 Ryan McConnell 12 David McLean
3 Adam Clark 13 Dale Clancy
4 David Harvey 14 David Anderson
5 Andrew Brown 15 Donald Anderson
6 Craig Borthwick 16 Matt Carryer
7 Euan Jackson 17 Shannon Tamita
8 Allan Warnock 18 David Brown
9 Drew Moore 19 Connor Blyth
10 Neil Warnock 20