First Win Of The Year At The Gytes

Peebles 16 - Dalziel 6
Stuart Paton at the Gytes
5 February  2011

Battling Dalziel put on a great show of defence

It's the 5th of February 2011 and we finally have a competitive game of rugby at the Gytes!

After last week’s huge disappointment in Aberdeen it was going to be interesting to see how Peebles would react to their heavy defeat. As it turned out brave Dalziel were not to be the whipping boys in the cup that everyone expected.

Peebles lined up without Willie Aitken who was replaced by Matt Carryer,  Harvey  was out at 4 and stepping in was Mark Thomson

Within minutes of the kick off it was plain to see that Dalziel were here to battle and scrap for everything. Early on Davey Paton secured a number of lineout balls only for Peebles to squander their possession. From a good lineout in which Paton stole ball from Dalziel, to set up a ruck, the ref blew up for Mark Thomson  coming right through.

On fifteen minutes Dalziel themselves exerted some pressure and were almost in after a sweet passing move resulted in good Pees tackling which put the ball carrier into touch. Peebles then counter attacked and Neil Hogarth found himself in a fine position after some sweet passing for a driving maul. However Hogarth was then tackled round the neck. Something everyone but the ref and touch judges saw!

Then Paton again secured fine ball from a lineout,  and took the ball to a ruck,  and then to a rolling maul , as the Peees  made ground. This was their first serious attack of the game,  and with a metre to go,  Rhino ploughed over the line,  and flopped to the ground,  like a four by four trying to cross the Cuddy! Luckily his fellow players lifted the relieved Rhino to his feet,  with no sight of any bridges to halt his momentum!   5 nil Pees! Unfortunately Warnock missed the conversion

As Dalziel then went on the attack they got a penalty for Peebles holding onto the ball on the ground.  Up stepped Simpson to cut Peebles lead to 5-3

This was immediately repeated and Peebles were again penalised for holding on in front of the posts. Simpson converted the penalty for Dalziel to take the lead 5-6. Could there be a cup shock?

Peebles then rampaged forward with a great break by the flying Dave Maclean who found Donald Anderson but Dalziel were penalised for being offside,  and Warnock converted the penalty to make it 8-6

Up to half time there was a gritty battle in the middle of the park which was quite error strewn by both sides and Pees went in 8-6 to the good

From the kick off in the second half Dalziel seemed more determined and had some fabulous play holding possession but lost the ball in the ruck going forward.

Pees replied with some fabulous play when Thomson fed Dale Clancy who swept the ball out only for it to be knocked on ten yards out. Peebles then wheeled the resulting scrum to win the put in from Dalziel. However Drew Moore was taken out of play by his opposite 9 at the scrum with the ball near to neither of them! Both scrum halves had a real tussle all game, with some very interesting goings on outwith the refs line of view! Pees then brought on Brown for Carryer, and Graeme Hogarth came on for a wee first fifteen cameo appearance in place of Brown with Shannon also coming on the park

Peebles then began to exert some real pressure, and for a good twenty minutes Dalziel never made it into Peebles territory. Dalziel should though be praised for their gritty determination in defence. Without wanting to be critical, Peebles were having their season long problem,  of not being able to convert possession into points. Some great rugby passages and lovely passing was seen. Sometimes,  though,  you just want to see a player look to pick an angle,  and go for it!

Towards the end of the game Davey Paton went on a rampaging run and took the ball to ground. Dalziel though came in and infringed for Peebles to be awarded a scrum.

As play continued Peebles put together a fantastic passage of play ending with Martin Cruickshank crossing the line for a great try which was instigated by Davey P. 14-6 Peebles and with the conversion missed , this was how it ended.

 Then it  was  hot footed,   back to the club,  and in a great atmosphere we all watched the international. The club put a huge effort into showing these games on the big screen, with great hospitality,  and food too! I highly recommend anyone who has not been to watch these games on the big screen,  to get down to the club for good banter, good food and one or two beers! We shall not say a word though about Davey Paton's man of the match award speech. ''You  played a lot better than we thought you would,  '' Ooops!  big man,  ye winnae make  it tae be  an orator!!!


This will be a busy week with 3 games in 6 days as Tweed Homes sponsored Peebles take on Melrose at the Gytes on Tuesday night, and Langholm on Friday night at Milntown in the Radio Borders Border League. Both games kick off at 7.30 PM

Peebles - Tries: Ryan McConnell & Martin Cruickshank, Neil Warnock 2 penalties
Dalziel -  Robert Simpson 2 penalties

1Matt Carryer11 Neil Hogarth
2Ryan McConnell 12 Dave McLean
3 Adam Clark13 Dale Clancy
4 Mark Thomson 14 Martin Cruickshank
5 Andrew Brown 15 Donald Anderson
6 David Brown 16 Graham Hogarth
7 Euan Jackson 17 Rhys Wilson
8 David Paton 18 Shanon Temita
9 Drew Moore 19 David Anderson
10 Neil Warnock 20 Martin Clyde