Peebles 2Nds V Forrester 2Nds

What a difference a fortnight makes
PEEBLES 2nds 29 - Forrester 0
D.P.T Scribe at the Gytes Friday 11 February 2011

This return fixture from that played 13 days ago was like chalk and cheese. The playing surface at the Gytes was far superior to a boggy Union Park at Corstorphine, when 2 sides played badly to eke out a boring draw in front of a large away Peebles support. Both sides were at full strength, and whilst the 2nd half didn’t quite live up to the 1st, this was a game well worth watching as the 2 much strengthened sides played at a fast pace with several hard hits leaving players strewn over the park at times.

Peebles dominated the first half and were 7 minutes into the game when they forced a line out 10 metres out. Steven Irvine who ruled the lineout throughout the game took a clean catch, and was driven toward the line as David Cornwall and Neil Clark took charge of the ball, before Adam Clark was driven over for a power try.

Repeated Peebles attacks built up momentum with forwards rucking well, and the backs making incisive incisions in the visiting defence,; Allan Smellie at centre, Craig Hunter at stand-off and martin Thomson from fullback getting well passed the gain line before the Forrester defence recovered sufficiently to stop the waves of attack.

On 15 minutes the repeated pressure told and Adam Clark went over from close quarters for his second try, converted by David Anderson.

Peebles now smelt the bonus and probably became a little loose as they tried to get the third. A charged down chip ahead, went to the hands of the Forrester right wing, who set off on a 75 metre run to the Peebles end. David Anderson never gave up the chase and caught him 15 metres out with a tremendous try saving tackle that kept the line intact.

With the 1st XV sponsored Peebles back in control the third try came on the half hour.  Once again the forwards did the hard yards, David Anderson used the quick ball and party boy, Allan Smellie broke the defence 30 metres out and cut through the defence to go in under the posts. David Anderson converted.

Despite an excited manager calling for the bonus point try, the half ended with Peebles 19-0 up.

In the second half, Forrester, using their many substitutes well, came back into the game and for the next half hour despite much exciting play, hard tackling and endeavour from both sides the scoreboard was static.

It was only 5 minutes from time when the deadlock broke. Peebles had started to get an ascendancy in the previous few minutes and had actually moved into the visitors 22 for the first time in the half. When a break by Craig Hunter up the centre broke the defence, a neat pass to replacement Adam Moffat saw him finish of the move under the posts to bring the bonus point and with David Anderson’s conversion the score to 26 points to nil.

Peebles kept up the pressure and with a minute to stand off Craig Hunter could not resist the drop goal attempt that brought the final score to 29 points to nil.

This game does show that Peebles 2nds can be a force and play good rugby when the players are available and turn up. If they continue in the same vein for the remaining fixtures they will surely enjoy winning ways and move up the table. It’s amazing what a bit of commitment and improved weather conditions bring.