Peterhead suffer heavy loss at hands of league favourites Aberdeen University

Winger Stuart Hollis on attack in the first half of the game.
Winger Stuart Hollis on attack in the first half of the game.

Aberdeen Uni 64,

Peterhead 7

Peterhead suffered a heavy loss as they squared up to one of the favourites to lift the RBS Caledonia League Division Three North league title on Saturday.

For the opening ten minutes Peterhead, who were playing away from home, looked to be controlling the game with Aberdeen University on the back foot.

It was however the home team who opened the scoring. Turning over the ball before their backs ran through the Peterhead defence to take the score to 7-0.

Peterhead regrouped however and moments later they found themselves pressuring Aberdeen in their 22.

After Aberdeen’s fullback had previously floundered under one high ball, scrum half Stephen Mckee sent up an up-and-under from the base of the ruck.

The number 15 once again dropped the ball, this time over his own try line, and substitute second row Peter Oliphant fell on the ball to get Peterhead back in the game.

Captain Daniel Smith converted to take the score to 7-7.

It was the only time Peterhead would trouble the scoreboard on the day though.

Aberdeen scoring a glut of tries with their fly-half controlling large parts of the game. The well drilled University team made the most of their opportunities with quick hands and fast runners down the wings.

Their pacey, sleek attack leaving the Blue Toon with no chance of recovery before the half-time whistle.

Peterhead were far from their best all over the pitch and in the pack it was a bad day at both the line-out and scrum.

The visitors did show more promise in the last 20 minutes however, as they played a tighter game in the forwards, keeping the ball for longer periods of time.

Aberdeen however often managed to find the turnover after several phases of play and they never looked to be under too much pressure in their own 22 during the second half.

After the match assistant coach Michael Reeves said: “It was a hard game, with the fitness of a young student team telling in the end. We will be looking at closing that gap as a team.

“It was a hard fought try for our veteran Peter Oliphant who deserved it during a good game for him. We look forward to hosting Inverness Craig Dunain on Saturday.”

Peterhead’s next match comes in the league at home to Inverness Craig Dunain on Saturday at Catto Park.

The Blue Toon will be looking for revenge against their Highland rivals who beat them by one point last month in the first round of the bowl.

Starting XV: Nathan Smith, Liam Bain, Mike Crowe, Ryan Rhydderch, Ewan Massie, Kris Chalmers, Freddie Thacker, James Scarisbrick, Stephen Mckee, Daniel Smith, Adam Stephen, Toby Johnson, Oliver Christie, Stuart Hollis, Nate Johnson

Substitutes: Gary Cruden, Fraser Macfarlane, Stuart Whyte, Stephen Smith, Peter Oliphant