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Loosehead Nathan Smith in action for Peterhead
Loosehead Nathan Smith in action for Peterhead

Peterhead returned to their winning ways on Saturday as they brushed aside North of Scotland Police.

The Blue Toon deservedly took the lead five minutes into the game. From a ruck around five meters from the try line, with the opposition having a lack of cover on the blind side, Daniel Smith popped the ball out to Scott Robertson, who slide in for his first try of the season. The conversion, from what looked like a straightforward kick for Daniel Smith, went wide of the posts as the score remained 5-0.

Shortly after Peterhead got there second try of the afternoon. As the ball got sent down the backline Scott Robertson was at it again, teasing the opposition with his pace and scored his second try for the club, far out beside the touchline. From an awkward angle, and with a gusty wind, Daniel Smith failed to convert again leaving the scoreline at 10-0.

Nat Johnson had a go from about 20 meters out, his side step causing problems for the police, before popping it out to Kris Chalmbers, who almost made the break through but last ditch tackling from the police ensured Chalmbers was stopped.

Peterhead got the bonus point as they scored there third try of the game, this time through Ewan Massie. The junior Scottish Powerlifting Champion, barged through the opposition player from about 15 meters out and scored his first try of the season. The opposition player leaving the field of play with a suspected broken collar bone. Kicking duties were handed over to Stephen Mckee, who judged the kick perfectly slotting it in between the posts, taking the scoreline to 17-0.

The first half was about to end with five minutes of time remaining when vice-captain, and fans’ favourite, Adam Stephen collected the ball from just short of the oppositions 22 meter line, bull-dozing through two of the players, to beat the fullback with a neat step, he scored under the posts to rack up his third try of the season. Stephen Mckee – dubbed by some as the Dan Parks of the north-east - comfortably put the ball between the posts leaving the score at a healthy 24-0 lead at half time as the referee blew his whistle.

In previous seasons the police have proved a bogey team for the Blue Toon, having not beaten them in four attempts.

The second half got under way,and the Peterhead dominance continued. A Peterhead scrum just outside there own 22 meter line was won and the ball got shipped out to winger Stuart Whyte, who jinked his way passed several opposition players, scoring at the far right end of the try line, finally getting his first try for the club. A definite contender for try of the season as he was deep in his own half to begin with. The conversion was taken by Stephen Mckee from an acute angle who missed taking the score to 29-0.

The Peterhead players were beginning to feel the effects of a superb opening 60 minutes as they were tiring out. However they had room in the tank for one more try.

Captain, Daniel Smith ran down the blind side, exchanging pop passes with Stephen Mckee, he sucked in the winger, committing him to the tackle, offloading to hooker Liam Bain who charged over from about five meters out in the far right hand corner, also scoring his first try for the club. Daniel Smith wanted to make amends for his earlier misses and he did that converting from the tightest of angle from the touchline.

The referee blew the whistle for full time, ending the match at a 36-0 win for the Blue Toon.

History was made as this was the largest margin of victory Peterhead had ever had without conceding a point and the result leaves the team fifth in the 16 team league.

Assistant coach Michael Reeves said: “What Peterhead are capable of has now come through with a commanding performance over one if our bogey teams. From front row through to fullback, the team was on excellent form and will be seeking to improve that impressive performance away to Deeside this Saturday.”

Peterhead will have a stiff test on Saturday as they take on Deeside at Banchory. The team, based at Woodend Barn, have found themselves challenging for the Caledonia Division 3 title.

Starting XV: Nathan Smith, Liam Bain, Michael Crowe, Kyle Hutton, Toby Johnson , Kristopher Chalmbers, Oliver Christie, James Scarisbrick, Stephen Mckee, Daniel Smith, Adam Stephen, Scott Robertson, Ewan Massie, Stuart Whyte, Nat Johnson Substitutes: Peter Oliphant, Richard Linton, Kevin Henderson, Fraser Macfarlane, Michael Reeves