Peterhead celebrate weekend win over Dyce

Peterhead returned to winning ways on Saturday as they brushed aside their historical bogey team Dyce 26-10 on a wet and windy day at Catto Park.

The win was built out of a superb defensive display as the home team found themselves camped in their own 22 for large parts of the first half as strong winds gave Dyce the advantage.

Despite battling their opposite numbers and mother nature, Peterhead managed to get on the score sheet.

Captain, Daniel Smith, did what he has done so many times this season and cut the opposition open. His superb 50m saw him beat numerous players and outpace the fullback and winger to run in under the posts.

Stephen Mckee converted the conversion on a day when anything from the kicking-tee was difficult.

Peterhead created no more clean cut opportunities in the first half as Dyce pinned them back with defensive kicks, helped by the strong wind.

But the Blue Toon defence, which has lost the team their last two games against Mackie and Gordonians, stayed strong with all 15 players defending well as a unit.

The closest Dyce came to scoring saw one of their players cross the try line in the corner but the ball was dropped as the Peterhead defence closed in on him.

The second half saw the Blue Toon with the wind advantage and they used it to help score three more tries but Dyce were the first to score in the second 40 to take the score to 7-5.

Peterhead were looking more confident than they had in previous weeks however and quickly got themselves back in the game.

The Blue Toon drove back the opposition scrum, an area which they controlled all day, setting up a great platform for attack.

Number eight, Stevie Smith, picked up the ball before offloading to Hogwarts alumni Stuart Hollis who was running blind.

The scrum-half took the ball into a maul and the forwards rallied to drive forward rolling off Kris Chalmers first rolling off but being stopped short of the line and then James Scarisbrick who crashed over for the try.

Mckee did very well to convert in the conditions to take the score to 14-5.

For the home side’s first try, Chalmers took a pop on the blindside from Hollis. Chalmers took three of the opposition forwards out of the game before drawing the winger.

Chalmers’ then supplied Toby Johnson with a beautiful pass. Johnson then used this Lomu-like pace and power to crash through the fullback before scoring the try.

Mckee again converted to take the scoreboard to 21-5. Dyce did manage to get one more score before Peterhead would score their last of the day.

The Dyce scrum-half finding a gap around a metre out to go through for the score to make it 21-10.

For their final score of the day, the Blue Toon returned to the pack.

Some great work by the whole 15 put the home side in their opponent 22 and they won a scrum around ten metres out. A series of forwards picked-up the ball at the base of the ruck before man-mountain Kyle Hutton took a crash ball and ran through two opposition players before touching the ball down.

Mckee missed the conversion leaving the final score at 26-10.

Following the final whistle captain Daniel Smith said: “It’s a big relief to get back to winning ways after two close defeats, made even sweeter as it was a first victory over old rivals in recent years.

“All players one through to 15 played well in poor conditions.”