Peterhead Rugby Club went to Elgin on Saturday to compete in the Moray RFC 7s tournament.
A threadbare squad ravaged by injury and other commitments meant Peterhead only had eight players to use, meaning one substitute to work from, not ideal for the fast and exhausting game of 7s.
Moray RFC, Dyce, Moray Presidents, Deeside and the Black Watch all competed. The latter being an army team, who went on to win the whole tournament.
Although having beaten them in the league format, this was to be another tough game for Peterhead against Dyce, even more so as this time it was ten minutes a half and the previous games had exhausted the players from having only one sub to work with.
Peterhead started off the game brilliantly. Stuart Hollis, exploited Dyces defensive flat line and made a rapid burst towards the try line from just under the half way line and scored for the Head. The drop goal was converted too, the perfect start.
This was to get better, as Daniel Smith, got his teams second try of the plate final, converting the drop goal too taking the score to 14-0. . The score was a comfortable 21-0 by half time.
The second half got under way, a mixture of Peterhead’s fatigue and focus slipping let Dyce back into the game, taking the score to 21-7.
They then went and scored another try, making the score now 21-14.
However, Peterhead wouldnt let this slip up. Hollis got his second try of the game. The drop goal wasn’t converted, alas the score was now 26-14.
Peterhead were then to get another one, a superb solo effort from Smith ran from just over the half way line beating the opposition with his pace scoring out at the far end.
He was unable to convert his drop goal, but now Peterhead were leading 31-14. Dyce were to get a late consolation try, but the ref blown for full time and players were in delight winning the game 31-21 rejoicing winning silverware.
The Blue Toon now go to Garioch 7s this weekend coming hoping for more success.