Peterhead rugby players battle back after early setback

Peterhead Rugby Club enjoyed a victory over Aberdeenshire III at Woodside at the weekend.
Peterhead Rugby Club enjoyed a victory over Aberdeenshire III at Woodside at the weekend.

Saturday saw the final game of 2015 for Peterhead Rugby Club and the Toon players travelled to Woodside to face Aberdeenshire III.

With an unusually warm December conditions were good apart from a strong wind blowing across the pitch.

Peterhead and Shire looked evenly matched on paper and from the beginning Shire looked the more aggressive with their big forwards dominating the scrum and running hard at the Peterhead defenders. Eventually Shire breached the Peterhead defence to score a converted try.

The pace of the game was frenetic and the big Shire forwards were slowing and from a Shire line-out in their 22 Peterhead stole the loose ball and Hooker Bain took the ball into contact. With five metres to go his support got behind him and drove him over for a great unconverted try.

Peterhead were on the front foot now and were on the attack again.

The forwards drove up to the Shire try line with phase after phase of controlled rugby. With a few metres to go Bain again appeared as the final runner and powered through a tackle to score just left of the uprights.

This gave Robertson the easiest of conversions.

Peterhead started the second half like they had finished the first with the forwards controlling the ball at the breakdown and giving scrum half Hollis lots of options.

With the pressure forcing Shire back into their 22 Hollis took the play blind for a number of phases creating more space on his left for the backs.

He released the ball to the backs who allowed Linton to split the defence to score, Robertson again adding the extra two points.

Shire managed to score another converted try bringing them back to within a score.

From the restart Peterhead were again on the attack and from a clean line-out they started to maul up the pitch. With a quick break from the base of the maul N Smith drove the ball up and with tight support the forwards ran three phases of pods before Hollis fed D Smith who ran into a crunching tackle from the big Shire number 8.

Smith rode the tackle well and with enormous effort broke away and darted over to score giving Robertson a more challenging attempt at the conversion. With a solid kick the ball sailed towards the posts and tumbled over the bar for the extras.

Despite the huge effort by Peterhead Shire once again came back and scored a good try putting Peterhead back under the spotlight. With the game sliding towards the final whistle the next team to score would probably take the spoils and from a scrappy line-out in the Peterhead half Hollis fed the ball to Patterson and Whyte came in off the blind-side to receive an inch-perfect pass from the stand-off. Sprinting into the Shire 22 he committed the full back and with a calm head passed the ball to Centre D Smith who brushed off the despairing defending winger to score under the posts, Robertson converting with ease.