Peterhead too strong for visitors Gordonians

Peterhead Rugby Team in action at a previous match
Peterhead Rugby Team in action at a previous match

Saturday saw Peterhead host the Gordonians 2nds at Catto Park.

With a blustery cold wind blowing down the pitch Peterhead decided to play into it in the first half.

From the start Gordonians were forcing the game and Peterhead struggled to maintain any continuity.

Daniel Smith kicked well into the wind but the forwards couldn’t produce quick ball.

From a ruck Gordonians moved the ball wide and after some good offloading in the tackle they crossed the Peterhead line for an unconverted score.

From the restart James Scarisbrick caught the ball and immediately moved forward into contact.

The score had galvanised the Peterhead pack and they started playing the controlled physical rugby which has been such a hallmark of their game this season.

Working their way up the pitch the forwards made good ground and after some fierce rucking Daniel Smith received the ball.

With a jinking run he brought play in to the midfield.

Drawing the cover he passed the ball to centre Scott Robertson who outpaced the despairing Gordonians cover to score a try near the touchline.

With steely nerve he then converted his own score.

Peterhead continued to pressure the Gordonians line but were unable to score again before half-time.

With the wind behind them now and their tails up Peterhead continued to dominate the game.

In the lineout and scrum they were proving to strong for the opposition.

With the forwards producing phase after phase of quick ball the Gordonians defence was stretched thin.

With the ball released to the backs Daniel Smith again made huge ground crossing into the Gordonians 10M.

With the tackle made the backs started to ruck like the forwards and recycled the ball. Captain Kyle Hutton arrived to receive the ball and he smashed a hole in the defence, bursting through three despairing tackles to score under the posts. Scott Robertson again converting.

The game was all Peterhead now and from an attacking scrum just inside the Peterhead half the backs passed the ball with great skill. Centre Adam Stephen made a telling break, side stepping his own man he sliced through the Gordonians defence like a hot knife through butter. Stopped short by three tacklers the ball was recycled quickly and spun wide in the opposite direction.

Three phases of rucking sucked in the Gordonians defence and finally Prop Nathan Smith crossed the line for an excellent try, Scott Robertson’s trusty boot again adding the extras.

With the highly physical nature of the game starting to take its toll, both sides had used all their subs. Peterhead were now looking for the all important bonus point for scoring four tries.

The forwards were dominating the opposition in the scrum and from a Gordonians put in Peterhead stole the ball. It was quickly passed down the line from one touch line to the other. From the breakdown Toby Johnson rampaged into the waiting Gordonians defence putting them onto the back foot. With quick ball Daniel Smith saw a gap behind the visitors wing and neatly kicked the ball in behind them.

Scott Robertson was chasing the kick hard and Gordonians were forced to set a ruck on their 5 metre line. With a poor clearance kick only going as far as Kyle Hutton they were immediately under pressure.

The backs and forwards were linking well and two quick rucks and a popped ball out of the tackle saw Stevie Smith drive over for the final score of the game.

Another fine performance from Peterhead has seen the team grow in confidence over the season and with only three more league matches to go they are certainly looking to finish on a high.

Next game is Aberdeenshire IIIs at Catto Park on Saturday, March 7, 3pm start.