Tonight - Peebles RFC – sponsored by Glenrath Farm Eggs – are back in RBS South Regional Cup action when Jedforest visit the Gytes. Jed are having a difficult season and are currently sitting in bottom position in the RBS National League – a level above Peebles – however they are a proud club with a fine pedigree and history, having produced some fine players, including Greg Laidlaw the current Scotland cap at half back. We expect a hard game as is always the case when another Border club comes calling, with hard, physical forward play and enterprise in the backs. This will be another big test for Peter Wright’s men and ideal preparation for the visit to Hawick YM next week when we are back into RBS Championship League B action. This match is sponsored by Michael Gibson – Painter and Decorator and Craig Stark – Gardening Services.
The club is considering running a supporters bus to Hawick for the vital league game against the YM next Saturday 16th February. The cost would be £5 a head – if you are interested please give your name to President Gordon Brown by Monday 11th February to allow us to see the strength of the support for this venture – phone 722911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitch side catering will be available tonight from Thomson’s Snack van with their usual varied menu of burgers, rolls, hot and cold drinks.
Tomorrow the Colts – supported by BARC Coach Hire – are at home when they play Dumfries in the quarter final stage of the National Under-18 Youth League Bowl. Kick-off is at 2:00pm at Hay Lodge Park for Colts fans. Members are asked to turn out and support the Colts – who are the future senior club players – in this important match.
Last weekend saw a full fixture card being played – starting on Friday night when Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles met Selkirk in the RBS South Regional Cup at the Gytes. This was tight game with both sides playing open entertaining rugby – with the visitors taking an early lead with 2 penalty goals and Peebles scoring 2 converted tries either side of half time to take a 14 – 6 lead early in the second half however Selkirk came back first with a penalty goal and then with 2 tries of their own which with a conversion and further penalty gave them a 24 – 14 lead. A late penalty goal for Peebles reduced the deficit to 24 – 17 and despite a late surge they were unable to make the breakthrough against a strong Selkirk defence. After the final whistle the Border League Treasurer Norman Anderson of Kelso presented the RBS South Regional Cup to the victorious Selkirk team who now move on to the quarter finals of the RBS Scottish Cup.
Last Saturday the seconds – sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – had a home fixture against Jedforest A in RBS Reserve League East 1 – leading by 16 – 8 at half time the seconds went on to score a further converted try in the second half to run out 23 – 8 winners.
The Colts travelled into Edinburgh to play their RBS National Under-18 Youth League Cup tie against Boroughmuir Colts at Meggetland – unfortunately they lost a tight game against the Edinburgh Under 18 League Champions 31 – 24 and will now play in the National Under 18 Youth League Bowl competition.
Peebles U16's, sponsored by BorderMix, made the short trip to Hartreemill to play Biggar U16’s in round one of the Edinburgh & District U16’s Regional Cup, on a windy but thankfully dry Sunday afternoon. Despite being short of a couple of players Biggar were determined that the game go ahead to ensure that both sides could get some rugby under their belts. Peebles started strongly and by half-time had built up a 25 – 5 lead – using the ball well to put their wide players into space. Both sides wanted to run the ball but it was Peebles who turned pressure into points although Biggar had periods of pressure culminating in a good try. With the half time score sitting at 25-5 in Peebles’ favour, both sets of coaches agreed to try and balance the game with Peebles giving Biggar their starting 6 and 8. All credit to Ryan Morrison and Jamie Atkinson for volunteering to swap shirts and for playing with as much spirit for Biggar as they do for Peebles. Ryan may be in a unique position as, having scored for Peebles, he then proceeded to cross the try-line for Biggar! Peebles continued in the second half as they had the first and ran out winners by 56 – 12 but the real winner was the spirit of the game and the way both sides played.
Tomorrow the six nations tournament continues when Italy are the visitors at Murrayfield and as normal the match will be shown in the Eastgate clubrooms on the big screen – kick off is at 2:30pm followed at 5:00pm by France v Wales from Paris. On Sunday Ireland host England at the Avviva Stadium in Dublin – kick off 3:00pm. Keep an eye open for Jim Currie’s special six nations’ offers over the series. Look out for Jim’s special Sunday Lunch when Scotland play Ireland at Murrayfield on the 24th February.