Peebles RFC 1st XV - Report
Date: Saturday 29th December 2012 - Kick Off: 12:00
Friendly Blows Away The Cobwebs
Stuart Paton at The Gytes
With Jedforest calling off and Kelso also unavailable, Peebles fixture chaos is beginning to mount up. However, Edinburgh Accies agreed to a friendly, at short notice, and with a twelve o clock kick off. That kinda played bedlam with having time for the traditional pre match pint!
Accies were up for it from the off, and even though Peebles were found to be asleep, some of Accies play was a delight to watch. They were quick at the breakdown, showed good hands and their runners always appeared to have someone on their shoulder when going forward. Accies rapidly spun the ball out to the wing at pace for a well worked try in the opening minutes. This was unconverted, to leave them 5 nil up. Pees then infringed at the breakdown as Accies went forward , and the resulting penalty gave Accies an 8 nil lead. Pees then cleared an Accies attack, but only straight to an Accies player. The ball was spun out wide at tremendous pace and Accies were 13 nil up. The try was unconverted. Pees looked somewhat lacklustre and blown away in the opening minutes. Jamie Menzies was showing up well, and Warren Kearney was giving it everything as captain at no 8 and was immense in the lineout. Cal Scott at centre, was also at his lively best. Mattie was never afraid to take the ball and run. In an impressive sweeping move Pees flew down the wing, with good hands, only to knock on, when about to score. This happened twice, and showed what missed opportunities might have been. Martin Cruickshanks too showed he was not afraid of the classier opposition, and took every opportunity to have a go.
From another Accies attack, Pees failed to pick the ball up and clear their lines, Hemara’s kick to safety was charged down, and in nipped Accies for a converted try to go 20 nil up. That was how it ended at half time with Pees having a lot of possession, but unable to make anything of it.
Kenny Clyde came on in the second half, as did Ruaridh Clinch. Also appearing was the ever reliable Alan Warnock. Accies rucked up to half way, before releasing their pacey ball carriers and they went over in the corner again to give a 25 nil lead. The conversion was missed. Young Wills then came on at scrum half, to replace Donald Anderson, who moved back. Pees could not be faulted for their efforts, and a few times going forward, they threw a last wild pass into touch. Pees then got their reward when Willsie nipped in to make it 25-5. The conversion made it 25-7. Calum Anderson then made a surprise appearance for Peebles. Willsie then released Clinchie who zipped in to make it 25-12. Accies hit back with a converted try and the game ended 32-12
It was a hard game for Pees, but most worthwhile. This is the level we should aim to be at. It was a good workout for all, and a welcome game, where postponements are leaving players needing game time. Mon The Pees.