Peebles rue too many mistakes

Whitecraigs 25

Peebles 15

RBS PREMIER TWO

AN error-strewn game saw Peebles succumb to a 10-point defeat against Premier Two new boys Whitecraigs.

The big Glasgow outfit, winners of Premier Three last season, had their visitors under early pressure as Gerry McGuinness’ side could not get out of their half, despite a yellow card for the Whitecraigs’ loosehead prop.

But soon Peebles were also down to 14 as lock Jake Serex was sent for a 10-minute breather after his team gave away one too many penalties.

From the resultant penalty, Whitecraigs scored in the corner through their inside centre, with the conversion missed.

Neil Warnock kicked Peebles’ first points of the season and better was to come for the visitors as Davy Paton dived over for the try, which Warnock converted for a 10-5 half-time lead.

Immediately from the restart, Peebles spilt the ball and a passage of strong running and good off-loading led to a try by the home scrum half. The conversion was again missed, striking the post.

Pees were again reduced to 14 men when Clemens Kaindl was shown yellow for not releasing after a tackle, allowing Whitecraigs’ pack to dominate the scrum.

It was from a scrum that the home number nine darted over in the corner for his second try. This time Whitecraigs’ replacement stand-off added the conversion.

The homesters extended their advantage to 10 points with another penalty on 60 minutes.

But with five minutes to play, Peebles pulled themselves back into the match as winger Neil Hogarth set up his brother Graham to score a well-worked try.

However, Whitecraigs sealed the points when their right winger raced through to score with barely a hand laid on him.

Peebles squad: D. Anderson, C. Blyth, D. Clancy, D. Kilgour, N. Hogarth, N. Warnock, N. Mackay, G. Raeburn; J. Morris, A. Brown, G. Hogarth, M. Carryer, A. Clark, R. Wilson, C. Kaindl, J. Serex, D. Paton, A. Warnock, E. Jackson, D. Hall, I. Rodger.