Peebles under the cosh at Rubislaw

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Aberdeen GSFP 47

Peebles 3

PREMIER GROUP B

PEEBLES felt the full force of Aberdeen ambition on Saturday when the Granite City outfit stated their case for a return to the top flight of Scottish club rugby.

Plucky Peebles held their own in the opening half. Indeed, the Rubislaw side could have gone into the half-time break in arrears had referee Charles Samson not disallowed a try from visiting stand-off Neil Warnock.

After consulting his touch judge the whistler adjudged home full back Steven Aitken had won the race for the touchdown – to the fury of the Borders support.

The let-off enabled the home side to turn around 7-3 up on the back of a Murray Douglas try, converted by stand-off Rob Aloe.

The Peebles reply came in a 15-minute spell of pressure before the break when Warnock slotted a penalty.

The second half was a different matter as within the space of three minutes the home side had all but secured the victory.

A runaway effort from Douglas was followed by a gliding run from Aitken. Aloe’s conversions made it 21-3, providing a platform for the home side to crash over four more times through Niall Shannon, Fraser Lyle, Apelu Alapati and Martyn Faville, before the final whistle which could not come quick enough for the beleaguered Borderers. Aloe kicked all four conversions, making for a perfect day for the Rubislaw faithful.

Peebles: D. Anderson; N. Hogarth, D. McClean, D. Clancy, M. Cruickshank; N. Warnock, D. Moore; W. Aitken, R. McConnell, A. Clark, D. Harvey, K. Clyde, A. Warnock, E. Jackson, D. Paton. Subs: M. Carryer, A. Brown, D. Brown, M. Clyde.