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1XV - A win's a win

1XV - A win's a win

By George Winch
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Pumas make the win hard work and had to dig deep, but Robbie Connell lights up the match

Conditions were great but the Pumas walked away from this win feeling that they left something behind. In the first half neither side looked to explore the wide option with both packs looking to dominate. Aldershot missed a few early penalty chances before Robbie Connell converted a Puma penalty awarded for the homeside off their feet. This gave the Pumas confidence and they started to put good phases together but against the tide they conceded another penalty. The option to kick for goal was turned down and they pushed the ball to the corner. From the resulting lineout the homeside secured and won the ball and set up a rolling maul which crossed the line for a score. The conversion was missed.

Both teams kept trying to force the other into mistakes but the score remained the same 5-3 at HT.

As with all matches this season the Pumas started the second half strong. The Puma pack started to dominate with Hooker and man of the match Tom Palmer winning many heals against the head. One such strike allowed No 9 Matt John to break and dart between the flanker and No10, accelerating away he linked up with winger Sean Nuttall coming across at pace on the switch but was caught just outside the twenty-two. But he managed to find skipper James Campbell hitting a great line to out pace the defense and score under the posts. Robbie Connell converted (5-10).

Aldershot kept defending as Puma pressure built and some strange tackling decisions denied the Pumas more field position. But the homeside sneaked ahead with a well worked converted try out wide enabling the Aldershot left wing to race through on 64 mins.

The Pumas dug deep and the pack started to dominate in the scrum pushing Aldershot off the ball continually. Penalty after penalty kept coming and the Pumas kept pushing the homeside up the park with Pumas hitting the rucks hard but on occasions losing out on the counter ruck and having the ball stolen. In at the side??? Who knows!!! One move however, set up shifting the Aldershot defence from right to left with Lee Giles injecting pace in the line at centre to punch his hole and showing great hands and put full-back Robbie Connell in the gap to score out wide. Robbie then converted to make the score 12-17.

The last few minutes were nerve wracking as the Pumas held out to defend their lead and the final whistle could not come soon enough!! Was it a pretty match no, but there were some great Puma scores when the ball was moved and many lessons to be learnt.

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Sat 30, Sep 2017



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