Jed 20 - 17 Peebles, Match Report
This was only the third game of the league season but it was already a must win for both teams after each losing their first two matches. The omens didn’t look good for a high scoring match after heavy rain all morning but thankfully it stayed dry for most of the match.
Peebles took an early lead from a penalty and were dominating the set piece play but our backs are always dangerous. It was our youngest, Rory Marshall who burst through in the 13th minute after coming in from his wing and Gregor Young was on hand to fishing off under the posts. Gregor Mein converted. Even though the rain had stopped, handling was tricky and we had to wait till the half hour mark for the second try. A brilliant move out wide saw Gregor Young pass to Robbie Shirra-Gibb who blitzed outside his man and passed back inside to Gregor to score. Mein had landed a penalty 4 minutes earlier to stretch Jed’s lead. Despite having much the best of the half Jed only went into half time 15-8 up after a late Peebles try.
Peebles closed again with a penalty after 45 mins but Jed were next to score. We were now competing better in the scrum and took one against when Peebles put it and hooker Scott Raeburn recovered from the scrum to be on hand to barge over for Jed’s third try on 55 minutes.
Jed should have been cruising and looking for the bonus point try but we were giving away penalties in dangerous places. Some of the decisions were frustrating the Jed players but Peebles goal kicker Raeburn was keeping his cool and he kicked 2 penalties on 61 and 75 minutes to close the gap to 20-17. Jed were nervously hanging on and the referee was allowing lots of injury time. Peebles were then awarded another penalty, to the absolute disgust of the Jed players and many of the home support. It seemed to be the easiest chance Peebles had all day as it was slightly to the right and perfect for Raeburn’s left boot. It looked like a good strike but it started curling towards the post. It hit the inside of the upright and somehow bounced back out into the grateful arms of Jed and we escaped with the narrow victory.