There was a a disappointing end to the 15-a-side season for Peterborough Regional College yesterday (March 11).
They entertained British Colleges League title rivals Colne College from Essex and were pipped 22-17.
Coach Lewis Capes said: “This was a dissapointing way to finish our league season as we played well below our capabilities.
“I must congratulate Colne though. They came to play as this was in effect the league title decider and we now have to depend on other results to retain our league title. “We should come at least second in our league which for the past six years we have either won or finished runners-up. So it’s still a consistent record.
“We now enter our sevens season where we have some exciting tournaments to play.”
From the start Colne immediately applied pressure with expansive play from a very organised back line and they scored a try after 15 minutes.
Soon after they grabbed a second touchdown and the home side were up against it.
But they fought back to win a penalty near the posts, which Josh Broome converted, and that seemed to spur them on.
They moved the ball wide at every opportunity and the big Colne pack started to tire.
Dean Elmore finally broke free 30 metres out to score under the posts and level the score at 10-10.
Peterborough had raised their game and were running at will at Colne and just before the interval lock Jordan Templer went over for another converted score to give the home side an interval lead of 17-10.
However, poor Peterborough tackling allowed Colne to run in a converted try 10 minutes into the second half to make it 17-17.
Peterborough had chances to win it but the final pass just wouldn’t stick.
Instead, against the run of play, it was Colne who grabbed a try to snatch victory.