BEVERLEY RUFC Under-14’s proved worthy winners of the Yorkshire Plate as they beat Ripon 25-14 in the final at Hull Ionians on Sunday.
It was their second final in as many years and the Beverley players seemed at home with the decent crowd and charged atmosphere as they took an early lead.
Ripon had kicked off and after each team had won and lost possession, centres Wilkinson and Cowey caused a knock-on in the Ripon 22 from which the hard-running of Carling allowed Tom Hurst to cross for an unconverted try and 5-0.
However, this was not to be an easy victory. Scanlan fielded and returned the kick-off with interest. Form the lineout, Ripon moved the ball wide and their winger outpaced the Beavers defence from just outside his own 22 for a converted try and a 7-5 lead.
Beverley responded well from the restart forcing the Ripon receiver to knock on. The forwards, led by Hopson, then created havoc with their close running and as the ball was released Prescott set the backs up to move the ball swiftly to winger Ellis who raced away from his own 22 for an unconverted try.
Ripon kicked off again and Beverley held onto possession, and worked their way beyond half way. Play continued between the 10 metre lines until Ripon moved it wide again.
The Beverley backs where ready this time and their line speed caused the Ripon centre to look up and knock on. Hard running No 8 Eagle picked up from the base of the scrum and proved unstoppable as the crossed for a try. The conversion was missed.
From the kick off Beverley again pressured Ripon. When the front row of Hopson, Bosworth and Spence took one against the head Ripon again found themselves defending in their own 22. Stout defence from the North Yorkshire side combined with the half time whistle to leave the score 15-7 to Beverley.
Ripon made a poor start when the drop out failed to go 10 metres. Scrum-half Ashley marshalled the forwards from the scrum and Reid and Vaux carried well as the pressure mounted on the Ripon defence. Flankers Rial and Dugdale linked well as the attack spread wide and full back Foreman joined the line to chip over, gather and notch a well-taken five points.
From the restart Beverley threatened again as their forwards enjoyed dominance now in the set piece and loose play. The Ripon backs however where far from finished and they threatened time and again. Great covering tackles by the Beverley boys gave them two lineouts that they could have cleared there lines from but the exit never materialised. This pressure eventually resulted in Ripon being awarded a penalty and they managed to hustle and make the line. This brought them back into the game at 20-14.
Beverley kicked off and again the chase resulted in a Ripon knock on. The forwards again took the ball on which took play to the Ripon 22 where they moved the ball wide and this time it was winger Knight who rounded his opposite number with a superb step and crossed wide out.
From the restart Ripon tried but it just seemed like they had run out of steam and that this final try had been the nail in the coffin.
The final whistle went a couple of minutes later and Beverley found themselves rightly victorious.