BEVERLEY RUFC Under-16's saved their best for the last day of the season as the won the Harrogate 15-a-side Festival.
The success was even more special as the side only travelled with 13 players due to exam and work commitments but resisted the temptation to borrow loan players from other teams.
Their first game was against a combined Bradford Salem and Old Rishworthians and they shocked the experienced opponents with a 10-0 win courtesy of tries from Felix Law and Will Hatherley.
Beverley returned to field after a short 10-minute break to face Selby for the first time at junior level but romped home 43-0 with tries from Alex Whittaker, skipper George Bennett-Teare (3), Harry Vorwerg, Hatherley and Archie Murdoch. Thomas Meldon completed four conversions.
The final game therefore became a winner takes all affair against similarly unbeaten Harrogate. The hosts kicked off only to see Bennett-Teare return the ball with interest and place Beverley within scoring range and Olly Loney duly obliged with a try only seconds into the game.
The team moved further ahead with a great try from wing Hatherley and Meldon added the extras to make it 12-0 at half-time. Harrogate fell further behind when Same Peers notched the final try of the game converted by Meldon.
Harrogate never gave up but their efforts to get back in the game were constantly blunted, none more so than when Law put in a thunderous try saving tackle on the opposition prop to hold him up over the line and protect the 17-0 win.
It was impossible to pick a player of the tournament as all the lads pulled together and played for teach other. Special mention should though go to Tom Wright who played despite breaking his nose only two weeks ago.
The team will now move up to senior rugby and the Yorkshire U18 Colts league season. All old and new players are welcome with details available on the club website at beverleyrufc.co.uk.