Beverley kicked off in this Yorkshire Division 1 match and immediately mounted an attack on the Keighley line. After 5 minutes of constant pressure they were awarded a penalty which Phil Duboulay kicked to give them a 3-0 lead.
There followed 20 minutes of almost continuous pressure from a rampant looking Beverley side which made light of the fact that several key players were missing due to injury. During this period tries came from Jack Houseman, Ben Woodhouse and Rob Smith, all three converted by Phil Duboulay to give the hosts a comfortable lead of 24 points to nil. Keighley were showing plenty of endeavour but could do nothing to stop the onslaught.
However, fate intervened and came to their aid when Phil Duboulay had to leave the field with a worrying looking injury. Duboulay is to Beverley what Owen Farrell is to England and they look a different side without him. They lost their shape a little and as half time approached Keighley came more into the game and reduced the lead with a try from prop Joe Kaye converted by Jake Duxbury (24-5).
Half time Beverley 24 - 5 Keighley
A half time conference between head coach Will Turnbull and the now injured Phil Duboulay appeared to correct the slight malfunction in the Beavers’ back line and, although Keighley were far more prominent at the start of the half, preventing Beverley obtaining much possession, things gradually returned to mirror the first half with a four minute purple patch during which full back Luke Hazell ran in two tries and Jack Houseman his second. Rob Smith converted one and at 41 points to 5 things looked to be all over for Keighley.
However they did manage another try by full back Jake Duxbury who also converted to make it 41 – 12 and were pressing the Beverley line again in the last minute when Rob Smith intercepted and ran the length of the field to round off the scoring at 46-12.
Whenever these two sides meet we invariably see an excellent game of rugby and this was no exception. The game was played in a fine spirit and, whilst Beverley were good value for their 46 points and the bonus point to boot, Keighley did not deserve to lose so heavily.
A special mention should be made of the referee Graeme Hall of the West Yorkshire society. This is the third time that this official has refereed Beverley in this or last season and on each occasion he has been excellent.