An eventful day at Beaver Park, for all the wrong reasons. The game (if I can be forgiven for calling it that!) was played out for the most part in atrocious conditions and the standard of rugby reflected that.
Beverley kicked off and immediately laid siege to the Selby line and after 5 minutes were duly rewarded with a Jack Foster try which was too wide out in the corner for the conversion (5-0). The Beavers maintained the pressure for much of the first half with Selby defending well to keep them out although head high tackling seemed to be the order of the day.
After 35 minutes the referee at last penalised the latest one and Phil Duboulay slotted home the kick to make it 8-0.
Half time – Beverley 8 Selby 0
The second half started with much of the same and after 10 minutes the inevitable happened. Rugby was forgotten as mayhem broke out as both sides had obviously decided to take advantage of the referee’s leniency and, after a couple minutes of fighting, some order was restored and 2 Selby players and 1 from Beverley were shown red cards.
This action appeared to fire the Selby players up and 5 minutes later they scored a well worked try under the posts which was converted to make the score 8-7. However, they were only fired up enough to earn another card, this time a yellow, and for themselves, a mountain to climb.
Beverley took advantage of their numerical superiority and quickly ran in tries from Luke Hazell and Ben Woodhouse, the first of which was converted to bring the score up to 20 points to 7.
Several more skirmishes threatened to break out before the Selby No 10 scored under the posts. The conversion made it 20-14 and Beverley were facing a nervous final 10 minutes in the fast gathering gloom.
The referee was clearly considering calling an early halt to proceedings and his mind was made up in a most unfortunate manner when a Selby player suffered a serious looking neck injury requiring an ambulance to go onto the pitch.
This report makes uncomfortable reading and it was certainly a match that will best be forgotten.