Back in October last year Beverley visited Hullensians and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-29 defeat. That poor performance ended a four match winning run and it took another month for the Beavers to recover their form and return to winning ways. It also confirmed Hullensians status as Beverley’s bogey team and since then the Beavers have been waiting for this return fixture to remove the monkey from their back and they certainly did it in style.
From the kick-off they stamped their authority on the game and after 5 minutes Luke Hazell rounded of a fine move to leave the Hullensians defence in tatters to touch down for a try which Phil Duboulay converted (7-0).
Five minutes later, after continual pressure on the Hullensians line Isaac Keighley scored a pushover try, again converted by Phil Duboulay (14-0).
Beverley were now in rampant mood and after another five minutes went further ahead with a smart try from Rob Smith duly converted by Phil Duboulay(21-0) . Five further minutes of one way traffic passed before Rob Smith scored his second try which also gave Beverley a bonus point (26-0). 25 minutes gone and Hullensians had yet to venture into the Beavers half!
Things looked a little better for them in the second half and they looked a different side as they managed to retain possession for the first 20 minutes or so although the Beverley defence always looked comfortable. However, the Beavers finally broke away and Jack Foster ran in on the right wing to score wide out for the ever reliable Phil Duboulay to convert (33-0).
Beverley had their second wind now and another fine move amongst the backs allowed James Graham to score in the corner. Phil Duboulay again converted to take the score to 40-0.
As full time approached Beverley again piled on the pressure and Phil Duboulay opened up a huge gap in the Hullensians defence to round off a fine game with a try which he also converted to make the final score 47-0.
This was an emphatic and sweet victory for Beverley which well and truly laid the “bogey” side myth to rest. It has to be said that this Hullensians side were a pale shadow of what we have come to expect from them. For their sake let us hope that it was a one off if they are to escape the relegation zone and keep East Yorkshire well represented in Yorkshire 1.
For Beverley the whole side played really well especially the forwards with Danny Morris prominent again. However the man of the match with 17 points was skipper Phil Duboulay, who led by example from start to finish.