Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say the better side won and that was the case on Sunday as Beverley Under-14’s travelled to West Park, Leeds who handed out a 39-7 rugby lesson.
In a particularly brutal first period, Beverley could not get out of their own half as the home side’s rush defence gave the Beverley backs all sorts of trouble leading to uncharacteristic handling errors with one eye on the onrushing man rather than the ball.
West Park were quick to capitalise on the errors scoring four tries, two for the right winger finishing swift backline moves, before the forwards showed their technique with a driving maul from a lineout.
From 1 to 15 West Park have some outstanding players, all strong in the tackle and quick to their feet to contest for the ball, however, the number eight in particular caught the eye with the ground he covered and momentum he maintained for the side.
James Couttie had been strong in defence at centre to halt the hosts before he retired with what could be a broken nose, scant reward for putting his head where it hurts as the game reached 22-0 at half time.
After the break Beverley became more competitive gaining territory as Sam Bayes intelligently kicked behind the onrushing defenders. Indeed this was to be the route to Beverley’s only try as winger, Henry Fenn, returning to the side after a long absence touched down a cross field kick. Five minutes earlier a 30 metre burst, standing up his man and going round the outside confirmed Henry’s return to full fitness.
At the other end Beverley were to concede three further tries as West Parks hunger for the ball and speed to every breakdown made the visitors appear pedestrian by comparison.
On a day when most things had gone wrong it was pleasing to see Beverley’s scrum working effectively; often an area of concern, commendations should go to Jude Kilgannon, Jonny Pearson, Theo Cammack, Tom Cracknell and George Youngs for providing the platform up front.
In all though the spoils and hearty congratulations went to West Park on their well deserved victory, not only do they serve the finest breakfast in Yorkshire rugby they have a fine under 14.’s team.