Beverley RUFC Under-14’s travelled to Driffield for the second round of the Yorkshire Cup competition coming away with a superb 34-10 victory.
Beverley elected to kick and were quickly into their stride, applying pressure to the home side. Turnover ball allowed the visitors to go on the attack with some excellent passing in the forwards. This led to the second row Tom Rea receiving the ball in broken play and he forced his way through a number of tackles to score the first try in the third minute.
From the re-start, Beverley made a few mistakes which allowed Driffield to settle. The scrum was working well for Driffield and forced Beverley backwards a number of times. The slow ball allowed the Driffield defence to be up quickly and strangled the Beverley attack.
Play remained in the mi field for the next 10 minutes with both sides being creative and some tough battles at the breakdown. A quickly taken penalty for Beverley created the space needed to break the stalemate. Again, the ball got to Tom Rea near the line for him to score his second try.
Driffield again fought back, but struggled to deal with the Beverley forwards running hard and offloading to again let Tom Rea crash over for his hat trick and 15-0 at half time.
From the restart Beverley were under pressure. Driffield sucked in the Beverley defence and shipped the ball wide to score their first try in the corner.
Beverley came back at Driffield, and who else but Tom Rea scored yet another try after breaking 3 or 4 tackles.
Another 5 minutes of scrappy play at the breakdown from both sides until broken play gave Driffield a gap to exploit. They crossed the line in the corner again.
From the restart, Beverley were not going to let the lead slip. A scrum just outside the Driffield 22 for Beverley gave them a great position to attack. This time the Beverley centre (Alex Argent-Moss) stepped through the defence to score under the posts. Conversion by Ryan Westerman.
Beverley were now dominant in the forwards winning a number of turnovers, but this advantage didn’t convert into a score until the last minute of the game. A mistake from Driffield allowed Westerman to break from his own 22, then chase down his kick through to score under the posts before adding the extras.
The final score didn’t fully reflect the game which was dominated by strong forward play from both sides. Tackle of the week was mae by Hayden Todd with Tom Rea man of the match.