It was a wet and dark Sunday when Beverley Under-16's set off to Sheffield for their first round of the Yorkshire Cup and a game they lost narrowly 5-0.
This was only the third game of the season and the Beverley boys looked rusty. The visitors kicked off and chased hard. This took play to the Sheffield try line, when Beverley where awarded a scrum. Number 8 Hurst attempted to break the line but was brought down by the Sheffield scrum half. There followed an injury to the Beverley tight head prop and Beverley failed to capitalise on the position and possession. Sheffield where out played and out classed in the first 20 minutes of the game but their defence stood firm and the score remained 0-0.
On the attack Sheffield did not look like they had any answers to some great tackling from Beverley and both sides went into half-time without scoring.
After the restart Beverley made a handling error in their own 22, which under the wet and windy conditions was understandable. Sheffield however took full advantage and their forward ascendancy in the tight saw them move forward and maintain possession. Flanker Eagle harassed them at all times and flanker Scanlan, made some truly bone crunching tackles, but the front 5 ascertained dominance. Eventually this lead to a line out on Beverleys 5 metre line, that saw Sheffield’s hooker score.
The Beverley lads were down 0-5 but with 25 minutes left to play it still looked like they could succeed. The Sheffield doggedness in defence continued and Beverley where rucked off the ball on more than one occasion, usually just within the try scoring zone. Despite some great determination and skilful passing in the conditions Beverley failed to score, though they looked like they could at any moment. The final score Sheffield 5 Beverley 0
It seems that on this occasion on a wet and windy hill side in Sheffield that hard determined tackling, solid team work and a large amount of hard graft had won through against flair, skill and individual talent.