BEVERLEY RUFC Under-18 Colts scored a 54-7 victory over Driffield on Sunday in a game where the game of rugby was the true winner.
The Yorkshire League fixture had been in doubt all week as the visitors struggled to raise the required number of players. However, both sets of coaches decided to press on with the result that 29 players (11 from Driffield) managed to get a game of rugby. So while the official score was agreed as a home walk over, players were loaned out from Beverley and a 14-a-side enjoyable friendly ensued.
The game began in stuttering fashion as the two teams adjusted to the format and it was 10 minutes before Tom Johnson and Alex Hodgkinson managed to find space out wide to send Brandon Leggett over for a try, converted by Hodgkinson. The latter then teased the ball out to Johnson for Beverley’s second which he converted before swift hands from scrum half Toby Redman and fly half Will Dobson sent Bailey Wood racing in under the posts. Hodgkinson added the extras before scoring and converting the home side’s fourth try after 32 minutes.
Forwards Tom Jackson, Alex Morris and Rhys Innes were making good yards in the loose while competing well in the set piece. Number 8 Mobo Abayomi was having one of his best games for the club and hooker Charlie Fish, flanker Ben Fennell and the second row of Adam Carpenter and Ifan Downey were busy in support as the game proved to be keenly contested with some crunching tackles from both sides. The game remained 28-0 at half time.
With players switched around to freshen up the sides, it was Joe Barrett with a searing run under the posts who opened the second half scoring. Hodgkinson converted as he did after Rhys Innes dummied the Driffield defence to canter over for a try.
Spencer Roberts had a fine game in the front row and it was good to see Reg Fisher return after a long-term injury as further tries from 'birthday boy' Jack Gill and Hodgkinson ended the scoring in a game that proved a credit to all those who took part.