Beverley RUFC Under 15’s travelled to Moortown RUFC in Leeds and put on another solid performance coming away with a thrilling 39-26 victory.
Beverley attacked from the kick off and some excellent interlinking between Tom Barnard, Nathan Cullen and Harvey Barron saw them near the Moortown line where following a few phases of play Cullen pounced on a loose ball on the line to score his first try, converted by Alex Nuttall.
Cullen’s second try followed two minutes later when, after another strong forwards move, full back Sam Acaster was able to release him for another try. His third came within minutes of the restart, when some exceptional interlinking led by Barron mesmerised the home defence and Cullen secured his hat trick – all within eight minutes of the game starting.
As the game settled the powerful Beverley pack continued to dominate. Excellent drives by Ben Wilkinson, Ben Walker and Josh Dillon allowed Beverley to continually move forward and they were well supported in the rucks by Alex Crockett, Oliver Lazenby and Toby Ashworth. Adam Skeates distributed to Barnard from scrum half with pace and precision allowing the backs to open up the home defence.
It would not be too long before the Beverley scored again, this time the powerful Jasper Ghio evaded a number of attempted tackles to score. Moortown reorganised and with help from a rising Beverley penalty count, the home side opened their scoring. However, Cullen, again supported by some excellent running play including the improving Ben Ashley, added a further try to make it 27-5 at half-time.
Beverley made some seamless changes after the break with the introduction of Cameron Lawley, Barney Malster and Jasper Law and all put in excellent work in the half both in tackling and attacking play.
Moortown again assisted by Beverley being penalised, did have the upper hand in the first 10 minutes scoring two tries to close the deficit, but again Beverley regained composure and good work from Aaron Waring allowed Barron to outpace the defence and score, converted by Nuttall.
The final try of the day came when, after Crockett had a try disallowed, Moortown failed to clear their lines and Walker was able to drive over and finish the game on a high.
This was another excellent team performance despite the team learning the lesson that they need to play to the referee’s whistle and decisions and keep their composure to see games out. Man of the match was Nathan Cullen.