BEVERLEY UNDER-16’s scored a deserved 43-7 home win over Yarnbury only a week after beating the same opponents at their ground in the Yorkshire Plate quarter final.
Both teams were well aware of each other's strengths and weaknesses and Yarnbury began strongly as they looked to avenge the cup defeat. However, after five minutes, the wind was taken out of their sails when Beverley's first attack resulted in a try. A good break by prop Tom Baker drew a penalty and - with the defence struggling to reorganise - the ball was passed to inside centre Tom Meldon who scored and then converted his own try.
The next decisive move again came from Beverley when a break by scrum half Harry Trulson was initially well defended by Yarnbury. Beverley captain George Bennett-Teare then picked up the ball from the base of a ruck on Yarnbury's 22 metre line and drove down the blindside, stepping the fullback for a good individual try converted by Kai Johnson.
Another period of Yarnbury possession was survived by Beverley with flankers Oliver Loney and Josh Cammack instrumental in frustrating the opposition. The home side finally broke out when great speed from the backs off their own line led to a misplaced Yarnbury pass and a hack ahead by Sam Peers which was kicked on by Archie Murdoch deep into Yarnbury territory. Fly half Peers then perfectly executed a cross kick which left winger Harry Vorwerg gathered for a well worked try.
Beverley's forwards were now beginning to dominate and Yarnbury were struggling to deal with their powerful drives and offloads which eventually took them up to Yarnbury's try line. This culminated in another try for Bennett-Teare just before half time converted by Vorwerg.
The teams turned round with Beverley holding a comfortable lead of 26-0, which they then capitalised on with three tries for excellent outside centre Archie Murdoch. The first came about after good work by Baker, who picked up a Yarnbury knock on and released Murdoch down the blindside. The second was a result of a pinpoint cross kick by Peers while the third resulted from Beverley's replacement scrum half Brandon McKean putting pressure at the base of a Yarnbury scrum.
Yarnbury to their credit continued to compete and in the final quarter of the game they put Beverley under severe pressure, with only a couple of knock-ons with the line at their mercy preventing a try. Beverley eventually managed to clear their lines from a Peers kick which Meldon gathered and offloaded to Murdoch who was well tackled on the Yarnbury 22. Beverley poured forward scenting another try, however, Yarnbury secured possession on their own goal line and the clearance kick was superbly chased leading to a well-deserved end to end score for inside centre Tom Cotterill, converted by Rob Winterburn.
This was another bruising encounter with Beverley's ball carrying and offloading capabilities making the difference between these two otherwise evenly matched sides. A special mention must go to all of Beverley's replacements in the second half including, Alex Burgess, Adam Oakes, Brandon McKean and Ethan Oshin who ensured the side’s momentum was kept up. Beverley's parents man of the match went to Tom Baker while coaches man of the match went to Archie Murdoch,