INJURY-HIT Beverley RUFC Under 16’s showed the strength in depth in their squad with a resounding 41-0 win over local rivals Driffield.
The Beavers were unruffled by having to play several players out of position with skipper George Bennett-Teare leading by example with a personal tally of 20 points.
Winger Harry Vorwerg had to be quick early doors to clear an almost certain try as Driffield started well. However, their confidence was knocked when a strong Beverley drive scored one against the head in the scrum – something that then became a habit throughout the game. Felix Law, switched from wing to centre in place of Archie Murdoch who was injured in the opening minutes, collected and earned a penalty from which Bennett-Teare forced his way over for the first of his four tries. Vorwerg converted.
The game was hotting up with Sam Peers dusting himself down after a late tackle to put in a series of punishing hits. Driffield were punished for two high tackles and – as the game became a scrappy and edgy affair - it took moments of calm pressure from back row forwards Jan Winter and Bennett-Teare to give the latter two more tries and a 22-0 half-time lead.
Both teams were warned by the referee at the break to play within the rules and suitably chastised it was Beverley who moved up a gear. Johnson battered his way over for a try which he also converted after sublime handling between Trulson, Peers and Thomas Meldon. Sadly, work horse Olly Loney had to leave the field uninjured but replacement Josh Cammack proved himself a more than adequate blindside flanker. Tom Wright was also now playing through an injury as Driffield mounted a brave fight back.
Winter relieved the tension from another excellent turn over at the scrum and showed great strength and determination to score from 15 metres out. Peers then launched a pinpoint kick forward chased by Vorwerg who off loaded to Alex Burgess who forged over for another try. Meldon added what proved to be the final points.
Special mention must go to Adam Oakes who is growing with every game and Lewis Egan who held the midfield together admirably. Beverley's quiet heroes in the front row of Tom Megson, Ben Found and Tom Baker made the hard yards look fun while backs Harry Trulson and Thomas Meldon were solid in all areas.
The battle weary team have a much needed training weekend on Sunday before travelling to Ripon on December 10 for the Yorkshire Plate semi-final.