A SECOND half surge helped Beverley RUFC Under-16’s secure a fine 48-15 victory at Dinnington on Sunday.
The hosts were a man down for the game with four players on County duty but this merely demonstrated the strength of their squad and the game was still keenly fought with the superb handling of the home backs prominent in the early stages.
The visitors opened the scoring with an unconverted try from second row Kai Johnson but then failed to deal with the restart gifting Dinnington a penalty for offside which was kicked. The game was now surprisingly open and Will Hatherley ran a superb line to cross from 20 metres only for it to be disallowed for an incorrect grounding. However, Johnson then broke free again to offload to George Bennet-Teare and he popped the ball to Hatherley who scored under the posts. The kick was missed and Johnson then saw yellow for a no-arm tackle.
The home side took immediate advantage with a dramatic dive for an unconverted try in the corner followed by a converted score that gave them the lead for the first time. Fortunately, outside centre Archie Murdoch was in clinical form weaving through the defence to touch down and Harry Vorwerg converted to make it 17-15 to Beverley at half-time.
Realising they were being hurt in open play, Beverley tightened up their game after the whistle with their forwards now making the hard yards. The tries began to flow with inside centre Alex Whittaker bursting through for Johnson to add the points. Whittaker and Bennett-Teare then combined for flanker Oliver Loney to cross with Johnson again adding the extras.
Tom Meldon then gathered his own kick and chase to send Vorwerg over for a try he also converted. Beverley then finished with a flourish as Bennett-Teare found hooker Jan Winter for a try before a dazzling run from fly half Sam peers put Whittaker under the posts.
The referee’s man of the match went to Beverley's Kai Johnson and the support play of Whittaker received special mention.