Beverley RUFC Under-16’s hosted the Yorkshire Cup Champions Wetherby on Sunday and pushed the cup holders to the limit before losing 19-12 in a very entertaining game of rugby.
The visitors had the better of the first quarter of the game having started the more aggressive of the two teams, quickly running up a 12-point lead with strong forward play.
Beverley were superb with their defensive commitment but could not retain the possession for long enough to make it count, in part due to Wetherby’s fast defensive line speed and aggressive counter rucking.
The hosts hit back on 25 minutes when scrum half Lewis Egan switched the direction of attack with a short pass to front rower Tom Baker who smashed over the line from seven yards. Kai Johnson added the conversion.
Wetherby hit back with a well converted try and the sides paused at half time with the score at Beverley 7 and Wetherby 19.
Beverley gained the ascendancy after the break, making their dominance in the scrum count with two good turn overs against the head but just as the balance of the game seemed to be changing an injury to a Wetherby front row meant that the scrums became uncontested.
Beverley's momentum slowed and the visitors were able to mount stable attacks from set pieces. The final points of the game came after Wetherby conceded three consecutive offside penalties for over zealous defence.
From the resulting penalty tap and great interchange between hands Hugh Hennery scored an unconverted try for Beverley. Each team gave their all for the final fifteen minutes but neither side could overcome the opposite defence with the visitors deserved winners.
This was Beverley's first game in five weeks and the team can be very proud of their performance. The referee man of the match went to Beverley's captain George Bennett Teare, whilst special mention must go to Lewis Egan and full back Tom Wright, who tackled some huge Wetherby lads with gusto.
Well done to both teams on a super game of rugby.