Beverley RUFC Under 16’s returned to action on Sunday in a thrilling Yorkshire Cup encounter away at local rivals Pocklington where they triumphed 36-21. The opening minutes were a real battle with neither side able to impose themselves on the opposition. On 13 minutes however, a successful line out saw Beverley retain possession with good rucking skills and second row Will Hatherley crashed over the line for an unconverted try to open the score sheet. Then on 18 minutes Beverley struck again, this time when centre Archie Murdoch weaved his way through the home defence and scored a super try from 30 metres. Again the conversion from Thomas Meldon just missed.
Undeterred Pocklington fought back with a period of sustained pressure and after 28 minutes a third consecutive team penalty led to visiting prop Tom Megson being sin binned for not retreating enough on a penalty tap. However the tension broke on 34 minutes when again the Beavers scored, this time by the multi-tasking centre/scrum half Harry Trulson. The touch line conversion sailed through the posts Leaving the half time score at 17-0.
The home side composed themselves during the break and scored on 37 minutes after a clever and tactical chip and chase. The Beverley forwards struck straight back with dominant rucking and won three turn overs at the scrum gaining valuable possession for their backs, who implemented the hours of summer training well and showed great skill with ball in hand. Three quick Beverley tries soon followed from the ever reliable Jan Winter, speedy Harry Vorwerg and number 10 Sam Peers, who's confidence and ability at marshalling the troops has grown immensely. Two of the three conversions were successful by Kai Johnson.
In the final seven minutes, Pocklington showed great determination and character, and repeated their earlier efforts and scored two converted tries to bring about a respectable scoreline.
This was a very solid performance from Beverley who were in control of the game for all but the last ten minutes against a good Pocklington side. Man of the match went to Harry Trulson.