BEVERLEY Under-16’s fell victim to their own ill-discipline as they lost a winnable game 29-24 at Doncaster to bow out of the Yorkshire Cup.
A slow start had gifted Doncaster an early try but Beverley recovered as their excellent forwards gained turnover ball and recycled for hooker Jan Winter to cross. Winger Tom Meldon converted. The home side appeared rattled and put the restart straight into touch with Beverley taking full advantage with a solo try by Harry Vorwerg, converted by Meldon.
Beverley camped in the Doncaster half for the next 15 minutes but desperate Doncaster defence and a string of penalties against them slowed their progress before with 10 minutes left in the half yellow cards were awarded to Vorwerg (dump tackle) and Kai Johnson (dissent). With the visitors in disarray the home side roared into an unexpected 19-14 lead.
A try by captain George Bennett-Teare levelled the scores early in the second half but their penalty count continued to hamper their progress as Doncaster went over for a try in the corner. Felix Law (dissent) then became the third player to see yellow but his teammates rallied and a try by excellent second row Will Hatherley made it 24-24 with five minutes left.
Doncaster then had their scrum half yellow carded for deliberately slowing the ball down at a ruck. A Beverley kick ahead over Doncaster's line was kicked dead and from the resulting long drop out, naïve positioning allowed Doncaster to pour forward and gain possession. Another penalty was conceded by Beverley, which Doncaster chose to kick to the corner. The line out was well won by Doncaster and after a series of drives the ball was swung wide for Doncaster to score a deserved winning try. Referees man of the match was Bennett-Teare and coaches man of the match was Lewis Egan.