An improved performance by BEVERLEY Under-13’s was eclipsed by an excellent display by Ripon who ran out 55-5 winners in this Yorkshire Cup second round tie on Sunday.
Facing an unbeaten side high on confidence the last thing Beverley wanted to do was to give the visitors a fast start which unfortunately they did by allowing Ripon to return the initial kick off unchallenged as they went straight through the Beverley defences to score.
For the majority of the first half Beverley put this setback behind them and having gone 0-10 down then fought back to 5-10 with a break down the blindside by Parkinson who offloaded to the supporting Man of the Match Sam Bayes just outside the 22 to fight off two challenges and touch down in the corner.
A gap in the fixture list had allowed Beverley a fortnight’s training and the results were showing through a much improved display at the breakdown. The forwards protected the ball with gusto and improved technique as evident in their body positions entering the ruck. The welcome return of James Couttie at full back offered pace that the supporting wings of Dan Stevens and Sammy England threatened to turn into an advantage but the Ripon defence covered the pitch well to close down any half chance.
With 20 minutes gone in the half 5-10 then became 5-30 at half time as Ripon changed gear and caught Beverley on the hop with a series of incisive breaks that left Beverley with no chance of a return.
A battling second half saw eye catching defensive displays from Louix Gorman, Henry Welpton and George Youngs but whilst competitive throughout Beverley were unable to prevent Ripon scoring a further five tries as their incisive running and support play created overlaps Beverley were unable to counter.
Newcomers Oliver Crowley and Theo Cammack continue to settle well into the side and an improved performance from Beverley against what may prove to be the best side they face all year gives hope as they now enter the Yorkshire Plate.