BEVERLEY RUFC Under-16’s gave a thrilling display of powerful attacking rugby to sweep aside Yarnbury 62-13 and reach the Yorkshire Plate semi-final.
The determined home side were simply outgunned as Beverley gave their best performance of the season once skipper George Bennett-Teare had opened the scoring with an unconverted try after a great break and offload from Harry Trulson.
Yarnbury responded well and had the better of possession and territory but they could not complete their well worked backs moves under fierce Beverley counter defence.
Although struggling to enter the Yarnbury half at times, Beverley's attacks were lethal and decisive and Bennett-Teare crashed over the line from 20 yards out, converted successfully in a swirling wind by Thomas Meldon. Immediately the visitors struck again when a wonderful Sam Peers chip over the Yarnbury defence was successfully chased down and scored by Archie Murdoch, again converted by Meldon.
Beverley's imposing forwards were now gaining the upper hand over the slightly smaller in stature but huge in spirit home pack, but over-zealous defending resulted in a yellow card for Ben Found for ‘in from the side’ at a ruck immediately after a team warning, reducing Beverley to 14 players.
Yarnbury were not given the chance to make this advantage count, as again Bennett-Teare picked up from the base of a ruck and crashed over the line for his hat-trick. Meldon’s acute angled conversion bounced off the cross bar. The last play of the first half saw Beverley's Will Hatherley have a super swerving gallop to the try line from 30 metres out to score under the posts, with Meldon adding the extras to make it 31-0 at half-time.
The second half started just as the first ended with a converted try again for Hatherley, immediately followed by two tries from fly half Sam Peers, one of which Meldon converted. At nil points to fifty the game seemed over, and most teams would have withdrawn into their shells and given in. Not Yarnbury, who now mounted a spirited fight back. Awarded a penalty , they decided to kick for goal from in front of the posts but 35 yards out and were off the mark with three deserved points. Again Beverley's forwards responded with a super flowing interchange between several pairs of hands, Tom Baker finally popping to Bennett-Teare who then thundered over for his fourth, converted by Meldon.
Yarnbury were awarded a penalty on the Beverley 22-metre line, from which Beverley were marched back a further ten metres and the home side, sensing distraction in the visitors composure pounced forward for a quick witted and well deserved try, bringing the score to 57-8. Yarnbury continued their fight back with a break down the right flank in Beverley's 22. Bennett-Teare saved a certain try with a wonderful cover tackle from behind, but was given a yellow card adjudged to have tackled too high on the Yarnbury player, and Beverley were again down to 14 players.
Taking full advantage Yarnbury punished Beverley with another unconverted try, but Beverley's huge Alex Whittaker had the final say with another super forwards try.
Coaches man of the match went to Bennett-Teare and the team now face Ripon away in the semi-final on December 10.