Beverley RUFC travelled to Leeds on Saturday and were able to record their 11th victory in their last 13 matches, this despite the disruption of arriving half an hour late due to the team coach breaking down on the journey. This meant that the pre match warm up needed to be curtailed but nevertheless they started brightly and after 8 minutes Jack Garvin raced in for an excellent try on the right wing which Phil Duboulay converted to give them a 7 point lead.
Bridlington ran out winners in this entertaining encounter at Dukes Park by 37 points to 28 and cemented their promotion hopes by doing so but Beverley fought every inch of the way and earned a pleasing bonus point by scoring four tries.
To say that Beverley enjoyed this romp at Selby would be an understatement. Apart from the first five minutes and the last 10 they were in complete control of this game and ran out worthy winners by 45 points to 18.
A helter-skelter of a match. Beverley deservedly won in the end but they had to withstand a terrific late Scarborough onslaught during which the two sides between them scored 31 points in the last 25 minutes. Beverley led 25-6 going into the final quarter and looked to have the game comfortably in the bag. They had been the better side throughout and were playing by far the more controlled rugby. They could scarcely have anticipated the rumbustious ending to come.
A damp murky West Yorkshire afternoon and not one that Beverley will particularly want to remember. In the heavy underfoot conditions they could never quite come to terms with the big Heath pack and in the end could have no complaint at the final outcome. They did have their moments particularly in the first half and on a firmer surface it could all have been very different. Beverley clearly had the slicker backline which might well have caused havoc but this was not a day for fast running rugby. Beverley’s best moments nonetheless were a couple of superb individual tries by Rob Smith one at the start of each half.
A bit of a curate’s egg here. There were flashes of scintillating rugby, mainly from Beverley, but for the most part this game never rose above the mundane. Beverley deservedly won in the end but they made heavy weather of it. They were the better side but they were never quite at their best, probably through being without several of their key players. For much of the match they managed to keep two scores ahead which eventually proved enough to see them home.
The weather was cold and miserable when the teams took to the field at Beaver Park for today’s Yorkshire Division 1 match between Beverley and Old Brodleians and Brods immediately made their intentions clear making a sustained attack on the Beverley line.