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RUGBY UNION: Beavers don’t like to be beside the seaside!
Scarborough 36 v 12 Beverley RUFC (Saturday November 25)
A lacklustre performance from a surprisingly low key Beverley side resulted in them being well beaten by an impressive looking Scarborough outfit. The difference on a freezing cold day was that Scarborough’s defence was superb all match but Beverley’s was, uncharacteristically, poor.
Scarborough took an early lead when Beverley conceded their customary three-minute penalty which struck an upright and rebounded into the path of Scarborough No.8 Ben Martin, who crossed unopposed for a try which centre Tom Ratcliffe converted to make it 7-0. Three minutes later another Scarborough penalty was converted by Tom Ratcliffe to make it 10-0.
Beverley at last managed to get hold of the ball and mounted a series of attacks, moving the ball about very smartly, but Scarborough’s tackling was superb and managed to repel the Beavers’ runners. Eventually a long clearance kick moved play back to the Beverley 22 and after 25 minutes Scarborough’s powerful forwards set up a maul from which No 8 Martin scored his second try, which was converted by Tom Ratcliffe to make it 17-0.
Things were beginning to look ominous for Beverley as they were becoming almost completely dominated in the scrum and were rarely able to secure any line-out ball. Sure enough, after 37 minutes another missed tackle let in James Perrett (22-0).
Again poor tackling by Beverley resulted in an early second half score for Scarborough’s No 6 Aaron Wilson, which was converted by Tom Ratcliffe (29-0), and a bonus point. Wilson had been Scarborough’s stand-out forward in the first half and it came as some relief to Beverley when he was sin-binned after 63 minutes.
Beverley took advantage of the man advantage three minutes later when Dale Hodgson scored their first try, which Phil Duboulay converted (29-7). However, inevitably Scarborough came back and, after 78 minutes, flanker Drew Govier sliced through the Beverley defence to score an excellent try for Tom Ratcliffe to convert (36-7).
In the final play of the match Luke Hazell scored a consolation try in the corner (36-12) to bring a difficult afternoon for the Beavers to an end. Beverley seem to have an aversion to the Silver Royd ground as this match followed a similar pattern to that of last season when Scarborough lowered the Beavers’ colours in the same manner (and by a similar score 32-10). It must be the sea air!
Next week Beverley embark on their longest journey across to North Ribblesdale. Let’s hope they put this performance behind them.