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RUGBY UNION: Beverley back to their best

Beverley RUFC 48 – 12  Dinnington RUFC (Saturday November 3)

On a fine sunny, if a little breezy day, Beverley kicked off hoping to return to winning ways after a run of three defeats which has seen them tumble down the table from second to eighth position. Although the Beavers were without several regular first team players, they were strengthened by the return of No 8 Isaac Keighley.

Dinnington immediately mounted an attack through their forward pack, but after only five minutes Beverley centre and player coach Will Turnbull was injured and led from the field with what looked (and sounded!) suspiciously like a broken arm. He was replaced by Joe Slater, who went on to the wing, with James Graham switching to centre.

Almost immediately a smart movement across the backs by Beverley resulted in Jack Foster scoring a fine try in the corner which Phil Duboulay converted (7-0). After a period of sustained Beverley pressure Dinnington broke out after 14 minutes to score a try through left-wing Marsden (7-5).

Play settled down and was fairly even with both sides showing plenty of endeavour before Beverley were awarded a penalty which Phil Duboulay converted (10-5). Five minutes later Luke Hazell scored a wonder try. Collecting the ball in his own 22 metre area, he set off on a mazy run through practically the whole Dinnington team without having a hand laid on him to touch down under the posts for Phil Duboulay to convert (17-5).

Half time  Beverley 17 – 5 Dinnington

Five minutes into the second half the Beavers were awarded a penalty which Phil Duboulay kicked (20-5). Play settled down but Beverley were beginning to look like their old selves as they threw the ball about in style and Dinnington, in spite of their endeavours, were looking increasingly stretched.

After 12 minutes there came a try equally as good as their previous one when James Graham broke out of the Beavers’ 22 and made 50 metres, evading several tackle attempts,  before selling an outrageous dummy to the Dinnington full back and putting in Joe Slater who finished in style (25-5). Phil Duboulay again converted to make it 27-7.

Tails up, Beverley continued to press and, although a game Dinnington side made one or two forays into the Beavers’ territory the Beverley defence held firm and after 20 minutes Matty Brown scored the bonus point try for them, again converted by Phil Duboulay (34-5).

Things were to get worse for Dinnington, for 10 minutes later Rob Smith made a break from just inside his own half, beating several would-be tacklers before feeding Luke Hazell, who scored under the posts. Phil Duboulay converted (41-5) and it was really all over for a plucky Dinnington side.

James Graham finally sealed matters for them with a well deserved try which Phil Duboulay, of course,converted (48-5). Dinnington came back in the final minute to score a consolation try which was converted to make the final score 48 – 12.

This was an excellent game of rugby played in a good spirit by both sides and very well controlled by the visiting referee from Durham, Kevin Allinson. Dinnington, although well beaten in the end, stuck at the task and Beverley looked a completely different side to that which we have seen over the past three weeks.

All played well but special mention must go to Rhys Innes for his line-out work, which gets better by the week, and man of the match Isaac Keighley, back after a long absence, who carried superbly and broke the Dinnington line continuously.

Luke Hazell continues to turn in lethal scoring performances when he gets hold of the ball and he is ably supported in the backs by James Graham and Rob Smith, not to mention the ever reliable Phil Duboulay, with 18 points from the kicking tee.