Beverley RUFC Enjoy Good Home Win Against Keighley At Beaver Park

Beverley RUFC Enjoy Good Home Win Against Keighley At Beaver Park
RUFC Enjoy Good Home Win Against Keighley At

RUFC kicked off on a wet and blustery afternoon at to start this Yorkshire Division 1 fixture, and immediately mounted an assault on the Keighley line.

But, largely due to determined defence by Keighley, were unable to capitalise on their possession of the ball in the early exchanges. In fact during this early period Keighley were unable to hang on to the ball for long enough to get out of their own half.

At last after 15 minutes were able to break through when full back joined the three quarter line to create an overlap on the left wing which he exploited well to touch down in the corner (5-0). With the strong breeze against him was unable to convert.

continued to press but the dogged Keighley defence kept them at bay and indeed, Keighley themselves began to settle down and this created an exciting spell of running with both sides making light of the conditions, leading to what looked like becoming a very close encounter.

On 38 minutes No 8 received a yellow card and, from the resulting penalty from 35 yds Alex Brown reduced the arrears for Keighley to 5 points to 3.

won the re-start and promptly moved further ahead when scored in the corner on the right wing to make it 10 points to 3, but too far out to convert.

The second half started with Beverley pressing the Keighley line again but a careless offload allowed the Keighley left winger to intercept and race away up the wing for fully 80 yards before being overhauled by the speedy to save the day.

After 50 minutes Beverley scrum half scored under the posts for to convert to make the score 17-3 and 5 minutes later repeated the move to score the bonus point try and again added the extras to make it 24 points to 3.

The game was now beginning to look beyond Keighley’s reach although they were sticking gamely at it. However, they had no real answer to Beverley’s speedy backs who were displaying some superb ball handling, especially considering the conditions.

Beverley were now almost completely dominating proceedings and after 75 minutes scored a deserved try out wide on the left wing, converted with a magnificent kick (31-3) and, to compound Keighley’s misery No 6 Stuart Inman was yellow carded.

In the final 5 minutes firstly and finally both ran in tries, both converted by to make the final score 45 points to 3 to Beverley.

This was a most enjoyable game played in a good spirit between (despite the scoreline) two pretty even matched sides. The game was well refereed by Tom Boyle from North Yorks Society. He kept good control of the game in an unfussy manner and is definitely one of the best referees that we have had this season so far.

Beverley’s man of the match was who never stopped going forward all afternoon.

Final Score : 45 Keighley RUFC 3

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