Beavers Workmanlike Display Secures Win Against Bradford

Beavers Workmanlike Display Secures Win Against Bradford
Beavers Workmanlike Display Secures Win Against Bradford

Bradford Salem started this match in a manner which belied their lowly league position and were put under extreme pressure for the opening 10 minutes.

Bradford’s forwards were swarming all over them, albeit usually from suspiciously looking offside positions, and they were unable to escape from their own 22 and hold onto the ball for long.

However, the Beaver’s defence was sound and, eventually they managed to settle down and string together some good moves.

After 15 minutes they were rewarded when a slick passing move through the backs resulted in a try for centre which, into a stiff wind, was unable to convert (5-0). Immediately afterwards, a lovely piece of play in midfield between and looked certain to end in a try but, unfortunately, the latter slipped and the chance went.

On 27 minutes became the 1st XV leading try scorer with try close to the posts which converted to make it 12 points to 0. Both sides were struggling against the strengthening wind and after 33 minutes a lost ball in front of the posts led to a scrambled Salem try from hooker Gundard Griekis which was converted by to reduce the lead to 12 points to 7.

hit back within 5 minutes with a strong forward drive up in the right hand corner and managed to get the touch down and converted from wide out with a magnificent kick (19-7).

The second half started with taking advantage of the wind and they camped in Bradford’s 22 for 15 minutes during which they had three tries ruled out as being held up.

Eventually however threaded his way through the Bradford defence to score the bonus point fourth try for which again converted to make the score 26-7 and the game look safe.

On 60 minutes winger Steve Payne went over for his first try for the club and again converted to make it 33-7. Beverley were now totally in control as Bradford Salem tired visibly and five minutes from the end completed the job with a try beside the posts to which added the extras (40-7).

The windy conditions resulted in a scrappy affair but Beverley still managed to put together a workmanlike display to achieve the result and move up to fourth place in the league table.

Final Score: 40 Bradford Salem 7 | Reported by



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