Beverley Suffer Rare Home Defeat To League Leaders Scarborough

Beverley Suffer Rare Home Defeat To League Leaders Scarborough
Suffer Rare Home Defeat To League Leaders

RUFC  kicked off in this top of the table clash at with both sides looking to pick up the points to consolidate their positions in second and third place respectively.

After 5 minutes a forward was caught offside and kicked the resulting penalty (3-0).

mounted an attack down the right wing and a kick through allowed the winger to win the race to the bouncing ball. He appeared to touch it down and the referee awarded the try.

However a TMO would almost certainly have advised that the touchdown was not satisfactorily made. Nonetheless the referee appeared to be unsighted in the scramble and it made the score 3-5.

hit back with a well worked try from scum half to make it 8-5 but once again fought back to re-take the lead with an excellent try from right winger Harry Domett which was converted to make the score 8-12.

Play continued to be even and end to end with ’s forwards controlling the set piece but their backs could not make any headway against a resolute defence.

Almost immediately in the second half was yellow carded for a high tackle and, from the resulting tap penalty the Scarborough scrum half scuttled over for a try under the posts which was converted (8-19). were clearly missing full back who was unavailable for this match and Scarborough realised this and were exploiting the space at the back to good effect.

Another try from a kick into that gap, again converted, made the score 8-26 and the Beavers looked to have a mountain to climb. This looked even more difficult when, firstly they lost the only winger they had on the field with a badly dislocated, or perhaps broken finger and had to replace him with a back row forward and then, to compound their problems, influential scrum half left the field with a nasty looking injury. Further disaster loomed when who had only been back from the sin bin for ten minutes, received a second yellow and then a red card.

Inevitably Scarborough promptly scored a further try (8-31). Beverley stuck to the seemingly impossible task and, with 5 minutes remaining back row come wing crossed for a try which converted to reduce the arrears to 15-31 and on full time rounded of a man of the match display for Beverley with a try out wide (20-32).

Scarborough deserved their win although Beverley played their part in an entertaining game. Their forwards won the battle up front but their reshuffled back line had to play second fiddle to Scarborough. The game was played in a good spirit but spoiled to some extent by some of the unsporting baying and heckling coming from some of the Scarborough supporters on the balcony.

Final Score : 20 pts v Scarborough 31

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