After making a winning start to their league campaign against Guisborough, Beverley colts second fixture was against their local rivals Driffield. Although Beverley ended up winning 57-5, this was a much closer game than the score may suggest.
Beverley started the stronger of the two teams and managed to turn their early dominance into points when captain, George Bennett-Teare picked up from the base of an attacking scrum and fed fellow back rower, Reg Fisher, who drove over for a try converted by Charlie Rawlins.
A period of equality followed as both sides probed each other’s defences, this was broken by an excellent catch at pace of a Driffield defensive kick by Tom Meldon who linked well with his back line for Rawlins to score.
Beverley’s scrum was now beginning to dominate and a loose ball from the base of a Driffield feed was pounced on by Beverley’s scrum half, Toby Redman. The ball was then recycled quickly for Rawlins to take advantage scoring a try which meant that Beverley were able to reach half time with 17- 0 advantage.
Driffield started the second half strongly, however, an attempted chip ahead by Driffield’s inside centre, Josh Stannion, was well gathered by second rower, Alex Whittaker. The subsequent quick ball saw Sam Peers take a great inside running line to score under the posts.
More Driffield pressure and a kick ahead was well returned by Beverley’s fullback, Will Wallis. The ball was then kicked deep by Rawlins who took advantage of a fortuitous bounce to score a good individual try.
Beverley started to dominate what, until now, had been a close fought encounter. Their next try came courtesy of an excellent drive by Bennett-Teare and Jamie Major, who took the ball to within yards of the Driffield line, again good quick ball allowed Toby Redman to score.
The subsequent Driffield dropout was well caught by Tom Megson and driven by Bennett-Teare, allowing Felix Law to take advantage of a fractured defence, culminating in Whittaker going over for an excellent team try.
Driffield, to their credit, kept competing and were finally rewarded for their endeavours when second rower, Ethan Hatfield, drove over from an attacking lineout.
Beverley responded strongly with Wallis making a good run from fullback which was driven on well by the forwards and finished superbly by Ollie Loney.
The final word went to Rawlins who capped a superb display with his fourth try of the afternoon, after gathering a kick ahead by Law.
This was a very entertaining game to watch and as the score suggests, Beverley ran out worthy winners, however, Driffield competed brilliantly and were ultimately undone by Beverley’s more clinical finishing.
Final Score: Beverley RUFC Colts 57 Driffield RUFC 5 | Reported by Nick Law