Beverley RUFC beat Selby 20-14 in a match that club officials say would be best forgotten due to fighting and weather.
For all the wrong reasons the match proved to be an eventful one at Beaver Park. Played out for the most part in atrocious conditions with the standard of rugby reflecting that.
Jack Foster gave Beverley the lead inside the first few minutes of the game as he touched down in the corner. While Selby defended well, their head high tackling raised a few eyebrows.
It was to be one of those tackles that were to present Beverley with their second chance in the game. Phil Duboulay took the opportunity and slotted home the kick to give Beverley an 8 point advantage.
Just after the restart, a brawl broke out on the field as both sides look to take advantage of the lenient match official.
For their actions, three red cards were shown, one to Beverley and two to the visitors.
The visitors closed the gap on Beverley following some good play to not only score but convert the try. Fired up Selby soon found themselves in more trouble as they picked up a yellow card.
Beverley Make Their Numerical Advantage Count In Victory Over Selby
With a numerical advantage, Beverley took full advantage. Luke Hazell and Ben Woodhouse both running in tries to extend their lead further.
As more skirmishes threatened to break out, Selby got a foothold in the game by scoring, also adding the conversion.
Within just six points of Beverley, this led for a nervous closing ten minutes for Beverley who were keen to hold onto to the result.
The referee was clearly considering calling an early halt to proceedings. His mind was made up in a most unfortunate manner. A Selby player suffered a serious-looking neck injury requiring an ambulance to go onto the pitch.
Final Score: Beverley RUFC 20 Selby 14
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