After the turgid rugby of the British Lions South African tour watching rugby again as it should be played has been like a breath of fresh air. Sadly today it all came from Crossleyans.
Beverley were given the runaround for the whole of the first half and much of the second by a side which looked twice as determined and twice as quick. After their fine performance the previous week this was a hugely disappointing showing even allowing for the superior quality of this week’s opposition.
At last, Rugby returned to Beaver Park with Beverley entertaining Old Rishworthian RFC from Halifax and entertained them and a reasonable crowd to some highly promising rugby.
The Beavers have lost a number of last years squad but look to have a useful set of youngsters ready to replace them. Playing towards the clubhouse they took an early lead after 10 minutes through a Phil Duboulay penalty (3-0).
The tough schedule of matches took its toll on the Blue and Golds as they were beaten 50-0 by West Hull.
A depleted Beverley outfit, backing up from Thursday evening’s outing at Hull Dockers, simply had to do too much defending. A full-strength West Hull outfit took full advantage to hit the half-century mark.
This will rank as Beverley’s most disappointing performance of the 4 league fixtures played thus far.
A Heworth outfit hellbent on ambition to be York’s leading amateur rugby league team dominated possession and territory throughout. Beverley struggled to take what few opportunities they did have in attack.
West Hull brought a brand of play to the Beverley Leisure Centre that was noticeably quicker and more expansive than the home side had been used to.
The Blue and Golds were outstanding in defence especially close to their own goal line. A number of club officials described the performance as the best they have seen since being involved with the club.