Beverley Go Down To A Second Defeat

Beverley Go Down To A Second Defeat

Sixty two points to three says it all. The sun shone and their lineout work was faultless but that was about the only consolation could take from this. They stuck at it to the end and never gave up trying but ultimately they were outplayed in all departments. For the second week running they disappointingly came unstuck against a side that last season was playing two divisions below them. Beverley have some highly promising young players emerging but the lack of experience and a guiding influence in several key positions again looked to be a distinct problem.

The die was cast in the second minute when fly half William Muir broke free deep in his own half and raced fifty metres clear towards the Beverley line. A marvellous last-ditch tackle by brought him down but the ball was quickly recycled to right wing Michael Suthers who went in at the corner. Beverley then enjoyed a brief spell of domination. A nice break down the middle by centre Sam Roe got them into the Guisborough 22 where the visitors were penalised for going offside at a ruck allowing Duboulay to kick an easy penalty. Sadly for Beverley that penalty was to be their only score of the day.

Guisborough’s meaty pack was totally dominating the scrums and with an abundance of possession their well drilled backline was given scope to show its capabilities, which were impressive. Muir made a half break to send left wing Phil Shields over for a second try; forward pressure then brought a try under the posts for centre Jack Robinson and flanker Michael Macdougall got the touchdown when the visitors’ pack drove over from a penalty lineout. All three tries were converted and Guisborough were 26-3 up after only half an hour.

Just before halftime poor tackling let in the lively Shields for his second try leaving Beverley to turn round 31-3 down. There was no way back, nor did there ever look like being one. Only once in the second half when Duboulay made a lovely break ten metres out did they look like scoring but it came to nothing.

Guisborough went on scoring at regular intervals. Scrum half James Clark twice, full back Christian Pollock, prop Rob Berriman and Shields all added further tries with Pollock kicking three conversions. To Beverley’s credit they gave it all they had and fought unstintingly till the end but the quality was just not there. Against such a big and powerful pack the home forwards were always going to be up against it, but too often possession was lost carelessly and the organised control shown by their opponents was lacking.

Duboulay, Martin Shaw, Kris Renwick and Lewis Starbuck all had good games for Beverley, as did at full back although his day was slightly marred by twice not releasing the ball to the wing outside him who would have had a clear run to the line. Young Andy Rowbottom did well in his first game when he came on at scrum half. Up front Renwick found his man unerringly in the lineout and the lineout once again was the one area where Beverley’s game could not be faulted.

So after two games Beverley have just three penalties to show for a hundred and sixty minutes endeavour. You cannot help feeling that if they are to start scoring tries they will need more thrust and penetration in midfield, especially if they are to make the most of two potentially speedy young runners in Harrison Mayou and Hazell. Roe made one excellent break this week but he clearly needs time to adapt to the union game. Next week Beverley make the difficult visit to Morley and they will be hoping to get their season going with a more profitable afternoon. Despite results so far there is talent in the side and eventually it will blossom, especially if one or two positions can be strengthened.

Final Score: Beverley RUFC 3  Guisborough 62 | Reported by John Nursey

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