Rishworthians mistakes allow Beverley to pull away in last quarter
Rishworthians started this game like an express train, but in the second half were shunted into the sidings by the slick Beverley backs. The message came clearly back from the coaching staff – “We’ve got lessons to learn.”
The home men dominated the first 20 minutes to lead 10 – 0. It should have been more and two certain tries, one on the left wing and one on the right, went begging due to a poor final pass. Beverley could not get out of their own half as Rishworthians dominated everything including the scrums and from one they gained a penalty which stand-off Josh Kelly duly slotted home for a 3 – 0 lead. Then with the referee playing penalty advantage Chris Stone quickly got the ball out to teenage winger Kian Stewart, who broke one tackle and then left everyone for dead as he sprinted in under the posts. Kelly added the conversion.
It seemed to spur Beverley on and they came back with two penalties from stand-off Phil Duboulay, who was outstanding throughout, with one from Kelly in reply. With 10 minutes to go to the break the game changed with Rishworthians No 8 Nick Faulkner yellow carded. While he was off Beverley ran in two converted tries to lead 13 – 20 at half-time. First Beverley flanker Steve Wiggill emerged with the ball from a maul and strolled over unopposed.
Soon after Rishworthians were caught leaden-footed on their own line and a long pass put centre Will Turnbull in at the corner. Things might have been different for the home side if centre Ben Waud had not been stopped a yard from the line just before the end of the half.
Restored to full complement in the second half, the home side started well, putting the visitors under pressure particularly in the tight and a series of scrums brought the inevitable penalty try to level the scores.
Almost straight from the restart Beverley began to take charge again and Rishworthians seemed unable to cope with their slick running backs and fullback Luke Hazell squeezed in at the corner for an unconverted try. Duboulay began running the show and made a devastating break before putting Hazell in again at the corner for a converted try.
The home men came back with forwards Callum Heseltine, Fraser Swarbrooke and Harry Whitfield all making strong runs. They got their reward when Faulkner broke from a scrum and fed the ball out with Stewart bursting through from fullback to sprint over.
However, they could not hold the Beverley reply and too many mistakes allowed the visitors to finish clinically with the ball twice going wide before visiting scrum half Will Harrison took the final pass on each occasion to touch down.
An under-strength Rishworthians Development team went down 62 – 19 to a strong Wharfedale side. Oliver Marshall, Sam Bake and Ben Rooney all got tries and Bake added two conversions.
|1. H Whitfield||2. C Stone||3. P Kershaw|
|6. G Rollings||7. J Bower|
|4. C Heseltine||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. N Faulkner|
|9. G Wright|
|10. J KellyC2 P2|
|12. B Waud|
|13. D Heseltine|
|11. K StewartT2||14. J Billing|
|15. O Scrimshaw|
|J Davis||G Day||C Flanagan|
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