Beverley RUFC 20 - 14 Selby RUFC
By Stephen Ward
Indiscipline costs Selby.
Beverley RUFC 20 – 14 Beverley RUFC
Report by Ian Marlow (Posted by Stephen Ward)
Selby went down in yet another close and feisty game at Beverley where they were reduced to playing with only thirteen men for most of the second half, and with only twelve men for some of that – and while they but did well under the circumstances to at least salvage a losing bonus point, this is a game that they could have won but for their own lack of discipline.
Playing with the elements Beverley started strongly, and simply, using their big forwards to drive the ball in time and again to put Selby under immediate pressure. The Swans defended admirably but, as is becoming the norm, their own handling errors contributed greatly to an abundance of possession for the Beavers and it eventually had to tell as they moved the ball smartly from a scrum to score in the corner for a 5-0 lead after 15 minutes. Shortly after, a ruckus (or was it a brouhaha?) between quite a number from both teams led to a yellow card to Selby’s Liam Hogan, with a Beverley prop also making the same walk of shame (and with maybe quite a few others fortunate to escape censure) before good Selby forward driving released the backs for nippy winger Harry Clark to nearly squeeze in at the corner in reply. Another good Selby chance went begging as Danny Wilkinson broke up field before running out of support, allowing Beverley to clear – where they took up as before to force another penalty for 8-0 at half time.
The tide seemed to have turned back in Selby’s favour in the second half as they at last started to put Beverley under some sustained pressure of their own but with Selby pressing for a score another melee (or was it a fracas?) erupted, again between numerous players from both sides, and after the dust had settled Selby’s Hogan and Tom Edwards were red carded alongside a Beverley prop forward, leaving the Swans at least a man down for the rest of the half. Funnily enough, Selby then started to play their best rugby and, with young Eddie Brown and old codger Andy Kehoe both outstanding, they stretched Beverley’s defences out wide before captain Charlie Cicero crashed over from short range for a converted try to cut the gap to 8-7. With Selby improbably now looking the team most likely, they then completed the shooting off of their own perambulatory appendage, as unnecessary hands in the ruck from James Robinson saw him yellow carded as well to leave the ‘players still on the pitch’ score as 14-12 to Beverley. And the East Yorkshiremen took full advantage of the two extra men and wide open spaces to race in for two quick tries to stretch away for a 20-7 lead.
The eventual return of Robinson restored a semblance of parity to proceedings and saw Selby right back on the attack, where good support play from both forwards and backs opened up the space for fly half Scott Hunt to scoot over for a well-deserved converted try to close the scores to 20-14. And that’s how the game finished, as with both teams now pressing for the decisive try a serious looking neck injury to Selby’s Cicero (thankfully now OK) forced the referee to sensibly finish the match several minutes early - leaving the Swans a few extra minutes to reflect on what could have been had they not put themselves at such a disadvantage.
Selby now face Heath at home on Saturday and they must regroup for what will be another tough encounter.