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Beverley
Selby
Tries
C Cicero, S Hunt (2)
Conversions
C Cicero
Sat 8 Dec TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division One Full time

Beverley RUFC 20 - 14 Selby RUFC

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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.

Key moments

65:00
Try Charlie Cicero scores for Selby
66:00
Conversion Charlie Cicero kicks a conversion for Selby
75:00
Try Scott Hunt scores for Selby
76:00
Try Scott Hunt scores for Selby

Highlights

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76:00 Try 0 - 17
Scott Hunt scores for Selby
75:00 Try 0 - 12
Scott Hunt scores for Selby
70:00 Yellow Card
James Robinson is yellow carded for Selby
66:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Charlie Cicero kicks a conversion for Selby
65:00 Try 0 - 5
Charlie Cicero scores for Selby
60:00 Red Card
Liam Hogan is sent off for Selby
60:00 Red Card
Tom Edwards is sent off for Selby
End of period 1
20:00 Yellow Card
Liam Hogan is yellow carded for Selby
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Beverley
  • Selby
  • 0
  • Liam Hogan Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Liam Hogan Red Card 60:00'
  • Tom Edwards Red Card 60:00'
  • Charlie Cicero Try 65:00'
  • Charlie Cicero Conversion 66:00'
  • James Robinson Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Scott Hunt Try 75:00'
  • Scott Hunt Try 76:00'

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Other Yorkshire Division One results

Heath
32
8
Hullensians
20
26

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Middlesbrough 25 64
9. Bradford Salem 25 51
10. Keighley 26 48
11. Selby 26 46
12. Hullensians 26 45
13. Old Rishworthians 26 42
14. Guisborough 26 22

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