With an unusual period of five weeks without any league rugby, due to weather conditions
and the Christmas break, Laund Hill looked to kick-start the new year with a win and get
their campaign back on track.
The game began in a promising manner as an infringement by the visitors in the first minute
resulted in a penalty being slotted over by Tom Egan for the Hill to take an early lead.
The first half an hour showed that the game would be a tight affair as defences cancelled
each other out and both teams exchanged penalty kicks. However with ten minutes to go,
Beverley started to gain the upper hand with silky handling skills and quick recycling as they
marched the home team down field for the first converted try of the game.
This was repeated at the start of the second half and their second score opened up a 6-17
However, Laund Hill’s tenacity started to show as they managed to retain possession and
make in-roads into Beverley territory, culminating in a well-worked move that saw Will
Burns-Smith score a fine try in the corner that Egan duly converted.
With the scores being so tight, Laund Hill intelligently elected to kick every penalty on offer
and Egan added another 6 points to take his team back into the lead.
Unfortunately, as the game entered the final ten minutes, ill-discipline crept in and Nasaqa
was shown a yellow card for a high-tackle allowing Beverley to once again take the three
points on offer and take the lead.
With five minutes left on the clock, Beverly conceded two quick back-to-back penalties and
Egan was able to take his personal tally to 20 points with long-range penalties, moving the
Hill into a 25-20 advantage.
With just seconds left, Beverley threw everything they had at the Laund Hill line, but the
home team looked to be standing firm. With the final play of the game, Laund Hill rushed
out of defence and forced knock-on from the opposition. With the players and the home
crowd supporting a great win, the referee adjudged that the defence were too quick and
awarded a penalty under the posts for offside.
Momentum was now definitely in Beverley’s favour and with Laund Hill still a man down,
they elected to run the penalty and as a result went over for a score-levelling try. Despite
the pressure, the conversion was successful and the final whistle blown for a heart-breaking
25-27 bonus point defeat for the Hill.
Despite the disappointing score-line, there were many positives for the coaching team to
take out of the game and the supporters were unanimous in praising the team’s
performance. Hopefully, next week’s visit to Bradford Salem will see fortunes change.
Reporter: Dale Earnshaw