Scarborough went into this match knowing that only a victory would keep our very slim chances of a playoff spot alive. Sadly Beverley were better for large chunks of the match and Scarborough had a bit of an off day. Towards the end of the match it looked like Scarborough were going to come back and win and suddenly started dominating like they really should have been for more of the game. Two quick tries and on the hunt for the final killer try and it looked like all would be OK..but then yet another mindless penalty in front of the posts and Beverley were more than a score ahead. A last try right at the end gave Bev the bonus point and Scarborough nothing.
To be fair, Beverley played well and their 8,9 and 15 were outstanding on the day. Junior Tupai is still a class act at 43 and his fitness was something we could do with! Bev looked relaxed as they has nothing to play for as far as play-offs were concerned and it suited their style of play. We looked more tense knowing that a win was required.
The game was excellent to watch and played in a super spirit. The ref was even handed and consistent. (The Bev coach suffers from a touch of botty mouth....!)
As for the day as a whole I thoroughly enjoyed it. We were lucky enough to be part of Beverley's past Captains day which included an interesting talk by their oldest living Captain. The hospitality was suburb, we couldn't have been looked after better. It really felt as though we were amongst friends and although the result was disappointing, in a way it doesn't matter. There are many links between our clubs and both being in Y1 next year is no bad thing when we can enjoy days like this. The topic of conversation did move onto a particular club in Y1 who could do well to learn some of the traditions of rugby, such as saying hello to people who have bothered to travel to your club. It seems both Beverley and Scarborough had the same experience at one clubhouse - playing well is only one aspect of being a true rugby club!
So, pity about the result but excellent day spent with good people and a very entertaining match....