Exhibiton rugby spoiled by antics

Action from Morpeth against Beverley (in green) on Saturday. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Action from Morpeth against Beverley (in green) on Saturday. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Morpeth 10 Beverley 54 North One East

MORPETH suffered a heavy defeat against the table-toppers from East Yorkshire, during which the home crowd was treated to a display of excellent rugby from the visitors who moved the ball about with both precision and skill.

Having said that, the victory was marred by the almost arrogant disdain displayed by some of the visiting players, this culminated in a disallowed try deep into the second half when a Beverley player, who was going over unopposed, turned back and baited the chasing players.

The referee, quite rightly given the circumstances, awarded Morpeth a penalty.

This is not sour grapes because Morpeth were comprehensively outplayed, but it unfortunately left a lasting impression on the away side.

To the game itself, played in excellent conditions considering the recent weather, Beverley immediately showed their dominance when they caused the home side significant scrummaging problems resulting in an early penalty.

More was to follow as a push-over try, followed by excellent handling, resulted in two more scores for the visitors.

A Phillips penalty slotted over was scant reward for Morpeth’s efforts and despite a sending-off for a Beverley player, the half-time score showed their dominance at 25-3.

The second half was ultimately a display of handling and support play, which gave great evidence of the visitors’ skills as both backs and forwards joined in the scoring spree.

Although prop Campbell crashed over from close range for a converted score, Beverley continued to score at random, treating the spectators to a superb display of running and supporting rugby.

It was just such a shame that they marred this by the behaviour of some.

Everyone at the club is now looking forward to the annual Boxing Day clash between Sheepwash and Snitter with a 2pm kick-off.

Additionally, good luck to ex-club-captain and president Martin Calder as he continues on his rally tour of sporting venues in Northumberland, after his recent visit to Morpeth Golf Club.

Martin is hoping to make a similar impact on Boxing Day during the Sheepwash v Snitter clash.