A resounding win for the Braves
Hull Dockers 4 – 48 Beverley Braves
It took about 15 min for Beverley to get going but when they did the rugby league that was produced was 2nd to none in this physical encounter in East park.
Once the Beverley forwards got to grips with their much bigger opponents it was one way traffic although the dockers never stopped coming all morning and credit to them.
The braves, led magnificently by scrum half Joe McCabe and emergency hooker Tom Nuttall threw the ball about in the muddy conditions like it was August and with loose forward Alex Nuttall causing chaos out wide feeding the rampaging centers Owen Miller and captain Thomas Cohen, the edge defenders in green & white simply didn’t stand a chance. Time and again Nuttall hit the ball at pace, attracted 2 defenders and created space for this teammates who did the rest.
Chris Martin shone from full back, utilising his speed to chime in the line at will and with his impressive footwork consistently cause problems and gain good meters, forward Jake Glover continued his rapid progress in only his 2nd ever game with a solid display alongside fellow prop Ollie Gresswell who got through a mountain of work between them.
Effectively playing with 1 half in the outstanding McCabe after some positional changes very early in the piece made this an extra special effort in attack but the last word must go to the defensive performance which apart from a blip late on was faultless, which in turn gave them the confidence to play, with A Nuttall again the standout.
Try scorers on the day were Martin 2, Jack Dixon 2, Cohen, Miller, T Nuttall & A Nuttall with Miller 5 and A Nuttall 1 adding the extras.
Coach Craig Collins said afterwards - ‘’ The more you weigh, the harder you are to kidnap. Stay safe, eat cake’’