Beverley leapfrog leaders Wheatley
BEVERLEY moved to the top of North One East with a convincing 54-17 victory over previously unbeaten leaders Wheatley Hills.
With only one defeat between them in the 22 games played this season, it promised to be a hard-fought and closely-contested game, but Beverley simply ran away with it with an outstanding display of running rugby.
They took the lead in the first minute with a try by winger Lee Birch.
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They added another by Goran Jelencic a quarter of an hour later and a third by Richard Bussey after 25 minutes.
Phil Duboulay converted all three goal attempts.
Wheatley got briefly into the game with a try by full-back Jonny Woodcock, but Beverley immediately responded with another when Junior Tupai rounded off a smart back move to touch down.
Shortly before half-time, Wheatley clawed their way back from 5-28 to 17-28 with a try by their pack, driving over from a line-out, and then a penalty try converted by Woodcock.
That, though, was as far as they got to troubling the Beavers.
Early in the second half a try by Beverley hooker Sam Kerry removed any further chance of a Wheatley revival and the home side never seriously threatened again.
Beverley were far quicker and composed in all departments and romped away with further tries by Bussey, Joe Picketts, and Leki Atiola.
Of the eight tries scored, Duboulay was successful with seven conversions some of them superb kicks from the touchline.
Beverley now sit comfortably at the top of the table with a four-point cushion and a remarkable 504 points scored from their 12 matches.