Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Evans Shines as Billingham Attack Is Up and Running; RUGBY UNION

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Evans Shines as Billingham Attack Is Up and Running; RUGBY UNION

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Byline: Andrew Wilkinson Sports writer andrew.wilkinson@eveninggazette.co.uk

PETER Evans scored a hat-trick of tries - and kicked five conversions - as Billingham saw off a powerful Beverley side 35-22 at Greenwood Road.

The win and try scoring bonus point eased the side further away from the wrong end of National Three North.

"We have defended really well this season, but this time we attacked well too," said Evans, who was in top form despite playing at No 10 rather than his more usual full-back role.

"I was happy with my own performance, but it was a great all-round effort. Beverley have one of the better packs in this division, but our forwards faced up well and won clean ball which set us on the attack.

"It was good to get the bonus point for four tries. We haven't done that often enough this season. We also did well to deny Beverley bonus points.

"When you travel two or three hours away from home it gives you a big lift to get points, so it as important for us not to let Beverley have them."

Billingham were straight out of the blocks, Evans scoring on nine minutes after good work from Lysander Gourbault, then young full back Luke Wilson, who has played for Newcastle Falcons Under-18s, added a second try on 15 minutes.

Beverley replied with a penalty, but on 29 minutes they had no answer to Evans as he raced onto a kick over the defence to score.

The visitors stepped up a gear in the second half and pulled a try back, but Evans kicked ahead then showed his pace to reach the ball first and score. Will Tunbull burst over on 65 minutes to stretch the lead to 35-10, but Beverley hit back hard and scored two tries.

Evans shone despite playing in the unfamiliar role. He explained: "We miss Chris Hyndman (injured player-coach) in that position, and need a talker there. So I'm happy to do it. As a team we seem to play better when the bad weather comes. …

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