All Blacks enjoy derby day victory

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A DOMINANT first half display helped the All Blacks to a derby victory at Clitheroe on Saturday.

Colne exploded into life, with some excellent attacking play, as the combination of Rob Demeter and Adam Padgett drove the ball from halfway to the 22 yard line, with every forward putting in great support, allowing captain Mark Britcliffe to breeze through the defence to score between the sticks, for his first try of the season.

An easy conversion put Colne ahead 7-0 just 15 minutes in. Shortly after, Clitheroe conceded a penalty for hands in the ruck which, Kinnane duly slotted over for a 10-0 lead.

Jordan Sunderland added to the score with a powerful run, breaking off three tackles to cross over the whitewash, again under the posts, with the conversion making the score 17-0, giving Colne their biggest lead of the season.

The attacking continued, with Dean Sykes giving some fantastic runs on the wing, making great ground which forced Clitheroe into conceding a penalty, quickly taken by the scrum half. The ball was passed wide to Andrew Grindrod, who strolled over the line, with the conversion taking the score to 24-0.

The second half saw ess attacking play as the Clitheroe line upped its pace and Colne relaxed.

Colne set out with a slow pace and seemed to stay on the back foot for the remainder of the game, however some fantastic defensive play from Jack Handforth and Alex Wood allowed for the line to be held.

Great fringe defence from Jason Wade also kept the team’s defensive play alive.

The side now look forward to another strong squad playing tomorrow, as Colne host to Ashton Under Lyne.

With the team looking strong and team spirit high, they go into the game in great spirit looking to build on this win.

FINAL SCORE: Clitheroe 0, Colne and Nelson 24