Colne and Nelson get up and running with home derby victory

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The All Blacks hosted local rivals Clitheroe on Saturday as both teams searched for their first win of the season.

The visitors elected to have the wind at their backs for the first half, and Colne received the kick. A clean catch from Colne gave them possession just outside their own half. Good forward play from the Colne pack gained the hard yards up field giving the Clitheroe defence a tough time.

Colne were playing some good free flowing rugby, good link ups between forwards and backs put Colne in a commanding position with an early try from the back of the scrum. Colne had the upperhand at the scrum but an early injury forced Colne to make a change.

The All Blacks were playing some quality rugby, gaining yards and finding gaps with Callum Kinnane running moves through the back line and good cover from Jordan Sunderland gave Colne space to pass the ball around - something which has been lacking in the first couple of games.

Half-time was looming and Colne were 19-0 up with tries from Tindall, Sykes and Padgett gave the visitors a lot of work to do.

Colne started the second half firing on a cylinders with a total of six unanswered trys were scored from both forwards and backs with Howard Wick gaining his first of the season after being out with a knee injury. Again the visitors pack struggled to cope with the pressure from the Colne forwards who were maintaining possession and recycling the ball quickly for scrum half Kyle Hargreaves to link up with Kinnane at 10 to force the gaps.

Clitheroe were in trouble but stuck at the game for the whole 80 minutes, defending with everything they had.

Colne need to maintain this form, and with this in mind could really be contending for a top spot this year.