Impressive display from All Blacks

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Colne and Nelson earned a draw against undefeated league leaders North Manchester on Saturday.

After a disappointing loss against Birchfield last week, the All Blacks were looking to surprise the visiting team with a strong performance.

From the kick-off the tempo started fast and hard, with North Manchester showing fantastic attacking strength through the pack.

Colne’s practiced defence had to show great resilience for the first 15 minutes as the visitors battered the try line.

Excellent forward tackles off the fringe and drift defence from the backs cut down North Manchester’s options, but, towards the end of the half, a slip meant North Manchester broke away and got a few fast hands in play to score under the posts.

But the half-time talk from Ian Cockcroft and John Hargreaves spurred Colne on after the break.

For the first time this season, North Manchester were opposed by an equal if not superior scrimmage. On top of this, the fantastic team work of Jordan Suderland at 8 and Kyle Hargreaves stepping up his game at 9, the ball was played fast and clean every play. Fantastic play from Callum Kinnane at 10 linking his backs made for effective forward momentum with the forwards taking some powerful runs to add to the attack.

Colne finally got into North Manchester’s 22 and were determined to come away with some points. With a few more big hits the ball was shipped out wide, and fast hands placed Alex Wood under the posts for his first-ever try for Colne. Matty Tindall converted to make the score 7-7, proving Colne can compete with the best.