Leaders are just too strong

Colne and Nelson RUFC
Colne and Nelson RUFC

Colne and Nelson put in a good performance but lost out to strong Birchfield team on Saturday.

The All Blacks travelled away to Birchfield, who were sitting top of the table after an unbeaten start to the season.

Colne started the game strongly and were putting together some good phases of play, using their strong forwards to gain ground, and looking to go wide with the backs at every opportunity.

Colne were running hard and were hoping they could get on the scoresheet early, but Birchfield were not giving away any ground and tackled every thing that ran at them throughout the whole afternoon, as they went in 24-0 up.

The All Blacks were hoping the second half would be different, looking to keep the ball alive, and were now beginning to show just how good they were, getting an early try from winger Dean Sykes scored in the corner.

The conversion was made out wide by Matty Tindall.

From the kick-off, Colne were again looking dangerous and managed to power their way up field with strong drives by the forwards.

The pressure was now on the home team as Colne worked hard, gaining ground up to the opposition 10 metre line, and an off-side from Birchfield gave Colne a penalty that was taken quickly by Tindall, who ran in untouched only to tackle himself just short of the line, losing the ball forward.

Birchfield were able to get one more try before the final whistle, leaving the final score 31-7.

Anyone interested in playing rugby for Colne juniors or seniors can contact Ian Cockroft on 07590 818341.