Colne and Nelson lost 14-13 as they hosted local rivals Burnley in a long-awaited derby fixture.
Burnley kicked-off with Colne playing into the sun, and the All Blacks were in their own half for the first part of the game and struggling to get out.
A fantastic try-saving tackle from Jamie Gane at full back stopped an inevitable try, before Colne managed to win themselves a penalty.
But with a missed kick to touch, Burnley were soon back in Colne’s 22. Again, fantastic defence by Colne kept the Burnley attack at ease, winning another penalty after around 10 minutes of hard tackles.
Eventually Colne found themselves in Burnley’s half, but matched with a strong defence.
After several phases, Colne managed to win yet another penalty, but this time they were in range to go for the sticks. A perfect kick by the new signing Jim Hargreaves put Colne in front.
Receiving the ball, Colne were back in their own half. And after a knock-on, Burnley had a scrum inside Colne’s 22. With a dominant scrum Burnley were able to win a penalty, and they kicked for the corner. A good set piece allowed them to score, and a good kick made it 7-3.
Before half-time Colne managed to score another penalty, leaving the score 7-6.
In the second half, with Burnley dominating the scrum, Colne struggled to get clean ball, but with some good work from the forwards, they has yet another penalty on the Burnley 22.
Quick thinking from skipper Matt Tindall saw space in behind, and with a quick tap, a deft chip over the top, Ant Minshull was on hand to gather the kick and race over. Another good kick from Jim Hargreaves left Colne 13-7 up.
Burnley had a scrum on Colne’s five metre line. Burnley dominated the scrum but kept it in. Eventually Colne’s number nine picked up the ball. This gave Burnley a penalty, and instead of going for the points they opted for another scrum.
Again Burnley won the scrum, but another infringement from Colne’s defence gave them another penalty.
With only a few minutes left, Burnley chose to go for the scrum again. They drove Colne back over their line and the number eight picked it up and scored.
With the conversion that could win or lose them the game, Burnley’s number 10 kept a calm head and a good boot to secure victory.
• All of England’s World Cup games are on at Colne and Nelson Rugby Club, including tomorrow night against Wales.