All Blacks can hold their heads high in defeat to high-flying visitors Littleborough

Colne and Nelson in action against Littleborough
Colne and Nelson in action against Littleborough

Colne and Nelson could hold their heads up high after a 21-10 defeat against high-flying Littleborough on Saturday.

Boro kicked off, but the first 20 minutes saw Colne have most of the possession.

However, unable to turn possession into points, Boro began to play the rugby that has seen them put plenty of points past teams.

The Boro 10 kicked for territory, turning Colne round and forcing a knock on on the 22. Colnes’ scrum was solid but a series of drives up the middle drew the All Black defence in.

A couple of passes along the back line created an overlap, allowing the Boro winger to dot down in the corner, conversion good.

Colne upped their game again. They marched quickly up the pitch, and an infringement in the ruck area from a Littleborough player gifted Tindall the opportunity to put Colne on the board. With the penalty good, Colne went into half-time within a score.

In the second half, camping on the opponents’ 22, a pass from Hargreaves to Tindall was knocked forward into the arms of the Littleborough 10. He in turn knocked on, and, expecting a whistle, Colne’s covering defence had too much ground to make up as the 10 went under the sticks to extend their lead.

Colne pressed in the closing 15 minutes, but Littleborough’s defence held strong.

Another clearance kick from the Boro 10 put Colne on the back foot. A mistake in the midfield gifted Littleborough possession, and after a series of drives, the referee deemed Steer had tackled high on a centre midway in the Colne 22 and proceeded to award Littleborough a penalty try.

A kick to the corner from Tindall in the final few minutes put Colne’s forwards in a good position. A steal from the opponents was carried over the dead ball line, allowing Colne one final scrum on the five metre line. A push from the front eight resulted in a second penalty try.