Impressive derby win for All Blacks

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Colne and Nelson came away from Clitheroe last Saturday with a second-successive win.

The All Blacks pressed the attack early on. A scrum in Colne’s favour was awarded, and the teams packed down with Clitheroe showing great strength in the experienced forwards.

But good play from the backs saw a great pass out wide to Andrew Grindrod, who touched down three minutes in.

Clitheroe weren’t going to take this lightly on their home ground. and hit back hard, running in a converted try four minutes later.

Some excellent rucking play from Luke Edwards meant that Clitheroe were going to have to work hard at the break down, and with a player not releasing, Colne were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which Matt Tindall put over to make the score 10-7.

Again Clitheroe responded, and with some excellent kicking from their fly half, they levelled the score at 10-10.

Two minutes later, the forwards mauled brilliantly from a lineout and man mountain Alex Wood at hooker took his opportunity to pick the ball and dive over for his first try of the season.

Clitheroe again retaliated from a bad catch at the kick-off, but excellent defending gave Colne the possession and the ball was cleared.

With excellent push up defence from the backs, the ball was turned over and a fantastic run from Jordan Sunderland at centre was concluded with a pop pass to Tindall, who danced past two defenders and under the posts.

With half-time looming, Clitheroe showed character and battered Colne with yet more attacks. In the last play of the half they slotted their star centre into a gap and converted to make it 22-17 to Colne.

The second half started with Callum Kinnane making a great dummy run, which ended with Tindall receiving another pop pass to put him under the posts. The conversion madethe score 29-17, securing the all-important bonus point.

Clitheroe again responded, and looked to score again, but for an excellent last-man tackle from Jamie Gain. Unfortunately, Clitheroe still got the penalty after a few more phases to make it 29-20.

Colne hit back, and, with a great pass out wide, Connor Kinnane dummied the centre and scored a try, extending the lead to 34-20.

The All Blacks didn’t let up, and, with great support runs from Adam Padgett and Nathan Grant, options were open to either side as Connor Kinnane stormed through again, and a great pop out wide made the score 39-20.

Shortly after, another great backs move saw Andrew Grindrod slide over for Colne’s seventh and final try of the game.

Today, Colne host Broughton at Holt House.