Phoenix claim local bragging rights with win over All Blacks

Pendle Phoenix take on Colne and Nelson in the derby
Pendle Phoenix take on Colne and Nelson in the derby
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Pendle Phoenix claimed the local bragging rights on Saturday as they beat Colne and Nelson 21-5 in the derby at Hodge House.

Colne won the toss and elected to make Pendle play up the field in the first half.

Pendle were hoping to keep Colne deep in their own half and control the game, but Colne had other ideas and when Pendle were penalised for hands in the ruck, a tap and go resulted in the All Blacks opening the scoring, though the resulting conversation was missed.

Pendle responded well, and strong runs from Liam Canning, Jay Asghar and Riccardo Ferndenzi saw Phoenix deep into the Colne red zone.

Quick rucking from Phil Perry and Lee Rowland allowed quick ball for Daniel Rowland, and he fed Andy Dutton, who made a gap for Craig Wiseman to crash through. Dutton kicked the resulting conversion to take Pendle into the lead 7-5.

Both Pendle and Colne had good chances but solid defence from both teams meant that all the attacks came to nothing before half-time.

From the restart, Pendle began to take control of the game and soon found themselves deep into the Colne half.

Sensing danger, Colne gave a penalty away. Dutton kicked the three points to take Pendle to a 10-5 lead.

Phoenix felt this was the time to strike and again strong running from the forwards allowed space for Shaye McCullough to make a break, only to be held up short. Again Colne gave away a penalty and Dutton slotted the goal again and Pendle moved eight points clear at 13-5.

Phoenix went back on the attack and when Colne gave away yet another penalty, Dutton punished them with a further three points.

Shortly after, Carl Wiseman made a gap for Benjamin Peverley, and, as he drove swiftly towards the try line, good cover defence stopped him just short. But Pendle got clean ball from the resulting ruck and Daniel Rowland hit a flat pass to Sonny Waddington, who scored to make it 21-5.

Colne, with nothing to lose, started to attack Pendle, but the home side managed to keep them at bay with good defence from Kyle Snowden, Lee Rowland and Nick Martin. Pendle saw the rest of the game out and claimed the first local derby win of the 2013/ 2014 season.

Pendle awarded the Crown Hotel man of the match to Lee Rowland for his excellent performance at the set piece.

Phoenix would like to thank match ball sponsors Centurion for their continued support.