Rusty All Blacks narrowly beaten

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Colne’s seconds to take centre stage at a snow-covered, wintry Holt House on Saturday.

Having not played since before Christmas, the locals were always going to be rusty.

The locals started well and dominated the early exchanges and, after fine breaks by Michael Clapham and Lewis Hesketh, only last-ditch tackling by the excellent Blackpool full back kept the locals out.

Despite dominating the line out and rucks, the scrummage became a problem as the Seasiders’ larger forwards meant clean ball was scarce.

Blackpool had a period where they were camped in Colne’s 22, during which they put over a penalty to make the half-time score 3-0.

After the break, time and again The All Blacks made inroads, only for the final pass to be dropped, and against the run of play, Blackpool’s excellent 10 made a break and found a supporting player, who went in under the posts.

From the kick-off an excellent break from Adam Hartley found Tom Davies, who used his pace to score, making it 10-5, but despite a frantic last 10 minutes, the locals couldn’t score again.