Strange penalty decision costs Colne a fine victory

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The All Blacks put in a good team performance away to Southport side St Mary’s.

The game provided opportunity for two more debuts for players who have come through the ranks from the junior section, in Stephen Peace and Jack Wiper, who both performed well.

On a dry day, with pace in abundance, the score for the All Blacks might have been different.

However, the monsoon-like conditions made it difficult to play rugby.

For the first 20 minutes, Colne put St Mary’s under intense pressure, and only excellent defence by St Mary’s kept Colne out as they tried to utilise the pace of Adam Wagstaff and Matty Tindall.

During the game, the referee made some strange decisions, which included four sin binnings in what was a very clean and even contest.

Captain Luke Edwards was sinbinned, giving St Mary’s the initiative, and only big hits from Adam Padgett and Andy Webb kept St Mary’s out, with the score 0-0 at half time.

Once back to 15 men, a win seemed on the cards, but against the run of play, St Mary’s opened the scoring with a penalty.

Much as both teams tried to play attacking rugby, the conditions dictated otherwise.

After a piece of magic from Tindall, St Mary’s conceded a penalty which Wagstaff put over to level the scores.

With time running out, Colne seized the initiative and got themselves into their opponents’ 22, and from a scrum, Calumn Kinane fed Wagstaff, who put over a magnificent drop goal to make the score 6-3 with minutes to go.

Another strange decision by the referee gave St Mary’s a penalty, and with the last kick of the game, their stand off converted to make the final score 6-6.

Overall, the Colne youngsters played well as a team, and if they can get into a winning habit and take their chances, victories will follow.

Colne are hoping to field three teams next year, and anyone interested in playing, whatever their level or experience, should contact Ian Cockcroft on: 07590818341.

Final Score: St Mary’s 6, Colne and Nelson 6