Tindall holds his nerve to hand All Blacks first win over Pendle

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Colne and Nelson celebrated their first win over local rivals Pendle Phoenix since the latter joined the league three years ago on Saturday.

These games against are always well played, with skill, fitness and champagne rugby in abundance, and this weekend proved no different.

From the start of the game both teams were running fast and hard, and defending even harder.

With great defensive play from Luke Edwards, Colne were holding the opposition back, so when Phoenix were awarded the penalty, they took the points gladly.

Phoenix kept the pressure on and showed their devastating attacking power.

They worked a good overlap, and 15 minutes into the game they scored the first try and converted to make the score 10-0.

But Colne were dominant in the scrums with fantastic work from the front row of Jason Wade, Alex Wood and Lance Jones.

Despite this, the lineouts weren’t in Colne’s favour, and from some sloppy play, the passes went wild and Phoenix got possession in their 22.

A maul was set up by Phoenix, and they pushed Colne over the line for their second try. It was unconverted, making the score 15-0 just 25 minutes in.

The rest of the first half was played with both teams battling for supremacy, and with the last play of the half, some excellent rucking by Howard Wicke got Colne the penalty, which was scored by Matty Tindall, making the half-time score 15-3.

After the break, a few minutes in, excellent rucking gave Colne the opportunity to slot over another three points.

Jordan Sunderland and Andrew Grindrod were attacking hard and with purpose, giving Colne a good driving force in the backs.

With Callum Kinnane passing a great ball out to the centres, the backs passed with forward momentum, and Tindall chipped a ball over the top, touching down to get a converted try.

The game was far from over, as great running lines brought Phoenix straight back into Colne’s half.

For 10 minutes Colne absorbed the attack, with fantastic tackling from Connor Kinnane and Anthony Minshul keeping them at bay.

This, combined with excellent rucking play from Mark Britcliffe, saw possession turned over.

This was probably the turning point in the game, and Kyle Hargreaves rallied the forwards from the ruck and pressed forward.

Only five minutes remained of the game, with Colne behind by two points, and as the forwards battered the defensive line, Tindall lined up for the drop goal.

He got the pass from Hargreaves, and the shot went high at the posts and just skimmed right of the posts.

The referee blew his whistle and awarded Colne a penalty, and Tindall lined up the shot and struck the ball straight through the middle of the posts, to give Colne a 16-15 victory in one of the finest games seen at Holt House.