All Blacks beaten in final league outing by promoted Hykeham

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Gainsborough All Blacks lost their last league match of the season, when league leaders North Hykeham triumphed 34-13 at Queen Elizabeth High School.

There have been close games in the past between the sides but not on this occasion, Hykeham now looking forward to promotion.

A very well organised visiting side took the game to the hosts from the kick off and the All Blacks knew they were going to be in a battle.

The All Blacks did all they could to keep the rampant visitors at bay, some desperate tackles and hard work kept the visitors from scoring for the first 18 minutes but Hykeham’s dominance paid off eventuall with a converted try.

Gainsborough managed to get some points on the board when Jake Weatherall kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit by three points.

Hykeham extended their lead with a well taken push over try to go 12-3 in front.

The All Blacks hit back with a superb break away try, converted by Weathers.

At the start of the second half Gainsborough took the lead, totally against the run of play, as a converted penalty saw them one point in front,.

But Hykeham’s fitness and organisation told and the last 30 minutes of the match were all Hykeham.

They scored a push over try from a ruck, another try down the right wing and completed the scoring with a good move through their backs for a 34-13 victory.

The All Blacks have had a good season, albeit injury-hit, with Tom Mell and Will Cawte proving a good half back combination, along with Rick Marsh playing a utility role, giving the side something to build on.

The All Blacks final game of the season is on 25th April when they face the President’s side, at 3pm.