All Blacks end with Presidential win

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Gainsborough All Blacks finished their season with a 12-10 victory over the Presidents XV, in the annual Mick Foot Trophy encounter.

A big crowd gathered for the match, marking Gainsborough Rugby Club’s 40th anniversary.

Club President and one of the original All Blacks Tony Rodgers played the first few minutes for his team.

The All Blacks produced a good start with Daniel Chadwick gaining ground before passing the ball out to the wing, to Nathan Haymer Bates who went on to score.

The Presidents team worked their way back into the game, and Eddy Turtle levelled the scores with a try of his own.

Sam Hurst and Tom Turtle were effective in defence to keep out the All Blacks and ensure the sides went in level at the break.

Gainsborough struck first in the second half, Daniel Dawson crossing the line, before prop Vernon Goude converted for a 12-5 lead.

Gainsborough old boy Darren Smith scored a try that took the tally to 12-10 and there was no more scoring before the final whistle.

Man of the Match went to Market Rasen’s finest John Waters for his performance for the Presidents.

A Gainsborough spokesman said: “The club would like to thank the players from the local clubs that turned out for the Presidents team, Tony Goude for organising the team and the Maltings, Kate and Sharon for the refreshments afterwards.”