All Blacks win in a mud bath battle at Scunthorpe III

Gainsborough Maoris v Boston 2nds
Gainsborough Maoris v Boston 2nds

Gainsborough Rugby Club’s All Blacks triumphed in a mud bath on Saturday, winning a hastily arranged game with Scunthorpe III 23-18.

The weather forced the cancellation of the All Blacks trip to Barton, and the Maoris home game against Hykeham.

The All Blacks managed to find a game, in Scunthorpe, and despite the wet conditions from the recent snow made a good start and put Scunthorpe under immense early pressure.

This resulted in the hosts conceding a penalty, the All Blacks chose to go for goal and Tom Parkinson added three points.

The All Blacks produced some cracking tackles, but Scunthorpe pushed Gainsborough back and pinned them into their own 22, winning a penalty that made it 3-3.

Gainsborough demonstrated good scrummaging throughout the whole match.

Kieron Locking was dominant at full-back and made some fine runs into the hosts’ danger area.

He grabbed the first try of the game when he retrieved the ball from a set of fine passes and used his speed to go down the wing, avoiding oncoming tackles.

Both teams were playing good rugby and Gainsborough’s Daniel Chadwick carried on his scoring form by running over to give Gainsborough their second of the day.

Scrum-half Parkinson slotted home the conversion to go into half-time at 15-3.

Gainsborough started the second half like they did the first by forcing Scunthorpe to give away a penalty and again Parkinson’s long range effort gave the visitors an extra three.

Scunthorpe regrouped and came back at Gainsborough after the restart and as a result the All Blacks lost possession and give away a penalty kick that Scunthorpe converted to start a come back.

The home side levelled the scoreline with two further tries, both made by the dominance of their forwards, one of them unconverted.

Chadwick made sure of victory by running in his third try in two games, and although the conversion, Gainsborough were 23-18 winners.

Gainsboroughs Man Of The Match aweard went to two-try scorer Chadwick.

On Saturday the Maoris host Skegness at 3pm.