Brave Gainsborough All Blacks were delighted by their performance against unbeaten title-chasers Bingham in their latest match in the Midlands 5 East (North) Division of the National Rugby Union League.
High-flying Bingham went into the game on the back of four straight victories and a tally of more than 140 points. But All Blacks pushed them all the way before going down 24-17.
Their backs ran the ball at every opportunity, taking the game to the visitors, and as soon it was spun wide, they created some excellent chances.
Life was made easier for the backs by the forwards’ total domination of the opposition at scrums and line outs, and after a scoreless opening 25 minutes, the Gainsborough team stunned Bingham by surging into a 10-0 lead. Will Cawte kicked a penalty and then Jake Wrather touched down for a try that was converted.
All Blacks looked comfortable and they only surrendered their stranglehold on the match when Vernon Goude was sent to the sin bin five minutes before half-time. Bingham duly took advantage and crashed over for a converted try.
The second half saw the home side continue to dominate the set-piece, but Bingham used their experience to score a second try and, suddenly, the hosts were trailing (14-10) for the first time.
As the visitors’ confidence increased, they extended their lead to 24-10 with a penalty and a converted try. But the All Blacks weren’t finished yet and regained their composure to fashion another converted try, scored by Grant Bell.