All Blacks on top against Presidents XV

President Tony Rogers presents the man of the match award to Daniel Chadwick
President Tony Rogers presents the man of the match award to Daniel Chadwick

GAINSBOROUGH Rugby Club played their last game of the season against the Gainsborough Presidents XV on Saturday,

This is traditionally a close fought affair with a number of guests and ex players coming to the club to play for the President. The game this year gave the All Blacks the opportunity to demonstrate in front of a large crowd how good a side they have become.

Gainsborough kicked off and signalled their intent as early as the second minute when Sam Hurst went over the line for his first try. The Presidents side defended as well as they could strong and tackling by Austin Huntley and prodding runs by Jonathan Brewster did their best to keep the rampant opposition at bay but Hurst went over again in the 12th minute and man of the match Chadwick crossed the line on 16 minutes.

The Presidents were rewarded with a try by Albert Parker, only to see the All Blacks score two more tries before the half-time break through Elliot Humphrey and Padgett.

In the second half the Presidents scored an early try from Lee Copperwheat but this response was soon wiped out by yet another All Blacks try. Tom Parkinson then capped a fine performance by scoring a fine individual try which was converted by club captain Vernon Goude who was making a cameo appearance on the pitch.

The Presidents never gave up and veteran Albert Parker scored his second try to take the Presidents total to 15. Fittingly, the All Blacks had the last word and prop forward Dan Hickson went over near the end of the game to make the final score 42–15.

President Tony Rogers presented the Mick Foot Cup to winning captain Elliot Humphrey and the man of the match award was presented to Daniel Chadwick although there were strong performances from Jonathan Brewster and Stuart Foot for the Presidents along with Dan Hickson, Mark Ellis and Ian Ross for the All Blacks.

n Thanks go to Phill Gilchrist a long time supporter of the club who sponsored the match ball and also to Gelders who provided the club with storage facilities throughout the year.