President’s XV beat Gainsborough All Blacks in invitational match, with last gasp try

The President's XV
The President's XV

A last gasp try for the President’s XV saw them pip Gainsborough All Blacks to the Mick Foot Trophy with a 13-11 win.

This encounter delivered heavy downpours, sunshine and the odd heated moment.

Gainsborough All Blacks

Gainsborough All Blacks

The Gainsborough president and original All Black himself Tony Rogers was present at pitchside to oversee proceedings.

President’s captain for the day was Market Rasen’s John Waters who instead of playing in a cup final came to play in the annual President’s match.

The invitational team, alongside some former All Black players, dominated the first half with most of the possession being held in All Black territory.

The home side were under immense pressure all through the half but the All Blacks pushed the President’s XV back and forced them into making a mistake.

Showing some good well worked moves along with some good passing, an excellent final pass put Jordan Tuplin in to go down the right hand side and cross the line for the first score of the match.

It was first blood to the All Blacks, however the conversion was unsuccessful.

The President’s regained control and won themselves a penalty which they opted to go for the posts and in doing so, Jake Goodison slotted home the points to reduce the deficit to two.

This concluded the half and the All Blacks went into the half-time interval 5-3 ahead.

The second half kicked off and All Blacks took a firmer hold of the game by earning two penalties in a short period of time.

Both were goal attempts and Gainsborough’s kicker Tom Mell converted twice to increase the lead further for the All Blacks.

The President’s team wasn’t finished however, and they closed the gap by scoring a penalty through Goodison’s boot.

Towards the end of the match they were given the chance for some more points the Goodison was unsuccessful.

But the 22 drop out that followed was sliced horrible, and ended up in the hands of President’s veteran Wayne Sandall who passed it to Lee Copperwheat and he took the honours of scoring the final try of the game, converted by Jake Goodison who sealed the 13-11 win for the President’s.

It was the first time in a few years the President’s have overcome their opposition.

Man of the Match went to Gainsborough All Black Tom Fell.

Throughout the game there was some good tackling being and solid scrummaging.

Starring in the All Blacks pack was their captain for the day, Andy Turner Guest.

Overall it was an even and entertaining game.