Stormy game ends in narrow defeat for the All Blacks men

Gainsborough Rugby Club annual Presidents game. All Blacks v Presidents G130427-12d
Gainsborough Rugby Club annual Presidents game. All Blacks v Presidents G130427-12d

Gainsborough All Blacks were pipped 15-13 by Nottingamians on Saturday, the Notts side avenging a narrow defeat in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

The All Blacks travelled to Holme Pierre Point on the coldest and windiest day of the campaign.

The Nottingham side were experienced campaigners, taking on the emerging youth of the All Blacks.

The wind was always going to be the greatest factor and both sides had difficulty in putting any expansion into their game early on.

Both packs were evenly matched in the set but Grant Bell certainly gave the All Blacks the edge in the line-out.

Man of the Match Tom Mell looked very sharp at the base of the scrum and caused the hosts problems throughout, and in the early stages they did not expect his tenacious runs to cause them so many problems.

The hosts put Gainsborough under pressure for the first 15 minutes, good defense and some sharp tackles kept them at bay.

Gainsborough suffered two body blows in quick succession, losing Ross Duncan to injury and a player was sent off.

Ross was replaced but playing the rest of the game with 14 was a big ask.

Nottinghamians used the conditions to their advantage and ran in two tries before half-time to give them a 10-0 advantage.

Lack of home discipline kept Gainsborough in the game, Nottinghamians losing two players to the bin either side of half-time.

Early in the second half Gainsborough touched down, a fine try by Will Cawte converted by Chadwick.

Unfortunately the hosts drove a maul over the line giving them a 15-7 cushion.

Some smart thinking by Chadwick saw him come out of the scrum and link up with his backs before crashing over for the last score of the game.

The Nottingham side’s captain was shown a red card for his second yellow card offence but Gainsborough could not take advantage and ran out of time.