DAVENTRY Firsts were battling the elements and a strong opposition in their dour rearranged clash with Northampton Men’s Own.
But despite going into an early lead the All Blacks went on to suffer a 17-13 defeat at the final whistle.
The breakthrough came for Daventry with a try and penalty after they had to put up with a strong breeze on their backs.
Impressive defending work from the visitors kept the home side’s pressure under control throughout most of the game.
But just before the interval Mens Own found a gap in the All Blacks’ defence to go over from close range to score a try putting the half-time score on 8-5.
A further try and conversion put Men’s Own into the lead despite the strong breeze making playing conditions difficult.
But Daventry refused to give up the fight and powerful running allowed them to score a try and get back in front by the narrowest of margins.
Men’s Own battled back and retook the advantage with the score on 17-13 after winning plenty of possession.
With the final whistle drawing near, Daventry had another chance to salvage the points but the final pass went astray ending all hopes of a last-minute turn around for the All Blacks.