THE All Blacks got the better of rivals St Andrews this weekend to seal a slender 15-10 win.
The first 10 minutes was back and forth with neither team able to take advantage.
Andrews looked to have made the most of a solid scrum outside their 22, releasing their winger who made a strong run into the All Blacks’ half. But he was called back by the ref.
Daventry continued to pressure Andrews but could not find the finishing touch.
With 15 minutes left in the first-half, Luke Jones picked up a loose clearance and ran through the backs with ease to score next to the upright. The conversion was missed giving the All Blacks a slender lead of 5–0.
St Andrews put pressure on the scrum and were awarded a penalty try with only minutes of the half left which finished 5–7.
Andrews came on the attack from the restart and were awarded a penalty which was taken comfortably making it 5–10.
All Blacks’ James Heath made a strong run off the back of a solid scrum within his own 22 running down the middle of the pitch to offload to supporting players.
Russ Ogden ran through the remaining Andrews players to score in the corner.
The try was not converted putting the score at 10–10.
But with the final minute of the game looming, the All Blacks picked up a loose ball inside their half, passed to Nick Berry who scored in the corner.
The conversion was narrowly missed.
The All Blacks were in the lead for the first time in the half making it 15-10 which was how the game ended.
Man of the match went to Tom Haynes for excellent work in the scrum.