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Pioneer go close to first win

Pioneer captain Quentin Trass makes a hit up against Levin Lions. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

RUGBY LEAGUE

A strong second half wasn’t enough for Pioneer to get a first win of the Manawatu premier championship on Saturday.

Levin Lions looked to be cruising with a 22-6 lead at halftime in the match played at Pioneer’s Jeans St fortress.

The home side had other ideas, and fired up by a good-sized enthusiastic crowd, they scored three tries to pull within two points of the visitors at 20-22 with 10 minutes left on the clock.

With the game in the balance, the Lions lifted the intensity and finished with two late tries to win a thrilling encounter.

Pioneer have yet to register a point in the championship, involving eight teams, and being played over 10 weeks.

Their next outing is away on Saturday against Linton Cobras at Linton Military Camp.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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