Hooker plays role in Pioneer win

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An unlikely figure helped nail Pioneer’s 31-17 win against Albion-Excelsior at Newman Park in a senior pool rugby match in Gore on Saturday.

Pioneer’s replacement hooker, Troy Wyatt, beat four players on his way to take the match beyond reach.

Wyatt, a former winger, recalled his past skills when he was provided with space out wide.

“The ball I received was a great pass in good space.

“I just had to capitalise on that space the inside backs had provided me .. ” Wyatt said.

Forcing it . . . Pioneer forward Michael Burgess looks to get downward pressure to score in the match against Albion Excelsior at Newman Park.

He was excited to see the impact he and fellow bench players made towards the end of the match.

Pioneer stand-in coach Eugene O’Neill said it was good to have a local derby to start the season off. The match was a good confidence-booster.

“We ground them down in the forwards a bit in the first half and in the second there were a few more gaps in the backs,” he said.

Heads up . . . Albion Excelsior’s Richard Robinson gets ready to rumble at Pioneer’s defence in the team’s first match of the season.

A few more of the passes stuck, too.

“We’ll take the win by all means. They are a good attacking side.

“We still have plenty to work on.”

Pioneer plays Riverton in its second-round match this Saturday.