Pt Chev trump un­de­feated Mt Al­bert

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The Pt Che­va­lier Pi­rates have won an in­tense en­counter with top-of-the-ta­ble chal­lengers Mt Al­bert, se­cur­ing a 24-18 vic­tory on Satur­day to re­main un­de­feated in the Fox Memorial com­pe­ti­tion.

Both the Lions and Pi­rates went into Satur­day’s clash with un­blem­ished records in Auck­land Rugby League’s premier com­pe­ti­tion.

The Pi­rates came out on top and man­aged to keep the Roope Rooster tro­phy - rugby league’s equiv­a­lent of the Ran­furly Shield - in their cab­i­net for at least an­other two rounds.

Pt Che­va­lier coach Zane Pock­ling­ton said the win was pleas­ing, and he was happy his side put in an 80 minute per­for­mance - some­thing they hadn’t done so far this sea­son.

‘‘If I’m be­ing hon­est, I was sweat­ing right up un­til the hooter,’’ Pock­ling­ton said.

‘‘But we prob­a­bly put our best game froward in terms of a full pack­age. In terms of ef­fort, I was quite im­pressed at the boys abil­ity to tie in for the full 80.’’

How­ever, the win has come at a cost, with star for­ward Ar­den McCarthy carted off just seven min­utes into the match with a sus­pected ACL in­jury.

The 26-year-old gained no­tor- iety by mak­ing the Samoan squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, straight out of the Fox Memorial. While his in­jury ap­pears se­ri­ous, and could rule him out for the sea­son, Pock­ling­ton is hop­ing the ini­tial as­sess­ment is proven wrong.

Mean­while, Mt Al­bert co-coach Phil Gor­don re­mained up­beat de­spite the loss.

‘‘We were dis­ap­pointed not to get the re­sult, but what we learnt from it was very pro­duc­tive,’’ Gor­don said.

‘‘When you drop games you want to be drop­ping them at this time of the year, and you want to be learn­ing. As long as you learn from losses, you’ll keep get­ting bet­ter.’’

Gor­don praised his side for stick­ing with the game de­spite be­ing be­hind for most of the sec­ond half.

For Pock­ling­ton, while the win moves them fur­ther ahead at the top of the Fox Memorial stand­ings, he said his side knows it means lit­tle at this stage in the sea­son.

‘‘You don’t win a com­pe­ti­tion by week five,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re not as fit as we need to be and we’re still want­ing to im­prove and get bet­ter.’’

Pt Chev are now two points clear at the top of the stand­ings with How­ick leap-frog­ging Mt Al­bert into sec­ond place.

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