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SUPER SONICS FALL SHORT

A late fightback from Conference League 3 heavyweights Warrington Wizards denied understrength Bristol Sonics a fifth straight win on Saturday.The Sonics, who traveled to the North West with an injury-ravaged squad and only two substit, came within five minutes of causing a huge upset at Wilderspool, one of British Rugby League’s most iconic stadiums.Bristol led for much of the game and looked like holding out for a remarkable victory, but a trio of tries in the closing stages, the last three minutes from time, allowed the title-chasing home side to sneak a 34-32 victory.The Sonics started brightly and soon raced in to a 10-0 lead thanks to tries from full back Elliot Nightingale and returning second rower Tom Verber, the latter converted by skipper Dom Swann. Warrington hit back to take the lead thanks to three unconverted tries, before Sonics second team captain Joe Singleton finished off a fineNightingale break to put Bristol back in front. Following heavy pressure, the home side scored a converted try on the stroke of half time to lead 18-16 at the break.

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