Match Report: Toronto Wolfpack vs Workington Town

Traffic problems delay Wolfpack’s Cumbrian adventure

Allan Holliday, Derwent Park, Sunday

This was Toronto Wolfpack’s second visit to the coastal community of West Cumbria, following their visit to neighbouring Whitehaven in March.

And although the weather was much warmer in June than it was three months earlier, the Wolfpack players were left to kick their heels as the game was delayed
by two and a quarter hours because the referee had been delayed following an accident on the nearby M6 motorway.

Three Workington Town players were also held up, but once they arrived a kick-off time of 4:30 pm was announced and fans unable to stay were offered their
money back.

But at that time the Wolfpack players and officials had grown tired of kicking their heels and had decamped to their hotel.

What had been an eagerly anticipated fixture for Workington fans had developed into a frustrating shambles. One Workington player could only play the first-half because of the delay as he was a part-time player holding down another job and was set to go onto the night-shift.

When the game did get underway Toronto went over inside two minutes but Ryan Burroughs’ inside pass to put Greg Worthington over was ruled forward.

But they did take the lead on seven minutes when the ball was shipped smartly to the right where Jonny Pownall dived over in the corner. Craig Hall missed the conversion.

But Toronto showed why they have been sweeping all before them on 14 minutes when they turned defence into attack from a scrum deep in their own half. They moved the ball smartly out wide and this time Burroughs’ inside pass to Worthington was legal and he stormed over. Hall converted.

They scored again on 19 minutes when Ryan Brierley put up a kick and although Kieran Mewse held on near his own line he was driven backwards, lost control and Hall touched down. He also converted.

The procession to the Town line continued three minutes later when Hall was given an opportunity to slice through an inviting gap. He converted again.

Town were showing a lot of spirit despite the scoreline and they forced a drop-out and that sparked three successive sets on the Toronto line. They were rewarded for their persistence on 32 minutes when Gordon Maudling stepped inside two tackles to score a good try. Carl Forber converted.

With two minutes left in the half Brierley side-stepped a despairing tackle to score from close in and Hall landed the conversion.

It took only four minutes of the second half for Toronto to score again. Bob Beswick, who had been at the heart of Toronto’s best moments, broke from deep and put Jack Bussey over. Hall converted.

Three minutes later Worthington squeezed in at the corner as the Wolfpack came again and Hall landed a fine touchline conversion.

But Town showed great spirit again coming back well with some quick hands near the line to send Perry Singleton crashing over. Forber converted.

Remarkably going into the final quarter it was Toronto who seemed to be tiring in the heat, with several of the forwards, in particular, taking ages to get back into the line.

But they did come back five minutes from the end after a strong burst by Bussey created pressure deep in the Town half and from close in Sean Penkywicz dived over under the posts. Hall converted.

They scored two further tries in the last three minutes through Brierley and Pownall.

GAMEBREAKER: The two tries either side of half-time which enable Toronto to pull away from a spirited Workington side.

GAMESTAR: Bob Beswick, always creative and busy, was a stand-out performer for the League leaders.

MATCHFACTS

Workington Town

21 Gabriel Fell
22 Kieran Mewse
2 Joe Hambley
4 Jason Mossop
17 Scott Rooke
6 Carl Forber
14 Jamie Doran
12 Alex Szostak
16 Stuart Howarth
15 Tom Curwen
11 Brett Phillips
23 Phil Joseph
13 Perry Singleton

Inter changes (all used)
19 Joe Ryan
18 Conor Fitzsimmons
25 Gordon Maudling
24 Phil Lister

Tries: Maudling (32), Singleton (50)
Goals: Forber 2/2

Toronto Wolfpack

15 Ryan Burroughs
2 Jonny Pownall
1 Quentin Laulu Togagae
4 Craig Hall
3 Greg Worthington
7 Rhys Jacks
27 Ryan Brierley
25 Ryan Bailey
9 Bob Beswick
13 Jack Bussey
29 Jake Emmitt
17 Richard Whiting
10 Dan Fleming

Subs (all used)
19 Steve Crossley
24 Sean Penkywicz
16 Shaun Pick
8 Fuifui Moimoi

Tries: Pownall (7, 79), Worthington (14, 47), Hall (19, 22), Brierley (38, 77), Bussey (44), Penkywicz (75).
Goals: Hall 9/10

Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match

Town: Perry Singleton
Wolfpack: Bob Beswick

Penalty Count: 12-12
Half-time: 6-28
Referee: Greg Dolan
Attendance: 835

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 0-10, 0-16, 0-22, 6-22, 6-28; 6-34, 6-40, 12-40, 12-46, 12-52, 12-58

Air Transat 3 Stars