Match Report: Toronto Wolfpack vs Gloucestershire All Golds

MITCHELL TIERNEY, Lamport Stadium, July 8, 2017

The Toronto Wolfpack cruised to victory in their penultimate game before the Super 8s, defeating the University of Gloucestershire All Golds 62-10.

After starting slowly in their last two games, the Wolfpack came out strong against a depleted All Golds side, who were missing several players for various reasons.

Toronto opened the scoring on 6 minutes when a play started by Greg Worthington was finished in the corner by a diving Ryan Burroughs. Craig Hall missed the conversion.

Then on 12 minutes Hall picked off a pass in his own half and rushed the ball the length of the field to score. He converted as well to bring the score to 10-0.

Four minutes later, Hall sent a looping pass across to Johnny Pownall on the right wing, who touched the ball down in the corner for his 16th try of the season. Hall converted.

Rhys Jacks helped to extend the Toronto lead in the 26th minute when he found a wide open Richard Whiting who touched down between the posts. Jacks added a try of his own on 31 minutes and Hall converted both to bring the score to 28-0.

Hall and Pownall connected again in the 34th minute, with a give-and-go passing play that Pownall unselfishly let the Toronto captain finish for his second try of the game. Hall converted.

On the back foot for most of the half, the All Golds finished strong. On 37 minutes Gloucestershire captain Steve Parry faked a pass out wide before diving over the line. Jack Mitchell converted.

Then, on the halftime hooter, Joe McClean picked off a pass from Hall and ran the ball to within inches of the Toronto try line. Hall, however, caught him just before he could touch the ball down. The All Golds players celebrated, thinking McClean had scored, but a penalty was awarded to the Wolfpack for a double movement. The score at the half was 34-6 Toronto.

Toronto added to their lead early in the second half. FuiFui MoiMoi barreled over a couple of All Golds defenders to touch the ball down between the posts on 44 minutes. Hall converted.

In the 55th minute, the home crowd at Lamport Stadium was given a moment of excitement of a different kind. 18-year-old Quinn Ngawati made his debut, becoming the first player born and raised in Canada to play for the Wolfpack.

Ngawati’s energetic play off the bench helped to continue the Wolfpack momentum. Shortly after his introduction they added three more tries courtesy of Bob Beswick, Worthington and Steven Crossley. Hall converted two of three to bring the score to 56-6.

Worthington’s try was a glimpse of Ngawati’s abilities, as the Canadian made a smart one-handed pass in the buildup.

The All Golds had one last moment of joy on 76 minutes when great ball movement down the left wing resulted in a try for Lewis Reece. Mitchell was unable to convert.

Toronto then capped off a commanding victory on 78 minutes when MoiMoi offloaded to Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e who touched the ball down between the posts.

GAME BREAKER: Jonny Pownall’s 30th minute try was the start of a remarkable half hour performance from Toronto in which they recorded ten tries and 52 points, breaking the resistance of a York side who had been leading when the onslaught began.

GAMESTAR: Liam Kay scored five Wolfpack tries in a devastating 20 minutes spell either side of half-time – the fourth try being the most memorable as he chased his own kick 15 metres and barrelled through the York defence to touch it down.

MATCH FACTS

TORONTO WOLFPACK

1 Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e
15 Ryan Burroughs
3 Greg Worthington
5 Liam Kay
2 Johnathan Pownall
4 Craig Hall (C)
7 Rhys Jacks
10 Daniel Fleming
9 Bob Beswick
19 Steve Crossley
17 Richard Whiting
12 James Laithwaite
13 Jack Bussey

Subs (all used)
8 Fuifui MoiMoi
29 Jake Emmitt
21 Adam Sidlow
28 Quinn Ngawati

Tries: Burroughs (6), Hall (12, 34), Pownall (16), Whiting (27), Jacks (32), MoiMoi (44), Beswick (61), Worthington (68), Crossley (71), Laulu-Togaga’e (78)
Goals: Hall 9/11

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS

1 Jack Mitchell
2 Mo Agoro
3 Phil Cowburn
4 Lewis Reece
5 Errol Carter
6 Shaun Owens
7 Danny Fallon
8 James Walter
9 Steve Parry (C)
10 Harrison Elliot
11 Chris Worrall
12 Joe McClean
13 Billy Brickhill

Subs (all used)
14 Luke Stephens
15 Alex Gaskell
16 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones
17 Richard Jones

Tries: Parry (37), Reece (76)
Goals: Mitchell 1/2

Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match

Toronto Wolfpack: Craig Hall
York City Knights Steve Parry

Penalty count: 9-7
Half-time: 34-6
Referee: Brandon Robinson
Attendance: 7,139

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 10-0, 16-0, 22-0, 28-0, 34-0, 34-6, 40-6, 46-6, 50-6, 56-6, 56-10, 62-10

Air Transat 3 Stars

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