Halifax RLFC 0 – 14 Toronto Wolfpack
Toronto Wolfpack earned a hard earned victory over Halifax RLFC at the MBi Shay to kick-start their postseason Super 8s The Qualifers campaign.
Tries from Andy Ackers and Andrew Dixon as well as 2 conversions and a penalty from Gareth O’Brien’s boot ensured the Wolfpack head to Toronto for back-to-back home games with a valuable two points in their quest for promotion to the Super League for 2019.
The game was a tight contest throughout between the two sides who had ended the regular season with the two best defensive records in the Betfred Championship.
The Wolfpack were resilient in defense throughout, with Halifax failing to complete sets at key times. Offensively the Wolfpack created some good chances but failed to convert, notably during the opening exchanges as a Matty Russell was adjudged to have dropped the ball when grounding, before a Chase Stanley try called back for a forward pass in the build up. The two sides looked to be heading in scoreless at half time before some good work from Blake Wallace set up Andy Ackers to finish 5 minutes before the break. A Gareth O’Brien penalty gave the Wolfpack a light cushion mid way through the second half before Andrew Dixon went over with just 3 minutes to go to secure the win.
The game was marred by two injuries for the Wolfpack, with both Matty Russell and Liam Kay leaving the game during the first half.
The Wolfpack now travel back to Toronto for back-to-back home games starting on Saturday (August 18th) against Hull Kingston Rovers. The game at Lamport Stadium kicks off at 2:30pm EDT / 7:30pm BST.
35’ Try Wolfpack: Ackers + Conversion O’Brien 0-6
HALF TIME: 0-6
57’ Penalty Wolfpack: O’Brien 0-8
77’ Try Wolfpack: Dixon + Conversion O’Brien 0-14
FULL TIME: 0-14