Toronto Wolfpack vs Halifax R.L.F.C.
Toronto Wolfpack have claimed their fourteenth straight victory in the form of a tough 34-12 win against Halifax RLFC at Lamport Stadium. The result takes the Wolfpack’s 2019 record to 19-1 and maintains their five game lead atop the Betfred Championship standings.
During a hotly contested opening ten minutes, neither side was able to break through the others lines, with several crunching tackles echoing throughout the stadium. It took until the 13th minute for the deadlock to be broken, when Liam Kay created space on the wing and dove across the line to get the scoring underway. The prolific winger would have a double inside half an hour thanks to a four-pointer in the same corner that came off the back of solid work to carry the ball upfield from his teammates.
The crowd were left on the edge of their seats for the duration of the first half, with the on-field action proving to be tight and tense. The Wolfpack threw everything at the visiting side but were unable to put a sizable margin on the scoreboard. Halifax had their chances as well and could easily have seen themselves with a lead at the break but as it stood, the home side held onto a slender 10-point margin when the whistle was blown.
The game opened up in the second half for the Wolfpack, registering the tries within 20 minutes of the resumption of play. Andy Ackers scored his first after a clever kick through the Halifax defense and Gareth O’Brien celebrated his 200th appearance with a try of his own that took the home side to a commanding 22-point lead. The dominant surge all but took the game away from Halifax, with O’Brien crossing for his second moments later and converting to stretch the margin to 28.
There were nervous moments for Wolfpack fans however when Halifax scored two tries in three minutes on the back of some excellent work of their own and an error in defense from Toronto. The consecutive converted tries dragged the margin back to 16 points and sent a shudder through the Wolfpack ranks but it would prove to be too late as the home side scored a final try in the dying minutes to claim a 22-point triumph.
The Wolfpack remain in Toronto now in preparation for a clash with Featherstone Rovers on Saturday, July 13th. The Rovers are fighting for a spot in the coveted top five and the fixture promises to be a tough battle from start to finish given how much both sides have to play for. With finals rapidly approaching, the Wolfpack are looking to continue their impressive run of victories and Featherstone will be determined to claim a vital two points that could see them claim a playoff berth. The action begins from 1pm at the Den and as always there will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment and the party atmosphere the Wolfpack is renowned for.
13’ Try Wolfpack: Kay 4-0
28’ Try Wolfpack: Kay. Conversion: O’Brien 10-0
Half Time: 10-0
44’ Try Wolfpack: Ackers. Conversion: O’Brien 16-0
53’ Try Wolfpack: O’Brien. Conversion: O’Brien 22-0
57’ Try Wolfpack: O’Brien. Conversion: O’Brien 28-0
63’ Try Halifax: Cooper. Conversion: Tyrer 28-6
66’ Try Halifax: Johnston. Conversion: Tyrer 28-12
77’ Try Wolfpack: Olbison. Conversion: O’Brien 34-14
Full Time: 34-12