Match Report: Toronto Wolfpack v Barrow Raiders
Toronto Wolfpack have accounted for a spirited Barrow Raiders and emerged with a dominant 62-8 home victory, their 20th consecutive win in the 2019 Betfred Championship. Undefeated at Lamport Stadium so far this season, the Wolfpack have already qualified in first place for the upcoming Playoff Series and this dominant display against Barrow builds on their momentum as they prepare to fight for promotion to the Super League.
The inaugural Forces and Families game drew an impressive Labour Day weekend crowd of 7,129 to recognise and acknowledge the brave military personnel and their families in attendance.
It was a fast start for the Wolfpack, with skipper Josh McCrone scoring inside two minutes, but it was an inspired 15 minute period to close out the first half that took the game away from Barrow. Toronto registered seven tries in the opening 40 minutes and five of them came in that scintillating final fifteen, giving the home side a 38-point lead at the break.
The usual suspects were involved in everything for the Wolfpack as Matty Russell owned the left wing, Liam Kay refused to be tackled, Joe Mellor and Andy Ackers were at their crafty best, Andrew Dixon and Anthony Mullally charged at the Raiders defense all day and Gareth O’Brien was sublime with the boot.
For the visitors, Jamie Dallimore was defiant in the face of the Wolfpack onslaught, scoring all of the Raider’s points and combining with his teammates to create several additional chances. It was a tough day for Barrow but they never dropped their heads, instead giving their all for the full 80 minutes to the delight of their traveling fans and gaining the respect of Wolfpack supporters.
Liam Kay finished the day with a high-flying hat-trick while Andrew Dixon and Matty Russell had two tries next to their names at the final whistle. O’Brien had his radar tuned in, slotting 10 out of 11 conversion attempts, some of which sailed through from the sideline. In a tough day to pick the best afield thanks to a sustained team effort from the Wolfpack, Ashton Sims was strong in defense and Ricky Leutele showed the crowd his sidestep and speed in setting up multiple tries.
The Wolfpack will be back in action on Saturday September 7th as Leigh Centurions come to town for a showdown at Lamport Stadium. The fixture is the Wolfpack’s Fan Appreciation Game and will feature exciting activations and entertainment aimed at thanking fans for their support throughout 2019. Giveaways will be plentiful and the usual family-friendly party atmosphere will be in full-swing for the Wolfpack’s final game before the Playoffs begin at Lamport Stadium on Sunday, September 22. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.
2’ Try Wolfpack: McCrone. Conversion: O’Brien 6-0
12’ Penalty Barrow: Dallimore 6-2
15’ Try Wolfpack: Dixon. Conversion: O’Brien 12-2
26’ Try Wolfpack: Kay 16-2
28’ Try Wolfpack: Russell. Conversion: O’Brien 22-2
34’ Try Wolfpack: Mellor. Conversion: O’Brien 28-2
38’ Try Wolfpack: Mullally. Conversion: O’Brien 34-2
40’ Try Wolfpack: Kay. Conversion: O’Brien 40-2
Half Time: 40 – 2
43’ Try Wolfpack: Ackers. Conversion: O’Brien 46-2
47’ Try Raiders: Dallimore. Conversion: Dallimore 46-8
56’ Try Wolfpack: Dixon. Conversion: O’Brien 52-8
66’ Try Wolfpack: Russell. Conversion O’Brien 58-8
72’ Try Wolfpack: Kay 62-8
Full Time: 62-8