Match Report – Toronto Wolfpack v Swinton Lions
Toronto Wolfpack have marked their 2019 Home Opener at a sun-soaked Lamport Stadium with a 52-10 win over Swinton Lions in front of 9,562 fans. The crowd is the highest single-game attendance for any Championship League game in history. The victory sees the Canadian side hold their two game lead at the top of the Betfred Championship table after 12 rounds with a record of 11-1.
The national anthems were still echoing throughout the crowd when Gareth O’Brien got on the end of some slick passing from the Wolfpack and fought his way over the try-line despite several defenders hanging onto him. Blake Wallace was then faced with a tough conversion attempt from the touchline and sent it just wide.
Wallace went hunting for points himself six minutes later when he threw a crafty dummy in the shadows of the Craft Beer Garden and sliced through a gap to register his first of the day. He would then convert his own work and extend the lead out to 10.
The Lions got themselves on the board in the 23rd minute through Matty Ashton after an errant pass from the Wolfpack ended in the hands of the Swinton defence. They would go the length of the field and and score after a foot-race that charged the atmosphere in the Stadium and a successful conversion from Smith saw the lead narrow to just four points.
Swinton then held on valiantly as the Wolfpack made several charges at their line but eventually Bodene Thompson was able to muscle his way through and claim four points for the Toronto cause. Wallace slotted the conversion and the lead was out to ten points. The Wolfpack weren’t done for the opening half, with Andy Ackers getting in on the act with just two minutes remaining before the break.
Wallace would add two more thanks to a penalty for a bone-shaking shoulder charge that saw Gavin Bennion sin-binned for the opening ten minutes of the second half. The siren would eventually sound with the scoreline reading 24-6 at the halfway mark.
Andrew Dixon got things underway in the second half with a barnstorming charge at the Lions defence who were unable to stop him crossing the line for another four points. Ricky Leutele would then add to his 2019 points total with an acrobatic try in the left corner a few minutes later that saw the lead stretch out to 28 points in the Wolfpack’s favour.
Skipper Josh McCrone got himself involved shortly after with a remarkable offload in heavy traffic to Tom Olbison who took full advantage of the space it created to stretch the lead out by another converted try. Blake Wallace crossed for his second of the day shortly after and the Wolfpack’s dominance was fully reflected on the scoreboard, reading 46-6 with 15 minutes to play.
Adam Higson then slid in for his first of the day and the Wallace conversion saw him increase his personal tally for the day to 24 points. Swinton claimed a consolation try through Butt in the dying minutes of the contest to see the final scoreline read 52-10 the way of the home side.
The Wolfpack return to Lamport Stadium next Saturday, May 4th to take on Bradford Bulls with the on-field action getting underway at 1pm. Tickets are still available and fans can claim them through this link.
6’ Try Wolfpack: O’Brien 4-0
12’ Try Wolfpack: Wallace. Conversion: Wallace 10-0
23’ Try Lions: Ashton. Conversion: Smith, 10-6
34’ Try Wolfpack: Thompson. Conversion: Wallace 16-6
38’ Try Wolfpack: Ackers. Conversion: Wallace 22-6
40’ Penalty: Wallace 24-6
Half Time: 24 – 6
46’ Try Wolfpack: Dixon. Conversion: Wallace 30-6
50’ Try Wolfpack: Leutele 34-6
55’ Try Wolfpack: Olbison. Conversion: Wallace 40-6
64’ Try Wolfpack: Wallace. Conversion: Wallace 46-6
68’ Try Wolfpack: Higson. Conversion: Wallace 52-6
73’ Try Lions: Butts 52-10
Full Time: 52 – 10
Toronto Wolfpack Team
1 Gaz O’Brien
3 Chase Stanley
4 Ricky Leutele
7 Josh McCrone
8 Adam Sidlow
9 Bob Beswick
10 Ashton Sims
11 Andrew Dixon
12 Bodene Thompson
13 Jon Wilkin
14 Andy Ackers
15 Darcy Lussick
16 Tom Olbison
17 Blake Wallace
21 Anthony Mullally
24. Nicholas Rawsthorne