Match Report: Toronto Wolfpack vs Dewsbury Rams
Toronto Wolfpack have returned to Lamport Stadium with a bang, triumphing over Dewsbury Rams 70-8 in front of a raucous home crowd. It is the Wolfpack’s second win over the Rams in 2019 and takes their season record to 16-1, placing the transatlantic side comfortably atop the Betfred Championship table.
It was all Toronto from the opening whistle, with two tries on the board before the game time reached double digits. Gareth O’Brien was everywhere early and registered the first, while Andy Ackers somehow found a way over the line in the corner for the second.
The Matty Russell show returned to Liberty Village next, as the winger grounded the ball twice in two minutes to see the lead stretch out past 20 early in the contest.
Anthony Mullally made his presence felt with two of his own shortly after, the duo of tries interrupted by Dewsbury’s only score of the half, a clever four points from Rob Worrincy just inside the touch line. Right on the half-time whistle, Joe Mellor got his name penned into the scorebook through a crafty sneak under the defence that saw the scoreline reading a commanding 40-4 at the break.
The second half began with a milestone for Wolfpack winger Liam Kay, diving full length over the line for the 150th four-pointer of his career. O’Brien continued the celebrations with another centimetre perfect conversion attempt from the sideline.
Tom Olbieson showed his skill and pace on the 60 minute mark with an electric intercept and dash 50 metres up the field to turn defence into attack. The next play saw Liam Kay manage to wrestle Worrincy over the line to bring up the half century for Toronto. O’Brien was yet again plastered to the sideline for the conversion attempt and again he slotted it with ease, continuing a remarkable performance. Adam Sidlow make O’Brien’s task a little easier just one minute later with a try under the posts after a slick offload from Jon Wilkin.
Adam Ryder muscled his way over the line to register a consolation try for the visitors in the dying minutes of the contest. The conversion sailed wide to leave the score at 58-8. Blake Wallace refused to let that be the last score of the day however, finding his way across the line after several dummy passes that bested the Rams defence. Substitute Bob Beswick got in on the action a moment later with a try of his own and the scoreline had quickly blown out to 70-8, a margin that would hold to the final siren.
It’s a top of the table clash next for Lamport Stadium, with second placed Tolouse Olympique making the journey across the Atlantic to face the red-hot Wolfpack on June 22nd. The French side have a 2019 record of 12-5 and the clash will be hotly contested with promotion up for grabs come the end of the season. Fans can tune in live on Sky Sports in the UK, Game TV and CBC sports online in Canada and globally courtesy of the Wolfpack’s Facebook page.
7’Try Wolfpack: O’Brien 4-0
9’Try Wolfpack: Ackers. Conversion: O’Brien 10-0
14’Try Wolfpack: Russell. Conversion: O’Brien 16-0
16’Try Wolfpack: Russell. Conversion: O’Brien 22-0
24’Try Wolfpack: Mullally. Conversion: O’Brien 28-0
32’Try Rams: Worrincy 28-4
36’Try Wolfpack: Mullally. Conversion: O’Brien 34-4
39’Try Wolfpack: Mellor. Conversion: O’Brien 40-4
Half Time: 40–4
45’Try Wolfpack: Kay. Conversion: O’Brien46–4
60’Try Wolfpack: Kay. Conversion: O’Brien 52-4
62’Try Wolfpack: Sidlow. 58-4
67’Try Rams: Ryder 58-8
72’Try Wolfpack: Wallace. Conversion: O’Brien 64-8
75’Try Wolfpack: Beswick. Conversion: O’Brien 70-8
Full Time: 70–8