Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Wolfpack Rally to Win First Competitive Rugby League Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Wolfpack Rally to Win First Competitive Rugby League Game

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Wolfpack rally to win first competitive game

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HALIFAX - The Toronto Wolfpack survived a resolute Siddal amateur side to win its first competitive rugby league game 14-6 Saturday in the third round of the knockout Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The game was played in wind, rain and mud at CWC Park in west Yorkshire.

The Wolfpack, the sport's first transatlantic team, trailed 2-0 in the first half and 6-4 in the second despite dominating possession and mounting one attack after another on the Siddal goal-line. Late tries by Greg Worthington and Adam Sidlow proved to be the winning margin.

Toronto opens league play on March 4 at the London Skolars in the Kingstone Press League 1, the third tier of English rugby. Its first home game at Lamport Stadium is May 6 against Oxford RLFC. Its goal is to win promotion twice to climb into the elite Super League.

American Ryan Burroughs also scored a try for Toronto. Captain Craig Hall added a conversion

George Ambler scored Siddal's try with Gareth Blackburn, a plumber when not playing rugby league, kicking a penalty.

Toronto's Fuifui Moimoi, a former fan favourite for the Parramatta Eels in Australia's NRL, was sent off in the dying minutes for a high tackle. Siddal's Freddie Walker was named man of the match.

The third round saw Toronto and the other 15 Kingstone Press League 1 clubs joining the eight second-round winners.

Siddal, which made the fourth round of last year's competition, beat the Milford Marlins 16-4 and Pilkinton Recs 34-10 to earn the date with Toronto.

The Wolfpack lost Hall to an eye injury in the warmup. Replaced by James Laithwaite in the starting 13, he came in off the bench later.

Toronto had the best of the first half but only led 4-2 thanks to some stout Siddal defending.

Former Samoan international Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e -- known as QLT -- came close early for Toronto but stepped into touch as he headed for the corner. The attack was aided by a Siddal penalty for offside at the end of a Toronto set. …

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