Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wolfpack Lose First Match of the Season to Open Super 8s Playoffs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wolfpack Lose First Match of the Season to Open Super 8s Playoffs

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Wolfpack stunned in Super 8s playoff opener

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YORK, United Kingdom - The Toronto Wolfpack opened the Super 8s playoffs on Sunday with a 26-16 defeat to the York City Knights.

The Wolfpack, who topped Kingstone Press League 1 in its inaugural season with a 15-0-0 record, had tries from Craig Hall, Bob Beswick and Ryan Brierley en route to their first ever loss.

Toronto, aiming for one of two promotion spots to the second-tier championship, plays eighth-place Workington Town next week in the second round of the Super 8s.

Sunday's game saw fourth-place York City roar to a stunning 18-0 lead at half time that proved too much for Toronto to handle. While the Wolfpack came out strong after the break with back-to-back tries in a five-minute span, they couldn't keep the Knights down.

Hall's try, his 21st of the season, cut Toronto's deficit to 20-16 but York's Connor Robinson restored the 10-point cushion roughly 10 minutes later. …

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