Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Wolfpack Face Toughest Test Yet against Warrington in Challenge Cup Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Wolfpack Face Toughest Test Yet against Warrington in Challenge Cup Game

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Wolfpack face toughest test yet in Cup game

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The Toronto Wolfpack will be taking on history when they visit the Warrington Wolves in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Founded in 1876, the Wolves have lifted the Cup eight times. Second-year Toronto, rugby league's lone transatlantic team, has played just five games in the historic knockout competition.

But Wolfpack coach Paul Rowley is relishing the chance to take on the Super League side.

"For us, it's by far the strongest opposition we've faced in our short history," Rowley said in an interview. "So for our players, it's a chance to test themselves.

"We've been to all weird and wonderful places on our travels up to now this year. So to play at a good stadium against a great team is a good platform for them."

Warrington (10-4-0) stands third in the elite Super League standings and has won nine straight in all competitions since dropping a 30-12 decision to league-leading St. Helens on March 9.

Toronto (11-1-1) tops the second-tier Betfred Championship table and has won 11 straight in all competitions, despite playing only one game at home due to renovations at Lamport Stadium.

Sunday marks just the second time the Wolfpack have faced a Super League team in a competitive game. Toronto lost 29-22 to the Salford Red Devils in the fifth round of last year's Challenge Cup.

Toronto is relatively healthy going into the game with only Gary Wheeler (bicep tear) and Jack Buchanan (shoulder) unavailable

Toronto's Ashton Sims, Gareth O'Brien, Matty Russell and Wheeler all played for Warrington in the past. Sims, an Australian-born Fiji international, still lives in Warrington.

"It's nice for them to come back," Rowley said. "There's reasons to be enthusiastic and excited about the game. There's enough already but that adds an extra bit of spice. …

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