Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Wolfpack Rally for Late Rugby Win over Featherstone Rovers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Wolfpack Rally for Late Rugby Win over Featherstone Rovers

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Wolfpack rally for late win over Rovers


PONTEFRACT, United Kingdom - Late tries by Andrew Dixon and Matty Russell lifted the Toronto Wolfpack to a 23-14 win over Featherstone Rovers in Betfred Championship rugby league play Monday.

Dixon's sixth try of the season, in the 75th minute, saved the day for Toronto (10-1-0), which has a four-point lead atop the second-tier Championship table. Russell then scored his third of the day in the corner in the 80th minute before leaving the field favouring his shoulder.

Trailing 13-12, Dane Chisholm booted a long-range penalty in the 66th minute to put Featherstone ahead 14-12. Featherstone came close to increasing its lead but Jack Broadbent, in the arms of Toronto tackler Jon Wilkin, lost the ball in the act of touching it down with 10 minutes remaining.

"It was an 80-minute performance from both squads but it was good to get away with the win at the end," said Toronto centre Rickey Leutele. "I think it was a well-deserved win too."

After 11 consecutive road games, the Wolfpack host Swinton Lions on Sunday at Lamport Stadium. It's the first of 10 home games in the back half of the schedule.

It was a short turnaround for both teams on a busy Easter weekend schedule.

On Friday, Toronto rallied from a 12-0 deficit to thump Barrow Raiders 52-26 thanks to three-try performances from both Blake Wallace and Gareth O'Brien for its fourth straight win. Featherstone (5-0-5) defeated York Knights 42-12 for its third consecutive win.

O'Brien also scored a try for Toronto, which led Featherstone 13-6 at the half. Wallace kicked one conversion and Josh McCrone added a drop goal.

Maka Makatoa and Conor Carey scored tries for Featherstone (5-6-0) at LD Nutrition Stadium. Chisholm added two conversions.

Featherstone got a spirited performance from former Wolfpack forward Jack Bussey, who parted ways with Toronto after a suspension for biting last season. …

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