Toronto Wolfpack lose first competitive match, beaten by Super League’s Salford

Toronto Wolfpack loses cup tie to Salford

SALFORD, United Kingdom — The Toronto Wolfpack suffered their first loss in a competitive match Sunday, beaten 29-22 by the Salford Red Devils in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Salford stands third in the elite Super League, two divisions and 22 places above the fledgling Wolfpack, rugby league’s first transatlantic team.

Despite that gap, the Wolfpack had their chances and made for a difficult afternoon for Salford, which trailed 12-6 and 16-12 in the first half at A.J. Bell Stadium. But Toronto, attempting to play an expansive game, made mistakes and was ill-disciplined. 

Salford also had its issues, reduced to 12 men in the first half when Justin Carney was red-carded for dissent with the home side trailing 16-12. Toronto forward Adam Laithwaite, meanwhile, was stretchered off in the 23rd minute of a physical contest.

A Wolfpack official said after the game that Laithwaite was OK after being taken to hospital for a scan and was due for release later in the day.

Liam Kay, Quentin Laulu-Togaga, new signing Ryan Brierley and Fuifui Moimoi scored tries for Toronto. Captain Craig Hall booted three conversions.

Moimoi, a hulking forward who left several Salford players lying in his wake, scored his converted try in the dying seconds. 

Greg Johnson scored two tries for Salford while Kris Welham, Michael Dobson and Gareth O’Brien added singles. Dobson kicked three conversions and O’Brien added a conversion and a drop goal.

Salford led 18-16 at the half.

Prior to a 38-6 loss last Monday to Catalan Dragons after a short three-day turnaround, Salford (7-4-0) had won five straight.

Toronto (5-0-0) has been running roughshod in the Kingstone Press League 1, the third tier of English rugby league. A fully professional side, the Wolfpack have outscored their semi-pro opposition 310-37 as they bid for promotion to the second-tier Championship.

The Challenge Cup, a knockout tournament, has provided tougher opposition. Up 30-12 against the London Broncos of the Championship, Toronto had to hang on for a 30-26 win in mid-March.

The Wolfpack came into Sunday’s game having won three straight league matches since then by scores of 48-21, 82-6 and 80-0.

Toronto had won seven straight competitive games in league and cup play. Its only other loss was in exhibition play, a 26-20 defeat at the hands of Hull Kingston Rovers, which currently leads the Championship, in its first outing Jan. 22.

Toronto’s next game is its home opener May 6 against Oxford RLFC.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Tsunami warning issued for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 8.0 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Tsunami warning issued for Coastal B.C.

It is recommended that individuals residing below 20 metres should move to higher ground.

NIBB offers health and wellness activities

“I strongly believe in the importance of the programs that we offer.”

Peewees finish season strong with back-to-back wins against Thunderbirds

“We can compete with anybody when we’re playing our top game.”

Port Alice man arrested for domestic assault and firearms offences

The name of the man is being withheld until formal charges have been laid in the matter.

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Jamboree showcases female minor hockey on the North Island

The event was hosted by the Wild’s intro girls group.

8th Annual Gil Walkus Memorial Hockey Game

Gil Walkus’ son Braden played in his first full memorial game.

Songs of the Southern Belles at Civic Centre

The North Island Concert Society will be back with Dockside Drive on Saturday, Feb. 17.

North Island Atom Eagles win first league play game of the season

“Powell River (is) possibly the Eagles biggest rivalry over the years…”

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Most Read