Kingstone Press League one side Toronto Wolfpack have secured their spot in the Championship for 2018 with a 26-2 win in their top of the table clash against Barrow Raiders at the Lamport Stadium last night .
The Trans-Atlantic side knew a win would guarantee them promotion and the League One trophy but were made to work hard by a determined Barrow side , despite heavy Wolfpack pressure the Raiders only trailed 8-0 at the break with a try from Quentin Laulu-Togagae and a penalty and conversion from Craig Hall putting points on the board for the hosts .
The deficit was reduced to 6 with a Lewis Charnock penalty leaving the game in the balance just after the break but a brace from Blake Wallace and a try from veteran Richard Whiting saw the Wolfpack come out comfortable winners in the end . Hall kicked 5 goals to take his tally to 416 points for the year , but this was a massive improvement for Barrow who shipped 70 points on their last trip to Lamport Stadium in May .
Only York have defeated Toronto this year with Keighley holding them to an exciting draw last month as they became the sports 1st ever Trans-Atlantic side .
Captain Hall acclaimed the clubs success saying ‘ Mission accomplished , it’s what we set out to do and the lads have earned it from day 1 ‘.
Hooker Bob Beswick hinted at a move to live in Toronto if he could sell the idea to his wife and kids as all the Wolfpack players seem to have a tremendous bond as they travel back and forth over the pond .
Toronto have been playing the travel costs for all the sides travelling to Lamport Stadium but for this Super 8 clash the Raiders fans clubbed together to raise nearly £3000 to fund this trip , Club supremo of the Wolfpack Eric Perez has said they will continue to pay the travel in 2018 but the club are losing money and not expected to break even until ,and if , they make Super League .
Final word to Club Coach Paul Rowley , “We’re playing players of a much higher standard , This is it now. We’re in with the big boys. We’ve just jumped from softball to baseball.”
Rowley will know how tough it will be in the 2nd tier next year , but he has finished top of it the last 2 years he’s been in it so will know what it takes to make the Middle 8 . Who knows with Leigh struggling the Middle 8 he could be up against some familiar faces next year .