Toronto Woolfpack v Stags match report

Toronto Woolfpack v Stags match report

18th July 2017

The Stags travelled to Toronto on the day before the match and come game day showed they could compete with the Wolfpack for most of the game. As other clubs in the League have found there was always going to be a certain predictability of the outcome but the Stags performance bettered that of more illustrious clubs.

The following report in the Toronto Star on Sunday summed up the match.

“For a team that lost 74-16 the Hemel Stags actually deserve some credit. The clash between the Toronto Wolfpack and the Stags, penthouse and outhouse dwellers in the Kingstone Press League 1 was not as lop-sided or uncompetitive as many feared.

Hemel, the team from the Hertfordshire region of England, actually defended very well at times, forcing Wolfpack mistakes and even scoring themselves on three occasions. But the quality and talent of the Wolfpack was simply too much as 7,242 rugby and sun worshipers knew going in.

The Wolfpack did start well, getting two tries from Craig Hall including one of a 50 yard run, in the first five minutes and led 18-0 before 10 minutes were played. But the Stags managed to keep the first half reasonable as they only trailed 32-10.

Hall would score two more tries as well as kick 12 conversions. Blake Wallace, out for several weeks with a foot injury, returned to the lineup and scored three times. Johnny Bownall, Liam Kay, Bob Beswicks, Steve Crossley, Fui Fui Moi Moi and Dan Fleming also scored tries for the Wolfpack (15-0) who became the first team since 2009 to go through the regular season of the third-tier English rugby league undefeated.

Marcus Elliott, Mark Barlow and Jack O’Brien scored for Hemel (1-14) and though there were some hot-headed moments on the part of both sides, the visitors can go home happy with their effort.”

The Stags effort won over the big Canadian crowd and it was more than half an hour before the Stags, who brought great credit to the club and the Stags shirt, were able to leave the field - such was the constant demand of spectators to be seen with and photographed with the Stags players

Toronto Woolfpack v Stags match report