The Toronto Wolfpack opened the match with 34 unanswered points on their way to a 52 point demolition of the Gloucestershire All Golds. The Wolfpack blooded their first born and bred Canadian player, 18 year old Quinn Ngawati. A recruit from Toronto’s North American tryouts, Ngawati supplied a solid performance after slotting into the second row halfway through the second half.
Gloucestershire received the first kickoff and their first set in possession revealed the ominous signs of a rout. The first tackle of the match was completed just 5 metres from the All Golds’ try line. The Wolfpack’s ferocious defence dominated the remainder of the set and forced a short punt kick from the All Golds. The template of this opening set would be repeated for the remainder of the match as Gloucestershire struggled to bend the Wolfpack line and failed to achieve reasonable field position gains with their long kicking game.
American winger Ryan Burroughs opened Toronto’s account with a front-flip finish in the corner after six minutes. Skipper Craig Hall, moved into the halves due to Toronto’s injury toll, picked off a sloppy pass by Gloucestershire and ran 70 metres to score untouched. Hall then showcased his playmaking abilities with a cut out pass to right winger Jonny Pownall to improve the Wolfpack lead to 16 points. Richard Whiting then crashed through Gloucestershire’s flimsy left hand defence for Toronto’s fourth try. Halfback Rhys Jacks crossed for the Wolfpack with a show and go 10 metres out from the All Golds try line. Craig Hall set up a line break on the right hand edge and then finished the movement to complete the Wolfpack’s opening 34 point stand.
In a rare highlight for the All Golds, three consecutive attempts to barge over from dummy half finally resulted in try for the visitors, reducing the deficit to 28 points at the halftime break.
Brought on as an impact player off the bench, Fui Fui Moi Moi made his mark on the game early in the second half with a bulldozing run to score adjacent to the posts. Hooker Bob Beswick scored next for the hosts through the fatigued All Golds’ defence. A questionable decision by the visitors to bomb in their own half resulted in good field position for Toronto who swiftly scored through centre Greg Worthington.
Toronto appeared to drop their intensity levels, their lax defence allowing a late consolation try to the visitors. Star Toronto fullback Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e burst onto an inside ball from halfway and scored untouched under the posts to complete a dominant performance for the Canadians.
The undefeated streak for Toronto in Kingstone Press League One extended to 14 games. Even with a significant injury toll there appears to be no stopping the competition leaders.
Toronto Wolfpack 62 Tries: Burroughs (6), Hall (12, 34), Pownall (16), Whiting (27), Jacks (32), MoiMoi (44), Beswick (61), Worthington (68), Crossley (71), Laulu-Togaga’e (78)
Goals: Hall 9/11
Gloucestershire All Golds 10 Tries: Parry (37), Reece (76)
Goals: Mitchell 1/2