Fear not, Wolfpack fans – your Toronto rugby team remains in the driver’s seat for a dream promotion out of the Kingstone Press League 1.
Last Sunday, York City Knights avenged their 64-22 loss to the Wolfpack at Lamport Stadium on Canada Day with a 26-16 victory at their home of Bootham Crescent.
It was certainly a hard pill to swallow so soon after a 74-16 triumph over the Hemel Stags during our last home game of the season.
“The importance of this loss isn’t the fact that we don’t have an unbeaten season: it’s a lesson on how important it is to reach and maintain the standards we as a group judge ourselves by,” said coach Finnigan.
Although the Wolfpack were on track for an undefeated debut in England’s third-tier competition, our first loss of the year won’t hurt our Super 8s campaign.
And here’s why:
Points from the regular season in the Kingstone Press League 1 are carried over into the Super 8s – a post-season competition which sees the top eight teams fight it out for two promotion spots to the Championship.
With our 15 regular season victories banking 30 points, Wolfpack have established a three-point lead over the Barrow Raiders and the third-placed Whitehaven.
And if we can defeat Workington Town at Derwent Park in England on Sunday, it will go a long way towards finishing first and locking up the automatic promotion to the Championship.
Fuelling our chances are the fact there are only two more games in England – tomorrow’s clash with Workington and the August 13th match against Keighley Cougars – before Toronto fans welcome back the Pack for four matches at Lamport Stadium to conclude the Super 8s.
The questions is, are you going to be at Lamport Stadium to cheer on our boys and witness the Wolfpack make history?
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YOUR GUIDE TO THE SUPER 8s
How it works: Once the Kingstone Press League 1 season concludes, the top-eight teams head straight into the Super 8s competition carrying their points with them. After teams plays each other for a total of seven matches, the leading side secures automatic promotion to England’s second-tier, the Championship.Meanwhile, the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth qualify for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth qualify for the playoffs.
Second hosts fifth and third hosts fourth, and the victorious teams face each other in the Playoff Final.
The winner bags the second promotion ticket to the Championship.Where the Wolfpack sits: After 15 regular season victories, Wolfpack
Where the Wolfpack sits: After 15 regular season victories, Wolfpack are leading the Super 8s on 30 points, with Barrow Raiders second on 27 points. Although Whitehaven are also on 27 points, Barrow Raiders are ahead on points differential.Who the Wolfpack plays: Away – Workington Town August 6, Keighley Cougars August 13. Home (Lamport Stadium) – Newcastle Thunder August 19, Whitehaven RLFC September 2, Barrow Raiders September 9, Doncaster RLFC September 16.
Who the Wolfpack plays: Away – Workington Town August 6, Keighley Cougars August 13. Home (Lamport Stadium) – Newcastle Thunder August 19, Whitehaven RLFC September 2, Barrow Raiders September 9, Doncaster RLFC September 16.
By: Evin Priest