Road to the Championship: Home is Where the Heart’s At

BY EVIN PRIEST

If the past month has taught us anything, it’s that Lamport Stadium has become a fortress for Toronto Wolfpack.

Great teams always have great home grounds and in their inaugural season the Wolfpack have built a home base to be proud of.

The recent away trip to England came with a first loss, and draw, for the Wolfpack in the third-tier Kingston Press League 1 before they bounced back with a 50-0 drubbing of Newcastle Thunder on Saturday – in front of 7,522 loyal fans at Lamport Stadium.

It demonstrated the Wolfpack hunt best on familiar territory.

But they will need to become more comfortable playing across the pond – particularly if they are to win an instant promotion to the Championship from this Super 8s series.

England’s second tier will present tougher opposition and more intimidating away grounds.

But it’s nothing the Wolfpack can’t handle.

Toronto certainly didn’t lose any ground atop the Super 8s competition leaderboard while in England and now take a two-point leader over Barrow Raiders into the final three Super 8s matches.

But the Wolfpack’s resolve – and the fortress of Lamport Stadium – will face its greatest test over the next few weeks.

The boys take on the third-placed Whitehaven RLFC on Saturday September 2 (4.30pm) and second-placed Barrow Raiders the following weekend.

Now, more than ever, the Wolfpack needs their fans to fill the stands at Lamport Stadium and cheer them home on the road to the Championship.

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 17 victories and a draw, Wolfpack are leading the Super 8s on 35 points, with Barrow Raiders second on 33 points and Whitehaven third on 31 points.

WHO THE WOLFPACK PLAYS
Home (Lamport Stadium)

  • Whitehaven RLFC, September 2
  • Barrow Raiders, September 9
  • Doncaster RLFC, September 16
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