Saturday 13 July 2019

Toronto Wolfpack Hang On to Down the Featherstone Rovers

This afternoon the 19-1 Toronto Wolfpack, hosted the Featherstone Rovers at what fans call The Den, Lamport Stadium. When the opposing team is 13-7, you know you're in for a tough game ... and it was.

Before the game, Jefferson made the rounds to greet the fans.

The Wolfpack Dance Squad warmed up the fans.

Here come the Wolfpack!

God save the Queen and Oh Canada are sung.

Opening kickoff.

Some first half action.

At the end of the fist half, the Wolfpack led 14-0 with 2 converted tries and a 2 point penalty kick.

The half time activities included a dunk tank. Here's a brave volunteer.

And in he goes!

The Dance Squad entertained once more.

The second half started and although the first half was a tough one, the second was tougher. The Rovers were not about to give up and put an early try on the board. Then they got tougher.

The band played on each Wolfpack try and on breaks.

There was almost a fight in the first half and here again in the second after a high hit on Gaz O'Brien who was knocked unconscious and had to be helped to the dressing room.

The Rovers kept taking it to the Wolfpack.

The last three to four minutes were nail biters as the Rovers came within 4 points of the Wolfpack. A converted try was all the needed to take the game. Fortunately, the Wolfpack held on for their 15th win in a row and their 20th of the season.

Despite the near fisticuffs and rough play, they hugged and shook hands after the game.

Once again a large contingent of visiting fans came over form England to cheer on their team. The Rovers went over to salute them.

On field reporter, Samantha, interviews Josh McCrone, one of the stars of the game for Britain's Sky TV.

Jefferson poses with a group of fans.

And as always, the beer garden remains open after the game.

Sadly, the Wolfpack head back to England for a month and won't have their next game until August 10, when they take on the York City Knights. Yes, Teena and I will be there.

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