Toronto Wolfpack v Sheffield Eagles
Saturday 6th April 2019, 15:05pm
Championship - Round: 9
Stats over last 4 encounters
Sheffield Eagles suffered their second loss in the 2019 Betfred Championship at the hands of Toronto Wolfpack at London Skolars’ New River Stadium.
In a spirited effort, the Eagles crossed the whitewash through Oliver Davies and Ryan Millar but the Wolfpack showed their quality with some impressive ball handling.
Blake Wallace and Matty Russell both notched braces for the hosts as two tries just before the break and one shortly after the restart put paid to Sheffield’s hopes.
Daniel Hindmarsh and Pat Moran both came into the Eagles squad for his debut on dual-registration from London Broncos and loan from Warrington Wolves respectively.
Sheffield put pressure on early as Anthony Thackeray won a goal line dropout but the following set saw a forward pass end the opportunity.
Chase Stanley opened the scoring for the Wolfpack on 12 minutes, closely followed over the try-line by Russell. O’Brien couldn’t convert either try.
After a Toronto error from the restart, Sheffield got on the board thanks to Davies. A solid line put the second-rower through a gap and he couldn’t be stopped. Pat Walker’s conversion attempt drifted wide.
Toronto tries in the 37th and 40th minute proved to be massive blows for the Eagles. Tom Olbison and Andy Ackers both touched down and O’Brien added one goal for an 18-8 half-time lead.
In the second period, the Wolfpack were over in the early stages.
A feature of the game was Toronto’s running on the last tackle and they capitalised again on this occasion through Wallace.
The Eagles responded on 50 minutes as James Glover’s swift offload gave Millar room down the flank and the winger dotted down. Walker converted.
The next try came just short of the hour mark and Russell completed his brace with a tidy finish in the corner.
Wallace and Adam Sidlow added four-pointers in the final quarter as the Canadian outfit got to 40-points for the afternoon.
By Dan Fowler