Wolfpack to compete in top-level of rugby league next season
The Toronto Wolfpack booked their place in Super League for the 2020 season with a 24-6 victory over the Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game on Saturday afternoon.
Rovers got their reward for a superb defensive effort to keep the hosts at bay early on when Alex Sutcliffe finished for a converted try following Dane Chisholm’s perfectly-weighted kick.
However, Toronto responded immediately through Josh McCrone. But the missed conversion by Gareth O’Brien meant they trailed 6-4 at half-time.
Featherstone kept battling after the break. But further tries from Joe Mellor, Blake Wallace, and Bodene Thompson clinched the win and a historic promotion for the only Canadian side in the English pyramid.
The Wolfpack were formed in 2016 with the aim of reaching the Super League within five years. They achieved their mission at the second attempt after suffering a shock 4-2 defeat by the London Broncos one year ago.
Speaking after the game, Brian McDermott stated that he believes clubs like the Toronto Wolfpack are vital to the future of Super League if the competition is to grow and thrive.
He said: “It’s a fantastic story and I think Super League needs to be able to sell a final to some potential investors or a TV deal which says it’s going to be contested by big-city teams.
“If we’re competing for a final in five years, and we’re sat around a table with mega sponsors or a TV deal, we can say ‘look, one of our team starts with Toronto, and the other starts with London, or Barcelona or New York’ – that’s how the game grows.”
The first season in the top-flight for the Wolfpack gets underway in August next year.