Toronto Wolfpack started his qualifying campaign with a hard-earned win over Halifax, although it cost a lot after being knocked out by their part-time opponent.
The Canadian team was by far the best team in the championship this year and finished the regular season with 21 wins from 23 games. The rise to the Super League is only backed by a top-3 place in the qualifiers, and that was a bleeding opening for this seven-game mini-league.
Andy Ackers and Andrew Dixon shot the game's only attempts both sides of the half-time, but injuries to winger Matty Russell and Liam Kay – whose season could be over – caused concern with Toronto's first acid test of their promotion credentials on Saturday when they host KR's fuselage in Canada.
"They are two of our most consistent players," Toronto coach Paul Rowley said about the winger. "But getting two points on the board in the first round is really important."
Toronto's expenses are about four times higher than in Halifax, but as Richard Marshall's side has often shown, such a financial gap is no obstacle for them. In fact, one or two key moments had a different route here, with Halifax pushing hard, while 8-0 for large periods of the second half, it could have been a different story.
Instead, Dixon tried three minutes before the end that Halifax had to face defeat this year. "We're not just here to do the numbers," Marshall said. "We came only a short time today, but there was not much in it."
In a grueling first half Ackers clawed five minutes before the break from close range to achieve the lead. It was not until one hour before the next points were scored, a punishment from the trunk of Gareth O & Brien. And though Halifax continued to work hard, Toronto had the last word when Dixon secured the victory.
Halifax Moss; Saltonstall, Tyrer, Heaton, Scharf; Murrell, Johnston; Maher, Kaye, Fairbank, Grady, Butler, Barber. exchange Wood, Moore, Morris, Baldwinson.
Toronto O & # 39; Brien; Russell, Stanley, Wheeler, Kay; McCrone, Wallace; Sims, Beswick, Lussick, Dixon, Paterson, Emmit. exchange Buchanan, Bussey, Ackers, Sidlow.
Tries Ackers, Dixon. Gates O & Brien 3.
referee Chris Kendall. participation 1774.