Warrington 32-22 Toronto: Stubborn Wolfpack still winless in Super League
Warrington vs Toronto
7:45pm Friday February
Halliwell Jones Stadium
Toronto are still awaiting their Betfred Super League success after falling into a defeat in a hard-fought clash at Warrington.
The Wolfpack had marquee signing Sonny Bill Williams back in the past week after attending the birth of his fourth child although his fighting side remain winless after four weeks.
The hosts slipped right into a 16-0 lead after 30 minutes when Tom Lineham, Gareth Widdop along with Josh Charnley spanned however the outfit hit back with 2 attempts.
Jon Wilkin, at his 19th season of an illustrious career, and Andy Ackers crossed either side using a Matty Ashton rating for Warrington to depart Toronto.
Toronto winger Matty Russell began the second-half grading to cut the lead and the people were flat with 24 minutes remaining when Gareth O’Brien strolled below the posts.
However, a late Ben Murdoch-Masila attempt and two Stefan Ratchford penalties proved enough as Warrington scraped with their second victory of the effort.
The Wire forced the breakthrough when Charnley walked to touch down and enjoyed the land that was early.
Along with the Wolves instantly extended their benefit from the restart when a second move that was blindside saw Lineham play Widdop to score his first try for the club.
Tony Gigot injected as Bodene Thompson powered his way across the whitewash, simply to spill the ball a second spark for his new team and came on because of his Toronto debut.
Josh McCrone by scoring for Toronto halted and the hosts made them pay for their profligacy.
A fantastic move that was left-edge sent Lineham free and that he sprinted clear from the halfway line to cross for his 150th career attempt.
Charnley then produced a attack on former Wolves man Russell to maintain Toronto at bay, however, they remained scoreless until the minute.
The side eventually got on the scoreboard once the evergreen Wilkin, who bizarrely was ruled out prior to kick-off only for a month to start the game, reduced the deficit to 16-6.
Ashton, who had been revived at full-back, utilized his speed to get another gap in the Wolfpack defence to facilitate Warrington further apparent again however Toronto were gifted a try through Ackers that gave them hope as they trailed.
The visitors continued their momentum after pinning Warrington in their half, with Russell touching down in the corner to track by six points.
Ashton went off with a hamstring injury when O’Brien was set up by McCrone to score beneath the poles and Warrington’s misery was resisted by Toronto.
The home crowd were nervy since Toronto eyed their initial things in the best flight of rugby league but Ratchford kicked against back the hosts in front with 2 penalties.
And last season’s Challenge Cup winners sealed the victory with Ratchford adding his first goal in Super League for his 1,000 th point, when Murdoch-Masila bullied his way around.