Rugby

Wolfpack eye 1st victory vs. Super League squads

​The Toronto Wolfpack will open and close the playoffs on the road, hosting Super League sides Widnes and Hull Kingston Rovers. They are 0-2 over the last two years against Super League opposition and open the Super 8s Qualifiers on Aug. 12.

Toronto to host Widnes, Hull Kingston while opening, closing playoffs on road

The Toronto Wolfpack are gearing up for the Super 8s Qualifiers, starting Aug 12 at Halifax. They will open and close their seven-game playoff schedule on the road. (Neil Davidson/Canadian Press)

​The Toronto Wolfpack will open and close the playoffs on the road, hosting Super League sides Widnes and Hull Kingston Rovers in the middle of their push to win promotion to the top tier of English rugby league.

The transatlantic Wolfpack, which finished first in the second-tier Betfred Championship with a 20-2-1 record, opens the Super 8s Qualifiers on Aug. 12, a seven-game post-season schedule that runs through Sept. 28.

The top four Championship teams meet with the bottom four Super League teams to fill four berths in the first-tier league next year.

The eight teams will play each other once. The top three clubs earn status in the Super League while No. 4 will take on No. 5 in what is dubbed the Million Pound Game to see who joins them.

The Super League teams involved are Leeds Rhinos (8-13-2), Hull Kingston Rovers (8-14-1), Salford Red Devils (7-16-0) and Widnes​ Vikings (3-21-0).

Mixed results

The other Championship sides involved are London Broncos (16-6-1), Toulouse Olympique (16-6-1) and Halifax RLFC (16-6-1).

The Wolfpack will host Hull KR, Widnes, London Broncos and Toulouse at home, with away games at Halifax, Salford and Leeds.

Toronto went 1-1 against London this season and 2-0 against both Toulouse and Halifax. It is 0-2 over the last two years against Super League opposition, losing to Salford (29-22 in 2017) and Warrington (66-10 in May) in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The Wolfpack started play in 2017, winning promotion after finishing first in the third-tier League 1. Their overall record in all competitions is 45-5-2.

Toronto has been a fully professional side since Day 1, unlike all the teams in League 1 and some in the Championship.

Super 8s Qualifiers (all times ET)

August

  • 12: Toronto at Halifax RLFC, 10 a.m.
  • 8: Hull Kingston Rovers at Toronto, 2:30 p.m.

September

  • 1: London Broncos at Toronto, 12:30 p.m.
  • 8: Toronto at Salford Red Devils, 10:15 a.m.
  • 15: Toulouse Olympique at Toronto, 12:30 p.m.
  • 23: Widnes Vikings at Toronto, 12:30 p.m.
  • 28: Toronto at Leeds Rhinos, 2:45 p.m.

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