Rugby·Recap

Wolfpack inch closer to promotion with playoff win

Gary Wheeler broke the game open with a second-half try as the Toronto Wolfpack beat Whitehaven 36-18 on Saturday in the fifth round of Kingstone Press League 1's Super 8s playoffs.

Toronto defeats Whitehaven in 5th round of Super 8s

The Toronto Wolfpack earned promotion to the Championship with a commanding 26-2 win over the Barrow Raiders on Saturday. Player Jonathan Pownall runs in this file photo from May. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Gary Wheeler broke the game open with a second-half try as the Toronto Wolfpack beat Whitehaven 36-18 on Saturday in the fifth round of Kingstone Press League 1's Super 8s playoffs.

Wheeler's try gave the Wolfpack (18-1-1) a 12-point cushion late in the match. Rich Whiting, Jonny Pownall, Liam Kay and Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e also scored tries for Toronto.

James Tilley scored a try in the second half for Whitehaven (15-4-1) to close the deficit to 20-18. But Kay responded shortly after to give Toronto a six-point lead.

The Wolfpack doubled up Whitehaven 36-18, and can earn promotion with a win over the second place Barrow Raiders next week 2:17

The first-place Wolfpack can assure first place overall and automatic promotion to the second-tier Championship with a victory next week over second-place Barrow. Toronto entered weekend play with a two-point lead over Barrow with three games remaining in the Super 8s playoff round.

The league champion wins automatic promotion to the second-tier Championship with the second- through fifth-place teams facing off for the remaining promotion spot.

Attendance at Lamport Stadium was 6,134.

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