Wolfpack hold off Toulouse to take top spot in league
Liam Kay's try-saving tackle secures thrilling win for Toronto
Liam Kay made a try-saving tackle and scored one of his own as the Toronto Wolfpack held off Toulouse Olympique 24-22 to claim top spot in the Betfred Championship on Monday.
The Wolfpack — wearing their Canadian-themed kit for the trip to southern France — led 20-6 at the half, but Toulouse rallied in the second half with three unanswered tries to close the deficit to two points in a thrilling match between two of the league's best rugby teams.
In addition to Kay's late-game heroics, Toronto's defence came up with several key stops on their own try line, including a pivotal tandem tackle in the in-goal area early in the second half to deny a Toulouse score. The Irish international was named man of the match for his efforts.
Nick Rawsthorne had two tries, with Jonny Pownall and Andy Ackers also scoring. Ryan Brierley was 2-for-5 on conversion kicks — including one that hit the uprights and stayed out — and missed a late drop goal.
✨ SCENES ✨ <br>The Wolfpack score 4 tries in an exhilarating first half display in the South of France against <a href="https://twitter.com/TOXIII?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TOXIII</a>. <a href="https://t.co/an97tTvesQ">pic.twitter.com/an97tTvesQ</a>—@TOwolfpack
The Wolfpack (7-1-1) now sit one point ahead of Toulouse (7-2-0) in the second-tier rugby league standings after winning both matches over the Easter weekend; the team topped the Featherstone Rovers 24-16 on Friday.
Toronto is back in action April 8 against the Batley Bulldogs at 10 a.m. ET..
All Wolfpack games can be streamed live at CBCSports.ca.