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First competitive game for the Canadians;

https://www.rugby-league.com/kingstone_press_leagues/article/39396/bbc-choose-to-stream-siddal-v-toronto

16th February 2017, 10:02 ChallengeCup
BBC choose to stream Siddal v Toronto




The BBC Sport website will stream Toronto Wolfpack's first competitive match, as they visit Siddal in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. #ChallengeCup 2016 National Conference League champions Siddal will host newly formed Kingstone Press League 1 side Toronto Wolfpack in BBC Sport’s live streamed Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round tie on Saturday, February 25 (1.00pm).
 
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https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/rugby-league/toronto-wolfpack-siddal-challenge-cup-6-14-a7599756.html

Toronto Wolfpack fight back twice to avoid shock defeat by amateur champions Siddal
Siddal 6 Toronto Wolfpack 14: The trans-Atlantic visitors were forced twice to dredge themselves back from behind in order to avoid a historic Challenge Cup third-round upset



Toronto Wolfpack's Craig Worthington celebrates with team-mate Quentin Laulu Tugagae after scoring a try

Sport's brave new trans-Atlantic era kicked off amid a mud-bath on a rain-lashed Halifax hillside on a day the assorted international stars of Toronto Wolfpack will not easily forget.

Rugby league's latest and most ambitious expansion outfit prevailed 14-6 against amateur champions Siddal in their first competitive outing, but were forced twice to dredge themselves back from behind in order to avoid a historic Challenge Cup third-round upset.

Beamed live worldwide via the BBC, Wolfpack's big debut had threatened to sink deeper than the touchline mud when Gareth Blackburn kicked the hosts into a first-half lead, then again when the same player was sent in for their only try shortly after the break.

Late tries from Greg Worthington and Adam Sidlow dug Toronto out of a hole but they had New Zealand star Fuifui Moimo sent off late on a game that ultimately said more about the great talent in the game's true heartland than the glamorous quest to send it spinning around the globe.



Siddal's Joe Martin tackles Toronto Wolfpack's Jack Bussey (PA)

Siddal had never seen anything quite like it: their hardcore crowd of a couple of hundred swollen well above a thousand despite conditions which worsened throughout the game - and a plummeting temperature only three degrees higher than that currently being experienced in the Canadian winter.

Toronto arrived with big expectations, having spent over a million pounds preparing for their League 1 campaign which will begin at London Skolars next weekend, and which will involve shipping all opposing teams out to play at their 10,000-capacity Lamport Stadium free of charge.

If the Wolfpack one day manage to realise their bullish ambitions of matching the might of Wigan and Leeds in Super League, they will hark back to their close shave amid the heavily buffeted burger and beer tents on this Halifax hillside.

They had no reason to assume anything other than the expected landslide as they pegged their hosts back in the opening exchanges, but heroic home defending kept the visitors at bay until a high kick saw Blackburn kick Siddal into an unlikely lead.


Toronto Wolfpak's Craig Hall is held up by the Siddal defence

US Eagles captain Ryan Burroughs responded with the Wolfpack's first competitive try to give his side the edge at half-time, but the hosts were far from done and Blackburn brought the house down when he pounced on a grubber kick to edge Siddal back in front.

Toronto's million-pound preparations finally paid off in the later stages as the amateurs tired, but finished full of praise for their hosts, with Wolfpack director of rugby Brian Noble - resplendent in black wellies which matched his club coaching kit - quick to pay tribute.

The former Bradford and Wigan coach told Press Association Sport: "Big credit has to go to Siddal who were magnificent. The weather conditions clearly helped but I'm confident they would beat half a dozen teams in League One.

"You've got to look at the traits of character and the fact is with 20 minutes Siddal were winning and we pulled through.

"We've going to face a lot of challenges this season when the conditions aren't right and some other aspects of the game aren't going in our favour, and we will remember a challenge like this."
 
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This will be a truer test of Toronto's credentials;

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/competitions/championship-one


The Challenge Cup

Toronto Wolfpack will face a stern test in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup after being paired with London Broncos.

The Canadian newcomers, who overcame Halifax amateur club Siddal 14-6 in the third round, will face the former Super League club in London over the weekend of March 18-19.

The Broncos were cup finalists in 1999 and, although they were relegated from Super League three years ago, they are currently third in the Kingstone Press Championship after winning three of their opening four matches this season.


Toronto will also be in London on Saturday to kick off their League One campaign against the Skolars.

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Toronto were given a tough outing Siddal on their competitive debut
Another highlight of the fourth-round draw is the clash between Bradford and Featherstone, a repeat of the 1973 final at Wembley.

There are other all-Championship ties at Hull KR, who host Sheffield Eagles, and Toulouse, who entertain Batley.

St Helens amateurs Haydock, the only community club left in the draw, face an away trip to Oldham.

Four of the Super League clubs will join the event in the round while the remaining eight enter in round six.

Fourth-round draw:

Hull KR v Sheffield Eagles

Swinton v London Skolars

Bradford v Featherstone

Toulouse v Batley

Oldham v Haydock

University of Gloucestershire v Doncaster

Whitehaven v Oxford

York v Rochdale

London Broncos v Toronto

Dewsbury v Newcastle

Halifax v Hunslet

Barrow v Keighley

Ties to be played March 18/19.
 
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Full fixture list from the beeb;

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Last seasons Super League top 8 join at the next round.
 
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Leigh lost to Hull KR, Huddersfield lost to Swinton and the Wolfpack gave Salford a run for their money - from the Beeb;

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Couple of juicy matches drawn out of the hat for round 6;

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Keeping the thread going, the semi finals:

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
SATURDAY 29TH JULY 2017
SEMI-FINAL

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos



SUNDAY 30TH JULY 2017
SEMI-FINAL

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils
 
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Fancy Hull v Salford, the two form teams.
 
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Salford have really turned themselves around. It has been decades since they were at the top.
I guess you probably know this anyhow, but for those on the forum that don't the link between Salford and NZ rugby league is an interesting one and relates to this guy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Todd
I drive past the site of the old Salford ground The Willows on my way to work and houses are being built, one of the streets is named after Lance Todd.
Todd's memory lives on in the trophy named after him, awarded for the man of the match performance at the challenge cup final
 
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I guess you probably know this anyhow, but for those on the forum that don't the link between Salford and NZ rugby league is an interesting one and relates to this guy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Todd
I drive past the site of the old Salford ground The Willows on my way to work and houses are being built, one of the streets is named after Lance Todd.
Todd's memory lives on in the trophy named after him, awarded for the man of the match performance at the challenge cup final
Has Koukash pulled his head in a bit. Im guessing he's the overbearing micromanaging annoyance he was a few years ago...
 
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Has Koukash pulled his head in a bit. Im guessing he's the overbearing micromanaging annoyance he was a few years ago...
Koukash may have revived the club but in the 1970's it was one of the best clubs in the league. They even beat the 1971 Kiwis by a cricket score, which was interesting because the Kiwis beat Great Britain in the test series that year.
 
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