Wolf­pack reach the pro­mo­tion de­cider

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport -

Toronto Wolf­pack are once more 80 min­utes away from a place in Bet­fred Su­per League af­ter beat­ing Toulouse 40-24 in the Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing semi-fi­nal.

Cen­tre Ricky Leutele scored a hat-trick of tries in front of a crowd of 9,325 at the Lam­port Sta­dium in Toronto as the big-spend­ing Cana­dian club se­cured a sec­ond suc­ces­sive ap­pear­ance in the Mil­lion Pound Game. They are hop­ing to atone for their shock 4-2 de­feat at the hands of Lon­don Bron­cos last year.

Toulouse, the only team to beat the Wolf­pack so far in 2019, re­main favourites to play them in the Oct 5 pro­mo­tion de­cider at the Lam­port Sta­dium as they pre­pare to face Feather­stone in the fi­nal elim­i­na­tor in the south of France on Sun­day.

Toronto never looked back af­ter rac­ing into a 10-0 lead inside the first 15 min­utes, with Leutele cre­at­ing the open­ing try for Joe Mel­lor and scor­ing his first.

Mel­lor marked the 200th ap­pear­ance of his ca­reer with a sec­ond try as the Wolf­pack opened up a 26-6 lead at half-time.

Toronto’s other tries came from cap­tain Josh Mc­crone, Chase Stan­ley and Liam Kay, while Gareth O’brien kicked four goals from eight at­tempts.

When Leutele com­pleted his hat­trick af­ter 66 min­utes, Toulouse trailed 40-12 but full-back Mark Kheiral­lah touched down twice in the last seven min­utes to com­plete a hat-trick and fin­ish with a 20-point haul.

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