It took 20 minutes to find the switch but then came an awesome display of power from the Toronto Wolfpack.
Two natural hat tricks of tries propelled the Wolfpack to a 48-12 win over Halifax in West Yorkshire on Sunday. The club scored nine tries overall including three from original Wolfpack forward Andrew Dixon, his first hat trick for Toronto.
“It took a while, two and a half years,” Dixon said.
The good-sized gathering at the MBI Shay Stadium were in full voice after Halifax took a 6-0 lead on three penalty kicks from Steve Tyrer. But then came the first onslaught. Andy Ackers fed Jon Wilkin for the first score. On the next set, Josh McCrone found Dixon, who went 25 metres to the line. Then Wilkin found Blake Wallace in full stride with a clear path to the goal. Toronto would add one more on some fine work by Jack Logan who took a kick to midfield, paving the way for Matty Russell to finish the set in the corner. The Wolfpack led 22-6 at the half.
Dixon started off another run of three tries in three sets when he took a McCrone pass in. Wallace then scored his second try. Completing the run was Nick Rawsthorne, a Halifax native who developed with the local club. Rawsthorne was brought into the lineup as a last-minute replacement for Chase Stanley.
Dixon scored his third taking a quick offload from Ryan Brierley. Then the final act came from Ricky Leutele, who intercepted a pass deep in his end and ran 70 metres before dishing to Russell for the final 20.
Ed Barber scored a late try for the home side.
“We’ve been building for a few weeks,” Wallace said. “Everyone has been buying into what we need to do as a team and play the roles we have to play. It all rolls off the back of that.”
The Wolfpack improve to 7-1 in Betfred Championship play and gets a week off before a neutral-site home game against the Sheffield Eagles in London on April 6.