Winger Matty Russell scored four tries on Sunday as the visiting Toronto Wolfpack won a 58-6 victory over the Rochdale Hornets in the Betfred Championship.
The match was a showdown of top and bottom teams last year in the second tier of the English rugby league.
Toronto, who dominated the championship at 20-2-1 in 2018, had just won its first win of the season with a 14-0 win at York City Knights. Rochdale, who finished bottom of the 12-team championship last season with a 4-19-0 record, saw his opening match – against Dewsbury Rams – canceled due to a grounding block .
The rapid movement of the ball through the back of Toronto led to Russell 's test quartet, all in the left corner.
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"Ricky really did all the work and I had to take it back," said Russell, referring to the newly-acquired center Ricky Leutele.
Leutele, Joe Mellor, Gareth O-Brien, Darcy Lussick, Chase Stanley, Jake Emmitt and Adam Sidlow also scored for Toronto, leading 26-6 at halftime. Gareth O & # 39; Brien has started seven conversions.
"We have a lot of work"
Adam Lawton scored the only try for Rochdale part-time. Dan Abram started the conversion.
"I thought our defense was sweet in the first period, they made too many meters … We need to tighten up there," said Toronto striker Jon Wilkin.
"We are satisfied with the result, but we still have a lot to do," he added.
Toronto will face a tougher test at Widnes (2-0-0) next Saturday. The Vikings, relegated after last season, beat Toulouse 36-24 on Saturday.
"We are looking forward to being there … a big test for ourselves," said Toronto coach Brian McDermott.
The Wolfpack threatened early in the rain at the Crown Oil Arena and Russell plunged into the corner of the third Toronto possession for a 4-0 lead in the seventh minute.
Mellor scored Toronto's second try in the 15th minute, crossing the Rochdale defense after unloading from Ashton Sims who kept the attack alive. Mellor played against a team in the 18th minute, defeating several defenders before feeding O'Brien for the score. Another unloading of Sims played a role in the test.
The newcomer Leutele makes its impact
Lawton, loaned by the Super League team Salford, hit the nearby Toronto defense to put Rochdale on the goals board in the 21st minute after a sendoff error from Wolfpack.
After Rochdale was penalized for a high tackle, Lussick managed to make a point-blank stretch in the 25th minute to strengthen Toronto's lead. Leutele, off-season signer of Cronulla Sharks, opened his Wolfpack account in the 29th minute to close a set triggered by a Blake Wallace breakup.
Rochdale hooker Liam Carberry was forced to leave in the first period due to a facial injury.
A Wolfpack try early in the second period was hailed for a pass forward. And Toronto lost a man for 10 minutes when Wilkin, a former England striker, was sentenced to fishing in the 44th minute for responding to the referee.
Playing with 12 men was no problem as Russell scored his second goal in the 48th minute and Stanley added another in the 53rd minute. Russell scored his third goal in the 55th minute after a quick attack from the backs.
The tests of Emmitt (58th minute), Russell (73rd) and Sidlow (76th) allowed to maintain the display board.
The teams had already met twice in 2018, the Wolfpack is imposing 18-17 in the 7th round and 52-10 in the 15th at home.