Lions too strong for Canada
Canada Wolverines 4 v 68 English Lions
Lambert Stadium, Toronto
The English Lions entertained a huge 5,000 strong crowd as they comfortably defeated the Canada Wolverines in the first ever meeting between the two countries.
The Lions – coached by Jimmy Taylor for the penultimate time – produced a clinical display in which a 90% completion rate was far too good for a brave home side.
Wigan St Patrick’s Tony Suffolk set the ball rolling with the game’s opening try and further opening quarter efforts from Oliver Johnson (2) and Jordan Precious put the tourists in complete control.
Southampton winger Johnson completed his hat-trick in the second half as Caldon Bravo, Nathan Kitson, Mark Donnelly and Mathew Meadon all joined in the scoring.
Cheered on by the large crowd the Wolverines kept battling away and did get some reward when Tony Felix raced over, however, the Lions soon restored order and registered more touchdowns from Stephen King (2), Ryan Smith and man-of-the-match Tony Baker.
Precious and Kitson added most of the conversions between them, although the final scoring act was Sean Wildbore’s conversion as the captain brought his Lions career to a close.
The Lions will complete the groundbreaking trip with a game against a Canada Development side on Wednesday.
1 Jordan Precious (Myton Warriors)
2 Peter Caddy (Wath Brow Hornets)
3 Stephen King (Wigan St Judes)
4 Christopher Gordon (RAF)
5 Oliver Johnson (Southampton Spitfires)
6 Ryan Smith (Wigan St Patricks)
7 Tony Baker (Ince Rose Bridge)
8 Lee Fewless (Myton Warriors)
9 Matthew Meaden (Ince Rose Bridge)
10 David Dunwell (Bradford Dudley Hill)
11 Tony Suffolk (Wigan St Patricks)
12 Caldon Bravo (Hunslet Warriors)
13 Sean Wildbore (Skirlaugh) CAPT
SUBS (all used)
14 Anthony Atherton (Wigan St Patricks)
15 Ian Kerman (West Hull)
16 Nathan Kitson (Bradford Dudley Hill)
17 Lee Roberts (East Hull)
18 Anthony Gallear (Wigan St Patricks)
19 Marc Donnelly Army/Myton Warriors
1 Robin Legault (Toronto City Saints)
2 Matt Pettie (Hamlilton Hammers)
3 Geoff Byland (Toronto City Saints)
4 Zion Afele (Surrey Beavers)
5 Tony Felix (Toronto Centurions)
6 Matt Wyles (Toronto Centurions) CAPT
7 Lincoln Bowman (Surrey Beavers)
8 Louis Robinson (London Skolars)
9 Graham Dobbs (Toronto City Saints)
10 Garunder Kalar (Surrey Beavers)
11 Daniel Blassco- Maneis (Kelowna Crows)
12 Cam Grace (Ottawa Rhinos)
13 Chris Chalmers (Surrey Beavers)
SUBS (all used)
14 Nick Hails (Surrey Beavers)
15 Chris Diamond (Hamilton Hammers)
16 Stephen Conlon (Toronto City Saints)
17 Graham Stevens (Ottawa Rhinos)
18 Enoch Wamaliua (Toronto City Saints)
19 John Felix (Toronto Centurions)
20 Sam Nady (Toronto City Saints)
21 Henry Miers (Toronto Centurions)