Knights open Super 8s with a Transatlantic Tussle!
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York City Knights start their Kingstone Press League 1 Super 8s campaign with what will be their biggest home game of the season, when they take on the Toronto Wolfpack.
The fixture programme for the second stage of the season has been announced and shows that the first of York’s seven games will be against the undefeated Canadian outfit at Bootham Crescent on Sunday, July 30th (3pm).
Round 2 sees the Knights return to Keighley, six weeks after James Ford’s men emerged victorious in a fiery encounter at Cougar Park.
The last of the seven games before the play-offs will be at home to Newcastle Thunder, and in between times come Workington (home), Barrow (away), Doncaster (home) and Whitehaven (away).
Head Coach James Ford can’t wait to have another crack at inflicting a first ever league defeat on rugby league’s newest star studded team: “We didn’t do ourselves justice there last time – especially in the second half.
“Toronto was definitely the most physically demanding game we’ve had this season, but I said after that game that I would fancy our chances against them on our own patch, with the loud Knights fans behind us.
“We’re very capable of raising our levels against them – we want to do ourselves justice this time. If we can pack Bootham Crescent to the rafters, I’m convinced that we can push them all the way.”
With no Super League or Championship games on 30th July, this will be a perfect opportunity for fans of other clubs to come and watch the Wolfpack play first hand. And for the first time ever, all fans will be able to purchase match tickets online via our ticketing partners Eventbrite. The event page can be found HERE… Anyone who purchases within the next 24 hours will receive a 10% discount!
Tickets will otherwise be available through the week at our offices at York St John University sports campus on Haxby road.
The Super 8s format is now in its second season in League 1.
The regular rounds of fixtures saw the 16 teams play each other either home or away, with the top eight now going into the Super 8s and the bottom eight competing for the League 1 Shield.
Points from the regular season are carried over into the Super 8s, at the end of which the top placed team is immediately promoted as Champions to the Kingstone Press Championship. Positions two to five then go into semi-finals vying for a second promotion place.
Said Ford: “We’ve given ourselves a good opportunity to finish as high as possible in the Super 8s by being in the top four and getting an extra home game – it is a phenomenal achievement considering where we started from in January.”
“With the Super 8s, every game to the end of the season now matters. We need to focus on us now and how we apply ourselves.
“We’ll take each game as it comes throughout the Super 8s but we look forward to getting into the rest of the top eight teams again.”
Knights Super 8s Fixtures (all kick offs 3pm)
Sunday, July 30: home to Toronto
Sunday, August 6: away to Keighley
Sunday, August 13: home to Workington
Sunday, August 20: away to Barrow
Sunday, September 3: home to Doncaster
Sunday, September 10: away to Whitehaven
Sunday, September 17: home to Newcastle