Head coach Thornton humbled by Hunslet’s away support in Canada

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COACH GARY Thornton has paid tribute to the “amazing” fans who travelled to Hunslet’s historic fixture in Canada.

Around 150 Hunslet supporters saw their team go down 56-12 to Toronto Wolfpack at Lamport Stadium on Saturday.

Jose Kenga. PIC: Tony Johnson

Jose Kenga. PIC: Tony Johnson

“Our support was unreal,” Thornton said. “When we came out of the changing rooms you’d have thought we were the home team. I was humbled by it, it was absolutely fantastic and it spurred the boys on a bit and gave them some extra inspiration, the fact those people had made such a massive effort.”

Of Hunslet’s performance against the unbeaten Kingstone Press League One leaders, Thornton said: “We played well, especially in the first half.

“There was only a 10-point deficit at half-time and we did ourselves proud. We set a target to score as many points as we could and keep them below 50 so we were disappointed the scoreline blew out a bit, but they are very good and very fit. Their coach Paul Rowley said we were the best team they’ve played over there and we were pleased we gave them a run for their money.”

Jose Kenga was concussed during the game and needed hospital treatment. Thornton will also check on Tommy Brierley, who hyper-extended an elbow but is expected to be fit for Sunday’s visit of Coventry Bears.