Cougars play to 26-26 draw with Wolfpack in 3rd round of Super 8s
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KEIGHLEY, United Kingdom — Matty Beharrell scored on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to tie the game for Keighley as the Cougars and Toronto Wolfpack played to a 26-26 draw on Sunday in the third round of the Kingstone Press League 1 Super 8s playoffs.
Keighley (9-7-2) had second-half tries from Rickie Hawkyard and Vinny Finigan to help erase a 22-12 half-time deficit. Finigan and Hamish Barnes had tries in the first half at Cougar Park.
Richard Whiting, Liam Kay, Quentin Laulu Togaga'e and Jonny Pownall had tries for first-place Toronto (16-1-1) in the first half and Greg Worthington added another in the 56th minute.
The Wolfpack beat Keighley 48-21 when they played them in the third week of the regular season.
Toronto, aiming for one of two promotion spots to the second-tier championship, plays its next four games at home, including next week against the Newcastle Thunder.
Under Rugby Football League rules, the 16-team Kingstone Press League 1 is split into two after each team has played the other with the top eight taking part in the Super 8s.
The teams carry forward their regular-season points with the top team after the Super 8s winning automatic promotion. The other promotion spot will be decided via a four-team playoff: No. 2 versus No. 5 and No. 3 versus No. 4, with the winners playing off for the prize.
Toronto began the Super 8s with a stunning 26-16 defeat at York — its first loss of the season — then beat Workington Town 68-0 in the second round last Sunday.
In the Super 8s, the top four teams get four home games while the bottom four have three home fixtures.