Toronto Wolfpack vs Widnes Vikings The Qualifiers Round 6 Preview

Widnes come to Toronto in desperate need of a victory after sealing their first win since the dawn of time last week against Halifax.

Or at least that’s how is seems having secured their first victory in 21 league games and being on the end of some very poor results since March.

The Vikings still have the mathematical possibility of finishing the season with the million pound game and include Jordan Johnstone for the first time since June whilst Jay Chapplehow and veteran Aaron Heremaia make way.

This is the first ever game between these two sides and on current form Widnes could be the first super league team automatically relegated since the start of the super eight concept.

Toronto will be confident going into this game and have some real quality in Darcy Lussick, Chase Stanley and the motivator himself Ashton Sims. Fresh from their 13-12 victory last week against Toulouse this is very much a must win game for both teams.

These is no shortage of talent of course In the Vikings squad who include youngster Joe Lyons for the second consecutive week. Big hitters Charlie Gubb, player of the season Tom Olbison and Harrison Hansen will be able to compete against the Wolfpack forwards and should give them plenty to think about

The Vikings will miss the diminutive Olly Ashall Bott but young winger Owen Buckley is something of an unknown for the home team and coach Paul Rowley will need to be cautious against this tall, rangy winger.

It’s anyone’s game and motivation is the key to the outcome. If Toulouse are the benchmark them Toronto will be favourites but I expect this game to be very close

I’m taking Toronto to claim the points by 2-6 points

Toronto - squad still to be named

Widnes 19-man-squad: Ah Van, Buckley, Dean, Finn, Gubb, Hansen, Hauraki, Houston, Inu, Johnstone, Leuluai, Lyons, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Walker, White, Whitley, Wilde.


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