Million Pound Game Preview

This 80 minutes In Toronto is deceptively called the “ million pound “ game. Reality is, it is worth far more than that to both teams and the pressure is on with the Wolfpack as clear favourites. ( Sky sports arena 18.30pm Sunday).

What a roller coaster of a year, with Toronto’s magnificent 17-16 victory over Leeds Rhinos perhaps the highlight of their season. Equally London can boast superb wins over super league opposition having put Salford and Widnes Vikings to the sword.

The Broncos of course are led by Championship coach of the year Danny Ward, and he will know that four years away from the top flight is too long. Ward has moulded together a capable and skilful team made up of several “ journeymen “ and a few more players released by super league clubs. Yet here they are on the brink of a super league return, and who can doubt their right to be in this game.

Toronto Wolfpack are of course true Mavericks of the game. A mix of talents with some proven super league players most notably the drop goal specialist Gareth O’Brien.

Both teams possess real pace with the home side boasting Mason Caton Brown against the equally quick Keiran Dixon.

Whilst London will miss Api Pewhairangi at stand-off , Jarrod Sammut will be a constant threat for the visitors. Can the forward pack of Toronto keep the dynamic half back quiet.

Expect a big crowd as Wolfpack owner David Argyle has given free admission to all under 16’s as he embarks of ambitious plans to develop the Wolfpack brand over the next few years.

Toronto are surely on the path to super league but London will push them hard. The visitors are a credit to the game with several London born players in their ranks. On this occasion however I expect the “Wolfpack “ to claim their super league place by 6-10 points

Toronto Wolfpack 19-man squad:Andy Ackers, Bob Beswick, Ryan Brierley, Jack Buchanan, Mason Caton-Brown, Andrew Dixon, Jake Emmitt, Adam Higson, Olsi Krasniqi, Darcy Lussick, Josh McCrone, Gareth O'Brien, Nick Rawsthorne, Matty Russell, Adam Sidlow, Ashton Sims, Blake Wallace, Gary Wheeler, Richard Whiting.

London Broncos 19-man squad: Eddie Battye, Robert Butler, Michael Channing, Matt Davies, Kieran Dixon, Ben Evans, Matty Gee, Ben Hellewell, Daniel Hindmarsh, Mark Ioane, Elliot Kear, Will Lovell, James Meadows, Eloi Péeissier, Jay Pitts, Jarrod Sammut, Tom Spencer, Alex Walker, Rhys Williams.


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