Toronto Wolfpack Match Preview

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21st September 2018

Widnes Vikings travel to the Lamport Stadium on Saturday to take on Toronto Wolfpack in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers (kick-off 5:30pm BST).

Francis Cummins’ men are searching for back-to-back wins in The Qualifiers following the club's 26-12 victory over Halifax RLFC last weekend. 

Ahead of Saturday's game, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big clash…

 

Squad news

Francis Cummins has made two changes to the 19-man squad that beat Halifax RLFC last week. Jay Chapelhow and Aaron Heremaia are replaced in the squad by Jordan Johnstone and Chris Dean, who both return from injury. 

Stefan Marsh, Hep Cahill, Rhys Hanbury, Gil Dudson, Olly Ashall-Bott and Ryan Ince are still ruled out for the Vikings through injury, with the rest of the first team squad available at Francis Cummins' disposal. 

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Patrick Ah Van, Owen Buckley, Chris Dean, Liam Finn, Charlie Gubb, Harrison Hansen, Weller Hauraki, Chris Houston, Krisnan Inu, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Danny Walker, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde. 

Paul Rowley has named a strong side to take on the Vikings this weekend. Former Vikings, Jack Buchanan, Bob Beswick, Adam Sidlow and Gareth O’Brien are all included in the 19-man squad. 

Toronto Wolfpack 19-man squad: Andy Ackers, Bob Bestick, Ryan Brierley, Jack Buchanan, Mason Caton-Brown, Andrew Dixon, Jacob Emmitt, Olsi Krasniqi, Darcy Lussick, Josh McCrone, Gareth O’Brien, Cory Paterson, Matty Russell, Adam Sidlow, Ashton Sims, Chase Stanley, Blake Wallace, Gary Wheeler, Richard Whiting. 

 

Form

The Wolfpack’s form has been very inconsistent in recent weeks after facing a mixture of top Championship sides and Super League opponents in the Qualifiers. Toronto currently sit in one of the positions to make the Million Pound Game in a couple of weeks, but the Vikings can take heart from the fact they were beaten on home soil by their last Super League opponent to visit, Hull Kingston Rovers. The Wolfpack head into this fixture following a tight victory over London Broncos at the Lamport Stadium, and will be looking for another win to take them closer to a Super League place.

The Vikings finally grabbed the win the club has been looking for in recent weeks against Halifax RLFC, taking a 26-12 victory in front of their own supporters at the Halton Stadium. Francis Cummins will be hoping to use this victory as a springboard heading into the Club’s trip to Canada this weekend. 

Toronto Wolfpack: LWLWLW       Widnes Vikings: LLLLLW

 

One To Watch 

Gareth O’Brien - A familiar name to Vikings supporters after his spell at the Halton Stadium in 2012, O’Brien is one of the stars of this current Wolfpack side. Starting out his career at local club, Warrington, Gareth went on to make 61 appearances for the Wolves. However, O’Brien struggled to nail down a permanent place in Tony Smith’s side, making a number of loan moves during his time at the Club. O’Brien made the move to Salford Red Devils for the 2016 season, and impressed massively in the full back role. Gareth will be fondly remembered at the AJ Bell Stadium for his unbelievable winning drop-goal for the Red Devils in the Million Pound Game against Hull KR in 2016, saving them from the drop. 2018 came around, and O’Brien moved once more, this time for a big money fee to the Wolfpack, and will be looking to lead them towards the top flight in a couple of weeks time. 

 

Milestones

Chris Houston                 250th career appearance in both hemispheres

 

Tom Olbison                   1 try will take Tom to 100 career points

 

Charly Runciman            1 try will take Charly to 100 points for Widnes

 

Lloyd White                     1 try will take Lloyd through 250 (251) points for Widnes

 

Matt Whitley                    100th appearance for Widnes

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