Toronto Wolfpack Match Preview

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14th February 2019

Widnes Vikings are on the road again this weekend, as they travel Newcastle Thunder’s Kingston Park to take on Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday 16th February, (kick-off 5pm).

Kieron Purtill’s men have started the 2019 Betfred Championship campaign with back-to-back victories and will be hoping to keep their 100% record intact when they face their Canadian counterparts.

As the Vikings travel to Newcastle this weekend, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big game…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill welcomes Jay Chapelhow back from injury ahead of Saturday’s fixture, as he replaces Liam Walsh in the only change from the squad that was victorious in France. Hep Cahill, Krisnan Inu, Tom Gilmore, Wellington Albert and Dan Norman remain side lined.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Olly Ashall-Bott, Keanan Brand, Owen Buckley, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Owen Farnworth, Anthony Gelling, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Jack Owens, Adam Tangata, Brad Walker, Sam Wilde.

Toronto head coach Brian McDermott has named an unchanged squad from their convincing victory over Rochdale Hornets last week, as he includes former Widnes players Joe Mellor and Tom Olbison.

Toronto Wolfpack 19-man squad: Gareth O’Brien, Matty Russell, Chase Stanley, Ricky Leutele, Joe Mellor, Josh McCrone, Adam Sidlow, Ashton Sims, Andrew Dixon, Bodene Thompson, Jon Wilkin, Andy Ackers, Darcy Lussick, Tom Olbison, Blake Wallace, Gadwin Springer, Gary Wheeler, Adam Higson, Jacob Emmitt.

Form Guide

Widnes followed up their opening round victory over Halifax with an impressive win in France, defeating Toulouse Olympique 36-24 at the Stade Ernest Argeles. The Vikings went into the break trailing 18-16, with tries from Liam Hood, Ted Chapelhow and Anthony Gelling in the first period.

A dominant second half saw Danny Craven and Ryan Ince also find their way onto the scoresheet, before Gelling secured the victory with his second try of the game late on. Jack Owens continued his form with the boot too, adding six conversions.

The Wolfpack enjoyed a comfortable win over Rochdale Hornets a week after battling to a round one victory against York City Knights, as they eased to a 58-6 triumph last weekend.

Matty Russell picked up four tries at the Crown Oil Arena, with Joe Mellor, Gareth O’Brien, Darcy Lussick, Ricky Leutele, Chase Stanley, Jacob Emmitt and Adam Sidlow also scoring.

Last Time Out

Widnes were consigned to relegation the last time these two met, as a 20-12 defeat at Lamport Stadium ended the Vikings hopes of surviving the Qualifiers.

Joe Mellor lined up for the Vikings on that day back in September as he scored the opening try of the contest, with Chris Dean crossing in the second half and Krisnan Inu adding two goals. That wasn’t enough for the Vikings though, with Cory Paterson, Matty Russell and Blake Wallace scoring for the home side and Gareth O’Brien kicking four goals.

One to Watch

Matty Russell – The former Warrington Wolves winger has scored five tries in the opening two fixtures of this season, and is known for his acrobatic finishes from close range. Russell can also pose a threat when returning kicks and could cause the Vikings some headaches on Saturday.

Milestones

Anthony Gelling – The Vikings centre is three tries away from reaching 250 career points.

Ryan Ince – His wing partner is also three tries away from reaching 100 career points.

Jack Owens – Jack is eight points away from 400 points for Widnes and four goals away from reaching 200 career goals.

Tickets for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle are available until 4pm on Friday 15th February from the Vikings Superstore, or by calling 0151 495 2250. 

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