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24 Feb 2018 by TSZ

2018 Betfred Championship – London Broncos vs Toronto Wolfpack Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 25th February 15:00

Where? The Trailfinders Sports Club

What channel is it on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream the match? Premier Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Premier Player

Are tickets still available? https://londonbroncosrl.com/ma...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

LONDON BRONCOS

Head Coach: Danny Ward

Squad: Adebiyi, Battye, Bienek, Butler, Cunningham, Davis, Dixon, Fleming, Hellewell, Ioane, Johnstone, Lovell, Meadows, Pewhairangi, Pitts, Sammut, Spencer, Walker, Williams

Unavailable: Daniel Harrison, Elliot Kear, Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Matt Gee,

  • London top the Championship after three games with the Broncos holding the only 100% record left in the division following a 44-24 win over Featherstone in their last outing.
  • Head coach Danny Ward is without key pair Elliot Kear and Daniel Harrison. He will be looking at top-scorer Jarrod Sammut to lead his side around the pitch following his hat-trick against Featherstone.
  • London have averaged 37.3 points per game so far this season but will face their sternest test so far against a Toronto defence that have only conceded an average of just 8.7 points per game.

TORONTO WOLFPACK

Head Coach: Paul Rowley

Squad: Ackers, Beswick, Brierley, Buchanan, Dixon, Emmitt, Higson, Hopkins, Kay, Krasniqi, Laulu-Togaga’e, McCrone, Rawsthorne, Sidlow, Sims, Wallace, Westerman, Whiting, Worthington

Unavailable: Cory Paterson, Jonny Pownall, Gary Wheeler, Jack Bussey, James Laithwaite, Tom Armstrong, Jake Butler-Fleming, Ryan Burroughs, Quinn Nqawati

  • Toronto head into this game in 2nd place in the Championship as the undefeated Wolfpack attempt to leapfrog their opponents in this top-of-the-table clash. Toronto produced a solid second half display to overcome a dogged Halifax side six points to 20 in their last outing.
  • Head coach Paul Rowley has Richard Whiting and captain Josh McCrone available despite both being served with penalty notices this week for incidents in the win over Halifax.
  • Toronto boast the best defence in the division at this early stage with the Wolfpack conceding just 26 points from their three games so far.

KEY STATS

  • London Broncos have won their opening 3 Championship matches this season
  • Toronto Wolfpack have won 6 and drawn 1 of their last 7 matches in all competitions
  • Toronto Wolfpack have scored at least 20 points in 8 of their last 9 matches in all competitions
  • London Broncos have scored 112 points in their opening 3 Championship matches this season at an average of 37.3 per game
  • London Broncos' Jarrod Sammut has scored 5 tries in his 3 Championship appearances this season
  • London Broncos' Jarrod Sammut has scored 54 points in his 3 Championship appearances this season at an average of 18 per game

THE PREDICTION

This top-of-the-table clash in the Championship has generated plenty of interest this week with these two sides attempting to gain promotion to Super League this season. With expansion a hot topic, both are intent on earning a place in the top tier on merit and have begun the season strongly with neither yet to taste defeat. London have scored 112 points from their three games but Toronto’s stingy defence that has conceded just 26 points may prove to be too strong in what should be a close contest.

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