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11 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Championship – Sheffield Eagles vs Toronto Wolfpack Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 11th March, 15:00

Where? Olympic Legacy Park

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://eagles.mysportstickets...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SHEFFIELD EAGLES

Head Coach: Mark Aston

Squad: Millar, Macani, Toole, Thomas, Offerdahl, Fozard, Magrin, Djalout, Pick, James, Burns, Moran, Igbinedion, Garcia, Aston, Lo, Spedding, Bentley

Unavailable: Menzie Yere, Ben Blackmore, Oliver Davies

  • Sheffield Eagles are set to play their first game at Olympic Legacy Park which will be their first home game of the season after four on the road.
  • The Eagles are yet to win a game this season but will be hoping for a change in fortunes when they host the Wolfpack but will have to hugely tighten up their defence having conceded an average of 39.5 points in their opening four games.
  • Menzie Yere is out for Sheffield but they are able to call upon loanees Cory Aston and Garry Lo from Castleford whilst Jake Spedding and James Bentley have been made available by St Helens thanks to their dual-registration agreement.

TORONTO WOLFPACK

Head Coach: Paul Rowley

Squad: Beswick, Brierley, Buchanan, Bussey, Dixon, Emmitt, Kay, Laithwaite, Laulu-Togaga’e, Maitua, McCrone, Pownall, Rawsthorne, Sidlow, Sims, Wallace, Westerman, Whiting, Worthington

Unavailable: Cory Paterson, Gary Wheeler, Tom Armstrong, Jake Butler-Fleming, Olsi Krasniqi, Adam Higson, Andy Ackers, Sam Hopkins

  • Following their disappointing defeat at London Broncos, Toronto returned to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over Swinton Lions last time out, running out 12-52 winners.
  • Paul Rowley is able to recall Richard Whiting is after serving a one-match ban whilst captain Josh McCrone is also back. His replacement last week, Blake Wallace, put in a brilliant performance and will be hoping to keep his place in the side having scored a hat-trick.
  • The Wolfpack’s convincing win last week improved their points scored total (130) dramatically but they are still only the fourth highest scorers in the league so far this season with this game representing a big chance to further increase that figure.

THE PREDICTION

Sheffield Eagles play host to the Toronto Wolfpack in their first game at Olympic Legacy Park in what is set to be a special occasion for the club. The Eagles are yet to register a competition point so far this season and now face the formidable task of facing off against the Wolfpack who returned to winning ways last week. Toronto’s attack looked a lot smoother last week and they will likely spoil Sheffield’s party with another big win here.