Toronto Match Preview

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19th July 2019

Widnes Vikings host Toronto Wolfpack this Sunday in a huge Championship Round 22 clash, with the Canadian outfit making the trip to the Halton Stadium (5:35pm) kick-off.

The Vikings head into this fixture looking to extend their run of six home victories in a row, as they face the Championship leaders.

Ahead of Sunday’s visit of the Wolfpack, we have compiled all the team news, stats and key information with our in-depth preview below…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill has made four changes to last week’s squad named for the Halifax fixture, as Josh Ganson, Ryan Ince, Lloyd Roby and Joe Lyons all come in to replace Keanan Brand, Tom Gilmore, Patrick Ah Van and Jacob Dugdale.

The Vikings remain without Anthony Gelling, who is currently the only injured member of the squad.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Olly Ashall-Bott, Hep Cahill, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Josh Ganson, Harrison Hansen, Jayden Hatton, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Dan Norman, Jack Owens, Ellis Robson, Lloyd Roby, Brad Walker, Sam Wilde.

Toronto Wolfpack 19-man squad: Matty Russell, Chase Stanley, Liam Kay, Joe Mellor, Josh McCrone, Bob Beswick, Ashton Sims, Andrew Dixon, Bodene Thompson. Jon Wilkin, Andy Ackers, Darcy Lussick, Tom Olbison, Blake Wallace, Gary Wheeler, Anthony Mullally, Greg Worthington, Nick Rawsthorne, Hakim Miloudi.

Form Guide

Widnes suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Halifax in Round 21 of the Championship season last weekend, as they were beaten 40-10 at The Shay.

The home side opened up an 18-0 advantage early on, with tries from Steve Tyrer, Adam Tangata and Chester Butler, before the Vikings rallied to go into the break just eight points behind, as Sam Wilde scored from close range before a well worked move sent Jayden Hatton over in the corner.

Despite their positive end to the first half, Widnes failed to post a single point in the second 40 as Tyrer grabbed a second, Butler completed his hat-trick and Brandon Moore also scored for ‘Fax as they came away with the two points.

The Wolfpack survived a second half comeback at Lamport Stadium, as they saw off Featherstone Rovers 22-18 in a fiery encounter.

Gareth O’Brien scored the opening try of the contest before Darcy Lussick and Jack Bussey traded blows during the early stages, with the latter spending 10 minutes in the sin-bin. Once Toronto were restored to 13-men, Chase Stanley extended their advantage, as the hosts went into the break 14-0 up.

Jack Ormondroyd broke the Featherstone deadlock, with Josh Walters also crossing after Ricky Leutele had scored Toronto’s third try of the game. Josh McCrone looked to have secured the victory in the 65th minute, however Connor Jones set up a tense finish when he crossed with eight minutes remaining.

The Wolfpack managed to hold out until the full-time hooter, as they edged closer to retaining the Championship League Leaders’ Shield.

Last Time Out

These two sides last met in Round 4 of the season, as Toronto took their home fixture on the road to Newcastle Thunder’s Kingston Park.

Widnes fell to a 30-6 defeat at the hands of their Candian counterparts, as Brad Walker scored their only try and Jack Owens added the conversion.

Toronto claimed the two points with tries from Blake Wallace, And Ackers (2), Gary Wheeler and Ricky Leutele, while Gareth O’Brien kicked five goals from six attempts.

One to Watch

Chase Stanley – The Toronto Wolfpack centre is strong in both defence and attack, and has shown his ability to exploit any defensive weaknesses out on the edge so far this season. The former NRL star will be hard to contain and is consistently one of the Wolfpack’s top performers.

Tickets

Full ticket information regarding the Vikings’ clash with Toronto Wolfpack on Sunday afternoon can be found by clicking HERE.

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