After last week’s scare, the Toronto Wolfpack face Doncaster in a battle of the undefeated teams. Will the Wolfpack continue their undefeated start to the season?
After being behind 9-8 at halftime to the Keighley Cougars, last week, the Toronto Wolfpack managed to eek out a 41 to 28 win. The scoreline didn’t do the match justice. Keighley at various points in the match looked like potential winners. With every passing week, we’re learning that the Toronto Wolfpack’s journey up to the Super League isn’t going to be a cakewalk. This week the Wolfpack square off against Doncaster.
Doncaster had to fight through the Hunslet Hawks, eventually managing a 29-24 win. Last season Doncaster just missed out on promotion, managing to finish 4th. This season Doncaster will try to book a place up to the Championship. With the introduction of Toronto to League 1, Doncaster’s journey up is a little tougher. This match is a good opportunity to make a statement of intent.
Doncaster will be up against a Wolfpack side that features some reinforcements. The Wolfpack have made two new signings, Ryan Bailey and Sean Penkywicz. Ryan Bailey has an impressive resume which features over 300 Super League appearances as well as six Super League titles. Sean Penkywics joins a group of former Leigh Centurion who decided to join their former Leigh coach, Paul Rowley in Toronto. Finally, Fuifui Moimoi’s three-match suspension is over, meaning that Doncaster will have their hands full. Will this be the week where the Wolfpack meet their match?
Jason Tali (Doncaster) – The Papua New Guinea international and Doncaster centre almost managed to score a try a game in 2016. He scored 12 tries in 14 appearances for Doncaster last year. Prior to signing for Doncaster, Tali was courted by quite a few clubs. His international experience and tenacity is invaluable, this season he has gotten off to a solid start this season scoring five tries in five appearances. The Wolfpack need to keep an eye on him in the centre.
Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e (Toronto Wolfpack) – QLT the Samoan in international has been quite solid this season. But when one reads and hears about his performances at his former club the Sheffield Eagles, one is left a little disappointed. QLT has been able to hit the 30 try mark twice in the last 5 seasons. This season his lung-bursting runs and athletic skills have been a little tame. Eventually, the real QLT is supposed to appear. This game is as perfect as any for the Toronto Fullback to make a statement.