As the League 1 season wears on, it is becoming evidently obvious that the Wolfpack might not face any major challenges on their road to promotion.
The Wolfpack sit comfortably in first place. They beat the second place Barrow Raiders by 68 points. As the League 1 season wears on, it seems like the Wolfpack are entering cruise control towards the Championship. This week Toronto host 14th place Coventry Bears. Eight games into the season the Coventry Bears have been outscored by 184 points. On the other hand, the Wolfpack have a positive point differential of 409. By all accounts, this match could lead some to cover their eyes in wake of the potential lopsided scoreline.
Even though the Wolfpack are moving on all gears towards the Championship, head coach Paul Rowley is not taking the rest of the season lightly. With the injury list increasing, Rowley is going to work on providing valuable minutes to the Wolfpack’s North American contingent of players. This week the Coventry Bears will be squaring off against American Joe Eichner and Canadian Tom Dempsey.
The Bears are on a three-match losing streak. Simply looking at the league table and playing form, one can tell that the Bears are in for a major challenge. Even though there is an expected disparity between the two sides, head coach Paul Rowley is still wary of the challenge that Coventry will provide.
“You underestimate opposition players and you usually get a harsh lesson. So we’ll be tuned in.”
“What we usually find is we’re better than these teams not because we’re any bigger or stronger. It’s usually because there’s speed of thought and awareness. We think a little bit quicker.”
It’s never too late to start thinking about the future. After this weekend, debutants Joe Eichner and Tom Dempsey will grow thanks to the invaluable game time that they will receive.
Zach Johnson (Coventry) – The massive 6’3” and 120kg prop forward will have a massive challenge ahead of him. The Wolfpack Props have featured a lot in the Toronto offense. If Zach Johnson can rise to the challenge and slow down the Wolfpack forwards then perhaps the Wolfpack scoreline won’t be as lopsided as people expect it to be.
Joe Eichner (Toronto Wolfpack) – Eichner is the last man standing from the Wolfpack’s North American trials. Joe Eichner was one of the 18 North American players selected to participate in a 12-day tryout in England. Other players managed to earn contracts either with the Wolfpack or elsewhere. But Joe Eichner is the last trialist who is still on the Wolfpack squad list. This weekend’s run out will be a huge moment showcasing physical evidence of the Toronto Wolfpack’s development of the sport.