After a comprehensive and impressive opening weekend victory at Leigh Centurions, Toronto Wolfpack turn their attention to a trip to Cumbria to take on Barrow Raiders this Sunday in the Betfred Championship.
Paul Rowley’s men laid down a marker for the rest of the competition in round one, making light work of a fancied Leigh Centurions side, coming from two tries behind to run out 34-12 winners at the Leigh Sports Village in arguably the toughest fixture on paper for any Championship team.
Having left Lancashire with a priceless two points, the Wolfpack head north this week to take on one of their closest rivals from 2017. The Raiders were hot on the heels of the Wolfpack for the League 1 title, finishing second after the regular season and were the second club to gain promotion to the RFL’s second tier competition.
With the close rivalry set to continue into 2018, the early season showdown at Craven Park is set to be a big test for the Wolfpack, with Barrow desperate to make amends from their tough opening round defeat at the hands of London Broncos.
Barrow is a notoriously difficult place to visit in the very heart of Cumbria in the north of England, but the Wolfpack squad will travel confident of getting the result, buoyed by their near perfect second half display against the Centurions.
Despite having bested the Raiders in both meetings last season, the Wolfpack will have to be on their metal to claim the spoils this time around, with the chance of getting their first win on home soil since earning promotion serving as extra motivation for the Barrow side.
Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley was under no illusions of the challenge that faces his side this week. He said:
“Barrow had a tough result last week but they train on their own field up there and it’ll be tough conditions to play in which they are used to.
“They struggled at London but will be a different beast at home, they were tough last year and they have strengthened again this year so we’re in for a battle royale up there this week.”
Rowley will be keen to see his side keep up the early momentum they have started the season with and build some consistency, with few changes to the 19 man squad that defeated Leigh Centurions on Sunday.
All the action from round two at Craven Park Stadium is live on Game TV and CBC Sports (online) in Canada, Premier Sports in the UK and Eleven Sports in the US. Kick off is 10:00 am EST, 3:00pm GMT.
Toronto Wolfpack 19 Man Squad Vs Barrow Raiders
- Andy Ackers
- Bob Beswick
- Ryan Brierley
- Jack Buchanan
- Jack Bussey
- Jake Butler-Fleming
- Andrew Dixon
- Jake Emmitt
- Adam Higson
- Liam Kay
- Olsi Krasniqi
- James Laithwaite
- Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e
- Josh McCrone
- Nick Rawsthorne
- Adam Sidlow
- Joe Westerman
- Richard Whiting
- Greg Worthington