With a full season of work and a chance to play in Super League on the line, Toronto Wolfpack welcome London Broncos to Lamport Stadium for the ‘Million Pound Game’.
The Broncos head to Canada for the third time this season for the biggest game of the year for both clubs, knowing that a win will earn them the fourth and final Super League spot for next season.
This Sunday’s titanic battle sees the best two clubs from the Betfred Championship meet in a fitting end to the season, with one of the two expansionist clubs in the sport guaranteed to gain promotion to the top level.
Toronto have led the way for the majority of the 2018 campaign, taking out the League Leaders’ Shield with three rounds to spare, and have made a huge impact alongside the Broncos in the postseason ‘Super 8s The Qualifiers’.
A dramatic win over Leeds Rhinos last week ensured the Wolfpack would have a shot at promotion, with only points difference ruling them out of an automatic Super League berth to Hull KR.
The Broncos have been similarly impressive. Finishing as the Championship’s top point scorers across the regular season, London have taken two Super League scalps in Widnes and Salford and rightly deserve their place in the final game of the season.
The ‘Million Pound Game’ is the fourth meeting of these clubs this year, with all previous encounters proving extremely competitive. The Pack will be extremely confident, after besting Danny Ward’s side twice on home soil this year, but London will certainly prove an almighty challenge.
The Broncos have showcased their dangers and variety in attack all season and can strike from anywhere on the field.
With the enigmatic Jarrod Sammut pulling the strings behind an uncompromising and mobile forward pack, with lightening fast outside backs in support, the Broncos will have huge belief in their ability to really trouble Toronto and come away with the win.
Looking ahead to a potentially history making game for the club, Wolfpack Head Coach Paul Rowley knew the significance of what was at stake come Sunday afternoon. He said:
“This is essentially a cup final for us this weekend; it’s a huge game which we’re really looking forward to.
“We need to expect the unexpected against London, they are a little bit like Toulouse in that sense but it’s two good sides who both deserve to be here so hopefully we can get the win.”
Cory Paterson is the main injury blow ahead of the Million Pound Game, after the forward couldn’t finish the game against Leeds. However, Rowley remained confident of fielding a strong side capable of making history. He added:
“Cory won’t be fit unfortunately. We’ve got a few bashed up bodies but so do London and we’ll definitely put out 17 fit players that will give it their all.”
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