Four Points: Bradford Bulls v Toronto Wolfpack
1. Wolfpack Half-Time Comebacks
Bradford pushed the Wolfpack all the way on Sunday in West Yorkshire, with the home side dominating the opening forty minutes and almost snatching an upset victory late in the contest. Despite a 14-point margin at half time, the Wolfpack were able to run with the Bulls and claim a tense five point victory. That margin is an interesting one because there have now been three occasions that the Wolfpack have trailed at half-time in 2019, Round 5 against Dewsbury and Round 22 against Widnes, and both of those contests ended with Toronto emerging five-point victors as well.
2. Fifth Playoff Spot Still Up For Grabs
There were jubilant scenes in Dewsbury on Sunday afternoon but it wasn’t originating from the home fans. Instead, the visiting Featherstone faithful were sent into rapturous celebrations when they managed to steal a late victory thanks to a drop goal from the boot of Dane Chisholm. The win means they stay two games clear in the fifth and final playoff spot; a gap that would have been halved with a loss due to sixth placed Sheffield Eagles claiming their own win against Widnes the day before.
3. It’s Time to Defend the Den
The Wolfpack’s clash with Bradford at Odsal Stadium marks the end of their away games for the 2019 Betfred Championship. After a streak of 11 consecutive games in the UK to commence the season, the Wolfpack will now play their final four regular season fixtures in Toronto in front of their home fans. With top seed assured for the playoffs, the Wolfpack are also guaranteed to play on their home turf when the battle for Super League promotion comes beckoning in a month’s time.
4. Hakim Miloudi’s Timing is Perfect
The French international, who has made seven appearances for the Wolfpack since joining the side from Hull FC, was absolutely everywhere against Bradford and has made it very difficult for the coaching staff to overlook him in the crucial games rapidly approaching. Despite wearing a knee to the head and receiving a low-blow in the first half, Miloudi ran out the game with his trademark flair and played a huge part in the Wolfpack’s second half resurgence.