Four Points: Toronto Wolfpack v Barrow Raiders
Final Five Decided
Featherstone’s weekend win over Batley has put an end to speculation as to which five teams will be fighting for promotion in the 2019 Betfred Championship Playoffs. While the final order is still unclear, it is certain that Toronto Wolfpack, Toulouse Olympique, York City Knights, Leigh Centurions and Featherstone Rovers will be the teams to advance. Toulouse are best placed to finish second, needing only a win against Featherstone in the final round. Should the French outfit stumble and York City defeat Halifax then it will be York that claim second spot heading into playoffs. Leigh will face the Wolfpack in Toronto and can rise to third should they win and York lose. Featherstone appear to be locked in fifth spot but should results go their way, it is conceivable for them to steal fourth spot.
Wolfpack Head to Head With Top Five
With the final five set, the 2019 meetings against each side makes interesting reading for Wolfpack fans. Toronto have lost only to Toulouse Olympique, going down 16-46 at Stade Ernest-Argelès in Round Six. The two sides have met twice since and the Wolfpack emerged triumphant on both occasions, recording a 42-14 victory at the Summer Bash and a 28-16 win at Lamport Stadium in Round 18.
The Wolfpack have faced York City twice, home and away, and won both clashes by a combined margin of 64. Leigh Centurions will travel to Toronto for the final round of the regular season, with the two sides having played just once so far in 2019, a fixture that ended in a tight six point win for the Wolfpack in Round Four.
Featherstone pushed the Wolfpack all the way in Round 11 at LD Nutrition Stadium, eventually suffering a nine point loss. They also almost upset the league leaders in Toronto when they clashed in Round 21, going down by just four points.
In defeating Barrow on Saturday afternoon at Lamport Stadium, the Wolfpack extended their winning streak to 20. This keeps the Club’s longest run of victories in their history in tact. In 2018 between Rounds 5 and 22 the Wolfpack went undefeated, a run of 18 consecutive wins. That run was ended by Featherstone Rovers at Lamport Stadium in the final round of the regular season. This season it will be Leigh Centurions journeying to Toronto for the final game before playoffs and the Wolfpack will be looking to avoid a repeat of history on Saturday afternoon at the Den.
Home Ground Advantage
With all of their playoff games confirmed for Lamport Stadium, including a potential all-or-nothing Grand Final with a prize of Super League promotion, the Wolfpack numbers show just how important that home ground advantage is. To date in 2019, the Wolfpack have played nine games at the Den and have not lost a game, recording an average winning margin of 35 points. The closest clash was against Featherstone Rovers and required a late rally from Toronto to claim a thrilling four point victory. The most one-sided contest came when Dewsbury travelled across the Atlantic. Nine Wolfpack players crossed the line that day to see the final scoreline displaying a 62 point margin.