Four Points: Toronto Wolfpack v Leigh Centurions
1. Crowd Numbers
One of the Wolfpack’s core goals is to help in the growth of Rugby in Canada and if the amount of fans turning up each week is anything to go by, the Club is making serious inroads. With 8,152 in attendance for the clash against Leigh, 75,281 people have now made their way into Lamport Stadium for a Wolfpack fixture in 2019 and with a minimum of two finals on the horizon, it is likely that this number will read close to 100,000 come season’s end.
2. Week-Off Effects
As reward for qualifying for the postseason in pole position, the Wolfpack will enjoy a bye in the first round of the Playoffs, instead heading straight through to the second week. While there is an argument to say a break may halt the momentum gathered by the Wolfpack’s recent victories, their 2019 record following weekends off is extremely positive. Across this season, Toronto have had six bye or break weekends and have won the following fixture each time, averaging a margin of 27 points.
3. Final Round Match-Ups
Two games in the final round of regular season action pitted playoff contenders against each other. While the Wolfpack scored a runaway win in their clash with the Centurions, across the Atlantic Featherstone and Toulouse were engaged in a classic contest. Leading 18-8 at half-time in front of their home fans, Featherstone would go on to lose a nail-biter by two points. The win secured second spot in the standings for Toulouse and left Featherstone to settle for fifth. With Leigh losing to Toronto, a Featherstone win would have seen them leap into fourth spot and earn the right to host an Elimination Final. The way the ladder has settled, the Wolfpack will now wait to welcome the winner of the Qualifying Final between Toulouse and York to Lamport Stadium for a Semi-Final.
4. Regular Season Record
The Wolfpack have finished the 2019 Betfred Championship regular season with a sensational record of 26 wins and one loss. Their second season in the Championship, this lopsided record bests their efforts in 2018 when they ended the regular season with a record of 20 wins, one draw and two losses. 2018 featured a playoff series comprising of eight games and saw the Wolfpack recording five wins and three losses. In 2019, Toronto will need only to win two playoff fixtures to be crowned champions and become Super League’s newest addition.