Four Points: Toronto Wolfpack v York City Knights
1. Trading Places
There was plenty of movement amongst the playoff spots this week, with York City Knights dropping from second to fourth in the standings and Toulouse and Leigh each rising a position to second and third respectively. York City now sits half a game behind second spot and will need others to stumble in the final weeks if they hope to reclaim the coveted position. Featherstone kept themselves in fifth spot with a win over Swinton and will need to continue their winning run if they are to climb any further. Sheffield and Bradford still remain mathematical chances to make playoffs but would need everything to go right if they are to find a way in.
2. O’Brien Reaches Another Milestone
Gareth O’Brien registered 22 points individually against the Knights, including the opening 16 of the game. The full-back’s second try of the contest saw him pass the 200-point mark in the 2019 season, a remarkable achievement given there is still three regular season fixtures left to play out. In total, O’Brien now has 216 points to his name while the entire side has a combined total of 856.
3. Wolfpack Consistency
The Wolfpack have now reached the 50-point mark in five fixtures across the 2019 season and in bad news for their next opponent, Rochdale on August 17th, they have consistently followed up these strong performances with additional wins. The games following a scoreline of 50 or more have all been won by the Toronto side by an average margin of 16 points. Rochdale themselves have already been on the end of a big score from the Wolfpack in 2019, going down to the tune of a 56-8 rout in round two at Crown Oil Arena.
4. League Leaders Shield Presentation
Wolfpack fans had the opportunity post-game on Saturday to see their side raise the 2019 League Leaders Shield and mingle with the players as they walked around the sidelines thanking the crowd for their support. Ashton Sims was a favorite in the same week he announced his retirement come season end and special mention goes to the traveling York fans who were celebrated and applauded by not just their own players but the Wolfpack’s as well.