Four Points: Toronto Wolfpack vs Batley Bulldogs
1. Marvelous mixed with mistakes
The Wolfpack’s first half against Batley was a roller coaster of solid skills and costly handling errors that would have had Head Coach Brian McDermott shaking his head in frustration. The opening ten minutes saw two tries that came off the back of hard work and slick movement, both culminating in spectacular leaps from wingers Matty Russell and Ricky Leutele. From there however, several ball-handling errors from experienced players gifted the opposition field position time and again, with only dogged defense ensuring Batley didn’t get the scoreboard ticking over. With finals on the horizon, the Wolfpack will not be happy with their lack of ball security against the Bulldogs and it is something that needs to be remedied immediately if they are to achieve their goal of Super League promotion.
2. No problems with scoring
On the positive side, Toronto have scored the most points in the 2019 Championship Season and their points differential is vastly superior to all those below. Having registered a total of 127 tries so far this year, the Wolfpack have 695 points for and just 261 against. Second placed Toulouse Olympique have put 557 points on the scoreboard and 330 have been scored against them. While these figures may not come into calculations due to the Wolfpack’s lead in the standings, it does show that the Toronto side will go into the finals series with extreme confidence that they can put a winning total on the board, no matter the opposition.
3. Jon Wilkin brings plenty to the Wolfpack
In his first season with the Wolfpack, Jon Wilkin showed against Batley just why he was recruited by the transatlantic side as they push for promotion. When his side was giving up possession to easily and forced into desperate defense, Wilkin stood up and directed those around him with class. On several occasions he made try-saving tackles just in the nick of time and it was clear that Wolfpack players walked taller and stood stronger with the 17-year Rugby League veteran amongst their ranks.
4. The Vegan Warrior is meeting the challenge
Anthony Mullally joined the Wolfpack back in February and has steadily improved each time he has pulled on the jersey. A dominant two try performance against Dewsbury in recent times, combined with countless strong defensive efforts and aggressive runs against Batley show that he is primed for a huge finish to 2019. He is already a crowd favorite with Toronto fans and they will be in cheering his name loudly from the stands of Lamport Stadium this coming week.