Match Preview: Bradford Bulls v Toronto Wolfpack
Toronto Wolfpack will be returning to the field this Sunday, August 4th after enjoying a week off in the aftermath of claiming the League Leaders Shield against Widnes Vikings in Round 22. The transatlantic side will be facing Bradford Bulls at Odsal Stadium with a local kickoff time of 3:00pm (10:00am EST).
The Wolfpack have secured top spot come playoffs thanks to a record of 21-1 that includes an active winning streak of 16 games. Bradford are currently in a tough battle to claim a spot in the postseason and will need to find a way to jump into the top five to achieve this. Currently they hold sixth spot in the standings, three points behind fifth placed Featherstone Rovers.
These two sides have already met once in 2019, with the Wolfpack running away 36-16 victors at Lamport Stadium after a spirited performance from the visitors in the opening half. Liam Kay returned to the field after a long-term injury that day and wowed the crowd with an acrobatic try late in the contest. Nick Rawsthorne finished the day with two tries of his own and Ricky Leutele was at his electric best in the summer sun for the Wolfpack.
Bradford have had a mixed bag in recent weeks, recording a stirring two-point away victory over French promotion-challengers Toulouse Olympique while also suffering a heartbreaking one-point loss to York City Knights and a thrilling 34-34 draw at home against Swinton Lions.
This will be the final fixture of the 2019 regular season that pits the Bulls against a side above them on the ladder, so a win in this contest would set them up perfectly for a late charge at playoff contention. The West Yorkshire side will need teams above them to stumble in the coming weeks but all they can do is win and the schedule is kind following this matchup against the first-placed Wolfpack.
Toronto on the other hand have not put a foot wrong since their Round Six game against Toulouse and they will be looking to keep their ruthless attitude in place when they take to the field in Bradford. Several key players were missing against Widnes last week and are not guaranteed to return so fans will be eagerly anticipating what squad is selected by Head Coach Brian McDermott in the coming days.
19 man squad to follow