Match Preview: Swinton Lions v Toronto Wolfpack

Coming off the back of another week off for Challenge Cup action, Toronto Wolfpack jump back into the Betfred Championship with a trip to Heywood Road to take on Swinton.

The Lions were the first club to visit the city of Toronto this year at Lamport Stadium and will be looking to exert revenge on the Pack after going down 52-10 back in April.

At the half way point of the season, there has been a clear contrast between both sides’ fortunes, with the high flying Canadians tasting defeat just once this year and heading into the clash in some good consistent form, while Swinton sit 10th on the ladder having struggled to string results together this year.

However, there is no doubt Toronto will have their work cut out for them on Sunday, with the quality in Swinton’s ranks defying their place in the table.

Coached by the extremely experienced ex-Salford star Stuart Littler, the squad boasts plenty of quality and experience itself that have the capability to pose the Wolfpack plenty of problems.

Led by Welsh international Rhodri Lloyd, the off-season signing of Scottish international Oscar Thomas has injected some real creativity and unpredictability to Swinton, who play behind an imposing front row in former Salford man Gavin Bennion and former Rochdale man Lewis Hatton.

Likely to be played in front of a hostile crowd on the outskirts of Manchester, the Lions will certainly be looking to raise their game to knock off the league leaders, meaning Brian McDermott’s men will have to be at their best once again to extend their winning run to 10 matches.

After showing a ruthless edge to earn consecutive wins over top five hopefuls Sheffield a fortnight ago, McDermott has named another strong squad. Despite having Darcy Lussick unavailable, one of the original Wolfpack forwards Andrew Dixon is set to line up for a big milestone, making his 200th career appearance.

Toronto Wolfpack 19 man squad:

2 – Matty Russell

3 – Chase Stanley

4 – Ricky Leutele

5 – Liam Kay

6 – Joe Mellor

7 – Josh McCrone (C)

8 – Adam Sidlow

9 – Robert Beswick

10 – Ashton Sims

11 – Andrew Dixon

12 – Bodene Thompson

13 – Jon Wilkin

14 – Andy Ackers

16 – Tom Olbison

17 – Blake Wallace

20 – Adam Higson

21 – Anthony Mullally

22 – Gregory Worthington

24 – Nick Rawsthorne

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