The Toronto Wolfpack will play their fifth Super League game against St Helens RFC (also known as the Saints). St Helens will be a tough team to beat as they are the defending champions.
The Wolfpack will play the Saints at a neutral ground site at the Halliwell Stadium, in Warrington this Saturday. It will be Round five of the 2020 Betfred Super League.
Toronto Wolfpack vs St Helens RFC game preview
The Toronto Wolfpack is last in Super League with no wins or ties and four losses. However, they can theoretically go up three places with a win against St. Helen’s this Saturday. Brian McDermott, head coach of the Wolfpack is not concerned according to Serious About Rugby League’s Steven Hughes:
“People talk about league positions, and how far behind the rest of the pack we are, but I’ve been around long enough to know you can be nowhere for the first third of the season, maybe even the first half of the year. Then you can come in with a wet sail and make the playoffs.”
McDermott is certainly right. He knows how Super League works with the Leeds Rhinos. With them, he won four Super League titles, one league leaders’ shield, two Challenge Cups, and one World Club Challenge in the last 10 years. They will be up against it though as they face the defending Super League champions, St. Helens R.F.C.
St Helens RFC
St. Helens have won two of their first three games in the Betfred Super League. Their loss coming against the Warrington Wolves, where they lost 19-0. The defending champions last played against National Rugby League (NRL) champion the Sydney Roosters. The Saints gave a good fight but ended up losing 20-12 at Totally Wicked Stadium in St. Helens.
The Saints are a team all about winning and getting trophies. In this century alone the Saints have six championships and five Challenge Cup victories. It is unfortunate for both teams that Jon Wilkin will not be in the game because of an injury according to Ash Weldon of the stats zone. Wilkin is a current Toronto Wolfpack player but spent most of his career with St. Helens R.F.C.
Keys to the Game
The most important key of the game is not to make turnovers. Limiting those mistakes will allow the Wolfpack the opportunity to win this game. The Wolfpack should also try to score the first try. In their last game, they let Warrington have a 16-0 lead, which was the main reason why the Wolfpack lost the game.
Lastly, respect, but do not be afraid of the opposition. It would be understandable for a team just being promoted to Super League to be intimidated a bit by the defending champions. However, the Toronto Wolfpack will eventually want to compete with these teams one day for trophies so giving it their all is very important.
Overview of the Game
The Toronto Wolfpack will face the defending champions this Saturday, February. 29th at a neutral site at Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington. The game will be at 6 pm United Kingdon time and 1 pm in Toronto (eastern time).
21 Man Squad presented by @MapleLeafDia for this Saturday's game.
— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) February 27, 2020
The game will sadly not be televised in Canada. However, one can follow the Toronto Wolfpack’s twitter feed to see live score updates on Saturday. For the rugby league fans in the United Kingdom, the game will be televised on Sky Sports Arena.
Unfortunately, the Wolfpack are likely to lose this game. The Saints are the defending champions for a reason, and they will show that in Halliwell Stadium. However, expect the Wolfpack to impress the crowd at Warrington. A prediction for The scoreline is 22-12 in favour of St. Helens R.F.C.
To read up on the Toronto Wolfpack’s 2020 Super League schedule, read this previous article.
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