Toronto Wolfpack Preview

Toronto Wolfpack Preview

Everything you need to know for Thursday’s Round 3 Betfred Super League fixture between Wigan Warriors and Toronto Wolfpack at the DW Stadium.

The Brief

The 2020 Betfred Super League season continues as Wigan Warriors and Toronto Wolfpack meet each other for the first time at the DW Stadium on Thursday 13th February (7:45pm K.O.).

Since forming in 2016, the Canadian club have risen through the leagues, winning promotion to the Betfred Championship in 2017, before being triumphant in the 2019 Million Pound Game to gain Super League status.

And both Toronto and Wigan will be looking to get on track following recent defeats in the league. The Wolfpack are still hunting their first points in Super League following two consecutive losses, while the Warriors are aiming to respond from last week’s disappointment at Castleford Tigers.

The DW Stadium.

Team News

Hooker Sam Powell misses out due to a head knock received in Round 1, which saw him miss out against Castleford Tigers last week. Jake Shorrocks also misses out this week, after featuring off the bench vs Castleford, with a calf strain.

Amir Bourouh and Joe Bullock both come in to the 21-man squad to replace Powell and Shorrocks.

Hooker Bourouh scored a brace in the opening reserves win over Widnes Vikings two weeks ago.

In Monday’s press conference, Adrian Lam provided an update on forward Ben Flower: “Ben Flower has now got a back strain. He was going to come into the picture but now we’ve got to keep an eye on him.”

Prop-forward George Burgess misses out due to a hip injury.

Oliver Gildart continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder picked up on international duty for Great Britain last Autumn.

Here is Wigan’s 21-man squad:

The Opposition

When Toronto make their first trip to the DW Stadium on Thursday they will be without Sonny Bill Williams. The New Zealander has returned home to be present for the birth of his fourth child.

Here is the Wolfpack’s squad for Thursday’s game:

Did You Know?

This is the first meeting between Wigan and Toronto!

Here are a few head-to-head stats from the 2020 season so far:

The Stats

Skipper Sean O’Loughlin needs one appearance to reach 400 in Super League. The legendary loose forward made his 500th career appearance in last week’s loss at Castleford.

Joe Greenwood needs one appearance to reach 100 in Super League. The second row has played 31 times for Wigan (2018-2019) and 68 for St Helens (2012-2017).

Coach Quotes

Ahead Thursday’s game, Lam said: “Obviously we were disappointed with the performance (Castleford). We played poorly at times and I take full responsibility for that.

“It’s only a short turnaround, we’ve had a session today and we’ll have captain’s run on Wednesday. So not much time to fix it on the field, but I think it was a mentality issue that we need to readdress.”

“I thought they improved as a side last week when they played Salford. They’ll be looking for their first win in Super League and coming here, there’s no bigger team.

Match Officials

The referee for Thursday’s game is Chris Kendall. His touch judges are Jack Smith and Marcus Griffiths. The video referee is Robert Hicks.

Chris Kendall.

Tickets

Tickets for the game are still on sale!

How to buy

  • Buy online by clicking HERE.

  • Call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111

  • Visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

Pay on the gate will also be available at the DW Stadium on Thursday night.

The East and South Stands will have cash turnstiles for home fans. Tickets for the West Stand must be purchased from the Ticket Office, located in the North West corner of the DW Stadium.

Travel

The Club have relaunched their matchday bus service for the 2020 season with Tyrers Coaches, running two routes from Chorley and Westhoughton.

The routes will provide travel to and from the DW Stadium on every matchday during the 2020 Betfred Super League season.

Buses will pick up and drop off at the bus stop outside the Robin Park Arena. After the Toronto game on Thursday evening, buses will depart from 9:45pm.

For prices and travel routes, click HERE.

For the 2020 season, Wigan Warriors have appointed the Holiday Inn Express Wigan as their Official Local Hotel Partner. Supporters are able to benefit from 10% off their stay at the modern hotel by using code “Warriors21” when booking via telephone: 01942 311311 or by email: info@hiexwigan.co.uk.

Holiday Inn Wigan.

Official travel and accommodation packages to the reverse fixture against Toronto, taking place on Saturday 25th April at Lamport Stadium, are available through official travel partner Shearings. For more information click HERE.

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

Wigan TV

Highlights and post-match interviews are available to watch on Wigan TV after every game throughout the 2020 season.

If you’re not already a subscriber to Wigan TV, click HERE today to join. Choose a monthly (£5.99), quarterly (£11.99) or annual (£38.99) subscription with no contract. Pay with PayPal or credit/debit card.

Wigan TV is the ONLY place where you can see full match replays of every first team game in 2020, with a host of Scholars, Academy, Reserves and Women’s matches also available live and replayed. Plus there’s plenty of pre and post-match interviews and behind the scenes content. ALL FOR LESS THAN £40 A YEAR.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE. All subscriptions renew automatically unless cancelled.

Other Fixtures

Friday 14th February

  • Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR (7:45pm)
  • Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants (7:45pm)

Saturday 15th February

  • Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers (5pm)

Sunday 16th February

  • Hull FC vs St Helens (3pm)
  • Wakefield Trinity vs Warrington Wolves (3pm)

Pyrotechnics reminder

Wigan Warriors would like to remind fans that the use of pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden both at the DW Stadium and at all away games.

Wigan Warriors executive director, Kris Radlinski: “Wigan Warriors are lucky to have such a passionate and fervent following. We see our fan-base as our 18th man, so much so, that we put aside the squad number 18 every season in reference to their loyal support.

“We encourage our fans to be vocal, passionate but also to be respectful and uphold not only the values of Wigan Warriors, but of the game of rugby league. I’d like to highlight that the vast majority of fans uphold these values and represent our Club with distinction and for that I’d like to thank them.

“Regrettably, we have received a number of complaints from the Rugby Football League compliance department in respect to pyrotechnics being used by individuals in the Wigan away allocation. One of the values that must be upheld when following the Warriors is that we respect the rules and regulations of the stadiums in which we visit. Grounds in the Betfred Super League, including the DW Stadium, have a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of flares and smoke bombs as they are dangerous and can cause harm to those in such close proximity. Ultimately, the Club is held responsible for this, which is harmful for our reputation and considering that sanctions include hefty fines, it creates issues that reverberate around our organisation.

“As this isn’t an isolated incident, let me reiterate Wigan Warriors’ position on the use of pyrotechnics; that if any person is found to have committed this offence they will be banned from attending Wigan Warriors games. We want to make this abundantly clear, that fans who plan to bring pyrotechnics, flares, smoke bombs etc are not welcome at both Wigan home and away games.”

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