Rochdale Hornets v Toronto Wolfpack
Friday 23rd March 2018, 19:45pm
Championship - Round: 7
Stats over last 2 encounters
Rochdale Hornets return to Championship action this Friday night, as they take on Toronto Wolfpack at the Crown Oil Arena.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city with a population of 5.5million people, and they come to town on Friday night to take on the Hornets. The Wolfpack are backed by a wealthy investor, and have an abundance of Super League and NRL experience in their ranks.
On the other hand, Rochdale has a population of 220,000 and are a fan owned club, without an investor and reliant on central funding. It really is a David and Goliath clash.
Last week saw both sides start their 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup campaigns, with Toronto taking on amateur side Kells. They eased past the Cumbrian outfit at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground 56-6, helped by Liam Kay’s hat-trick. Nick Rawsthorne picked up a brace, while Blake Wallace, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Jonny Pownall, Ryan Brierley and Andy Ackers also crossed the try line.
Wolfpack’s league form has also been impressive, having won four of their opening six fixtures, drawing one and losing to league leaders London Broncos. The Canadian side are currently sat in fourth place.
Rochdale had a tricky afternoon in Featherstone on their last outing, as they progressed to the fifth round with a 20-8 victory over Normanton Knights. Rob Massam was the standout performer, as he led the way with two tries in the first half. Dec Kay and Danny Yates also scored, before the conditions deteriorated in the second-half along with their performance.
ONES TO WATCH
Ashton Sims has huge top flight experience in both continents, having played for both Warrington Wolves and North Queensland Cowboys, and he will provide the Wolfpack’s go-forward in the middle. Out wide, the man to lookout for is Liam Kay as the winger already has five tries to his name. Ryan Brierley has racked up 58 points so far this campaign and will be at the heart of Toronto’s attack.
Paul Rowley has made three changes to the squad named to face Kells in the Challenge Cup, as Gareth O'Brien is in line to make his first start for the club following his move from Salford Red Devils. Ashton Sims also returns to the front row, while Gary Wheeler is back in the line-up. Joe Westerman, Blake Wallace and Rich Whiting make way.
Wolfpack 19-man-squad: Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e, Jonny Pownall, Greg Worthington, Gary Wheeler, Liam Kay, Josh McCrone, Ryan Brierley, Jack Buchanan, Ashton Sims, Andrew Dixon, Jack Bussey, Andy Ackers, Adam Sidlow, Reni Maitua, James Laithwaite, Nick Rawsthorne, Sam Hopkins, Jake Emmitt, Gareth O'Brien.
Alan Kilshaw has made four changes to his squad ahead of the visit of the Canadian outfit, as they are boosted by the return of captain Luke Adamson from a rib injury. Lewis Hatton is also back from a hand injury, while Pat Moran and Morgan Smith come back in on dual-reg. Richard Lepori sits this one out with a one-match suspension, while youngsters Blake Turner, Aiden Hema and Callum Mulkeen miss out.
Hornets 19-man-squad: Dec Kay, Billy Brickhill, Earl Hurst, Deon Cross, Rob Massam, Lewis Palfrey, Danny Yates, Joe Taira, Morgan Smith, Lee Mitchell, Dave Allen, Gary Middlehurst, Luke Adamson, Ben Moores, Toby Adamson, Lewis Hatton, Dec Gregory, Pat Moran, Seta Tala.
Ticket prices are: £16 – Adult, £13 – Concession, £5 – Kids.
Super League season ticket holders can gain access to this game for a discounted price of £13 with our Super£13 scheme. Just present your season ticket at the point of purchase, either at the ticket office or on the gate.
All of these ticket offers for this game are available for purchase from the club ticket office, situated at the Crown Oil Arena main reception. Alternatively you can call the office on 01706 648 004 or pay on the gate.