9th March 2018, 18:55
The Ones To Watch - Toronto Wolfpack
On Sunday, Sheffield Eagles play their first home match of the season at the Olympic Legacy Park as they welcome Toronto Wolfpack to South Yorkshire. It’s been a much-anticipated return to the Steel City for the Eagles and they will be looking to hit the ground running by posting their first win of the campaign, against a talented Wolfpack outfit.
Toronto enter this season after a successful debut term in League 1. The Wolfpack were a force to be reckoned with in the third tier but they have had to deal with some stubborn opposition in the Championship.
A draw against Barrow Raiders, as well as a heavy defeat at the hands of London Broncos, will not have been on Paul Rowley’s radar but he can be content with the three wins his side have picked up.
Going into this weekend, the Wolfpack will be aiming to replicate their performance against Swinton (52-12) in round five when they pay a visit to the Eagles, who have yet to pick up a victory.
Here are just three players to watch out for when Toronto come to town..
Quentin Laulu-Togagae – Ever heard of this guy before? Laulu-Togagae has been a big hit with Toronto since his move from the Eagles ahead of the 2017 season. The former Souths Logan Magpies star will go down as one of the most exciting players in Sheffield history, following his six-year stint with the club. Two Grand Final tries, two Grand Final wins, and a shed-load of match defining moments mean the Samoan international will always be a favourite with the Eagles faithful. ‘QLT’ left the club with 183 tries in 218 games. Superb.
Liam Kay – Irish international Kay is averaging more than a try per game with the Wolfpack so it is fair to say the Eagles defence need to be wary of the winger. In his three years with Leigh Centurions, he scored 74 tries in 78 games as he became one of the most prolific wide-men in the Championship. With pace and power on his side, Kay will be aiming to add to his growing collection of tries in Wolfpack colours on Sunday.
Joe Westerman – One of the most eye-catching signings by any team in the off-season, Westerman joined Toronto from Super League club Warrington Wolves. The 28-year-old had a decade-long stint in the top tier with three different clubs, after winning promotion from the Championship in 2007 at Castleford. A one-time England international, the acquisition of Westerman could prove to be a master stroke by Rowley as the back-rower’s experience may be vital if the Wolfpack reach the Qualifiers.
By Dan Fowler, photo by Toronto Wolfpack