Toronto and London set for the MPG clash
THE Super League Qualifiers table is now settled after the final round of matches last weekend.
All that’s left is for this Sunday’s Million Pound Game to decide who gets the final spot in the top-flight next season.
With Widnes’s relegation to the Betfred Championship having been confirmed even before the final round of league fixtures, the MPG is a straightforward promotion clash between Toronto Wolfpack and London Broncos. The game will be played in Canada and with home advantage most people will make Wolfpack the favourites especially after their win at Leeds Rhinos last Friday.
However, that was a low standard game of rugby league with the Rhinos looking a shadow of the team that won the Grand Final in 2017. Toronto also picked up some injuries in the match so the Broncos’ chances should not be dismissed this week especially if they are willing to take a few chances against a side that will be feeling the pressure.
Elsewhere, Salford finally put paid to Toulouse Olympique’s promotion hopes with a convincing win at the AJ Bell Stadium while Halifax finished bottom of The Qualifiers table with seven straight losses though they put up a decent fight in London last Saturday. ● St Helens’ domination of the Betfred Super League season has been recognised by the selection of seven of their players in the Betfred Super League Dream Team.
Captain James Roby is selected for a sixth time, and the first since 2016, and is joined by winger Tommy Makinson and centre Mark Percival who are each making a second appearance, and a quartet of Dream Team debutants – full-back Ben Barba, scrum-half Jonny Lomax, half-back Danny Richardson, and forward Luke Thompson.
The rest of the team, selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot, comprises three players from Wakefield, two from Wigan, and one from Catalans. Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou and Matty Ashurst are the Trinity trio; Warriors’ second-row John Bateman is the eighth debutant, joining teammate Sean O’Loughlin; and Remi Casty represents the Dragons for the second time, six years since his previous appearance.