Toronto and Lon­don set for the MPG clash

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Widnes Vikings Nil Luck On Last -

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.

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