Since both sides go head-to-head in Lamport Stadium on Saturday promotion to Super League Expects for Toronto Wolfpack or Featherstone Rovers.
Stephen Owen gives us a exceptional insight from Canada as we look ahead for this enormous clash…
One of the most exciting fittings of the Rugby League year is that the Million Pound Game – that the fixture to determine who’ll be promoted to Super League next year.
It is given that extra bit of excitement by flying to among the world’s greatest cities like Toronto. A year ago, having experienced the atmosphere, I know we’re in for a treat on Saturday – and what a match it is likely to be!
I had been speaking to a few of those directors in Featherstone Rovers. He was understandably full of pride after what this year has been achieved by the team. On Saturday, there will be a significant screen at Featherstone’s home floor showing the game live on Sky Sports – plus they’re also anticipating 300 to 400 die-hard Rovers fans to create the journey over to Canada at the last minute.
Flights at such short notice could cost somewhere in the area of #1000, plus some fans might need to fly via Iceland, so it’s an extraordinary effort from these loyal fans who wish to realize their club reach Super League for the first time in their history.
In contrast, our travel was relatively straightforward, using an abysmal direct flight from Manchester to Toronto Pearson Airport. Once we landed, it was easy and fine to enter the city centre, with good transport connections at the airport.
Needn’t worry about that however – he had been a connecting flight to Los Angeles, then on to Sydney for the NRL Grand Final of Sunday! A Sydney Roosters supporter, he’s shot five days off work to get to the game – and he even thinks they’ll drop to the Canberra of John Bateman, therefore that is some dedication!
Tonight was the introduction of this 2019 NHL year, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been getting the season underway – so that this has dominated the news here. However, the Wolfpack feel they will have plenty of aid come Saturday and there’s even talk that this could be the first”offered” match in Wolfpack history.
An exciting couple of days ahead, we’ll be seeing the Wolfpack on Thursday afternoon prior to the Featherstone camp on Friday – more updates to follow…