Championship Preview: London and Toronto prepare to lock horns


One of two standout games in the Championship this week sees leaders London Broncos take on the new and exciting prospect that is the Toronto Wolfpack. The Broncos are the only side with a 100% record so far and the Wolfpack are also unbeaten with two wins and a draw.

The other standout game sees promotion favourites Leigh Centurions take on Championship Shield winners Toulouse. The Centurions have lost two of their first three games, a surprisingly slow start whilst the French side have won two of their first three games.

Surprise package Barrow Raiders will look to continue their impressive start to the season when they travel to Batley Bulldogs. The Raiders drew with the Wolfpack before beating the Centurions, both of which will be seen as big scalps for the newly promoted side.

There is also a match between two sides who are normally associated with the top end of the table: Featherstone Rovers against Sheffield Eagles. However, the Rovers have made the Qualifiers in the last two seasons, whereas the Eagle had failed to qualify. Although they reached the final of the Championship Shield both times. This season, they have had contrasting fortunes as the Eagles have lost all three of their games while the Rovers have only lost one.

Rochdale Hornets will be looking to improve as they welcome Halifax. For numerous reasons, their campaign start had been delayed, and when it did get under way, it wasn’t in good fashion as they were heavily beaten by Dewsbury Rams. Fax will prove to be a much more formidable challenge, as they look to qualify for the Middle 8s for a third straight season.

Dewsbury Rams also take on Swinton Lions in a game where both sides are expected to be down near the bottom come the end of the season. So a win for either side could prove crucial in the grand scheme of things.

All matches kick off at 3pm, except for Leigh Centurions vs. Toulouse, which kicks off at 5.30pm.

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