19th May 2017, 16:20 | league1

Kingstone Press League 1 Previews

Kingstone Press League 1 Previews

Top of the table clash in Kingston Press League 1 as unbeaten Toronto Wolfpack and Barrow Raiders go head-to-head at the Lamport Stadium.

Kingstone Press League 1 sees a top of the table clash between Toronto Wolfpack and Barrow Raiders on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides are unbeaten so far this season and will be fighting for bragging rights and first place spot in the table.

Last weekend, Toronto Wolfpack secured a 22-40 victory away at Newcastle Thunder. Coach Paul Rowley said, “I thought our boys were really tired but on review it was a fantastic win.

“There was a brilliant skill level in the game and we were really happy to score 40 points against a team with top six aspirations.

“Newcastle are a really good team, they’ve got a lot of pace and are a handy team, so we were delighted with the win.”

When Barrow Raiders travel over to Toronto this weekend, it will be the Wolfpack’s second home game so far this season. Rowley continued, ‘It’s fantastic playing over here. I’m sure there’ll be another good crowd this weekend and the team really enjoyed the experience last time so we’re looking forward to it again.

“The sun is shining at the moment and the lads are enjoying every minute

“I’m looking forward to Barrow coming over, I’m good friends with Paul Crarey their coach and I hope they have a good experience over here.

“It’ll be two very good sides having a good game and we’ve got the utmost respect for them.

“They’re a huge team and like us they’re undefeated so it should be a good spectacle.”

Barrow Raiders had a tough task last week as they came up against Keighley Cougars in Kingstone Press League 1 midweek, followed by a trip to Headingley to face Betfred Super League side Leeds Rhinos in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Speaking about the games, coach Paul Crarey said, “I thought the Keighley game looked like two teams that had quite quick turn arounds and were playing back to back games.

“Both sides defended poorly but because of that both sides attacked well. We managed to get a win and that’s all we wanted to do really. We wanted to get the game out the way and the points in the bag ahead of what’s going to be a tough run of games for us.

“The Leeds game was a game too far for us really, it was more about the fans having a day out.

“We were low on bodies after the Keighley game and it was about putting a side out that would compete with a very, very strong Leeds team.

“We were 16 points down in the first ten or fifteen minutes. We were just slow out the blocks and a bit star struck really. We didn’t really play the way we play, we defended badly at times and we gave them too much ball.

“We did put some nice stuff together at times though and I was very impressed with  the yards we made.

“If we can learn anything from playing Leeds it’s how to manage those big games.”

Barrow are set to play Toronto at the Lamport Stadium this weekend, Crarey continued, “Everyone’s been beaten by Toronto so far this season but some teams have come quite close, putting twenty or so points on them.

“It’s a big thing for us going over there because we’re going in to the unknown.

“They’re a full-time team with a lot of household names in their side but I think we can give anyone a run in our division.

“We’ve had some visa issues and a few injuries following on from the Keighley and Leeds games so I don’t think it’ll be a top of the table clash that really reflects where we are.”

Across the rest of Kingstone Press League 1 this weekend Newcastle Thunder welcome York City Knights on Friday evening (8.00pm) before South Wales Ironmen take on Oxford RLFC on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

League 1 Cup finalists North Wales Crusaders come head to head with London Skolars in an earlier kick off on Sunday (2.30pm) and Hunslet RLFC take on their first game without former coach James Coyle against Workington Town.

Hemel Stags travel to third place Whitehaven, as Coventry Bears take on University of Gloucestershire All Golds and Doncaster RLFC face Keighley Cougars.

All other fixtures kick off at 3.00pm on Sunday, May 20.