Artful French tames Wolfpack as Wigan extend Toronto’s miserable run

• Wigan Warriors 32-10 Toronto Wolfpack
• Bevan French inspires victory over injury-hit Canadians

Toronto’s winless start to their first season in Super League continued – as did their growing injury crisis – after a Bevan French-inspired Wigan inflicted a third consecutive defeat on the Wolfpack. Brian McDermott’s side have shown plenty of effort and endeavour in the opening month of the season but they are already facing a player shortage.

They had only 18 available players going into this game, before Jon Wilkin pulled out minutes before kick-off with a knee injury and two more players, Gadwin Springer and James Cunningham, suffered injuries in the game. With Sonny Bill Williams among the big names absent – he is in New Zealand for the birth of his fourth child – Toronto are in desperate need of bodies as soon as possible. Their request for a six-figure salary cap dispensation to boost their squad of just 23 players was rejected by clubs recently, deepening their woes.

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