Wilkin enjoying adapting to “old school” Championship rugby

Toronto Wolfpack’s Jon Wilkin said there are elements of  some enjoyable old school tactics on display in the Championship, as the 16 year Super League veteran continues to adapt to life in the second tier.

The 35 year old made over 400 appearances at the top level with St Helens, but is now two rounds in to a two year deal with the ambitious Toronto Wolfpack looking for promotion.

Toronto have won both of their opening games after sweeping aside Rochdale 58-6 this afternoon, but the Wolfpack found themselves frustrated by numerous penalties against them, with Wilkin himself sin binned for dissent.

Speaking after the game, Wilkin highlighted some differences in players approaches to the game and the officials, but was full of praise for the standard of the competition whilst highlighting his own need to respect the men in the middle.

“We’ve got to keep working harder than everybody else because the Championship is tough,” he said.

“Full credit to the two teams we’ve played so far. I thought York were exceptional last week and Rochdale in spells today were really good.

“My job is to be respectful and not talk back and I was sin binned for talking back which is a cardinal sin so I have to be better in that area.

“The game was scrappy, at this level it’s pretty old school. There were a lot of lads calling for knock ons and forward passes throughout which made me laugh.

“It’s a bit old school from my point of view with people trying to influence the referee but that’s rugby league and it’s good,” he added.

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