London Broncos will return to Super League following their incredible victory over Toronto Wolfpack in the Million Pound game at Lamport Stadium on Sunday 7th October.
Two penalties from Jarrod Sammut were enough to get the boys back to the top flight with a shock 4-2 Million Pound Game victory over the Wolfpack having been defeated in their two previous visits to North America
The Broncos got over the line largely as a result of an immense defensive effort as on four occasions Toronto were denied tries, with three of those incidents coming after London players held up their opponents over the tryline.
Toronto thought they had drawn first blood within the first minute when Alex Walker spilled a ball and Toronto skipper Josh McCrone went over only for it to be disallowed for offside by the video referee, Phil Bentham. They did, however, fall behind when London half-back Sammut kicked a ninth-minute penalty, which proved to the only score of a defence-dominated first half.
The Broncos were impressive in defence all afternoon and were the livelier side on attack. Half back, Jarrod was Sammut pulling the strings and hooker Eloi Pelissier seemed to cause the Wolfpack all sorts of problems..
Toronto missed a chance to go ahead when winger Mason Caton-Brown kicked a loose ball into space and chased the kick with Walker and Williams in hot pursuit of the former London man. His dribbling skills let him down near the line and his final touch, under pressure saw the winger knock on and the danger was over.
The hosts were temporarily reduced to 12 men when another former Broncos player, Andy Ackers, was sin-binned for a late and high tackle on Pelissier. The Broncos could force home the extra man advantage though as the defence from both sides of the pond held firm.
Full-back Gareth O’Brien brought Toronto level with on 56 minutes as Pelissier gave away a penalty and the hero of the Million pound game of 2016 duely stepped up and kicked it between the posts. but
The Broncos still kept the pressure on the Canadian side and their persistence paid off when Sammut cancelled it out two minutes later with his second of the game. O’Brien was off target with a longer-range effort soon after as he looked to square up the scores .
The Wolfpack’s last chance disappeared when stand-off Blake Wallace reached the line with nine minutes left but was held up on his back in the now named Million Pound Tackle by London full-back Alex Walker, who had continued to play despite dislocating three fingers in the opening play of the match.
The final play of the season saw Kieran Dixon collect the ball and run in the opposite direction much to the chagrin of the booing Toronto faithful. The hooter sounded and the Broncos erupted in celebration and will now return to the Super League for the first time since 2014.
LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams, Pitts, Sammut, Evans, Pelissier, Ioane, Gee, Lovell, Hindmarsh
INTERCHANGES :- (All Used) Battye, Butler, Spencer, Davies
GOALS :- Sammut 2/2
TORONTO WOLFPACK :- O’Brien, Caton-Brown, Rawsthorne, Wheeler, Russell, McCrone, Wallace, Lussick, Beswick, Sims, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt
INTERCHANGES :- (All Used) Buchanan, Ackers, Sidlow, Higson
GOALS :- O’Brien 1/2
SIN BIN :- Ackers
REFEREE :- Chris Kendall