Broncos stun Toronto to secure promotion
TORONTO WOLFPACK 2 LONDON BRONCOS 4 MILLION POUND GAME
LONDON BRONCOS are back in Super League after denying Toronto Wolfpack in a dour, tryless Million Pound Game in Ontario.
Two goals from Australian half-back Jarrod Sammut, allied to a superb rearguard defensive display, helped Broncos to a shock victory that enabled them to end their four-year exile from the top flight in Danny Ward’s first season as head coach.
Toronto, who wanted to take Super League transatlantic two years into owner David Argyle’s five-year target, finished eight points clear of London in the Championship but let themselves down when it really mattered.
It was Thanksgiving Day in Canada but the Broncos ruined the party at the Lamport Stadium, where a club record nearcapacity 9,266 crowd witnessed only a third home defeat in two years.
Paul Rowley’s men never re-
ally got going, although skipper Josh McCrone went over for a ‘try’ inside the first minute only to be denied by video referee Phil Bentham for offside and the Broncos made the most of the letoff as they went on to dominate the first half.
Prop Ben Evans was held up over the line before Sammut gave his side the lead with a penalty and lively hooker Eloi Pelissier carved open the Wolfpack defence with a trademark run.
Toronto managed to apply some pressure early in the second half, with forwards Ashton Sims and Andrew Dixon both going close, and they briefly levelled the scores with a penalty from full-back Gareth O’Brien.
However, when Toronto prop Jack Buchanan was pulled up for a shoulder charge, Sammut took the opportunity to restore the Broncos’ lead with a second penalty.
The hosts’ last chance of glory disappeared when Blake Wallace reached the line only to be held up by a tackle from Alex Walker.