Bron­cos stun Toronto to se­cure pro­mo­tion

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

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.

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