Million Pound Game: Toronto Wolfpack 2-4 London Broncos

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    London Broncos were last in Super League in 2014
    Million Pound Game
    Toronto Wolfpack (0) 2
    Goal: O’Brien
    London Broncos (2) 4
    Goals: Sammut 2

    London Broncos booked the final Super League spot for next season as they edged out Toronto Wolfpack 4-2 in the Million Pound Game.

    Broncos will return to the top flight for the first time since relegation in 2014 after holding off Wolfpack in a cagey encounter in Canada.

    Just three goals were exchanged by the two sides as stubborn defence and sloppy mistakes made for a nervy game.

    Jarrod Sammut slotted one in either half to see London to a narrow win.

    Gareth O’Brien registered Wolfpack’s only points, but he missed a second attempt off the tee from distance which would have brought the scores level at 4-4 in the closing stages.

    Their loose forward Bob Beswick was also carried off on a stretcher after taking a blow to the head attempting to make a tackle just before the hooter sounded to mark the end of Broncos’ four-year Super League exile.

    Wolfpack tamed in home den

    Broncos will replace relegated Widnes Vikings in Super League in 2019 while Toronto will remain in the Championship for a second year after being denied automatic promotion in the regular season on points difference by Hull KR.

    The Canadian club were looking to seal back-to-back promotions after their rise from League One last season. Defeat will have hurt for head coach Paul Rowley and his players, who were only beaten twice in the Championship season.

    Neither Toronto or London Broncos could break through for a try in the Million Pound Game

    But victory for Broncos in the promotion play-off was sweet revenge after they had lost on their two previous visits to Toronto earlier in the season.

    In a nervous atmosphere, with the prize of £1m in additional funding on the line from Super League for the winners, two of the Championship’s most free-scoring sides were unable to produce a try.

    It was not for lack of effort and endeavour though, as Toronto had four tries ruled out either for infringements or last-ditch Broncos defence holding the ball up over the line.

    A bruising encounter at times also saw Toronto hooker Andy Ackers sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on his opposite number Eloi Pelissier.

    Toronto Wolfpack: O’Brien, Caton-Brown, Rawsthorne, Wheeler, Russell, McCrone, Wallace, Lussick, Beswick, Sims, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt.

    Replacements: Buchanan, Ackers, Sidlow, Higson.

    Sin bin: Ackers (32)

    London Broncos: Walker, Williams, Kear, Hellewell, Dixon, Pitts, Sammut, Evans, Pelissier, Ioane, Gee, Lovell, Hindmarsh.

    Replacements: Spencer, Battye, Butler, Davies.

    Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL)

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