Underdogs London are back in Super League thanks to Million Pound Game victory

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

London beat Toronto in the Million Pound Game to gain promotion back to Super League.

The Broncos edged past the Wolfpack 4-2 at Lamport Stadium in Canada on Sunday. They will return to Super League in 2019, replacing the already relegated Widnes Vikings.

Toronto will remain in the Championship.

Paul Rowley made two changes to his Toronto side that beat Leeds Rhinos last week. Adam Higson and Richard Whiting came in for Cory Paterson and Olsi Krasniqi.

London coach Danny Ward made just one change to his team that won against Halifax last time out. Rob Butler replaced Sadiq Adebiyi. Kieran Dixon made his 150thcareer appearance.

Toronto ace Gareth O’Brien thought he had scored less than two minutes in the game following Blake Wallace’s high bomb but it was ruled out due to offside.

The capital club took the lead thanks to a penalty goal from Jarrod Sammut after Toronto’s Jake Emmitt was penalised for a high tackle.

Andy Ackers was sent to the sin bin on the half hour mark for a late hit on London hooker Eloi Pelissier. London narrowly led 2-0 at the break.

Fiji international Ashton Sims went over for the Wolfpack shortly after the restart but the video referee deemed the front-rower to be held up.

Toronto levelled the score with a penalty goal from O’Brien after London were penalised for a ball steal, Toronto 2-2 London.

But the visitors went back in front a minute later as Sammut notched his second penalty goal for Ward’s side.

O’Brien had an opportunity to tie the score once more with a penalty goal but his attempt went wide of the mark.

Rowley’s outfit nearly snatched the win late on as Wallace went over but the video referee said he was held up.

It was a very nervy finish but London grinded out a 4-2 victory and more importantly – a place in Super League for 2019.

Toronto: O’Brien; Caton-Brown, Rawsthorne, Wheeler, Russell; McCrone, Wallace; Lussick, Beswick, Sims, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt. Subs: Buchanan, Ackers, Sidlow, Higson.

London: Walker; Williams, Kear, Hellewell, Dixon; Pitts, Sammut; Evans, Pelissier, Ioane, Gee, Lovell, Hindmarsh. Subs: Spencer, Battye, Butler, Davies.

Starman: Jarrod Sammut was brilliant for London. His kicking dictated the game and he settled the players when things needed calming down.

Attendance: 9,266

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