Broncos Secure Super League Return

Many will be shocked and surprised by London’s “ stunning “ 4-2 victory over heavy favourites Toronto . But this was old style grit and determination by a passionate team moulded together by coach of the year Danny Ward.
The character shone through for London with big displays from Eddie Battye and Will Lovell in a tough , hard working pack.
This was back to basics rugby league with no hint of the flamboyance we have seen from Toronto this year. The fact that owner David Argyle was already planning talks with cities like Copenhagen, Nice and Dublin to stage home games was perhaps a little premature. I’m sure Broncos coach Danny Ward would have used this over confidence and even “ arrogance” to inspire his team.
It was a no try spectacle in front of over 9000 fans and Toronto will be hoping to retain these supporters next year when they will face the additional complexity of York, Bradford Bulls and Widnes Vikings.

Indeed the Championship in 2019 will have great appeal so it’s not a total disaster for Toronto.
For the Wolfpack they probably should of scored on a few occasions and in total four tried were ruled out through infringements or some superb broncos defence. Full back Alex Walker for London stood out as a competent and classy player with a big future ahead of him.
Equally winger Keiran Dixon looks like a quality super league winger and he will relish the return to the top flight.
For the visitors the Maltese Maverick Jarrod Sammut kicked both penalties whilst Gareth O’Brien kicked his single two to bring the half time score level at 2-2.

There was not much in it, that’s for sure and with mistakes aplenty both teams looked nervous. a million in extra central funding was at stake and you could tell.

Australian half Josh McCrone the high ranking NRL player for the Wolfpack had a score ruled out for off side in the most likely score, and there is little doubting that the correct call was made.
The biggest miss came from the electrifying Mason Caton Brown for the home team when he kicked a ball into space from distance but failed to capitalise close to the Broncos line .

Stand outs besides Battye and Lovell were dynamic little Frenchmen Eloi Pelissier who caused constant problems for the Wolfpack defence.
This however was a victory of spirit and defence over a Toronto team who were totally neutralised.

London now return to the top flight after four years away and what a tremendous boost to the game in London this will be.All is not lost for the Wolfpack but perhaps that pack contained one or two players past their sell by date.

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.


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