Toronto Wolfpack claimed their much anticipated place in the Super League after a 24-6 win over Featherstone Rovers at the Lamport Stadium.
The Canadians did not have it all their own way however, as it was the Rovers, on a run of three straight wins on the road and had been the only team to beat the Wolfpack in Canada, took the lead just after the half hour as Alex Sutcliffe managed to get over. Dane Chisholm converted to make it a six point lead.
But just three minutes later, the Wolfpack hit back as captain Josh McCrone managed to find the line. Gareth O’Brien crucially missed the conversion, meaning the hosts trailed at the break.
Any fears of another upset at the Lamport Stadium disappeared after the hour as tries from Blake Wallace, Bodene Thompson and Joe Mellor sealed the Wolfpack’s second promotion in their three seasons of existence, and will enter the Super League next year.
It was redemption for the side that were beaten in the Million Pound Game last year, and their regular season form showed they was no sign of any hangover. After losing only one game in the regular season, they entered the playoffs in blistering form. And two games later, they have got the promotion they so desperately craved.
As for the Rovers, their incredible run comes to an end, one that saw them make an unlikely challenge from fifth into one game from the Super League. They will no doubt be up there again in 2020, and hope to go one better.