21st July 2019, 20:38 | toronto_wolfpack
The promotion-chasing Canadians were presented with the trophy by interim Rugby Football League chairman Simon Johnson after clinching top spot with five rounds to spare and can now focus on the going one further in the play-offs.
The Wolfpack were heading for only their second defeat of the season when Danny Craven put Widnes in front with a drop goal eight minutes from the end but there was still time for former Vikings prop Anthony Mullally to score the try that clinched a 24-19 victory.
York City Knights remain second after a last-minute drop goal from Liam Harris clinched a 25-24 win over Bradford Bulls, for whom Ethan Ryan scored a hat-trick of tries.
York led 14-8 at half-time thanks to two tries from Will Oakes while fellow winger Perry Whiteley also scored a brace in the second half before tries by Bulls duo Ross Oakes and Jy Hitchcox tied the scores.
Toulouse Olympique stay third despite a 56-18 win over Sheffield Eagles on Saturday and are level on points with Leigh Centurions, who were 48-12 winners over Batley Bulldogs.
Half-back Ryan Brierley contributed 20 points with two tries and six goals to bring up 1,000 for his career.
Scoring 1,000 points is a bit mad so thank you to everyone who’s give me a 2v1 walk in 😂 thanks for all the messages, proud moment for me and my family.— Ryan Brierley (@RyanBrierley) July 21, 2019
Also congrats to @TOwolfpack on the league leaders shield 👍 pic.twitter.com/IEJ05ueBEC
Sam Walters and Louis Jouffret scored tries for Batley, who are now just four points above the relegation zone after failing to win sinceMay 26.
Featherstone Rovers consolidated fifth spot with a 50-6 win over bottom club Rochdale Hornets.
Dewsbury Rams gained a valuable point from a 28-28 draw with Halifax RLFC, who have an injury worry over skipper Scott Murrell ahead of the Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens.
A solo try from prop Jacob Fairbank put the visitors 12 points in front but former Halifax winger Rob Worrincy went over twice in the last 10 minutes and Paul Sykes kicked both conversions to tie the scores.
Form team Swinton Lions look safe after gaining a 30-12 win over next to bottom side Barrow Raiders.
Toulouse Olympique 56-18 Sheffield Eagles
Dewsbury Rams 28-28 Halifax RLFC
Featherstone Rovers 50-6 Rochdale Hornets
Swinton Lions 30-12 Barrow Raiders
York City Knights 25-24 Bradford Bulls
Leigh Centurions 48-12 Batley Bulldogs
Widnes Vikings 19-24 Toronto Wolfpack