London Broncos are one step away from returning to Betfred Super League after scraping past Halifax 23-16 in the final round of the Super 8s Qualifiers.
A rousing second-half display was enough to ensure Broncos played their way into next Saturday’s Million Pound Game, where they will face either Hull KR or Toronto Wolfpack for the chance to return to the top flight for the first time since 2014.
Needing to avoid an unlikely 25-point swing to edge their way into next week’s winner-takes-all clash, London held their nerve to stem the tide thanks to Jarrod Sammut and Eloi Pelissier’s tries.
The Broncos had to do it the hard way against the West Yorkshire part-timers who led 16-12 at the break courtesy of first-half efforts from Ben Kaye, Steve Tyrer and Adam Tangata.
But an impressive kicking display from Sammut helped the Londoners gain the initiative with Kieran Dixon and Elliot Kear securing the all-important second-half tries as Halifax faded late on.
London coach Danny Ward said: “Halifax were outstanding and for the majority they were a lot better than us.
“It was disappointing but stepping back and looking where we are going into next week in the Million Pound Game, it’s fantastic.
“Wherever it is, it’s going to be very hard and we are going to be going in as underdogs. Maybe that will be a lot less pressure on us and a lot more pressure on them.”
Halifax boss Richard Marshall said: “I am really pleased, but it would have been nice to get two points on the board.
“If we are giving out medals for hard work and endeavour, we would have a full sleeve."