16 juin 2024

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Championship: the Toulouse Olympique vs London Broncos final

Toulouse suffered their first home defeat of 2023 and were denied an immediate return to the Super League.

Toulouse Olympique lost in the Championship final against the London Broncos (18-14) and will not advance to the Super League.

The London Broncos staged a superb fightback to beat Toulouse Olympique in the championship grand final and secure promotion to the Super League.

Toulouse Olympique led 14-4 at half-time after tries from Mathieu Jussaume and Josh Ralph, with Dean Whare replying.

The Broncos were a transformed team after the break as Alex Walker crossed and Iliess Macani’s double put them two points ahead.

Corey Norman added the extras and the visitors held on to seal a famous victory.

The Londoners will return to the top flight for the first time since their relegation on points difference in 2019, and now have a chance to establish themselves in the Super League again.

The makeup of the division for 2025 and beyond is yet to be decided, with management company IMG working with the Rugby Football League to maximize the sport’s growth. So even if the Broncos finished at the bottom of the standings next season, they wouldn’t be. automatically relegated.

The part-timers finished fifth in the Championship table but then won against Sheffield Eagles and top-ranked Featherstone Rovers in the play-offs to seal a trip to the Grand Final in Toulouse.

Their second-half comeback stunned French fans at the Stade Ernest-Wallon as Toulouse suffered their first home defeat of 2023 and were denied an immediate return to the Super League.

Of the 3 confrontations this season, it is the Londoners who lead in direct confrontations 2 victories to 1 for the TO. The last match in Walloon which took place between Toulouse and London ended in a large 52-0 victory for the TO against a Broncos team devoid of its executives.

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