LONDON Broncos are heading for Super League, after a sensational comeback win at Toulouse Olympique in the Million Pound Game.

Trailing 14-4 at the break yesterday, they kept their hosts, who had not lost at the Stade Ernest-Wallon all season, scoreless in the second half.

And with former Bulls man Illess Macani crossing twice for the Broncos, they grabbed an 18-14 victory against the odds.

In the final year of automatic promotion and relegation between the Super League and Championship, it looked almost certain that one of the league’s two heavyweights, Featherstone or Toulouse, would go up.

And when Bulls beat London 12-10 in the capital on the penultimate weekend, the Broncos had to win their final-day game at home to Keighley to even be sure of a place in the play-offs.

They did so, ending the regular season in fifth, behind Fev, Toulouse, Bulls and Sheffield.

But Bulls’ interim head coach Lee Greenwood had already called London his ‘dark horses’ for the Million Pound Game, and the Broncos destroyed Sheffield 42-0 in the pair’s play-off eliminator in South Yorkshire.

Featherstone was expected to be a bridge too far for Mike Eccles’ side last Sunday, like it was for Bulls the night before when they lost their semi-final 38-20 against Toulouse in France.

But London ripped the league leaders apart, going 36-12 up and surviving a late comeback to win 36-26.

Toulouse were still favourites yesterday, and converted tries from Mathieu Jussaume and Josh Ralph had them 12-0 up inside 20 minutes.

Dean Whare hit back for London, but when Jake Shorrocks landed a penalty just before the break, the French side’s lead was back in double figures.

But Alex Walker pulled a further try back for London after 52 minutes, before Macani went over for his first on the hour mark.

But with Corey Norman missing all three conversions, the Broncos were still behind.

They had one more try in them though, as Macani crossed the whitewash on 66 minutes, with Norman this time landing a brilliant kick to put his side 18-14 in front.

And thanks to some staunch defence late on, that is how the score stayed, meaning London went up against the odds.

It was a remarkable achievement, given Mike Eccles had only taken charge of the Broncos in mid-season after a poor start.

And it has been a crazy few months for Rhys Lovegrove, who was sacked by eventually-relegated Keighley in April, but has now helped London up, having become their assistant coach in June.