London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward expressed to his players that they will have to perform at their best if any points are to be earned from Saturday’s Betfred Championship visit to Sheffield Eagles (3pm).
The Eagles have won two of their first three Championship fixtures this season and sit fourth in the table after registering impressive victories against Bradford Bulls and York City Knights in rounds one and two respectively.
After Saturday’s opponents were beaten by Newcastle Thunder last weekend, Ward is under no illusions that Mark Aston’s side will be keen to make amends for their recent loss when returning to play on home soil.
“There are some quality and experienced Championship players at Sheffield, and we’ll need to be at our best,” said Ward. “Beating Bradford and York on successive weekends is no easy achievement. To me, it underlines how dangerous Sheffield can be if a team switches off even for a split second.
“They’ll be disappointed with the defeat to Newcastle and keen to make amends at home. What we need to do is focus on what is within our control and execute it to our best ability.
“It’s been a strong week on the training ground, and I feel we have made good progress on a number of combinations across the pitch after welcoming some key men back from injury.”
Ward welcomed back a selection of Broncos players last Saturday in our 38-24 win at home to Oldham RLFC.
Cory Aston, Jarrod Sammut, Chris Hankinson and James Meadows were among those to return after recovering from their respective knocks.
While Ward was pleased with the win and the 38 points his side registered, the Broncos’ head coach did not hide from the fact that improvements are there to be made.
He added: “It was great to get a win and two points under our belt, particularly after three weeks off. But we had plenty to work on this week – conceding 24 points is not acceptable.
“The way we conceded those points too was disappointing. Of course, we’ve only played two games and any season is a long journey.
“Every week we will have the opportunity to improve, that’s exactly what I’m looking for this weekend. I saw early signs of some nice partnerships developing within the squad, it my job to ensure we improve those links to the best of our potential as the season develops.”
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Kick-off is at 3pm.