London Broncos Head Coach Danny Ward was pleased to earn a point from Saturday’s entertaining Betfred Championship draw away to Sheffield Eagles.
The Eagles appeared to have stolen victory from the jaws of defeat when Aaron Brown crossed the whitewash with two minutes remaining to put the hosts 20-18 ahead. But Jarrod Sammut converted a penalty seconds before the final hooter sounded to level the game at 20-20.
Sammut’s composure under pressure ensured the Broncos returned to London with a point, leaving us 11th in the table after four rounds of fixtures. After the match, Ward described his side’s performance as their best of the season.
“Although we were naturally disappointed to draw after conceding a late try, it was certainly our best performance of the season,” said Ward. “I was pleased we managed to fix the areas we worked on during the week.
“We built up a lot of pressure on Sheffield. Our short-term objective now is to convert that pressure into more points. Sheffield are a strong Championship side and they’ve been in decent form; this point could be crucial when we reflect on results at the end of the season.”
Lebanon international Abbas Miski, who joined the Broncos from National Rugby League side Manly Warringah Sea Eagles on New Year’s Eve, starred registering his first hat-trick on English soil.
The 25-year-old linked up well with centre Chris Hankinson while Ward was also pleased with the minutes Jarrod Sammut, Cory Aston and Ed Chamberlain were able to play after returning from their respective injuries.
Ward added: “Our goal is to improve with every week that passes. And if the boys can play more competitive minutes together in their combinations it will only fuel our progress.
“I’m really pleased with the partnership Chris Hankinson and Abbas Miski are forming on the left, there is a lot to be excited about there. Ultimately, there were huge shifts all over the pitch in a game where the ball was in play for a long time, and we had to dig deep as a result.
“It was good to see a better performance and I’m pleased for the team. But there are still things to fix defensively, we’re conceding more tries than we want to.”
The Broncos are back in Betfred Championship action on Sunday when Newcastle Thunder visit the capital in round five of the competition.
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