London Broncos will look to register back-to-back wins on home soil this Sunday when Newcastle Thunder visit for Round Five of the Betfred Championship (3pm).
Danny Ward’s squad were comfortable 38-24 winners a fortnight ago when Oldham RLFC visited Rosslyn Park. And the Broncos’ assistant coach Jamie Langley is keen to stretch his squad’s winning groove at home further when Thunder visit this weekend.
The north-east outfit have experienced a mixed start to their 2021 campaign. Defeat to Batley Bulldogs last weekend broke Thunder’s unbeaten home record after they had previously beat Sheffield Eagles and drawn against Widnes Vikings.
A nine-point loss away to Whitehaven RLFC three weeks ago means Eamon O’Carroll’s side are yet to taste success on the road this term. But that certainly does not mean they are not capable of upsetting the Broncos on Sunday.
“They’re a good team and play very attractive rugby,” said Langley. “They’ve invested well and made some high-profile signings in the winter, none more so than Ukuma Ta’ai who had a brilliant eight years with Huddersfield Giants before.
“They are an enthusiastic bunch and like us have plenty of players in their squad that have come through their own academy system.
“Alex Donaghy at full-back is a player we must be aware of. He is probably a half-back by trade, but he has done a brilliant job regardless this season. We’re under no illusions how tough this game will be for us, Newcastle are a threat and always put in a good shift.”
The Broncos will enjoy a day of rest on Friday before fine-tuning their pre-match work on Saturday morning.
It has been a typically busy week for the squad following last weekend’s dramatic 20-20 draw away to Sheffield Eagles. And Langley has been pleased by the Broncos’ attitude in training with players returning from minor injuries.
He added: “We’ve got to build on the Sheffield performance and develop some consistency in the squad by getting bodies back. Rugby League is a demanding sport, and all our competitors will no doubt be in the same boat concerning niggles and injuries.
“Establishing consistency will reflect positively on what we’re able to do on the pitch. We felt we were dominant in a few areas last weekend but there are still elements to work on and the team has responded well to that.”
Supporters are reminded that this weekend’s game is a Sunday kick-off following a string of Saturday fixtures.
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