Centre Chris Hankinson certainly had his kicking boots on during the Broncos’ 50-30 Betfred Championship win at home to Newcastle Thunder on Sunday. 

The 27-year-old not only notched seven conversations but also converted a penalty and scored his first try for the club. 

Though his individual display will earn Hankinson the headlines, he dedicated his personal 20-point haul to the hard-working performances of his teammates who paid close attention to his pre-match instructions. 

“Full credit to the team, I asked them to get underneath the sticks when the could and they did just that,” said Hankinson. “It made my job a lot easier. 

“It was great to score my first try for the club. I wanted one last weekend (against Sheffield) but it wasn’t to be. Jarrod (Sammut) put it on a plate for me with a lovely kick.

“We want to play with pride at home by holding visiting teams to the lowest score possible. Although we’ve proven we can put plenty of points on the board, we are leaking points defensively. 

“Credit to Newcastle, they caused us problems and we could never quite stamp our authority on the game. We need to clear these errors up. 

“Everybody knows we’ll lose more games than we win if we continue to concede 30 points so there is plenty to work on in training.”  

Chris Hankinson scores his first Broncos try. Photo by Liam McAvoy

Hankinson was speaking during a day off to allow the Broncos’ squad to recover ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Championship visit to Batley Bulldogs (2pm).

Having moved his life to London after signing on loan from Wigan on New Year’s Eve, Hankinson revealed he is enjoying the experience of living down south. 

He now rents a flat with his girlfriend and dog after initially living with Broncos teammates Abbas Miski, Titus Gwaze and Romaine Navarrete. 

Hankinson added: “Other than an away day when I was young, I never really experienced London.

“I’ve settled into life down here really quickly. It’s worked out great for myself and my girlfriend, we’re enjoying being here. 

“Of course, being away from family and friends is difficult but we’re all restricted to our movements at the moment. Hopefully restrictions will continue to ease and I can meet the club’s fanbase for the first time, I’ve heard lots of good things.”