On a special day which saw Rhys Williams celebrate his 100th consecutive appearance for the club, London Broncos re-established their lead at the top of the BETFRED Championship with a dominant 68-12 display against the visiting Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 11th March.
The home side took control early on completing their sets with sustained pressure until winger Kieran Dixon scored 2 quick fire tries followed by one from second row Will Lovell and a low driving score from James Cunningham.
Dixon was busy throughout the day and went over for his Hat-Trick on 33 minutes as the Broncos galloped into a 30-nil lead. Jarrod Sammut was on fire with the boot converting everything that came his way, from the tightest of angles on most occasions, and scoring six from six in the first half.
The Broncos defence was tight, as it has been, since the Ward and Langley coaching team took over, with the side preventing the Bulldogs from making yards with some big tackles in the rare moments the visitors had sight of the ball.
The Bulldogs determination, however, paid off with James Brown scoring 4 minutes from halftime before seeing his try and Walker’s conversion cancelled out right on the hooter as Broncos stand off Api Pewhairangi restored the cushion to make it 36-6 at the break.
Things went from bad to worse for the Bulldogs during the second half when Dominc Brambani was shown a red card for dissent and although Brown grabbed his second for the Bulldogs, it was little more than a consolation with Broncos Man of the Match, Dixon, grabbing his 4th try of the game on 43 minutes.
Welsh international Rhys Williams celebrated, his special day for the Broncos, with 2 tries midway through the second half, the second a contender already for try of the month for March as he beat several Bulldogs players before breaking free to score behind the posts.
Another one of the academy products given their chance by Ward, Sam Davis, picked up his first try for the senior team with some great footwork that players a lot older then he would have been proud of while Pewhairangi grabbed a second and Matty Gee got in on the act with a try right at the death. Dixon took over the kicking duties after Jarrod Sammut went off with a suspected head injury, with both players missing only one conversion each throughout the encounter.
Broncos have a break from the Championship chase next week with a visit to League One Workington Town in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge cup before resuming the league campaign away at Swinton Lions on the 25th March.
Tries: Dixon x4 Pewhairangi x2 Williams x2 Gee, S.Davis, Lovell, Cunningham
Con. Sammut 6/7 Dixon 4/5
Tries: Brown x2
Con. Walker 2/2
Red card: Brambani