Huddersfield Giants Reserves had too much for a young Broncos side as they ran out 52-12 winners on a tough afternoon in West Yorkshire.
It was a nightmare start for the Broncos with the Giants breaking through the visitor’s line with their first attack on two minutes as Dom Copley touched down.
Things continued to get worse for the Broncos as they struggled to keep up with the hosts. Despite some strong defence, eventually the pressure told with Reece Chapman and Frazer Stroud going over in quick succession and sending the lead to 16-0.
The Broncos struggled in the opening stages with a lack of possession in the Giants half, but were promising when they did have ball in hand. Eventually they were given a stroke of luck with the Giants’ fullback throwing a wayward pass into the wind which was scooped up by under-18 product Ted Davison, which gave them a fighting chance of a comeback.
The lead, however, was restored soon after with the Giants’ crossing thanks to a neat kick catching the defence off-guard and Travis Corion scoring the try.
The Broncos’ luck was in again after Huddersfield had a try scratched out before working their way downfield. After making the most of their opportunity with the ball, their attack started to come together well and soon were rewarded with a try from Rob Oakley who powered over from short range . That brought the gap to eight at 20-12 with reason for optimism for the visitors.
But soon the speed of the Giants told again, managing to exploit space out wide, before Innes Senior was able to touch down and send the sides into the break 24-12.
The second-half started just as poorly as the first, with Senior grabbing the first points early on.
From there though the match became a much tighter affair. A spirited defensive effort from the visitors provided a platform for them in attack, but points were difficult to come by as they weren’t able to close the gap.
The Broncos competed well in the second-half arm wrestle, but early season rustiness meant they struggled to turn that into tries.
Eventually the Broncos tired and despite some strong goal-line defence, eventually the young side faded before the Giants went up another gear.
Tries from Jordan Paga, Sam Hewitt, Oliver Wilson, and a second from Corion gave the home side a comfortable 52-12 victory.
The reserves look to bounce back against St Helens in their first home game of the season at Ealing Trailfinders in a double header on the 9th February kicking off at 12.30pm.