The London Broncos Championship season started with a tough fought victory over Swinton Lions on Sunday, after a late try from captain, Daniel Harrison, gave the visitors a three point lead.
Playing at loose forward, Eddie Battye certainly put in the hard yards – making great metres, and strong tackles, and head coach, Andrew Henderson, dubbed his performance “phenomenal”.
“It was a very tough encounter – we didn’t make it easy for ourselves, but Swinton were very good to be fair. They came out at the start of the game all guns blazing and really rattled us. We knew that was going to happen, but we couldn’t really handle them for the first sort of five ten minutes,” commented Battye.
“Once we got into the game, we started to get on top of it, but we had a few tries disallowed, and were held up over the line a couple of times.
“Again in the second half, they came out with a lot of energy and a lot of intent, and rattled us again. Once we got back into the game, we were a bit unlucky really, held up over the line. The shapes held up in attack – we just need to get better at starting the game.
“Like I said, Swinton were pretty good in the first five to ten minutes of both halves, and we just need to start bigger and better, that’s all.
“I got plenty of minutes out there today, and it was a hard slog at times, especially when we’re not used to playing at that tempo and that speed. The friendlies that we played – nothing compares to the competitive edge of a rugby league game. It was tough out there, and I just wanted to do as best I could.”
How’s he enjoying his second year in capital?
“It’s really good, I’m enjoying it down here. I signed from Sheffield a couple of years back – had last season, sort of found my feet half way through the year and I’m enjoying it down here – it’s a good place to be.
“All the lads are good, we’ve got a good group down here. We’re all good mates on and off the field.
“We’re all good players, we’re all good mates, we’re all good people and we’re all buying into what we’re trying to achieve, and that’s to get back to Super League.”