Bradford Bulls U19 8 – 32 London Broncos U19
London Broncos’ U19 side continued their record-setting season with a comfortable 32-8 win over Bradford Bulls at Odsal.
Their impressive performances away from home included braces for Alfie Edwards, Max Clarke and Charlie Gamble, and keeps the Broncos within touching distance of the play-off places.
The Broncos enjoyed an almost perfect start to the game, with Gamble going over with their second set. They doubled their lead almost immediately, deep in their own half Leyland found an offload to Clarke who made 30 metres and put them back on the front foot before Edwards touched down in the corner.
Things continued to get better for the visitors when Clarke grabbed one of his own – finishing off a nice move to take advantage of a penalty deep in Bulls’ territory.
From there the Broncos were able to take advantage of that cushion, and despite Bradford working their way back into the game but rarely looked like threatening the Broncos’ line. Things continued to improve for the visitors when Oliver Leyland went over after opening up the Bradford defence with a smart dummy. London went into the break 16-0 up, and comfortably the stronger of the two sides.
The home team came out strongly in the second half, however. Leadbeater pulled one back for the Bulls from close range and the Bulls were almost in again, but instead, a smart read from Clarke saw him intercept and go 90 meters to increase the Broncos’ advantage and put them out of sight.
Bradford responded well with Race going over, but the Broncos looked solid throughout. The Bulls could have narrowed the gap further if not for some great scrambling defence, instead it was Edwards who picked off the wide pass and went the length of the field this time.
One final try from Charlie Gamble, who weaved through the tiring Bradford defence to touch down under the sticks, rounded-off an impressive afternoon for the Broncos.
It also keeps their hopes of a top-four finish alive, with only points difference keeping them from a play-off spot with two games of the season remaining.
Head Coach Huw Goodwin said, “It was a great response from the boys after last week. Great first half and then we defended well in the second.”