Despite a spirited fightback, London Broncos U19 side went down 26-46 to Wigan Warriors in the opening game of their season.
The Warriors started strongly with Callum Green opening the scoring for the cherry and whites after a nice break in only the second minute, and they continuted to build upon that advantage. Wigan continuned to press and the Broncos, who’d only played one pre-season
fixture, conceded tries in quick succession and went 30-0 down within the first quarter.
Once given a chance with the ball, however, the Broncos were able to assert themselves with Max Clarke going over in the corner to open the Broncos’ account. They then narrowed the gap further after Joshua Hodson went over, concluding an outstanding 80m kick-return
from that began with stand-off Oliver Leyland.
Things continued to improve as momentum swung in the Broncos’ favour, with the left flank capitalising on a lapse in Wigan defence, and sending the sides into the break at 14-30 — although Broncos coach Huw Goodwin would be concerned that Adam Green had to leave
the field in the final 10 minutes of the half and wasn’t able to return.
The Broncos had the perfect start to the second half, with Leyland going over for a try of his own within two minutes of the restart, and bringing the gap within 10. Eventually, though Wigan powered their way back into the game, with three consecutive tries putting
the game beyond the grasp of a tiring Broncos side.
Ramon Silva pulled one back for the home side, and the final score could have been tighter but Joel Fosuhene Gray was deemed to be in touch as he dove for the corner. As the game finished the Broncos will rue a slow start but were especially promising in attack.
The U19s next play away against St Helens on 8th March at the Totally Wicked Stadium.