Ben Hellewell bagged himself four tries and London secured a top four spot ahead of the Qualifiers, as the Broncos breezed past Sheffield Eagles at Trailfinders Sports Club on Sunday afternoon.
Matt Davis nabbed man of the match in his return from injury, and French international, John Boudebza, made his London debut, in a comprehensive 52-16 victory for the side from the capital.
The Eagles looked as though they could be the first to cross on five minutes, but Flynn coughed up both the ball and the opportunity on the last tackle. The sides exchanged sets, before Spedding gifted the Broncos a chance, knocking out just out from the London line. The Broncos capitalised, and Sammut danced his way around two would be defenders to crash over.
The skipper doubled the score when he broke away on 14 minutes to dot down under the uprights, and Sammut duly converted.
Again, sloppy play from the Eagles resulted in a London scrum, and Hellewell, not one to waste an opportunity, bagged his side another four points on 20 minutes.
Walker almost secured the home side’s fourth inside 23 minutes, but the referee pulled play back for a forward pass.
The Eagles pulled one back nearing the half hour mark, as Menzie Yere got the visitors on the scoreboard. Owen was off target with the kick.
A lengthy break in play followed, as Spedding was looked at and subsequently stretchered off for a neck complaint.
A try a piece followed before the break – Fozard got the ball to James, who doubled the Eagles’ score, and a nimble Pewhairangi weaved his way over with three minutes to go.
It took just six minutes on the resumption for Hellewell to help himself to his brace, capitalising on the back of a lovely team attacking effort. Sammut’s success with the boot continued.
Marginet broke away on 54 minutes, racing half the length of the field to notch up the Eagles’ third.
The visitors wouldn’t score again, but London were yet to add a second from Pewhairangi, two more from Hellewell, and an Ackers try before the conclusion of the round 22 game.
Speaking post-match, London boss, Andrew Henderson, conceded that though his side might not have been at their usual best, there were many positives to take from the game.
“It was a scrappy game, and I don’t feel both teams were at the their best today, but we did a lot of good things. We executed some really nice play, and we really caused Sheffield some problems. There were lots of encouraging signs.
“We’ve secured a top four spot, and we’re still on track to secure top two. We achieved what we set out to today.
“We’ve been so good for so many weeks, and yes, we’ve had a slight drop off these last few weeks, so it it’s about building it back up before the 8s.
“I know we’ve got a team here that is capable of causing some surprises in this next stage of the competition, and I’m looking forward to that.”
24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 20. Michael Channing, 1. Elliot Kear, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 18. Ben Evans, 14. Andy Ackers, 31. Lewis Bienek, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 22. Matt Davis
Subs: 34. John Boudebza, 23. Matt Gee, 16. Junior Roqica, 15. Eddie Battye
Tries: Sammut (10), Harrison (14), Hellewell (20, 46, 61, 77), Pewhairangi (36, 67), Ackers (71)
Goals: Sammut 8/9
1. Jack Owens, 18. Ryan Millar, 3. Menzie Yere, 23. Jake Spedding, 5. Ben Blackmore, 9. Matthew Fozard, 27. Remy Marginet, 8. Scott Wheeldon, 14. Gregory Burns, 29. Gregory Richards, 11. Matthew James, 24. Patrick Flynn, 19. William Hope
Subs: 22. Liam Johnson, 25. George Milton, 16. Sam Scott, 10. Mark Mexico
Tries: Fozard (27), James (34), Marginet (54)
Goals: Owen 2/3