21 May 17
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos comfortably tame Bulls in fifth consecutive victory

The Broncos extended their winning streak to five on Sunday afternoon, with a 56-12 triumph over the Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium.

Kieran Dixon was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick and kicking eight goals, with other tries coming from Jay Pitts, Rhys Williams, Junior Roqica (2), Jarrod Sammut (2) and Matt Garside.

The win sees the Broncos stay fourth in the Kingstone Press Championship, two points adrift of next week’s Summer Bash opponents Featherstone Rovers.

London didn’t get off to an ideal start, with Cameron Smith opening the scoring for Bradford after just three minutes and Oscar Thomas improving for a 6-0 lead.

Andrew Henderson’s men took just five minutes to respond with three quick-fire tries from Dixon, Pitts and Williams. Dixon was on target for two of the three conversion attempts.

The Bulls defence held firm mid-way through the first period before Roqica barged over and opened the floodgates in the 32nd minute.

The next eight minutes saw London run two further tries from Sammut and Dixon, both of which were converted by Dixon to give the Broncos a commanding 34-6 lead at half-time.

After the interval the Broncos picked up where they left off, with Roqica diving over for his second of the afternoon in the 47th minute. Dixon converted to make it 40-6.

Flying winger, Dixon, grabbed his hat-trick try 10 minutes later, diving in at the corner after some quick hands down the right. The Londoner landed a touchline conversion to extend the lead to 46-6.

However, Bradford showed some fight after this and were rewarded with their second try of the game in the 60th minute as Jonny Campbell went over and Thomas added the extras to make it 46-12.

Sammut picked up a loose ball in the 68th minute and raced away to score under the posts, before the final try of the game came in the very last minute as Matt Garside powered over in the corner, reminiscent of his sensational try at last year’s Summer Bash.

Dixon kicked one of the final two conversion attempts to ensure a huge 12-56 victory for the visitors.

The Broncos will be looking to make it six on the bounce next Saturday at the Summer Bash in Blackpool , when the club take on Featherstone Rovers.

Head coach, Andrew Henderson highlighted his squad’s cohesiveness as a group in securing London’s biggest away win 2017.

“I’m pleased with the result, and pleased with the performance. It was a shaky start for the first five or six minutes, but from that point onward – once we got into our groove – we played really well as a team.

“Defensively, we were strong, and with the ball we showed some real attacking prowess. We executed our plan, we finished our sets, we really built some pressure.

“We lost our way a little in the second half, and we were a little bit disjointed, but to come away from home and score 56 points – that’s no mean feat, and I’m really proud of the players.”

The London Broncos are next in action at Trailfinders Sports Club on Sunday 4 June, in a hugely important top four battle with Halifax. Tickets are available online here.

14. Oscar Thomas, 5. Iliess Macani, 2. Ethan Ryan, 26. Vila Halafihi, 19. Johnny Campbell, 6. Leon Pryce, 28. Jordan Lilley, 15. Jon Magrin, 29. Sam Hallas, 8. Liam Kirk, 11. Colton Roche, 37. Cameron Smith, 25. Ted Chapelhow
Subs: 36. James Davies, 31. Mikolaj Oledzki, 17. Ross Peltier, 7. Joe Keyes

Tries: Smith (2), Campbell (59)
Goals: Thomas 2/2

24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 1. Elliot Kear, 20. Michael Channing, 5. Kieran Dixon, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 7. William Barthau, 18. Ben Evans, 9. James Cunningham, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 17. Mark Offerdahl
Subs: 33. Lewis Foster, 12. Matt Garside, 23. Matt Gee, 16. Junior Roqica

Tries: Dixon (7, 36, 58), Pitts, Williams (16), Roqica (32, 47), Sammut (34, 68), Garside (79)
Goals: Dixon 8/10