The London Broncos confidently saw off Dewsbury Rams in a superb performance at Tetley’s Stadium this afternoon.
Solid from 1-17, the Broncos once again demonstrated their ability to bounce back from a loss, and stunned the Rams into a 34-6 victory, keeping the home side to nil until over the hour mark.
Only a minute in, Eddie Battye gained some great territory for the visitors and set up Scott Leatherbarrow for what looked like a certain score, but the Rams managed to hold him up over the line.
The London fans who made the trip didn’t have to wait much longer – skipper, Wes Naiqama, crossed for a superb first try of the day, dancing his way multiple times around a poor Rams defence, before easily converting his own try.
The Rams thought they’d got themselves on the scoreboard on the 18 minute mark through Groat, but referee, Mikalauskas, deemed it held up.
Some more beautiful play followed shortly after through Israel Eliab who managed to dart over in the corner, and the skipper once again added the extras.
London put in a strong performance both in attack and defence, but neither team added any more points before the half time hooter.
Nine minutes into the second half the PNG international, Eliab, crossed for his brace after a superb two part dive for the line. A long and tough kick from the sideline was no problem for Naiqama, who once again collected the two points with ease.
The visitors ran in two more tries in quick succession; Mark Ioane muscled his way over from close range, and a superb break by Hellewell followed by a clever offload to Williams saw him cross for his 21st try in the 2016 season.
The skipper easily negotiated both conversions, taking his tally to 5/5 for the afternoon, and extending London’s lead to 30-0.
The Rams managed their first and only score of the day after a clever pass from Grady to Guzdek, who darted across the whitewash, and Sykes added the two.
That looked to be it for the afternoon’s scoring, but with two minutes remaining, Garside spotted a break in their line and took it, running the ball home in the corner. The skipper missed his only kick of the afternoon, but a 34-6 score line to the visitors and a convincing whole team performance made for an enjoyable afternoon.
London Broncos: Elliot Kear, Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams, Israel Eliab, Wes Naiqama, Api Pewhairangi, Scott Leatherbarrow, Jamie Thackray, Andy Ackers, Eddie Battye, Daniel Harrison, Alex Foster, Jack Bussey
Interchange: James Cunningham, Matt Garside, Nick Slyney, Mark Ioane
Tries: Naiqama (14), Eliab (24, 49), Ioane (54), Williams (57), Garside (78)
Goals: Naiqama 5/6
Dewsbury Rams: Josh Guzdek, Dale Morton, Lucas Walshaw, Shane Grady, Jason Crookes, Paul Sykes, Bobbie Goulding, Matt Groat, Dom Speakman, Kyle Trout, Rob Spicer, Scott Hale, Luke Adamson
Interchange: Nathan Conroy, Joel Farrell, Mitch Stringer, Paul Jackson
Tries: Guzdek (66)
Goals: Sykes 1/1