London Broncos made the long trip to Castleford on Saturday looking to avenge the defeat only a month before at The Mend-A-Hose-Jungle in testing conditions.
With Danny Ward only making one change to the squad that lost at home to Salford the week before the Broncos coach was clearly looking for a response.
The response was a good one as London came out the harder in the opening exchanges with both sides completing their sets with regularity.
It took until the 21st minute of the game for either side to get on the scoreboard and after a great break from Yates the Broncos scored as Brock Lamb jigged his way over for his first try in a Broncos shirt.
The Broncos, however, were not to hold on to the lead very long as back to back penalties gave the hosts the chance to build and build they did when a slick passing move found former Bronco Tuoyo Egodo who went over in the corner.
Mata’utia could not convert and the Broncos remained ahead by six points to four.
Just as the hooter went Dixon was hit high and had the chance to extend the lead but the conditions saw the ball sail wide and at halftime the Broncos led at Castleford 6 – 4.
The second half started where the first had left off but it was the hosts who seemed to have the slight upper hand and within three minutes of the restart Holmes broke the line and left two Broncos players stretching to stop him as he careered over for the opening score of the second half.
Mata’utia missed the conversion and the Tigers led for the first time in the match.
They never really looked back from that point as they went through the gears and on 51 minutes a kick through was fumbled on the Broncos line into the hands of Jacques O’Neill who touched down. Ellis took over the kicking duties and converted to take the score to 14 – 6.
The final score of the game came on 63 minutes when a flowing passing move from the hosts finished out wide and there was Egodo to touch down in the corner. Ellis made it two from two for himself and the lead was now 20 – 6.
Battye went over on 67 minutes only to be deemed as held up after a good passage of play from the visitors but as the hooter went the Broncos had come up short against a strong Tigers side.
Head Coach Danny Ward said, “There were loads of positives in that first half and some in the second too. We asked a lot of questions about wanting to fight for each other and scrap for the result and they did that throughout the game. It was really pleasing to see them, even when Castleford were attacking our line at the end, with the spirit to not let them score again. We move on now to Catalans and we fix things up and do all we can to try and get the result in France next week.”
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LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Fleming, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Lamb, Mason, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Adebiyi, Yates
INTERCHANGES :- Ioane, Battye, Fozard, Krasniqi
GOALS:- Dixon 1/2
CASTLEFORD TIGERS:- Rankin, Clare, Mata’utia, Blair, Egodo, Trueman, Ellis, Clarkson, McShane, Millington, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey
INTERCHANGES :- Sene-Lefao, Maher, O’Neill, Smith
TRIES :- Egodo x 2, Holmes, O’Neill
GOALS :- Mata’utia 0/2, Ellis 2/2