21 Jan 17
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos give cold comfort to visiting Yowies

London Broncos were far too strong for the visiting Yowies, running in nine tries in a dominant forward performance.

It may have been the big men who delivered the big hits, but it was the backs who thrilled, both Keiran Dixon and Ben Hellewell crossing for hat-tricks.

It was a forward who went over first, prop Eddie Battye charging over from close range. Dixon added the extras, but it was a mixed afternoon for the winger who finished with five out of nine.

Keeping the ball alive was another Bronco trait which brought rewards, especially in the 12th minute when Hellewell finished off a move along the line after the ball had been passed out of a tackle.

Rhys Williams was the Championship’s top scorer last season and he showed his scoring ability has not diminished with a 75-metre burst for the Broncos’ third try.

The rest of the half – at least in terms of scoring – belonged to Dixon. In the 32nd minute, he leapt high to grab a crossfield bomb from Will Barthau and touched down before he stepped over the dead-ball line.

Dixon then returned a kick 80 metres and was on hand, three tackles later, to finish off the possession in the right corner.

Five minutes after the interval, London again built up pressure and when it came to the last tackle, it was Elliott Kear who put the boot to ball. The bounce was perfect for Hellewell who scored his second try of the afternoon.

From the resumption, the Yowies were penalised for a high tackle and after Dixon had made a break, Barthau went over the line unchallenged.

The game went rather quiet for the next dozen or so minutes as the Yowies enjoyed a spell of possession and created some pressure.

They got their reward when Wes Middleton made a mazy 30-metre run which brought him a try. Adrian Davis added the extras.

The response from London was go to the other end of the pitch and score through Hellewell.

In the 67th minute, Jay Pitts was tackled and the tackler refused to release him. As Pitts tried to free his legs, the touch judge ruled he had deliberately kneed his opponent in the head, and the referee showed a red card, much to Pitts’ bemusement.

Two minutes later, Davis scored the Yowies second try, and converted it, but the last word belonged to Dixon who went on another 80-metre run and this time angled the finish to the posts.

London coach, Andrew Henderson said, “I am really pleased with the performance. We have got eight or nine of our first 25 missing today and the young boys stepped up and showed they could do a job.

“We did some really good things with the ball and scored some excellent tries.

“There are a few things for us to fix, especially some of our play early in the second half. But it is preseason and there is time to work on these things.”

1 Elliot Kear, 2 Rhys Williams, 3 Ben Hellewell, 29 Kam Pearce-Paul, 5 Kieran Dixon 7, 4 Adrian Purtell, 7 Will Barthau, 8 Tom Spencer, 27 Ben Pointer, 15 Eddie Battye, 11 Daniel Harrison, 13 Jay Pitts, 28 Sadiq Adebiyi

Interchange: 14 Matt Davies, 12 Matt Garside, 17 Mark Offerdahl, 16 Junior Roqica, 24 James Meadows

Tries: Battye (6), Hellewell (8, 22, 65), Williams (22), Dixon (32, 38, 78), Barthau (48); Goals: Dixon 5/9

1 Nathan Kepa, 5 Owen Blair, 3 Liam Georgetown, 4 Tristan Lumley, 2 Aidan Ryan, 6 Wes Middleton, 7 Adrian Davis, 8 Felise Taufaao, 9 Darcy Etrich, 10 Joel Tubbs, 14 Rob Ryan, 11 Jayden Rosberg, 13 Richard Roberts

Interchange: 15 Angelo Piccione, 16 Chris Ah See, 17 Trent Richardson, 18 Tim Smith, 23 Sam Broomhall

Tries: Middleton (61), Davis (69); Goals: Davis 2/2

Written by David Ballheimer