London Broncos made the trip to St Helens on Sunday to celebrate the testimonial season of Louie Macarthy-Scarsbrook.
The looses forward who started in London with Harlequins has been given the testimonial season by St Helens after playing 300 times for the current Super League Champions.
The big man ran on through a guard of honour provided by both sides with his children to rapturous applause from the crowd at The Totally Wicked Stadium.
Saints were to open the scoring on four minutes when a knock on from London gave the hosts a scrum and following a breakaway down their left Welsby went over for the try. Coote converted and the hosts had an early 6 – 0 lead.
The Broncos were the creators of their own downfall for Saints’ second try as after back to back penalties the ball went out wide and Percival was over in the corner. Coote could not add the extra two this time or for the next Saints try 9 minutes later.
Lomax latched onto a neat dab through on 21 minutes and was over the line as Saints pulled even further ahead and now led 14- 0.
The Broncos dug in at this point and put some good sets together. Their pressure told as Sadiq Adebiyi latched onto a ball and broke the line. He took on Welsby and won the foot race to score in the corner for the second week running. Dixon converted and the gap had narrowed to 14 – 6.
The Broncos produced some good defence in the following few sets but it was the hosts who drew blood again on 33 minutes as they broke through our defensive line and broke down their right. The ball went through hands and ended with Percival scoring his second of the day. Coote again added the two and the score was now 20 -6 with the clock ticking down to halftime.
There was however still time for the hosts to cross our line once more before the hooter and when the ball went out wide from Coote to Percival and Percival to Grace they were over to score in the corner. Coote missed the kick and at halftime St Helens led by 24 points to 6.
The Broncos started the second half well with some great defensive work keeping the hosts in their own half for the first 10 minutes but could not make the pressure tell.
On 54 minutes Grace scored his second and when Meadows kicked the high ball on the last tackle their was Regan Grace to collect it. The Welshman stepped off of his left foot and was away through the gap making the 90 metres to the line look easy to score under the posts. Dodd had come on to replace Coote and duly slotted the kick to widen the gap to 30 points to 6.
There were changes galore throughout the second half which led to the game becoming scrappy but there was one more try to come from Batchelor on 70 minutes and when Dodd again slotted the conversion the afternoon, now completely in fog, was all but done.
The hooter went and the Broncos had gone down 36-6 against the current Super League Champions and the 4,oo strong crowd had enjoyed seeing Louie Macarthy- Scarsbrook play his testimonial against his former side.
There were good performances again from many of the Broncos players and after games against St Helens & Hull FC and they now get ready for February 2nd and the trip to Round One of the Championship against Bradford Bulls.