A slow start, the Broncos maintained control to decisively beat Championship newcomers, Oldham, 0-22 at Stalybrige this evening.
Both sides gained metres, but it was the Broncos whose defensive effort came out on top, keeping Oldham scoreless for the entirety of the game, scoring four unanswered tries.
Andy Ackers ensured the Broncos were first on the scoreboard, crossing after 14 minutes, but Naiqama’s conversion attempt fell slightly short.
It was close to a 35 minute wait for the next score, but in his debut Championship match for London, Jack Bussey barged over right beside the posts, and Naiqama added the extras.
In the last twenty minutes, the Broncos ramped up control of the game, allowing for a brilliant attacking effort from Iliess Macani, who touched down for the third try of the evening. A mere six minutes later, Keyes returned to the pitch, and set up Ben Hellewell for the fourth and final. Sailing straight through the posts both times, Naiqama’s conversions took the final score to 0-22.
Speaking after the match, head coach, Andrew Henderson, commended his side’s defensive effort following last week’s loss to Dewsbury.
“Fantastic reaction to our result last week in our first league game. Away from home, against Oldham, it was always going to be a tricky fixture. Certainly with the conditions, the pitch was pretty heavy in terms of the water that it had on it, it’s obviously rained a lot this week.
“It was always going to be a tough place to come to. The fact that they’re a new team, you know – they’re a dangerous animal. They’re a bit unexpected, we don’t really know a lot about them and they were always going to come out with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, which they did, and they competed hard.
“Credit to us, defensively – last week we conceded 34 points and to come out today and nil any team is a fantastic achievement.
“What pleased me was our defensive attitude, our mentality defensively and our resilience. Because the penalty count was so high against us we had to defend set after set after set on our line. We just repelled every attack that Oldham threw at us, and that was what pleased me the most, that we managed to come through it together.
“Every player, 1-17, did not shirk their responsibility. They all were committed to each other, to the team and to the job at hand and we thoroughly deserved our win today. It gets us off to a good start in the Championship.”
The team now turn their attention to the week ahead, as they prepare to take on Swinton at home, on Sunday 14 February at 3pm.
Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams, Nathan Stapleton, Wes Naiqama, Iliess Macani, William Barthau, Joe Keyes, Nick Slyney, Andy Ackers, Jamie Thackray, Daniel Harrison, Matt Garside, Alex Foster
Interchange: Jack Bussey, Matt Davis, Mark Ioane, Eddie Battye
Tries: Ackers (14), Bussey (48), Macani (58), Hellewell (66)
Goals: Naiqama 3/4
Richard Lepori, Adam Clay, Tom Ashton, Jack Holmes, Jamal Chisholm, Lewis Palfrey, Steven Roper, Phil Joy, Sam Gee, Jack Spencer, Josh Crowley, Danny Langtree, Will Hope
Interchange: Adam Files, Kenny Hughes, Michael Ward, Liam Thompson