With temperatures hitting over 27 degrees, London Broncos won their third game on the trot, on Sunday, with a win over a determined Batley Bulldogs side at The Foxs biscuits Stadium.
Having won their last two, at home against Rochdale and Swinton, the London side were looking for a third win to keep pace with the top four teams above them.
London Captain, Jay Pitts, won the toss and elected to go up the famous hill in the first half and the slope looked throughout the half to take its toll on the Broncos legs.
The hosts drew first blood after the first few opening exchanges when Cunningham went down with an eye injury. From the resulting play London knocked on and from the scrum, a huge gap opened up and Sam Smeaton was over the line. Patch Walker kicked the extras and the hosts after seven minutes were in front by six points to nil.
Batley kept hammering on the door and when on 29 minutes a high kick went up on the last there was Kieran Dixon to catch it and just as he did against Swinton he was off up the hill towards the try line. Pewhairangi kept pace with the winger and was on hand to take the pass and go over for the Broncos first try of the afternoon. Dixon added the two and we were back to all square.
On 35 Minutes Batley thought they had scored when James Harrison went over the line but a fantastic tackle from Alex Walker caused the Batley player to knock on. 37 minutes gone and Dixon again picked up the ball on our 10m line and he was away and had it not been the fact he was running uphill he would not have been stopped short of the line. However, the Broncos spread the ball from one side of the field to the other with Rhys Williams collecting the ball and touching down in the corner. Dixon kicked the extras again and the gap was six points with 3 minutes of the half left.
Batley got a lucky break right on the hooter when Alex Walker took a kick on the last in the in goal but the tackle made him spill the ball and there was James Davey to touch the ball for the try. Walker kicked the points and at halftime, it was all to play for at 12 points each.
The Broncos came back out and started quickly with good runs from Walker, Hindmarsh and Davies. Then with only five minutes gone of the second half Matty Gee and Dan Hindmarsh combined to get Matt Davis to the line. He tried to play the ball quickly and was awarded a penalty which the visitors ran. A great ball from hooker, Matt Davies, saw Matty Gee power through the line and over for the try. Dixon converted and the gap had widened to 18 -12.
Within four minutes the Broncos had scored again this time following a great run over the line from Jay Pitts. Dixon added the extras and on the very next set found himself bagging a try. A high kick was put up by Sammut on the last and was taken by Walker who had the vision to chip his own kick over the Batley defence for Dixon to latch onto and score in the corner. The winger could not convert but London were 28 -12 up.
The Broncos played with a new level of confidence in the second half and this saw some great work all over the park culminating in Tom Spencer touching down and Rhys Williams scoring a second trademark try in the corner. Dixon converted one of the kicks and after a consolation try for Batley the hooter went on a hard fought victory in Yorkshire.
The boys now move onto Toulouse and a huge game next weekend with Halifax in London the week after.
LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Channing, Kear, Williams, Pewhairangi, Cunningham, Battye, Sammut, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Davis
INTERCHANGE :- Ioane, Davies, Gee, Spencer
TRIES :- Pewhairangi(29), Williams(37, 67), Gee(43), Pitts(48), Dixon(51),Spencer(55)
GOALS:- Dixon 5/7
BATLEY BULLDOGS:- Scott, Tomlinson, Smeaton, Galbraith, Crookes, Walker, Hemingway, Gledhill, Leak, Lilycrop, Manning, Day, Farrell
INTERCHANGE:- Harrison, Brown, Davey, Bretherton
TRIES:- Smeaton(8), Davey(40), Galbraith (80)
GOALS:- Walker 2/3