The Broncos made it ten wins from ten this afternoon, coming from behind to beat Featherstone Rovers 36-30 at Trailfinders Sports Club.
Victory was sealed for Andrew Henderson’s men thanks to tries from Matt Gee, Alex Walker (2), William Barthau, Jarrod Sammut, Kieran Dixon and Elliot Kear, while Dixon kicked four goals.
The hard-fought win was vital in terms of the Kingstone Press Championship as the Broncos cemented their place in second ahead of next week’s trip to leaders Hull KR.
The Broncos had to do it tough as Featherstone scored the first two tries of the afternoon through Jordan Baldwinson and Misi Taulapapa within 20 minutes. Ian Hardman converted both tries to give the visitors a 12-0 lead.
Gee barged his way through the Rovers defence to register the Broncos first try of the afternoon in the 22nd minute. Dixon converted to halve the deficit.
Seven minutes later Walker scored a trademark try, claiming a towering kick from Barthau. Dixon’s kick was wide, meaning the Broncos still trailed by two.
That lead was extended by Rovers in the 33rd minute as Frankie Mariano barged his way through the London line. Hardman converted to give Rovers an 18-10 lead.
On the stroke of half-time Barthau popped up with a piece of individual brilliance to get the Broncos back in the game. Dixon added the extras to make it 16-18 at the break.
The second period started in similar vein to the first, with Featherstone registering the first points of the half through Andy Bostock. Hardman converted to give Rovers a 24-16 lead.
That was as good as it got for the visitors as London dug deep and hit back with four tries, firstly through Sammut who cut through the Featherstone defence on the hour mark. Dixon converted to make it 24-22 to Rovers.
The turning point of the match came in the 72nd minute as Dixon picked up a loose pass and ran the length of the field to give the Broncos the lead for the first time. The Londoner converted his own try to make it 28-24 to the Broncos.
Victory was sealed thanks to tries from Kear, and Walker’s second of the afternoon to make it 36-24 before Featherstone scored a consolation try in the final seconds of the game through Matthew Wildie, to make the final score Broncos 36-30 Rovers.
The Broncos will look to make it 11 wins on the spin next Sunday when we travel to the KCOM Park to face league leaders Hull KR.
London boss, Andrew Henderson, was pleased with his team, but conceded that his side didn’t play as well they have been recently.
“As a team we’ve come together. We’re playing well, we’re in a good place. Everyone who is in this team is adding value. “We’re honest enough to know we didn’t play as well today as we have in recent weeks. Featherstone were excellent today.
“On the flip side, we had to show some character and grit to come through that – to win a game when you’re not playing at your best, just shows where we’re at as a team at the moment.
“I’m very pleased with the the character and attitude we showed today to grind out the win.”
24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 1.Elliot Kear, 20. Michael Channing, 5. Kieran Dixon, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 7. William Barthau, 18. Ben Evans, 14. Andy Ackers, 10. Mark Ioane, 13. Jay Pitts, 3. Ben Hellewell, 23. Matt Gee
Subs: 19. Api Pewhairangi, 17. Mark Offerdahl, 16. Junior Roqica, 15. Eddie Battye
Tries: Gee (22), Walker (29, 79), Barthau (39), Sammut (59), Dixon (72), Kear (75)
Goals: Dixon 4/7
1. Ian Hardman, 20. Kyran Johnson, 23. Joshua Hardcastle, 3. Chris Ulugia, 4. Misi Taulapapa, 7. Anthony Thackeray, 19. Matthew Wildie, 8. Darrell Griffin, 9. Keal Carlile, 32. Jordan Baldwinson, 14. Frankie Mariano, 22. Jason Walton, 25. Josh Walters
Subs: 12. John Davies, 13. Richard Moore, 30. Jack Ormondroyd, 10. Andrew Bostock
Tries: Baldwinson (12), Taulapapa (19), Mariano (33), Bostock (47), Wildie (80)
Goals: Hardman 5/5