In a change from the rigors of the BetFred Super League the London Broncos travelled to The Shay Stadium to face Halifax RLFC and face the rigors of The Challenge Cup instead.
The game started at a fast pace with both sides pushing each other hard. The Broncos were forcing the hosts back in the first few sets trying to gain the upper hand. A period followed where the Broncos were given four penalties but the vistors could not break down the Halifax defence and against the run of play Halifax went the length of the pitch with Barber taking a high ball ahead of Meadows and Fleming, on 26 minutes, to touch down and open the scoring. Tyrer converted and the hosts led by six.
The sets flew back and forth until more sustained Broncos pressure finally saw Mark Ioane crash over the line for the visitors first score with Morgan Smith converting.
The Broncos had several more chances to score but too many errors prevented them from capitalizing on their advantage.
To add insult to injury the hosts put together a lovely passing move which saw Kaye go over for a try to end the half ahead by 12 points to 6.
The Broncos came out early for the second half and got themselves on the scoreboard through Jacob Ogden who finished a move in the corner with Smith converting.
Halifax were not yet done however as they continued to press the London side backwards and another good move saw Chapman-Smith over in the corner with Tyrer again converting.
On 63 minutes the Broncos seemed to have the home side pinned down until a break through the middle saw Lalau-Togagae sprint from 40 metres out and over for another Halifax try. Tyrer again converted and the Broncos were under the cosh.
Halifax would have been in again but for an errant pass out wide with 10 minutes to go and the Broncos went through the hands and passed out wide to see Ogden over again in the corner. Smith missed the kick and with eight minutes to play the Broncos trailed 24 – 16.
Ogden was in again within 5 minutes but the touch judge called him out in touch and the Broncos still had lots to do.
The game petered out slightly towards the end as Halifax defended and worked the clock as the Broncos tried in vain to create chances and as the hooter went the upset was complete 24 – 16.
London now face a huge game at home back in the BetFred Super League as Catalans Dragons travel to Trailfinders Sports Club on Thursday 18th April 7.45pm Kick Off.
LONDON BRONCOS :- Fleming, Ogden, Morgan, Kear, Hellewell, Smith, Meadows, Richards, Pelissier, Mason, Pitts, Lovell, Gee.
Interchanges:- Battye, Ioane, Abdull, Cunningham
TRIES:- Ioane, Ogden x2
HALIFAX RLFC:- QLT, Chapman-Smith, Tyrer, Saltonstall, Robinson, Woodburn-Hall, White, Kavanagh, Kaye, Fleming, Larroyer, Barber, Calcott
Interchanges:- Kidd, Morris, Davies, Cooper
TRIES:- Barber, Kaye, Chapman-Smith, Lalau-Togagae
GOALS:- Tyrer 4/4