New KR signing, Danny McGuire, got Rovers on the front foot early on with a lovely short ball that released Ben Kavanagh, and set up the position for Kieren Moss to almost pounce on a smart Chris Atkin grubber.
London responded with some strong running of their own, and it soon paid dividends after Clarkson was guilty of pulling back James Meadows as the half-back chased his own kick ahead. That gave the Broncos a repeat set on the Hull line and Jarrod Sammut skipped inside Nick Scruton to open the scoring two tackles later.
Sammut converted the score himself, and only some strong defence from the home side denied the Broncos a second score shortly after they repelled four consecutive sets on their line.
A Masoe fumble cost Hull a good position on their next attacking raid, and the lack of continuity cost them dear just before the break as the Broncos extended their lead.
The home side were caught too flat on the last tackle and good defensive pressure from the visitors saw them charge down McGuire’s kick. Jay Pitts was first to the loose ball, and he had the pace to beat the chasing Scruton and Moss to the line in a 60 metre foot race.
Sammut again added the extras, but on the stroke of half-time the Broncos succumbed to four consecutive sets of pressure which saw Hull go over for their first try of the night. Jordan Walne scored a debut try and Shaw converted.
The teams went in at halftime with London leading, deservedly, 12 points to 6 but straight after the restart the new Super League side drew level after the ball was fired out to the veteran McGuire on the short side, and his kick to the in-goal area was dotted down by former Bronco Thomas Minns. Again Shaw converted and the scores were level.
London would not lie down and when London Academy product, Lewis Bienek, headed for the line four defenders could not stop the youngster and he touched down to put London back into the lead for a second time on the night.
Hull KR then scored the two tries that would eventually see them run out winners in this tight affair. Mose Masoe thundered over the line from a Shaun Lunt pass following a period of sustained pressure from the home side and with the scores again level Quinlan went over after a deft flick around Kieran Dixon from Shaw. Shaw converted and Hull led for the first time on the night.
The Broncos continued the pressure right up to the final hooter which Hull were the happier to hear seeing them hang on to a 24 – 18 win.
Broncos will take a lot from the game and this display will make a few people sit up and take little more notice of the team from the Capital than before.
Next up the season opener against Barrow Raiders on Sunday 4th February with a 3pm kick off.
HULL KR :- 24
Tries: Walne, Minns, Masoe, Quinlan
Goals: Shaw 4/4
LONDON BRONCOS :- 18
Tries: Sammut, Pitts, Bienek
Goals: Sammut 3/3