London Broncos swept Sheffield Eagles aside on Sunday May 13th with an 11 try display at the new Olympic Legacy Park moving them closer to the top three of the BetFred Championship table.
Head Coach, Danny Ward, kept faith with the squad that lost at home to Leigh Centurions making only one change that saw Api Pewhairangi come in to replace James Meadows.
It did not take the visitors long to take the lead as on three minutes Michael Channing burst through the line and away. The ball went from him through Dixon to Walker and onto Captain Jay Pitts who went over. Sammut kicked the extras and Broncos were on their way.
Three minutes later the Broncos came up with some great attacking defence as Jarrod Sammut, Matt Davis and Sadiq Adebiyi combined to push Sheffield back over their own line for the dropout. From the resulting play the Broncos got a bit sloppy with their passing until Pitts passed inside for Jarrod Sammut to go over for the second of the day. He converted his own kick and in the blink of an eye the Broncos were 12 nil ahead.
Both teams exchanged sets until on 15 minutes Sadiq Adebiyi got his first of the day going over from close range after some good work from Eddie Battye. Sammut again converted and in the process kicked his 150th goal for the club and suddenly the gap was widening.
Sheffield asserted some pressure and on 18 minutes new Eagles player, Thibault Franck tapped through to force a dropout. The kick from Sammut went out on the full and from the resulting penalty the Eagles scored through Matty Costello. Former Broncos player, Oscar Thomas, kicked the extras and it was six points to 18.
The Broncos, after conceding, sprung back into life with further tries from Sammut, again, and a typical effort from Kieran Dixon. Sammut made both kicks to cap a perfect kicking performance and the Broncos lead at halftime by 30 points to 4. Dixon in scoring also brought up a personal milestone with his 37th minute try being the 100th of his club career.
The second half started the way the first had ended and within three minutes Mark Ioane had crashed over to get his name on the scoresheet. The kick was again good and the host’s day was going from bad to worse.
On 45 minutes Elliot Kear broke the line and was away only to be stopped thanks to a high tackle and the penalty went to the visitors. The Broncos then went through 8 passes, keeping the ball alive until Sammut collected and was over for his hat-trick.
On 50 minutes a rare glimpse of attack came from the home side when dual registration player, Jake Spedding, collected the ball , broke the Broncos line and showed some real pace to pull away from the chasing players and sprint 60 metres to touchdown in the corner. Franck missed the kick and the score was now 10 – 42 to London.
The Broncos were on the front foot and did not let up as further tries from Adebiyi, for his brace, Cunningham, Walker and a second from Dixon kept the scoreboard going up. The right boot of Sammut was on fire all afternoon with the half back finishing with a perfect 11 kicks at goal. The only blot on an otherwise successful day was when Sheffield went over for a purely consolation try on the hooter but with the kick being missed the side from the capital were victorious by a whopping 66 points to 14.
The win puts the Broncos onto 18 points for the season having now played the same games as the top three and makes their place in the top four a little more secure.
Next up at Home on the 20th May is the return fixture against Sheffield Eagles in back to back games against the South Yorkshire side. They will be smarting from this result and next week should prove to be another tough game that spectators will not want to miss.
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London Broncos :- Walker, Dixon, Channing, Kear, Williams, Pewhairangi, Sammut, Battye, Davis, Evans, Pitts, Harrison, Adebiyi.
Interchange :- Gee, Lovell, Ioane, Cunningham
Tries :- Pitts (3), Sammut (8, 28, 46), Adebiyi (15, 61), Dixon (37, 75), Ioane (43), Walker (62), Cunningham (66)
Goals :- Sammut 11/11
Sheffield Eagles :- Costello, Millar, Yere, Spedding, Blackmore, Thomas, Franck, Pick, Burns, Magrin, Garcia, Davies, Ashworth
Interchange :- Burns, Macani, Moran, Offerdahl
Tries :- Costello (21, 79), Spedding (50)
Goals :- Thomas 1/1, Franck 0/2