The Broncos extended the winning run to seven games with a strong display, to see off Halifax 34-6 at Trailfinders.
Andrew Henderson’s men claimed the crucial victory thanks to tries from Kieran Dixon (2), William Barthau, Andy Ackers, Rhys Williams, Jay Pitts and Mark Ioane, with Dixon adding three goals in blustery conditions.
The Broncos stay third in the Kingstone Press Championship, level on points with Toulouse and four behind leaders Hull KR, but crucially there is now a four point gap from today’s fifth-placed visitors.
The Broncos opened the scoring in the 11th minute as Dixon dived in at the corner to finish off a flowing move down the right. Dixon’s touchline kick drifted just wide of the posts.
Barthau doubled the lead just four minutes later, intercepting a Halifax pass and going the length of the field to score. Dixon converted for a 10-0 early lead.
The Broncos continued to convert pressure into points as Ackers barged over for his first try back on home soil since returning from injury and Williams collected Barthau’s high kick to cross in the left corner. Neither tries were converted as Dixon kicked into a strong wind.
Pitts wrestled his way past three Halifax defenders to go over in the 34th minute to give the Broncos a commanding 22-0 half-time lead.
Halifax started the second half in stronger fashion and scored their first try of the game through substitute Ben Johnston’s first touch of the ball in the 43rd minute. Steve Tyrer converted to make it 22-6.
Any hopes of a comeback from the visitors were quashed in the 57th minute as Dixon collected Api Pewhairangi’s grubber kick to touch down in the corner. Dixon converted his own try from the touchline, this time unhampered by the wind, to make it 28-6.
Ioane scored the final try of the game, barging over from close range after a pop-up pass from Jarrod Sammut. Dixon converted to make the final score 34-6.
The Broncos will be looking to make it eight wins on the bounce next Sunday as we entertain Dewsbury Rams at Trailfinders (3pm kick-off).
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, was thrilled with his side’s first 40 minutes.
“I thought it was a good performance -but I wouldn’t say it was clinical. First half we were very good, defensively we were strong, we were patient with the ball, and we asked a lot of questions of the Halifax defence.
“I didn’t think we managed the second half as well as we did the first.
“Overall, it was a good performance, it’s seven wins on the bounce. We contained most of Halifax’s threat for large parts of the game.
“We’ve got pace, we’ve got stride and a unity and togetherness. I’ve got no doubt in my mind that we can challenge the teams around us.
“We need to stay disciplined and grounded, and not fall in love with ourselves. We’ve got very big games ahead. Nothing is a given.”
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, 17. Mark Offerdahl
Subs: 19. Api Pewhairangi, 23. Matt Gee, 16. Junior Roqica, 31. Lewis Bienek
Tries: Dixon (11, 58), Barthau (15), Ackers (21), Williams (31), Pitts (34), Ioane (70)
Goals: Dixon 3/7
2. Will Sharp, 37. Connor McGrath, 16. Ed Barber, 3. Steve Tyrer, 23. Rob Worrincy, 21. James Woodburn-Hall, 6. Scott Murrell, 8. Mitch Cahalane, 17. Brandon Moore, 38. Daniel Murray, 11. Shane Grady, 12. Simon Grix, 13. Jacob Fairbank
Subs: 1. Ben Johnston, 14. Ryan Boyle, 20. Elliot Morris, 37. Brandon Douglas
Tries: Johnston (43)
Goals: Tyrer 1/1