London Broncos made it five wins from six in the Kingstone Press Championship as they ground out a win against a resilient Dewsbury Rams side.
The Rams travelled in good numbers, and were dominant for much of the first quarter and Dalton Grant’s early try was much deserved.
Broncos were plagued by errors for most of the first half but eventually clicked into gear, responding through Rhys Williams who barged his way past three Dewsbury defenders to score.
The Welsh international scored another just before the break as he caught a magnificent spinning pass from compatriot Elliot Kear before dancing through the Rams’ defensive line.
Jason Crookes touched down for Dewsbury and they went in after forty minutes with a two point cushion as Wes Naiqama failed to convert Williams’ second score.
The second stanza was no different to the first as both teams struggled to complete their sets and were hamstrung by their inability to hold on to the ball.
William Barthau offered London some hope as they took the lead for the first time in the game. The Frenchman showing typical Gallic flair to grubber ahead before pouncing on his own kick.
Yorkshireman Matt Garside was next to score as the Broncos began to pull away; barging through the Dewsbury defence as the hosts capitalised on some good field position.
The Broncos had to tough it out in the last ten minutes as Wes Naiqama was given a yellow card following an altercation with the opposition.
With London down to twelve men the Rams began to work their way back into the game; kicking themselves into a good position before Kyle Trout touched down in goal.
With only four points separating the two sides, the vocal home support made themselves count as Dewsbury coughed up the ball with less than a minute left, before London completed their final set and ensure of another home win for Andrew Henderson’s men.
“We were very pleased to get the result” said the Broncos’ head coach.
“I wasn’t happy with our level of performance with the ball. We played well in defence but in the first half our set completion was around 30% which just isn’t good enough”.
“We didn’t earn the right to play at times we needed to play a bit more direct, lay our foundations and then get the ball out wide”.
“It was a fantastic effort to hold out Dewsbury in those last ten minutes, but we have to be a lot better against Featherstone in the Cup next week”
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London Broncos: Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell, Wes Naiqama, Iliess Macani, William Barthau, Joe Keyes, Nick Slyney, James Cunningham, Mark Ioane, Daniel Harrison, Matt Garside, Jack Bussey.
Interchange: Matt Davis, Andy Ackers, Eddie Battye, Jamie Thackray.
Broncos Tries: Williams (20, 36), Barthau (58), Garside (65)
Broncos Goals: Naiqama 3/4
Broncos Yellow Card: Naiqama (69)
Dewsbury Rams: Josh Guzdek, Dale Morton, Jason Crookes, Shane Grady, Dalton Grant, Paul Sykes, Brad Delaney, Matt Groat, Dom Speakman, Toby Adamson, Luke Adamson, Joel Farrell, Aaron Brown. Interchange: Ryan Wright, Jack Tenby, Kyle Trout, Karl Pryce
Dewsbury Tries: Grant (14) Crookes (32) Trout (77)
Dewsbury Goals: Delaney 2/2 Sykes 1/1