19 Jun 16
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos see off Oldham at home

London Broncos produced a superb first-half performance as they saw off Oldham, who were backing up after playing Bradford Bulls in midweek.

They took the lead in the seventh minute when Api Pewhairangi made a break and Daniel Harrison was at his shoulder to take a short pass before crashing over.

London’s second try came when Elliot Kear joined the line, fed Ben Hellewell before the ball went out and back from Rhys Williams, giving Hellewell the score.

There was more than a hint of good fortune about Rhys Williams’ first try. Scott Leatherbarrow kicked into space and as Hellewell and Richard Lepori ran towards the ball it bounced towards the Broncos man.

He kicked forward and as the ball bounced in the in-goal area, it took a right turn before crossing the end-line and Williams dived on it.

Hellewell was making hay in the left centre position and he sent Kear over for London’s fourth try. With Pewhairangi’s third conversion, it was 22–0 after only 24 minutes.

Oldham finally had a sniff of the London line after 27 minutes, on the back of a pair of penalties, but Will Hope was held up over the line and three more attempts to breach the Broncos defence were in vain.

Instead, on the last play of a London set, Pewhairangi mishandled a pass but regathered the ball. He was forced to throw a long pass to Kear, who kicked into the corner and Williams did the rest.

And, from their next possession a more orthodox Pewhairangi kick was dived on by Williams inches from the corner of side- and end-lines.

The visiting fans finally had a try to celebrate after 45 minutes, when London were caught offside defending a last tackle play. From the repeat set, the ball went left and Jamel Chisholm touched down in the corner.

Israel Eliab, back with the Broncos, played a big part in the first of Iliess Macani’s two tries. On a last tackle play, he drew in the defence and then sent the winger over in the corner.

Hellewell then completed his double when Leatherbarrow threw a long pass, which the centre gathered before bursting through two tacklers.

The 50-point mark was reached after an hour when Pewhairangi and Eliab combined to send Macani over in the right corner as he sprinted past Chisholm and grounded the ball before the covering Lepori could reach him.

Pewhairangi finished with eight kicks from ten attempts and although he didn’t score a try himself he was instrumental throughout and his pass sent Mark Offerdahl over for the Broncos’ last score.

In the final ten minutes, Oldham showed great heart and made the scoreline more respectable with a pair of late tries.

A clever chip kick from Palfrey looped into the left corner and Jack Holmes plucked the ball out of the air before touching down.

Then, with two minutes to go, a powerful burst from Michael Ward brought him a try.

London coach Andrew Henderson said, “I was pleased with the result. There were some really great parts to our performance today, certainly in the first half.

“Overall a very pleasing performance from our end, but there were certainly areas in that second half we could have been better with.

Oldham coach Scott Naylor said, “I cannot complain about the effort from the boys.

“From playing and Bradford and London in four days, the next five games are going to be more of an even playing field.”

London Broncos: Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell, Alex Foster, Iliess Macani, Api Pewhairangi, Scott Leatherbarrow, Nick Slyney, James Cunningham, Mark Ioane, Ben Harrison, Matt Garside, Mark Offerdahl
Interchange: Israel Eliab, Eddie Battye, Jon Magrin, Jamie Thackray

Tries: Harrison (7), Hellewell (14, 58) , Williams (17, 33, 36), Kear (23), Macani (48, 60), Offerdahl (69);
Goals: Pewhairangi 8/10

Oldham Roughyeds: Richard Lepori, Jack Holmes, Sam Gee, Liam Johnson, Jamel Chisholm, Sam Wood, Gareth Owen, Phil Joy, Lewis Foster, Joe Burke, Liam Thompson, Danny Langtree, Will Hope
Interchange: Lewis Palfrey, Kenny Hughes, Michael Ward, Craig Briscoe

Tries: Chisholm (45), Holmes (72), Ward (78);
Goals: Palfrey 2/3

Written by David Ballheimer