It was a difficult afternoon for the London Broncos as they suffered a 10-30 defeat against Salford Red Devils.
Salford started strongly when after six minutes Alex Walker spilt a last play kick, and handed the Red Devils a repeat set they soon converted into points when Joey Lussick bundled over. From there the visitors were in control in attack, and soon extended their lead when the Broncos defence struggled to kill the final play options and Nial Evalds was able to get over.
The Broncos had few chances with the ball during the first half and weren’t able to take advantage in the rare occasions they had chances in Salford territory, notably when Luke Yates burst through but they weren’t able to capitalise.
It continued to get worse for the Broncos, Matt Gee, celebrating his 100th career appearance came on as a substitute but had to be taken off for a head injury assessment and wasn’t able to return.
The lead continued to grow as Salford continued to turn the screw. A break from Jackson Hastings set up Daniel Murray to breeze over, and it wasn’t long before Hastings stepped his way around the defence to get a try of his own, sending the teams into half-time at 0-24.
The second half proved to be a quieter affair, but the result never looked in any real doubt. Rhys Williams opened the half’s scoring by getting on the end of a passing move out wider. Any hope of a comeback was completely dashed when Lee Mossop went over from close range with 15 to go.
A couple of breaks from Williams and Matt Fleming showed glimpses of what the home side are capable of, but real chances were rare as they struggled to get through the Red Devils’ defence. Fleming was able to go over after Walker was able to get on the end of a high ball, but it proved little more than a consolation try as the game finished 10-30.
After the game Head Coach Danny Ward said: “It’s not the first time we’ve got off to a slow start at home. It’s a little bit too easy for teams to come down and we gift them a little bit too much, then when we get to 18 points down we start playing how we should have been playing at the start. We stick to the game plan and then have a decent second half. The boys are frustrated, we’ll have to find out why this is happening, especially at home”
London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Fleming, Williams, Smith, Cunningham, Battye, Davis, Butler, Pitts, Yates, Lovell, Adebiyi, Hindmarsh, Abdull, Gee
Tries: Williams, Fleming
Goals: Dixon (1/2)
Salford Red Devils: Evalds, Bibby, Inu, Welham, Olpherts, Lui, Hastings, Flanagan, Lussick, Mossop, Jones, Griffin, Burke, Wood, Murray, Nakubuwai, Macarthy
Tries: Lussick, Evalds, Murray, Hastings, Mossop
Goals: Inu 5/5