30 Apr 17
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos tame Lions in the capital

The Broncos made it three wins in a row with a hard-fought 38-28 victory over Swinton Lions at Trailfinders on Sunday afternoon.

Api Pewhairangi scored two tries and kicked five goals, while Jay Pitts, Matt Garside, James Cunningham, Ben Evans and Lewis Bienek also crossed for the hosts.

The win sees the Broncos place fifth in Kingstone Press Championship, one point shy of Halifax, and still in touch of leaders Hull KR, Toulouse and Featherstone Rovers.

The Broncos proved too powerful for Swinton in the early exchanges, resulting in tries for Pitts and Garside within the first six minutes.

Pitts opened the scoring in the third minute after a break from Rhys Williams, while Garside barged his way over after Barthau broke the Swinton line. Pewhairangi converted the Pitts try but hit the post after Garside’s effort.

Cunningham extended the Broncos lead in the 20th minute, powering his way over from close range. Pewhairangi added the extras to give London a commanding 16-0 lead.

Swinton hit back in the 28th minute through Michael Butt, whose try was converted by Christopher Atkin.

However, just two minutes later Pewhairangi danced through the Lions defence and converted his own try to give the Broncos a 22-6 lead.

On the stroke of half-time the home side suffered a blow as Daniel Harrison was sent to the sin-bin for holding down, when it seemed Swinton would score.

At the start of the second period Swinton made the most of their one man advantage with Butt going in for his second of the game, converted by Atkin to reduce the deficit to 22-12.

Just as the Lions were gathering momentum Pewhairangi intercepted a pass and went the length of the field to give the Broncos some breathing space at 26-12, before slicing the conversion attempt just wide of the uprights.

The Lions showed great spirit and roared back with a try from veteran Andrew Bracek. Atkin maintained his 100% kicking record to make it 26-18.

Once again the Broncos hit straight back, this time through Evans who crashed over under the posts. Pewhairangi was back on target to give London a 32-18 lead on the hour mark.

The final quarter of the game saw the Lions throw everything at the home side, resulting in tries from Connor Dwyer and Butt’s hat-trick to bring Swinton within four points with just over 10 minutes remaining.

With the score at 32-28, the final 10 minutes were edgy with Swinton pressing hard for the equalising try.

In the final minute of the game the Lions kept the ball alive, only for Bienek to pounce on a loose ball and go in under the posts to seal victory for the Broncos. Pewhairangi added the extras to seal a vital 38-28 win.

The Broncos will be looking to make it four on the bounce next Sunday at home to Oldham Roughyeds (3pm).

Head coach, Andrew Henderson, was pleased with his side’s result, but said there were some elements to be worked on ahead of next weekend’s clash with Oldham.

“I’m very happy with the result in the end – it was a funny old game thought today. I thought we were very good in a lot of areas, but probably not clinical enough overall.

“The way we started the game was very positive. We defended well, we had a lot of energy defensively, and we restricted Swinton’s go forward.

“We racked up some good points in the first half, but probably bombed three or four good chances, which we have to improve – it’s not good enough for our standards. We made it hard for Swinton to get out of their half, and some of our attack was really, really good.

“The reality is, we got the job done and we came away with the two points. We just have to be better next week.”

LONDON BRONCOS:

24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 12. Matt Garside, 29. Kam Pearce-Paul, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 7. William Barthau, 18. Ben Evans, 9. James Cunningham, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 22. Matt Davis

Subs: 33. Lewis Foster, 23. Matt Gee, 17. Mark Offerdahl, 31. Lewis Bienek

Tries: Pitts (2), Garside (6), Cunningham (20), Pewhairangi (30, 50), Evans (57), Bienek (79)
Goals: Pewhairangi 5/7

SWINTON LIONS:

1. Jack Hampson, 2. Shaun Robinson, 3. Christopher Hankinson, 14. Benjamin White, 21. Michael Butt, 6. Grant Gore, 7. Christopher Atkinm, 15. Andrew Bracek, 22. Luke Waterworth, 18. Ben Austin, 11. Connor Dwyer, 4. Rhodri Lloyd, 8. Robert Lever.

Subs: 27. Liam Carberry, NN Callum Field, 9. Anthony Nicholson, 17. Oliver Davies

Tries: Butt (28, 48, 66), Bracek (55), Dwyer (61)
Goals: Atkin 4/5