14 Feb 16
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Broncos tame Lions

London Broncos continued their winning run in Kingstone Press Championship as they beat the Swinton Lions on a windy afternoon at the Trailfinders Sports Ground.

The Broncos first competitive outing at their new home was watched by an enthusiastic crowd of 653 spectators who cheered them on to victory.

Alex Walker grabbed two early tries for London but it was Swinton who went into the break in the ascendancy. Ben White, Andy Thurnley and former Bronco Carl Forster all scoring for the visitors who led 12-18.

An impeccably observed minute’s silence was held before the game in memory of Harold Genders. Harold brought professional rugby league to London in 1980 as Fulham Rugby League, the club which would go on to form the Broncos.

“We weren’t where we needed to be in the first half but I don’t want to take anything away from Swinton” said London coach Andrew Henderson.

“I knew Swinton were going to be playing some attacking rugby and were going to ask questions of us and I thought they did.

“I spoke to the boys at halftime and I told them we were going to have to grind it out. Our completion wasn’t there but I was pleased that we didn’t concede in the second half”.

It was not until the second stanza that the Broncos really began to click into gear scoring twenty six unanswered points.

William Barthau grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck as he had a hand in everything London did right. Jinking runs, smart kicking and organisation lead to two tries within the space of five minutes.

Barthau delivered a well-measured flat pass to Matt Garside who cut a fine line as he scampered under the posts. Jack Bussey got in on the act next, bashing his way over from a few yards out.

Iliess Macani was next to score as the Broncos began to extend their lead. Barthau flinging a pass out wide to Daniel Harrison who flicked the ball onto Wes Naiqama who put Macani away in the corner.

The scoring was not over though as Joe Keyes waltzed through the Swinton defence to take the score to 38-12.

“There were plenty of positives to take from today. These early rounds are just about getting points, we know we can get a lot better as the season goes on” added Henderson.

“We’ve got a tough game against Leigh next week and I’m sure they’ll be ready to compete. We’ve got to prepare for that game with intent and purpose in training this week”.

24 Alex Walker
2 Rhys Williams
3 Nathan Stapleton
4 Wes Naiqama
5 Iliess Macani
7 William Barthau
19 Joe Keyes
8 Nick Slyney
14 Andy Ackers
18 Jamie Thackray
11 Daniel Harrison
12 Matt Garside
21 Alex Foster

SUBS (all used)
15 Jack Bussey
22 Matt Davis
16 Mark Ioane
10 Eddie Battye

Broncos Tries: Walker (21,33) Garside (45) Bussey (50) Foster (66) Macani (72) Keyes (78)
Broncos Goals: Naiqama 5/7

1 Chris Atkins
2 Mike Butt
3 Rhodri Lloyd
4 Greg Wildie
5 Greg Scott
6 Ben White
7 Matty Beharell
8 Mike Morrison
9 Anthony Nicholson
10 Jordan Hand
11 Andy Thurnley
12 Connor Dwyer
13 Carl Forster

SUBS (all used)
14 Keiran Hyde
15 Josh Barlow
16 Corbyn Kilday
17 Rob Lever

Lions Tries: White (25), Forster (29) Thurnley (39)
Lions Goals: Atkins 3/3