London Broncos slipped to their third defeat in a row in Super League, on Saturday evening, as Castleford Tigers ran out winners by forty points to six at Trailfinders Sports Club.
With neither side giving up much to the other in the opening exchanges the Broncos more than held their own against a confident Tigers side. But after a few offloads from the visitors Peter Mata’utia found a gap from a McShane pass to open the scoring.
London fought straight back and following a trademark Broncos move the ball was moved out wide and there on the end of the line was Rhys Williams to score his 91st try for the club and his 3rd of the season. Dixon converted from wide out and the scores were level.
The visitors seemed to then spring back into life and they took control of the next period of play that culminated in Jake Trueman crossing the line. The Tigers opened the gap further with a crash try from Junior Moors who took a short ball inside the five-yard line and stormed over.
With just over ten minutes to play, Matt Fleming went over and it looked like a try was inevitable until the effort was turned down, first on the field and then by the video referee saying the ball had not been grounded which on closer inspection turned out to be the correct call from both officials. London were made to pay almost immediately as the visitors went down the field and saw Jesses Sene-Lefao touch the ball down to see the Castleford side lead at halftime.
The Broncos came out early for the second half and seemed to wait for an eternity before the game got back underway but within three minutes of the restart Liam Watts had gone over to score his first try for the Tigers.
Castleford scored further tries to compound the defeat for the Capital side through Greg Eden and Jordan Rankin and with McShane only missing one conversion the win was secured.
The Broncos never gave up throughout the 80 minutes but were kept scoreless in the second period by a very strong Castleford side.
Danny Ward said, “We will learn again from this. I can’t fault the boys efforts here tonight but we got dominated for the majority of the game. They were physical and were a bit too quick for us. We just couldn’t handle them when they played so quickly through the middle of us and we have to fix that up and pretty quickly.”
The Broncos now move onto the visit of the current Super League Champions Wigan Warriors who visit Trailfinders on Sunday 3rd March Kick Off 3pm.
Fleming, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Cunningham, Adediyi, Fozard, Ioane, Pitts, Lovell, Yates
Richards, Battye, Mason, Pelissier
Conversions : Dixon (1/1)
Mata’utia, Clare, Minikin, Shenton, Eden, Trueman, Rankin, Watts, McShane, Millington, Sene-Lefao, Clarkson, Massey
Milner, Moors, Egodo, Cook
Tries: Mata’utia, Trueman, Moors, Sene-Lefao, Watts, Eden, Rankin
Conversions: McShane (5/6), Rankin (1/1)