The Broncos arrived at the Emerald Headingly Stadium still smarting from the defeat to St Helens exactly seven days earlier.
Both coaches, former Leeds team mates, put out strong sides with Ward being able to call back 5 players to his starting 17 in the shape of Dizon, Pitts, Morgan, Cunningham and Mason.
The game started at a very fast pace with both sides completing sets with regularity. Leeds moving the ball quickly along their line and ending with Konrad Hurrell at any chance possible.
The deadlock was finally broken on the 27th minute as Dixon scored penalty right in front and the visitors had taken a 0-2 lead.
Within three minutes of the restart Luke Yates broke the line and was held up over the line. From the resulting play the ball went over the top was flicked back by Williams and there was Captain Jay Pitts to trap the ball just before it went dead to score in the corner. Dixon converted and we lead 0-8.
Leeds responded with sustained pressure for the last 5 minutes of the half with their most promising move seeing the ball thrown through hands but ending with a knock on. The hooter went on the half with the Broncos ahead by 0-8 and would be the happier of the two sides.
Leeds came out all guns blazing with Konrad Hurrell running things out wide. An early penalty to the hosts saw Leeds take advantage as Myler went over for the try on 43. Lolohea converted and the Rhinos had moved closer.
The rhinos seemed to find energy that they had not had in the first half and were in again. On the last tackle the ball was kept alive by Trent Merrin as he caught the ball and jinked his way through and over on the 55th minute. Lolohea again converted and the Rhinos had the lead for the first time. The hosts were not done and Jack Walker broke from deep the kick out to Briscoe on the last beat Williams and Kear and the winger was over for yet another try. Lolohea missed the kick but the hosts had come from eight down to eight in front.
That was where London finally came to the party and with ten minutes to go the Broncos found life from almost nowhere. Fozard was first to silence the crowd as he barged over the line. Dixon missed the conversion and with 5 mins to play the visitors trailed 16-12. The capital side were not done and with 2 mins to play up stepped big Will Lovell who was on the end of a high ball batted back by Williams and in for the try.
The final seconds of the game were seen out by the defence of the visitors and at the hooter London had their third win of the 2019 season.
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LONDON BRONCOS :- 1.Walker, 5.Dixon, 19.Morgan, 4.Kear, 2.Williams,6. Abdull, 7.Cunningham, 8.Battye, 9.Pelissier, 23.Butler, 12.Pitts, 20.Yates, 29.Davis
Interchange:- 11.Lovell, 14.Fozard, 18.Mason, 15.Richards
Tries:- Pitts, Fozard Lovell
Goals:- Dixon 3/4
LEEDS RHINOS:- 1.Walker, 2.Briscoe, 29.Newman, 4.Hurrell, 5.Handley,6. Lolohea, 7.Myler, 18.Peteru, 9.Parcell, 19.Oledzki,16. Ferres,15. Sutcliffe, 11.Merrin
Interchange:- 20.Jones-Buchanan, 32.Holroyd, Cuthbertson, 25.Donaldson
Tries:- Myler, Merrin, Briscoe
Goals:- Lolohea 2/3
Referee:- Chris Kendall