London Broncos returned to Trailfinders Sports Club, on Saturday 28th April, for the first time in a month to leave Dewsbury Rams wondering what had hit them as the home side ran in 11 tries in a very one-sided affair and seeing them win their second on the bounce in the BetFred Championship.
Head Coach, Danny Ward, rang the changes from the side that crashed out of the Challenge Cup at Leigh the previous week with Matty Davies, making his debut and Jacob Ogden coming in . Daniel Harrison and Ben Evans also returned from injury with Evans making his first appearance of the 2018 season.
The game took a while to get started with both sides completing their sets with no real advantage. Mistakes came from both sides with the skill level not as high as you would think it should have been until 14 minutes in. Dewsbury Rams were given a penalty right in front for London holding down in the tackle, Glover stepped up for the visitors and the kick went wide and it seemed to spur the Broncos into life.
Twenty minutes on the clock and following a goal line dropout Eddie Battye powered his way forward passing out to Captain Jay Pitts who flew over for the first of the afternoon. Sammut who was almost flawless with the boot all afternoon kicked the extras and the home side were six points to nil in front. Dewsbury thought they had scored themselves 10 minutes later but a fantastic tackle from the returning Harrison held them up over the line and we remained at six nil.
The Broncos second came from some great work from Rhys Williams weaving his way through the opposition defenders and putting through a kick on the last that Jarrod Sammut pounced on to score his first try of the day and after converting his own try the home side led twelve nil.
Alex Walker caught a high ball on 36 minutes and broke the defence only to be stopped in his tracks by a high tackle. From the ensuing penalty Sammut passed the ball inside to Matt Davis who fought through and over the line and with Sammut again adding the extra two the home side were now 18 points to nil in front.
Sammut’s next try was fortunate yet tinged with a touch of Lionel Messi as the ball was thrown around until it hit his foot and he showed good control to kick on and chase the ball down to touch down just to the side of the posts. Once again he kicked the conversion and the home side ran into the dressing rooms at halftime leading by 24 points to nil.
The second half started in the same way as the first with both teams giving up possession until four minutes in when Jacob Ogden handed off an opponent in a fantastic run which should have resulted in a try but he was unfortunately forced out in to touch. The young Jamaican International did not look out of place all day down the right hand side putting in a great performance.
with 48 minutes on the clock London were given a penalty for a high tackle on Meadows in the middle of the Dewsbury half and on the end of the resulting play was Ben Evans crashing over to mark his return to the first team. The ever reliable Sammut kicked the two and it was thirty points t0 nil with only 8 minutes of the second half gone. 50 minutes on the clock and Will Lovell joined the action for the first time replacing Harrison and within two minutes he had broken the line and weaved his way all the way to the try line following another penalty against the visitors. The right boot of Sammut, it seemed, couldn’t miss and he again converted.
The Broncos, at this point were starting to find gaps that had not been there before and on 55 minutes Rhys Williams powered over to score the first of his two on the afternoon. The first was converted but the second Sammut unbelievably hit the post to spoil his perfect kicking record on the day.
with 66 minutes on the clock Dewsbury Rams finally got themselves on the scoresheet when two Broncos players fumbled the ball and Ansell capitalised on the mistake scoring what would be the visitors only try of the day. Glover converted and it was 46 points to 6.
Further tries from Elliot Kear, a second from Matt Davis and a hatrick try for Sammut took the hosts just short of 60 points but the boot of Sammut took the total to 64 and the game was in the bag.
This will have got rid of the memories of the Challenge Cup with the side producing some great rugby league in a totally professional performance.
Next up are the London Broncos recent nemesis in the shape of Leigh Centurions. The third game between the two in the past 4 weeks with Leigh two ahead in the series. This is one the Broncos will want to win.
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London Broncos:- 14.Alex Walker,24.Jacob Ogden,17.Michael Channing,01.Elliot Kear,02.Rhys Williams,27.James Meadows,07.Jarrod Sammut,08.Tom Spencer,13.Matt Davis,15.Eddie Battye,12.Jay Pitts,11.Daniel Harrison,19.Sadiq Adebiyi (Interchange All Used:- 25.Matty Davies,21.Will Lovell,18 Ben Evans,16.Matt Gee)
Goals:- Sammut 10/11
Dewsury Rams :- 01.Josh Guzdek,02.Robert Worrincey,03.James Glover,31.Cameron Scott,05.Dale Morton,30.Daniel Ansell,33.Lewis Heckford,08.Jode Sheriffe,20.Jordan Crowther,10.Jack Teanby,28.Kyle Trout,15.Lucas Walshaw,13.Aaron Brown (Interchange All Used :- 19.Samuel Day,22.Martyn Reilly,17.Toby Everett,18.Gareth Potts)
Tries :- Ansell (67)
Goals :- 1/1