London Broncos winning run came to an abrupt end on Sunday as they fell short against a strong Castleford Tigers side ending on the wrong side of a 42 – 8 scoreline.
The early exchanges were very even with both sides completing their sets and pushing each other hard.
The deadlock was finally broken on 13 minutes when the Tigers moved the ball along the line and out wide to former Broncos Academy player Tuoyo Egodo who was over in the corner. Man of the Match Jordan Rankin missed the conversion and the Tigers had the advantage.
Broncos more than held their own forcing some good defence from the hosts but it was the Tigers who struck again on 28 minutes when another former Broncos player in Mike McMeeken went over from a ball from McShane. Rankin added the two and the Broncos were becoming further adrift.
On 37 minutes the Tigers were attacking down our right again when a pass out wide was intercepted by Kieran Dixon and the winger was off and away, sprinting the length of the pitch to score. He missed the conversion and the Broncos were on the scoreboard.
The hooter went for halftime but the Tigers were not done and when a ball was kicked into the middle Abdull waited for the bounce and was beaten to the ball by McMeeken who was over for his second. Rankin again converted and the halftime score read 16 – 4 to the hosts.
The second half did not start as the Broncos would have wanted as within six minutes the Tigers had scored twice through Rankin and Egodo with the former converting one of the tries and the gap had widened further.
Another three minutes went by and Trueman threw a dummy and went through the line and over for another try. Rankin again converted and at 32 – 4 the game was almost over for the capital side.
The scoreboard ticked over yet again on 54 minutes when Williams was fended off in the corner and James Clare touched down Rankin missed wide and the score was now 36 – 4 with still more than 20 minutes to play.
It didn’t take the home side long as a huge gap opened up and Clarkson went over for another Try and when Rankin again converted the score was 42 – 4.
The Broncos did score a consolation try through Rhys Williams as he danced inside and over but the damage had been done despite Dixon converting.
The Londoners will need to pick themselves up after this defeat with 2nd place Warrington in town on Saturday July 6th.
LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Krasniqi, Pitts, Gee, Yates
INTERCHANGES:- Butler, Richards, Lovell, Fozard
TRIES :- Dixon, Williams
GOALS :- Dixon 1/2
CASTLEFORD TIGERS :- Rankin, Clare, Minikin, Blair, Egodo, Trueman, Aston, Watts, Milner, Smith, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Massey
INTERCHANGES :- McShane, Millington, Cook, Clarkson
TRIES :- Egodo x2, McMeeken x2, Rankin, Clare, Trueman, Clarkson
GOALS :- Rankin 5/8