An outstanding first-half performance, including four tries for Jordan Abdull, gave London the foundations for a huge 42-34 win over Wakefield Trinity.
The Broncos started especially well in their search for their first win in nine, and were regularly keeping the visitors penned into their own half, as Trinity struggled in the opening stages. Within the home side’s first sets both Alex Walker and Rhys Williams were stopped just short, but it wouldn’t be long before the pressure turned into points.
First, Abdull opened his account as he found open space in the Trinity line, before Williams managed to cross for his 100th try, proving difficult to stop once he hit his stride on the wing.
After those quick tries, there was a period where the game caught its breath but the Broncos were rarely put under serious pressure as they were able to control the first half. Then the Broncos’ attack sprung back into life for the final 15 minutes. Abdull went over three times unanswered, the third a great passing move, the second connecting with a smart grubber from Morgan Smith, and the third a result of a troubling kick leaving the last man flat-footed.
Wakefield hit back just before the break, with Kyle Wood touching down from his own kick and Hampshire’s conversion gave them a bit of hope at 26-6, but they weren’t able to cross again before the hooter sounded.
In the second half, the Broncos managed to continue building upon their lead. Despite a promising attack for Wakefield, Walker set up Kieran Dixon to break 60m downfield and earn a penalty. From there, Dixon finished what he’d started and touched down in the corner.
In a clinical performance in attack, the Broncos continued to manage the game well, earning regular repeat sets and never looking in too much danger. Dixon soon crossed for his second when he plucked a ball out of the air on Wakefield’s last and ran the length of the field to put the game beyond doubt.
A further try followed when Abdull’s kick was batted back by Jay Pitts to Williams who went in for his second and what would be London’s final try.
The game wasn’t quite over though, with 15 minutes remaining and the Broncos tiring, Wakefield began to edge their way into the game. Fifita grabbed two, proving a handful from close range, while ex-Bronco Caton-Brown also grabbed a brace finishing off a couple of breaks through the London defence. Ryan Hampshire also got over for the game’s final try, rounding off a chaotic five minutes that included four Wakefield tries.
It was too little for Trinity though, who couldn’t overcome the deficit as the Broncos earned their fourth win of the season, which keeps the side within touching distance of their rivals.
After the game Head Coach, Danny Ward said; “It was as good as we’ve been all year, and I’m still angry about that last ten. It put ourselves under the pump, but overall I’ve got to be pleased and I’d have taken that at the start of the day.
There’s a lot of good stuff and we’ve worked hard in the past two weeks without a game and we saw the results of that today.
When you’re winning that comfortably with ten minutes to go, it’s human nature that you might take your foot off the gas a little bit. It only takes one little blip and they concede, then another one and all of a sudden people are doing things they don’t normally do and having a little panic.
They were a little rattled, but just go do your job, stay in your systems, defend a set and get the ball back, and if you do what you did for 70 minutes well, we’d be all right – there was a bit of madness. If Hampshire ran down that left side one more time, I’d have jumped out the dugout and chopped his legs down myself.
But we’d done enough and it was probably our best performance of the season for 70 minutes, and we attacked very well and the platform was set by the forwards in the middle who had done a fantastic job in defence and really worked hard, and they were a threat for the majority of the game. They also carried the ball well, making good meters and that puts us on the front foot for the backs to steam in and take all the glory.”
London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Lovell, Yates, Subs: Pelissier, Richards, Gee, Adebiyi
Tries: Abdull (4), Williams (2), Dixon (2)
Conversions: Dixon 5/8
Wakefield Trinity: Hampshire, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Sa’u, Caton-Brown, Reynolds, Miller, Fifita, Randall, Hirst, Batchelor, Horro, Crowther Subs: King, Kirmond, Kopczak, Wood
Tries: Wood, Hampshire, Caton-Brown (2), Fifita (2)
Conversions: Hampshire 5/6