14 Aug 16
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Capital punishment for Batley Bulldogs, downed 76-16

Wingers Iliess Macani and Rhys Williams both scored hat-tricks for the London Broncos as they kicked off their Super 8s home games with a comprehensive 76-16 win over the Batley Bulldogs.

New recruit Jamie Soward was first to pounce for the Broncos as he made his second debut for the club in magnificent style.

The Australian jinked his way through the Batley line, inside the opening five minutes and would go on to slot ten goals for the boys from the capital.

Soward was part of an all antipodean affair in the first ten with Daniel Harrison scoring and Api Pewhairangi setting up London lad Iliess Macani.

The Bulldogs managed to keep the Broncos away for a short spell, as the visitors found their rhythm.

Despite some smart play, the visitors were unable to break London’s resolve and were made to pay shortly after as Andy Ackers and Iliess Macani dotted down just before the half hour mark.

The Broncos were in cruise control and were able to give talented prop 18-year-old Lewis Bienek a first team debut.

The London Academy product carried hard and strong and was key in the Broncos goal-line defence to keep the Bulldogs scoreless heading into the break.

With the dazzling west London sun in their favour in the second half, the Broncos used it to their advantage.

A swirling bomb from Jamie Soward blinded Dave Scott, with Alex Foster batting the ball back to Matt Garside who took the opportunity to touch down under the sticks.

Macani touched down shortly after, before James Brown and Alex Rowe busted over the line from close-range for the visitors.

Polynesian powerhouse and man of the match – Mark Ioane – made a handy bust for the Broncos with Williams in support to go over for London’s premier rugby league club.

Welsh international Williams who has averaged over a try a game in Broncos colours this season added his second for the team after Tom Lillycrop had been sin-binned for fighting for the Bulldogs.

Jamie Thackray showed a clean pair of heels, as he rolled back the years to charge 50 metres to set Jack Bussey up for a score.

Tries followed for James Cunningham, Ioane and Williams’ third, with Batley only offering a response through Chris Ulugia.

It sets the Broncos up nicely ahead of next week’s epic Super 8s tie with the Leeds Rhinos, which coach Andrew Henderson is relishing.

Henderson told londonbroncosrl.com: “I’m buzzing ahead of next week Leeds always bring a good crowd and they’re the reigning Super League champions.

“It’ll be a great occasion for our fans, and it’s a fantastic honour to be able to bring Super League rugby back to the capital.

“We were very disappointed after the Leigh game, although we showed character in that game and just fell short against a really strong side.

“We used that as a focus point in training this week, and we played some fantastic rugby league and we were dominant and scored some great tries.”

Henderson was particularly pleased his side’s performance on the day.

“Brilliant team performance from 1-17. We challenged the players to be better than they were last week, and today they certainly were.

“I thought it was an incredible all round performance today, considering we faced some adversity. Our bench was down to 1 player with 20 minutes to go. A number of players had to play out of position, which can be disruptive, but we saw no signs of that today as the players adapted extremely well.

“With the ball, we were disciplined, ran hard, executed well, and were clinical in our finishing. We scored some scintillating tries, and the fans would have enjoyed some fantastic rugby league football today.

“Defensively we fronted up well for large parts of the game, but our attacking prowess was spectacular today.

“It’s hard to single people out in such a strong team performance, but I thought Mark Ioane really lead from the front in our middle. Jamie Soward’s game management was excellent, and James Cunningham, who played four different positions on the day, was very good.

“Lewis Bienek deserves a special mention on his first team debut, he did a solid job, and didn’t look out of place against a formidable Batley pack.”

London Broncos: Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell, Alex Foster, Iliess Macani, Api Pewhairangi, Jamie Soward, Nick Slyney, James Cunnigham, Mark Ioane, Daniel Harrison, Matt Garside, Jack Bussey.
Interchange: Andy Ackers, Lewis Bienek, Jamie Thackray, Eddie Battye

Tries: Soward (4), Harrison (8), Macani (9, 25, 44), Ackers (22), Cunningham (32, 68), Garside (42), Williams (54, 59, 70), Bussey (61), Ioane (72)
Goals: Soward (10/14)

Batley Bulldogs: Dave Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeayon, Chris Ulugia, Alex Brown, Cain Southernwood, Dom Brambani, Keegan Hirst, Alistair Leak, Alex Rowe, Brad Day, Alex Bretherton, Adam Gledhill.
Interchange: James Davey, Joe Chandler, Tom Lillycrop, James Brown

Tries: Brown (46), Rowe (49), Ulugia (65)
Goals: Brambani 2/3