A clinical and professional London Broncos made it back-to-back wins in tough conditions on Sunday, downing a dispirited Dewsbury Rams 20-6 at Tetley’s Stadium.
The Rams got off to a strong start with early position, but couldn’t capitalise where it counted. A knock on just before six minutes resulted in a scrum for the Broncos, and they certainly didn’t let opportunity go knocking – Ben Evans made good territory in his first start for London, before offloading to Junior Roqica.
As a result, the visitors got off the mark quickly – Roqica took on three defenders and won, barging over the line for his first ever in London colours on seven minutes. Sammut added the goal.
The Rams’ first and only response came in the form of Hamish Barnes. Chris Annakin drove the ball to Andy Kain, who managed a looping pass to Barnes, and he went over in corner. Sykes’ conversion went in from the touchline – the last of the home side’s points for the afternoon.
The following 20 minutes was particularly scrum-heavy – good pressure from both sides forced errors, resulting in multiple knock ons. Andy Ackers went down on half an hour with an ankle injury, and wouldn’t return for the remainder of the game, meaning Will Barthau was shuffled to hooker, and London had only three players on the bench.
It didn’t seem to hamper the Broncos’ game plan too much – Sammut chipped, chased, gathered and stepped around the Rams’ would be defender with only four minutes before half time, before converting his own try, to give the visitors the first lead in the game.
On the resumption, the game was hampered by strong winds – presumably an offset of Storm Doris – making it difficult for both sides.
Another penalty went London’s way on 52 minutes after a shoulder charge from one of the Rams, and Sammut opted to kick to for the two, which he dutifully nailed.
The final points of the day were scored only three minutes later, again, with the help of Sammut. The Australian stand off dummied over half way, and managed a smooth offload to Alex Walker, who raced away to score right under the sticks.
Sammut’s kick was good, securing a third away win for the Broncos in 2017, as as well a position in the top four of the Kingstone Press Championship.
Speaking after the game, Andrew Henderson said his side thoroughly deserved their victory, and had responded beautifully after his challenge following a get out of jail card at Oldham.
“That’s the best we’ve played away from home all year. Don’t get me wrong, there were still some areas we need to improve, but those conditions were unbelievable.
“Last week we were feeling like we were lucky to get that win, and this week we’re feeling like we’ve earned those two points. That puts us now into the top four, and hopefully we can stay there.”
6 Paul Skyes, 5 Gareth Potts, 21 Hamish Barnes, 3 Jason Crookes, 2 Dale Morton, NN Liam Coe, 7 Andrew Kain, 16 Tobias Adamson, 15 Robbie Ward, 24 Jode Sheriffe, 4 Lucas Walshaw, 12 Scott Hale, 28 Chris Annakin
Interchange: 23 James Glover, 11 Robert Spicer, 10 Mitchell Stringer, 29 Daniel Igbinedon
Tries: Barnes (13)
Goals: Sykes 1/1
24 Alex Walker, 2 Rhys Williams, 3 Ben Hellewell, 4 Adrian Purtell, 1 Elliot Kear, 6 Jarrod Sammut, 7 William Barthau, 16 Junior Roqica, 14 Andy Ackers, 10 Mark Ioane, 11 Daniel Harrison, 12 Matt Garside, 18 Ben Evans
Interchange: 13 Jay Pitts, 23 Matt Gee, 17 Mark Offerdahl, 30 Callum Bustin
Tries: Roqica (7), Sammut (36), Walker (55)
Goals: Sammut 4/4