London Broncos slipped to a fifth defeat in a row on Thursday evening against a strong Catalans Dragons side.
It took the French six minutes to open the scoring as Matt Whitley dived over with Tomkins converting for the early lead.
Lewis Tierney looked certain to score only minutes later but a great effort from Jacob Ogden pushed the winger into touch. Back to back penalties followed for London and both Williams, in the corner and Gee thought they had scored only for both efforts to be scrubbed off by the referee Tom Grant.
More penalties to London ensued but with no end product and as Catalans were handed one they took the two points in front to lead eight nil.
A long break in play then took over as Jordan Abdull was hit off the ball and Pelissier went in to remove Sam Moa on top of the stricken half back both receiving a yellow card following the melee in the London half.
Abdull was tended to for several minutes before leaving the field in a neck brace.
The game finally got bac underway and again back to back penalties for London saw the home side camped on the Catalans line. They were stopped just short and on the next set the visitors kicked a high ball on the last, with the Broncos defence letting the ball bounce, the advancing Catalans attackers worked it to Tierney who was over for the Try. Tomkins again converted and at the hooter the home side trailed by 14 – 0.
The second half started as the first had finished with the visitors on top and within two minutes they had passed the ball through hands and Greg Bird was over to extend the lead. The reliable Tomkins again converted and the gap was up to 20.
On 50 minutes the Broncos knocked on on halfway and four plays later Romano was over in the corner to further the gap between the sides.
Five minutes later and the move of the match saw the Dragons go the length of the pitch ending with Sam Tomkins dodging the tackles and behind the posts to touch down. The kick was good and what had been an uphill task now seemed to be an Everest climb.
The Dragons kept on going and after 59 minutes Whitley scored again in the corner and the whitewash seemed well and truly on.
Finally, after 64 minutes the Broncos got on the scoresheet as Mark Ioane broke the line and sprinted for the line touching down to avoid the zero. Morgan Smith converted and the gap was dented.
A penalty to Catalans on 67 minutes for a late hit was duly kicked by Tomkins and at 38 – 6 the game was all but over.
The game got scrappy for the final four or five minutes with London still trying and the Dragons repelling each of their advances. Tomkins dropped a goal just before the end and as the hooter went the Dragons left these shores with the two points and left the Broncos still looking for that elusive fourth win of the season.
London Head Coach Danny Ward said, “I thought there was a lot of good stuff going on out there. It’s a tough one to take as there were a lot of errors happening. A lot of what was going on is fixable but I think our heads dropped a bit tonight. We had a great start and I was confident that the boys could get the job done but a couple of errors and their heads definitely went down. I think Thursday had a positive impact to be fair as we saw a lot of improvements tonight. “
The Broncos now travel to face Huddersfield Giants on Easter Monday and any updates on the condition of Jordan Abdull will be posted on the Broncos Social Media Channels.
LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Ogden, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Pelissier, Butler, Pitts, Gee, Yates
INTERCHANGES:- Ioane, Cunningham, Richards, Adebiyi
Goals:- Smith 1/1
CATALANS DRAGONS:- Gigot, Romano, Langi, Whitley, Tierney, Bird, Tomkins, Busquet, Da Costa, Moa, Goudemand, Julien, Casty
INTERCHANGES:- Edwards, Simon, Kasiano, Baitieri
Tries:- Whitley 2, Bird, Tierney, Romano, Tomkins
Goals:- Tomkins 7/8