The Broncos made it eight wins on the spin this afternoon, battering Dewsbury 52-8 at Trailfinders Sports Club, to take home the John Sullivan Trophy for the first time ever.
After tries from Barthau, Walker (2), Ackers, Hellewell, Channing, and Pewhairangi (3), 7 conversions from Dixon (and one from Channing!) the Broncos sit third in the league only on points difference – a mere five points behind top two rivals, Toulouse Olympique.
With the return of London legend, Paul Sykes, and Dewsbury on their first winning streak of the season, the game had the makings of a hotly contested 80 minutes, but the Broncos controlled the game from the get go.
Stand in skipper, William Barthau, was first to cross on six minutes, making a brilliant line break on London’s 20m line, skipping around the Rams’ defence, and sprinting 80 metres to dot down under the uprights. Dixon nailed the first of the afternoon’s conversions.
Ten minutes later, a brilliant line break from Kieran Dixon gained great territory, before Alex Walker bagged a four pointer from close range. Dixon improved the score.
The visitors thought they’d recorded their first of the afternoon when Speakman went over on 29 minutes, but ref, Callum Straw, pulled the play back for a prior forward pass, before compounding it with a penalty for dissent.
A try a piece followed for Ackers, Hellewell and Channing in the following thirteen minutes, and the home side went into the break with a 30 point advantage, having kept the Rams to nil.
On the resumption, the Broncos appeared to lose the momentum so brilliantly displayed in the first half, but Pewhairangi still crossed for his first of the day after a mere three minutes.
With just over twenty minutes of play remaining, the Rams got themselves on the scoreboard, when Potts took advantage of a gap on the right wing. Sykes was unable to convert. Four minutes later, Glover added another four.
The remaining 20 minutes saw Walker cross for his brace, and a further two tries from Pewhairangi, sending him home a hat trick hero. Michael Channing opted to kick the final conversion of the day, and it sailed rather miraculously straight through the uprights.
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, was pleased that through the State of Mind round, and in conjunction with the LBSA, the club were able to honour the memory of John Sullivan.
“John Sullivan was a Londoner who came through our academy system, and I think it’s fantastic we were able to honour his memory today.
“I’m pleased with where the team are at the moment, but I’m thrilled with where we are as a club. We’re doing a lot of good things.
“On the football field, the players are showing what I always knew they were capable of doing. They trust and believe in each other.
“There’s a great chemistry, and a great telepathy. I’m very pleased where we are as a team at the moment. You’re never going to be perfect every week; we are being hard taskmasters, but we challenge the players.”
24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 1. Elliot Kear, 20. Michael Channing, 5. Kieran Dixon, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 7. William Barthau, 8. Tom Spencer, 14. Andy Ackers, 18. Ben Evans, 13. Jay Pitts, 3. Ben Hellewell, 17. Mark Offerdahl
Subs: 19. Api Pewhairangi, 23. Matt Gee, 16. Junior Roqica, 15. Eddie Battye
Tries: Barthau (6), Walker (16, 67), Ackers (21), Hellewell (26), Channing (34), Pewhairangi (53, 74, 79)
Goals: Dixon 7/8, Channing 1/1
26. Luke Hooley, 2. Dale Morton, 29. Macauley Hallett, 23. James Glover, 5. Gareth Potts, 17. Dominic Speakman, 31. Gareth Moore, 24. Jode Sheriffe, 15. Robbie Ward, 18. Jack Teanby, 30. Daniel Igbinedion, 4. Lucas Walshaw, 13. Aaron Brown
Subs: 6. Paul Sykes, 27. Samuel Day, 16. Tobias Adamson, 20. Aaron Ollett
Tries: Potts (58), Glover (62)
Goals: Sykes 0/2