London Broncos are taking the fight to stay in Super League to the last game of the season after a tense win over Hull KR on Friday night.
The Capital side travelled to Hull Kingston Rovers knowing that only a win would do in their continued fight for Super League survival.
The Broncos looked fired up from the first whistle and the hits were heavy from the start.
The Broncos were to strike first as the ball went across the field and when Brock Lamb somehow managed to flick the ball up there was Matty Gee to collect and break the line to go over. Kieran Dixon converted and the Broncos led six nil.
The visitors continued to hit the Rovers line hard and on six minutes Dean Hadley had to leave the field, not to return, due to injury.
With ten minutes on the clock Abdull got the ball to Lamb who after a slight dummy broke away and when his second dummy left fullback Craig Hall behind he dived over to score. Dixon again converted and the Broncos had opened up a 12 point lead.
on 21 minutes the hosts hit back when a move ended up with the ball out wide and Dagger beat Williams to score in the corner. Shaw converted from out wide and Hull KR were firmly back in the game.
On 28 minutes the hosts looked to have scored again through Shaw out wide but when referee sent it upstairs Video referee, Ben Thaler,m ruled it out for offside and Broncos fans breathed a sigh of relief.
A nasty collision on 30 minutes between two Rovers players saw Jimmy Keinhorst stretchered from the field after a long break in play and we hope he is ok.
The play continued and after 38 minutes Jay Pitts was held in the ruck and the Broncos decided to take the two and Dixon duly obliged to see the visitors lead 6 – 14 at the halftime hooter.
Hull KR were always going to come out hard at the start of the second half and a penalty against London led to Atkin spinning in the corner to touch down over Williams. Shaw again converted and it was now a two point game.
Only Six minutes later the hosts had scored again after they had thrown the ball about and a great pass from Dagger saw Danny McGuire score unchallenged on his final appearance at KCom Craven Park. Shaw missed the kick but Hull KR led for the first time in the game.
The game went on at an electric pace and sets were exchanged and tempers flared as the clock got ever closer to the 80 minute mark.
With time running out Ryan Morgan broke through and was away down the wing with Dixon at his shoulder. The centre went inside and the chance was gone or so we all thought.
Lamb kept the ball alive and when Dixon carried it was stopped short. The ball went to Abdull who tried to break the line but to no avail.
The clock hit 78 minutes and suddenly the Broncos had a three on one out wide on the last tackle. captain Jay Pitts collected the ball and was over for the TRY.
James Child sent it upstairs and after what felt like an eternity the try was given. Dixon converted and the Broncos led 20 – 16.
The hosts kicked off short and after a knock on were given a scrum with just 14 seconds on the clock. McGuire hoisted the kick high in the air Walker knocked on but the Hooter had gone and the Broncos had won their 10th game of the season.
It now all comes down to Friday 13th September at 7.45pm as we travel to Wakefield Trinity as Four teams on 20 points all have the chance to stay in Super League for the 2020 season.
LONDON BRONCOS :- Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Lamb, Battye, Cunningham, Butler, Pitts, Gee, Yates
INTERCHANGES :- Fozard, Hindmarsh, Armitage, Mason
TRIES:- Gee, Lamb, Pitts
GOALS:- Dixon 3/4
HULL KINGSTON ROVERS:- Hall, Shaw, Keinhorst, Crooks, Dagger, McGuire, Drinkwater, Mulhern, Parcell, Murray, Tomkins, Huaraki, Hadley
INTERCHANGES:- Masoe, Garbutt, Atkins, Trout
TRIES:- Dagger, Atkin, McGuire
GOALS:- Shaw 2/3