London Broncos head coach Joey Grima says the players understand where they went wrong after he saw his side almost throw away a 26-0 lead by conceding four consecutive tries to finish with a narrow four point win.
Broncos opened up a 20-0 half time lead and scored first in the second half but Doncaster scored three tries in an eleven minute spell to worry the home side, and a forth try with five minutes remaining set up a nail biting finish.
“They understand where they went wrong individually and collectively,” Grima told press after the match. “For 34 and a half minutes we had to weather a storm, that was a perfect storm too, to be quite honest and to be fair to Paul Cooke and the Doncaster side they were absolutely sensational in that second half, but on the other side defensively they had enough ball to win two games of football.”
“Fair credit goes to our players and some of the tries they scored were off bounces and knock backs and balls going the opposite way to our players so whilst they had a bit of luck with their tries I’m very proud of the defensive effort given they scored 22 points in the second half if could have been much uglier.”
Grima says his players didn’t ease off during the game and it was more a case of trying to close the game out too soon.
“I think what happened is that rather than trying to win the game we tried to close the game, and it was too far to close the game, we didn’t need to close the game. We needed to continue to play the style of play we played in the first 25-30 minutes of the first half and we went away from that structurally and until we learn to stick to those patterns and we allow teams to regain a little bit of momentum we’re going to make it difficult for us.”
The Broncos now face the first of two consecutive away trips, to Sheffield (Sunday 22nd February, kick-off 4:15pm) and Leigh (Sunday 1st March, kick-off 3pm) before returning to The Hive for round 4 of the Kingstone Press Championship for the visit of Workington on Sunday 8th March, kick-off 3pm.