Halifax pulled off a well deserved upset to record a 19-6 win over the side from the capital on Sunday afternoon, in an error riddled game of rugby league.
Fax were first to notch points on the scoreboard after only five minutes, when Gareth Moore’s grubber kick bounced twice, before quick hands from Steve Tyrer scooped the ball up, and he darted across in the corner. Tyrer’s resulting kick was too wide.
London’s response came 15 minutes later – the visitors’ first and last score of the afternoon. A superb pass from Jarrod Sammut to Ben Hellewell enabled Hellewell to break away, evading his opposite number, to dot down beside the sticks. Sammut dutifully added the two.
The remainder of the first half ticked by – a tense 20 minutes, filled with errors from both sides. With three minutes remaining until the break, Simon Grix saw his chance to take the lead for his side, and took it, crossing in the corner in a very similar fashion to Tyrer’s first four pointer. This time, Tyrer’s kick was good.
After the resumption, Fax’s foot found the gas, and never let up. London failed to put their opponents under much pressure, and missed countless opportunities to score due to human error.
The Broncos continued to give away penalties, and on 57 minutes Fax opted to kick for the two, taking a four point lead.
Only two minutes later, Moore did well to intercept a London pass, and raced half the field unopposed to score under the sticks. Tyrer’s first successful conversion extended the lead to 16-6.
Deja vu a short while later, and Tyrer added another penalty kick from right in front. Adding insult to injury, Moore successfully nailed a drop goal on the 70 minute mark, so that the home side ran out 19-6 victors.
Speaking after a scoreless second half, head coach, Andrew Henderson, said the home side had deserved the afternoon’s spoils.
“Ultimately, we didn’t deserve to win the game today.
“There was a lot of good defensive effort from us. Halifax struggled to break us down – you saw that with some of the tries we scored – an interception, and one off a ball that was allowed to bounce.
“The difference was their kicking game was better than ours. Moore and Murrell kicked us to death.”
2 Will Sharp, 5 James Saltonstall, 3 Steve Tyrer, 21 James Woodburn-Hall, 30 Jake Bibby, 6 Scott Murrell, 7 Gareth Moore, 14 Ryan Boyle, 9 Ben Kaye, 8 Mitch Cahalane, 11 Shane Grady, 12 Simon Grix, 13 Jacob Fairbank
Interchange: 20 Elliot Morris, 10 Adam Tangata, 29 Ryan Lannon, 31 Josh Wood
Tries: Tyrer (4), Grix (37), Moore (59)
Goals: Tyrer 3/5
Drop Goals: Moore 1/1
24 Alex Walker, 2 Rhys Williams, 3 Ben Hellewell, 4 Adrian Purtell, 1 Elliot Kear, 6 Jarrod Sammut, 7 William Barthau, 16 Vitale Roqica, 27 Ben Pointer, 10 Mark Ioane, 11 Daniel Harrison, 12 Matt Garside, 13 Jay Pitts
Interchange: 5 Keiran Dixon, 28 Sadiq Adebiyi, 18 Ben Evans, 17 Mark Offerdahl
Tries: Hellewell (19)
Goals: Sammut 1/1