London Broncos Under 18’s made the trip to Hull KR on Sunday 15th March as Rugby League continued while other sports fell foul of the current situation throughout the UK.
Colin Baker and his squad were looking to get back to winning ways following their first round victory over St Helens and the second round defeat to Castleford Tigers.
It was the Broncos who got out of the blocks the better as after just two minutes, following a Hull KR knock on, Elliot Hutchings darted out of dummy half and over the line to score. Sean Baker stepped up and put the conversion between the posts and the visitors had a six nil lead.
The Broncos continued to put pressure on the Hull KR line but to no avail as the home side defended their line well and after 20 minutes the hosts manged their first try of the day as Kirbright went over. Cutsforth missed the kick and the Broncos still led but now by only two points.
It was to be the home side that struck again next and on 25 minutes they took the lead as Moore charged over the line and Cavanaugh converted to make the score 10 – 6 to Hull KR.
Within four minutes the home side had extended their lead as the ball went through hands and out wide to Whur who got the ball down in the corner. Cavanaugh again converted this time from wide out and the lead was now out to 10 points at 16 – 6.
Sets were traded back and forth as the Broncos tried to get a foothold back in the game and when 38 minutes came around they did as Luke Callan powered over the top of the Hull KR defence to touch the ball down. Sean Baker again converted and as the halftime whistle sounded it was the home side that led 16 – 12 despite the late pressure from the Broncos.
The Broncos came out to start the second half knowing that they needed to start where they left off but it was the home side who clicked into gear scoring back to back tries in the space of the opening four minutes of the half as Cutsforth and Tate both touched down. Cavanaugh converted both tries successfully and the home side had moved into a 28 – 12 lead.
The young Broncos did not give up despite the scoreline and scored back to back tries of their own to get them back into the contest. Luke Callan grabbed his second of the game going over under the posts and on 68 minutes Man of the Match from the game against Castleford, Alex Deery, touched down. Baker converted one of the two and with 12 minutes to play the gap was now down to just six points.
The Broncos kept going but four minutes later the Hull KR boys put together a flowing move which saw Carr finish off the move with a try. Cavanaugh again converted and the score was now 34 -22.
The Broncos kept pushing hard but the final whistle went and the home side had won by 34 points to 22.
They will take a lot of positives from this game and now look forward to hopefully making the trip back to Hull next weekend to face Hull FC Academy on 21st March at 12pm.