Last weekend saw Wales take on France in an intriguing battle that saw three Broncos players take the field, Elliot Kear and Rhys Williams starred for Wales whilst William Barthau took to the field in his first appearance for France since injuring his knee ligaments last year, an injury that delayed his London Broncos debut until July.
Speaking exclusively to www.londonbroncosrl.com, both Elliot Kear and William Barthau talked to us about their respective international sides and getting back into pre-season with the Broncos.
Despite losing, William Barthau was pleased to get back on the field for his international side “I felt good before the game, very confident because we wanted to show another side to us after the defeat to England. But we produced a really bad game against Wales, we didn’t respect the ball, we made too many errors and Wales punished us.”
Even though Barthau tasted defeat in Cardiff last weekend, France still remain in contention of winning the European Championship if they beat Scotland where he will face team-mates Ben Hellewell and Alex Walker. The French will be hoping that Ireland defeat Wales. Barthau is keen to end the series with a win “We will stay positive and take the positives from the Wales game. We were in the same position last year and we were very close to winning the Championship last year, I think that will help us going in to the game. We will try our best to get the win and hopefully Ireland can help us with beating Wales.”
Next season see’s the Broncos move to Trailfinders, Barthau is looking forward to the move “I think it is really good for the club, we’re going to play on a 4G pitch which is also good for us. The whole club being together in one place will be great for the whole club and I think it will be a good atmosphere there.”
“I’m looking forward to getting back to pre-season and I can’t wait to get back in with the team. We have a good, young team and we need to improve on last season. It was really tough with what happened at the beginning of the season but I think the boys were really conscious about that, this season we need to build on the good things we did last year and I can’t wait.”
A win for Elliot Kear’s Wales put the Dragons in touching distance of earning their first European Championship. Kear was delighted with the win and is keen to finish the job this weekend “We’re really pleased with the win over France, we knew it was going to be a tough game for us. Both of our wingers were great for us, Dalton Grant scored a great solo try and Rhys Williams showed what he’s been doing for the Broncos all year with setting up the field position for our second try. Rhys has played so well in both of our games so far, he’s a great player and if he carries on playing like he is, he won’t be short of offers from Super League teams I think.”
“I love playing for Wales at the end of the year, even though it’s a long season, it’s almost like it’s a fresh start, I wasn’t here last year so it’s good to be involved again, and if we can win next week then that will be awesome for us.”
As Wales take on Ireland this weekend, Kear will be up against a familiar face in Joe Keyes “It will be nice to see Keyesey but we’re going to Dublin to play as well. It will be a good weekend, and hopefully we can end it with a good win.”
Friday’s game at Cardiff Arm Park was played on a similar surface to that at Trailfinders, something that Kear is keen to play on next year “It’s a fast pitch which suits us little lads down to the ground, when you play fast, you can eat up the metres and that’s what we can do next year with the Broncos. It will be a huge advantage for us next year, in the Championship there are a lot of teams that want to play slow and physical so if we can speed the game up at home on our field then we should be looking to beat most teams on that pitch and I’m excited to play on that pitch at Trailfinders.”
Kear is looking forward to next year but only after having had a rest after playing for the past eighteen months almost consecutively “I’m really looking forward to next year although I’m looking forward to having a break, it’s been a long season with me coming in after a union season. We have a lot to be positive about at the Broncos and that will give us all a lift heading into the new season.”