11 Jul 17
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

Leeds leave London with a loss

Jamie Langley’s London Broncos academy side picked up another valuable home win on Sunday, taking the scalp of Leeds Rhinos at Trailfinders Sports Club.

Though injuries were plaguing the London side, they were on top from the start, and never really looked back.

London were eighteen points to nil up with only ten minutes gone on the clock, after tries from Matt Davies (1 min), Caley Grey (7 Mins) and Max Savage(10 mins). Rhys Joel nailed the first, before the leaving the field for a concussion check, and Ryan Couch took over the kicking duties, converting five kicks out of five in the game.

The visitors rallied towards the end of the first half and responded with tries from Harry Newman (29 mins) and Alex Sutcliffe (31 mins). Both tries were successfully converted by scrumhalf, Thomas Schofield, and the teams left the field at halftime with London eighteen points to twelve up. The only blot on the landscape for London was the yellow card shown to Rob Butler on twenty two minutes.

The second half went back and forth until in the fifty third minute Rob Butler, now back on the field, stormed over to extend the London lead. Further tries from James Meadows (56 mins) and John Sipawa (63 min) saw London almost out of reach of the tiring Leeds side. The visitors did manage a seventy third minute consolation try with Schofield again converting, but at the final hooter a jubilant Broncos side pulled off a magnificent 36 – 18 victory.

Head coach, Jamie Langley,  was thrilled with his side’s progression:”It was pleasing. It’s always pleasing when you get a win, but that wasn’t our sole focus going into the game.

“The focus is always; can we improve on the previous outing? Can we deliver in a way better than before? Can we learn from the mistakes in the previous game?

“The answer this week was a definite yes, as we improved from the Hull game and the Wigan victory before that. The lads are improving which is hugely pleasing, and to get the two points off of the back a performance like that – well it’s a lift for the whole club.”

The Broncos academy now sits tenth in the academy league – one point behind Huddersfield Giants, with a game in hand on their Super League rivals, and four games left to play in the season.

The academy’s next home game is on Sunday 23 July against Newcastle Thunder, curtain raiser to the first team’s last regular season game against Batley Bulldogs. Tickets can be purchased online here.