The Broncos produced a magnificent performance to beat Featherstone Rovers 42-16 at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.
It’s now six wins on the spin for Andrew Henderson’s men thanks to tries from Jarrod Sammut, Alex Walker (2), Andy Ackers, Michael Channing, William Barthau and Kieran Dixon.
Dixon also kicked seven goals in the important victory that sees the Broncos leapfrog Featherstone into second place in the Kingstone Press Championship.
The Broncos opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Sammut who collected Barthau’s neat grubber kick. Dixon converted to make it 6-0.
Walker added to the lead just five minutes later, once again collecting a clever kick from Barthau. Dixon was on target with the kick and converted a penalty in the 27th minute to give the Broncos a 14-0 going into half-time.
Featherstone hit back after half-time, with John Davies crashing over and Cory Aston converting to bring it back to 14-6.
However, the Broncos responded immediately with Ackers wriggling his way over and grounding the ball despite the attention of three Rovers defenders. Dixon’s kick was wide.
Just two minutes later, in the 52nd minute, Walker scored his second of the game with an outstanding take from Barthau’s high kick. Dixon missed the conversion to leave the score at 22-6.
Dixon added a penalty on the hour mark after both teams were reduced to 12 men for 10 minutes, with Elliot Kear and Ian Hardman shown yellow cards for their part in an off-the-ball fracas.
Channing then scored his first try for the Broncos since re-signing, finishing off a flowing move down the right. Dixon converted to give the Broncos a commanding 30-6 lead going into the final quarter.
Featherstone responded with back-to-back tries from Scott Turner and Davies but Barthau finished the game off with a length of the field try in the 72nd minute. Dixon converted for a 36-16 score line.
Dixon capped off another strong individual display with a try of his own in the 76th minute, collecting Barthau’s kick before exchanging passes with Channing to go over in the corner. The Londoner converted his own try to make the final score line: Broncos 42-16 Featherstone.
The Broncos will be looking to make it seven wins on the bounce next Sunday as we entertain Halifax at Trailfinders (3pm kick-off).
Head coach, Andrew Henderson was thrilled with his team’s display. “Today’s performance was excellent. Defensively, we were very good for large periods of that game. We asked big questions of that Featherstone defence.
“Everybody is doing their role really well – the middle are laying a great platform, our backs are having really positive involvement, and our halves are doing a great job in controlling the game.
“We’re in a good place at the moment. We’ve got the drive and the determination to achieve what we set out to achieve.
“I think it’s clear to see that the London Broncos are back where they need to be.”
24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 1. Elliot Kear, 20. Michael Channing, 5. Kieran Dixon, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 7. Will Barthau, 18. Ben Evans, 9. James Cunningham, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 17. Mark Offerdahl
Interchange: 14. Andy Ackers, 12. Matt Garside, 16. Junior Roqica, 31. Lewis Bienek
Tries: Sammut (6), Walker (11, 52), Ackers (49), Channing (60), Barthau (72), Dixon (76).
Goals: Dixon 7/9
1. Ian Hardman, 5. Luke Briscoe, 4. Misi Taulapapa, 22. Jason Walton, 18. Scott Turner, 7. Anthony Thackeray, 31. Cory Aston, 13. Richard Moore, 9. Keal Carlile, 16. Luke Cooper, 14. Frankie Mariano, 12. John Davies, 21. James Lockwood
Interchange: 19. Matthew Wildie, 8. Darrell Griffin, 15. Bradley Knowles-Tagg, 30. Jack Ormondroyd
Tries: Davies (45, 66), Turner
Goals: Aston 2/3