The London Broncos stormed home to a 74-12 win over Oldham on Sunday afternoon, running in a huge 14 tries, and nine conversions, in their fourth win on the trot.
Six of London’s players managed a brace: Kieran Dixon, Ben Hellewell, Api Pewhairangi, skipper Daniel Harrison, Rhys Williams, and Jarrod Sammut, whilst Mark Ioane and Jay Pitts also got on the scoreboard, in what was a triumphant return from injury for Michael Channing.
The home side started strongly, when Dixon found a break on the right wing, and darted over on six minutes. Pewhairangi was unable to convert.
Ten minutes later, the Broncos doubled their score – man of the match, Alex Walker, batted a high bomb to Ben Hellewell, who raced away to cross the whitewash. Again, Pewhairangi was off target with the kick.
Oldham weren’t given the opportunity to spend much time in London’s half, and Cunningham was on hand on 18 minutes to ensure that wasn’t about to end – he made a 30 metre break – impressively, going for a tumble, but regaining his footing to continue.
On 22 minutes, Alex Walker made another well timed break, sending Welsh winger, Rhys Williams, over the line, in a rather remarkable show of acrobatics.
In the remaining play before the break, Pewhairangi bagged a double, Hellewell secured another four pointer, and the kicking tee was handed to Dixon, who kicked three from three.
With less than a minute of play, the Borncos conceded their first try, George Tyson collected a loose ball that had been allowed to bounce out of London hands, racing the length of the pitch to score. Former Bronco, Scott Leatherbarrow, added the extras on the half time hooter.
On the resumption, the skipper managed an impressive eight points in eight minutes, and Dixon improved both scores.
Sammut, Dixon, Ioane, Pitts and Williams all crossed within sixteen minutes, but, even with a 68-6 margin, the Roughyeds had not yet thrown in the towel.
With five minutes to go, Liam Thompson notched up another four points for the visitors, and Leatherbarrow duly added the extras.
Not to be outdone, Sammut – now playing at hooker after a head knock to Cunningham – barged over from close range, and Dixon added the two on the final hooter.
24. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 3. Ben Hellewell, 20. Michael Channing, 5. Kieran Dixon, 19. Api Pewhairangi, 7. William Barthau, 17. Mark Offerdahl, 9. James Cunningham, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Daniel Harrison, 13. Jay Pitts, 22. Matt Davis
Subs: 6. Jarrod Sammut, 12. Matt Garside, 23. Matt Gee, 31. Lewis Bienek
Tries: Dixon (6, 55), Hellewell (16, 29), Williams (22, 68), Pewhairangi (27, 36), Harrison (41, 49), Sammut (52, 79), Ioane (59), Pitts (64)
Goals: Pewhairangi 0/3, Dixon 9/11
17. Richard Lepori, 29. Tuoyo Egodo, 3. George Tyson, 22. Danny Grimshaw, 5. Jamal Chisholm, 6. Scott Leatherbarrow, 7. Dave Hewitt, 10. Adam Neal, 21. Kenny Hughes, 27. Nathan Mason, 13. Liam Thompson, 12. Danny Langtree, 18. Ben Davies
Subs: 24. Michael Ward, 19. Joe Burke, 20. Gareth Owen, 9. Sam Gee.
Tries: Tyson (39), Thompson (75)
Goals: Leatherbarrow 2/2