The London Broncos walloped Sheffield Eagles this evening, running in ten tries, and defeating the home side 24-56 at Sheffield Hallam Uni.
Will Barthau impressed early on – demonstrating just why he’d been recently selected as London’s player of the season so far – recovering his own kick and fighting his way over for the first score of the evening. Skipper, Wes Naiqama, added the extras, and London lead 0-6 after only five minutes.
A mere five minutes later, the captain found himself behind the posts this time – unlocking the Sheffield defence for the second try of the game, followed by a successful conversion of his own try.
Rhys Williams added to his leading try tally, scoring his tenth for the season after making 30 hard yards, offloading, and regaining possession to cross in the corner. However a difficult kick from the sideline for Naiqama fell just short of the posts.
The Eagles crossed for their first of the evening in the 23rd minute, after Ben Blackmore made his way across in the corner. They would score twice more before the end of the first 40 – George Tyson sliced through London’s defence, managing to kick to Menzie Yere as he was brought down, and then a good offload from Yere allowed Rob Worrincy to touch down. Aston missed all three conversions.
Former Eagle, Matt Garside, was brought on and immediately made his presence known, crossing for his first of the evening after a penalty for offside, and a good set up from Barthau. The skipper added the extras, with his third kick from four for the night.
Barthau made it a hat trick performance, scoring either side of the half time whistle – the first of which was right on the 40 minute mark, and the second came after James Cunningham split the Eagles’ defence, before feeding to Barthau who put down under the posts.
Ten minutes later, handbag antics on the halfway line distracted the referee, and Rhys Williams ran a massive 50 metres to stroll across undefended, and touch down under the posts. An easy kick followed for the skipper, and London proved just how keen they were to make it three wins from three in April.
With 20 minutes remaining, Andy Ackers squeezed through Sheffield’s defence to get across the whitewash, scoring his side’s eighth try for the evening. The skipper converted his sixth, and the capital’s lead extended to 12-44.
The next ten minutes produced the final two scores for the Broncos – a barnstorming run from Garside, fending off two tackles en route produced his second of the evening, and the resulting conversion took the Broncos over the 50 point mark. Brilliant footwork from Illiess Macani and a quick thinking kick provided Alex Foster with a straightforward score.
The hosts weren’t quite ready to call it a night – Aston scored under the posts before converting his own try with less than five minutes remaining, but an altercation between the halfback and Jon Magrin spelled an early shower for the two, sent to the sin bin for exchanging blows.
Mark Mexico barged his way through London’s defence to touch down with only two on the clock, but it wasn’t enough – the visitors finished the night top of the table, after running in ten tries for a final score of 24-56.
Sheffield Eagles: Quentin Laulu Togagae, Rob Worrincy, Menzie Yere, George Tyson, Ben Blackmore, Cory Aston, Dave Hewitt, Steve Thorpe, Matty Fozard, Mitch Stringer, Michael Knowles, Matt James, Elliot Minchella
Interchange: Keal Carlile, Mark Mexico, Adam Neal, Scott Wheeldon
Tries: Blackmore (23), Yere (31), Worrincy (38), Aston (75)
Goals: Aston 2/4
London Broncos: Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell, Wes Naiqama, Iliess Macani, Jack Bussey, William Barthau, Nick Slyney, James Cunningham, Mark Offerdahl, Daniel Harrison, Alex Foster, Jon Magrin
Interchange: Andy Ackers, Matt Garside, Mark Ioane, Eddie Battye
Tries: Barthau (4, 40, 43), Naiqama (10), Williams (18, 53), Garside (27, 68), Ackers (61), Foster (71)
Goals: Naiqama 7/9, Barthau 1/1