Following the Broncos win over Sheffield Eagles at Summer Bash, experienced forward Rhys Lovegrove was keen to also heap the praise on the younger Broncos stars.
“We have got a very young squad so it is great to give some confidence to some of these young boys because the talent is there, everyone knows that London produce talent it’s just a matter of transitioning that into a team,” said Lovegorve.
“We can give the platform for those young kids to kick on and play well and hopefully they can drag us through.”
Broncos blazed to a superb 46-6 victory over the Eagles in the sunshine at Bloomfield Road with Oscar Thomas bagging a hat-trick on his return to action and was just one of the youngsters Lovegrove was eager to tribute.
“Oscar Thomas has been doing well and training hard, but they all train well. Toby Everett, Jon Wallace, Erjon Dollapi all the young boys, Iliess Macani is another one who goes a little bit unnoticed but he plays a lot of footy.
“As long as they keep taking one week at a time and training hard and competing against each other they will keep improving.”
After defeat last time out against Featherstone Rovers, Lovegrove and all the Broncos players wanted to make a statement at the Summer Bash.
“It was more of a statement for each other, we had a disappointing loss and I think we would be kidding ourselves and kidding the fans if we said we have been consistent this year. So we had a bit of a discussion at training and we really want to turn it around and we are at the middle point of the season and we want to draw a line under that and turn the season around.”
“We changed our outlook at training and touch wood it looked like we had a good result today so the key will be to continue on doing that.”
The victory against Sheffield Eagles has put Broncos back in the race up the Kingstone Press Championship table and Lovegrove knew that the victory on Saturday was vital.
“It was a big game for us, I think we are in that position mid-table where there are a lot of teams that scrapping for points now and we are probably a bit behind now, we prepped for this game for the last two weeks because we knew it was a bit game for us.”
Lovegrove also praised player/coach Andrew Henderson’s display and explained why it worked so well on the pitch.
“Obviously Hendo had a crack this week and Thacks (Jamie Thackray) is still running about but it is important that we have blokes like that to come in and just steady the ship a little bit. They add a bit of game awareness to the game for the young blokes because they can get a bit excited at times and they are there to sort of reign them in so to speak.
“It was good to see Hendo wind back the years and have a go but the reason why it worked is because he has so much respect as a coach. He has really made us into a team that are a close knit group here and that is what we work on.”
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