The Broncos Reserves put on a valiant effort against a strong St.Helens side, but weren’t strong enough to weather the storm on a wet and windy afternoon at Trailfinders going down 32-6 to the Saints boys.
London started well and applied early pressure, but it was the Saints who drew first blood on their first attack of the afternoon, they broke through the Broncos defence on the 35 metre line, Lewis Dodd claiming his first try just left of the posts. The kick into the wind was converted.
The visitors went in for their second half way through the first half, an attacking kick wasn’t dealt with by the Broncos defence and a knock on from the kick saw Lewis Dodd go over for his second of the afternoon. And it was Dodd who went over the line again 5 minutes from the half time hooter, claiming a first half hat trick.
The rain and the wind failed to let up, and neither did the Broncos, as good work from Jonah Varela saw the winger bundle himself through the St Helens defence and over the line, Rob Oakley made light work of the conversion in the conditions to bring the score to 6-18 at half time.
The second half started stronger for the Broncos, who were now kicking into the wind.
A second Broncos try was on the cards early on, but the ball was just out of Alfie Edwards’ reach in the left corner and the chance went begging.
Saints pressure was slowly starting to build up again and with 20 minutes left on the clock, the Broncos, until then, resilient defence was broken as Sam Royle made his way over the line for the visitors and with Lewis Dodd now taking over the kicking duties, converted with the wind now at his back, making the score 24-6.
St Helens now took control of the game, scoring two tries more before the final whistle, the first coming from Ryan Ince who picked up a grubber kick placed into the right corner and the last try of the afternoon came in the opposite corner with Brad Holroyd the scorer.
This was a resilient performance from the Broncos Reserves against a good Saints side and the weather conditions, but the visitors on this occasion proved to be too strong.
The Broncos travel to Newcastle Thunder next Saturday, 15th February, to look for their first victory of the season.