London Broncos U16 opened their season in an ideal way with a commanding 28-10 win over Newcastle Thunder.
The Broncos were in control from the first whistle, being held up twice in their first spell with the ball, and regularly pinning the away side into their own half on what was a difficult afternoon for kicking.
The Broncos had thought they opened the scoring early on once Max Morphey touched down for it to be ruled out by the officials and the end they had to wait until the 20th minute before they capitalised on that early pressure. That try coming from Bill Leyland who broke the Thunder line with a great step and dummy, before strolling in under the sticks.
It wasn’t long after that the lead was doubled, Christian Grint, who had troubled defenders throughout the first game, found open play with a neat sidestep before getting a late offload away leaving Max Allen with a straightforward finish.
From there Thunder eased their way into the game, and enjoyed their first spell deep inside the Broncos half but struggled to convert it into points. A huge defensive effort from the home side could only last so long, however, and Lennox Barry got on the end of a troubling kick to open Thunder’s account. A missed conversion sent the teams into the break at 12-4 to the hosts.
Newcastle Thunder were able to narrow the gap further after a horrid start for the Broncos. A spill direct from the kick-off and the following penalty gave the Thunder great field position, which they capitalised on with Taylor Hepple barging over to bring the sides within two.
London soon regained control of the game though, spending much of the second half deep in Thunder territory, and the Broncos managed to extend their lead once Ben Kennedy managed to squeeze over from dummy half.
Colin Baker’s side continued to take advantage from gaps in the Thunder defence, with Padraic Tennent and Bill Leyland gaining yards with weaving runs before Max Morphey was able to get on the board.
Femi Sanya crashed over late on and put the game beyond doubt for the home side as the game finished 28-10, and the Broncos started their season in ideal fashion.
Colin Baker, the U16’s Head Coach, said; “This was a benchmark for us, bearing in mind how we started last year. So I was pleased there was actually some pretty good stuff in there, but for us, it was a benchmark and it has highlighted some areas that we’ll need to improve on.”