25 Mar 18
By Media Team
Posted in Team News

The Broncos tame the Lions

The Broncos went back to the top of the BetFred Championship on Sunday with a twelve try victory over Swinton Lions.

The early initiative was with the home side and when Elliott Caine rose to collect the high ball to beat Rhys Williams to score in the corner, Hankinson converting, Swinton looked like the team Danny Ward had said would turn up sooner rather than later.
This was the wake up call the Broncos clearly needed and replied with two tries in three minutes. Api Pewhairangi was creator for both with inside passes first to Kieran Dixon and then Alex Walker as the visitors moved ahead with Dixon converting both.
Will Lovell was again on the scoresheet following his try in the previous League game, against Batley, as out of the scrum the Broncos went through hands to end up with Lovell going over. Dixon missed a tough kick from the touchline as the London side moved further in front.
London Broncos were always on the front foot as they headed for halftime and  the Championship leaders continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over when Alex Walker, scoring his second, stole the ball in a one-on-one scored on the right and Dixon again converted. If conceding almost on the hooter wasn’t enough Swinton went down to twelve men when Barlow was shown a straight red when he put a head butt on Broncos prop, Eddie Battye, and Dixon took the two points for the ensuing penalty as the half time hooter sounded.
The Broncos came out fired up after the break and within three minutes Keiran Dixon had jumped on a loose pass to race away nearly the length of the pitch to score, but failed to convert his own score.

The Broncos could clearly sense the chance to put the game to bed early on and just two minutes later scored again as James Cunningham took another Api Pewhairangi pass to score under the posts with Dixon again adding the extra two. The second try of the half was quickly followed by a third as Man of the Match, James Meadows, finished off a  slick passing move to score again for the visitors with Dixon, this time, missing the sticks.
Swinton came back with pressure which the Broncos soaked up leading to Lewis Bienek taking a short pass from Battye to score by the posts with Dixon converting.
Ben Hellewell piled more pressure on the Swinton side when a good passing move culminated in the Scottish International topping up the Broncos score with another 4 points and the boot of Dixon adding two more this time. Swinton’s bursts of pressure finally paid off at this point as Hayden Hansen darted over for a try by the posts on the next set with Hankinson converting to take the home side’s score to twelve.
London were still not finished and with a flurry of tries in a six minute window from Tom Spencer, James Cunningham and Alex Walker, with his hat trick try, the Broncos, with Dixon adding two out of the three conversions saw their score reach 64 points. Credit to the Lions who kept going to the hooter as Hankinson took a pass from Aaron Hall to score and convert his own try as the final hooter rang out.
London Broncos were again bringing the points back to the capital still atop of the Championship table. Next up is the home game against second placed Toulouse which now promises to be an intriguing game between two teams who have hit the ground running this season.

Tickets are available on the website so don’t miss out as Easter will clearly start with a bang.

Swinton Lions: Gabriel Fell, Elliott Caine, Rhodri Lloyd, George Tyson, Marcus Webb, Chris Hankinson, Jack Hansen, Andy Bracek, Luke Waterworth, Gavin Bennion, Chris Worrall, Andy Thornley, Ben Austin
Subs : Josh Barlow, Hayden Hansen, Will Hope, Aaron Hall
Tries: Caine (8), H.Hansen (64), Hankinson (80) Goals: Hankinson 3/3
Sent Off: Barlow (40) Head Butt

London Broncos: Alex Walker, Kieran Dixon, Will Lovell, Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams, Api Pewhairangi, James Meadows, Tom Spencer, James Cunningham, Mark Ioane, Jay Pitts, Matty Gee, Matt Davis
Subs : Sam Davis, Rob Butler, Lewis Bienek, Eddie Battye
Tries: Dixon (15,43), Walker (18,36,74), Lovell (24), Cunningham (45,70), Meadows (48), Bienek (55), Helliwell (58), Spencer (67).
Goals: Dixon 8/13