As the match started London looked to be ready to go from the off, and proved so as Lewis Bienek crossed to open up London’s scoring and get his first try of the match.
With some good defensive sets, the Broncos looked to be pumped and wanted revenge from their previous encounter against the Catalan, next on the score sheet for London was the young hooker Matt Davies to extend Broncos’ lead to 10-0.
Catalan were next to score – some neat footwork from Belmas made it 10-6, and just shortly after Catalans’ Izard went over for his first of the match.
With Catalan scoring two tries in two minutes, London knew they had to get back on track and that’s exactly what they did – this time through young Max Savage who very skilfully adjusted his grip on the ball from his right hand to his left hand whilst travelling backwards over the line to get it down.
The Broncos had regained the lead, and looked set to go into half time in front, but Catalan’s Flovie stopped this in the last minute of the first half, when he scored out wide and the two sides went in at half time all level at 16-16.
As in the first half, Broncos were first on the score sheet in the second half through Will Relfe. Then London’s captain Sid Adebiyi lead by example when he crashed over from short range to put the Broncos even further ahead.
Catalan very soon hit back with Izard for his brace, making the scores 24-20. With it being a very tight encounter, both teams were throwing everything they could at one another but through London’s sheer determination and unity they got over the white wash when big Lewis Bienek crashed over for his brace and put the scores to 28-20, and in the dying minutes London’s young half back James Meadows – who was exceptional all game – took matters in his own hands and saw out the game with some excellent game management to allow Broncos the win!
London Broncos: Fred Dodd, Gideon Boafo, Jacob Ogden, Kam Pearce-Paul, Will Relfe, Dan Wellden, James Meadows, Lewis Bienek, Matty Davis, Jordan Williams, Rob Butler, Danny Hindmarsh, Sadiq Adebiyi
Subs: George Moore, Rhys Joel, John Sipawa, Max Savage
Tries: Bienek (2), Davis, Savage, Adebiyi, Relfe
Goals: Wellden 2/6
Catalan Dragons: Fabien Flovie, Paul Izard, Vincent Albert, Arthur Romano, Jordan Flovie, Djibryl Dauliac, Romain Pallares, Lambert Belmas, Alrix Da Costa, Paul Seguier, Jordan Dezaria, Franch Maria, Enzo Gauci
Subs: Mathieu Tovena, Quentin Quemewer, Matthieu Khedini, Sebastien Nietche Corones
Tries: Belmas, Izard, Flovie (2)
Goals: Dauliac 3/4
Written by Alfie Lawrence