The London Broncos U19s continued their good run of form with a dominant win over Widnes Vikings 62-20 thanks in part to five tries from Max Clarke.
It was nervy first quarter though, with the lead regularly changing hands. Clarke grabbed his first to open the scoring before Jake Burns managed to hit back for the visitors immediately after taking advantage of an error for the home side. Then the Broncos’ Elliott Hutchings went in from close range, before Joshua Wildes soon cancelled it out.
But eventually, the home side started to pull away. Hutchings again managed to burrow his way over from dummy half, before Chris Ball got on the end of a neatly-placed kick to touch down and Clarke got his second with a great 40-metre run.
During that second quarter, the Broncos took advantage of having the brunt of the pressure against a tiring defence. Oliver Leyland soon got a deft offload away to send Ball in again, before he scored an outstanding finish from the resulting kick-off. A nice take saw him break the first line of defence before an ankle-breaker saw him beat the full-back.
Widnes did manage to pull one back in the closing stages of the first half through Hill, but even at that point it seemed to be little other than consolation sending the sides into the break at 34-16.
The Vikings did threaten a comeback, Jordan Brown sold a dummy and found it too easy to beat the defence but that was the last time they would cross. Another 28 unanswered points arrived from the home side. Max Clarke scored the next two equalling a club record five tries in one game before Davidson got over to bring the home side up to the 50 mark.
There was still more to come on an afternoon the Broncos enjoyed much more possession and were able to show what they’re capable of with the ball. Clarke again got over, this time as a result of a quick tap that went out wide and sent the centre 70 metres to get his fifth, before Charlie Gamble broke the line to get a long-range try of his own.
That rounded off a massive win for the home side who are now enjoying a three-game winning run, one that they’ll hope to continue when Wakefield Trinity visits Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday 11th May at 2pm.
After the game Head Coach Huw Goodwin said; “It was a great result, we talked before about backing up wins with another win. We have been improving in the last couple of weeks but wanted to make sure we weren’t getting complacent and improving from a performance point of view and we did that.”