By Rachel Arnett, Images courtesy of Bob Brough
Warrington Wolves travelled to the capital to face the London Broncos in their Round 21 fixture.
The Betfred Super League fixture was the second of three fixtures being played at the Trailfinders ground with the academy and scholarship teams also taking to the pitch.
The Wire were looking to bounce back from their defeat to rivals St Helens last time out giving new signing Luther Burrell his club debut off the bench.
London also lost in their last outing, away to Castleford Tigers, but the Broncos have this season taken wins at home to the likes of St Helens and Wigan Warriors so a team to be wary of when on form. They also made a couple of changes to their previous 17.
The momentum was in favour of the Wire in the first half crossing for the first try after just five minutes. The visitors added another five while keeping London scoreless in the opening forty.
The second half appeared to be a more even contest. The Broncos hit back with their response from the off but from then on in, it was the defence of both sides that stood up.
Alex Walker, Kieran Dixon, Ben Hellewell, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Jordan Abdull, Morgan Smith, Greg Richards, James Cunningham, Rob Butler, Sadiq Adebiyi, Matt Gee, Luke Yates
Subs: Matty Fozard, Eddie Battye, Matt Fleming, Mark Ioane
Jake Mamo, Tom Lineham, Bryson Goodwin, Toby King, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Declan Patton, Lama Tasi, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Matt Davis
Subs: Jason Clark, Joe Philbin, Danny Walker, Luther Burrell
Tries: Lineham, Cooper, Goodwin, Mamo, Hughes, King
Goals: Patton (6)
On five minutes the Wire opened the scoring, after a passage of slick handling out to the left edge put Lineham over in the corner. Patton curved the ball through the uprights to add the conversion. 0-6
A knock-on and a hand in the tackle by the Wire opened up a chance for the Broncos soon after, but the defence built pressure to force the error and the handover.
Cooper had the reach to score the next try under the sticks mid tackle; this attack came on the back of a scrum 40 metres out. Patton added the kick from in front to double the lead. 0-12
A knock-on by Mamo from the restart lifted the Broncos and handed them the scrum from close range. A hit from Tasi caused the home side to lose possession and the visitors had it back. They then turned this possession into points with play down the left edge once again, this time putting centre Goodwin over for the score. The kick from Patton was on target. 0-18
Just after the 20-minute mark Mamo skipped away from the tackle to make the break and score the Wire’s fourth of the afternoon. Patton’s successful conversion from in front took the score to 0-24
With five minutes of the half to go Hughes forced his way over under the sticks, finding the space to ground the ball. Patton put the kick over to hit the 30 mark. 0-30
And the tries kept coming, next to crash over was King after collecting Patton’s high cross-field kick. Kick number six was good. 0-36 at the break.
It was the home side that got off the mark first in the second half, Fozard forcing his way over two minutes in. Dixon landed the extras. 6-36
After some pressure in attack from the Wire the Broncos came back, to create some of their own and come close through Walker, but a big shot from the visitors left edge defence put a stop to that piece of play.
With the final quarter of the game approaching Walker was held up over the line for the Wire at the opposite end of the field before King came to within inches of scoring, had the referee not ruled a fumble on grounding.
Burrell then entered the fray with 15 minutes of the game to play, making his debut in the primrose and blue.
In the closing 10 minutes of the match Cunningham came close for the Broncos, held up over the line; a knock-on then denying another chance a few plays on. Adebiyi also came close.