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EXTENDED PREVIEW – London Broncos v Featherstone Rovers

London have an impressive record on home turf this season, they’ve only lost one game and that was to Dewsbury Rams by a tight four points. Featherstone come into the match after a very good win over Workington, the Rovers are now in the top four after the first half of the season.

Last Time Out

London made the trek from The Hive to the South Leeds Stadium for a bout with Barry Eaton’s Hunslet Hawks. The Broncos, coached by former Sheffield hooker Andrew Henderson, came out on top in the match with a 32-12 scoreline. Elliot Minchella and Luke Briscoe swapped early four pointers before London took controls with tries from Tom Gilmore, Wes Naiqama and Matt Garside. Rhys Williams extended the 16 point half-time advantage in the 46th minute before the visitors were pegged back as Simon Brown touched down. Williams was the last player to score in the match, notching his brace with three minutes left of the match.

Featherstone had a plain sailing match with Workington Town last Sunday, Andy Hay’s men came out on top 72-0. Ian Hardman, Jy Hitchcox and Andy Ellis all scored within ten minutes of the match starting, then Jamie Cording, on two occasions, Nathan Chappell, Gareth Moore, Alex Foster all got on the scoresheet to make the half-time score 44-0. Remy Marginet and Jack Bussey restarted the procession in the second half, with a try apiece, before Foster and Hitchcox completed their brace and hat-trick respectively.

Key Battle

Both sides possess very reasonable forward packs, and none more so in the prop position. Rhys Lovegrove, a regular back-rower, paired up with Jamie Thackray to take on the Hawks. Lovegrove was one of the better players to have left Hull KR in the recent off-season, and he’s certainly been a good gain for London. On the bench was Jonathan Wallace, a Broncos youth product who’s not looked out of place in the Championship. For Featherstone, Paul Wood and Matt James started in the prop positions while lethal offloader Andy Bostock and Garreth Carvell started on the bench. It’ll be a great battle down the middle of the pitch, it’s how the foundations for scoring start and the help of these prop forwards will be appreciated by the respective half-backs.


Two very similar teams, as shown by the league table, so the prediction is a hard one to call. London have been near perfect at home during the first half of this season but they’ve got some tough games coming up in Edgware and this is their first acid test. They got the better of Featherstone at the Big Fellas, and they may well do so again – London by 8

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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