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Kingstone Press Championship Round 15 Preview – London Broncos v Bradford Bulls

Both of the relegated Super League sides from 2014 managed to gain respective victories at the 2015 Summer Bash. London hammered a Sheffield side who had decent form going into the event while Bradford got the better of a sturdy Halifax side.

Last Time Out

London were in dream world! Their fans have certainly been through the mill in the past few years but the bright side of supporting a rugby league team certainly reared its head in sunny Blackpool as the Broncos were magnificent against an Eagles side who looked uncharacteristically lacklustre.   The Broncos were 24-0 up inside the first quarter as Elliot Kear bagged a brace, while Rhys Williams and Ben Hellewell also notched a try apiece. Things calmed down after the frantic first 20 minutes and only two tries were scored for the remainder of the first half, one went to London and the other to Sheffield. Man of the Match Oscar Thomas scored his first of three tries on a very good day for the London youth academy product, before Cory Aston weaved his way over for Sheffield’s only try of the match. In the second half, there was three tries to ponder over. Thomas scored a second half brace to complete his hat-trick, and Williams crossed the whitewash for the final try of the match on 69 minutes.

Bradford Bulls played out a very gritty game with fellow West Yorkshire side Halifax in the final match of the first day at Blackpool. The Bulls went into the sheds at half-time with a 12-0 lead after two tries in the final five minutes from Ryan Shaw and Adrian Purtell. Ben Heaton posted a quick reply after the restart with a try on 43 minutes, giving his Halifax side a lot of spirit and hope for the remainder. But the Bulls defence stood up when it needed to, especially as Tommy Saxton was pushed into touch when Halifax pressed for a further cut to the deficit. However, the Saxton effort came soon after Purtell completed his brace which put the Bulls 18-4 to the good and with the solid defence on show Halifax couldn’t quite force a comeback.

Key Battle

Elliot Kear will be going up against his former club at the weekend as Bradford visit The Hive. The full-back, who has been known to play on the wing as well, has previously made appearances for Wales. Kear went over the chalk on two occasions against Sheffield which will have brought smiles to the faces of Broncos and Wales RL fans alike. At full-back for Bradford against Halifax was former Barrow Raiders three-quarter Ryan Shaw. The goal-kicking utility back has proved to be a great find by coach James Lowes, he knows his way to the whitewash but his conversion success rate more than speaks for itself. 


Despite a convincing victory over Sheffield in the last round of matches, London won’t be favourites coming into this match against a very strong Bradford Bulls outfit. The Broncos have good quality in their ranks and they’ll need to be on their game if they’re to gain revenge on Bradford.. The Bulls overcame a Halifax side who gave them a run for their money but, with Danny Addy and Lee Gaskell pulling the strings, Bradford should come out on top this weekend – Bradford by 10

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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