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London Broncos v Dewsbury Rams Preview

The Broncos play their second consecutive home match on Sunday following their victory over Halifax in round five. Dewsbury lost by a single point against Featherstone last weekend so Glenn Morrison’s side will be looking to get back on the winning track when they travel to London.

Last Time Out

London bagged a great triumph over Halifax last weekend as they came out 29-22 winners. It was the visitors who took the lead after eight minutes through Luke Ambler but the Londoners struck Fax with a major blow as they ran in three tries on the bounce. William Barthau scored twice before  Rhys Williams also added to the Broncos’ tally, which stood at 14 points while Fax were on six. The West Yorkshire side ended the half well with a try from James Saltonstall, which was converted by Steve Tyrer. In the opening stages of the second half, Fax regained the lead thanks to Scott Murrell’s first try of the afternoon. The lead stayed with Halifax for a while until Ben Hellewell crossed the whitewash for London. However, the back-and-forth tie kept going and the visitors brought a damning blow to Andrew Henderson’s Broncos as Murrell touched down for his second score of the game to make it 22-18. Last season London may well have caved in to the pressure but this seems to be a different side altogether in 2016 and two consecutive tries won the game outright for the Championship’s one and only team from the capital city. Nick Slyney and Williams notched the decisive four pointers before Scott Leatherbarrow slotted over a drop goal to put the icing on top of the cake.

Dewsbury were downed by a last minute Danny Craven drop goal at Featherstone’s Big Fellas Stadium. It was a tough defeat to take for Glenn Morrison’s men who had a chance to win it at the death but Ben Reynolds’ penalty goal just didn’t have the legs. Dewsbury went 14-0 up during the first half after tries from Josh Guzdek and Shane Grady as well as a penalty goal by Reynolds. Featherstone clawed their way back into the tie before half-time as Kyle Briggs and Kyran Johnson both ran in tries to make the score 14-10. In the second half, the game was all tied up when Misi Taulapapa scored for the hosts but Briggs was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt to put the Rovers in front for the first time. Former Featherstone centre Jason Crookes made a try-scoring comeback to the Big Fellas Stadium as his lone try of the afternoon regained Dewsbury’s advantage, which extended to six points when Reynolds tagged on the extras. Following on with the former players scoring for their new side, ex-Ram Scott Turner crossed the whitewash for Featherstone as the game became nervy in the final quarter. Another missed conversion meant Dewsbury still held a two point lead but that was wiped out by a Rovers penalty goal on 72 minutes. The drop goal attempts then rained down in West Yorkshire as, firstly, Paul Sykes tried his luck for Dewsbury but he got his angles wrong. That left a chance for Craven to nick it at the end, and that’s exactly what he did.

Key Battle

With both sides preferring to play expansively whenever possible, the wingers of London and Dewsbury can get a lot of time with the ball on a good day. It’s easy to see why the players want to give it to their wingmen, mainly due to their high try-scoring threat that they bring to the table. Dale Morton and Dalton Grant are two very solid players at this level of rugby, with the latter having a very lucrative season at Barrow Raiders not too long ago. Meanwhile, Rhys Williams had a great debut season with London last season and he’s been in and amongst the tries once again this year. Elliot Kear was also introduced to the Broncos club last year and he is now a regular fixture in the starting XIII.


You’re a brave person if you take a bet against London at this moment in time, especially when they’re at home. Coach Andrew Henderson seems to have got his side playing some good stuff in the early months of the competition and that can only mean better things are to come as the season progresses. Dewsbury will also be striving to be in and around the top four by the end of the regular season so a win at London this weekend would send warning signs to their fellow competitors  London by 14

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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