London Broncos will be aiming for a third consecutive win over Sheffield Eagles when Mark Aston’s men arrive at Trailfinders Sports Ground on Sunday. The Broncos have had a magnificent season up to now but the same can’t be said for Sheffield, who are in the midst of a relegation fight.
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London Broncos sealed their spot in this season’s Qualifiers with a comfortable 34-6 victory over Dewsbury Rams at Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday. The visitors were 12-0 up at the interval after tries from Wes Naiqama and Israel Eliab. London turned on the style in the second half as they outscored their opponents four tries to one. Eliab completed his brace before Mark Ioane and Rhys Williams both touched down as the final quarter loomed. Josh Guzdek notched the Rams’ only try of the match prior to Matty Garside rounding the afternoon off in style for London, with his side’s sixth score of proceedings.
Sheffield Eagles suffered a tough defeat on Friday night as fellow strugglers Oldham RLFC triumphed 24-16 at SHU Sports Park. Oldham held a two point lead at the break but first blood went to the Eagles, and Cory Aston. Kieran Gill replied for the Roughyeds with a try of his own before Lewis Palfrey edged the part-timers in front with a penalty goal. Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Kenny Hughes swapped tries for Sheffield and Oldham respectively, with the game in the balance heading into the second half. Liam Thompson extended his side’s lead after the break before Stan Robin crossed for a debut try to cut the deficit to four points. The final nail in Sheffield’s coffin was hammered home by Lewis Foster, who touched down with four players around him.
With a big ten weeks left of the rugby league year, London have re-signed half-back Jamie Soward after his release from Penrith Panthers. Even though he hasn’t arrived in the capital just yet, the current half-backs at the Broncos will be eager to up their game ahead of his arrival. The injury of William Barthau has left Api Pewhairangi and Scott Leatherbarrow to take up the positions in the halves, and they have done so with aplomb. Despite the defeat last Friday, Sheffield could take positives from the performance of debutant Stan Robin. The Frenchman was a threat to the Roughyeds’ defence after making an appearance from the bench and he will be striving to put in a similar performance against London. Cory Aston and Matty Fozard were the starting half-backs for the Eagles.
Trailfinders Sports Ground has been a fortress for the Broncos this year and no Super League team will be looking forward to visiting. Andrew Henderson’s men know they have to finish the regular season strong and take the momentum into the Qualifiers. It’s hard to see Sheffield threatening London this weekend but if they can score the first couple of tries, then who knows what may happen? – London by 22