Kingstone Press Championship Match Review – London Broncos 40 Whitehaven 24

It was a round trip of more than 700 miles and seen some fans have a 19 hour day from West Cumbria and despite defeat from Whitehaven it was an effort that scared London at times before the Broncos pulled away in the final quarter.

The first half was pretty much London’s as it seen them score 24 points and go in to the break with a 14 point lead.

They took the lead through debutant Jason Walton and was extended through Oscar Thomas and it was 12-0 after 16 minutes. But it was soon just a 2 point gap as Haven come scored tries from Declan Hulme and Chris Taylor. The introduction of Tyla Hepi just after Taylor’s try should have been a simple one with Hepi coming back from injury. It wasn’t. Hepi was soon taken back off as ill discipline lead to London crossing again as Matt Garside scored and they were over again just before half time as Iliess Macani crossed in the corner. 24-10 at half time you would maybe think game over.

The haven side had different ideas and with three tries in 11 minutes their tales were up and were playing some great flowing rugby league. Hulme crossed for his second and his third try either side of James Newton’s score. Gore only converted 1 of the three in what was a poor performance from the usually reliable stand off otherwise Haven would have been ahead. 24 all 19 minutes left anybody’s game.

But it was the full time side who reacted the best in the final quarter scoring Walton for his second, Jamie Thackray and Oscar Thomas also crossing for his second of the afternoon with his try coming after a run through tired Haven defenders and they opened up like Moses opening up the Red Sea.

Both sides can take positives from the game with expansive flowing rugby coming out at times.

Prediction – London by 22

Result – London by 16

Jordan Weir

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