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London Broncos v Swinton Lions Preview

For the second week running, London will face a newly promoted side. Last week the Broncos overcame Oldham and they will be looking to do the same on Sunday against Swinton. The Lions nearly got their season off to a winning start but narrowly lost out 26-24 to Dewsbury.

Last Time Out

The Broncos kept Oldham scoreless in the round one clash between the two teams at Bower Fold. Andrew Henderson’s side won 22-0 but were only four points up at the break following an Andy Ackers try. In the second period, the Broncos came into their own a bit more and scored three more tries to seal the victory. Jack Bussey barged his way over on 48 minutes before Iliess Macani touched down for his first score of the campaign. The final try of the afternoon went the way of Ben Hellewell as the Broncos took the two points back to the capital.

Swinton were very close to surprising Dewsbury at the AJ Bell Stadium. A 26-24 defeat won’t worry coach John Duffy too much as he plans for his side to shock the Broncos this weekend. Swinton’s Greg Wilde scored the first try of the match before Josh Guzdek notched a quick-fire double to put the Rams ahead. Just after the half an hour mark came Wilde’s second try of the game but both of his four pointers were left unconverted so the hosts went into half-time 12-8 down. That deficit was pulled back when Rob Lever crossed the whitewash, and this time the try was converted. Ben Reynolds regained Dewsbury’s advantage a few minutes later but the topsy-turvy tie continued to swing one way then the other as two Chris Atkin penalty goals put the hosts on top. Paul Sykes and Lever swapped scores and with seven minutes to go, Swinton were still ahead by two points but heartbreak struck when Guzdek swooped in for his hat-trick try to win the game for Glenn Morrison’s side.

Key Battle

The battle of the hookers will be a good one at the weekend as both sides have talent in the dummy-half position. Andy Ackers moved from Swinton to London in the off-season and the former Warrington trialist scored on debut against Oldham last weekend. Initially replacing Ackers was Anthony Nicholson, who has been around the Championship scene for quite some time now with Leigh and Batley. But, in recent weeks, the Lions delved into the market to acquire Liam Hood and his presence will be a big boost for John Duffy’s men this season.

Prediction

After Swinton came so close to beating Dewsbury, I think it’s right for London to be wary of their threat this weekend. Even though they’re newly promoted, underestimating Swinton could spell disaster for any side. However, the Broncos have good, experienced players in their camp and a coach in Andrew Henderson who was a calming influence on the pitch and will be just as good off it – London by 14

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