London Broncos 38-18 Swinton Lions

Andrew Henderson’s Broncos ran out winners for the second week running against newly promoted opposition. Last week, London beat Oldham at Bower Fold and on Sunday they got the better of Swinton at Trailfinders Sports Ground. The first incident of note in the match was a sin-binning for the Lions’ new signing Rhodri Lloyd after he committed a professional foul. London opened their account during Lloyd’s absence as Alex Walker cut through the defence to touch down and Wes Naiqama converted the try. However, Swinton hit back with a vengeance as they scored two consecutive tries to go out in front. Ben White showed good footwork to cross the whitewash before Rob Lever went over to put the visitors into the lead on 29 minutes. Both Swinton tries were converted but the scores were levelled when Walker notched his second of the afternoon. Naiqama added the extras. Just before the interval, Swinton found their way over the try line for a third occasion. It was Andy Thornley who got the go-ahead points heading into the break – his Swinton side led 18-12 with 40 minutes remaining.

The setback of conceding just before half-time didn’t affect the Broncos as it only took them two minutes of the second half to get back on terms. Matt Garside managed to get over the chalk and Naiqama did the rest from the kicking tee. Jack Bussey was the next player to score for London as they tried to pull away from their opponents. Their lead was furthered when Alex Foster touched down. A ten point gap had opened up and the Broncos made sure they extended that advantage in the dying embers of the match. Iliess Macani and Joe Keyes both got on the scoresheet with London finishing the afternoon off in style.

Prediction – London by 14

Result – London by 20

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