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London Broncos 32-8 Batley Bulldogs

The key to London’s good start in the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship has been their home form and they showed just why that’s the case with a 32-8 win over Batley Bulldogs. London got out of the blocks very quickly, in particular winger Rhys Williams who scored the first two tries of the match. William Barthau’s two conversion attempts were both off target. The response from the visitors was very fast as full-back Dave Scott crossed the whitewash for John Kear’s side. Pat Walker converted and he added a penalty goal later on in the half to tie the game up at 8-8. But to the delight of the home fans, the Broncos finished the half with a flourish thanks to four pointers from Ben Hellewell and Eddie Battye. The capital side led 20-8 at the break.

On 45 minutes, the London lead was extended as Barthau slipped through the defence’s grasp and over the line. Then, five minutes later, Tom Lillycrop caught Barthau late with a high tackle and the prop forward was sent off and the Bulldogs were down to 12 men for the remaining half-hour. As the match entered the final quarter, Welsh international Elliot Kear added to his side’s advantage with a try to make the score 28-8 to the hosts. The final try of the game went the way of big Broncos forward Mark Ioane. Coach Andrew Henderson will have been happy with his side’s performance as they kept their place in the top four with a win over a fellow contender.

Prediction – Batley by 6

Result – London by 24

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