Batley Bulldogs 31-20 London Broncos

After this win against London Broncos at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, Batley Bulldogs only need to draw in their last match of the regular season to seal their place in the Championship top four. Despite Jamie Soward making his debut for the Broncos, it was his opposite number, Dominic Brambani, who stole the show with an impressive number of assists in a very good performance.

London opened the scoring through Elliot Kear after Shaun Ainscough couldn’t handle a bomb from Soward. However, it didn’t take long for the former Haven flyer to redeem himself by scoring his side’s first try of the contest to level the game at 4-4 after 27 minutes. Shaun Squires was next over the whitewash for the hosts as he stole the ball from Williams in the air to touch down. Walker converted, but he had no such luck following Ainscough’s second try of the afternoon. Batley went into half-time with a 14-4 lead.

That ten point advantage was cut to six in the opening stages of the second half as Ben Hellewell crossed for the capital club. Soward couldn’t convert. The Bulldogs performed horribly last week against Featherstone and they were determined to not let their lead slip on home turf once again. Wayne Reittie and Brambani notched consecutive four pointers for the West Yorkshire club, who went 24-8 up inside the final quarter. Api Pewhairangi responded with a try of his own for the visitors before Adam Gledhill sent the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium into raptures. The back-rower touched down with two defenders on his back and that proved to be the killer for London. Mark Offerdahl registered a consolation for Andrew Henderson’s men before Brambani rounded off a great showing with a drop goal.

Prediction – London by 8

Result – Batley by 11

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