London Broncos gained a famous victory at the AJ Bell Stadium against Salford Red Devils in the Qualifiers. Andrew Henderson’s men ran out 19-16 winners at the expense of the Super League side who seem to be in all-sorts of trouble heading into their final game against Batley Bulldogs.
William Barthau broke the deadlock for London after 15 minutes as he was in the right place at the right time to intercept a pass and cross the whitewash. Jamie Soward couldn’t add the extras. The Red Devils had great territory for a good portion of the first half but they blew numerous chances to get off the mark. They did score their first try of the game eventually when George Griffin muscled his way to a four pointer despite the attention of two London defenders. Gareth O’Brien converted for the hosts but there was to be a twist in the tale before the interval. After a timely break from Israel Eliab, the Broncos found themselves in a great position and they made the most of it when Scott Leatherbarrow put the capital club back into the lead. Soward converted for a 10-6 lead.
The final quarter was fast approaching when the Broncos extended their advantage through Soward, who was at the heart of everything London did well during the game. The half-back made the initial break before giving the ball to Israel Eliab, who produced a magnificent offload to the Australian. Soward then kicked a penalty goal soon after to make the score 18-6 with just over 15 minutes remaining. Barthau looked to have put the final nail into Salford’s coffin when he kicked a drop goal but the Red Devils started to wake up when Josh Griffin crossed the whitewash. O’Brien converted, but he was unable to do so for Griffin’s second try which came from an offload by Junior Sa’u, which was every bit as ridiculous as the one Eliab did earlier on in the half. Despite heavy pressure in the dying embers of the game, London held Salford out to claim a great victory.