There are those who would say a 36-46 game was exciting but personaly it was a game which showcased two sides that cannot defend. There have been two corkers on TV in the last few days in Wire-Wiagn and Saints-Hudds both defensive contests. In contrast, today's game varied from bizzare refereeing decisions such as Bradfords second try being a forward pass and a brilliant individual effort on the half time break being pulled back for a supposed double knock on. To sides getting a roll on in a big way. Bradford scored the first three tries then London five unanswered. Bradfford the next three, London replying then Bradford killing the game off with two in the last two minutes. In between the game resembled a knockonathon and I always felt it would go to the side that could finally hold onto the ball.
Tony Rea was at the game with his two sons, getting on at Canons Park with enough time before changing at Wembley Park to send a comisseration text to Joe Grima even if his sons wer more interested in how Chelsea had got on.
So Bradford take the psychological edge for next season. I will make my predictions now firstly that Bradford will overcome the odds and regain super league status and in doing so attract Internet claims of RFL bias. I also predict London Broncos should get into the top four but will lose a few games away from the Hive. London will not get promoted back into Super League unless two current Super League sides go belly up and even then that will not be a given.London's failure to gain promotion next season will provoke the final terminal crisis with average gates doiwn to 700. Barnet FC will see no economic advantage in retaining the Broncos at the Hive. There will be no increased central funding and family pressure will force David Hugues to relinquish control over the club. There will be no new benefactors and what remains will merge with the London Skolars. London Broncos will prove no more able than Toulouse were to survive outside the top flight.
I am sorry but I will call it as I see it. The events of September 2013 and the season that followed this year have killed off any realistic chance of Rugby League becoming an established minority sport in the South. It's at times like these that fans last out at others over the clubs fate but there needs to be a recognition that the wounds were largely self inflicted and resulted from bad business decisions made by our benefactor.
The end of an era today - a pity only 1,402, about 50% of which were Bradford fans, could be bothered to see it.