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Broncos release Lovegrove

Yesterday, 04:41 PM

London Broncos can confirm Rhys Lovegrove has been released from his contract for personal reasons, effective immediately.

Lovegrove joined the club at the beginning of the 2015 season, following a move from Hull KR. He has since made a number of appearances for the Broncos, but was side lined at the back end of the 2015 season due to injury.

Citing a victory over Sheffield at Summer Bash as one of the many highlights during his time in the capital, Lovegrove said he “would like to thank everyone at the club for giving me the opportunity, and all the best for the rest of the season”.

The Broncos wish Rhys all the best in his future endeavours.


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Young Broncos unbeaten preseason against two Championship 1 sides

08 February 2016 - 05:22 PM

With a Fred Dodd kick off, the match was underway, and a sublime effort in defence from the young London side saw them reclaim possession of the ball right away, allowing Matt Davies to go over the white wash for the first try of the game only one minute in.

It wasn’t to last long, and Hemel hit back right away, when Josh Spearing also barged over the line. The wet weather conditions forced sloppy errors from both sides, and subsequently the intensity of the match took a dip.

Seven minutes later, Harrison Brough crossed for his first try of the game to make to the score 6-10. The young London side were now trailing, however continued to keep the pressure on the more experienced Hemel side. After a great dummy, Matt Davies touched down for his second of the evening. Exceptional defence from London’s Touyo Egodo kept Hemel at bay just before half time.

Now trailing 12-10, Hemel began the second half with great intensity, forcing a Broncos knock on. This lead to Harrison Brough’s second try of the game for the Stags, only 6 minutes in.

Some outstanding defence from London saw them keep the Stags in their own half for a good period of time, despite a great 40/20 from Hemel.

Another long kick from the Stags granted Broncos’ Callum Whitcombe the freedom to attack the their line, and with astonishing pace Whitcombe sliced through their defence, racing at least 60 metres to put the scores level at 16-16.

Once again, great defence from the young Londoners forced the Stags’ winger into touch, causing Hemel’s winger to lose his temper and lash out at young James Meadows. This was not tolerated by the rest of the London side, who rushed in to back their teammate up.

A late try from the Stags’ Dave O’Connor right under the sticks took the score to 16-22, and suggested a likely Hemel win. However, two minutes later and 10 metres out, great strength and determination from Rob Butler saw the Broncos level the score 22-22.

Debuts from Jordan Richardson, Maleek Montgomery, Atu Laqeretabua, Josh Raqio, Max Savage and John Sipawa left the young London side feeling very proud of themselves, and what they had achieved.

London Broncos:
Fred Dodd, Gideon Boafo, Tuoyo Egodo, Michaelangelo Buter, Callum Whitecombe, James Meadows, Dan Wellden, Callum Bustin, Matt Davies, Sadiq Adebiyi, Dan Hindmarsh, Jordan Williams, Rhys Joel
Interchange: Mitch Stone, Jordan Richardson, Atu Laqeretabua, Rob Butler

Tries: Davies (1), Davies (22), Whitcombe (59), Butler (72)
Goals: Wellden 3/4

Hemel Stags:
Josh Spearing, Jack Field, Harrison Brough, Scott Ellis, Jon Kirby, Chad Isles, Ben Stead, Adam Booth, Andy Kay, Victor Coker, Kyal Green, BJ Swindells, Luke Paterson
Interchange: Liam O’Callaghan, Chris Hall, Mitch Stephenson, Joe Hales, Michael Levensridge, Reece Rane, Ash Gingell, Tala Petelo, Dave O’Connor

Tries: Kay (6), Brough (13), Brough (46), Isles (70)
Goals: Stead 3/4

Words by: Alfie Laurence


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Broncos keep Oldham scoreless at Stalybridge

07 February 2016 - 08:04 PM

A slow start, the Broncos maintained control to decisively beat Championship newcomers, Oldham, 0-22 at Stalybrige this evening.

Both sides gained metres, but it was the Broncos whose defensive effort came out on top, keeping Oldham scoreless for the entirety of the game, scoring four unanswered tries.

Andy Ackers ensured the Broncos were first on the scoreboard, crossing after 14 minutes, but Naiqama’s conversion attempt fell slightly short.

It was close to a 35 minute wait for the next score, but in his debut Championship match for London, Jack Bussey barged over right beside the posts, and Naiqama added the extras.

In the last twenty minutes, the Broncos ramped up control of the game, allowing for a brilliant attacking effort from Iliess Macani, who touched down for the third try of the evening. A mere six minutes later, Keyes returned to the pitch, and set up Ben Hellewell for the fourth and final. Sailing straight through the posts both times, Naiqama’s conversions took the final score to 0-22.

Speaking after the match, head coach, Andrew Henderson, commended his side’s defensive effort following last week’s loss to Dewsbury.

“Fantastic reaction to our result last week in our first league game. Away from home, against Oldham, it was always going to be a tricky fixture. Certainly with the conditions, the pitch was pretty heavy in terms of the water that it had on it, it’s obviously rained a lot this week.

“It was always going to be a tough place to come to. The fact that they’re a new team, you know – they’re a dangerous animal. They’re a bit unexpected, we don’t really know a lot about them and they were always going to come out with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, which they did, and they competed hard.

“Credit to us, defensively – last week we conceded 34 points and to come out today and nil any team is a fantastic achievement.

“What pleased me was our defensive attitude, our mentality defensively and our resilience. Because the penalty count was so high against us we had to defend set after set after set on our line. We just repelled every attack that Oldham threw at us, and that was what pleased me the most, that we managed to come through it together.

“Every player, 1-17, did not shirk their responsibility. They all were committed to each other, to the team and to the job at hand and we thoroughly deserved our win today. It gets us off to a good start in the Championship.”

The team now turn their attention to the week ahead, as they prepare to take on Swinton at home, on Sunday 14 February at 3pm.

London Broncos:
Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams, Nathan Stapleton, Wes Naiqama, Iliess Macani, William Barthau, Joe Keyes, Nick Slyney, Andy Ackers, Jamie Thackray, Daniel Harrison, Matt Garside, Alex Foster
Interchange: Jack Bussey, Matt Davis, Mark Ioane, Eddie Battye

Tries: Ackers (14), Bussey (48), Macani (58), Hellewell (66)
Goals: Naiqama 3/4

Oldham:
Richard Lepori, Adam Clay, Tom Ashton, Jack Holmes, Jamal Chisholm, Lewis Palfrey, Steven Roper, Phil Joy, Sam Gee, Jack Spencer, Josh Crowley, Danny Langtree, Will Hope
Interchange: Adam Files, Kenny Hughes, Michael Ward, Liam Thompson


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Henderson names side for Oldham clash

06 February 2016 - 01:50 PM

Head coach, Andrew Henderson, has named his 21 man side to face Oldham RLFC in the opening match of the Kingstone Press Championship.

London Broncos v Oldham, Stalybridge Celtic, Sunday 7 February, 3:00pm:

In alphabetical order:

ANDY ACKERS
WILLIAM BARTHAU
EDDIE BATTYE
JACK BUSSEY
MATT DAVIS
TOBY EVERETT
ALEX FOSTER
MATT GARSIDE
DANIEL HARRISON
BEN HELLEWELL
MARK IOANE
JOSEPH KEYES
ILIESS MACANI
WES NAIQAMA
NICK SLYNEY
NATHAN STAPLETON
JAMIE THACKRAY
ALEX WALKER
RHYS WILLIAMS
WILLIAM BARTHAU

Photo credit: Matthew Merrick Photography


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Langley names team to face Hemel

05 February 2016 - 02:25 PM

Head coach, Jamie Langley, has named his 21 man squad to take on Hemel Stags this Saturday.

The match is the season opener for the Broncos academy team, following a comeback victory in last weekend’s friendly against London Skolars.

It is also the first match at new home, Trailfinders Sports Club.

In alphabetical order –

London Broncos v Hemel Stags, Saturday 6 February, 18:30 at Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club:

SADIQ ADEBIYI
GIDEON BOAFO
CALLUM BUSTIN
MICHELANGELO BUTER
ROB BUTLER
MATT DAVIES
FRED DODD
TUOYO EGODO
DAN HINDMARSH
RHYS JOEL
ATU LAQERTABUA
JAMES MEADOWS
MALEEK MONTGOMERY
JOSH RAQIO
JORDAN RICHARDSON
MAX SAVAGE
JOHN SIPAWA
MITCHELL STONE
DAN WELLDEN
CALLUM WHITCOMBE
JORDAN WILLIAMS

Photo credit: Matthew Merrick Photography


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