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  1. London Broncos bowed out of the Challenge Cup, on Sunday, to a Leigh Centurions side who showed Super League qualities to claim their seventh win on the spin. It was an intense start to the game at the Leigh Sports Village, with both sides showing good attacking flair. Leigh finally broke the deadlock in the 18th minute through Dawson-Jones after London gave up successive penalties . Reynolds missed the conversion, but Leigh were 4-0 up. The hosts scored their second straight from the restart. London Broncos failed to deal with a high kick from Reynolds as Rhys Williams was outjumped and the ball was batted back into the arms of Liam Hood who went over. The conversion was good and London were 10 – 0 behind. London Broncos were again caught off guard again as Leigh scored from the restart. Craig Hall made a break down the left side and the ball went through several pairs of hands before it returned to Hall who scored in the opposite corner. Reynolds added the conversion to put his side 16-0 in front after 23 minutes. The first half firmly belonged to the home side as Craig Hall took on the line and got an offload away to Jack Owens who raced over out wide. Reynolds converted to put Leigh in a comfortable 22-0 lead at the break and London were left asking themselves some big questions. The visitors were going to need a huge effort to get back in to the game but Leigh kept up their form in the second half. Ben Crooks darted through a gap in the London defence to score from 30 metres out. The conversion was good and Leigh led 28-0 after 48 minutes. Crooks got his second just a couple of sets later following a pass from Bodene Thompson and again the London defence was breached. Reynolds converted and Leigh were 34-0 ahead. London’s afternoon went from bad to worse when both Api Pewhairangi and Kieran Dixon limped from the field and a succession of basic errors led to Mason making a break, in the latter stages of the game, to assist the supporting Harrison Hansen who scored. Reynolds converted his sixth kick of the day to seal a 40-0 victory over a deflated London side. Head Coach Danny Ward said, “We were in it for about 15 minutes and then they seemed to go up a notch. We cracked first and came up with a poor error and then we started making bad reads in defence.” “Leigh went up a level and scored three back-to-back tries and we didn’t have an answer for it. There is a lot for us to work on.” “We are still in a decent position and we are still happy with where we are at. We are still in the top four and we have still got a game in hand, so we are happy at the minute but there is a lot of work to do.” This was a game that London Broncos will have to try and forget in a hurry as the Championship continues next weekend with the visit of Dewsbury Rams to Trailfinders Sports Club. Leigh:- Mata’utia; Dawson-Jones, Crooks, Hall, Owens; Reynolds, Hutchison; Mason, Hood, Acton, Hansen, B Thompson, J Thompson. Subs: Higham, Richards, Bailey, Larroyer. Tries :- Dawson-Jones (18), Hood (24), Hall (26), Owens (38), Crooks (53, 57), Hansen (78) Goals:- Reynolds 6/7 London:- Dixon; Kear, Channing, Fleming, Williams; Pewhairangi, Meadows; Spencer, Sammut, Battye, Pitts, Gee, M Davis. Subs: S Davis, Bienek, Adebiyi, Butler. View the full article
  2. London Broncos take a rest from the BetFred Championship this week as they travel, for the second time in four weeks, to Leigh Sports Village to take on the resurgent Leigh Centurions in the fifth round of The Challenge Cup. The Broncos were on the wrong end of the score last time they made the trip but confidence is again high having got the win against Rochdale Hornets after coming from behind under the lights on Friday 13th of April. Danny Ward has named his 19 man squad to face the Centurions with a view to moving forward on a good cup run this year. Ben Evans and Daniel Harrison are making good progress with their injuries as is Mark Ioane. The Broncos hope to see some if not all of them back in the very near future. The 19 man squad to face Leigh Centurions on April 22nd at 3pm:- 19 – Sadiq Adebiyi 15 – Eddie Battye 20 – Lewis Bienek 23 – Robert Butler 17 – Michael Channing 13 – Matt Davis 29 – Sam Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 04 – Matty Fleming 16 – Matt Gee 01 – Elliot Kear 21 – Will Lovell 27 – James Meadows 07 – Api Pewhairangi 12 – Jay Pitts 06 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  3. U16’s hope to end on a high.

    London Broncos U16’s end their season this weekend hoping to end with a win after a somewhat frustrating campaign. The boys travel again this week as they round of with an away fixture at SuperLeague Huddersfield Giants. This is the first season playing Rugby League for many members of the squad and they have learnt a lot that they can bring to the side not only this weekend but next season too. The 22 man Squad to face Huddersfield Giants Saturday 21st April:- ALLEN, Max – Hemel Stags ATILOLA, Tommy – Invicta Panthers BEJANIDZE, Luciano – London Skolars BIO, Junior – Hemel Stags BRADLEY, Bryn – Elmbridge Eagles CHENNELL, Oliver – Elmbridge Eagles DEERY, Alexander – London Skolars GLOVER, Owen – Richmond Rugby League GRAY, Rory – Brentwood Eels HOLDING, Archie – Brentwood Eels HOWORTH, Jack – Elmbridge Eagles HUTCHINGS, Elliott – Hemel Stags JACKSON, Seth – Rutlish Raiders LAING, Thomas – London Skolars LOWE-STEWART, Isaiah – Rutlish Raiders NATHAN, Isaak – St Albans Centurions REED, Alastair – Surrey Sharks REES, Joseph – Invicta Panthers SCOTT, Cameron – Oxford Cavaliers SILVA, Ramon – Elmbridge Eagles SMITH, Jacob – Brentwood Eels WATTS-ADAMS, Malachy – Brentwood Eels View the full article
  4. London Broncos U19 side travel, this week, to face the City Of Hull side that currently sit three places above them in the table in fifth. Huw Goodwin and his team make the journey on the back of a defeat, last week at Trailfinders, at the hands of Newcastle Thunder. The squad will be looking to bounce back against a strong Hull side having, in the players own words, taken Newcastle far too lightly. Goodwin has named a 20 man strong squad for the trip and he finds a place for on trial former player Jordan Richardson. The 20 man squad to face City of Hull on Saturday 21st April at Bishop Burton College:- Chris Ball Will Blakemore Gideon Boafo Junior Bray Ryan Couch Alfie Edwards Jesse Fearn Christian Gale Caley Gray Adam Green Daniel Hindmarsh Joshua Hodson Rian Horsman Rhys Joel Joe Leigh Oli Leyland Rob Oakley Kai Pearce-Paul Jordan Richardson Max Savage View the full article
  5. Broncos back to winning ways

    London Broncos returned to winning ways on Friday night with a hard fought victory at the Crown Oil Arena against Rochdale Hornets. At times, during a defensive first half, it was hard to really tell which side were the fulltime outfit as Rochdale showed why they had pushed Toronto so close a few weeks earlier. It seemed we were again about to see an error strewn affair from both sides with penalties and knock ons a plenty making the chance of any fluent play very hard indeed. Right from the kick off and within four minutes London had picked up three penalties but could not make the advantage count. Rochdale took their first penalty from the Broncos being offside and there was Ben Moores on the crash, from dummy half, and the hosts were four points in front. Dual registration player, Harvey Livett, took the conversion and Rochdale led six points to nil and the Broncos looked rattled. The sets were being churned out by both sides and but for a knock on, on 8 minutes Sammut would have been away and the scores would have been level. Two minutes later the Hornets were away and running and Kieran Dixon came up with an enormous try saving tackle forcing the home side into touch. James Meadows, who again had a good game, kicked a 40:20 and from the ensuing play Rhys Williams burst through only for an offside call bringing play back. The sustained pressure from London finally paid off and after a phase of four sets in a row Jarrod Sammut, at hooker, played the ball to Kieran Dixon who, after a trademark step inside, raced over the line and with Sammut adding the two the scores were level on 35 minutes. The hosts claimed their lead back within 3 minutes, as Livett made up for a penalty goal he had missed earlier in the half by adding two points to the scoreboard after another penalty against the visitors and when Dec Patton slotted home a drop goal London went into the break trailing for the fourth game in a row. The Broncos came out for the second half looking really fired up and were forced into an early change as Will Lovell came off with a head knock, which would end his game, and on came another young London product in Daniel Hindmarsh. The hosts three point advantage lasted just three minutes of the change and after the ball had gone through the hands of five Broncos players Dixon bounced off Yates’ attempted tackle to give the Broncos a lead that would prove to be decisive. Eddie Battye was putting in a momentous shift and after 52 minutes finally left the field to be replaced by Lewis Bienek. Broncos were now a side full of young home grown talent with Hindmarsh, Meadows, Bienek, Adebiyi and Davis all playing their parts and on 54 minutes Sadiq Adebiyi showed the strength he possesses and crashed over from close range to extend the lead. His second came from a penalty when the prop forward was on the end of a clothes line tackle. Hindmarsh picked up the ball and after a tremendous run was stopped just short. Sammut played the ball to Adebiyi and he was over again for his second of the game. Sammut again added the extras and the gap had widened to 13 points. Play went back and forth between the two teams but when Jay Pitts broke through the middle on 66 minutes Dixon was on his shoulder to take the pass and the fullback darted over for his hat-trick try and it was game over. Declan Kay gave the hosts a consolation try on 73 minutes but the second half performance of the Broncos will have given Head Coach Danny Ward a lot more faith in his squad as they showed the form of the first six games of the campaign. Dixon rounded off his evening with a penalty at the end to see the Broncos take away the two points by a margin of 30 points to 15. The Broncos now travel to Leigh Centurions for a Challenge Cup tie before returning, for the first time in April, to Trailfinders Sports Club to take on Dewsbury Rams and the chance to again consolidate their top four position. Rochdale Hornets:- Dec Kay, Richard Lepori, Taylor Welch, Earl Hurst, Deon Cross, Dec Patton, Danny Yates, Joe Taira, Ben Moores, Luke Adamson, Toby Adamson, Dave Allen, Harvey Livett. Subs: Lewis Hatton, Pat Moran, Billy Brickhill. Not used: Blake Turner. Tries: Moores (6), Kay (73) Goals: Livett 3/4 Field Goal: Patton (40) London Broncos:- Kieran Dixon, Elliott Kear, Michael Channing, Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams, Api Pewhairangi, James Meadows, Thomas Spencer, Jarrod Sammut, Edward Battye, William Lovell, Jay Pitts, Matthew Davis. Subs: Sam Davis, Lewis Bienek, Sadiq Adebiyi, Daniel Hindmarsh. Tries: Dixon (34, 45, 66), Adebiyi (54, 58) Goals: Sammut 3/4, Dixon 2/2 View the full article
  6. This weekend sees both our U19’s, sponsored by LBSA.org.uk, and our U16’s, sponsored by Sorted Magazine, playing at home on the same day at Trailfinders Sports Club. The U19’s entertain Newcastle Thunder at 3pm while the U 16’s play host to Warrington Wolves at 12.30pm. Both teams have had their ups and downs but both will want to make the most of home advantage as they look to bounce back from defeats against Warrington Wolves (U19’s) and Widnes Vikings (U16’s) Huw Goodwin is confident that the boys can get the result while Colin Baker, Rob Powell and their squad will be hoping to make the most of playing on the 4g pitch and get a confidence boosting win. The Under 19 Squad to face Newcastle Thunder :- Chris Ball Will Blakemore Gideon Boafo Junior Bray Ryan Couch Sam Davis Alfie Edwards Jesse Fearn Christian Gale Caley Gray Adam Green Daniel Hindmarsh Joshua Hodson Rian Horsman Rhys Joel Jacob Jones Joe Leigh Oliver Leyland Kai Pearce-Paul Max Savage The U16’s Squad for the game with Warrington Wolves :- ALLEN, Max – Hemel Stags ATILOLA, Tommy – Invicta Panthers BIO, Junior – Hemel Stags BEJANIDZE, Luciano – London Skolars CHENNELL, Oliver – Elmbridge Eagles DEERY, Alexander – London Skolars GORDON-SMITH, Archie – Rutlish Raiders GRAY, Rory – Brentwood Eels GRINT, Chris – Hemel Stags HOLDING, Archie – Brentwood Eels HOWORTH, Jack – Elmbridge Eagles HUTCHINGS, Elliott – Hemel Stags JACKSON, Seth – Rutlish Raiders JINMI, Dylan – London Skolars LAING, Tommy – London Skolars LEYLAND, Bill – Invicta Panthers LOWE-STEWART, Isaiah – Rutlish Raiders MORPHEY, Max – Hemel Stags NATHAN, Isaak – St Albans Centurions SCOTT, Cameron – Oxford Cavaliers SILVA, Ramon – Elmbridge Eagles SMITH, Jacob – Brentwood Eels WATTS ADAMS, Malachy – Brentwood Eels Please note this squad will be reduced to 20 after training on Friday 13th April. View the full article
  7. Broncos looking to bounce back

    London Broncos, this week, travel to the Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale Hornets on Friday the 13th hoping that there will be nothing unlucky for them to deal with on matchday. The Broncos arrive in Rochdale off of the back of three consecutive defeats to Toulouse, Leigh and Halifax and will be looking to get back to winning ways under the lights. Head Coach, Danny Ward, has again rung the changes within his 19 man squad with one new face in Daniel Hindmarsh and a returning old one in the shape of Michael Channing. Hindmarsh has impressed in the U19’s side so far this season and Channing is returning from a hamstring problem. The 19 Man Squad to face Rochdale Hornets on Friday 13th April 7.45pm Kick Off:- 19 – Sadiq Adebiyi 15 – Eddie Battye 20 – Lewis Bienek 23 – Robert Butler 17 – Michael Channing 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 29 – Sam Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 03 – Ben Hellewell 26 – Daniel Hindmarsh 01 – Elliot Kear 21 – Will Lovell 27 – James Meadows 06 – Api Pewhairangi 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  8. The London Broncos Community programme works under many guises covering many areas. Within the programme are a team of individuals who not only love the club and the sport but love the work they do for so many people. Max Savage is a prime example of one such person. Having started the game of Rugby League at the tender age of six years old Max has been on a journey and he spoke to us about his transition from child to player to working adult. “I started playing Rugby when I was six years old at Redbridge Raiders with my brother Joe, who plays for Bradford Bulls. I played with them for a couple of years until it got a bit dangerous for me to play with the older boys and that was when I joined my first community club, Medway Dragons. I played with them up until I was about 14 or 15 and was then picked to play for the South Origin side. Off of the back of my performance in that game I was picked up for the Broncos Scholarship system by Rob Powell who is the Head of Youth Development.” Max is one of the many young men who are drafted into the Broncos system and he has since gone through the Scholarship, into the Academy set up and in the meantime was working as an apprentice for the RFL. “When I was 16 I left school. I didn’t do A Levels or take the college route like most people would at that age instead I signed up to an RFL apprenticeship. I was a big part of the Sky Try Foundation and I did all my community work for them. They were very helpful as knowing I played for the Broncos they let me do a lot of my work actually at Broncos as part of my job. Max has worked closely not only with Broncos but also with the London Rugby League Foundation. “Through the London Rugby League foundation I started getting into coaching. I have coached the origin sides as I thought it only right to give back what so many have given to me in the past. I love coaching with the origin sides. Moving into the Broncos Academy meant that the work Max did was becoming more in volume and took him too many different environments and schools within the Borough of Ealing. “We have put Broncos into many schools and the kids just love it. They love the Mascot Buck and get so excited whenever the players come in to work with them. I think the children listen to the players more than the teachers now. One school we were at was called Hathaway Primary School who had unfortunately been put into special measures. We put the community project in there with many different initiatives encouraging the children in many ways. Be at School on Time with the Broncos was our way of bringing lateness and school attendance up to standard. We had the Princes Trust and the Mosaic project there too.” The Mosaic project saw the children at, the now newly named, Woodlands Academy have mentoring sessions with the community staff and players from London Broncos. The initiative also saw the parents take an active part in the sessions with them learning potential new parenting skills too. Max savage is one of many people who make a difference through the community project and the story has an inspiring ending. “I now work full time at Woodlands Academy. Based on the work I had done they gave me a fulltime job at the start of the school year. I work with the children in many ways as a mentor. They can come to me to read, to chat anything really. I am so glad that the hard work has paid off and that London Broncos community project continue to work in so many great ways to help so many great people.” View the full article
  9. Broncos lose ground on top three.

    Broncos slipped to another defeat on Sunday at the hands of Halifax as the hosts came from behind at the MBi Shay Stadium. Three tries in the final seven minutes of the first-half saw the hosts take control and lead 20-10 at the break before both sides exchanged scores in the second period. After a cagey first ten minutes, London showed their attacking qualities with the opening try as a fantastic offload, whilst under the challenge of two defenders, from Ben Hellewell put winger Rhys Williams in to touch down in the corner. Jarrod Sammut converted with the kick from a tight angle and we were up six points to nil. Halifax were reduced to 12 men on 16 minutes when Moore was shown a yellow card for dissent but London could not break down the Halifax defence despite having three sets of six in their opponents half. Halifax made the most of a penalty on their own 40 metre line and Johnston ran to the corner on the last tackle before setting up Tyrer to score the hosts first try of the contest in the corner in the 21st minute. Tyrer missed the conversion and we led six points to 4. Things started getting heated halfway through the half as Ben Johnston held down Api Pewhairangi who disapproved and after the ensuing melee both men were sent to the sin bin to cool down. London Broncos moved further in front on 29 minutes when a Dixon interception led to a great breakaway move involving Dixon himself , Alex Walker and finally finshing off the move was Elliot Kear touching down in the corner for four more points. Sammut missed the kick but the visitors were 10 – 4 ahead. Halifax sprang into life at this point and after tries from Grady(33), Grix(36) and McGrath(40) and a conversion and a penalty from Tyrer London heard the hooter finding themselves 20 – 10 behind. Halifax came out for the second half clearly on the high from the first and within five minutes had gone further in front through the impressive Tyrer who converted his own try to take a 26 – 10 lead. London gave themselves a chance to comeback as Will Lovell charged over on 68 minutes and Dixon converted to put the Broncos just ten points behind with less than ten minutes to play. Had Api Pewhairangi’s offload to Alex Walker, on 72 minutes, been taken the fullback would have been through to bring us even closer and set up a grandstand finish but alas the ball was knocked on and the hooter put paid to any thoughts of the win. London Broncos will be smarting from this loss and will need to be strong as they face another game away from home on Friday as they travel to Rochdale to try and turn the slump around. Halifax RLFC: Sharp, McGrath, Tyrer, Butler, Saltonstall; Murrell, Johnston; Douglas, Moore, Maher; Grady, Grix, Jacob Fairbank Subs: E Morris, Jones, Fleming, Green Tries: Tyrer (22’, 45’), Grady (33’), Grix (36’), McGrath (40’) Goals: Tyrer (4/6) Sin Bins: Moore (16’), Johnston (25’) London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Kear, Hellewell, Williams; Pewhairangi, Sammut; Spencer, Cunningham, Bienek; Lovell, Pitts, M Davis Subs: S Davis, Battye, Butler, Adebiyi Tries: Williams (9’), Kear (29’), Lovell (68’) Goals: Sammut (1/2), Dixon (1/1) Sin Bins: Pewhairangi (25’) View the full article
  10. London Broncos will, this week, be looking to move on from a disappointing Easter period and get the next job done away at Halifax RLFC. Head Coach, Danny Ward, has named a strong 19 man squad to face Halifax at the MBi Shay Stadium on Sunday 8th April with a 3pm kick off. Speedster Kieran Dixon returns to the squad having missed the encounter with Leigh Centurions while young halfback James Meadows is rested as Ward and his team continue to look after the youngster in his first professional season. Broncos also hope to see Ben Evans, Daniel Harrison, Michael Channing and Matt Davies all return very soon from injury. The game against Halifax RLFC will also see fullback, Alex Walker, make his 50th appearance in a London Broncos shirt. The 19 man Squad to face Halifax RLFC :- 19 – Sadiq Adebiyi 15 – Eddie Battye 20 – Lewis Bienek 23 – Rob Butler 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 29 – Sam Davis 05 – Kieran Dixon 04 – Matt Fleming 16 – Matt Gee 03 – Ben Hellewell 01 – Elliot Kear 21 – Will Lovell 06 – Api Pewhairangi 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article
  11. This weekend sees the London Broncos U19’s Academy side travel away from home again to see if they can keep their winning run going. Another tricky trip lies ahead as they travel north to take on the U19 side from the Huddersfield Giants. The side sit, currently, in sixth in the Academy table following consecutive wins over Bradford Bulls and Warrington Wolves. Since their shakey start to the season Head Coach, Huw Goodwin, has got the boys playing some great rugby league and it is showing in the results on the pitch. Tries are popping up from all over the pitch with the likes of Max Savage, Dan Hindmarsh and Gideon Boafo all getting on score sheets. Rhys Joel has been as steady as ever with the boot and is leading from the front in his role as Captain this season too. The U19’s Squad to face Huddersfield Giants Sat 7th April at 3pm :- Will Blakemore Gideon Boafo Junior Bray Ryan Couch Sam Davis Jesse Fearn Christian Gale Caley Gray Adam Green Daniel Hindmarsh Joshua Hodson Rian Horsman Rhys Joel Jacob Jones Joe Leigh Oliver Leyland James Meadows Robert Oakley Kai Pearce-Paul Max Savage View the full article
  12. What: London Broncos Academy open training session When: Wednesday 18th April and Tuesday 24th April Where: Trailfinders Sports Club, Ealing, W13 0DD Who: Anyone with a birth date between 1.9.98-31.8.2001 Think you can be a professional rugby league player? Have aspirations of playing top flight Sport? The London Broncos Academy system has been very much the talking point of this years Rugby League Season so far. Players from our Academy are currently playing, not only in London, but in teams throughout the country. With young Academy players such as Lewis Bienek,Matt Davis, James Meadows, Sam Davis, Rob Butler, Jacob Ogden and Dan Hindmarsh, all currently playing in the Championship for our first team, the Academy continues to go from strength to strength. The Under 19 Academy programme is on the pathway to becoming a full time professional rugby league player with the squad training three times a week, on week nights, between 1800-2100. There are 22 competitive fixtures this season in a structured league between February and August. This includes home and away fixtures against all the Super League Under 19 Academies and the squad has started this season strongly beating Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Bradford Bulls The players in the Academy squad are paid and classed as part time professional players The whole academy (Under 16 Scholarship and Under 19s Academy) was accredited last year where the overall rating was ‘GOOD’. This placed the club alongside Super League academies such as Castleford Tigers and above many others. If you’re aged 16-19 years old (with a date of birth between 01/09/1998 – 31/08/2001) and think you have what it takes to be a professional rugby league player then email: rob.powell@londonbroncosrl.com who will send you a registration form which must be completed and sent back. You will then be invited to the training sessions on Wednesday 18th April and Tuesday 24th April at London Bronco’s home ground at Trailfinders Sports Club , Vallis Way, W13 0DD. Registration will start at 1800 on the 18th April and training will begin at 1830. Who knows you could be the next big thing to come out of London! View the full article
  13. Api Pewhairangi:- The Interview

    This is your third season here at the Broncos what was it that first attracted you to the club? To be honest I didn’t know a lot about London or the club for that matter. I was playing Rugby Union over in Ireland and wasn’t enjoying it and the opportunity came up. I was looking for a lifeline back in Rugby League and London turned out to be that lifeline for me. I did the four week trial and just fell in love with the club, the city and the lads that were here. London is a very far cry from your home of New Zealand. Are there any similarities between the two? No not at all to be honest. It’s totally different for us Kiwis living on this side of the world. It’s a whole new experience and way of life. The lifestyle, for us, is so exciting over here it’s something that we really enjoy and embrace. The great thing too is being so close to mainland Europe gives us a chance to travel and enjoy countries we might not get the chance to see. Some people may have the misconception that New Zealand is very much like Australia. It isn’t but what is it that makes you think, yes, New Zealand is home? Wow. That’s a good question. Just, I think, the people, the greenery and the landscape. I haven’t seen anywhere really on this continent that reminds me of home. I think the closest I came to it was when I played in Ireland and the rolling hills and lushness of the countryside probably were the nearest. The landscapes at home are incredible especially if you go down to the South Island. Coming over from Ireland and its similarities to home coming to London must have been a massive culture shock for you? Oh it was a massive difference for me coming here. The rat race of the underground where, you know, people just push you out of the way for example. Its head down and go and that so different for me. I’m not saying all Londoners are like that obviously but it’s so fast paced 24 hours a day. The other side of the coin though is that I love it here and it’s a culture that I am really embracing. You live with your partner here now and that’s great but how has it changed the way you live and play Rugby League? It’s probably the first time I have had a partner since playing. I came over here as a single guy and I met Paris, my partner in Acton on Mark Ioane’s birthday. Since meeting her it’s been so different. Having the chance to travel with her and do amazing things together. We now live together as you said and it’s helped me to find a balance between my life on and off the pitch. Mark has a lot to answer for!! When I’m not playing we go all over we’ve loved the rich history here in London and place like Camden market are great. Now as you said you had Mark Ioane, a fellow Kiwi, here at the time but how did you find settling in with a group of English lads? The guys have been awesome since I got here and were all really welcoming. It took a bit of time to get used to their banter but I understand most of it now. We have a really tight knit group of players here in London and we go out together for nights out for coffee on days off its great. I think it has also helped as a team on the field as we know each other so well now that it’s transferring on to the pitch too. Now your Mum is an ardent follower of your career on social media and always congratulates you. Is it hard being so far away from family? Look I left home when I was 16 years old and I have been playing away from them since then. It doesn’t get any easier I can promise you but just knowing they are my biggest supporters from afar make it a lot less painful when I don’t see them for long periods of time. They call me a lot before and after games but without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. View the full article
  14. Broncos lose on the road.

    London Broncos went down to their second defeat of the Easter weekend on Monday at the hands of the rejuvenated Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village. Coming off of the back of the loss on Good Friday to Toulouse, the Broncos were looking to putting another mark in the W column as they faced newly relegated Leigh. The rain had abated by the time kick off came around and with the pitch in excellent condition we looked forward to a highly entertaining game of rugby league with two teams that play expansive attractive rugby. We were not disappointed from the off with both sides giving it their all to try and break down the opposition defence. The Centurions faced an early injury problem as Vaivai was helped from the field with an achilles injury which would put him on crutches after the game. Both teams were determined not to have their lines breached but handling errors from both sets of players were leading from one knock on to another and what seemed a constant stream of goal line dropouts we were still tied on nil. Finally after 24 minutes the deadlock was broken as Leigh hoisted a kick towards the London line. Alex Walker was outjumped and the ball was passed inside to Liam Hood who went over the line for the first score of the day. Ben Reynolds kicked the extras and Leigh were in front by six points to nil. From the ensuing kick off Leigh fumbled the ball over the dead ball line and London were pressing straight away. The ball continued to switch sides with surprising regularity and it took a big tackle to stop London fullback, Alex Walker, from scoring as he was away from the defence only to knock on inches from the try line. London did not give up, however, and their persistence paid off after 38 minutes with a lovely move starting in the middle with the ball moving out to Jarrod Sammut who flipped the ball up behind his back for the on-running Elliot Kear to collect and score in the corner for the first Broncos try of the day. The conversion was good and at the break we were all square at six points a piece. The rain turned up during the halftime break and the players were welcomed by a downpour for the start of the second half. London knocked on with almost their first touch of the ball and within 2 minutes of the restart Jordan Thompson had the home fans on their feet by going over under the posts and 10 minutes later Leigh were two scores clear as captain Harrison Hansen danced through two missed tackles to again score under the posts The impressive Jay Pitts and James Cunningham combined in the 56th minute as Pitts broke the Leigh Line and the hooker broke away from the chasing pack to touch down under the posts for the Broncos to finish off a flowing move. Sammut, who kicked all three of his conversions, added the extras and Broncos seemed to see a chink of light but Kieron Purtill’s side were hungry for more and a clever sneak from dummy half gave Liam Hood his second of the afternoon and Leigh their fourth. With ten minutes left to play Leigh went through the hands to outnumber the Broncos wide and Drew Hutchison went over on a last tackle play to put Leigh firmly in command. Broncos had been undone again but on the final hooter Matty Gee slid over for a consolation try with the reliable Sammut kicking through the posts again. Leigh Centurions recorded their fourth win on the bounce and Broncos stared their second defeat in four days firmly in the face. Danny Ward’s men will now need to regroup and come out fighting next week as they face another away game at fellow 2017 qualifiers Halifax RLFC. Leigh Centurions: Peter Matautia; Matty Dawson-Jones, Ben Crooks, Craig Hall, Rhys Evans; Ben Reynolds, Drew Hutchison; Paterika Vaivai, Micky Higham, Nathan Mason, Harrison Hansen, Bodene Thompson, Jordan Thompson. Interchange: Liam Hood, Jordan Dezaeria, Jamie Acton, Kyle Lovett. Tries: Hood (25, 64), J Thompson (42), Hansen (52), Hutchison (72); Goals: Reynolds 5/ 5; Hall 0/ 1; Drop-goal: Reynolds. London Broncos: Alex Walker; Elliott Kear, Will Lovell, Ben Hellewell, Rhys Williams; James Meadows, Jarrod Sammut; Tom Spencer, James Cunningham, , Mark Ioane, Matty Gee, Jay Pitts, Matt Davis. Interchange: Sam Davis, Eddie Battye, Robert Butler, Lewis Bienek. Tries: Kear (35), Cunningham (56), Gee (80); Goals: Sammut 3/ 3. View the full article
  15. The games keep on coming at Easter

    London Broncos look to put the disappointment of their first loss of the season, against Toulouse on Good Friday, as they now focus on the game on Easter Monday. Leigh Centurions have not had the best start to the season but have now won three games on the bounce and will be looking to pick up a top four scalp when we visit the Leigh Sports Village. Head Coach Danny Ward has decided to reshuffle the pack following the Good Friday game as the two games in four days always takes it’s toll on players throughout the leagues. The 19 man Squad to face Leigh Centurions at 3pm on April 2nd:- 15 – Eddie Battye 20 – Lewis Bienek 23 – Robert Butler 09 – James Cunningham 13 – Matt Davis 29 – Sam Davis 04 – Matty Fleming 16 – Matt Gee 03 – Ben Hellewell 10 – Mark Ioane 01 – Elliot Kear 21 – Will Lovell 27 – James Meadows 06 – Api Pewhairangi 12 – Jay Pitts 07 – Jarrod Sammut 08 – Tom Spencer 14 – Alex Walker 02 – Rhys Williams View the full article