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28/03/13 - London Broncos v Catalan Dragons - KO 8pm

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Referee: T Roby

Touch Judge: P Brooke

Touch Judge: S Mikalauskas

Reserve: J Abimelech

Match Commissioner: P Crashley

In Goal: S Matthews

In Goal: B Patey

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Catalan squad: Damien Blanch, Leon Pryce, Zeb Taia, Thomas Bosc, Olivier Elima, Ian Henderson, Rémi Casty, Steve Menzies, Louis Anderson, Anthoni Maria, Eloi Pelissier, Kevin Larroyer, Daryl Millard, Mathias Pala, Mickael Simon, Julian Bousquet, Jason Baitieri, Frédéric Vaccari, Morgan Escaré.

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London squad: Chris Bailey, Mark Bryant, Michael Channing, Tony Clubb, Liam Colbon, Matt Cook, Kieran Dixon, Luke Dorn, Ben Fisher, Craig Gower, Antonio Kaufusi, Olsi Krasniqi, Tommy Lee, Will Lovell, Jamie O'Callaghan, Chad Randall, Shane Rodney, Dan Sarginson, Michael Witt.

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I say (hope) Catalan will have another one of those off days on their travels allowing London to edge it,just.

22-20.

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Due to adverse weather conditions the London Broncos round 9 fixture against Catalan Dragons, scheduled for this Thursday (8pm) has been moved from The Twickenham Stoop to Esher Rugby Union club.

The pitch at the Twickenham Stoop has been deemed unplayable after the Broncos and Hull FC game on Saturday.

“We have spent the last 24 hours to search for venues but with a busy schedule of football matches this weekend we have been severely limited in our choice of alternative venue,” said chief executive Gus Mackay.

“We wanted to avoid backing up fixtures and we were keen for the team to maintain their momentum following the performances over Castleford Tigers and Hull FC.

“The ground at Esher has been approved by the RFL for this one-off game. We are grateful for the support from the RFL and for Esher Rugby Union Club for hosting us at short notice.

London Broncos head coach Tony Rea said: “The situation was explained to the players, and they were given the choice and they were unanimous with their support of playing the game at Esher.”

Ticketing arrangements

Season ticket holders can gain entry to the match using their Catalan Dragons ticket from their season ticket book.

All pre-purchased tickets will be valid for the game, please bring your tickets with you and present them when asked at the gate. Car park passes are also valid. Fans can also park at the ground for £5.

Matchday pricing will remain at £20 for adults, £5 for u19s and £12 for concessions and tickets can be purchased on the day.

The ground

Esher Rugby

369 Molesey Road

Hersham

Surrey

KT12 3PF

Directions

From M1, M3, M4, M11, M40 ETC, VIA M25:

Leave M25 at Wisley Interchange (Junction 10) onto A3 towards London. After 1 mile turn left to Walton-on-Thames (A245). After 1/4 mile turn right at traffic lights into Seven Hills Road (B365). Turn right at small roundabout into Burwood Road and follow this into Hersham Village, bearing right into Molesey Road.

Keep straight on at large roundabout, under railway bridge at Hersham Station and the ground is 300 yards on the left. (Approximate time from M25 - 15 minutes).

From London

Take the A3 out of London and continue down to turn-off to Esher (A244). Follow this road (Copsem Lane/Claremont Lane) through Esher Village, and across High Street into Church Street, turn left into Lammas Lane towards Walton-on-Thames (A244) along dual carriageway. Turn right at large roundabout into Molesey Road, under the railway bridge at Hersham Station, and the Ground is 300 yards on the left.

From Hampton Court Bridge

Cross over the bridge from the Palace side and take the second right, immediately after the pedestrian traffic lights (Creek Road, then Bridge Road). At Police Station mini roundabout turn right into the Walton Road: this eventually becomes the Molesey Road and the ground is to be seen on the right approximately 300 yards before the railway bridge at Hersham Station.

By Rail

Hersham Station is on the Waterloo - Woking line. On leaving the station, turn right under the bridge and the Ground is 300 yards on the left.

Steven Devonshire, Media Manager

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I did wonder whether it was anything to do with protecting the pitch for their landlords' use but see Quins don't have a home match now until April 13th.

Not brilliant having a Super duper League match played at the (albeit well appointed) ground of a side playing in RU's equivalent of Championship 1. Still I guess the ground will be more than adequate for the crowd on the night.

Maybe it's secretly a scoping exercise to see whether it could work for a Championship Broncos to be based in Surrey?

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About 15 years ago I used to work just around the corner. Never in my most heavily laudanum laced dreams did I dream that one day it'd host Super League

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Looking at the website it seems a typical old fashioned RU ground - a decent clubhouse and player facilities, but diddly-squat concern for the very few speccies. Makes the Polytechnic Stadium at Chiswick look like the Halliwell Jones. Foozler's last sentence occurred to me as well, by the way.

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Not brilliant having a Super duper League match played at the (albeit well appointed) ground of a side playing in RU's equivalent of Championship 1. Still I guess the ground will be more than adequate for the crowd on the night.

Nobody seems to have any problem with Cas playing out of a bunch of falling down corrugated iron sheds. Many of our Championship 1 teams play out of better stadia than Cas do yet Cas are allowed to continue playing, and without the bitchiness that always seems to accompany anything the Broncos do.

I think it's a good thing to change grounds as it was clear from their game last week that the Stoop was in a terrible state. At Saints, if our pitch was unplayable, we have the good fortune of being within spitting distance of other modern, well built stadia. The Broncos don't have that advantage and yet still people have a dig.

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Excellent! A five hour round trip on a Thursday night has turned into a six hour round trip to stand in the freezing cold in a field.

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That slimy son-of-a-b*** Inverdale must have choked on his foie gras at lunchtime.

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Excellent! A five hour round trip on a Thursday night has turned into a six hour round trip to stand in the freezing cold in a field.

That's serious dedication to the cause.

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what's the capacity?

I can't see the problem, other than the fact that oily Inverdale might show up

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