London coach Tony Rea described his side’s performance against Bradford yesterday as ‘outrageously gutsy’.
The Broncos boss watched on as a young and inexperienced side pushed their relegation rivals close, losing 25-12. The scoreline flattered the Bulls in two respects – they scored late and London had an injury crisis.
Before a ball had even been kicked, the north London outfit lost Jordan Atkins (broken hand) and prop Erjon Dollapi (toe injury). Then, during the first half, they lost four players, including Tongan full-back Nesiasi Mataitonga (hamstring) and centre Mason Caton-Brown (concussion).
“It was an outrageously gutsy performance, given where we are at,” said Rea.
“Plenty of teams would have got beaten by 50 out there.
“We had no subs left, lost three outside backs and had four injuries during the first half, so it was a big ask and a huge challenge in adversity.
“It was great to still be in it at the back end of the game and at one point I thought we were going to get the job done.”