On loan half back Morgan Smith was the toast of London Bronco’s on Sunday night as his Golden Point drop goal saw Super leagues bottom side beat run away Leaders St Helens 23-22 in the capital.
In a game many thought St Helens would walk away with, the decision of head coach Justin Holbrook to rest a number of first teamers came back to haunt them as London shown the guts and determination that has already seen them claim a number of scalps in the South this season.
Without stars such as Lachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson and Alex Walmsley the Saints made it look like business as usual as they flew into a 12 -0 lead thanks to tries from skipper James Roby (pictured) and Luke Thompson. This didn’t last long as London had other ideas and hit back with a try to centre Ryan Morgan who is in the London side on a seasons loan from St Helens and former Hull hooker James Cunningham levelling the game at 12-12 as the half time whistle blew.
The visitor’s should have regained the lead within minutes of the restart only for Kevin Naiqama to drop the ball meters from an open line however, his fellow centre Mark Percival made amends minutes later, taking Regan Grace’s inside flick pass to cross in the corner. With Richardson missing the conversion from the touch line St Helens had a brief 12-16 lead and normally from here would start moving up the gears.
Unfortunately for the hoards of travelling supporters this wasn’t the case and thanks to their loanee Ryan Morgan, the home side levelled the game yet again when the Australian bust over. With their heads up it wasn’t long before the home side took the lead when London captain Jay Pitts beat two Saints defenders to a Jordan Abdull grubber kick.
Kieron Dixons conversion gave the hosts a 6 point lead as the prospect of an massive upset was suddenly a reality. However, as the saying now goes, “Never write off the Saints” and as they have done so many times in the past a free flowing move across the back line found Welsh international Regan Grace with just enough space to cross in the corner and with Danny Richardson on form with the boot the visitors made it 22-22 with seconds remaining.
Love it or hate it this season as seen the introduction of Golden point and with St Helens receiving from the re start the prospect of St Helens using their mighty pack to walk up the field and score was on everyone’s mind. Thankfully for the London fans that didn’t happen as St Helen’s Substitute Louie McCarthy Scarsbrick who himself came through the junior ranks in the capital knocked on early in the set.
This gave the Bronco’s ideal field postion and after setting themselves up under the sticks the ball found Morgan Smith who although he didn’t get a clean touch of the ball it was still enough to send it over the cross bar and give his side a famous victory.