Championship side London Bronco’s opener their Qualifiers campaign with a hard earn win over super league side Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium last night.
Trailing 6-0 at the break thanks to an opening try to Ashall-Bott converted by Kristan Inu, the Bronco’s came to life in the second half, taking less than 2 minutes for rampaging prop Mark Ioane to barge his way over to make it 6-4, Jarrod Sammut missing the conversion.
This only seemed to spear the super league side into action and they were quick to respond with a try of their own from Chris Dean after good work from the Widnes halves to open a 14-4 lead.
However, three unanswered tries to the Bronco’s quickly turned the game on its head as ex manly player Daniel Harrison firstly found a massive gap in the Widnes goal line defence to go over untouched, before former Super league winger Kieran Dixon found himself on the end of two impressive back line moves to add another two tries to his impressive try scoring record. With Sammut kicking two of the three conversions the Bronco’s found themselves 14-20 in front with 10 minutes reminding.
But with six minutes to go, Widnes centre Kristan Inu converted his own try to level the scores, setting up a nail baiting finish for both sets of supporters.
With both sides scrambling to get the win in the final minutes, it was the experienced Bronco’s vastly experienced half back Jarrod Sammut that kept his nerve to land a 30 yard drop goal and give his side the ideal dream start to the qualifiers.
For Widnes it was their 17th successive defeat and a massive blow to their super league survival hopes as they look to avoid the dropping out of the top flight. Their task doesn’t get any easier with next weeks trip to Salford Red Devils who have started to find some form recently, while London will be looking to welcome the fallen Super league Champions Leeds Rhino’s to the capital as they look to get one foot into next years Super League competition.
- Sammut joins the Super League champions
- Bronco's overcome the favourites to return to Super league
- Salford Maintain 100% record, while Widnes look certain to be playing Championship rugby in 2019.
- Leed's Rhinos all but secure Super League Status, while Widnes look at Championship football in 2019
- Walker returns for Rhino's must win clash with Wigan.