Opposition Profile – London Broncos

With only three games left of the 2019 regular season, the Rhinos will travel to the capital this Sunday to face bottom club London Broncos at Trailfinders Sports Club, kick off 3pm.

A second win away against Catalans two weeks ago gave the Broncos two vital points in their battle to survive relegation. In their final three games they will face teams who are also aiming to avoid the drop.

Ahead of the clash, find out more about Danny Ward’s Broncos….


Form

Despite sitting bottom of the league, London Broncos still have a chance of surviving for Super League in 2020. They are currently level on points with Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants with nine wins but to ensure security for next season, they will have to beat the Rhinos, Wakefield Trinity and Hull KR next Friday night.

Danny Ward’s side have also produced some shocks throughout the season. Since demolishing Wakefield in round one, London have picked up wins against Leeds, Wigan and League Leaders St Helens twice.

After being defeated at Emerald Headingley, Leeds were victorious over London at the Dacia Magic Weekend, winning 24-22 thanks to tries from Richie Myler, Harry Newman, Liam Sutcliffe, Ash Handley and Jack Walker.

Previous Meetings

In previous years, this fixture has produced some high scoring affairs, mostly in favour of the Rhinos. Leeds have scored over 40 points on eight occasions in the league, including a 60-0 thrashing in 2006 and a 54-20 result a year later.

London recorded their highest result in 1997 when they finished as Super League runners up at the end of the season. Two tries from Peter Gill, plus other tries from Russell Bawden, David Krause, Steve Rosolen, Tulsen Tollett and Josh White ensured the Broncos walked away with a 40-16 win.

Danny McGuire has scored four tries against London in the league twice (2006 and 2012) and crossed for a hat trick in the 2008 Challenge Cup win.

Last 10 away meetings against London

London Broncos 32 Leeds Rhinos 48 (Qualifiers, 19/08/18)

London Broncos 28 Leeds Rhinos 42 (Qualifiers, 20/08/16)

London Broncos 40 Leeds Rhinos 36 (Rnd 24, 17/08/14)

London Broncos 18 Leeds Rhinos 30 (Rnd 23, 01/08/13)

London Broncos 12 Leeds Rhinos 58 (Rnd 19, 30/06/12)

Harlequins 32 Leeds Rhinos 22 (Rnd 25, 20/08/11)

Harlequins 22 Leeds Rhinos 42 (Rnd 17, 12/06/10)

Harlequins 14 Leeds Rhinos 48 (Rnd 17, 20/06/09)

Harlequins 28 Leeds Rhinos 24 (Rnd 17, 14/06/08)

Harlequins 26 Leeds Rhinos 36 (Challenge Cup Rnd 5, 11/05/08)

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Record Against the Rhinos

Over 21 years, London only have eleven wins against the Rhinos in Super League, six of which have come on home soil. In the first two seasons of the competition, the Broncos beat Leeds 33-16 and 40-16 at home.

Leeds got their first away win against London in 1998, thanks to a Iestyn Harris penalty goal, and would remain unbeaten in the capital for the next six years, winning five and drawing one. The Rhinos have won both home and away fixtures ten times, most recently in 2013 with 30-6 and 30-18 victories.

After London’s relegation to the Championship, the two sides met in the Qualifiers in 2016 at Ealing Trailfinders; Leeds winning 42-28.

More recently, the sides have met twice in the Qualifiers. The Rhinos have scored nearly 50 points on both occasions, with Tom Briscoe in 2016 and Joel Moon last year scoring hat tricks to help keep Leeds in Super League.


In the News

London have bulked their outside backs for 2020 with winger Tuoyo Egodo set to rejoin the club. The former Broncos Academy player moved to Castleford in 2016 and has made 16 appearances for Daryl Powell’s team.

For the remainder of the season, London have acquired the services of former Sydney Rooster, Newcastle Knight and Australian Schoolboys half back, Brock Lamb. He scored a try on debut against Castleford and kicked a drop goal to seal the 17-4 win over Catalans.


Key Players

Jordan Abdull

Position: Half Back

Kicks in general play: 256

Forty Twenty: 4

Attacking kicks: 140

Missed Tackles: 51

Eddie Battye

Position: Prop

Carries: 400

Penalties: 31

Tackles: 755

Metres: 2145


Last Time Out

The last time the two sides met at Trailfinders Sports Club was in the Qualifiers in 2018, the Rhinos ran out 48-32 victors, scoring eight tries. Half back Joel Moon got Leeds off to a perfect start, scoring a hat trick in the opening minutes. Despite Kieran Dixon opening the scoring for London, a length of the field effort from Luke Briscoe and Brett Ferres touched down before half time. Carl Ablett and two tries from Ashton Golding a sealed a 48-32 win.


Team News

Danny Ward has only made one change for Sunday’s clash with the Rhinos, naming a full strength squad. Rob Butler can make his 22nd appearance of the season, with the prop replacing fellow forward Daniel Hindmarsh.

Rugby code switcher Guy Armitage and NRL import Brock Lamb are also named, with Lamb scoring points in London’s last two matches. Former Rhino Jay Pitts is also in line to face his former club.


More Information

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Tickets and travel are still available for Sunday’s match against London Broncos. Tickets can be purchased either at the Leeds Rugby Ticket Office at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, over the phone on 0371 423 1315 or online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk.

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