• London Broncos
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  • London Broncos
  • Leeds Rhinos
20th August 2016 | KO 15:00 | Ealing Trailfinders Sports Park | Super League Qualifiers

London Broncos 28 Leeds Rhinos 42

A hat trick from Tom Briscoe helped the Rhinos to three straight wins in the Super 8s Qualifiers as they came away from London with a 42-28 win.

Leeds Rhinos were playing at their 50th away venue in the summer era when they travel to the Trailfinders Sports Ground in Ealing to face London Broncos and the blustery and wet conditions that greeted them certainly were an omen for the storm that the home side would throw at them in the first half.
 
London have impressed this season, reaching the Qualifiers for the first time having finished clear runners up to Leigh in the regular season. They were undaunted by the Rhinos and, led by former Penrith star Jamie Soward, asked plenty of questions of the visitors.
 
They took the lead after six minutes when they reacted quickest to a spilled ball by Kallum Watkins. The England centre looked to be breaking clear when a desperate tap tackle by Will Barthau felled him in midflow and as he hit the 4G surface the ball came free. Immediately the Broncos went on the counter attack and winger Rhys Williams was on hand to score the games opening try. Soward added the conversion to give his side an early 6-0 lead.
 
The Rhinos responded with two quick fire tries. The first was well finished by Tom Briscoe following an offload by Jamie Jones-Buchanan in midfield. The ball was quickly moved wide and Brett Ferres and Watkins combined to put Briscoe in space to score. Sutcliffe was unfortunate to see his conversion attempt drop short from the touchline into the wind.
 
The next try was created by great vision by Joel Moon. Moon had been moved into the halves with Rob Burrow out injured and he timed his pass to perfection to put Jimmy Keinhorst through the gap. Keinhorst burst clear before passing to Liam Sutcliffe to score.  Sutcliffe added the conversion to give his side a 10-6 lead after 15 minutes.
 
Leeds  looked to press home their advantage after that but London refused to buckle and they were able to keep the pressure on the visitors with a number of high kicks from Soward that were dealt with brilliantly by Sutcliffe.
 
The Broncos did then cut the gap after a penalty near their own line. Using the wind to their advantage, they went straight to the other end of the field and caught Leeds flat footed as hooker James Cunningham broke through and scored between the posts. Soward edged his side back in front with the conversion after 22 minutes.
 
However, once again the Rhinos responded to that set back with two more tries before half time. The first came from Briscoe in almost a carbon copy of his first effort with Ferres and Watkins the key with quick handling in midfield.
 
Then James Segeyaro finished off a fine move, started by Jordan Lilley, who had come on as a replacement for Danny McGuire. The youngsters offloaded to Adam Cuthbertson, who raced through before popping up a pass to the hooker to score. Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 12-20 at half time.
 
The Rhinos looked to have the perfect start to the second half when Watkins bumped off a number of attempted tackles to go over but as he ran around to touch down nearer the posts he lost possession and the try was gone.
 
Leeds did not get frustrated however and they did cross for a fifth try soon after. The chance was created by a clever break by Keinhorst, then with London on the backfoot Ferres chipped over the top on the last tackle. London knocked on and Lilley was on the spot to pick up and go over.
 
The visitors then punished two big errors from the Broncos. Having gained a penalty in midfield, Soward had to kick short for touch into the wind but Briscoe was alert and managed to keep the ball in play. The Rhinos moved down field and Mitch Achurch proved too big near the line for London to stop.  The Broncos then put the kick off out on the full as they over-compensated for the wind. Lilley kicked to touch and two tackles later, Watkins ran a perfect line to come charging onto Ferres pass to score. Sutcliffe converted both tries to give his team a 12-36 lead with 25 minutes to go.
 
London did get a third try on the back of consecutive penalties against the Rhinos as Slyney evaded an attempted tackle before going in between the posts. Soward quickly took the conversion to cut the gap to 36-18.
 
However, the fightback was halted there as Briscoe completed his hat trick with an unselfish pass by Watkins near the line to the winger. Sutcliffe added the conversion again. 

The home fans did have something to cheer in the last five minutes. London got a try back with four minutes to go when winger Iliess Macani raced down the touchline to score, the try awarded despite claims for a forward pass in the build up. Soward missed the conversion from wide out. Then Elliot Kear managed to stretch out for the line one handed to touch down in the final minute. Soward was on target this time to make the final score 42-28. 

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A hat trick from Tom Briscoe helped the Rhinos to three straight wins in the Super 8s Qualifiers as they came away from London with a 42-28 win.

Leeds Rhinos were playing at their 50th away venue in the summer era when they travel to the Trailfinders Sports Ground in Ealing to face London Broncos and the blustery and wet conditions that greeted them certainly were an omen for the storm that the home side would throw at them in the first half.
 
London have impressed this season, reaching the Qualifiers for the first time having finished clear runners up to Leigh in the regular season. They were undaunted by the Rhinos and, led by former Penrith star Jamie Soward, asked plenty of questions of the visitors.
 
They took the lead after six minutes when they reacted quickest to a spilled ball by Kallum Watkins. The England centre looked to be breaking clear when a desperate tap tackle by Will Barthau felled him in midflow and as he hit the 4G surface the ball came free. Immediately the Broncos went on the counter attack and winger Rhys Williams was on hand to score the games opening try. Soward added the conversion to give his side an early 6-0 lead.
 
The Rhinos responded with two quick fire tries. The first was well finished by Tom Briscoe following an offload by Jamie Jones-Buchanan in midfield. The ball was quickly moved wide and Brett Ferres and Watkins combined to put Briscoe in space to score. Sutcliffe was unfortunate to see his conversion attempt drop short from the touchline into the wind.
 
The next try was created by great vision by Joel Moon. Moon had been moved into the halves with Rob Burrow out injured and he timed his pass to perfection to put Jimmy Keinhorst through the gap. Keinhorst burst clear before passing to Liam Sutcliffe to score.  Sutcliffe added the conversion to give his side a 10-6 lead after 15 minutes.
 
Leeds  looked to press home their advantage after that but London refused to buckle and they were able to keep the pressure on the visitors with a number of high kicks from Soward that were dealt with brilliantly by Sutcliffe.
 
The Broncos did then cut the gap after a penalty near their own line. Using the wind to their advantage, they went straight to the other end of the field and caught Leeds flat footed as hooker James Cunningham broke through and scored between the posts. Soward edged his side back in front with the conversion after 22 minutes.
 
However, once again the Rhinos responded to that set back with two more tries before half time. The first came from Briscoe in almost a carbon copy of his first effort with Ferres and Watkins the key with quick handling in midfield.
 
Then James Segeyaro finished off a fine move, started by Jordan Lilley, who had come on as a replacement for Danny McGuire. The youngsters offloaded to Adam Cuthbertson, who raced through before popping up a pass to the hooker to score. Sutcliffe added the conversion to make it 12-20 at half time.
 
The Rhinos looked to have the perfect start to the second half when Watkins bumped off a number of attempted tackles to go over but as he ran around to touch down nearer the posts he lost possession and the try was gone.
 
Leeds did not get frustrated however and they did cross for a fifth try soon after. The chance was created by a clever break by Keinhorst, then with London on the backfoot Ferres chipped over the top on the last tackle. London knocked on and Lilley was on the spot to pick up and go over.
 
The visitors then punished two big errors from the Broncos. Having gained a penalty in midfield, Soward had to kick short for touch into the wind but Briscoe was alert and managed to keep the ball in play. The Rhinos moved down field and Mitch Achurch proved too big near the line for London to stop.  The Broncos then put the kick off out on the full as they over-compensated for the wind. Lilley kicked to touch and two tackles later, Watkins ran a perfect line to come charging onto Ferres pass to score. Sutcliffe converted both tries to give his team a 12-36 lead with 25 minutes to go.
 
London did get a third try on the back of consecutive penalties against the Rhinos as Slyney evaded an attempted tackle before going in between the posts. Soward quickly took the conversion to cut the gap to 36-18.
 
However, the fightback was halted there as Briscoe completed his hat trick with an unselfish pass by Watkins near the line to the winger. Sutcliffe added the conversion again. 

The home fans did have something to cheer in the last five minutes. London got a try back with four minutes to go when winger Iliess Macani raced down the touchline to score, the try awarded despite claims for a forward pass in the build up. Soward missed the conversion from wide out. Then Elliot Kear managed to stretch out for the line one handed to touch down in the final minute. Soward was on target this time to make the final score 42-28. 

Team Performance

Goals

4

5

Tries

5

8

Player Performance

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Liam Sutcliffe1500000
Tom Briscoe3000000
Kallum Watkins1000000
Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Ryan Hall0000000
Danny McGuire0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Keith Galloway0000000
James Segeyaro1000000
Mitchell Garbutt0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Carl Ablett0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Interchanges
Jordan Lilley1000000
Mitch Achurch1000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Adam Cuthbertson0000000

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PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards