Broncos hang on for vital win against Rovers

London Broncos won a pulsating game to climb off the bottom of the Super League for the first time in three months with a 26-24 win over Hull KR at Trailfinders Stadium.

It was a good start for the Broncos as they took the lead thanks to a Kieran Dixon after just six minutes as Rovers were caught for a tackle off the ball.

The Broncos then made their move midway through the first half as Morgan Smith, the match winner against St Helens, got through after 26 minutes. Dixon missed the conversion, but scored another penalty just seven minutes later to put the capital side up by eight points.

Then came a potentially controversial moment as London felt not one, but two decisions went against them in the build up, but Weller Hauraki managed to get over. Ryan Shaw got the conversion to bring them back to within two points.

All of a sudden, it was the away side who had the momentum going into the second half, and they scored a try just three minutes into the second half as Adam Quinlan finished off a brilliant team move to score. Shaw scored the conversion to edge Rovers ahead for the first time in the game.

Just three minutes later, the Rovers scored again in an almost identical move to their earlier try, this time Chris Atkin finished under the posts. Shaw scored again to make it 18 unanswered points for the away side.

But back came the home side as Alex Walker finished off a good move. Dixon converted to bring the Broncos back to within two points.

Then just after the hour, came possibly the game deciding moment as Jordan Abdull and Quinlan competed for the ball. Video replays showed both got to the ball at the same time, therefore Abdull was given the benefit of the doubt and the try. Dixon converted to put the Broncos back in front.

With the game hanging on a knife edge, the Broncos seemed to seal it with five minutes to go as Rob Butler grounded the ball, under significant pressure from the Rovers defence. Dixon converted again to put the Broncos ahead by eight points.

Rovers needed a miracle with the clock winding down, and they got halfway to where they needed to be as Josh Drinkwater scored from dummy half., but as he tried to get the ball back for a quick conversion, it resulted in a scuffle, but referee Chris Kendall chose not to take any action. Shaw converted to bring it back to a two point game.

But the Broncos held on to a claim a third straight win, and their fourth in five games to give them a real chance of survival. They travel to Castleford Tigers next Sunday.

As for Hull KR, they fall to the bottom of the table, and it doesn’t get any easier for them as they welcome city rivals Hull FC next Thursday.

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