London Broncos won a high scoring encounter 50-30 against Newcastle Thunder at Rosslyn Park.
Newcastle took the lead after just three minutes. Kieran Gill was able to get over after taking advantage of Jarrod Sammut dropping a kick to score. Josh Woods scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
Just four minutes later, London hit back. Matty Fozard was able to get free and stretch to get the ball over the line. Chris Hankinson scored the conversion to level the scores.
London then shot themselves in the foot, as Rhys Curran was sent to the sin bin.
Just a minute later, Newcastle retook the lead. Connor Wrench marked his debut for the club with a try after finishing a good move. Woods converted for a six-point lead again.
Four minutes later, the Thunder doubled their advantage. Evan Simons went through with his first touch of the ball after being put through by Bob Beswick. Woods added the conversion.
London got themselves back into the game six minutes before the break. Hankinson got himself a try after leaping highest from a kick to score. He then converted his own try to bring them back within six points.
There was time for the Broncos to grab a levelling try. They worked it well after a mistake from the Thunder, allowing Abbas Miski to go over. Hankinson converted.
Just four minutes into the second half, London completed the turnaround. Winger Gideon Boafo attacked the line and managed to get over. Hankinson scored the conversion to give them a six-point lead.
London took their lead out to two scores 11 minutes into the second half. Hankinson took the two after Newcastle were punished for a ruck infringement.
Just a few minutes later, London were able to extend their lead even further. Boafo was put found in space, and he scored out wide. Hankinson scored the conversion to take their lead out to 14 points.
Not long after, it was London’s turn to be temporarily down to 12. Titus Gwaze would spend 10 minutes in the sin bin.
However, Newcastle were not done and got a try back with 15 minutes to go. Nathan Wilde was able to power his way over from short range. Woods converted to bring them back within eight points.
That would not last long, as Sammut put Greg Richards over for London just three minutes later. Hankinson scored the conversion to put them back ahead by 14.
London then took the game away from Newcastle with another try. Sammut kicked through and was able to collect his own kick to score. Hankinson added the conversion.
Refusing to lie down, Newcastle hit back almost straightaway. Gill was put through on the wing to score his second of the afternoon. Woods kicked the conversion as the Thunder reached 30 points.
But the final word would go to London, as they hit the half-century. Miski picked up a loose ball as Newcastle tried to force the issue, and ran half the length of the pitch to score. Hankinson scored the conversion to end the match with a perfect kicking record.
Both sides are back in action next week. London travel to Batley Bulldogs next Saturday, while Newcastle travel to Bradford Bulls next Monday.
London Broncos: Oliver Leyland, Gideon Boafo, Will Lovell, Chris Hankinson, Abbas Miski, Jarrod Sammut, James Meadows, Daniel Hindmarsh, Matty Fozard, Greg Richards, Rhys Curran, Jacob Jones, Josh Walters.
Subs: Titus Gwaze, Jordan WIlliams, Sam Davis, Jacob Ogden.
Head Coach: Danny Ward.
Newcastle Thunder: Lewis Young, Cian Tyrer, Connor Wrench, Kieran Gill, Alex Clegg, Jake Shorrocks, Josh Woods, Ted Chapelhow, Bob Beswick, Mikey Wood, Connor Bailey, Sam Wilde, Nathan Wilde.
Subs: Jay Chapelhow, Cole Oakley, Ellis Longstaff, Evan Simons.
Head Coach: Eamon O’Carroll.