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Match Report: Toronto Wolfpack vs London Broncos

Both of these sides were looking for there second win of The Qualifiers and put pressure on the three Super League sides now sat above them, but it was Toronto who came out on top after a poor first half from London.

London did seem to be up for the challenge as they forced a Toronto knock-on in just the second tackle of the game but it came to nothing as the Wolfpack held on strong.

The home side where the first on the scoreboard as Bob Beswick broke clear and released Blake Wallace, under the posts after just three minutes. Gareth O’Brien converted to an early 6-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for them to threaten again but Kieron Dixon managed to snuff out the danger and give London good field position.

A failed interception from Mason Caton-Brown gave London a scrum on half-way, quickly followed by a penalty to the Broncos as they looked to level the scores but a quick Toronto defence stopped London in their tracks.

Toronto conceded yet another penalty though as they denied Kieron Dixon a quick play the ball and London set-up on the half-way line once more. However, ill-discipline from the Broncos relieved the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack weren’t in a forgiving mood however and doubled their tally in just the next set as O’Brien found a gap outside Jarrod Sammut and touched down and converted his own try to make it 12-0.

A messy fifth tackle play nearly payed off for London but Dixon knocked the ball on and then Toronto escaped with the free play and power their way up the field with Chase Stanley powering over , after collecting a O’Brien pass and touching down. Stanley converted his own try to make it 18-0 to the Wolfpack.

The Broncos weren’t giving up lightly though and Eddie Battye and company forced Jack Buchanan to knock on straight from the restart. The Wolfpack denied London once again and worked  out of their own danger zone.

A high tackle the Ben Hellewell on Gary Wheeler gifted Toronto a penalty straight in front of the posts and O’Brien kicked his third of the first half to make it 20-0 to the Wolfpack.

The Broncos just couldn’t build any momentum as they were unorganised on the fifth tackle once again and were trapped in their own half. Toronto were absorbing everything London through at them and were just too good for the Broncos in attack too.

The only positives for London were Eddie Battye’s powerful running and Dixon’s assurance under the high ball. They were gifted another penalty 10 metres from the Wolfpack line to get on the scoreboard before the half-time whistle but they just couldn’t finish their chance as James Cunningham dropped the ball.

Half-Time: Toronto Wolfpack 20-0 London Broncos

London’s second half started just as bad as their first half, as Josh McCrone picked up a loose offload from Jay Pitts to run through and score less than a minute into the second period. Gareth O’Brien’s perfection from the tee continued as his conversion made it 26-0 to Toronto.

Dixon then lost the ball in a one-on-one strip to allow Toronto more easy territory but London held out to deny the predatory Wolfpack.

Despite their big lead, Toronto were extremely ill-disciplined and gifted London good field position, but as Alex Walker stretched for the line, he dropped the ball.

Toronto punished Broncos again as on another fifth tackle play, Mason Caton-Brown kicked the ball through to himself and with no Broncos defenders reacting to the ball, he had an easy pick up to score. O’Brien made it 6 from 6 from the boot and it was 32-0 to Toronto with half an hour to play.

Alex Walker, Eddie Battye and Matt Davis were trying their hardest to lead the Broncos forward but with two back-to-back penalties to Toronto put the Wolfpack back in control.

Broncos finally for the board however, and looked to work there way back into the game as Rhys Williams was on the end of a wonderful worked set from London. Jarrod Sammut missed the conversion to leave the scores 32-4 with an hour gone.

London were getting progressively better and a Toronto knock-on gave London the ball 40 metres out an they had their tails up after scoring.

London made it back-to-back tries as full-back Alex Walker gathered an inside pass from Daniel Harrison, and stepped O’Brien to score a second try in as many minutes for the Broncos. Sammut converted this time as London hit double figures.

Broncos looked hungry for more and Toronto looked shattered. More is exactly what London got as well as a third try in six minutes came courtesy of Ben Evans, who powered over Buchanan. Sammut converted once again as Broncos brought the score to 32-16 with 14 minutes remaining.

A Jarrod Sammut 40/20 piled more pressure on the Wolfpack and London would not be denied a fourth try as Matt Davis crossed unexpectedly from dummy-half. Sammut made it three out of four with the boot and the Broncos were now within 10 points.

However, with time running out, the Broncos were rushing it and Ben Evans knocked-on from his play the ball and O’Brien kicked for goal once more to make it a 12-point lead for Toronto and take his kicking tally to six out of six from the boot.

London were on top in the second half but were desperate and made error after error to relieve the pressure on the Wolfpack.

Toronto weren’t making it easy for themselves though and were penalised yet again however, after a bit of handbags between Richard Whiting and Sammut meant that both players were shown yellow cards, Whiting’s for striking and Sammut’s for retaliation.

This delay stopped the Broncos dead in their tracks as their main play-maker had now left the field. This gave Toronto a chance to close the game out and make it two wins from three and cut London’s chances at automatic promotion.

Final Score: Toronto Wolfpack 34-22 London Broncos

Sky Man of the Match: Gareth O’Brien – The full-backs 100% record from the boot was the difference between the two sides today as his 16 point tally was good enough to see the Wolfpack past the Broncos.

My Man of the Match: Eddie Battye – Despite being on the losing side, the London prop made a huge difference to London when he was on the pitch and his carries and tackles inspired the Broncos in the second half.

Toronto Wolfpack:

O’Brien, Caton-Brown, Stanley, Wheeler, Russell, McCrone, Wallace, Buchanan, Beswick, Lussick, Dixon, Whiting, Emmitt.

Subs: Sims, Ackers, Sidlow, Krasniqi.

Scorers:

Tries: Wallace, O’Brien, Stanley, McCrone, Caton-Brown

Goals: O’Brien(6/6), Stanley (1/1)

London Broncos:

Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams, Sammut, Cunningham, Battye, Pelissier, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh.

Subs: Spencer, Ioane, Harrison, Gee.

Scorers:

Tries: Williams, Walker, Evans, Davis

Subs: Sammut(3/4)

Featured Image: Sky Sports

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