2019 London Broncos season

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2019 London Broncos season
Super League XXIV Rank9th
Play-off resultN/A
Challenge Cup"Exempt until Round 5"
2019 recordWins: 3; Draws: 0; Losses: 4
Points scoredFor: 96; Against: 168
Team information
ChairmanDavid Hughes
Head CoachDanny Ward
Captain
StadiumTrailfinders Sports Ground
Avg. Attend.2,262
High. Attend.2,586 v Wigan Warriors 03/03/2019
Top scorers
TriesRhys Williams, Eddie Battye - 3
GoalsKieran Dixon - 13
PointsKieran Dixon - 34
2018 List of seasons 2020 >
Kieran Dixon
Kieran Dixon, leading points scorer
Rhys Williams
Rhys Williams, joint leading try scorer

The London Broncos are a rugby league club. The 2019 London Broncos season is the 40th in the club's history, and the fourth at the Trailfinders Sports Ground.

Competing in the Betfred Super League for the first time since 2014, the team is coached by Danny Ward, assisted by former England and Great Britain international, Jamie Langley for the second consecutive season, and captained by Jay Pitts also for a second campaign.

Year Review[edit]

January[edit]

The 2019 Betfred Super League fixtures, released in November 2018, schedule the London Broncos to play host to Wakefield Trinity on the opening weekend of the new season on 3 February. [1] London Broncos mark their return to the Dacia Magic Weekend on May 26 with a fixture against Leeds Rhinos.[2]

Morgan Smith[3] joins the London Broncos on a one-year deal from fellow Super League club, Warrington Wolves.

On the field London Broncos run in eleven tries on the third Sunday of the month in their opening pre-season friendly away at Betfred League 1 outfit, Doncaster R.L.F.C., winning the contest 64-6. A week later Danny Ward's men complete their preparations ahead of a return to the Betfred Super League with a hard-fought 20-0 success at Betfred Championship club, Leigh Centurions, tries from James Cunningham, Sadiq Adebiyi, Luke Yates and Rhys Williams augmenting a solid defensive display from the southerners.

February[edit]

The month begins with London Broncos making their eagerly awaited return to the Betfred Super League and a home fixture against Wakefield Trinity. An inauspicious start sees the hosts trail 18-6 after the game's first quarter, Matty Fleming's close range riposte the only score to counter a quick fire three try salvo from the visitors but four point doubles from Rhys Williams and the irrepressible Eddie Battye are added too by tries for Kieran Dixon, Matty Fozard on his London Broncos super league debut and Elliot Kear as the southern based outfit earn a memorable 42-24 come from behind victory.[4] [5] [6]

The Broncos travel north a week later to play Salford Red Devils in their first away fixture, and despite a gutsy defensive effort the Londoners return south on the wrong end of a 0-24 score line.[7]

Another battling display, on the road at Hull Kingston Rovers the following Sunday is not enough to prevent Danny Ward’s men falling to a second defeat of the season (12-22). A converted Matty Gee try in quick response to an early opener for the hosts has the Londoners narrowly ahead at half time, but a hat-trick of four-pointers early in the second stanza from the home side are enough to secure the spoils for Tim Sheens' Robins, despite a late try from Broncos captain, Jay Pitts and goal from Kieran Dixon, the latter's 100th for the club.[8]

After travelling north on successive Sundays the London Broncos returned to Ealing six days later, and a match against much fancied Castleford Tigers in front of the Sky Sports TV cameras. A never-say-die performance from the Broncos on an unseasonably warm winter Saturday evening ultimately proves fruitless as the West Yorkshiremen reaffirm their credentials as genuine contenders for the end of season Super League Grand Final, running in seven tries during a scintillating exhibition of fast open rugby which condemns the Londoners to defeat (6-40), the hosts only score coming from leading try-scorer, Rhys Williams early on in the contest.[9]

March[edit]

The first Sunday of the month sees the visit of current Super League Champions, Wigan Warriors to the Trailfinders Sports Ground.

On an unforgettable afternoon the London Broncos manage to set a new ground attendance record, with 2,586 witnessing an enthralling contest as the Londoners battle back from an early two try deficit to narrowly defeat the 22-time champions (18-16). [10][11] Four point scores by Eddie Battye and Matty Gee are added too by two conversions from Kieran Dixon to have the home side narrowly in front at the break (12-10), and the latter soon increases the advantage early in the second half with a trademark length of the field effort. The lead stretches to eight as Kieran Dixon then adds a penalty, and despite a converted try by former Bronco star, Tony Clubb for the visitors, Danny Ward’s men hold on for a famous victory to move them up to ninth position in the Super League table.

Preparations for the next fixture, away at St. Helens had been severely disrupted by injuries to key players. Captain, Jay Pitts and on loan Saints centre, Ryan Morgan had left the field during the Wigan Warriors victory, and when the squad was announced in midweek, Kieran Dixon, James Cunningham and Nathan Mason were further notable absentees. On a wet and blustery Friday evening in England’s northwest the London Broncos battled gamely, and a now trademark defensive display from Danny Ward’s men kept the southerners in the contest for long periods, although ultimately could not prevent a 0-26 loss as St. Helens returned to the summit of the early season league ladder.[12]

The following week saw the London Broncos earn a stunning come from behind triumph at Leeds Rhinos, and a second 18-16 Super League victory inside a fortnight. The Broncos, buoyed by a return to the starting line-up of skipper, Jay Pitts, James Cunningham and Kieran Dixon led 8-0 at half time, thanks to a try from the captain and four points from the trusty boot of the last-mentioned. The lead was not to last though, and 16 unanswered points for the hosts saw the visitors trailing as the match entered its final six minutes before a dramatic late rally garnered tries for Matty Fozard and Will Lovell, the latter converted by Kieran Dixon, which managed to turn defeat into victory and silence the majority of the 11, 000 plus crowd inside the Headingley Stadium.[13]

Milestones[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

Tables[edit]

Betfred Super League[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 7 7 0 0 207 80 +127 14 League Leaders Shield & advances to play-offs 2nd semi-final
2 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 7 6 0 1 191 117 +74 12 Advances to play-offs qualifying final
3 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 7 5 0 2 164 130 +34 10
4 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 8 4 0 4 188 162 +26 8 Advances to play-offs elimination final
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 7 4 0 3 159 140 +19 8
6 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 7 4 0 3 110 158 −48 8
7 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity 7 3 0 4 169 152 +17 6
8 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 8 3 0 5 126 178 −52 6
9 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 8 3 0 5 120 196 −76 6
10 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 7 2 0 5 132 140 −8 4[a]
11 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 7 2 0 5 120 175 −55 4
12 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 8 1 0 7 156 214 −58 2 Relegated to Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 24 March 2019. Source: [1]
Notes:
  1. ^ Wigan were deducted two points for breaching the salary cap in 2017. However, after a successful appeal, the deduction was removed, and suspended for 12 months.[15]


Fixtures and Results (Broncos score first)[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/Away Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
20/01/2019 Friendly Doncaster colours.svg Doncaster Away Keepmoat Stadium W 64-6 Pitts, Morgan, Kear, Cunningham, Adebiyi, Dixon (2), Battye, Lovell, Ioane, Pélissier Abdull 5/5, Dixon 5/6 - - Report
27/01/2019 Friendly Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions Away Leigh Sports Village W 20-0 Cunningham, Adebiyi, Yates, Williams Abdull 1/1, Dixon 1/3 2, 028 - Report

Betfred Super League[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/Away Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
03/02/2019 1 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Home Trailfinders Sports Ground W 42-24 Fleming, Williams (2), Dixon, Battye (2), Fozard, Kear Abdull 1/3, Dixon 4/5 2,149 - Report
10/02/2019 2 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Away AJ Bell Stadium L 0-24 - - 3,236 - Report
17/02/2019 10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Away KCOM Craven Park L 12-22 Gee, Pitts Dixon 2/2 7,210 - Report
23/02/2019 3 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Home Trailfinders Sports Ground L 6-40 Williams Dixon 1/1 2,051 Sky Sports Report
03/03/2019 4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Home Trailfinders Sports Ground W 18-16 Battye, Gee, Dixon Dixon 2/3, 1/1(pen) 2,586 - Report
08/03/2019 5 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Away Totally Wicked Stadium L 0-26 9,090 - Report
15/03/2019 6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Away Emerald Headingley Stadium W 18-16 Pitts, Fozard, Lovell Dixon 2/3, 1/1 (pen) 11,229 - Report
24/03/2019 7 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
31/03/2019 8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
05/04/2019 9 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Away - KO 7.45pm Halliwell Jones Stadium -
18/04/2019 11 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Home - KO 7.45pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
22/04/2019 12 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Away - KO 3pm John Smiths Stadium -
27/04/2019 13 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
02/05/2019 14 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Away - KO 7.45pm DW Stadium Sky Sports
18/05/2019 15 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
26/05/2019 16 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Dacia Magic Weekend - Neutral - KO 3.30pm Anfield Sky Sports
09/06/2019 17 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
15/06/2019 18 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Away - 6pm (Local) / 5pm (UK) Stade Gilbert Brutus Sky Sports
20/06/2019 19 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Home - KO 7.45pm Trailfinders Sports Ground Sky Sports
30/06/2019 20 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Away - KO 3pm The Mend-A-Hose Jungle -
06/07/2019 21 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
11/07/2019 22 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. Away - KO 7.45pm KCOM Stadium Sky Sports
21/07/2019 23 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
04/08/2019 24 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
10/08/2019 25 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Away - KO 7.30pm The Mend-A-Hose Jungle -
17/08/2019 26 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Away - KO 6pm (Local) / 5pm (UK) Stade Gilbert Brutus Sky Sports
01/09/2019 27 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Home - KO 3pm Trailfinders Sports Ground -
08/09/2019 28 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Away - KO 3pm KCOM Craven Park -
15/09/2019 29 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Away - KO 3pm Mobile Rocket Stadium -

Coral Challenge Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/Away Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
13-14/04/2019 Challenge Cup Round 5 -
Challenge Cup -

Player Appearances[edit]

Betfred Super League[edit]

FB=Fullback (1) W=Winger (2 & 5) C=Centre (3 & 4) SO=Stand Off (6) SH=Scrum Half (7) P=Prop (8) H=Hooker (9) FR=Front Row (10) SR=Second Row (11 & 12) LF=Loose Forward (13) I=Interchange (14-17)
Squad No Player R1 R2 R10 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20 R21 R22 R23 R24 R25 R26 R27 R28 R29
1 Alex Walker FB FB FB x FB FB FB
2 Rhys Williams W W W W W W W
3 Ben Hellewell x x x x x x x
4 Elliot Kear C C C C C W C
5 Kieran Dixon W W W W W x W
6 Jordan Abdull SO SO SO SO SO SO SO
7 James Cunnningham SH SH SH SH SH x SH
8 Eddie Battye I I I I P P P
9 Éloi Pélissier I I I I x H H
10 Mark Ioane I I I FR x I x
11 Will Lovell I I I SR SR SR I
12 Jay Pitts SR SR SR SR SR x SR
13 Sadiq Adebiyi x x x P x I x
14 Matty Fozard H H H H H I I
15 Greg Richards P FR FR I I x I
16 Matty Gee SR SR SR x I I x
17 Matty Fleming C x x FB x C x
18 Nathan Mason FR P P I FR x I
19 Ryan Morgan x C C C C x C
20 Luke Yates LF LF LF LF LF SR SR
21 Dan Hindmarsh x x x x x x x
22 James Meadows x x x x x x x
23 Rob Butler x x x x I FR FR
24 Jacob Ogden x x x x x C x
25 Matt Davies x x x x x x x
26 Sam Davis x x x x x x x
27 Gideon Boafa x x x x x x x
28 Morgan Smith x x x x I SH x
Matt Davis x x x x x-[a] LF LF
Notes
  1. ^ Joined on a month's loan from Warrington Wolves

Coral Challenge Cup[edit]

FB=Fullback (1) W=Winger (2 & 5) C=Centre (3 & 4) SO=Stand Off (6) SH=Scrum Half (7) P=Prop (8) H=Hooker (9) FR=Front Row (10) SR=Second Row (11 & 12) LF=Loose Forward (13) I=Interchange (14-17)
Squad No Player R5 R6
1 Alex Walker
2 Rhys Williams
3 Ben Hellewell
4 Elliot Kear
5 Kieran Dixon
6 Jordan Abdull
7 James Cunningham
8 Eddie Battye
9 Éloi Pélissier
10 Mark Ioane
11 Will Lovell
12 Jay Pitts
13 Sadiq Adebiyi
14 Matty Fozard
15 Greg Richards
16 Matty Gee
17 Matty Fleming
18 Nathan Mason
19 Ryan Morgan
20 Luke Yates
21 Dan Hindmarsh
22 James Meadows
23 Rob Butler
24 Jacob Ogden
25 Matt Davies
26 Sam Davis
27 Gideon Boafa
28 Morgan Smith
Notes

Squad Statistics[edit]

  • Appearances and points include (Betfred Super League and Coral Challenge Cup) as of 16 March 2019.
Squad No Player Rep.
Country
Position Age Previous Club Apps Tries Goals DG Points
1 Alex Walker Scotland Full Back 23 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 6 0 0 0 0
2 Rhys Williams Wales Wing 29 Queensland colours.svgCentral Queensland Capras 7 3 0 0 12
3 Ben Hellewell Scotland Centre 27 Fevcolours.svgFeatherstone Rovers 0 0 0 0 0
4 Elliot Kear Wales Centre 30 London Welsh RFC 7 1 0 0 4
5 Kieran Dixon England Wing 26 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 6 2 13 0 34
6 Jordan Abdull England Stand Off 23 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 7 0 1 0 2
7 James Cunningham England Hooker 24 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. 6 0 0 0 0
8 Eddie Battye England Prop 27 Sheffeagles colours.svgSheffield Eagles 7 3 0 0 12
9 Éloi Pélissier France Hooker 27 LezignanRLcolours.PNGLézignan Sangliers 6 0 0 0 0
10 Mark Ioane New Zealand Prop 28 St. George colours.svgSt George Illawarra 5 0 0 0 0
11 Will Lovell England Second Row 25 Skolscolours.svgLondon Skolars 7 1 0 0 4
12 Jay Pitts England Second Row 29 Bullscolours.svgBradford Bulls 6 2 0 0 8
13 Sadiq Adebiyi England Loose Forward 22 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 2 0 0 0 0
14 Matty Fozard Wales Hooker 24 Sheffeagles colours.svgSheffield Eagles 7 2 0 0 8
15 Greg Richards England Prop 23 Leigh colours.svgLeigh Centurions 6 0 0 0 0
16 Matty Gee England Second Row 24 Redscolours.svgSalford Red Devils 5 2 0 0 8
17 Matty Fleming England Centre 23 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens 3 1 0 0 4
18 Nathan Mason England Prop 25 Giantscolours.svgHudderfield Giants 6 0 0 0 0
19 Ryan Morgan Australia Centre 28 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens 5 0 0 0 0
20 Luke Yates Australia Prop 24 Newcastle colours.svgNewcastle Knights 7 0 0 0 0
21 Daniel Hindmarsh England Second Row 20 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 0 0 0 0 0
22 James Meadows England Stand Off 19 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 0 0 0 0 0
23 Rob Butler England Second Row 20 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 3 0 0 0 0
24 Jacob Ogden Jamaica Centre 20 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 1 0 0 0 0
25 Matt Davies England Loose Forward 20 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 0 0 0 0 0
26 Sam Davis England Hooker 20 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 0 0 0 0 0
27 Gideon Boafa England Winger 19 Broncoscolours.pngLondon Broncos Academy 0 0 0 0 0
28 Morgan Smith England Hooker 20 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves 2 0 0 0 0
' Matt Davis England Loose Forward 22 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves -[a] 2 0 0 0 0
Notes
  1. ^ Joined on a month's loan from Warrington Wolves

Tale of the Tape[edit]

Most Points in a Game

Most tries in a Game

Highest score in a winning game

Lowest score in a winning game

Greatest winning margin

Greatest number of games won consecutively

  • 1, Round 1, Round 4, Round 6

Highest score in a losing game

Lowest score in a losing game

Greatest losing margin

Greatest number of games lost consecutively

  • 3, Round 2 to Round 3 (Round 10 fixture away at Hull Kingston Rovers brought forward, and played after Round 2)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Country Name Position Signed from Date
Wales Matty Fozard Hooker Sheffeagles colours.svgSheffield Eagles October 2018
England Nathan Mason Prop Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants October 2018
England Greg Richards Prop Leigh colours.svgLeigh Centurions October 2018
England Jordan Abdull Loose Forward Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. November 2018
Australia Ryan Morgan [16] Centre Saintscolours.svg St. Helens (On loan for the 2019 season) November 2018
Australia Luke Yates [17] Prop Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights December 2018
England Morgan Smith [18] Hooker Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves January 2019

Out[edit]

Country Name Position Club Signed Date
Wales Ben Evans Prop ToulouseRLcolours.PNGToulouse Olympique November 2018
England Tom Spencer Prop Leigh colours.svgLeigh Centurions November 2018
England Kameron Pearce-Paul Wing Coventrycolours.pngCoventry Bears November 2018
Malta Jarrod Sammut Scrum-half Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors November 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broncos back in the Super League/". London Broncos. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Mersey Magic as Super League heads for Anfield". London Broncos. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Morgan Smith: London Broncos sign Warrington Wolves half-back/hooker". BBC. 4 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "London mark Super League return in style". Sky Sports. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Two-try prop Eddie Battye proves unlikely hero as Broncos win on Super League return". The Mirror. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ "London Broncos make a triumphant return to the Super League". The Guardian. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Salford dominate promoted Broncos". BBC Sport. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  8. ^ "KR bounce back to beat Broncos". Sky Sports. 17 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Super League: London Broncos 6-40 Castleford Tigers". BBC Sport. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Super League: Spirited London hold on to beat Wigan". BBC Sport. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Broncos claim surprise win over ailing Wigan". Sky Sports. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Super League: Saints beat London to go back to top". BBC Sport. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ "London Broncos produce late turnaround to deepen gloom for Leeds". The Guardian. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Matt Davis: London Broncos re-sign Warrington Wolves forward on loan". BBC Sport. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Wigan Warriors; Super League champions two-point deduction suspended for 12 months". BBC Sport. 6 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Ryan Morgan joins on season long loan". London Broncos. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Broncos secure Luke Yates signature". London Broncos. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Broncos capture half back Smith". London Broncos. 4 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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