By Jacob Kilbride
Halifax RLFC fell to their fifth successive defeat in The Super 8’s Qualifiers after they lost 36-14 to London Broncos at The Trailfinders Sports Ground this afternoon.
Three tries in the first 15 minutes saw London race into an 18-4 lead after Steve Tyrer had opened the scoring for Fax in only the 2nd minute.
Despite Mitch Cahalane’s late first-half score, the Broncos continued to dominate and another trio of scores in a ten-minute spell cemented their control of the game that helped claim the two points, with Rob Worrincy’s late effort proving to be minor consolation.
Fax knew it was going to be tough from the off against the Kingstone Press Championship’s best attack but it was the Yorkshiremen that were quickest out of the blocks with an opening try in the first couple of minutes.
A cross-field kick by Scott Murrell found the hands of Tyrer who grounded to the left of the sticks, though Tyrer failed to convert so it remained 4-0.
London responded brilliantly, however, and notched three tries within the space of ten minutes.
William Barthau was the first to go over after he was sent in by half-back partner Jarrod Sammut before Alex Walker went in under the sticks after some good work from Elliot Kear and Barthau.
The Broncos had their third when Andy Ackers ran in from acting half after a strong line-break by Mark Ioane. Sammut was successful with all of his three conversions.
Seven minutes before half-time, Fax cut London’s lead to just eight points as Cahalane grounded James Saltonstall’s grubber kick to score.
Tyrer was successful this time as Fax headed into the sheds trailing 18-10.
Fax failed to gain any momentum from such an ending as the Broncos soon added another three quick fire tries, capitalising on Fax’s missed opportunities.
In the 50th minute, both sides were reduced to 12 men after Sammut and Worrincy were sent to the sin-bin by the referee following a scuffle that London were ultimately penalised for.
The Broncos reacted the better to the binnings as Welsh international Rhys Williams raced over in the left corner after being set away by Kear with Dixon scoring the conversion in Sammut’s absence.
After scoring twice in the previous meeting between the two sides, Dixon maintained his good form against Fax after he crashed over in the right corner.
A couple of minutes later, Kear scored the try of the match after breaking the line from inside his own half and rounded James Saltonstall to touchdown beneath the posts.
Sammut converted both tries to give London a 26-point advantage.
Fax managed to give their travelling supporters something to cheer about with a late try from Worrincy in the 75th minute, his first try since July. The ball was shifted left to Steve Tyrer, who drew the winger to send The Warrior in unopposed.
Fax now travel to the Leigh Sports Village to face last season’s promoted side Leigh Centurions on Friday night; make sure you’re down in full voice to cheer the lads on and hopefully bring back those two points!