Halifax RLFC 24-16 London Broncos

Thursday 11th April 2019, 19:30pm

Challenge Cup - Round:


Ed Barber, Ben Kaye, Reece Chapman-Smith, Quentin Laulu-Togagae,


Steve Tyrer (4),


Mark Ioane, Jacob Ogden (2),


Morgan Smith (2),

Line Ups

Halifax RLFC

fb: Quentin Laulu-Togagae
w: Reece Chapman-Smith
c: Steve Tyrer
c: James Saltonstall
w: Shaun Robinson
so: James Woodburn-Hall
sh: Ben White
p: Ben Kavanagh
h: Ben Kaye
p: Dan Fleming
sr: Kevin Larroyer
sr: Ed Barber
lf: William Calcott
int: Harry Kidd
int: Elliot Morris
int: Curtis Davies
int: Liam Cooper

London Broncos

fb: Matty Fleming
w: Jacob Ogden
c: Ryan Morgan
c: Elliot Kear
w: Ben Hellewell
so: Morgan Smith
sh: James Meadows
p: Greg Richards
h: Eloi Pelissier
p: Nathan Mason
sr: Jay Pitts
sr: Matty Gee
lf: Will Lovell
int: Eddie Battye
int: Mark Ioane
int: Jordan Abdull
int: James Cunningham

Match Report

Injury weakened part-timers Halifax RLFC made it into the sixth round of the Coral Challenge Cup for the third time in four years by stunning Betfred Super League's newest side London Broncos 24-16 at the MBi Shay.

Opening-half tries from Ed Barber and Ben Kaye helped Fax, who were without half-a-dozen first-choice regulars, to a 12-6 half-time advantage with Mark Ioane replying for the Londoners.

Although the full-time Broncos levelled matters again through Jacob Ogden early in the second half, further scores from Reece Chapman-Smith and Quentin Lalau-Togaga'e, plus four goals from Steve Tyrer, saw the battling West Yorkshire side home.

Ogden claimed another try with nine minutes remaining but Halifax held on for a famous victory to make it into Monday's draw.

London Broncos coach Danny Ward said: "I'm gutted as I never like losing, especially in the cup. It's knockout football and that's the beauty of the cup. The boys are deflated and know they didn't perform.

"We bombed a couple of early chances but that's not why we lost. We created but didn't convert - finishing is an area we must improve in but our defensive attitude wasn't good enough."

Halifax boss Richard Marshall said: "We were excellent from the outset - I sensed it was on. Our completions were better than has been recently and our resilience was good. There's still work to do and can improve.

"We only had four days to turn in a performance and most have worked today too and you factor that into the equation and it was a first class effort from a group of part-time players who looked like they wanted to play for each other."


T Grant


Half Time

12 - 6

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