London Broncos 23-16 Halifax RLFC

Saturday 29th September 2018, 19:05pm

Super 8s - Round: 7

Tries

Jarrod Sammut, Eloi Pelissier, Kieran Dixon, Elliot Kear,

Goals

Jarrod Sammut 3,

Drop Goals

Sadiq Adebiyi,

Tries

Ben Kaye, Steve Tyrer, Adam Tangata,

Goals

Steve Tyrer 2,

Line Ups

London Broncos

fb: Alex Walker
w: Kieran Dixon
c: Ben Hellewell
c: Elliot Kear
w: Rhys Williams
so: Jay Pitts
sh: Jarrod Sammut
p: Ben Evans
h: Eloi Pelissier
p: Mark Ioane
sr: Daniel Hindmarsh
sr: Matty Gee
lf: Eddie Battye
int: Tom Spencer
int: Will Lovell
int: Sadiq Adebiyi
int: Matt Davies

Halifax RLFC

fb: James Woodburn-Hall
w: Kieren Moss
c: Steve Tyrer
c: Ben Heaton
w: Will Sharp
so: Scott Murrell
sh: Ben Johnston
p: Dan Fleming
h: Ben Kaye
p: Jacob Fairbank
sr: Adam Tangata
sr: Chester Butler
lf: Brandon Moore
int: Curtis Davies
int: Connor Davies
int: Brandon Douglas
int: Liam Cooper

Match Report

By Jacob Kilbride

Halifax RLFC ended their 2018 season with an agonisingly close 23-16 defeat away to London Broncos in the Betfred Super 8s Qualifiers at the Ealing Trailfinders Stadium.

Halifax led 16-12 at half-time thanks to scores from Ben Kaye, Adam Tangata and Steve Tyrer but they sailed to find the same form in the second period as London prevailed, with Kieran Dixon and Elliot Kear producing decisive tries.

Defeat leaves Fax winless at the end of the Qualifiers campaign for the second successive season, although once again they can take plenty of positives from another competitive display against full-time opposition.

Halifax made a dream start with two tries in the space of a couple minutes. Former London star Ben Kaye was the first to go over with a signature dart over from dummy half after spotting a slight gap.

Minutes later, Halifax had another try. The trademark combination, as shown last week against Leeds, saw Scott Murrell kick the ball wide for Steve Tyrer who claimed the ball in the air and grounded.

Tyrer converted both efforts for a 12-0 lead.

London responded strongly though and responded with two quick tries of their own to put them level at the midpoint of the half.

Jarrod Sammut spotted a gap straight out of the scrum to dive over and Eloi Pelissier added to that effort with a drive to the right of the posts.

Halifax showed their mental strength though, reacting through an excellent charge in the right corner from Adam Tangata.

Tyrer pulled wide the kick to leave Fax four points in front.

Halifax had the best of few chances thereafter before the break, most notably with Curtis Davies - making his first league appearance for Halifax - knocking on a metre short under the posts, but couldn’t make the most of it.

London were the quickest of the blocks in the second period but Fax were equal to the London barrage. Tom Spencer was held up in goal before Kieran Dixon knocked on Sammut’s grubber to the corner.

A couple of minutes later, Halifax had a gift of a chance as a Murrell 40/20 put them on the front foot. A dropped ball from Tyrer on the second tackle saw the attack wasted though.

Fax were dealt a couple of injury blow when James Woodburn-Hall suffered a nasty-looking knee injury which saw him miss the final 30 minutes whilst Liam Cooper went off for a head test.

By the midpoint in the half, Sammut produced another moment of class with a high kick to the corner. Hellewell flicked the ball back inside and Dixon dived over in the corner to level the scores. 

Sammut’s kicked nudged the Broncos two points ahead.

Halifax were struggling to cope with the rapid London line speed by now and Elliot Kear crucially added to the lead when the planted the ball down in the left corner.

The conversion went wide and Fax trailed by just six.

Halifax played the final stages with just 15 players as Brandon Moore joined Woodburn-Hall in the dugout after being sin-binned for dissent.

Seconds before the hooter, Sammut added a drop goal to seal the win.

London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams; Pitts, Sammut, Evans, Pelissier, Ioane, Hindmarsh-Takyi, Gee, Battye

Interchanges: Spencer, Lovell, Adebiyi, Davies

Tries: Sammut (20’), Pelissier (23’), Dixon (62’), Kear (69’)

Goals: Sammut (3/4)

Drop Goals: Sammmut (80’)

Halifax RLFC: Woodburn-Hall, Sharp, Heaton, Tyrer, Moss; Murrell, Johnston; Fleming, Kaye, Fairbank; Tangata, Butler, Moore

Interchanges: Curtis Davies, Connor Davies, Cooper, Douglas

Tries: Kaye (11’), Tyrer (13’), Tangata (27’)

Goals: Tyrer (2/3)

Official

G Hewer

Attendance

Half Time

12 - 16

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