London Broncos v
- Tetley's Super League VI Round 8
April 2001. Kick Off
Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)
London Broncos hung on to stun Super League
leaders Wigan in a nervy encounter at The Valley on Sunday.
The Broncos climbed into the top five for the first time in two years with
only their second win over the Warriors in 14 Super League meetings.
London, who began the season with four straight defeats, made it four wins
on the bounce. And on this form they look strong contenders for a play-off
The Broncos' biggest crowd of the season, 5,101, were treated to a fine
game in which London made light of the best defence in Super League.
But the Broncos were also forced to defend resolutely when the Warriors
made a late surge.Narrowly beaten by champions St Helens last month, the
Broncos were reeling when Wigan fought back from 16-8 down to set up a
nervous final quarter.
Wigan went in front after only nine minutes when hooker Terry Newton put
stand-off Matthew Johns over for the first try.
A first try of the season from Tulsen Tollett, in his first full game,
brought the Broncos level on 22 minutes and they went in front five
minutes later when scrum-half Dennis Moran timed his pass to perfection to
get full-back Richie Barnett over.
When the superb Moran worked the ball wide for centre Greg Fleming to
squeeze over, London seemed to be in control at 16-8 but Wigan showed
their class just before the break when full-back Kris Radlinski finished a
Wigan had their chances to regain the lead in after the restart, with
David Furner knocking on with the line at his mercy and Barnett denying
winger Brett Dallas with a crucial interception.The all-important score
came on 61 minutes when Wigan failed to clear Moran's high kick and prop
Scott Cram was on hand to claim the touchdown.
Wigan finished the game the stronger side and the Broncos were forced to
produce a tremendous defensive stint to protect their hard-won lead.
London Broncos 20
Wigan Warriors 12
Tries: Tulsen Tollett
Tries: Matthew Johns
Goals: Tony Martin 2
Goals: Andy Farrell 2
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