Party Poopers Wigan Warriors
gate-crashed London Broncos' birthday party and ruined it.
were celebrating 20 years of rugby league in the capital but were unable
to repeat Fulham's 24-5 victory in 1980.
The celebrations were underway when Shane Millard fought his way over
the line after just four minutes to give the home side the lead.
It only lasted for four minutes. Willie Peters' pass to Andy Farrell
opened up a massive gap in the Broncos' defence.
The home side, however, refused to take things lying down and were
ahead again after 12 minutes.
Broncos skipper Karle Hammond's kick bounced awkwardly for Denis Betts
and Glen Air, collected the gift to plunge over. Brett Walton's second
successful kick gave his side a 12-6 lead.
The Warriors should have pulled level midway through the half but Terry
Newton knocked on when touching down over the whitewash.
Newton made amends, however, on 30 minutes, combining well with Tony
Mestrov, who flicked a ball out of the back door inviting the Warriors
hooker to touch down.
And the visitors were denied a further score after 37 minutes, Steve
Renouf being rightly pulled back for a forward pass after crossing the
The visitors moved ahead six minutes into the second period when
Farrell's pass, with the Broncos defence stretched, presented Brett Dallas
with an unmissable chance in the corner.
The Broncos, however, had more than their fair share of chances and
seven minutes from time Tulsen Tollett got within 10 metres of the line
only to see his wayward pass intercepted.
And then, in the dying moments, they got even closer but Air's kick
proved too strong and the Broncos were unable to capitalise.