|First of all big thank you to Sky for sending us down to the capital on a
Friday Night. The traffic was awful and it took us seven hours to get down
there, meaning we didn't have time to pub crawl round the ground.
Anyway on to the match. London took first blood with a try from Paul Sykes.
He raced in down the right wing beating both Dave Hodgson and Sean O'Loughlin in
the process after just five minutes.
A penalty from Farrell made the score 4-2 then an Adrian Lam try gave Wigan
the lead. He took Terry Newton's pass before dancing round a static Broncos
Farrell converted and added another penalty but it was London who went in at
the break with the lead.
Jim Dymock's long pass sent Billy Peden over the whitewash and that together
with Chris Thorman's conversion had them leading 12-10 at half time.
The second half was all Wigan as they, and Adrian Lam in particular, stepped
up a couple of gears and took control of then game with two tries in the ten
minutes after half time.
Lam first set up Shaun Briscoe with a beautiful chip kick, which was well
collected by the full back, then he set up Martin Aspinwall who took advantage
of yet more poor defence from the Broncos. Farrell converted both to make the
score 22-12 with half an hour to go.
London tried their level best to get back into the game but were denied by a
number of spurned opportunities and excellent Warriors defence.
Wigan sealed the game in the 75th minute when our top try scorer David
Hodgson just managed to touch down.
Five minutes earlier he had been denied when he failed to get downward
pressure on an Andy Farrell kick but at the second attempt he just managed to
ground the ball before his foot went into touch.
So the final score was 28-12. It was a good professional job and coach Stuart
Raper was very happy with the win.
He said: "I thought our defence in the second half laid the foundations
for the win.
"Adrian Lam was very sharp tonight, he and Andrew Farrell controlled the
game with their kicking."
Broncos coach Tony Rea believe his side was a bit over eager in their
He said: "Clearly we were bursting with desire. We were so keen we
blew some good try-scoring opportunities.
"Emotionally we are back on track and if we could just have calmed down we
would have been OK.
"It's exciting that we are creating the opportunities but it is
frustrating not to see the efforts rewarded."