London Send Shockwaves Through Widnes


What a remarkable display of passion, commitment and skill from a London team that totally stunned the widnes Vikings with this “ shock and awe performance.

London were magnificent from start to finish with a superb forward performance and key roles from James Cunningham , Api Pewhairangi and Alex Walker at the back .

For all their troubles this season tonight’s  game is best described as “woeful” for the Vikings although new signing Charlie Gubb did look promising until he crawled off the pitch injured with minutes to go .

The game was deadlocked for the first half an hour when Joe Mellor tried a clever kick to unlock the broncos defence. This was followed up shortly after when fullback Olly Ashall Bott scored a fine individual effort. An Inu conversion and Widnes were to remain 6-0 up at half time.

Special mention to Olly Ashall Bott in this game . Despite wearing bright orange boots this lad was sensational, playing with a passion and pride which belied his tender years.

Despite the slender widnes lead the  half was dominated by the broncos pack with James Cunningham and Api Pewhairangi outstanding.

After the break It did not take long for the Broncos to take advantage early in the half. Prop forward Mark Ioane” s blockbusting run, a feature of the game was far too strong for the Vikings defence.

But The Viking nudged ahead with another Inu penalty and at 8-4 the super league team were looking to take advantage .A further Chris Dean score after a Joe Mellor pass took widnes to a ten point lead with Inu’s conversion .

Widnes fans may have been expecting the home side to run away with the game, but London had different ideas. First Daniel Harrison took a clever pass from Pewhairangi and took the score at high speed. Two minutes later Kieran Dixon was on the end of an excellent passing movement for the first of his double .

At 14-14, stand off Liam Finn again threw a speculative pass intercepted by the very fast Dixon. There was nobody in the Vikings back line who could get anywhere near the Broncos wingman and with Sammut’s conversion the visitors were 20-14 up with all to play for .

Liam Finn, still an intelligent player at 34 then put in a high ball which was taken by Inu and with the additional two from the kick, it was all square at 20-20.

This was a game which was in many ways destined to end in a London Victory. Their defensive line was often magnificent and in attack a posse of forwards were always looking to take the ball.

With a minute to go, Jarrod Sammut   Received the ball and his superbly placed drop kick was never going to miss.

Whilst the scores were close this was a wonderful London display characterised by some superb game planning by coach Danny Ward.

Widnes coach Francis Cummings should be disappointed by a lack lustre forward display, although Charlie Gubb can hold his head high.

Widnes will need to improve significantly if they are to win any games in this middle eight competition.

Widnes: Ashall-Bott; Ah Van, Inu, Whitley, Runciman; Mellor, Finn; Houston, Heremaia, Dudson, Dean, Hansen, Hauraki.

Replacements: Olbison, Leuluai, D. Walker, Gubb.

London Broncos: Walker; Dixon, Hellewell, Kear, Williams; Pewhairangi, Cunningham, Battye, Pelissier, Evans, Pitts, Hindmarsh, Davis.

Replacements: Sammut, Spencer, Ioane, Harrison.

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