In Profile: London Broncos

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12th September 2017

Widnes Vikings take on London Broncos on Saturday in a huge fixture in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers at the Halton Stadium.

Denis Betts' side will be looking to record a victory that will maintain the third and final automatic place in the table ahead of the final round of fixtures, but face a stern test when facing Andrew Henderson's side. 

Therefore, the Vikings media team had a further look at Saturday's opponents ahead of this huge fixture... 

 

Regular Season Finish

2nd (Kingston Press Championship)

P 23, W18, L5, D0

Points For: 832, Points Against: 410, Points Difference: +422

 

Coach: Andrew Henderson (2015-Present)

Regarded as one of the best coaches outside of the top flight, Henderson is making waves in the Capital with the Broncos. Henderson started out his playing career with Salford City Reds, before moving onto Barrow Raiders for two seasons. Upon a trial period with the Vikings in the Sydney Sevens, Henderson failed to agree terms with the Club and joined Wests Tigers, playing for their Balmain Tigers side for the 2004 season. Spells at Castleford Tigers, Gateshead Thunder, Sheffield Eagles and finally London Broncos occured following his return to England, before retiring in 2015 at the Broncos to become their head coach. Being able to boast a 62% win percentage during his time at the Kingston Press Championship side, Henderson’s side play an exciting and open brand of rugby league, with the ex-Scotland international being tipped for big things in the game in the future. With an outside chance of still making the Million Pound game, the Broncos under Henderson will arrive at the Halton Stadium in buoyant mood. 

 

Danger Men: 

Jarrod Sammut – The enigmatic half-back brings excitement and energy to a London Broncos side that is still looking to return to Super League in this Qualifiers campaign. Starting out his career with Penrith Panthers in the NRL in 2007, most supporters became aware of Sammut following his outstanding debut for Celtic Crusaders at the 2009 Magic Weekend. Since then, Sammut has had spells at Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity and Workington Town before moving back to the Broncos in 2017 after a loan spell a couple of years earlier, and will be wanting to direct the Broncos through the last two games in the hope of giving them a chance for the Million Pound Game. 

Kieran Dixon – Known for his blistering pace from either full-back or wing, Kieran Dixon is back at the place where he initially made his name in Super League. An England Knights representative also in 2013, Dixon impressed at the Broncos with 39 tries in 55 appearances and managed to earn himself a move to Hull Kingston Rovers following the Broncos’ relegation. Dixon played most of his two-season stint at the Club from Humberside on the wing, even making an appearance in the 2015 Challenge Cup final for Rovers against Leeds Rhinos. Dixon made a return to the Capital following Hull KR’s relegation and signed a two-year deal, and has scored 19 tries in 20 appearances upon his return. 

 

Form: WLDLLW

Although the Broncos may not have had the results that they wanted in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers, they have impressed thoroughly with their entertaining rugby and performances. In the three games they have lost in these Qualifiers, they have lost by a deficit of 9 points over the fixtures, displaying their immense determination and fight. Their solitary win came last weekend against Halifax RLFC in a 36-14 win, and if results go their way this weekend, they could be sat in the Million Pound game places come the last round. 

 

Super 8s Results:

Round 1: Catalans Dragons 20-18 London Broncos

Round 2: London Broncos 32-32 Featherstone Rovers

Round 3: Hull Kingston Rovers 35-30 London Broncos

Round 4: London Broncos 38-40 Warrington Wolves

Round 5: London Broncos 36-14 Halifax RLFC

 

Last 6 Meetings with the Vikings:

28th June 2014: Widnes Vikings win 42-24 at The Hive

16th February 2014: Widnes Vikings win 64-10 at the Halton Stadium

19th July 2013: Widnes Vikings win 38-12 at the Halton Stadium

3rd February 2013: Widnes Vikings win 28-14 at Twickenham Stoop Stadium

9th June 2012: London Broncos win 28-24 at Twickenham Stoop Stadium

25th March 2012: Widnes Vikings win 38-30 at the Halton Stadium

 

Tickets

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