In-Profile: London Broncos

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9th August 2018

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

Francis Cummins’ side will be looking to record a victory that will kick-start their Qualifiers campaign in front of their own supporters, but will face a stern test from Danny Ward’s side.

Therefore, the Vikings media team have taken a closer look at tonight's opponents ahead of this huge fixture... 

 

Regular Season Finish:

2nd (Betfred Championship)

P 23, W16, L6, D1

Points For: 907, Points Against: 423, Points Difference: +484

 

Coach: Danny Ward 

The current Broncos head coach has a long affiliation with the club, having played for them in the ‘Harlequins’ days between 2008-2011. The former Leeds, Castleford and Hull KR man made over 100 appearances for the London club during the days at the Twickenham Stoop.

Ward initially took up the reigns of the U19s squad at the Broncos, before being promoted to being Andrew Henderson’s assistant coach for the first team in 2017.

Despite losing a number of key players ahead of 2018, Ward has done a superb job in guiding London to 2nd place in the Championship in his first year in charge of the club. 

 

Danger Men: 

Jarrod Sammut – The enigmatic half-back brings excitement and energy to a London Broncos side that is 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. The eccentric half-back produced a wonderful solo try to introduce himself to supporters on these shores.

Since then, Sammut has had spells at Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity and Workington Town before moving back to the Broncos in 2017. Sammut played well in the Broncos’ defeat to the Vikings in last year’s Qualifiers, scoring a try in the process, and will be looking to inflict more damage on the Vikings tonight. 

 

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 41 tries in 42 appearances so far. 

 

Form: WWDWWW

The Broncos head into this fixture in fine form. They are unbeaten in their last seven fixtures, which helped them to secure a finish in the top four and their place in this season's Super 8s, The Qualifiers. They were tasked with a tough end to their regular season fixtures with consecutive games against Toulouse, Halifax and Featherstone, but Danny Ward’s side came out of those unbeaten. The Broncos will be looking to surprise a few teams, including the Vikings, in these Qualifiers. 
 

Last 6 Meetings against the Broncos:

16th Sep 2017: Widnes Vikings win 38-16 at the Halton Stadium

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

 

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