Rea: Perpignan fixture can help Broncos
London Broncos’ caretaker coach Tony Rea is hoping a trip to the south of France will help mend the team’s shattered confidence.
The bottom-of-the-table Londoners have won just one of their last 12 Stobart Super League matches and go into tomorrow’s clash with high-flying Catalan Dragons in Perpignan seeking a first away league win for almost 18 months.
Rea, who has taken charge to the end of the season following the sacking of Rob Powell, has just six matches left to help rid the players of the losing habit.
“They’re not human if they haven’t been affected by it,” he said. “They definitely have been affected and our challenge is to change a bit of that.
“It will be good for the team to get away and share a bit of time together.”
Rea had just 24 hours to prepare his team for last Saturday’s game against Wigan Warriors, which they lost 44-6, and hopes to make more of an impact ahead of tomorrow’s match.
“Every day is important,” he said. “It’s good to get out there and do a bit of stuff, work on a few different things.
“The focus is to get better every day. It’s about adapting to each day, setting some good standards and good behaviour.
“We’re three to five days further down the track and every minute we’re a bit wiser.
“The action plan is a simple one. You get what you deserve in life so, if you want success, you have to go and earn it.
“The players have trained well this week and they are expecting a performance against Catalan this Saturday.”
Rea has already made his mark this week by axing stand-off Michael Witt, one of the club’s high-profile signings at the start of the season.
In his place comes fellow Australian Luke Dorn, one of three survivors from Rea’s last spell at the club which ended in 2006, while Michael Robertson is set to switch from wing to full-back in place of the injured Dan Sarginson.
The Dragons have fiery French Test prop David Ferriol back from suspension but they are without 11 members of their first-team squad and are poised to give a Super League debut to Kevin Larroyer.