Rea looking for London lift-off
London Broncos coach Tony Rea is hoping his side’s stunning win at Salford City Reds can kick-start their season.
The Broncos, who broke their duck and lifted themselves off the foot of the Super League table with a 38-4 rout of the City Reds a week ago, seek to make it back-to-back wins when Hull KR visit the Twickenham Stoop tomorrow evening.
Rea had been expected to turn the Londoners into play-off contenders after masterminding four wins from their last five matches of 2012 and he did not panic when they began this season with four straight defeats.
“It’s been coming,” he said. “We’ve been holding it together. We didn’t do anything different, we just improved, we did some things a lot better.
“We did some things with a bit more clarity and I’m really pleased about that.
“There has to be more. Everybody is getting that bit better.
“The confidence was there and hopefully this has given them bit a more belief.”
Hull KR also made an inauspicious start to the season but they will go into tomorrow’s round-six game in buoyant mood after becoming the first team to beat title favourites Warrington Wolves.
However, the Robins are without second rower Dale Ferguson after he was recalled by Huddersfield Giants and they will go into the game without both first-choice hookers.
With Josh Hodgson having picked up a one-match ban and Lincoln Withers breaking a toe in training, coach Craig Sandercock will give a first start to former Bradford Bulls and Huddersfield nine Keal Carlile.
“I just want a full squad to pick from,” said Sandercock. “At the moment we’re still juggling a few injuries and one or two of the boys copped a few knocks last weekend.
“Josh Hodgson was also charged with a grade B offence and Dale Ferguson has returned to Huddersfield which is disappointing as he’s done well for us and we’d have liked him here for another month.
“Having said that, we always knew this could happen so we’ll just work around it.”
Former Batley winger Alex Brown keeps his spot after making a tryscoring debut in Sunday’s 26-12 win over the Wolves, along with Australian stand-off Travis Burns, who has been identified as a major threat by Rea.
The 29-year-old former Penrith Panther, recruited as a straight replacement for departed countryman Blake Green, was forced to sit on the sidelines for the first month of the season as he completed a 12-match ban carried over from the NRL.
“It was definitely worth the wait,” said Rea. “I’ve seen a lot of him and I like the way he plays.
“He’s a good player and a good competitor, I’ve lot of time for him.”
Tomorrow’s match will mark the 150th appearance for the Londoners’ Australian utility back Luke Dorn.
The 31-year-old Dorn is in his second spell with the club, having first made his debut in a 28-24 win over Warrington at Brentford on February 13, 2005.