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Grima aware of challenge facing Broncos

30th of May 2014
Grima aware of challenge facing Broncos

London Broncos coach Joe Grima accepts his team needs "a miracle" to avoid relegation but remains hopeful.

London Broncos coach Joe Grima accepts his team needs "a miracle" to avoid relegation but remains hopeful and has Hull FC firmly in his sights.

The Broncos have looked doomed to the drop all season and they are firmly rooted in the First Utility Super League relegation zone, without a point after 14 successive defeats.

They are bottom and eight points adrift of safety with just 13 games remaining, starting with Hull FC's visit to The Hive on Saturday and another key fixture against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a fortnight.

Grima is a natural optimist, and has brought a refreshing vibrancy since taking over from Tony Rea earlier this month, but even he accepts the season is now reaching crunch time.

The Australian said: "I am a practising Christian and miracles do happen. Let's be honest, we need a miracle - but whatever happens, happens.

"We have just gone past halfway this season and our destiny is going to be governed by the next two games.

"Anyone that knows me would know I am a pretty energetic type of person. It takes a lot to get me down.

"I am a pretty motivated person and don't think anything can't be fixed. We have come a long way and made some good progress in the last four weeks."

The Broncos led at half-time against League Leaders' Shield holders Huddersfield Giants in Grima's first game before being narrowly edged out by Catalan Dragons at the Magic Weekend.

They then troubled Hull KR last week, only to fold in the final quarter to lose 48-16 at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Grima is now hoping to go one better against a Hull FC side under pressure themselves having fallen outside the top eight after four successive defeats.

Grima, a former Parramatta player, said: "It is a good time to play them and they are a little bit like us.

"We haven't had a win, but they haven't had a win for a few weeks and the pressure is on them as well. I am glad we are playing FC when we are.

"Any team out of the top eight needs to be careful. If we can string two or three wins together, they can be in a lot of trouble and the pressure then goes to the last two or three games.

"We are certainly going to give everything. We have got the following week off because of the Challenge Cup, so we are going to leave nothing in the tank."

London's only change will see on-loan Hull hooker or half-back James Cunningham drop out due to an agreement between the two clubs.

Hull coach Lee Radford is anxious for his side to start winning on the road having so far failed in six games away from the KC Stadium.

Playing away is something Hull are having to get used to due to pitch renovation at their home ground.

The trip to London is the Black and Whites' third game of a run of six straight away, including the Magic Weekend.

Radford said: "We have not played well enough on the road this season, simple as that. We have not been anywhere near clinical enough.

"Hopefully we will get that right this Saturday. I think because of where we are situated in the league every game now is a 'must win' for us.

"We have got to go down there and play with a tempo that they have folded under in previous games."

Radford is boosted by the return of Chris Tuson from a hamstring injury while newly signed former Catalan Dragons centre Setaimata Sa could make a first start.

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