Challenge Cup  Sunday 29th April 2012  Mount Pleasant  Att: 1,025

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ian Preece

Mark Applegarth

Danny Maun

GOAL SCORERS:

Gareth Moore

Gareth Moore

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Chad Randall

Antonio Kaufusi

Matt Cook

Jamie O'Callaghan

GOAL SCORERS:

Shane Rodney

Shane Rodney

Shane Rodney

Full Report

Match Official: T Alibert


Broncos edge through

London Broncos survived a major scare from John Kear\'s part-time Batley side to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a 22-16 win over Batley.

The Londoners overcame horrendous weather conditions at Mount Pleasant and enthusiastic opponents to grind out a hard-fought victory in a fifth-round tie played in constant driving rain.

Australian half-back Craig Gower led the Broncos\' efforts on his 34th birthday as the Super League outfit claimed their first win away from home for almost 12 months to deny Kear, a cup winner with both Sheffield Eagles and Hull, another famous scalp.

The Championship outfit chose to play uphill first and the gamble looked to have backfired when the Londoners scored three tries in a 10-minute spell to open up a 16-0 lead.

Gower\'s kick was caught in the wind and bounced kindly for winger Jamie O\'Callaghan to touch down for the game\'s first try.

Gower then got second rower Matt Cook through a gap for a try and prop Antonio Kaufusi crashed over from close range for a third which, with Shane Rodney\'s second goal, made it 16-0.

The introduction of towering forward Alex Walmsley injected fresh impetus into the Batley side and they responded with two converted tries in six minutes to close the gap to just four points at the break.

Centre Danny Maun took Gareth Moore\'s short pass to go through a chink in the Broncos defence for the first and second rower Mark Applegarth burst through for another after Ben Black supplied the final pass.

With the marked slope in their favour in the second half, the tie was set up for Batley to take the spoils but the Londoners raised their game, with Michael Witt taking over from his half-back partner Gower as the main threat.

Centre Dan Sarginson was held inches short of the line and only a desperate tackle by Batley full-back Ian Preece denied a charging Kaufusi a second try.

Broncos winger Kieron Dixon had a try disallowed for offside as the visitors piled on the pressure and it was no surprise when they eventually extended their lead, hooker Chad Randall burrowing his way over from dummy half on 71 minutes,

Rodney\'s third goal opened up a 10-point gap, and although Batley gave themselves renewed hope when Preece won the race to touch down Black\'s kick to the corner, the Super League side held on to spare their own blushes.

Match Action

  • 74m
    try

    Ian Preece

    Batley

  • 70m
    try

    Chad Randall

    London Broncos

  • 70m
    goal

    Shane Rodney

    London Broncos

  • 56m
    interchange_off

    Paul Mennell

    Batley

  • 56m
    interchange_on

    Lewis Palfrey

    Batley

  • 43m
    interchange_on

    Chris Melling

    London Broncos

  • 43m
    interchange_off

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    James Grehan

    Batley

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Kris Lythe

    Batley

  • 26m
    try

    Mark Applegarth

    Batley

  • 26m
    goal

    Gareth Moore

    Batley

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    London Broncos

  • 22m
    try

    Danny Maun

    Batley

  • 22m
    goal

    Gareth Moore

    Batley

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    Batley

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Craig Potter

    Batley

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Mark Bryant

    London Broncos

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Karl Temata

    London Broncos

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Keegan Hirst

    Batley

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Byron Smith

    Batley

  • 19m
    goal

    Shane Rodney

    London Broncos

  • 19m
    try

    Antonio Kaufusi

    London Broncos

  • 15m
    goal

    Shane Rodney

    London Broncos

  • 15m
    try

    Matt Cook

    London Broncos

  • 10m
    try

    Jamie O'Callaghan

    London Broncos