Challenge Cup  Friday 10th May 2013  Twickenham Stoop Stadium  Att: 1,237

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Michael Witt

Scott Wheeldon

Kieran Dixon

Matt Cook

GOAL SCORERS:

Michael Witt

Michael Witt

Michael Witt

Michael Witt

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Michael Witt

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Elliot Kear

Nick Scruton

Jarrod Sammut

GOAL SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Full Report

Match Official: J Child


Witt excels for Broncos

Michael Witt provided the inspiration as London Broncos moved into the last eight of the Tetley\'s Challenge Cup by beating Bradford Bulls 25-16 at the Stoop.

Witt claimed a try, four conversions and a drop-goal as the Broncos claimed a quarter-final spot for the second consecutive season.

London coach Tony Rea elected to shake up his backline for the clash, with Chris Melling appearing on the wing while David Howell, out since week one with a broken arm, returned at centre.

For Bradford, John Bateman took his place among the replacements having overcome a groin injury.

Having triumphed 46-20 on the road at the Broncos in Super League a mere month ago, the Bulls entered the game in confident mood.

And it was the visitors who threatened first, Elliot Kear just held up in the corner by the combined efforts of Dan Sarginson and Kieran Dixon.

A Bradford score was not long in coming though, with Jarrod Sammut, who ran in four tries when the sides last met, scooping up a loose pass to skip over at the posts.

London, who had won their previous two home games, should have levelled things up on 10 minutes, only for Shane Grady to spill the ball as he looked to crash over.

But the Broncos did strike on 13 minutes, Matt Cook taking a short pass from Craig Gower to muscle over.

London took the lead on 24 minutes thanks to some magic from Dixon, the winger evading the clutches of would-be tacklers to romp home from inside his own half.

Suddenly it was the Broncos asking all the questions, with the men from the capital moving two scores ahead before the break when Scott Wheeldon bulldozed his way over from close range.

The first score after the break looked crucial and it really should have gone to the visitors when Sammut broke clear, only for Luke Gale to delay what would have been a try-scoring pass and the chance was lost.

Adrian Purtell then had a try chalked off for a knock on as Bradford continued to press without reward.

London were rocking, but handling errors and poor decision-making were stopping the Bulls from closing the 12-point deficit.

The Broncos were coughing up possession themselves with regularity, leading to a frenetic, error-strewn first 20 minutes of the second half.

The Londoners did look to nudge even further ahead on a rare foray forward on 63 minutes, only for Witt to see his drop-goal attempt drift just wide.

But Witt made up for that moments later, bundling over after Gower\'s grubber through had eluded the Bradford defence.

Bradford were far from finished though, Nick Scruton barging over on 71 minutes, only for Witt to strike a drop goal.

Kear did cross for a late Bulls score in the corner in the dying seconds but it was mere consolation.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford

  • 79m
    dropgoal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 71m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 71m
    try

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 65m
    try

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 65m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Luke Dorn

    London Broncos

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Michael Robertson

    London Broncos

  • 32m
    try

    Scott Wheeldon

    London Broncos

  • 32m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    John Bateman

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 24m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 24m
    try

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Matt Cook

    London Broncos

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Ben Fisher

    London Broncos

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Scott Wheeldon

    London Broncos

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Mark Bryant

    London Broncos

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    London Broncos

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Ben Evans

    Bradford

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 13m
    goal

    Michael Witt

    London Broncos

  • 13m
    try

    Matt Cook

    London Broncos

  • 6m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 6m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford