Swinton Lions 23-26 London Broncos

William Barthau playing for the London Broncos.


Swinton Lions almost caused an upset at Heywood Road as the well-fancied London Broncos were pushed to the limit before claiming a 26-23 victory. The hosts had a 16-10 lead at the break and were 10-0 up after eight minutes thanks to tries from Shaun Robinson and Liam Forsyth. Chris Atkin was successful with one conversion. London reacted well to their early setbacks and Rhys Williams registered his side’s first score of the afternoon after being fed the ball by Jay Pitts. Jarrod Sammut was off target with his conversion. Connor Dwyer was sin-binned for holding down but the Lions held on to their lead despite his absence. A Chris Atkin penalty extended Swinton’s lead to eight points before Sammut crossed the whitewash on 35 minutes. He converted his own try but the two point gap was rather short lived as Forsyth bagged his brace moments later.

Swinton started the second half brilliantly with a 45th minute try from Tom Davies, which was converted by Atkin. However, two converted tries in five minutes from William Barthau and Mark Ioane levelled the scores with the hour mark fast approaching. Atkin missed the chance to put his side in front with a penalty goal but he made no mistake on 69 minutes when he coolly slotted over a one pointer. It was a tense finish at Heywood Road and the capital club managed to steal the game away from their opponents when Daniel Harrison touched down after good work from Eddie Battye. Sammut couldn’t convert but that made no difference by the end of the game as London held out for a hard-fought victory.

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back000000
2Shaun RobinsonWing100000
3Chris HankinsonCentre000000
6Grant GoreStand Off000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half031000
8Rob Lever 10Interchange000000
10Jordan Hand 8Prop000000
11Connor Dwyer 18Second Row000100
12Matt SarsfieldSecond Row000000
13Andy Thornley 19Loose Forward000000
15Andy Bracek 16Prop000000
16Anthony Bate 15Interchange000000
18Ben Austin 11Interchange000000
19Josh Barlow 13Interchange000000
20Sean KennyHooker000000
36Tom DaviesWing100000
26Liam ForsythCentre200000
 Total 431100

London Broncos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Elliot KearFull Back000000
2Rhys WilliamsWing100000
3Ben HellewellCentre000000
4Adrian PurtellCentre000000
5Kieran DixonWing000000
6Jarrod SammutStand Off130001
7William BarthauScrum Half100000
8Tom Spencer 16Prop000000
10Mark Ioane 17Prop100000
11Daniel Harrison 12Second Row100000
12Matt Garside 11Interchange000000
13Jay PittsSecond Row000000
14Andy AckersHooker000000
15Eddie Battye 28Loose Forward000000
16Junior Roqica 8Interchange000000
17Mark Offerdahl 10Interchange000000
28Sadiq Adebiyi 15Interchange000000
 Total 530001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 5, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Heywood Road


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Swinton Lions16723
London Broncos101626

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