London Broncos welcome relegation rivals Leeds Rhinos to Trailfinders Sports Club in the Betfred Super League. A win for the home side is a must. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are available.
It’s been a roller coaster season so far for London Broncos on their return to the top tier of northern hemisphere club rugby league (see below for an introduction to the Super League). A 42-24 opening day victory over Wakefield Trinity was followed by three consecutive losses before back-to-back victories including a memorable 18-16 over reigning champions Wigan Warriors.
Having lost momentum and suffered a string of defeats the Broncos fell to an agonising 24-22 defeat on the road at Leeds Rhinos at the end of May. But not be deterred the London side bounced back in sensational style causing one of the shocks of the season when beating top of the table St Helens 23-22, a Morgan Smith golden-point drop-goal being the difference between the sides.
Consecutive victories over Catalan Dragons and Hull Kingston Rovers were followed by a hat-trick of defeats before Broncos confounded expectations once again by beating runaway leaders St Helens, this time 32-12. Back-to-back losses against Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers were then consigned to memory as Broncos ground out a 17-4 victory over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan to keep their hopes of Super League survival alive.
Still with us?! London Broncos remain at the basement of the Super League on 18 points, but only on points different with Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants having an identical match record of 9 wins vs 17 losses. Meanwhile Wakefield Trinity and today’s visitors Leeds Rhinos are on 20 points meaning just two points separate the bottom five sides.
With only the side finishing bottom this season relegated to the Championship a win today for London Broncos (in what is their final home game before consecutive away matches against relegation rivals Hull Kingston Rovers and Wakefield Trinity) will see them take a giant stride towards potential Super League safety.
One to watch: Kieran Dixon. Back at his boyhood club after a spell at Hull KR the Broncos star kicked four goals and scored a try in the crucial victory over Catalan Dragons last time out.
Kick off is at 3pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the door subject to availability. Checking the London Broncos Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
About the Super League: The Betfred Super League is a competition featuring the top club sides in the northern hemisphere. 12 teams take part in a season running from February to October. The current champions are Wigan Warriors who beat Warrington Wolves 12-4 in the 2018 Grand Final.
All teams will play each other once home and away, plus six additional fixtures and the Dacia Magic Weekend on 25-26 May at Anfield (which is a whole round of fixtures across two days) to make 29 games of the regular season. The side who are top of the table are awarded the League Leaders Shield. The top-five teams then enter a play-off series to determine who takes part in the Grand Final which this year is on 12 October at Old Trafford. The team finishing bottom of the league is relegated to the Championship.
This season has seen the introduction of a golden-point extra-time. Games level at full-time decided by two additional five-minute periods with the match declared a draw if the sides are level after the extra 10 minutes. Time limits have also been introduced for teams to pack down for a scrum and take drop outs, while the interchange of players will be limited to 8
The Super League champions go on to play the National Rugby League (NRL) champions from Australasia in the World Cup Challenge which takes place at the beginning of the following season. Australia’s Sydney Roosters are the current holders after their 20-8 win over Wigan Warriors in February.
Teams in the Super League also take part in the Coral Challenge Cup a knockout competition involving amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs. Super League teams enter the competition at Rounds 5 and 6 with the final played at Wembley Stadium in August. The current champions are Catalans Dragons who beat Warrington Wolves to become the first non-British team to win the cup in its 121-year history
The Super League teams for the 2019 season are Castleford Tigers, Catalan Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Hull Kingston Rovers, Leeds Rhinos, London Broncos, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors.
London Broncos are the sole representative in the London area and play their matches in Ealing at Trailfinders Sports Centre.