9 Jun 2019

London shock Saints

Morgan Smith’s golden-point drop-goal saw London Broncos claim a shock 23-22 comeback victory over Betfred Super League leaders St Helens in a pulsating game in the capital.

Saints looked to be on course for a 16th win of the campaign after taking control with two early tries from James Roby and Luke Thompson.

The rock-bottom Broncos hit back to level things up at 12-12 by the break with scores from Ryan Morgan and James Cunningham but St Helens moved back in front again when Mark Percival crossed in the 50th minute.

The Broncos roared back once more, though, and tries from Morgan and Jay Pitts saw them take the lead for the first time, and they remained in front until the 79th minute.

That was when Danny Richardson’s superb touchline conversion following Regan Grace’s last-gasp try made it 22-22, but London were not to be denied a famous win as Smith sealed victory in the most dramatic of fashions.

London Broncos head coach Danny Ward said: "It was a nerve-wracking game but it was outstanding. I think the performances from the boys was the most pleasing.

“We always talking about needing 17 blokes working hard for each other and hitting eights and nines out of 10 to compete with some of these teams, so I’m proud of everyone’s effort, certainly in defence."

St Helens boss Justin Holbrook said: "Credit to them (Broncos). We know how hard a team they are and they showed it.

"We’ve got to be better away from home and we weren’t and paid the price in the end."


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