10th February 2017, 15:53 | championship

Broncos face Rovers challenge

Broncos face Rovers challenge

A look ahead to all of this weekend's action in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Last weekend, London Broncos ground out a close 26-23 win away from home against Swinton Lions and they face another tough task on SUnday against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Coach Andrew Henderson said, “It was good to get back out there playing competitively. The conditions were pretty tough out there last week but we were pleased to come away with a win away from home.

“Swinton had a lot of energy and enthusiasm and caught us by surprise but I was pleased with the way we adapted as the game went on and managed to show enough character, resilience and endeavour to earn that result.”

The Broncos will play their first home game of the season on Sunday when they welcome Hull KR, Henderson continued, “We’ve proven to be quite strong on our home ground and I’m hoping that form continues this season. I’m expecting it to be a Super League standard match, it’s going to be fast and there’ll be a lot of good football on show by two very good sides and I’m sure it’ll be a cracking atmosphere.

“The reality is that Hull KR are the favourites for this competition and rightly so. They’ve got some great quality players within their ranks and they’ve got one of the best in the business in their Head Coach Tim Sheens.

“They’re going to be the benchmark of this competition, we’ll certainly learn a lot more about our team at the end of this game. I’m hopeful that everything will click into place on the day and I’m confident we have the ability to get a result.

“They’re going to be tested and we’ve prepared well and it’s down to our group of players to step up and prove they’re good enough to compete with the likes of Hull KR and other teams at that high level.”

Hull KR kicked off their Kingstone Press Championship campaign with an impressive 54-24 victory over Bradford Bulls. Despite the win, coach Tim Sheens wants to see an improvement when they travel to London Broncos this weekend. He said, “We need to improve our discipline and kick chase, that aspect of our game has to be up there.

“We can’t get into to the habit of thinking we can just outscore people and let them score 20 points against us that’s not what we’re about and not what we’re committed to.

“Playing London in London, on that surface, they are going to be hard to beat. They won a lot of games there last year but a lot of our guys have either played on that surface for us or for Bradford last season, whilst a lot of players have also played on a similar pitch at Widnes.

“They’re a different team at home as well. They travelled to Swinton last week on the day of the game and they weren’t at their best, but they still got the result which is always a good sign for any side. We are travelling down the day before which will help us and it’s what the team did last season when we had a good win there so hopefully that will stand us in good stead.”

Thomas Minns and James Greenwood may miss this Sunday’s game due to injury.

Across the Kingstone Press Championship this weekend, Rochdale Hornets will be looking to keep their hold on the top of the table when they travel to Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers face Oldham, Batley Bulldogs play Halifax and Dewsbury Rams will be looking for a win against Swinton Lions.

In the late Sunday kick off, Sheffield Eagles welcome Toulouse Olympique XIII at 5:30.