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London Broncos 23-22 St Helens

Sunday 9th June 2019
KO: 15:00 - Round: 17

23-22 FT

HT: 12 12

Official: M Griffiths

Venue: Trailfinders Sports Club

  • London Broncos

  • Tries
    Ryan Morgan (2), James Cunningham, Jay Pitts,

  • Goals
    Kieran Dixon (3),

  • Drop Goals
    Morgan Smith,

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    James Roby, Luke Thompson, Mark Percival, Regan Grace,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson (3),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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."

  • 82: Goal scored for London Broncos by Morgan Smith
  • 79: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 79: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 68: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Kieran Dixon
  • 67: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Jay Pitts
  • 55: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Ryan Morgan
  • 50: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 40: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Kieran Dixon
  • 39: TRY! scored for London Broncos by James Cunningham
  • 26: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Kieran Dixon
  • 26: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Ryan Morgan
  • 10: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 10: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Thompson
  • 6: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 5: TRY! scored for St Helens by James Roby
  • Key Performers

    Mark Percival

    Metres: 155
    Clean Breaks: 4

    Luke Yates

    Tackles: 58

    Matty Fozard

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Broncos 4
    Saints 4

    Goals:

    Broncos 3
    Saints 3

    METRES:

    Broncos 1131
    Saints 1413

    CARRIES:

    Broncos 183
    Saints 202

    TACKLES:

    Broncos 346
    Saints 340

    OFFLOADS:

    Broncos 9
    Saints 11

    PENALTIES:

    Broncos 5
    Saints 7

    BREAKS:

    Broncos 4
    Saints 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Rhys Williams 0 0 1 0 0 6 0 18 109 6.06 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Eddie Battye 0 0 26 4 3 7 0 16 98 6.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kieran Dixon 0 0 3 0 2 6 0 12 95 7.92 1 3 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Ryan Morgan 2 0 23 2 2 2 0 12 77 6.42 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Elliott Kear 0 0 12 2 1 3 0 15 76 5.07 0 8 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Luke Yates 0 0 58 8 2 0 0 16 75 4.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Rob Butler 0 0 20 4 4 1 0 10 74 7.40 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walker 0 0 6 0 1 2 1 13 70 5.38 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Cunningham 1 0 19 0 4 3 0 8 70 8.75 1 5 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Greg Richards 0 0 27 4 0 0 0 11 65 5.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 20 3 0 0 0 9 61 6.78 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Gee 0 0 37 4 2 2 0 8 58 7.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Morgan Smith 0 1 16 1 2 2 2 8 53 6.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Pitts 1 1 36 10 0 3 0 10 49 4.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Abdull 0 1 16 4 3 1 2 7 45 6.43 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Ioane 0 0 8 2 0 1 0 4 33 8.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Fozard 0 0 18 0 7 0 1 6 23 3.83 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mark Percival 1 1 13 3 1 11 0 16 155 9.69 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
    Jack Welsby 0 0 2 0 1 3 0 19 148 7.79 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Luke Thompson 1 0 25 6 1 3 0 21 142 6.76 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    James Roby 1 0 50 7 1 2 1 13 128 9.85 1 13 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Adam Swift 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 17 126 7.41 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 29 7 4 1 0 13 98 7.54 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 18 3 2 3 5 16 84 5.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 44 9 10 0 0 14 81 5.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Naiqama 0 0 16 4 3 1 0 9 75 8.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Joseph Paulo 0 0 35 5 1 0 0 12 72 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Kyle Amor 0 0 17 5 1 2 0 7 67 9.57 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 1 1 3 0 0 1 0 12 59 4.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 27 4 3 1 0 8 58 7.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 26 6 4 0 0 11 56 5.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 10 3 2 0 0 4 36 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Costello 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 18 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 1 18 3 4 3 5 7 10 1.43 0 0 2 0 3 1 1 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties