Broncos not resting Soward, says Rea

London coach Tony Rea insists half-back Jamie Soward is injured and not being rested ahead of next weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan.

Soward, 28, will sit out Friday’s Super League clash at Widnes with a back injury, having made three appearances for the Broncos since joining from St George-Illawarra on a short-term deal.

Rea said: “We genuinely have some bad knocks. We’re not resting anybody this week.

“Soward has travelled from Australia, he’s travelled to France and we’ve had a long trip to Sheffield because of the bus journey.

“He’s done a real lot of travelling and he’s stiffened up during the week.

“Given his workload and what he’s been asked to come in and do, his back was untrainable today so there was no way, given the number of miles he’s travelled, that he could compete in this game safely.”

London are rooted to the bottom of Super League with just three wins all season, but are just 80 minutes away from a Challenge Cup final appearance at Wembley, for the first time since 1999.

Soward scored a try, two goals and a drop goal in the 29-10 quarter-final victory over Sheffield last Friday.

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