London Broncos beat Yowies

The London Broncos have defeated Aboriginal touring side the Yowies by 38-12 in their first game at Trailfinders Sports Club.

The Yowies got the scoreboard working when Nathan Merritt crossed in the corner in the third minute.

Six minutes later, the Broncos evened up the score with debutant Nathan Stapleton crossing.

London took the lead after a great burst from Alex Walker saw him score his first try of the night and the Will Barthau added the extras for 12-6.

The score remained at 12-6 at half-time.

Four minutes into the second half and Stapleton crossed in the corner for his double.

The Yowies hit back through Rich Roberts to take the score back to 16-12.

Iliess Macani got over the line 67 minutes in and Ben Hellewell barged over lifting the score 24-12. Barthau adds the extras.

The Broncos finished the game with both Walker and Macani scoring their second tries of the night.

“The first 20 minutes I thought the Broncos were in control of that game, they were certainly controlling the tempo and being really clinical and methodical,” London coach Andrew Henderson said.

“I challenged our players at half time to pick it up, which I felt we did, overall I’m very pleased with the hit out.

“We were certainly challenged today in certain areas of the field at certain times by the opposition and that’s a credit to those guys – let’s not forget that Yowies team have only been together a few days.

“I can only congratulate them on their efforts today as well.”

“You want to make sure you have a couple of good hit outs ready for when round one comes. The players start to get a feel for each other and how each other play.

“Let’s not forget we have brought in nine recruits this year, so there’s nine new faces in the squad and it does take time for them to get to know each other.

“You can do so much on the training field but you learn more about your team certainly when it’s an actual competition game.”

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