London set for basement battles

James Gordon

London coach Rob Powell knows that their next two games against Widnes and Wakefield gives the Broncos a big chance to move up the Super League table.

The capital club pushed Wigan all the way on Sunday, before going down to a 42-30 loss, just a week after an under-strength Warriors team went down at Widnes.

It was the third time in four away games this season that the Broncos have shipped more than 40 points, but they will be looking to end that run when they make the trip to the Stobart Stadium on Sunday, before hosting Wakefield the following week.

Powell told the club’s official website: “We will definitely go into those games with confidence after the last couple of displays.

“Clearly people are going to look at Widnes and Wakefield and think they are games that we should be winning.

“The big plus for us is we can really pinpoint now where we need to improve and work on that in training this week.

“We are playing with some real synergy now and the key for us taking the next step is to keep up the tempo when we do not have the ball.”

London never played Widnes under the Harlequins banner, but have won their last seven games against the Vikings as the Broncos, including a 40-0 away win in 2003.

Widnes last beat London in 2003, winning 32-20 at the Halton Stadium, while they were also the last team to play the Broncos in a regular season fixture before the Harlequins re-brand.