19th October 2018, 11:45 | londonbroncos
London Broncos were never meant to be in the picture for promotion in 2018. Losing their highly rated coach, Andrew Henderson, some quarters predicted them as low as 10th in the Championship for 2018. But with the same core of home-grown talent and wily old heads, the Broncos stunned the League World and returned to the top flight.
Best Moment: Setting the tone for the Qualifiers, Jarrod Sammut’s drop goal to snatch a victory over Widnes Vikings opened the series in 2018 and launched the Broncos into the Super League contention. Finishing an end to end tie, the Vikings looked to have the momentum before the Maltese International secured the win in the final moments.
Best Win (Toronto Wolfpack 2-4 London Broncos): A scrappy, defensive battle, the Million Pound Game saw the underdogs from the capital emerge victorious and book their 2019 Super League place. A try saving tackle from Alex Walker, dubbed the ‘Million Pound Tackle’ set the tone for the Broncos victory in an enthralling game.
Best Player (Kieran Dixon): A real hometown hero, the Hackney born Dixon has been in tremendous form in 2018, scoring 26 tries in 29 games for the Broncos and becoming their top try and points scorer. Dixon has speed, skill and the ability to beat just about anyone and with Super League experience, playing for Hull KR before returning to London, he will be pivotal to their 2019 efforts.
Record Breakers: Eddie Battye made 150 appearances in 2018, Eloi Pelissier made his 200th career appearance, while Elliot Kear made his 100th appearance for the Broncos.
Worst Loss (Leigh Centurions 40-0 London Broncos): Succumbing to the Centurions for the second time in the same month, the Broncos were hammered by the Centurions away from home to end their Challenge Cup campaign and deny them a first appearance at that stage of the competition since 2013.
Best Quote: “They’ve put me through it this year and I’m glad it’s done now. I can have a nice glass of scotch and enjoy it.” Danny Ward confirmed he has gained a taste for the finer things since his arrival in London.
2019 Outlook: The Broncos come into the Super League season as undeniable favourites to return back to the Championship but can call upon an excellent team spirit, inventive play and sparkle in the Capital to make their stay permanent. 11th must be the aim, but coach Danny Ward insists this group can do much more than that.