The London Broncos enter Week 6 off the top of the table, following Week 5’s match at the Sheffield Eagles being called off due to snow.
Courtesy of Toulouse Olympique’s 54-6 victory at home to Rochdale, the Broncos are 2nd, one of 3 teams on 8 points – although still the only team with a 100% record, due to a game in hand on Toulouse and Featherstone in 3rd.
An intriguing matchup at home to the Batley Bulldogs gives the Broncos the opportunity to retake top spot, only 5 points behind Toulouse on Score Difference. Batley have only played 3 games so far this season due to weather, on the back of consecutive victories over Swinton and Barrow. The Broncos, however, should present a much stiffer test, arguably like Batley’s opening day 34-6 loss away to the Leigh Centurions. Batley have also had a fortnight off, with their home match to Halifax also succumbing to the week’s weather.
This week should have no similar problems, as the Broncos prepare for the Bulldogs in much better weather conditions, and Danny Ward should have an almost full-strength squad available, including James Cunningham, recently called up to the England Knights Performance Squad. Cunningham, 23, with 2 tries in the first 4 games of the season, has put himself in contention for the Autumn Test Series against New Zealand.
The Broncos’ 4 wins this season have seen 159 points scored, letting only 52 points past them, and hope that this weekend’s matchup will see them make it 5 wins from 5, as the club aim to return to the Super League for the first time since 2014. Last season saw London win 42-4 at Batley, before a strong 58-4 victory on the last day of the season, and the Broncos will certainly hope for a similar performance this season.
The other fixtures this weekend see Toulouse at 5th placed Dewsbury, Featherstone hosting bottom side Swinton, and Barrow making the journey from Cumbria to Rochdale in a match-up between two sides that have only recorded 1 win in 7 games between them. 4th place Toronto travel to winless Sheffield, hoping to keep up the pace on the top 3, while Halifax host surprise strugglers Leigh, who were relegated from the Super League last season, but have only recorded 1 win in their first 5 to leave them in 9th, albeit with a total Score Difference of only -12 after 4 losses – their only win coming on the opening day against Broncos opponents from this weekend, Batley Bulldogs.