Batley blitzed by Broncos’ backlash

James Brown scored Batley's first try but it was a tough afternoon in the capital as the Bulldogs lost to London.
James Brown scored Batley's first try but it was a tough afternoon in the capital as the Bulldogs lost to London.

Batley Bulldogs were blitzed 76-16 by a London Broncos side smarting from an opening defeat in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

It was a day to forget for Batley as they conceded 14 tries against a full-time Broncos side desperate to get their Super League qualification hopes back on track.

The Bulldogs trailed 32-0 at half-time and after condeding an early second half try, they tried in vain to fight back but found London too strong and powerful.

Scrum-half Jamie Soward got the ball rolling when he sliced through the Batley defence and over for the first try inside four minutes and he tagged on the first of 10 goals.

Second row Daniel Harrison crashed over for an unconverted try and just two minutes later, Iliess Macani cut inside and crossed for the first of his hat-trick.

Soward tagged on the goal and London led 16-0 inside 10 minutes.

The Broncos lost Api Pewhairangi to a season ending knee injury but there was no let up for the Bulldogs’ defence, who struggled in the energy sapping conditions.

Substitute Andy Ackers raced between the posts to give Soward a simple conversion before Macani grabbed his second try and hooker James Cunningham nipped over, with two further Soward goals putting London out of sight at 32-0.

There was no respite after the break, second row Matt Garside crossing just two minutes after the resumption, and Macani completing his hat-trick, with Soward adding both conversions as London piled on the points.

Batley bravely battled back and were rewarded with two tries in the space of three minutes.

James Brown grabbed Batley’s first consolation try and just two minutes later, Alex Rowe twisted his way over and Dominic Brambani added both conversions.

Mark Ioane sent Rhys Williams racing over for the first of his hat-trick and things got worse for Batley when Tom Lillycrop was sin-binned for fighting.

London then brought up their half-century as Williams raced down the wing to cross out wide before Jamie Thackray burst through and sent Jack Bussey over, with Soward converting as London led 58-12.

Chris Ulugia hit back with Batley’s third try wide out but London finished strongly and added a further three converted tries in the closing eight miutes.

Cunningham collected Bussey’s pass to add his second try, Williams danced through Batley’s defence and between the posts for his hat-trick, with Ioane completing the rout.