SAINTS LOSE OUT IN GOLDEN POINT DRAMA

 

Saints left London empty-handed after a Morgan Smith drop goal in Golden Point extra time secured a dramatic 23-22 win for the southern side.

Two early tries from James Roby and Luke Thompson put Saints in control, but London responded through tries from on loan Ryan Morgan and James Cunnigham. Mark Percival then put Saints back in front early in the second half before Morgan grabbed his second for London.

Pitts gave the hosts the lead before Regan Grace scored a dramatic last minute try in the corner which Richardson converted off the touchline to send the game into golden point. Unfortunately for Saints it was London who won it through a Smith drop goal.

Saints came flying out of the traps and it didn’t take long for us to take the lead. Captain Roby picked the ball up from dummy half and crashed over underneath the posts giving Saints an early 6-0 lead with Richardson adding the extras.

Saints were in again minutes later after a Percival break put Saints in excellent field position. On the next play, the ball found its way to Richardson who put a neat kick through and the ball hit a London defender and landed in Thompson’s hands for the forward to score. Richardson adding the two extending Saints lead to 12-0 inside 10 minutes.

London hit back after an offload from young full back Jack Welsby was intercepted by Morgan and the centre scored under the posts. Dixon adding the extras.

In the final minute of the first half Cunningham dummied, found a gap in the line and went through the gap to score. Dixon adding the extras to tie the game at the break.

London started the second half dominantly, putting Saints under pressure and forcing a goal line drop out, but Saints defence stood firm and forced London to knock on. Saints capitalised on the error when Roby made a break up the middle and on the next tackle Richardson found Grace who passed the ball back inside to Percival who gathered on the second attempt to score. Richardson, this time was unable to add the extras.

London replied minutes later mind after the ball found its way out wide to Morgan and he pushed his way over in the corner. Dixon, like Richardson was unable to add the extras leaving the game tied at 16-16 with 25 minutes remaining.

London thought they had won it late on after a kick through from Jordan Abdull was pounced on by Pitts who scored. Dixon added the two giving London a 22-16 lead.

Saints threw everything at London in the final 10 minutes, but London’s defence stood firm until a minute from time when a flowing move from right to left ended with Grace scoring in the corner. Richardson, with the stadium in silence, kicking the touchline conversion to tie the game and send it into Golden Point.

Two minutes into golden point a Saints knock on put London in prime position and Smith dropped the goal to give the hosts a 23-22 victory.

Match Summary:

London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Krasniqi, Pitts, Gee, Yates.

Interchanges: Richards, Ioane, Fozard, Butler.

Tries: Morgan (27, 55), Cunnigham (39), Pitts (69)

Goals: Dixon (3 from 4)

Drop goal: Smith

St Helens: Welsby; Swift, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Richardson, Fages; Lees, Roby, Thompson, Paulo, Peyroux, Knowles.

Interchanges: LMS, Amor, Ashworth, Costello.

Tries: Roby (5), Thompson (9), Percival (50), Grace (78)

Goals: Richardson (3 from 4)

HT: 12-12

FT: 23-22 – after Golden Point

ATT: TBC

London Broncos Line up

1Alex Walker
2Kieran Dixon
3Ryan Morgan
4Elliot Kear
5Rhys Williams
6Jordan Abdull
7Morgan Smith
8Eddie Battye
9James Cunningham
10Olsi Krasniqi
11Jay Pitts
12Matt Gee
13Luke Yates
14Greg Richards
15Mark Ioane
16Matty Fozard
17Robert Butler

Last updated 14 Jun 19 21:30:32

Percival put us back in front early in the second half before Morgan grabbed his second. Pitts gave the Broncos the lead before Grace levelled in the last minute. Broncos’ Smith won it in golden point.

82'
Drop Goal
Morgan Smith for London Broncos

LMS knocks on and the Broncos take two tackles before Smith kicks the winning drop goal.

🐴 BRONCOS 23-22 SAINTS 🔴⚪

81'

The Broncos kick off and Saints are attacking our own fans. COYS!

🐴 BRONCOS 22-22 SAINTS 🔴⚪

80'

The full-time whistle goes and we are into Golden Point!!

🐴 BRONCOS 22-22 SAINTS 🔴⚪

79'
Goal
Danny Richardson for Saints

RICHARDSON NAILS THE TOUCHLINE CONVERSION TO SEND THE SAINTS FANS WILD!!

🐴 BRONCOS 22-22 SAINTS 🔴⚪

79'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

REGANNNN! Saints keep the ball alive on the last and the ball is played out wide to Grace in the corner who barges his way over in the corner!!! A touchline kick to come to level the game!!

🐴 BRONCOS 22-20 SAINTS 🔴

75'

Morgan Smith goes for the drop goal, but misses. Can we find a late converted try to send this game into Golden Point?

🐴 BRONCOS 22-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

73'

Matty Fozzard kicks a 40/20 for Broncos, but it comes to nothing as they then knock on, before Morgan hits Costello to force the knock on and the Broncos have the scrum.

🐴 BRONCOS 22-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

71'

Welsby limps off injured and Matty Costello is on at full back. COYS!

🐴 BRONCOS 22-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

69'
Goal
Kieran Dixon for London Broncos

Dixon adds the two and we trail.

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67'
Try
Jay Pitts for London Broncos

The Broncos force a repeat set and go back in front through Jay Pitts as he latches onto a Abdull kick to touch down before Welsby.

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65'

What a HIT from Swift! He forces the Broncos knock on and all his Saints teammates run over to pat him on the head. The Saints fans find their voice. Could that be the turning point?

🐴 BRONCOS 16-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

63'

It’s end to end here at the Trailfinders, but the Broncos have a set to come in the Saints half as Welsby knocks on in a tackle with Dixon.

🐴 BRONCOS 16-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 It’s a battle here in London as the rain starts to fall!

56'

Dixon narrowly misses his touchline conversion and we are all square again.

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55'
Try
Ryan Morgan for London Broncos

Morgan grabs his second after Broncos force a repeat set and the on-loan Saints man powers his way over in the right corner.

🐴 BRONCOS 16-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

51'

Richardson narrowly misses the kick from the left touchline.

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50'
Try
Mark Percival for Saints

Percy sends us back in front!! Roby breaks through before the ball finds its way to Richardson. He passes wide to Grace who in-turn feeds Percy back on the inside to score!

🐴 BRONCOS 12-16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

49'

This time Saints survive as LMS forces the Broncos to lose the ball on the Saints line. He pumps his fists towards the travelling Saints fans behind those sticks!

🐴 BRONCOS 12-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

47'

Broncos are throwing the ball around and force a drop out as Kyle Amor, off the bench, pushes the ball dead.

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46'

Broncos win a penalty as Saints are penalised for not being square of the ball and we must stand firm here!

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42'

Saints have an early chance to score out wide but Welsby’s pass hits Naiqama and the Broncos survive.

🐴 BRONCOS 12-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

41'

We are back underway here at the Trailfinders Sports Club. COYS! 🔴⚪

🐴 BRONCOS 12-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

HT: 🐴 BRONCOS 12-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

Roby and Thompson put us in control, but the Broncos responded through tries from Morgan and Cunningham and we are level in London at the break.

40'
Goal
Kieran Dixon for London Broncos

Dixon adds the extras and we are all square.

🐴 BRONCOS 12-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

39'
Try
James Cunningham for London Broncos

Richardson opts to go for the drop goal, but misses and the Broncos score with the last play of the half as Cunningham dummies at the line and breaks through to score.

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36'

Both sides have exchanged sets here in the capital, but it’s Saints who hold the one score lead as we approach the break!

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29'

Richardson’s high bomb is touched down by Kev Naiqama in the corner, but Adam Swift is penalised for a knock on.

🐴 BRONCOS 6-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

26'
Goal
Kieran Dixon for London Broncos

Dixon converts the extras.

🐴 BRONCOS 6-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

25'
Try
Ryan Morgan for London Broncos

The Broncos respond through on loan Morgan as he steals the ball from Jack Welsby as the youngster tried to offload and Morgan has the easy task of touching down.

🐴 BRONCOS 4-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 Big @Luketommo1 enjoyed that one!

22'

Jordan Abdull’s kick runs dead and it’s our turn to attack as LMS is on for Thompson!

🐴 BRONCOS 0-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

21'

Saints are penalised for a forward pass, before on loan Ryan Morgan breaks down the right which results in Richardson being held in goal and we need to defend here!

🐴 BRONCOS 0-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

19'

The Broncos survive after Richardson’s pass goes astray, but Saints have the scrum moments later as a Broncos’ pass finds touch.

🐴 BRONCOS 0-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

16'

Our captain is having a blinder and his neat kick through is grasped by Alex Walker, but Roby is on him in a flash to trap him in goal and Saints have another set!

🐴 BRONCOS 0-12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 Robes loves a score from dummy half!

10'
Goal
Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson again adds the extras from in front of the sticks!

🐴 Broncos 0-12 Saints 🔴⚪

9'
Try
Luke Thompson for Saints

Percival break free down the left flank. The ball finds its way to Richardson in the middle and his grubber kick hits a Broncos player and falls kindly for Thompson to score easily!

🐴 Broncos 0-10 Saints 🔴⚪

6'
Goal
Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson, in Coote’s absence, easily kicks the extras and it is the perfect start for Saints!

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5'
Try
James Roby for Saints

Saints win a repeat set and super skipper James Roby goes over from dummy half under the posts! Get innnn!

🐴Broncos 0-4 Saints 🔴⚪

4'

Saints now win a penalty after a high tackle on Morgan Knowles. A set of six 20 meters out. COYS!

🐴Broncos 0-0 Saints 🔴⚪

3'

A high kick from Theo Fages is grasped by Kieran Dixon, but Mark Percival is adjudged to have tackled him in the air and the Broncos have a penalty.

🐴Broncos 0-0 Saints 🔴⚪

We are off and under way here in the capital! 🇬🇧 COYS! 🔴⚪

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