Super League  Sunday 17th August 2014  The Hive  Att: 1,268

Squad

Atkins, Cook, Dixon, Dollapi, Drinkwater, Everett, Farrar, Griffin, Keyes, Krasniqi, Mataitonga, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, Slyney, Solomona, Thomas, Vea, Wallace.

Squad

Hardaker, Watkins, Hall, Aiton, S. Ward, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Singleton, Minchella, Walters, R. Ward, Handley, White, Golding, Lilley.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Joe Keyes

Joe Keyes

Scott Moore

Mike McMeeken

Kieran Dixon

Joe Keyes

Jordan Atkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Mitch Achurch

Liam Sutcliffe

Zak Hardaker

Mitch Achurch

Liam Sutcliffe

Josh Walters

Kallum Watkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Liam Sutcliffe

Liam Sutcliffe

Liam Sutcliffe

Zak Hardaker

Full Report

Match Official: T Roby

Joe Keyes ran in a hat-trick as London Broncos earned a first win of the First Utility Super League campaign at the 24th time of asking with a stunning 40-36 victory over Leeds Rhinos.

Keyes struck twice in the last 10 minutes as the Londoners staged a stirring comeback to erase a 30-8 deficit.

For an under-strength Rhinos it was a setback ahead of their Tetley's Challenge Cup final date next weekend, missing the chance to claim second spot in the process.

For the Broncos, there was a first start of the campaign for winger Kieran Dixon, 10 months on from knee surgery, with Thomas Minns stepping aside.

The visitors, with one eye on next weekend's Wembley showpiece, made nine changes from their semi-final defeat of Warrington Wolves, including giving Super League debuts to Ben White, Ashley Handley and Ashton Golding.

But the Rhinos were still fastest out of the blocks, Zak Hardaker's long pass cutting out the London defence and allowing Kallum Watkins to romp home inside two minutes.

Just four minutes later they had a second score, Hardaker again the provider, keeping the ball alive for Josh Walters to crash over.

The Broncos were offering precious little in attack, but Leeds had no such worries, Liam Sutcliffe running in a third try on 12 minutes after strong work from Watkins.

The Londoners finally got themselves on the board midway through the half, neat handling from Keyes and Nesi Mataitonga putting Jordan Atkins in at the corner.

And the Broncos then moved within a score two minutes later, a superb offload from Atkins allowing Keyes to creep in at the corner.

Suddenly the game was a real contest, Dixon close to levelling matters moments later when he attempted to wriggle over.

But Leeds steadied the ship and regained control on the half-hour mark, Mitch Achurch charging over after a flowing move.

There was still time for the porous London defence to concede a further try before the interval, Hardaker racing over after bouncing off a series of tackles.

It was more of the same after the interval, Paul Aiton's break giving Sutcliffe a clear run to the line to open up a 30-8 Rhinos lead on 44 minutes.

Dixon did give London fans a glimpse of just what they have missed this season when he raced in at the corner after an excellent Mataitonga offload.

And, just as in the first half, the Broncos struck again quickly, Mike McMeeken easing over from a Scott Moore pass to reduce the arrears to 30-20.

But, also as in the first half, Leeds righted their wrongs almost instantly, Achurch muscling over for his second score on 55 minutes.

The tries kept coming, London claiming their fifth with 20 minutes to play when Moore rounded off excellent work from McMeeken and Ben Farrar.

And a grandstand finish was on the cards when Keyes burrowed over for his second try on 70 minutes, cutting the deficit to 36-32.

The comeback was complete when Keyes showed great footwork to race over three minutes later, Josh Drinkwater booting a late penalty to seal victory.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 73m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 73m
    try

    Joe Keyes

    London Broncos

  • 72m
    interchange_off

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 72m
    interchange_on

    Paul Aiton

    Leeds

  • 71m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 71m
    try

    Joe Keyes

    London Broncos

  • 65m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 65m
    interchange_off

    Brad Singleton

    Leeds

  • 64m
    interchange_on

    Elliot Minchella

    Leeds

  • 64m
    interchange_off

    Ben White

    Leeds

  • 60m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 60m
    try

    Scott Moore

    London Broncos

  • 59m
    interchange_off

    George Griffin

    London Broncos

  • 59m
    interchange_on

    Matt Cook

    London Broncos

  • 57m
    interchange_on

    Ashton Golding

    Leeds

  • 57m
    interchange_off

    Paul Aiton

    Leeds

  • 56m
    goal

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 55m
    try

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 53m
    interchange_off

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 53m
    interchange_on

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 52m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 52m
    try

    Mike McMeeken

    London Broncos

  • 48m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 48m
    try

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 44m
    try

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 44m
    goal

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 40m
    interchange_off

    Josh Walters

    Leeds

  • 40m
    interchange_on

    Chris Clarkson

    Leeds

  • 39m
    interchange_on

    Brad Singleton

    Leeds

  • 39m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Bailey

    Leeds

  • 37m
    try

    Zak Hardaker

    Leeds

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Nick Slyney

    London Broncos

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Erjon Dollapi

    London Broncos

  • 31m
    goal

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 31m
    try

    Mitch Achurch

    Leeds

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Matt Cook

    London Broncos

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    George Griffin

    London Broncos

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Jon Wallace

    London Broncos

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Brad Singleton

    Leeds

  • 23m
    try

    Joe Keyes

    London Broncos

  • 20m
    try

    Jordan Atkins

    London Broncos

  • 13m
    goal

    Zak Hardaker

    Leeds

  • 13m
    try

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Leeds

  • 6m
    try

    Josh Walters

    Leeds

  • 2m
    try

    Kallum Watkins

    Leeds