LONDON Broncos’ new half-back partnership will be in better shape for the arrival of Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
Australians, scrum half Josh Drinkwater and stand off Ben Farrar, only arrived in the capital last week and were thrown straight into the fray as Broncos fell to their third defeat of the season at fellow strugglers, Bradford Bulls.
Drinkwater and Farrar have NRL experience – Drinkwater, aged 22, making his debut for St George Illawarra Dragons last year, while Farrar has had stints with North Queensland Cowboys and Manly Sea Eagles along with a 2011 spell in Super League with Catalan Dragons.
They will provide a newly rebuilt London side with much needed direction, with former St Helens, Huddersfield Giants and Widnes Vikings hooker Scott Moore having taken on much of the organisational role in previous outings.
Broncos, who have conceded the most points in Super League but scored more than Wolves so far, were gritty in their 25-12 loss at Bradford at the weekend.
Two backs left the field injured in the first half, while Jordan Atkins did not make the start after collecting an injury in the warm-up.
They had no subs in the second half and showed more fighting spirit than in the opening 64-10 loss at Widnes and the 44-18 home defeat to Salford Red Devils, when only 1,246 supporters welcomed them into the new Hive home in north west London that they share with Barnet Football Club.
Wolves, who are travelling down on Saturday to prepare, are aware of the pitch’s minimal width dimensions and will need to control the battle down the middle.