LiveLOOK BACK: London Broncos v Warrington Wolves, report and pictures

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  • London Broncos v Warrington Wolves, First Utility Super League round four, at The Hive, kick off 3pm


FULL TIME: London Broncos 16 Warrington Wolves 44.

Attendance: 1,377


TRY: Ryan Atkins touches down with a 90-metre interception try and the final hooter has sounded, with just the touchline kick to come. Gareth O'Brien misses the shot.


Stefan Ratchford misses the extras, leaving Wolves 40-16 in front with five minutes to play


TRY: A fourth score for Rhys Evans, helped out by Ryan Atkins popping up on the opposite flank to which he is based.


Wolves fans are in full voice now.



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Just look what that try means to Gene Ormsby. Picture by Mike Boden


TRY: A hat-trick for Rhys Evans on his first appearance of the year. He intercepted and angled his way home from 40 metres. Stefan Ratchford's conversion puts Wolves out of reach at 36-16


Stefan Ratchford converts Atkins' first try of the season for a 30-16 lead that should settle the outcome with 12 minutes remaining.


TRY: You ask and you shall receive! Michael Monaghan darted out of dummy half and put a try on a plate for Ryan Atkins.


Another penalty to London, 4-2 this half, but Wolves' goal-line defence is looking stronger this half. Another try would stop the nail biting though


Sixteen minutes to go, Wolves still leading 24-16 having fought back from 16-6 adrift


Mick Monaghan is back on for Richie Myler. Ben Evans is in the middle of a decent stint too


Jamie O'Callaghan unable to catch James Cunningham's kick while unattended, saving Gene Ormsby's blushes. Came on the back of successive Broncos penalties


Trent Waterhouse lost possession with the try line begging. Referee Matt Thomason disagreed with the big Aussie that the ball was stolen


Roy Asotasi is back on the field, still no signs of a Michael Monaghan return. Richie Myler has been effective at hooker though


Superb charge-down return of 50 metres by Matty Russell ignites Wolves but set comes to nothing as Rhys Evans is tackled with the ball on the last tackle


Stefan Ratchford is unable to convert, leaving it at 24-16 after 49 minutes.


TRY: James Laithwaite busts a tackle and offloads for Rhys Evans to cross for his second try.


TRY: Gene Ormsby bags the try he has been desperate for, his first in Super League. He broke free down the middle and sold a dummy to use Richie Myler as a foil before handing off Jordan Atkins and crossing to complete a 40-metre move between the sticks. Stefan Ratchford converts for a 20-16 lead.


Stefan Ratchford collected his own high kick, chipped ahead and although he was beaten to the ball by full back Denny Solomona a good chase has forced a drop out


A let-off for Wolves. A Broncos chip kick caused havoc but Denny Solomona knocked on close to Wolves' try line


The sun hasn't dipped yet, and is now side on to both teams


Second half is up and running


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Rhys Evans touches down Wolves' third try


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Chris Bridge's try


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Roy Asotasi's debut try for Wolves. Pictures by Mike Boden


HALF TIME: London Broncos 16 Warrington Wolves 14.

See you in the second half.


Stefan Ratchford's conversion attempt goes wide off the near post, leaving Wolves 16-14 behind after 35 minutes.


TRY: Straight from the scrum, Wolves head down the narrow side where Chris Bridge gives Wales international Rhys Evans a walkover for his first try of the year.


Wolves have head and feed at a scrum 10 metres from the London line


And now a second one for interference. Wolves camped on the London line


Wolves' first penalty after 32 minutes.


A Broncos knock-on on halfway gives Wolves the chance to raid.


Penalty count is currently 2-0 to London.


A third Wolves grubber in this half as run dead. Come on Wolves, use the sun to put the full back under pressure!


Stefan Ratchford is wide with the conversion attempt from the touchline, it's 16-10 to London after 27 minutes.


TRY: Chris Bridge steps off his left leg and uses Rhys Evans as a foil before forcing his way over. That's better.


James Laithwaite is on for Ben Currie


Tough Wolves defence forces goal-line drop out from the re-start


Bishay is wide with the conversion but Broncos lead 16-6 after 25 minutes.


TRY: London are over again. Scott Moore's kick to the right flank is touched down by Thomas Minns after a scramble with Gene Ormsby and Ryan Atkins. A hint of obstruction but nothing more than London deserve. Wolves keep shooting themselves in the foot. 


In successive sets Wolves have given away intercepts, putting themselves under pressure. Chris Bridge has just rescued Warrington after a Mike Bishay grubber looked dangerous and forced a goal-line drop out


Matty Russell is on for Michael Monaghan


Glenn Riley is on for Roy Asotasi


Mike Bishay's touchline conversion puts Broncos 12-6 ahead after 17 minutes.


TRY: Ben Farrar dummies his way over on the narrow side, between Chris Bridge and Rhys Evans off a Scott Moore feed.


Conceded penalty relieves the pressure


Gareth O'Brien finds touch to put London on the back foot


TRY: Broncos respond with a try from Nick Slyney, the former Brisbane Broncos back rower. Goal-line defence suspect from Wolves then. Mike Bishay converts for 6-6 after nine minutes.


Rhys Evans has knocked on a high kick from Mike Bishay, who has started at scrum half. Wolves under pressure, and offside at the scrum


Stefan Ratchford converts the try, 6-0.


It seems there was a mistake on the teamsheet handed out, no Josh Drinkwater for Broncos today. Iliess Macani has taken his place.


TRY: Roy Asotasi barges over for his first Wolves try after 3 minutes.


Today's referee is Matt Thomason


Good opening set from Wolves, with Rhys Evans finding space down the right flank on this narrow pitch. Set ends with Gareth O'Brien grubber running dead


Wolves must have won the toss - London playing into the blinding sun in the first half. Kickers should shove the ball high in the air.


Big Ben strikes to welcome out Broncos


Wolves walk out to a chorus of George Formby's "When I'm Cleaning Windows".

Fans seem to like it, brought some laughter


Five minutes until kick off. Come on Warrington, let's make it a good 'un



As my next door neighbour Ray French has just pointed out, when will kit designers ever learn?

Broncos' white numbers straight on to a blue and black stripe can hardly be seen.

That, along with squinting eyes into the sun, is going to make it fun keeping track of who's doing what for Broncos this afternoon.

Hopefully it won't matter - hopefully it's a one-way traffic day for Wolves.

These balmy conditions do remind me very much of the setting for Wolves' club record away win against London last year at Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham.

On that day, Wolves won 82-10 with Stefan Ratchford in immense form.

That would be asking for too much after this season's start though, wouldn't it?


As suggested earlier, I expect Richie Myler to spend time at hooker today.

Michael Monaghan is unlikely to go for 80 minutes, so switching Myler will allow Tony Smith to bring Stefan Ratchford into the halves and introduce Matty Russell at full back.

Sounds like a plan.


London boss has decided to split his NRL half backs today, in order to replace sidelined Tonga full back Nesiasi Mataitonga.

Ben Farrar, formerly of Manly and Catalan Dragons, reverts to number one from stand off.

Young Hull hooker James Cunningham, brought in on loan, starts at stand off alongside Josh Drinkwater, a 21-year-old who featured with St George Illawarra Dragons last year.


Be interesting if Jordan Atkins and Matty Russell square up at some stage during today's game. They were at Gold Coast Titans together last year.


It's a fine effort by London's Denny Solomona to be playing today. The Auckland born centre or winger flew in from Australia yesterday, after his work visa finally came through


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Wolves fans loving this barmy March sunshine ahead of Wolves' clash with London Broncos


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Poor Craig Garner! When he got there, the cupboard was bare. You should have told them you were coming Craig, they'd have surely opened up for the most ardent of Wolves fans #followedwireeverywhere


Wolves have made a new signing - Ryan Atkinson at left centre, so says the voice over the tannoy


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Behind the sticks at The Hive


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The main supporters' stand at The Hive. Picture by Mike Boden


BRONCOS: Ben Farrar; Jordan Atkins, Mason Caton-Brown, Thomas Minns, Jamie O'Callaghan; James Cunningham, Josh Drinkwater; Nick Slyney, Scott Moore, Olsi Krasniqi, Alex Foster, Mike McMeeken, Matt Cook. Subs: Carl Forster, George Griffin, Mike Bishay, Denny Solomona


WOLVES: Stefan Ratchford; Rhys Evans, Chris Bridge, Ryan Atkins, Gene Ormsby; Gareth O'Brien, Richie Myler; Chris Hill, Mick Monaghan, Roy Asotasi, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Ben Currie. Subs: Matty Russell, Glenn Riley, James Laithwaite, Ben Evans


Team news is confirmed. Rhys Evans replaces Joel Monaghan on the right wing, Michael Monaghan starts at hooker, Matty Russell makes his debut off the bench


Looking forward to seeing Matty Russell finally make his competitive debut for Wolves. He showed with Scotland in the World Cup and in Wolves' December 29 friendly against Widnes Vikings how lethal he could be with the try line in sight. He's explosive, with power and pace, and he could be the missing spark to ignite Wolves in 2014 after a low-key start



We've now got a bit of Dire Straits - Money For Nothing - over the tannoy. Wonder if they'd got that disc out for the Salford game and forgot to put it away. #Cheeky!


Interesting two weeks for Wolves as they go into battle with Super League's newly built sides. London Broncos, today, and Salford Red Devils on Friday - 28 new signings between them.


The stadium opened 10 minutes ago and supporters are trickling in - most remain in the bar in the main hospitality stand.


I'm a little disappointed not to be seeing Nesiasi Matatonga playing for London today. The Tongan international full back was a star of the World Cup. Good for Warrington though, that he is absent with hamstring trouble. Also not featuring today are speedstar Kieran Dixon, who can cause problems for the best of defences, and young Wigan loan prop James Greenwood, who has reported to have started the season strongly but misses out today with a knee problem. London currently have eight players sidelined with injury.


It's an impressive turnout of Wire fans. The supporters' bar in the main stand, overlooking the pitch, is rammed of primrose and blue enjoying the local hospitality. Some are dining on gourmet burgers and chips, others only have eyes for the bar as the sun seems to be getting warmer and warmer. Big screens in the bar are showing football, there's video game machines attracting attention too. It's quite a good set-up here, and the fans I've spoken to said it was an easy three-hour journey this morning. Summer rugby - don't you just love it!


Confirmed team news is awaited, but I can reveal it is right that neither Joel Monaghan or Micky Higham are playing today. I'm told neither are injured.


Silly me - that bearded Richie Myler with sunglasses on is actually London Broncos hooker Scott Moore. I should have gone to Specsavers, like the Super League referees. You can't beat live reporting. #nowheretohide


Wolves have arrived. Tony Smith is looking rather dapper with his shades on, Chris Bridge strolls on to the pitch with his tin cans on - I wonder what music he's listening too. I reckon he's an Eminem type of guy. Ben Evans and Ben Currie are taking the same approach, throwing a ball around with teir headphones on. Rhys Evans looks rather cheery, and there's some back-slapping going on between skipper Ben Westwood and bearded Richie Myler - thought Tyrone McCarthy was back from Oz at first glance! Ha ha, another man who did not believe the forecast - Glenn Riley has got his navy blue bob hat on.


Feeling a little badly prepared for today's game. Fleece sweatshirt, winter coat and bobble hat, but the sun's quite warm and it's a very pleasant day. Should have believed the weather forecast!


London Broncos' players have arrived and are now checking out the pitch! Bring on the Wolves!



Stadium staff are now in full preparation mode, with the ground about to open for what is Broncos' second game at their new home.

We've had a bit of George Formby playing on the tannoy - a snapshot of a few seconds. I suppose there's nothing like steretyping today's visitors. whether it be cleaning widows or leaning on lamp posts.

Will there be more than 1,246 here. That was the turnout for Broncos' home clash with Salford Red Devils two weeks ago, a match that Broncos lost 44-18.




Fans are welcome to join in this live blog. Add your own comments and if you have any questions about today's game or discussion points you'd like to raise about the season so far, get involved.


Pre-match team news speculation is that Wolves will be missing two of their most experienced players this afternoon.

If the rumours are true, try machine winger Joel Monaghan and 2013 player of the year Micky Higham will not be taking part as Wolves seek their second win of the season - their first on the road.

And it seems Matty Russell is set to make his debut off the bench, having recovered from an ankle injury sustained on the pre-season training camp in Australia.

Unless Tony Smith adds to the originally named 19-man squad due to an injury situation, it would seem Richie Myler could spend some time at hooker today - with Michael Monaghan the only recognised number nine.

And it could be a first appearance for the season by Rhys Evans, replacing Joel Monaghan outside of Chris Bridge.

Once again, this team news is not confirmed and assumptions are being made based on the rumours of Joel Monaghan and Micky Higham not featuring today.


GLORIOUS sunshine awaits the arrival of Warrington Wolves for their first ever visit to The Hive, the home that London Broncos are now sharing with Barnet football team.

Stick with Warrington Guardian today for all the breaking news from Edgeware, in the north west of London.

Some pre-match team speculation to follow but first up, today's match conditions.

Winning the toss could be important, as one side will be playing straight into the sun in the first half and our lifeblood star will probably have dropped behind the main supporters' stand by the time the second period arrives.

Conditions are great for expansive rugby league, with no wind to play havoc with passing or kicking.

The pitch, although narrow, is in good condition considering a wet winter of football has been played on it - including Barnet playing host to Gateshead yesterday.

The in-goal areas are also pretty shallow, a little like Old Trafford on Grand Final night, so accuracy of kicks in general play will be important.

And that importance should not be played down because it has been Wolves' most lethal weapon so far this season.


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