London Broncos 21 - 14 St Helens

Match info: Super League at Twickenham Stoop

Date: 27/04/2013 KO: 13:00 Att: 2,839

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

London

TriesBailey (29) Robertson (43) Lee (50)ConversionsWitt (29, 43, 50, 79)Drop GoalsWitt (80)

21
vs
14

St Helens

TriesLaffranchi (20) Swift (23) Wellens (68)ConversionsPercival (20)

FT (ht: 6-10)

  • Last Updated: April 27 2013, 16:26 BST

Post-match reaction to London Broncos' 21-14 victory over St Helens.

Rea: Important win
Rea: Important win

London Broncos coach Tony Rea reckons the only way is up after the Londoners earned a first home win over St Helens since 2002 with a battling 21-14 triumph at the Stoop.

The victory saw the men from the capital register their first home success of the Super League campaign, while also ending a run of 13 straight wins for the Saints in London.

And Rea hopes to see more of the same going forward.

He said: "It is a very important win for us. We had to make sure we came away with the two points.

"In this game you take it week-by-week, getting two points this week and then the next, and then suddenly the whole direction of the team changes.

"I thought our control of the game was key today.

"We did not make an error in the last half-hour and that allowed us to defend well and see the game out."

After withstanding some early pressure, a St Helens side missing a host of stars struck twice within five minutes with tries from Anthony Laffranchi and Adam Swift.

But London, who only had 17 fit players themselves, struck back with a Chris Bailey try, then further scores early in the second half through Michael Robertson and Tommy Lee.

Paul Wellens ensured a nervy close when he crossed with 12 minutes remaining, only for Michael Witt to kick both a penalty and drop-goal in the closing seconds to seal the win.

Saints coach Nathan Brown said: "We created enough chances to win the game, but our decision making in key areas was not what we wanted it to be.

"We competed hard and there was nothing wrong with our energy levels.

"We had a lot of players playing out of position and at the moment we are feeling the pain.

"But there will be the long-term benefits to come as these young players are getting the experience that they need.

"We have to make sure we are turning these close losses into close wins and take it from there."


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