Joe Grima, the London Broncos coach, admitted it was a “tough day” for everyone connected with the club after their hammering by Warrington confirmed their relegation from Super League.
Following Salford’s victory over Hull on Saturday, this crushing loss saw the Broncos drop out of the top flight for 2015. The rampant Wolves made it 10 wins in succession as they had far too much power and pace for Super League’s basement dwellers, running in 13 tries.
Winger Joel Monaghan claimed four tries with second- row forward Ben Currie and prop Chris Hill both scoring hat-tricks. London’s points came from tries by Joe Keyes and Scott Moore, with Josh Drinkwater kicking both conversions.
An emotional Grima admitted it was a difficult day for his side, and said: “I’d swap my position right now for anyone. It’s a privilege to be coaching at this level but it doesn’t get tougher than this. It’s a tough day for our club.
“It’s been a tough 12 months with being on the brink of administration, losing players out of our squad, with only six players doing an off season, and we recruited a squad of 31 players.”
Warrington coach Tony Smith, meanwhile, had little sympathy with the Broncos’ plight: “For the London club and for Super League it’s a lesson to be learned. It shows you how not to get ready for a rugby league season.”
Warrington: Russell; Ormsby, J Monaghan, King, R Evans; C Bridge, O’Brien; Hill, Higham, England, Westwood, Currie, Harrison. Substitutes used: Wood, Dwyer, Riley, Philbin.
London Broncos: Farrar; Atkins, Cunningham, Minns, Solomona; Keyes, Drinkwater; Slyney, Moore, Krasniqi, Vea, Foster, Cook. Substitutes used: Griffin, Lovell, Wallace, Dollapi.
Referee: C Leatherbarrow