Joynt makes right moves at The Stoop
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Thursday 02 November 1995
London Broncos 34 St Helens 50
For the first 10 minutes at The Stoop Memorial ground, St Helens would have agreed that the London Broncos moves are too difficult to follow.
In their last four home games, using the term home in its broadest sense, the Broncos have left their hoofprints at a football ground in West London, an athletics stadium in North London, another football ground in south- east London and, last and most disorientating of all, the Harlequins home deep in the heart of Twickenham.
Small wonder that the radio station which promises the most exhaustive coverage of the Broncos' comings and goings is Nomad FM.
Considering that the Broncos had won the three previous games of their London travels and they had enjoyed a nice warm-up against Oldham at The Valley, a ground that does not appear to be the answer to their quest for a permanent home, on Friday night, they could have been expected to start well.
Start well they did, exploiting The Stoop's wide open spaces to take a 12-0 lead within 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, St Helens found the acreage even more inviting, embarking on a retaliatory scoring spree of 38 points in an astonishing 18-minute burst.
That inspired spell began with three tries created by Chris Joynt, getting rather more change out of these Australians than he had in a cameo appearance in the World Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, and including a 13-minute hat-trick by Anthony Sullivan.
Chris McKenna completed a Broncos' hat-trick after the break, but Bobbie Goulding, who is angling for a crack at rugby union and might fancy the environment even more after this, kept Saints in control with a try to go with his seven goals.
It was a shame from a curiosity point of view that the Namibian full- back Andre Stoop did not remain a Bronco long enough to play at The Stoop.
His most recent successor in the position, Paul Hauff, would be tall enough to jump in the middle of the line-out and looked thoroughly at home leaping to take Leo Dynevor's kick to send in Mark Riley for a try to keep the margin respectable.
Hauff also went over for a try of his own as the two sides, aided by some less than decisive defence totalled enough tries between them to account for most of a Courage League season.
One final gripe. I had been reliably informed that The Stoop was dingy, drab and depressing - all the things that interlopers traditionally say about most rugby league grounds and thus the perfect opportunity for a bit of comeback.
Sad to say, it seemed perfectly pleasant; still, it depends what you're used to.
London Broncos: Hauff; Riley, McKenna, Meyer (Green, 58), Cochrane; Walker, Dynevor; Mestrov (Pitt, 57), O'Donnell (Langer, 57), Shaw, Keating (Bawden, 24) Gill, Matterson.
St Helens: Prescott; Hayes, Northey, Loughlin, Sullivan (Haigh, 75); Hammond, Goulding; Perelini (Fogerty, 3), Cunningham, Dwyer, Matautia (Morley, 56), Joynt (Matautia, 69), Busby.
Referee: A Bates (Workington).
Latest in Sport
Newcaslte vs Everton: Latest news and score plus the rest of today's Premier League action, including Manchester United and Chelsea reaction
Manchester United injury news: Angel Di Maria unlikely to face Spurs as Marouane Fellaini's 'mystery illness' turns out to be rib injury
Manchester City team news: Manuel Pellegrini hopes to have Vincent Kompany back for Burnley visit but hopes not to risk Stevan Jovetic
Arsenal transfer news: William Carvalho to be subject of £20m bid
Neil Warnock sacked: Tim Sherwood fits role for Crystal Palace
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 Game of Thrones is most-pirated TV show of 2014
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...