Head Coach Danny Ward was happy but knows there is plenty to work on following the Broncos 24-10 Betfred Challenge Cup First Round Victory over the Keighley Cougars at the Rock.

After seeing his side race into a comfortable lead with tries through Gideon Boafo and Jacob Jones, all appeared to be going to plan, but several errors crept in and it left Ward with things to fix up at half time.

He said “I’m really happy with the first competitive match after 12 months but there were too many errors in the first half and the lads know that area of our game was not good enough.”

Olsi Krasniqi and Rhys Curran make the tackle during the Betfred Challenge Cup Round One match between London Broncos and Keighley Cougars at The Rock, Rosslyn Park, London. Photo by David Horn.

The Broncos scored further tries in the second half through Sam Davis and Romain Navarette but a late fight back from Keighley closed the gap on the scoreboard and added to the frustration felt by Coach Ward.

He added “It wasn’t great to concede those late tries because I had been impressed with our efforts in defence up to that point. We need to be ruthless for the full 80 minutes”

There were positives for the Broncos too and Ward paid tribute to two players in particular saying “I was really pleased for Gidz (Boafo) he took his try really well and also Romain Navarette who was great going forward and aggressive in defence.”

“We have some injury concerns to look at in Rhys (Curran) and Cory (Aston) who both came off with knocks, we will assess them early in the week. We know York will be another step up for us so we are looking forward to the challenge this week brings.”

Will Lovell of London Broncos during the Betfred Challenge Cup Round One match between London Broncos and Keighley Cougars at The Rock, Rosslyn Park, London. Photo by David Horn.