Sheffield Eagles produced a sensational display to beat second placed London Broncos 14-32 at the Trailfinders Sports Club.
The Eagles upset the form book by shocking their lofty opponents, scoring six tries in a vital victory as they continue their quest to maintain their Kingstone Press Championship status.
Few would have given Mark Aston’s side a chance beforehand but they dispelled memories of last weekend’s defeat to Oldham to be only the second side to beat the Broncos on home soil in the league this season.
The Eagles had to come from behind when Rhys Williams’ seventh minute try looked like it could set the tone for a tough afternoon.
After the Eagles held Andy Ackers from adding a further score, the visitors found some confidence and went close themselves. Nathan Chappell’s break looked set to end in a score only for a brilliant try saving tackle from Elliot Kear.
They didn’t have to wait long to level though when a slick pass from Cory Aston allowed Matt James to waltz in to score, and Aston kicked the extras to put the Eagles in front.
The try prompted a good spell for the Eagles, and they capitalised on 26 minutes. Quentin Laulu-Togagae showed good awareness with a clever break before finding Matty Fozard who completed the try. Aston converted.
The Eagles further stunned their opponents with a third try when Aston’s grubber kick was snaffled by Stan Robin who dived over, with Aston adding the extras.
Aston’s side almost picked up from where they left off after the break, but Ben Blackmore placed a foot in touch as he was denied a fourth try.
After a host of errors from the home side, the Eagles punished them again 15 minutes into the second half. Laulu-Togagae produced a vintage break after good work from Duane Straugheir to cross the whitewash, but Aston missed the conversion.
The victory was virtually sealed when Laulu-Togagae’s 80 metre burst gave the visitors the platform.
Then at the next play Menzie Yere was on hand to receive Garry Lo’s pass for a fifth try. Aston missed a tough conversion.
A try from Iz Eliab gave the hosts some hope, but straight from the restart Kear knocked on to put the Eagles in prime position. Straugheir took advantage to power his way over the line, and Aston converted.
A late converted try from Ackers added some respectability to the scoreline for London, but Aston’s Eagles comfortably closed out what surely is their best result of the season.
London: Kear, Williams, Hellewell, Eliab, Naiqama; Pewhairangi, Leatherbarrow; Thackray, Ackers, Battye; Harrison, Garside; Bussey. Interchange: Cunningham, Magrin, Slyney, Ioane
Scorers: Tries: Williams (7), Eliab (65), Ackers (78) Goals: Naiqama 1/3
Eagles: Laulu-Togagae; Lo, Yere, Chappell, Blackmore; Aston, Robin; Thorpe, Carlile, Wheeldon; James, Straugheir; Margalet. Interchange: Fozard, Mexico, Neal, Knowles.
Scorers: Tries: James (17), Fozard (26), Robin (36), Laulu-Togagae (54), Yere (63), Straugheir (69) Goals: Aston 4/6
Referee: Tom Crashley.