London Broncos are facing up to the prospect of relegation this weekend, writes Dave Lawrenson.
Broncos suffered their heaviest home defeat of the season to Wigan Warriors last week and it doesn’t get any easier for the beleaguered Super League club as they visit in-form Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
Warrington have won their last nine games and lie fifth in the table while the Broncos lay firmly anchored at the bottom, seemingly doomed to relegation. Unlike recent games, there was nothing positive that head coach Joey Grima could take out of this performance.
He admitted he was embarrassed by his team’s display against Wigan.
Grima said: “It’s a tough pill to swallow. I don’t think players go out there intentionally to play poorly or drop balls. I’ve never questioned their effort in a lot of aspects, I just question the way we went about things today.
“We didn’t win any facet of the game. We were out-enthused, there’s a lack of confidence from not winning.”
Many of the players have already agreed deals with other clubs for next season and with that uncertainty resolved, Grima felt that this would lead to a better performance on the field. Unfortunately it didn’t.
The Broncos have now lost all 19 Super League games and getting that elusive win is now pretty much a question of pride.
The club have never finished bottom of Super League but if they fail to collect a point between now and the end of the season they will equal the competition’s worst losing record which was 27 games in a row set by Halifax in 2003.