London Broncos 42-34 Wakefield Trinity: Jordan Abdull scores four tries in win
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 18/05/19 8:58pm
Jordan Abdull crossed for four first-half tries as London started fast and then had to hold on for a thrilling 42-34 Super League win over Wakefield Trinity.
Super League's basement boys kicked off their season in February with a surprise win over Trinity but it has been slim pickings since then.
But Abdull went over four times in the space of half an hour as they opened up a 42-6 lead after the break.
Trinity came storming back in the final quarter as Mason Caton-Brown and David Fifita both claimed braces, but the Broncos held on for a 42-34 win - just their fourth victory in the league so far.
Abdull got proceedings going by selling a perfect dummy and slicing through to finish under the posts. They pushed their lead to 10-0 moments later with Rhys Williams sprinting to the corner.
The home side continued to keep their foot on the gas as they were in again minutes later. With the ball spun along the backs five metres out, the ball found its way to Elliot Kear on the try line, who after an impressive bit of juggling with the ball, managed to offload to Abdull to score his second of the game in the corner.
Abdull rounded off his hat-trick just past the half hour mark, Kieran Dixon's grubber kick through bounced its way perfectly into Abdull's hands to touch down under the posts.
He made it four a few minutes later, picking up a loose ball and dancing through the defence from 20 metres out to cap off a stunning half-hour display.
The visitors eventually got themselves on the scoreboard when Kyle Wood latched on to a grubber kick through. Ryan Hampshire got the extras to leave the visitors trailing 26-6 going into half time.
London carried their dominance into the second half, after a cheap penalty was conceded by Wakefield for dragging Dixon after the tackle, Dixon got his revenge by racing into to the corner to score London's sixth try of the afternoon.
The game died down for a period, but was brought to life again with two moments of magic.
First having perfectly read Jacob Miller's kick to the corner, Dixon grabbed the ball and raced the length of the pitch to score and push their lead to 30 after he added his own conversion.
Minutes later, Abdull's kicked through to captain Jay Pitts who tapped the ball down for Williams to get his second of the afternoon.
Wakefield suddenly managed to get some energy in their legs and finished with five tries in the final 15 minutes of the game.
First Fifita bulldozed his way through three Broncos defenders before touching down, Caton-Brown finished off in the corner after an impressive breakaway with Fifita adding another under the posts, and Caton-Brown finishing after Hampshire's line breaking run.
Hampshire managed to get a try of his own to add to his five goals, but it was too little too late as the home side just about held on for victory.