London Broncos head coach Joe Grima says his side’s effort in defeat against St Helens was “considerably greater” than against Warrington Wolves last Sunday.
A 72-12 defeat in Warrington saw the Broncos relegated from the Super League for the first time ever in their current incarnation but Grima was encouraged by his side’s effort at The Hive this afternoon.
"I congratulated the players. The difference from last week to this week was a clear shift in effort,” Grima told the club’s website. “There were similar score lines and we were heavily beaten but the effort that our guys gave today was considerably greater.
"I asked for a lot of enthusiasm in the first 20 minutes of the second half and we got a couple of lucky breaks and were able to capitalise. That Denny Solomona try was a fantastic leap so there are a few positives to take out of that,” added the Australian.
Grima also paid tribute to the Saints, who moved top of the table at a canter: "St Helens, their rugby league management today was superb.
“The average age of our team was 20 years and two months. Without disrespecting St Helens, I feel there was a seven or eight year difference - that's the level of experience we're giving up to other teams,” Grima explained.
Relentless St Helens ran in 11 tries against the Londoners to win 58-16, with centre Mark Percival scoring 22 points of his own for the visitors.
Percival opened the scoring for St Helens after seven minutes before Kyle Amor doubled the lead.
Jordan Turner ran in a third try for the visitors before James Woodburn-Hall got one back for the Broncos.
There was no sign of a let up from the Saints, though, with Turner adding his second before Paul Wellens got in on the act.
Percival claimed his second score after the restart as the table-toppers continued to display a ruthless streak against the winless Broncos.
Will Lovell got the Broncos’ second try following a clever pass from Josh Drinkwater before Denny Solomona added a third score for Grima’s side.
The Londoners’ brief threat of a comeback didn’t last long though; Matty Dawson and Luke Thompson crossing the line to re-assert the visitors’ authority.
There was still time for three more Saints’ tries – Sia Soliola outrunning the entire Broncos’ side from kick-off before Anthony Laffranchi and Dawson completed the job.