London Broncos head coach Joe Grima says he understands his side's decision to run a penalty in search of victory at Wakefield, rather than kicking it

Joe Grima refused to condemn the Broncos' decision to run a decisive penalty, rather than kick it. Picture: Action Images

Joe Grima refused to condemn the Broncos' decision to run a decisive penalty, rather than kick it. Picture: Action Images

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London Broncos head coach Joe Grima insists he does not 'need to think' for Josh Drinkwater after the halfback elected to run a penalty in search of the winner at Wakefield Wildcats.

Trailing 12-10, the Broncos were awarded a penalty following a knock-on but decided to run rather than kick the penalty, as they went in search of the game-winning points.

"We want to win so bad we can taste it so I'm not going to be too disappointed about the decision," Grima told the club's website.

"That's the sort of stuff that makes me get up the morning the willingness for those guys to win.

"I don't need to think for Josh Drinkwater, he's very capable in his own mind. I'm really happy with Josh and the way he's pushing the team around," Grima added.

The Australian also believes his side must 'learn to win' on their own and revealed he did not issue any instructions in the final 15 minutes as a result.

" With 15 minutes to go, Darren Higgins, the youth coach, said to me 'do you want to send any instructions out?' and I said 'no, they have to learn to win on their own'," explained Grima.

"Whatever I say to them it doesn't really matter because they've got to get out of this on their own, so for the last 15 minutes there were no instructions because they need to learn to win games.

"Sometimes when you don't win you forget how to win and that's a little bit of where we are at the moment."

The Broncos fell behind when Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond powered over the line following a Broncos' knock-on.

Illiess Macani levelled when he raced onto a grubber kick to touch down and Drinkwater converted to put the Broncos 6-4 ahead.

Thomas Minns then extended the Londoners' lead before half-time, picking up a grubber kick and crossing the line to make it 10-4.

Under pressure for much of the second period, the Broncos finally succumbed when Daniel Smith scored and Paul Sykes converted.

Then came the contentious decision to run a penalty rather than play safe and kick the points which would have tied the game up at 12-12.

Wakefield then made sure of the victory, Matt Ryan collecting a high ball and darting across the line before Sykes added the extras to complete the scoring at 18-10.

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