Being at the bottom of the table in any sport is never a fun feeling, but knowing you have done enough to get off the bottom after a win is satisfying – a feeling that London Broncos coach Tony Rea felt, as his side recorded a 26-12 win over Castleford to climb off the bottom.
The win moves them above the Tigers, who have now gone five games without a victory – with Rea pleased with his side efforts, pointing out how happy they are to win and not be on the bottom anymore.
“We are a very happy team. The players are happy because they know the effort they put in,” said Rea.
“They played as a team in a difficult game and found the effort required. It was fantastic.
“Our commitment to the basics and our workrate was excellent.
“Tommy Lee had 80 minutes in really wet conditions and contested and competed on every play. I thought he was terrific.”
For Castleford coach Ian Millward, whose team now sits last on the ladder, it was his side’s second half that let them down, but he was full of praise for Broncos half Craig Gower.
“If Craig Gower had played for us, we would have won the game,” said Millward.
“I thought he was the best player by a mile. He controlled the game and was outstanding.
“We did a really good job on Gower and Michael Witt in the first half but in the second half they absolutely dictated to us.
“We were the best team in the first half and really good value for our 12-6 half-time lead.
“We conceded only one try and that was from a dropped ball but London were the better side in the second period.”