Broncos leave it late
Defeat means Vikings drop to the foot of the table
Last Updated: 09/06/12 5:20pm
Antonio Kaufusi scored a last-gasp try as London snatched a dramatic victory over Widnes in the basement battle at the Stoop.
Kaufusi burst over from close range as the hooter sounded to haul the Broncos off the foot of the table.
It was a cruel blow for the visitors, who looked set to claim the two points after two tries apiece from Cameron Phelps and Frank Winterstein.
Having beaten the Londoners 38-30 on their own patch earlier this season, and buoyed by last weekend's defeat of the Giants, Widnes approached the game in confident mood.
The visitors made the brighter start, Phelps racing clear to touch down after a delayed pass from Jon Clarke with barely three minutes on the clock.
But a succession of penalties soon put Widnes on the back foot, and the Londoners profited when Craig Gower charged over from close range to bring the teams level.
Paul McShane came close to giving the Vikings the lead again on 17 minutes, only for some strong London defence to hold him up as he attempted to wrestle over the line.
The hosts themselves were growing into the game, but handling errors from both sides were stopping them gaining any momentum.
The Broncos were showing a severe lack of creativity though, and that was allowing the Vikings to stay on level terms despite the hosts bossing possession and territory.
Gower thought he had struck again on 30 minutes, only for referee Rob Hicks to adjudge him short of the line.
But London did take the lead shortly after, wing Omari Caro crossing in the corner after some neat hands from Dan Sarginson and David Howell.
As has so often been the case this season though, the Broncos were unable to take that lead into half-time, Winterstein muscling over to bring the sides level right on the hooter.
And things got even better for the away side moments after the interval when Phelps took advantage of Gower's slip to race through for his second try and push Widnes back into a six-point lead.
London were quick to answer that though, Tony Clubb bulldozing through to level things up on 48 minutes.
It was the Broncos who were on top, but they were unable to take the game by the scruff of the neck as Widnes held firm.
But as the chances went begging the Vikings rallied themselves, and then showed London how it should be done when Winterstein crashed over for his second and Patrick Ah Van maintained his 100% record with the boot this afternoon with the conversion attempt to push the visitors 24-18 ahead.
Back came the Broncos, Sarginson setting up a grandstand finish when he wriggled over with seven minutes to play, only for Shane Rodney, who had added the extras to the previous three tries, to hit the post with his conversion attempt.
The game looked up but Kaufusi to change all that, with Kieran Dixon adding the extras to seal a narrow win.
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