Super League: London Broncos beat Hull Kingston Rovers 26-24 to climb off bottom

London Broncos half-back Jordan Abdull
Jordan Abdull scored his eighth try of the season for London Broncos
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London Broncos (8) 26
Tries: Smith, Walker, Abdull, Butler Goals: Dixon 5
Hull KR (6) 24
Tries: Hauraki, Quinlan, Atkin, Drinkwater Goals: Shaw 4

London Broncos climbed off the bottom of Super League at the expense of Hull KR with a third straight win.

The bottom two sides served up a physical contest in which the lead changed hands three times and both teams scored four tries.

Morgan Smith crossed in the first half for Broncos before tries from Alex Walker, Jordan Abdull and Rob Butler.

Weller Hauraki, Adam Quinlan, Chris Atkin and Josh Drinkwater went over for the Robins, who let an 18-8 lead slip.

Broncos had led 8-6 at the break before Rovers scored 18 unanswered points with three tries either side of half-time.

But Walker quickly narrowed the deficit before man of the match Adbull was adjudged to have got fingers on a loose ball in the Hull KR in-goal area at the same time as Quinlan.

Kieran Dixon's goal regained the lead before Butler's score five minutes from time, his first for the club, proved decisive.

Drinkwater pulled his side back to within two points in the last two minutes but it was in vain.

Hull KR drop below 11th-placed Leeds on points difference while Broncos climb to 10th and off the bottom for the first time in three months.

London Broncos back-row forward Luke Yates told BBC Radio London:

"After we beat St Helens, we then rolled into another win against Catalans, another top team.

"We knew Hull KR would be a really tough team as we're both battling to stay clear of that bottom spot, so three wins on the bounce is really pleasing.

"We were really good in that first half, which made it more disappointing to concede three tries quickly after the restart. But it was great to see the character to come back again.

"We've shown we can beat anyone so we just want to keep going with this momentum."

Hull KR head coach Tony Smith:

"It's not one that got away, but I'd have liked to have seen us ask a few more questions of London in the first half.

"We left it too late to show what we're capable of. London did what they do very well. They play their pitch exceptionally well.

"I can work with people when they're trying. It means a lot to them. We were trying really hard to play footy, chasing a game, and you do make mistakes.

"It came off last week against Warrington to pinch it, but a few penalties hurt us, which we need to work on."

London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Krasniqi, Pitts, Gee, Yates.

Interchanges: Ioane, Fozard, Mason, Butler.

Hull KR: Quinlan, Shaw, Linnett, Crooks, Hall, Drinkwater, Atkin, Mulhern, Lawler, Masoe, Hauraki, Tomkins, Johnson.

Interchanges: Keinhorst, Lee, Murray, Livett.

Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL).