Broncos Play-off attracts big
support from the Capital

Tony Rea has made just the one forced change to the line up to meet St Helens at Knowsley Road tomorrow night. Kick off is 8pm.

It is first time the Broncos have reached the Play-Offs.

They will go into the game as distinct under-dogs against the champions having lost 62-16 at St Helens in their one visit this year. The most recent game between London and Saints saw the Broncos lose by just two converted tries 18-30.

Missing from the line-up will be Billy Peden (knee ligaments) and taking his place will be Joe Mbu, the young Londoner who made his top-flight debut in round twenty this season.

The winner of St Helens and London will meet the winner of Wigan v Warrington next Friday in the Elimination Semi Final. Each loser will drop out of the race to Old Trafford.

Tony Rea has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from the capital:

"We'll be carrying the best wishes from London with us. I've been really impressed by the enthusiasm and response we have had this week."

We intend to reflect that enthusiasm in our performance. It's nice to know that so many fans who can't get to the game can still share the occasion live."

Our week has been very positive and I am pleased with our preparation."

Rea talks about the large following in the capital and this game will attract an unprecedented level of attention.

The game will be televised live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm on Friday and the full match will also be broadcast live through BBC London 94.9fm for the very first time. It will follow the Tom Watt Friday Football Club from 7pm.

Club Captain, Mat Toshack, who last Sunday played his 150th game for the Broncos was a try scorer in London's only win at Knowsley Road in 1999.

Coach Tony Rea, Tony Martin (injured) and Russell Bawden, all played in the team that drew 22-22 with Saints at Knowsley Road in 1996.

Ticket sales for the Griffin Park International between England 'A' and Australia are progressing well (Tuesday 28th October). Adult tickets purchased in advance start at just ?10 - call 0871 222 1657 to ensure the best seats.

Team as follows:

Sykes, Caine, Roy, King, Hall, Thorman, Moran, Bawden, Budworth, Stephenson, Toshack, Retchless, Dymock: Trindall, Mc Connell, Purdham, Mbu (in for Peden)

Tetley's Super League Play-Offs - Week 2 and 3 fixtures:

Friday 3rd October 2003 ko 8.00pm - Elimination Semi-Final: (Wigan or Warrington v St Helens or London).

Saturday 4th October 2003 ko 6.05pm - Qualifying Semi-Final: Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos at Odsal Stadium, Bradford.

Friday 10th October 2003 ko 8.00pm - Final Eliminator: Loser of Qualifying Semi-Final v Winner of Elimination Semi-Final.

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