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Ward expects Broncos to bounce back following relegation

14th September 2019, 13:57 by Tom McGarry

London Broncos coach Danny Ward has tipped his side to make an immediate return to Super League after their relegation was confirmed.

The Broncos went into their final match of the regular season knowing they needed to secure a victory against relegation rivals Wakefield Trinity to guarantee survival, but they succumbed to a 19-10 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, bringing their one-season stay in the Super League to an end.

London had been expected to suffer an immediate return to the Championship and they did well to take it to the final day of the season, recording victories over the likes of St Helens and Leeds Rhinos along the way.

Ward, who will remain in charge at the Trailfinders Sports Ground next season despite relegation, has praised his side's efforts throughout the campaign and is convinced they will return a much "stronger" side.

"They've done themselves proud," Ward was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "Unfortunately, we just weren't good enough.

"But it's been outstanding to work with this group of players. It's a bit of a blip in the road and we'll come back stronger."

London's defeat guaranteed Wakefield retained their Super League status, while Huddersfield Giants and Hull Kingston Rovers also remain top-tier teams.

Ward was impressed by Wakefield's performance against his side, admitting the were fully deserving of their victory.

"We've just fallen at the final hurdle and Wakefield were very good - they kicked us to death and made us come off our own line," Ward added.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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