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Men's Rugby League Ward not letting Broncos run wild ahead of possible Super League return

LONDON BRONCOS coach Danny Ward will keep his players’ feet firmly on the ground as the prospect of a return to Super League comes into sight.

Ward’s men have beaten Widnes and Toulouse so far in the Super 8s Qualifiers and victory over Hull KR at Craven Park tomorrow would put them in an automatic promotion spot with two home games to come.

But Ward is not getting carried away just yet.

“We’re not thinking about that,” he said. “We’ll leave that to other people.

“I know it sounds boring and a cliche but we’re just focusing on one game at a time and trying to put our best performance out this week against Hull KR.

“The league will take care of itself and at the end of the season we’ll be where we deserve to be. We can’t think too far ahead.”

Leeds and Salford look assured of a top-three spot but the other promotion place is wide open and the battle for the Million Pound Game could go down to the last match of the campaign.

“They all seem big games in these Qualifiers, it’s a fantastic comp,” Ward said. “We had a good win last week which we needed to get us back in the mix.

“It’s going to be a tough one on Saturday, it’s Super League opposition and Hull KR is a tough place to go.

“We need to be hitting the same levels as last week if not better to go up there and compete.”

The Super 8s was scrapped today and Ward, whose side would not have got near promotion under the first-past-the-post system, can see both sides of the argument.

“I do love the Qualifiers because we’ve been involved in them,” he said.

“They might not be as good for Super League clubs coming down and, if we were in Super League, would we have a different opinion on them, I don’t know, but for us it’s fantastic.

“Every game is a massive game and you’ve seen how tight all these games are in the Qualifiers.

“But at the same time, I see the Super 8s needs changing as well because it’s not a very good competition. There’s a lot of dead rubbers in there.”

Ward fears that return to a one up, one down format would prevent a repeat of the thrilling climax to this year’s Championship race and bring back the yo-yo system where the same club goes up and down year on year.

“You might get a team that throw a lot of money at it, similar to rugby union where it’s one up, one down, and the team that comes down normally gets a parachute payment and pumps a lot of money in so that no-one can compete with it,” he added.

“At the minute you’ve got a really competitive Championship. We had six teams all fighting for top four places. There was a fine line between us coming second and not finishing in the four.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, Widnes and Halifax will both be looking to get off the mark when they meet at the Halton Stadium while Toronto take on Toulouse at the Lamport Stadium in Canada.


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