Rugby League - Rea delights in away win

London coach Tony Rea was a happy man after his side climbed off the foot of the Super League table with a 26-12 win at Castleford.

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Rugby League - Rea delights in away win

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Michael Witt kicked five goals as Londn Broncos defeated Castleford

The Broncos repeated last season's victory at Castleford by scoring three tries in eight minutes at the start of the second half to overturn a 12-6 half-time deficit. The result lifted them above the Tigers who are now without a win in their last five matches.

"We are a very happy team. The players are happy because they know the effort they put in," said Rea. "They played as a team in a difficult game and found the effort required. It was fantastic. Our commitment to the basics and our workrate was excellent."

He added: "Tommy Lee had 80 minutes in really wet conditions and contested and competed on every play. I thought he was terrific."

Chris Bailey scored two tries, Michael Witt kicked five goals and Craig Gower was also a key contributor as the Broncos bagged a second successive away win following their 38-4 success at Salford earlier this month.

"Craig Gower and Chris Bailey both had great 80 minutes. Our full-back and wingers also really worked hard and kept control of the game," added Rea.

Tigers coach Ian Millward felt Australian scrum-half Gower was the main difference between the teams, and he said: "If Craig Gower had played for us we would have won the game. I thought he was the best player by a mile. He controlled the game and was outstanding.

"We did a really good job on Gower and Michael Witt in the first half but in the second half they absolutely dictated to us."

Millward was left to rue a disappointing second-half showing that saw his side slip to second-bottom in the table.

"We were the best team in the first half and really good value for a 12-6 half-time lead. We conceded only one try and that was from a dropped ball but London were the better side in the second period," he added. "We looked a bit of a rabble in the second half and we lost all our shape defensively."

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