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Jarrod Sammut all set for London return

23 Apr 21, 12:51PM 0 Comments

Written by Rugby Football League

London Broncos will be looking to kickstart their 2021 season on Saturday as they welcome Oldham to the capital from 2pm, live on Our League.

The Broncos are still yet to win this season, being knocked out of the Challenge Cup by York, while they were on the end of a 47-14 defeat at Halifax and decided not to visit Toulouse.

The most notable team news sees Danny Ward welcome back popular halfback Jarrod Sammut for the first time after two seasons away.

In the opposite camp, Oldham will be without seven first team stars including Jode Sheriffe who is awaiting a knee operation.

Forwards Martyn Reilly, Liam Kirk, Shaun Pick, Phil Joy and Danny Bridge, as well as experienced backs Ben Heaton and Ryan Ince are all set to miss this weekend’s clash, but Matt Diskin’s side could take some hope into the fixture after a hard-fought 28-20 win over Swinton Lions earlier in the month which sees them sitting eighth in the early table.

Also on Saturday, Widnes Vikings will go in search of their first league win of the campaign when they travel to face Batley Bulldogs, 4pm kick off.

The Vikings were held to a dramatic 30-all draw against Newcastle in round one, while Dewsbury took the spoils when they visited Widnes last time out.

Meanwhile Batley could well be in confident mood for the fixture after their 48-10 demolition of Oldham a week ago.

The West Yorkshire side also pushed Featherstone Rovers close in a 30-22 Challenge Cup defeat on March 27, as well as a 28-18 league reverse a week later.

With talents such as Jodie Broughton and former Widnes man Tom Gilmore to call upon, alongside a host of long-serving stars, the Vikings will have to be at their best to get that elusive first win.

Sunday sees a packed schedule of five Betfred Championship fixtures taking place, with the headline fixture arguably the tie between Bradford Bulls and Dewsbury Rams from 7.30pm.

The Rams overcame Widnes 22-14 on the road last week, while Bradford were 27-26 winners against Halifax to help banish the memory of lost 50-12 against Sheffield earlier in the month.

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The game will also feature a battle between veteran international halfbacks as 38-year-old former Scotland captain Danny Brough represents the Bulls, going up against ex-Ireland captain Liam Finn, 37, who will partner 39-year-old once-capped Great Britain international Paul Sykes.

Also on Sunday, Swinton Lions face York City Knights from 12.30pm. Both sides occupy the lower reaches of the current league table and will be hoping to collect their first league win of the season, despite some Cup success.

Featherstone Rovers will look to protect their perfect record as they welcome Whitehaven to the Millenium Stadium at 3pm. Haven are hoping to record a second league win of the season.

Also at 3pm, Halifax Panthers welcome Toulouse Olympique to The Shay, with ‘Fax hoping for a response after their one-point defat against Bradford, and TO on the lookout for another win after their 21-6 success at York in round one, and 24-0 default victory after London decided not to travel for their fixture last time out.

At 5.15pm, Sheffield Eagles will face Newcastle Thunder away from home. The Eagles are the second-top scorers in the division so far with 70, while Thunder have scored 50 in just two matches without victory. An entertaining clash could well be in store.

All fixtures will be shown exclusively live on Our League. Get your gameday passes at rugby-league.com/livestream 

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