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Soward to stay in London

Playmaker Jamie Soward has promised to stay on and help London Broncos restore some pride in the remaining weeks of the Super League season.
Soward to stay in London
by AAP

By Andy Hampson

LONDON, July 28, PA - Playmaker Jamie Soward has promised to stay on and help London Broncos restore some pride in the remaining weeks of the Super League season.

The struggling Broncos signed the Australian on a short-term contract in June with a hope he could propel them into the Challenge Cup final.

Those dreams were ruthlessly shattered by Wigan as the Londoners, who have endured a torrid league campaign, were thrashed 70-0 in their semi-final at Leigh Sports Village.

That led some cynics to suggest Soward, who is joining Penrith Panthers next season after being released by St George-Illawarra Dragons earlier this year, may not see out the season in the capital.

The 28-year-old insists that will not be the case.

He told Press Association Sport: "No, I'm not that kind of person.

"We were pretty embarrassing, I'm embarrassed - we had prepared good all week.

"But we'll go home and prepare for Leeds on Thursday.

"It's about respect now, trying to get some respect and pride back in the jumper.

"For all the people here, the owner David (Hughes), trying to show them some pride for the next couple of weeks.

"It's not even about getting off the bottom of the table, just playing for pride."

London have won just three of their 22 Super League fixtures this season and are three points off Salford at the bottom of the competition.

Problems surfaced in June when captain Craig Gower quit the club and his replacement as skipper, homegrown product Tony Clubb, recently said he also wanted to leave because he was "sick of losing".

This has come against a backdrop of poor attendances at the Twickenham Stoop and uncertainty over where the club will be located next season.

Once again, there have also been questions over whether the whole concept of a Super League team in London is viable, particularly with the competition considering a restructure.

Soward, even though he will not be there next season, feels that attitude is much too defeatist.

He said: "For England to compete against Australia consistently you have got to grow the game.

"There is no point having it all up north, you have to have it everywhere.

"It is easy to say London finished last (get rid of them), but how are you going to beat Australia and be competitive?

"There are some good youngsters here, and this is part of the experience.

"Wigan are a well established club with lots of depth and they showed how to play for 80 minutes."

Aside from some good possession early on, the error-prone Broncos were never in the contest against the Warriors, conceding 12 tries to suffer defeat by a record margin in a Challenge Cup semi-final.

Pat Richards set an individual record by scoring 30 points with 11 goals and two tries.

Soward said: "The first 15 was how we wanted to start but when you play against a good side like that you can't play like that - penalties, missed tackles. We're all guilty of it.

"It snowballed after that.


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