London Broncos were held to a thrilling 24-24 draw by Hull as engage Super League came to Wales when the two sides met at Bridgend.
It was the Broncos fist of two road games in as many weeks this season, and it was the third road game the capital club has taken on the road to Wales in the past five years.
While London were looking to edge further in front of mid-table rivals Wigan, Hull had the opportunity to nose clear of Bradford in their pursuit of a top-four place.
The match was being played on neutral ground as the Broncos cannot currently use their Griffin Park home which is being re-seeded ahead of Brentford’s Football League season.
It did not seem to pose them any problems in the early stages, as the team from the capital made early gains.
London made the perfect start when Lee Hopkins and Luke Dorn went over for tries in the first 13 minutes, threatening to take the game away from their ‘visitors’.
Lesser sides might have crumbled but Hull struck back to level the game in a frantic three-minute spell.
Chris Chester and Richie Barnett were the men who atoned for Hull’s early generosity, both touching down to square the match.
Hull were back in the game and buoyant but just before half-time a Nick Bradley try put London back in the ascendancy.
London boss Tony Rea would have been looking for his side to consolidate their lead and make a winning start to their run of forced away fixtures.
However it was his counterpart, Hull coach John Kear, who was up from his seat next as Nathan Blacklock crossed for the Yorkshire side.
The see-saw nature of the match continued when a Paul Sykes penalty nosed London back in front.
With the match’s climax approaching, Shaun Briscoe gave Hull the lead for the first time with their fourth try.
It was not to last long, however, as London hit back with a superb touchdown from Mark McLinden in his first game back from injury, and Hull were eventually thankful to Danny Brough as his late penalty – the final score of the match – ensured deadlock at full-time.
Had Thomas Leuluai’s attempted late drop goal found its mark London would taken the two points. As it strands, the points were shared in what was the Broncos second successive Super League draw.
London remain unbeaten in the past six Super League outings.