London Broncos will be without Australian playmaker Jamie Soward for Friday’s Super League game at Widnes but coach Tony Rea insists he is not being rested for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final.
The Broncos take on Wigan at Leigh on Saturday week for a place at Wembley and Soward, signed on a short-term contract from St George Illawarra, is seen as the key to them springing an upset against the Super League leaders.
Soward, who scored a try, two goals and a drop goal on his third appearance for the Londoners in their 29-10 Cup quarter-final win at Sheffield last Friday, will miss the game against the Vikings with a back injury.
Stand-off Michael Witt (calf), captain Tony Clubb (knee) and winger Michael Robertson (hip and knee) will also be absent as the Broncos look for the win that could lift them off the foot of the table.
“We genuinely have some bad knocks,” said Rea. “We’re not resting anybody this week.
“Soward has travelled from Australia, he’s travelled to France and we’ve had a long trip to Sheffield because of the bus journey.
“He’s done a real lot of travelling and he’s stiffened up during the week.”