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RugbyL: Rodney tells Broncos to kick on

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London Broncos forward Shane Rodney has warned his side that their home form must improve or they face another season battling at the bottom of Super League.

Ten games into the new season and the Broncos are yet to taste victory on home turf, with the best they could muster an 18-18 draw against Hull FC two weeks ago.

Two wins and a draw with seven defeats have left Tony Rea's side languishing down in 12th in the table ahead of the visit of Bradford Bulls this weekend.

And while the game will not take place at their usual home of the Twickenham Stoop due to ongoing pitch issues and will instead be at Adams Park, Rodney is desperate for an improvement sooner rather than later.

The former Manly-Warringah Sea Eagle, who was part of the 2011 NRL Grand Final winning side, was rested last time out as the Broncos shipped a half century of points in their 54-20 defeat to Warrington Wolves.

But Rea's side were competitive early on, a measure of their improvement in recent weeks after a winless first month of the season, and Rodney wants more of the same against the Bulls.

"The first month of the season was not the best for us, but we took a lot of lessons from that and we have focused on trying to turn around our bad start," he said.

"The fact that we are not playing at the Stoop does not really bother us, it gives us an opportunity to bring the game to other grounds and that can only be a good thing.

"One of our goals as a team this season was to make London a very hard place for teams to come to.

"We want to make it as uncomfortable a trip as possible and we have not lived up to that so far this campaign.

"We still have not won on home soil and that has been a source of great frustration for the team, hopefully this weekend will be when we start to turn it around."

Ahead of their clash with the Broncos, Bulls head coach Francis Cummins has been boosted by the return to full fitness of half-back Luke Gale.

But with former Penrith Panther Jarrod Sammut impressing in his absence, Cummins admits he has something of a selection headache.

"Luke's got to work his way back in. He was really good last year, especially at the back end, and when he takes on the line he makes a great decision," he added.

"On the whole, Danny (Addy) and Jarrod have done very well and now hopefully we've got three in there so something has got to give."

Elsewhere, bottom club Castleford host Huddersfield and head coach Ian Millward admits his side need to find some consistency if they are to start climbing the table.

"I think some players are a little bit disappointed with other players' inability to stay consistent," he said.

"They can show some facets that are quite appealing but then others that aren't up to scratch at times."

Fixtures:

Saturday

Castleford v Huddersfield, London Broncos v Bradford

Sunday

Hull FC v Catalan Dragons, Hull KR v St Helens, Widnes v Salford, Wigan v Wakefield, Leeds v Warrington

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