The phrase “a tale of two halves” was on full display as Whitehaven fell to a disappointing 46-12 defeat down in the capital.

Whitehaven had the advantage at the half time break after tries from Tom Wilkinson and Liam Cooper saw them with an eight point advantage as the hooter sounded

What followed could be only be described as a bloodbath. The home side scored 46 unanswered points in 50 minutes. A capitulation.

The Whitehaven side that turned up for the second half were a shadow of those that had been the better side in the first half.

The opening half hour of the game belonged to Whitehaven as the visitors had a 12 point lead.

Tom Wilkinson’s try came off the back of some hard work from the forward after twisting and turning in the tackle.

Cooper’s try came only four minutes later as a penalty in the resulting set after the first try marched Haven down the field.

Cooper stretched out and touched down but then Chris Hankinson’s score on the half hour mark gave a slight peek into what was in store for the not so distant future.

The second half was in complete contrast to the first as London crossed the whitewash seven times – scoring 40 points in 28 minutes.

Haven didn’t help themselves as they put in probably the worst 40 minute performance for a number of years which started by dropping the ball in the opening tackles in the first two sets of the second half.

Two tries in two minutes through James Meadows and Josh Hodson saw Whitehaven’s half time advantage wiped out.

Titus Guaze’s converted try on the 53rd minute saw Whitehaven go from an eight point advantage to the Broncos having a 10 point advantage and at that point it already had the feeling of game over.

The next set of scores came in an eight minute block and it went from a run of the mill defeat to a surrender.

First a try for Rhys Curran, then a penalty try following a Cory Aston touchdown and a score for Jarrod Sammut saw frustration etched on to all members of the Haven squad and coaching staff.

Chris Hankinson’s score completed the rout for the Broncos and completed a personal points haul of 22 points topping off a man of the match performance from the on loan Wigan centre and it completed the annihilation of Gary Charlton’s side.

Match Facts

London: James Meadows, Josh Hodson, Will Lovell, Chris Hankinson, Abbas Miski, Cory Aston, Jarrod Sammut, Titus Guaze, Sam Davis, Pat Moran, Jacob Jones, Rhys Curran, Greg Richards. Subs Romain Navarette, Daniel Hindmarsh, Rob Oakley, Gideon Boafo

Tries: Hankinson 2 (30,72), Meadows (44), Hodson (46), Guaze (53), Curran (58), Aston (63), Sammut (66)

Goals: Hankinson 7/9

Haven: Lachlan Walmsley, Andrew Bulman, Chris Taylor, Jason Mossop, Jessie Joe Parker, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Andrew Dawson, James Newton, Guy Graham, Liam Cooper, Ellis Gillam, Tom Wilkinson. Subs Dion Aiye, Ethan Kelly, Jake Bradley, Oscar Thomas

Tries: Wilkinson (20), Cooper (24)

Goals: Walmsley 2/2

Referee: Jack Smith

Star Man: Tom Wilkinson