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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 July, 2004, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
London 36-36 Leeds
London (18) 36:
Tries: Roy, Greenwood 2, Kirkpatrick, O'Halloran, Moran, Botham
Goals: Botham 4
Leeds (24) 36:
Tries: McGuire, Bai, McDonald, Sinfield, McKenna
Goals: Sinfield 6
London caused one of the shocks of the Super League season with a draw against league leaders Leeds Rhinos.

Liam Botham, on loan at London from Leeds, kicked a late conversion to end their run of 10 successive defeats.

The Broncos, who trailed 36-18 after an hour, battled back late on with tries from Dennis Moran, Botham and Lee Greenwood to earn a valuable point.

Marcus Bai went over for two tries for Leeds, who now lead second-placed Hull by four points.

Although Nigel Roy gave the Broncos an early lead, Danny McGuire soon got Leeds back into the game from a Rob Burrow kick through.

We put some pressure on ourselves and in some ways we were lucky to get a point
Leeds coach Tony Smith

Bai then scored two tries in three minutes, firstly collecting a McGuire flick after 15 minutes and then combining well with McGuire and Richard Mathers.

However, the Broncos refused to give in and Lee Greenwood went over for the first of his two tries after 28 minutes before a Moran knock-on set up Wayne McDonald.

The Broncos bounced back once again with tries from John Kirkpatrick and Mark O'Halloran.

Two Rhinos tries in the opening six minutes of the second half from Kevin Sinfield and Chris McKenna looked to have snuffed out hopes of an unlikely Broncos comeback.

But the Broncos again refused to roll over - and after 61 minutes Moran ducked under an attempted tackle to cross the line again.

Botham brought his side to within six points with a try which he converted himself after 69 minutes.

I'm happy with the draw because we gave our best
London coach Tony Rea

The Broncos then pulled level five minutes into injury-time when Lee Greenwood crossed in the corner and Botham added the goal from the touchline.

London coach Tony Rea could afford a smile after watching his side end a run of 10 defeats.

He said: "Liam has got a good temperament and he is a player that you can call upon when under pressure.

"It was a good effort to be racing back because we were some way down at one point - but we always looked pretty dominant in the game.

"I'm delighted with the way the club has dealt with the last two months."

Leeds Rhinos coach Tony Smith admitted his side were lucky to escape with a draw.

"We put some pressure on ourselves and in some ways we were lucky to get a point," he said.

"If you are below your best you are going to come up short, and that is what happened.

"We had some chances to kill off the game but we weren't that great at all in a lot of departments."

London: Sykes, Greenwood, Jackson, Roy, Kirkpatrick, O'Halloran, Moran, Trindall, Budworth, Moore, Botham, Hart, Retchless. Replacements: Stephenson, Stringer, Highton, Purdham.

Leeds: Mathers, Cummins, Walker, McKenna, Bai, McGuire, Dunemann, Bailey, Burrow, McDermott, Lauiti'iti, Adamson, Sinfield. Replacements: Ward, McDonald, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett.

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham)

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