1st September 2019, 18:28 | super_league
Hull KR will go into Friday’s crunch Betfred Super League relegation battle with London Broncos buoyed by a rousing victory over Catalans Dragons at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Tony Smith’s reshaped Robins were too hot to handle in heatwave conditions in Perpignan on Saturday, ending Catalans’ faint hopes of a play-off spot with a 24-6 defeat of Steve McNamara’s disoriented Dragons.
Missing experienced regulars Mitch Garbett, Craig Hall and Adam Quinlan, Rovers responded with a vintage display - Ryan Shaw contributing 20 of his side's points - to end Catalans’ slim hopes of making the top five.
Danny McGuire was also on fire alongside former Catalans ace Josh Drinkwater as Rovers took the game to the Dragons from start to finish.
There was to be no happy ending for Greg Bird on his last match in front of home fans before retirement.
Leeds Rhinos all but secured their Super League status and plunged London further into trouble with a 36-10 victory in the capital.
Hull KR's victory put the pressure on the Broncos as they kicked off against the Rhinos two points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.
But tries from Brad Dwyer, Ash Handley, Ava Seumanufagai, Luke Briscoe and two for Jack Walker put London to the sword to leave them with two away matches - against Rovers and Wakefield Trinity - to secure their Super League status.
Huddersfield Giants also moved two points clear of Super League’s bottom side as Hull FC’s play-off hopes suffered a blow with a 22-12 defeat at the KCOM Stadium.
The visitors eased their relegation worries as Hull’s stuttering end to the season took another downward turn as they failed to put a point on the scoreboard in the second half and were unable to capitalise on Castleford Tigers, the sixth-placed side chasing them in fifth, losing at St Helens.
A solitary Regan Grace try eight minutes before half-time was the only scoring action in that Saints win - a 4-0 result that equalled Super League’s lowest-scoring game.
Having beaten Celtic Crusaders 4-0 in 2009, Saints repeated the trick on the night they were presented with the League Leaders’ Shield.
Wigan Warriors continued their climb up the table and moved into second place with a hard-fought 24-16 win over Wakefield.
Liam Marshall finished with a hat-trick and Zak Hardaker kicked four goals as the in-form Warriors notched their fifth victory in a row, and their 10th from their past 11 matches, at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Trinity remain in the relegation battle as they too sit two points above the bottom-placed Broncos.
That feeling when you go 2nd in the table ? pic.twitter.com/6RhrUUHQuv— Wigan Warriors ??? (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 1, 2019
Ken Sio scored a superb hat-trick as Salford recorded their sixth successive win, beating Warrington 22-6 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The victory gave the Red Devils’ play-off hopes a massive boost against the newly crowned Challenge Cup holders, who have now lost six Super League matches in a row.
Salford Red Devils 22-6 Warrington Wolves
Hull FC 12-22 Huddersfield Giants
St Helens 4-0 Castleford Tigers
Catalans Dragons 6-24 Hull KR
London Broncos 10-36 Leeds Rhinos
Wakefield Trinity 16-24 Wigan Warriors