4th August 2019, 18:31 | super_league
At the end of a dramatic and in one instance unsavoury round of fixtures, St Helens have been confirmed as winners of the League Leaders' Shield for the second consecutive season.
Saints beat Wakefield 26-6 on Friday and the following evening Warrington, the only team able to catch them, were defeated 30-10 by the Catalans Dragons in Perpignan - a match that was marred by ugly scenes which are being investigated by the Rugby Football League.
The leaders went 12 points clear at the top of the table as Danny Richardson scored 14 points, including a try, with their other points coming from Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, Tommy Makinson and Kevin Naiqama. Kelepi Tanginoa touched down for Wakefield and Danny Brough added the extras.
Catalans won courtesy of tries from Fouad Yaha, David Mead, Matt Whitley and Tony Gigot, with Sam Tomkins kicking seven goals.
Jake Mamo and Chris Hill touched down for the Wolves and Stefan Ratchford added a conversion.
Warrington remain two points ahead of third-placed Hull FC as they went down 15-14 to Wigan Warriors in the opening fixture of the round on Thursday.
Zak Hardaker kicked the decisive drop goal in his total of seven points as Liam Marshall crossed twice. Hull's try came from Scott Taylor and Marc Sneyd kicked the conversion and four penalties.
Leeds Rhinos pulled clear of the bottom and added to the relegation fears of Huddersfield Giants with an emphatic 44-0 victory at the John Smiths Stadium.
Konrad Hurrell and Ash Handley both scored twice with Leeds' other tries coming from Adam Cuthbertson, Tom Briscoe, Brad Dwyer and Liam Sutcliffe. Rhyse Martin converted six of the tries.
Hull KR joined Leeds, Wakefield, and Huddersfield on 18 points with a thrilling golden point victory at home to play-off hopefuls Castleford Tigers on Sunday.
The decisive drop goal from Danny McGuire came after the home side had trailed 26-14 after an hour, but Ben Crooks grabbed a lifeline with two tries in a four-minute spell and Ryan Shaw took his goal tally to five from as many attempts to tie the scores.
Rovers' other tries came from Dan Murray and Adam Quinlan.
Peter Mata'utia kicked 10 points and scored a try for the visitors who also saw Jordan Rankin, James Clare and Greg Minikin cross.
Niall Evalds scored a hat-trick as Salford thumped London Broncos 58-28 to boost their play-off hopes and push the hosts closer towards relegation.
The Broncos had beaten a weakened St Helens a fortnight ago, but there was to be no repeat as Salford dominated to leave the Broncos two points adrift.
Krisnan Inu crossed twice and there were also Salford tries for Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Tui Lolohea, Kris Welham and Jackson Hastings. Lolohea kicked eight conversions and Inu one.
London's tries came from Rhys Williams, Luke Yates, Matthew Fleming, Sadiq Adebiyi and Rob Butler. Kieran Dixon converted four.