18th August 2019, 17:33 | super_league
London Broncos gave their Betfred Super League survival chances a much-needed boost following a 17-4 victory at Catalans Dragons.
Bottom-side London moved up to 18 points in Super League after Kieran Dixon and Alex Walker scored tries as Danny Ward’s men registered an important success in Perpignan.
Dixon scored all of the Broncos' points in the first half as they led 8-0 at the break despite Olsi Krasniqi's sin-bin for a dangerous tackle on Greg Bird.
Brayden Williame halved the deficit for Catalans but that was as good as it got for the French side as Walker touched down under the posts and Dixon added his fourth goal. Brock Lamb finished the scoring with a drop-goal before Bird was sin-binned with three minutes remaining.
Wakefield moved a step closer to securing Super League survival after a confidence-boosting 38-10 win over relegation-rivals Hull KR.
Jacob Miller and Ryan Hampshire's two tries apiece helped end a five-game losing streak, with Danny Brough adding 10 points with the boot, while Ben Jones-Bishop, Kyle Wood and Bill Tupou also crossed.
Hull KR hit back through Ben Crooks' acrobatic finish and Mitch Garbutt's try to cut the half-time deficit to 14-10 but Wakefield dominated the second half to pile the pressure on Tony Smith's outfit, who travel to France to face Catalans Dragons in their next match.
🙌 WHAT A WIN 🙌— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) August 18, 2019
💪 That’s how you return to winning ways! pic.twitter.com/c0GusYdk2p
Huddersfield Giants made it a three-way tussle at the foot of the table on 18 points following a 24-0 home defeat to Castleford Tigers.
A James Clare try was all that separated the two sides at the half-time interval, but Castleford extended their advantage in the 48th minute when Adam Milner crashed over.
Jamie Ellis, who kicked eight points in total, added two goals to improve to lead to 12-0 before Michael McMeeken grounded Jake Trueman's kick and Jesse Sene-Lefao dotted down after breaking through the Huddersfield defence to seal victory.
Wigan Warriors consolidated their top-five credentials with a hard-fought 20-6 victory over play-off rivals Warrington Wolves.
Bevan French scored on his first Wigan start as the hosts eased into an 18-0 half-time lead thanks to further tries from George Williams and Zak Hardaker.
Hardaker added his fourth goal to extend their lead before home centre Oliver Gildart was sin-binned. Tom Lineham finally got the injury-hit Wolves on the scoreboard, which was converted by Dec Patton, but Wire have now lost their last five Super League matches.
9️⃣ wins from 🔟— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 16, 2019
4️⃣ wins on the bounce
⏫ Joint second in the table
😁 The race for the 🔝2️⃣ is on! pic.twitter.com/fYh7Q9GX5C
Salford Red Devils moved to within two points of second place in the Super League table following a convincing 44-22 victory at top-five rivals Hull FC.
Kristin Inu scored 20 points as Ken Sio and Lee Mossop grabbed braces alongside tries from Jake Bibby and Jackson Hastings.
Kevin Naiqama scored a hat-trick as St Helens improved their lead at the top of the table to 16 points, courtesy of a 36-20 triumph against Leeds Rhinos.
Leeds Rhinos 20-36 St Helens
Wigan Warriors 20-6 Warrington Wolves
Catalans Dragons 4-17 London Broncos
Hull FC 22-44 Salford Red Devils
Huddersfield Giants 0-24 Castleford Tigers
Hull KR 10-38 Wakefield Trinity