Spirited Bulls chalk up big win

  • Last Updated: July 8 2012, 22:52 BST

Bradford again made light of the turmoil afflicting the club to cruise to their second biggest win of the season - 44-12 - and ensure London Broncos stay rooted to the foot of the Stobart Super League.

Brett Kearney claims one of his four Bradford tries

Full-back Brett Kearney grabbed four of his side's eight tries and former London half-back Luke Gale also played a starring role as the Bulls ended a traumatic week on a high with a third straight win.

Bradford, who lost two training sessions at the height of the crisis in the week, followed up their stunning victory at Wigan with another impressive win to maintain their play-off hopes ahead of an inevitable points deduction for going into administration.

The Bulls will now be hoping for another positive result before Tuesday's deadline set by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle to find a buyer.

On the field, Manase Manuokafoa, Elliott Whitehead, Michael Platt and Gale also claimed tries, with Gale also adding six kicks.

Kieran Dixon claimed two tries for London, with Will Lovell going over in the last minute.

Sam Tomkins starred with a 24-point haul as Wigan extended their lead to five points at the summit with a comprehensive 52-10 victory over Wakefield.

The Wildcats took an early lead through a Peter Fox try but Wigan, who were superb throughout, responded in style to take the win as both Tomkins and George Carmont each ran in a hat-trick of tries.

Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen and Iain thornley (2) also claimed Wigan tries, while Ben Cockayne added a late second for the hosts.

St Helens snatched a stunning last-gasp 24-23 victory over Widnes to climb back to third place as they stretched their unbeaten run to five matches.

But it needed a 79th-minute try from Josh Jones and a touchline conversion from Lee Gaskell with the last kick of a thrilling encounter to earn Saints both points.

Super League strugglers Widnes, who had a hat-trick of tries from Patrick Ah Van, had looked set for a famous victory when they led 23-18 until Jones struck.

Chris Dean and Cameron Phelps had also crossed for Widnes, while Iosia Soliola, Jon Wilkin and Michael Shenton were try scorers for Saints who just edged a pulsating encounter.

Salford began life after the departing Matty Smith with a 24-22 victory over Hull KR at Craven Park.

Just two days after the Reds announced Smith was leaving to join Stobart Super League leaders Wigan, his former team-mates put in a solid performance to give them back-to-back wins.

After stunning Warrington last weekend the City Reds were forced to hold on with Michael Dobson unable to convert his 69th-minute try before his clever kick through was missed by Liam Salter.

It meant a win that moved Salford two points behind the Robins, and further revived their play-off hopes.

Danny Williams claimed a brace of tries for Salford with Jodie Broughton crossing after just 64 seconds.

Ben Gledhill and Joel Moon also went over as Daniel Holdsworth added two conversions.

Michael Dobson claimed a try and three conversions for Rovers, with Constantine Mika, Blake Green and Craig Hall also crossing but they fell just short.

Huddersfield's slump continued with their seventh defeat in eight Stobart Super League games ahead of next Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington.

They were totally outplayed by lowly Castleford who gave their best performance this season as they romped to a 52-6 success.

New half-back signing Jamie Ellis, who has joined the Tigers from Hull, landed 10 goals from 11 kicks and grabbed a try on his debut.

Richard Owen, who bagged two tries, was also an important contributor for Castleford on his return from suspension.

James Clare, Jordan Thompson, Nick Youngquest, Josh Griffin and Adam Milner also crossed for Cas, while all the sorry Giants could manage in reply was an 11th minute try from Leroy Cudjoe, converted by Danny Brough.