Broncos down and out
A review of this weekend's action in the First Utility Super League.
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London's relegation from the Super League was confirmed at the Halliwell Jones stadium as the winless Broncos suffered their 20th straight defeat of the season at the hands of the in-form Warrington Wolves.
Salford's victory over Hull this weekend coupled with this heavy 72-12 defeat for the Broncos sees London's run in the top flight come to an end and the game's flagship competition without a presence in the capital in 2015.
The rampant Wolves made it 10 wins in succession as they had far too much power and pace for Super League's basement dwellers, running in 13 tries.
Winger Joel Monaghan claimed four tries with second row forward Ben Currie and prop Chris Hill both scoring hat-tricks, with the other tries coming from Ben Harrison, Paul Wood and Gene Ormsby while Chris Bridge landed 10 goals.
London's points came from tries by Joe Keyes and Scott Moore, with Josh Drinkwater kicking both conversions.
Matty Bowen scored two tries and had a hand in two more as Wigan ran riot in Perpignan against the Catalan Dragons with a 37-16 win on Saturday night.
Bowen was superb as he turned in a man-of-the-match performance to help the Warriors move into third spot in the standings on 28 points, two adrift of leaders St Helens.
Tony Clubb, Josh Charnley, Scott Taylor and Joe Burgess also scored tries for Wigan.
Morgan Escare, Elliott Whitehead and Damien Cardace went over for Catalan.
Brothers Josh and Darrell Griffin made it a family affair as Salford overcame the absence of new signing Kevin Locke to add more impetus to their revival with a 35-22 victory over Hull.
Centre Mason Caton-Brown, the club's exciting recruit from London Broncos, led the way with two tries on his home debut, making it three in just two appearances, while winger Josh Griffin marked his impressive home debut with a try and older brother Darrell also got in on the act with a touchdown.
Rangi Chase and Greg Johnson also struck for Salford.
Long-serving centre Kirk Yeaman scored two second-half tries as Hull rallied after trailing 19-0 but their defeat cuts them further adrift from the top-eight play-offs.
Dean Hadley and Jamie Shaul also crossed for Hull.
The result also means London Broncos will be relegated if they lose to Warrington in Sunday's only Super League game.
St Helens ran in eight tries to retain top spot with a comfortable 46-22 win over struggling Bradford at Langtree Park.
Saints scored 40 of their points inside the first 50 minutes as they swept the Bulls aside with tries from James Roby, Paul Wellens, Mose Masoe, seven-goal Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Lance Hohaia and Tommy Makinson.
They then eased up and James Lowes' Bradford restored some pride with Luke Gale, Joe Arundel, Adrian Purtell and Jamie Foster touchdowns but Wellens had the final say in the last minute.
Rob Burrow marked his return with two tries as Leeds Rhinos consolidated second place with a 30-6 victory over Hull KR in a match which burst into life in the final quarter.
There was nothing to separate them during a scoreless first half which began brightly before fading badly.
The quality of rugby league on show belied the perfect conditions and it took almost an hour for the opening try, Burrow going over from close range to the relief of the majority of onlookers.
As is often the case, the floodgates opened with Liam Sutcliffe and Carl Ablett both touching down within minutes of Burrow's effort.
Josh Hodgson responded for Rovers but Danny McGuire and Burrow scored to complete what turned out to be a resounding win.
Scrum-half Liam Finn marked his recall with a brace of tries as Castleford got the better of below-strength Huddersfield in a 13-try feast.
Ireland's World Cup captain was dropped for the previous game at Widnes but proved a point on his return with a man-of-the-match performance as the Tigers strengthened their position in the top four with a 44-30 victory over last year's league leaders.
The other Castleford tries came from Oliver Holmes, Justin Carney, Adam Milner, Kirk Dixon, Frankie Mariano and Grant Millington.
Chris Bailey (2), Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle and Eorl Crabtree went over for Huddersfield.
On Thursday night, Wakefield stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a 12-10 victory over Widnes.