Bradford fate almost sealed
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League, with Bradford Bulls all but relegated.
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Bradford's relegation from Super League was all but confirmed when they suffered a sixth straight defeat in a scrappy, high-scoring derby at Huddersfield.
A 52-26 loss at the John Smith's Stadium leaves the Bulls 13 points from safety with just six matches left and effectively ends their 40-year stay in the top flight of rugby league.
Eternal optimists might cling to the hope that the four-times Super League champions will yet win back the six points they were docked for going into administration via High-Court action but the look of resignation on the faces of the players told its own tale.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, got their top-six campaign back on track after back-to-back defeats, with winger Jermaine McGillvary scoring three of their 10 tries despite the Bulls leading three times in the first half.
Ukuma Ta'ai claimed two tries for the hosts with Jake Connor, Luke Robinson, Chris Bailey, Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle also crossing with Leroy Cudjoe kicking six goals.
The Bulls replied through braces from Luke George and Brett Kearney, while Adam O'Brien also crossed the whitewash with Jamie Foster adding three kicks.
Salford kept their play-off hopes alive with a 38-18 win over Hull KR at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
The Red Devils came from 12-4 down at half-time to run out easy winners with a destructive second period when they scored six tries through Niall Evalds, Junior Sau, Josh Griffin (2), Theo Fages and Greg Johnson after Mason Caton-Brown's first-half effort.
David Hodgson, Craig Hall and Michael Weyman replaied with tries for the home side.
Mark Percival bagged 22 points as St Helens eased back to the summit by cruising past the London Broncos 58-16 on Saturday.
Centre Percival grabbed two tries, and also booted seven conversions, as the Saints ran in 11 tries across a comprehensive performance.
Jordan Turner and Matty Dawson also scored braces for the rampant visitors, while Luke Thompson, Kyle Amor, Paul Wellens, Sia Soliola and Anthony Laffranchi also crossed.
James Woodburn-Hall, Will Lovell and Denny Solomona replied for London, with Josh Drinkwater kicking two goals.
For the already-relegated Broncos, it was the latest disappointment in a campaign that saw their winless run stretch to 21 games.
Catalan Dragons produced a sensational performance as they ran out 40-6 winners against in-form Wakefield at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Elliott Whitehead scored a hat-trick of tries as the Dragons scored seven in total to put the agony of last week's 37-16 defeat to Wigan behind them.
The French side raced into a 28-0 half-time lead thanks to Daryl Millard, Morgan Escare, Whitehead and Zeb Taia.
This was despite dropping the likes of Jeff Lima and Olivier Elima, while both Gregory Mounis and Vincent Duport were absent through suspension.
Escare scored a breakaway try after the break to extend the lead and Whitehead powered through to claim his third and end the Wildcats' five-match unbeaten run under new head coach James Webster.
The Wildcats replied through Reece Lyne's consolation six minutes from time to ensure they did not travel home totally empty handed..