Betfred Super League final day review: London Broncos relegated and Tommy Makinson bags St Helens hat-trick

Celebrations for St Helens after Tom Makinson's try
Celebrations for St Helens after Tom Makinson's try

A review of Friday's Betfred Super League action.

Results

  • Huddersfield Giants 24-22 Catalans Dragons
  • Hull FC 6-22 St Helens
  • Leeds Rhinos 26-4 Warrington Wolves
  • Salford Red Devils 17-16 Hull KR
  • Wakefield Trinity 19-10 London Broncos

London relegated after defeat

London were relegated from Super League after Wakefield secured a 19-10 victory which preserved their top-flight status at the Broncos' expense.

Danny Ward's men began the evening level on points with Hull KR, Huddersfield and Wakefield but in bottom place due to their inferior points difference.

They knew they had to win to avoid the drop but a tightly-contested first half ended 8-0 to Trinity after a 24th-minute try by Ryan Hampshire and two goals from Danny Brough.

Hampshire scored again five minutes after the restart and then Reece Lyne added a third to confirm victory which sent the Broncos, who scored late consolations tries from Alex Walker and Brock Lamb, back to the Championship after one season back in the top flight.

Giants survive and snatch comeback win over Catalans

Huddersfield came from 22-10 down to gain a 24-22 win over Catalans Dragons in the last match of the season and clinch their survival in Super League.

The Giants would have stayed up regardless of the result because of London Broncos' 19-10 defeat at Wakefield - but they were not to know that and for a nervous hour they looked destined for defeat.

But left winger Louis Senior completed a hat-trick of tries to start the fightback and scored a fourth 10 minutes from the end to set the stage for England winger Jermaine McGillvary on the other flank to snatch a first home win since May.

It meant the Catalans ended the season with a fifth straight defeat, a sad way for veteran Australian forward Greg Bird to end his career.

Salford secure third as Robins survive drop

Salford secured their best-ever Super League finish with a 17-16 Golden Point extra-time win over Hull KR who stay up regardless of the defeat following London's defeat at Wakefield.

Krisnan Inu kicked the decisive drop goal with a minute of extra time remaining to seal third place and a trip to Wigan in the play-offs next Friday.

These two teams played out one of the most dramatic Golden Point games ever when Gareth O'Brien's drop goal relegated Hull KR in 2016. And though the stakes were not as high here, it was a dramatic and historic finale for Ian Watson's men.

Tries from Josh Drinkwater and Kane Linnett, as well as four goals from as many attempts, looked to have helped Rovers to a six-point victory. But with seconds remaining, Salford's Joey Lussick scored from dummy half and Inu's conversion took the game to Golden Point.

It was a memorable victory for the Red Devils who had won their last seven games, but a bittersweet night for retiring Rovers half-back Danny McGuire. The former Leeds man, one of the greats of Super League, missed out on the chance of 1000 career points - stuck at 999.

Sloppy Warrington drop to fourth after Leeds loss

Warrington will face Castleford in the Super League semi-finals after suffering a 26-4 defeat at Leeds.

The Rhinos finished a difficult season on a high thanks to a victory secured by the boot of Rhys Martin, with the tries coming from Liam Sutcliffe, Rob Lui, Adam Cuthbertson and Luke Briscoe.

The Wolves will take on the Tigers next weekend after Salford beat Hull KR and dislodged them from third place.

The Rhinos bade farewell to Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who has retired after 20 years with the club, in style.

Makinson hat-trick helps St Helens end Hull hopes

Tommy Makinson scored a first-half hat-trick for St Helens to ensure Hull's last-ditch bid for a Betfred Super League play-off place ended in failure.

Wigan's 26-8 victory over Castleford 24 hours earlier handed Hull one final chance to secure a top-five spot at the KCOM Stadium.

But they were not good enough to take advantage as high-flying Saints ran out comfortable 22-6 victors thanks to Makinson's treble and second-half scores for Mark Percival and Regan Grace.

It could have been a bigger winning margin but visiting full-back Lachlan Coote converted only one of his five shots at goal.

Saints' latest victory came three days after confirming former Tonga head coach Kristian Woolf would be the replacement for Justin Holbrook next season.

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