Broncos leave it late as Super League relegation battle goes down to final round

By Rob Lancaster 7 September 2019 2
Broncos leave it late as Super League relegation battle goes down to final round

London Broncos are still in with a chance of survival in Super League after a late Jay Pitts try secured a thrilling victory over relegation rivals Hull KR on Friday.

The Broncos had led 12-0 at Craven Park but tries from William Dagger, Chris Atkin and Danny McGuire gave Rovers a 16-14 advantage heading into the closing minutes.

Yet Danny Ward's side conjured up a dramatic score to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive, captain Pitts forcing his way over.

Kieran Dixon landed the conversion to make it 20-16 and the Broncos held on in the closing minutes, meaning they join their opponents, Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity on 20 points heading into the final round of fixtures in the regular season.

The Giants are in action first next Friday, hosting Catalans Dragons, while Hull KR travel to Salford Red Devils and London – who remain bottom due to a vastly inferior points difference – visit fellow strugglers Trinity on Sunday.

Wakefield missed the chance to secure their top-flight status for 2020 as they slipped to a 23-16 defeat at Warrington Wolves, while the Giants were thrashed 48-6 by minor premiers St Helens.

At the top of the table, Wigan Warriors remain in second after a Bevan French hat-trick inspired them to a 46-12 thrashing of Catalans Dragons.

Salford cemented their place in the top five ahead of the play-offs courtesy of a 20-12 win – their seventh in a row - at lowly Leeds Rhinos.

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