Wakefield Wildcats secured their Super League status for 2020 with a 19-10 win over London Broncos on Friday – a result that means the capital club are relegated to the second tier.

The final round of the regular season saw four teams in danger of the drop, with the Broncos knowing their inferior points difference meant only a win would do at fellow strugglers Wakefield.

However, the Wildcats maintained their top-flight status and sent London, who were promoted last year after winning the Million Pound Game against Toronto Wolfpack, back down to the Championship.

Ryan Hampshire crossed in either half while Reece Lyne also scored a try for Wakefield, who led 19-0 at one stage before holding off a late fightback from the Broncos. Alex Walker and Brock Lamb both went over in the closing minutes, but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

Hull Kingston Rovers – who finish the campaign on 20 points, the same as London - were indebted to Wakefield after they were beaten 17-16 away at Salford Red Devils.

Rovers were unable to give the retiring Danny McGuire a winning farewell, letting slip a 14-10 second-half advantage as they were downed in golden point extra time by a successful one-pointer from Krisnan Inu.

The dramatic victory for Salford means they finish in third place ahead of Warrington Wolves, 26-4 losers at a Leeds Rhinos side captained by Jamie Jones-Buchanan in his 421st - and final - appearance.

Huddersfield Giants were the other team in trouble but they took matters into their own hands at home to Catalans Dragons, Louis Senior scoring four tries in a 24-22 triumph.

As for the final play-off place, Hull FC knew they needed a win over minor premiers St Helens but were beaten 22-6 at home, a result that means Castleford Tigers – who faced a nervous wait following their defeat to Wigan Warriors 24 hours earlier – remain fifth in the table.

Jake Trueman scored a hat-trick as Castleford Tigers thrashed Hull FC 44-12 to move above their opponents and into the Super League play-off places.

The Tigers surged clear in the first 20 minutes at the Jungle and never looked back, with Hull failing to get the win they needed to guarantee a top-five finish.

Castleford travel to Wigan Warriors for their final game of the regular season next Friday, while Hull entertain League Leaders' Shield winners St Helens.

Trueman, who was this week called up to the Great Britain training squad, sent Cheyse Blair over for the opening try and added two of his own before a Jamie Ellis penalty made it 20-0.

Masi Matongo got Hull on the board and 20-year-old stand-off Trueman held up Tevita Satae to stop the visitors making further in-roads before the interval.

Castleford punished an error from Hull two minutes after the restart and Blair teed up Trueman for his hat-trick.

Jack Logan scored a length-of-the-field try despite Jamie Shaul being in the sin bin for holding down Jordan Rankin, but the Tigers put the game beyond doubt with three tries in the final 10 minutes.

Rankin chased down Trueman's kick to score after James Clare went over in the corner, with Matt Cook - making his 250th Super League appearance - rounding off the scoring after Jake Connor was shown a yellow card for dissent.

Castleford Tigers missed the chance to put pressure on fifth-place Hull FC as they lost 4-0 at Super League leaders St Helens.

A cagey first half saw the respective defences generally come out on top, with the only points on the board coming when Regan Grace just about crossed the line despite Jordan Rankin's best efforts.

Danny Richardson's subsequent conversion attempt was missed but Saints survived something of a second-half onslaught as the Tigers failed to inspire a turnaround.

They remain two points adrift of the last play-off spot, but Huddersfield Giants certainly did them a favour by beating Hull FC 22-12.

Jamie Shaul got Hull up and running in the 12th minute with the game's first try, but Jermaine McGillvary soon followed suit and Lee Gaskell made it 10-6 to the visitors in the 25th minute, kicking the extras after Aaron Murphy went over.

Hull went into the break ahead – Bureta Faraimo touching down in the corner and Marc Sneyd converting – but their resistance finally failed 14 minutes from time when Louis Senior broke through.

Matt Frawley wrapped up the win soon after, crossing under the posts following good work from Gaskell, who once again converted.

Giants move two points clear of the bottom two.

London Broncos boosted their hopes of staying in Super League with a 17-4 win over Catalans Dragons on Saturday, while Salford Red Devils won comfortably at Hull FC.

Kieran Dixon scored a try and kicked eight points as bottom club Broncos recorded their ninth win of the campaign, in the process creating a four-way tie at the foot of the table on 18 points.

The capital club are now level with Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield Giants and Hull Kingston Rovers, though they remain in 12th place on points difference.

Broncos' three rivals in the battle to beat the drop also have a game in hand: Rovers host fellow strugglers Trinity on Sunday while the Giants take on Castleford Tigers.

Alex Walker also crossed for the visitors in Perpignan while Brock Lamb kicked a drop goal. Brayden Wiliame scored the Dragons' only points, going over for a try early in the second half.

As for Salford, they recorded an impressive 44-22 triumph over fourth-place Hull FC, who now lead the Red Devils by just two points in the standings.

The teams were locked together at 16-16 midway through the contest before the visitors moved clear in the second half. Ken Sio, Lee Mossop and Krisnan Inu all touched down twice for Salford, who have appointed Paul Rowley as a coaching consultant to assist boss Ian Watson.

Hull had the chance to climb up to second with a home win, but instead are now looking over their shoulders in the battle to finish in the top five.

Hull FC moved level on points with second-placed Warrington Wolves in Super League after a routine 26-16 win over Wakefield Trinity.

Warrington's loss to St Helens gave Hull the chance to eradicate the two-point gap between themselves and the Wolves and they did so in comfortable fashion.

Home side Wakefield, for whom Morgan Escare was making his debut after joining on loan from Wigan Warriors, took the lead through Ryan Hampshire's 11th-minute score.

Hull responded in style, though, as they scored 20 unanswered points by half-time with Bureta Faraimo, Marc Sneyd, Carlos Tuimavave and Ratu Naulago all going over.

Naulago's second gave Wakefield even more of a mountain to climb, with four-pointers from Joe Arundel and Jacob Miller mere consolations.

Wakefield are still only two points above bottom club London Broncos, as are Huddersfield Giants after a 32-12 loss at Salford Red Devils, who move back into the top five.

Oliver Russell's try had Huddersfield 12-10 up early in the second half but Salford then added 22 points without reply, Krisnan Inu kicking eight goals and scoring one of their four tries in a superb showing.

Zak Hardaker scored a late drop goal as Wigan Warriors claimed a hard-fought 15-14 Super League victory over Hull FC.

Full-back Hardaker had only converted one previous drop goal in his career - for Leeds Rhinos against the Warriors in 2015 - but kept his nerve in the dying moments of a bruising encounter at the KCOM Stadium.

Hardaker was brilliant with the boot throughout, although it was Marc Sneyd, whose running battle with Willie Isa threatened to boil over at times, who put the hosts 4-0 up with two early penalties.

But Wigan took the lead when Liam Marshall was awarded an eight-point penalty try after he was tackled mid-air by Bureta Faraimo just as he was about to touch down in the corner. 

Hardaker's boot made it 10-4, but Sneyd reduced the deficit heading into the break.

Marshall doubled his tally eight minutes into the second half, bundling over in the corner despite having two defenders to beat.

Scott Taylor crossed underneath the sticks and, after a successful conversion, Sneyd - who scored a drop goal to beat Wigan earlier in the season - restored parity with a fourth penalty,

The momentum was with Hull, but after Tony Clubb's brilliant tackle prevented Masimbaashe Matongo racing clear, Hardaker stepped up to hammer a 40-metre drop goal through the posts to earn Wigan victory, moving to within two points of their opponents.

Super League's top two sides will contest the Challenge Cup final on August 24 after St Helens and Warrington Wolves each claimed last-four victories at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Saints, who have proved dominant in the regular league season for the second year in succession, overcame a superb effort from second-tier part-timers Halifax to win 26-2 on Saturday after the Wolves had edged out Hull FC 22-14.

If Halifax's fairy-tale run to the last four was impressive, their initial efforts against St Helens were even more outstanding as they ended the opening half-hour on level terms at 2-2.

Veteran hooker James Roby dummied over shortly before the interval and Justin Holbrook's men pulled clear in the second period as their opponents predictably tired, Dominique Peyroux, Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages all going over.

Halifax could nevertheless feel immensely proud of their efforts, despite failing in their improbable mission of inflicting a sixth successive semi-final defeat on their illustrious opponents.

Earlier, a Warrington side boosted by the return of fit-again full-back Stefan Ratchford just about held firm in the face of a Hull fightback.

Tries from Bryson Goodwin, Ben Currie and Toby King helped the Wire into a 16-8 lead, but Scott Taylor's converted score set up a nervy finish and Steve Price's side could only celebrate when Joe Philbin dived over in the 79th minute.

Warrington will now make a third final appearance in four years, having been beaten by Hull and Catalans Dragons respectively in the 2016 and 2018 deciders.

London Broncos gave their Super League survival hopes a welcome shot in the arm by inflicting another shock defeat on table-topping St Helens.

Runaway leaders Saints have only lost three of their 23 league games in 2019, but two of those have remarkably come against the rock-bottom Broncos.

On their last visit to Trailfinders Sports Club in June, St Helens lost by a solitary point. This time around, with a host of players rested by head coach Justin Holbrook, they were thumped 32-12 as London claimed a valuable win to move level on points with Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos.

Matthew Fleming scored two of the Broncos' five tries, while Matthew Gee, Alex Walker and Luke Yates also went over for the hosts, offsetting scores from Danny Richardson and Aaron Smith.

Leeds, meanwhile, suffered a major blow as Hull FC triumphed 26-24 to record their first win at Headingley since 2007.

The Rhinos came roaring back from 20-6 down to lead through Tom Briscoe's 66th-minute try, but Ratu Naulago responded swiftly for Hull and Marc Sneyd landed a touchline conversion to seal victory.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Salford Red Devils hammered Catalans Dragons 40-14 while Castleford Tigers climbed above the French side into fifth courtesy of a 27-18 win over second-placed Warrington Wolves.

Hull FC did the damage early on against London Broncos to land a 35-22 victory over the team at the foot of Super League.

Tries from Carlos Tuimavave, Bureta Faraimo, Joe Westerman, Jake Connor and Josh Griffin helped third-placed Hull charge 28-0 ahead after 20 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

When Ratu Naulago seized on a loose ball and sprinted the length of the pitch to add a sixth Hull try in the 35th minute, it looked like lowly Broncos were in for a morale-damaging defeat.

Marc Sneyd booted five first-half goals as Hull reached the interval 34-0 ahead, but Broncos scythed into that advantage after the break.

Matty Fleming was the first Broncos player to cross, before smart footwork from Jordan Abdull saw the stand-off wriggle through against his former club.

Sadiq Adebiyi barged over in the 61st minute and then added another try in the closing moments, after Sneyd dropped a goal for Hull, as Broncos ended the match with momentum but counting the cost of their dreadful start.

Leeds Rhinos won a second consecutive match to climb to ninth in the Super League table, while leaders St Helens romped to victory on Friday.

The Rhinos had been struggling at the foot of the table prior to a busy week of movement in and out of the club that preceded victory over Catalans Dragons last time out.

And Leeds triumphed again at Castleford Tigers, an 18-10 win coming courtesy of Robert Lui's clinching late try.

Two Castleford tries in three minutes from James Clare had brought the hosts back into contention, but Lui went over seven minutes from time to put the game to bed.

Elsewhere, St Helens - now 10 points clear at the top of the table - thrashed third-placed Hull FC 40-12.

Saints had led 40-0 with over 20 minutes remaining, with Lachlan Coote crossing for a pair of tries and kicking six conversions to contribute half their points.

A pair of late scores did little to improve the evening for hosts Hull, although the fortunes of rivals Hull KR might have lifted their mood.

Rovers were the victims of an even heavier loss at Wigan Warriors, who scored nine tries in a 52-10 success.

There were two for Liam Farrell and three for Liam Marshall, while Zak Hardaker was clinical with his boot as well as going over once.

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