Wakefield Trinity claimed a vital win in their bid to avoid Super League relegation as they beat Hull KR 38-10 on Sunday.
The pressure has been mounting on Trinity coach Chris Chester after a run of just one win in 12 matches saw Wakefield – play-off hopefuls earlier in the campaign – slide into a relegation scrap.
London Broncos’ victory over Catalans Dragons on Saturday lifted them level with Wakefield and Rovers on 18 points, piling extra importance on Sunday’s clash.
But it was the visitors who came out on top as, despite a Rovers fight-back late in the first half, tries from Kyle Wood and Bill Tupou edged Trinity clear after the restart.
Captain Jacob Miller had got things started for Trinity early on, and he doubled his tally to wrap up the points with 11 minutes to go before Ryan Hampshire’s double added further gloss.
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— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) August 18, 2019
While Wakefield are now two points clear of the drop, Rovers’ point difference – which could prove crucial to staying up – has taken a big hit with just three games remaining of the regular season.
Trinity were also provided a boost by their local rivals Castleford Tigers, who ran out 24-0 victors over struggling Huddersfield Giants.
James Clare, Adam Milner, Mike McMeeken and Jesse Sene-Lefao all crossed for Castleford, who moved level on points with fifth-placed Salford Red Devils, though remain out of the play-offs as things stand due to points difference.
The Tigers’ final fixtures are not kind ones either, with runaway leaders St Helens next up, before clashes with Hull FC and 2018 champions Wigan Warriors.