Leeds Rhinos effectively confirmed their Super League status for another season with a 36-10 win at bottom club London Broncos on Sunday.
The Rhinos have endured a largely miserable campaign and sacked head coach David Furner in May.
However, their results and performances have gradually picked up under Richard Agar and the Rhinos are now four points clear of the Broncos with two games to play, their vastly superior points difference ensuring they are no longer in danger.
Full-back Jack Walker scored two of Leeds’ six tries in Ealing, with Brad Dwyer, Ash Handley, Ava Seumanufagai and Luke Briscoe also crossing.
Walker finishes off for his second try of the game after a fine break by Liam Sutcliffe from inside his own half London Broncos 10 – 28 Leeds 76′ pic.twitter.com/wXaAslcdb1
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) September 1, 2019
The Broncos will still be hopeful of avoiding relegation given they are only two points behind Hull Kingston Rovers, Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity. London’s miserable points difference of -277 means they will almost certainly need to win each of their remaining fixtures – against Hull KR and Wakefield – to have a chance of surviving.
Trinity were beaten 24-16 by Wigan Warriors on Sunday, Liam Marshall claiming a hat-trick to secure a victory that lifts Adrian Lam’s in-form side up to second in the table.
Wigan are now almost certain to be in the play-offs and are on course to secure a top-three finish.