|Betfred Super League|
|London Broncos (0) 10|
|Tries: Dixon, Morgan Goals: Dixon|
|Leeds Rhinos (18) 36|
|Tries: Briscoe, Seumanufagai, Walker 2, Handley, Dwyer Goals: Martin 6|
Super League’s bottom side London Broncos slipped closer to an immediate return to the Championship as Leeds Rhinos all but secured their own safety with a convincing win in the capital.
Luke Briscoe, Ava Seumanufagai and Jack Walker all crossed to give dominant Leeds an 18-0 half-time lead.
The hosts battled back through Kieran Dixon and Ryan Morgan’s scores, but Rhinos added further late tries.
Ash Handley, Brad Dwyer and Walker’s second completed the visitors’ victory.
Leeds move four points above the Broncos with two matches remaining – and the Yorkshire club have a far superior points difference.
Broncos remain two points adrift of 11th-placed Hull Kingston Rovers, who they face on Sunday, 8 September.
The Londoners must avoid defeat in that match to keep any realistic hopes of their survival alive.
Danny Ward’s side – who won at Catalans last time out to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop – are also just two points behind 10th-placed Huddersfield Giants and ninth-placed Wakefield Trinity, who they travel to on the final day of the regular season.
But Giants and Trinity both have points differences that are more than 100 points greater than Broncos’.
They briefly gave themselves hope of pulling off a stirring comeback when Dixon’s interception try and Morgan’s run and score in the corner brought the hosts back to only 18-10 down, early in the second half.
But Super League top scorer Handley’s 22nd try of this campaign stretched Leeds’ advantage again, before Liam Sutcliffe’s break helped Walker cross. Dwyer then sealed it as Martin once again proved flawless with his boot.
London Broncos: A Walker, Williams, Kear, Dixon, Abdull, Cunningham, Battye, Lovell, Pitts, Morgan, Yates, Krasniqi, Lamb.
Interchanges: Fozard, Gee, Mason, Butler.
Leeds Rhinos: J Walker, Hurrell, Handley, Myler, Merrin, Dwyer, Ferres, Oledzki, Briscoe, Newman, Seumanufagai, Lui, Martin.
Interchanges: Cuthbertson, Sutcliffe, Smith, Donaldson.
Fri 6 Sept: Leeds v Salford, St Helens v Huddersfield, Warrington v Wakefield, Wigan v Catalans
Sun 8 Sept: Hull KR v London Broncos, Castleford v Hull
Fri 13 Sept: Huddersfield v Catalans, Leeds v Warrington, Hull v St Helens, Wigan v Castleford
Sun 15 Sept: Wakefield v London Broncos, Salford v Hull KR