Jackson Hastings has been included in Great Britain's 24-man squad for the tour to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The Australian-born Hastings, who qualifies through a grandparent born in Plymouth, is rewarded after a stellar season with Salford that saw him lead the Red Devils to the Super League Grand Final, though they lost to St Helens in Saturday's showpiece.

Super League's newly crowned Man of Steel could form a half-back partnership with Blake Austin, another born in Australia but available for selection via an English relative.

Wigan Warriors full-back Zak Hardaker is also among the list of names for the first Lions tour since 2006.

Saints quartet Lachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax, Luke Thompson and Alex Walmsley will be on the trip too, though club colleagues Morgan Knowles, James Roby, who had withdrawn from contention before the Grand Final, Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival were all unavailable.

Coach Wayne Bennett had already confirmed 11 of the touring party through the England squad for the upcoming World Cup Nines tournament.

"It was pretty tough actually, with a lot of players in contention. A couple of guys got injured and that’s taken a bit of the pressure off, and given a couple of other guys opportunities," Bennett said.

"I think we’ve got a pretty good squad which is more than representative of the best players in the game in England and Australia."

Great Britain, who will be captained by James Graham, face a Tongan Invitational XIII on October 26 in New Zealand before a two-Test series against the Kiwis in November.

The tour concludes with a one-off game against Papua New Guinea, which takes place in Port Moresby on November 16.

 

Great Britain squad in full: James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons) Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves) John Bateman (Canberra Raiders) Tom Burgess (South Sydney) Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves) Jake Connor (Hull FC) Lachlan Coote (St Helens) Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors) Zak Hardaker (Wigan Warriors) Jackson Hastings (Salford Red Devils) Ryan Hall (Sydney Roosters) Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders) Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves) Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils) Jonny Lomax (St Helens) Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves) Luke Thompson (St Helens) Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers) Alex Walmsley (St Helens) Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders) Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons) George Williams (Wigan Warriors).

James Roby believes he has never played in a better St Helens side than the one that claimed Super League Grand Final glory on Saturday.

Saints beat shock finalists Salford Red Devils 23-6 at Old Trafford to secure a first title in five years and ensure a fitting farewell for departing head coach Justin Holbrook, who is returning to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans.

After dominating the regular season in 2018, Holbrook's men were found wanting at the semi-final stage, but their dominance of the competition was rewarded on this occasion as they beat rivals Wigan Warriors and Salford in the play-offs having lost just three league games all year.

Veteran hooker Roby, who made his 450th appearance for the club on Saturday, is no stranger to success with Saints, having claimed multiple Grand Final victories and a Man of Steel award in a fantastic 15-year career on Merseyside.

Asked in a news conference how the current crop compares to previous great St Helens sides he has featured in, Roby said: "I think it's hard to compare teams from different eras but, in my opinion, this team is the best for a number of reasons.

"Just the calibre of the blokes we've got. There's no bad apples, if you like, in the group. We're really strong, connected, and the work ethic that drives everything we do [is key].

"We've got a full team of grafters, really, who will do whatever they need to do to get the job done. I think that showed on the field this year. I'm hugely proud and privileged to be able to call myself the captain. To lift the trophy is a dream come true.

"At the end of the day, we deserve it. We finished the season 16 points clear, we've been so consistent, so dominant if you like, but we had to get over the line today. Luckily we did."

Props Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson played an integral role in Saints' win over Salford, the latter collecting the Harry Sunderland Trophy for the man of the match following a sensational 72-minute stint.

"I feel sweet, I feel like I could do another 72," said Thompson with a smile.

"It's just an unbelievable feeling. We've worked so hard all year as a group and we work hard every week in training. We're made up to do the job for Justin and send him home with some silverware."

Departing St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said his players deserve immense credit after they rounded off a dominant Super League campaign with a first Grand Final victory in five years.

Saints overcame Salford Red Devils 23-6 at Old Trafford on Saturday to erase the painful memories of their shock Challenge Cup final defeat in August and a semi-final loss in last year's Super League.

Under Holbrook, who will now return to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans, St Helens have twice coasted to the League Leaders' Shield, finishing an astonishing 16 points clear in 2019 after losing just three games.

"I'm just so happy and proud that we got the job done," said Holbrook. "We all know the season we've had ... but we had to deliver and we did.

"I just feel satisfied. If we hadn't have won, there would have been a real hollow feeling.

"To only lose three league games all year is an unbelievable achievement. For the group to finish 16 points clear ... it was great, but we had to go out and win that to make it all worthwhile.

"Now that we've done it, I think the current group deserves so much credit. Salford's story is a great one and they played brilliantly today as well. I'm all happy for that but this group of players deserve as many accolades as they can get."

Salford coach Ian Watson was understandably proud of his side's efforts in their maiden Grand Final appearance and had no complaints over the outcome.

When a reporter suggested a number of refereeing decisions had gone against the underdogs, Watson said: "Saints were the best team. I don't want to take anything away from them. The best team won."

Having reached the Old Trafford showpiece for the first time against all odds, Salford will lose a number of key players - including Man of Steel Jackson Hastings, Josh Jones and George Griffin - ahead of the next campaign.

Asked how the Red Devils, whose last title came back in 1976, can ensure their stunning season is not a one-off, Watson replied: "By keeping the supporters - we're a club that has to rely on our supporters, [and] has to rely on local businesses to fund us going forward.

"I think it's been amazing what they [Salford's players] have achieved. It's probably bigger than just getting to a Grand Final, it looks like the boys have got people to fall in love with their rugby team again in Salford.

"Hopefully it can help to build a club from the ground upwards. The club has been clearing debts over the last few years. We're hoping that this run can try and get us on a level playing field next year so we're getting close to debt-free."

Justin Holbrook will find it tough to leave a club he loves but was proud to mark his St Helens farewell with a Grand Final triumph.

Saints ran out 23-6 victors over a resilient Salford Red Devils side in front of a raucous Old Trafford crowd, with man of the match Luke Thompson and Alex Walmsley impressing.

Salford have been the feelgood story of the season but Saints' first Grand Final triumph since 2014 came as just reward for a dominant campaign that saw them finish 16 points clear in the Super League table.

Head coach Holbrook is returning to his native Australia to take over at NRL side the Gold Coast Titans and he paid tribute to his Saints players.

"It'll be hard [to leave], it's hard, I love the playing group, I love the coaches, I love the fans, but I feel content bringing the Super League trophy back to St Helens," he told Sky Sports.

Asked if there was a period in the game when he ever felt nervous, Holbrook replied: "Not really nervous, I had utmost confidence in the boys, but in rugby league you never know what will happen.

"You have to do it when it counts, and we did."

Salford star Jackson Hastings, winner of Super League's Man of Steel award, fell agonisingly short of ending his stint at the club with a Grand Final to his name.

Hastings is to join Wigan Warriors for the 2020 campaign and admitted Saints were ultimately too good.

"Sometimes dreams don't come true, they've been the best team in the competition for a reason," Hastings said.

"They started like a house on fire, we did well to get back to 6-12 but the cream rose to the top. Over the year they proved how dominant they were."

Salford coach Ian Watson added: "It's a tough one. The best team won on the night. I'm massively proud of the players, it's been a right ride."

St Helens gave departing coach Justin Holbrook a fitting send-off at Old Trafford, beating Salford Red Devils 23-6 to round off a dominant campaign with a Super League Grand Final triumph.

The Red Devils - 150-1 outsiders at the start of the season - were hoping to secure a fairytale victory after defying all expectations in 2019.

However, Ian Watson's men could not produce the greatest upset of all as Saints more than atoned for their shock Challenge Cup final defeat to Warrington Wolves in August.

Under Holbrook, who succeeded club legend Keiron Cunningham in 2017 but will now return to the NRL with Gold Coast Titans, St Helens have romped to the League Leaders' Shield in successive seasons, losing just three games this term.

They were eliminated in the semi-finals last year but there was no denying the competition's standout team on Saturday as they deservedly earned a sixth success at Old Trafford.

Salford did well to only concede two tries in a frantic opening 25 minutes as their defence was repeatedly tested by the pre-match favourites.

Saints, for whom prop Luke Thompson excelled, had already threatened several times when a fine set, starting with a trademark Tommy Makinson break from deep, ended with Morgan Knowles going over from Alex Walmsley's short pass.

The pressure on the Salford line intensified following that score and St Helens crossed again through Zeb Taia after James Roby had caught Salford napping, scooting down the blindside from a scrum before producing a glorious, spinning pass inside.

Lachlan Coote converted both tries, yet the Red Devils belatedly burst into life, to the delight of their raucous support.

After Tui Lolohea had seen a fine individual effort chalked off for obstruction, Jake Bibby took a ball from Man of Steel Jackson Hastings to slide over on the left, with Krisnan Inu adding the extras.

Jack Ashworth was perhaps fortunate to escape sanction early in the second period after clattering Inu with his shoulder and then leaning his head into the wing on the floor.

Soon after, Saints were two tries clear again as Mark Percival skipped infield and put in a perfectly weighted grubber kick that he was able to dive on to himself.

That seemed to take the wind out of Salford, who found themselves further behind when Gil Dudson's high shot on Luke Thompson allowed Coote to kick a simple penalty.

By the time Coote landed another two-pointer with nine minutes left, Saints knew they had done enough to end Holbrook's tenure on a high, and Makinson rounded things off with a late drop goal.

Salford's stunning season has won them many admirers, but the biggest prize proved just beyond them.

Jason Robinson is delighted Salford Red Devils have progressed to the Super League Grand Final, even though it came at the expense of his former club.

Before going on to help England's rugby union side to World Cup glory in 2003, Robinson played league for Wigan Warriors for eight years between 1992 and 2000.

Robinson's old team finished second behind runaway league leaders St Helens in the regular season this year and defeated Salford in their first play-off match, though they lost second time around in a rematch against the Red Devils to miss out on a trip to Old Trafford.

The triumph sent Salford through to their first Grand Final, capping off a remarkable season for a squad widely tipped to finish in the bottom half of the table, and Robinson feels their success has the potential to spark more interest in the competition.

"Wigan will always be my team, but you give credit where it's due," said Robinson, speaking to Omnisport on behalf of Land Rover, Official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019.

"Salford were struggling, potentially going down. You don't have to listen to the noise. You just need the culture within a club, a team spirit which says you're going to do everything possible. Salford Reds are rising and then some, they're on a rocket at the moment.

"It's great to see. It has made Super League much stronger. Fans will follow success and we've seen that with Salford and they've delivered."

Robinson also believes Salford's inexperience of play-off rugby has made them even more dangerous, though acknowledged Saints - who are hunting a first title since 2014 - are big favourites for Saturday's decider.

"It's disappointing to see Wigan lose, but it looked like a simple factor - you could tell [Salford] wanted it more," Robinson added.

"Salford are not used to it, they haven't been in a Grand Final before. They were hungry for it, they were chasing everything. They deserve to be in the final and they'll know it'll take a massive effort to beat St Helens.

"[Saints] have been the form team, four times they've beaten Wigan this season. If Salford can do it for one more game, it's big. I just hope they can somehow find that again.

"It will be a new experience, being in front of 70,000 people at the Grand Final, but they'll have good support. The neutral will follow Salford."

Jackson Hastings has starred for Salford this season, with the 2019 Man of Steel to play his final game for the club this weekend ahead of moving to Wigan - a switch Robinson is delighted with.

"Hastings has been one of the driving forces, the way he's played this year has been phenomenal," Robinson said of the 23-year-old. "I played for years with Wigan and won nearly everything in the game, but not a Man of Steel.

"For him to be in that Salford team, one everybody had written off, playing the way he has been playing and now getting into a Grand Final. It's brilliant.

"They'll be gutted to be losing Hastings. Wigan will be disappointed to not get into the final but they'll be delighted to be getting him. His attitude as well, in every interview, he's very humble. The attitude off the field is getting the rewards on it."

 

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Rugby league is leading the way when it comes to assessing and treating head injuries in sport, according to St Helens' Alex Walmsley.

Walmsley is set to feature for Saints as they take on Salford Red Devils in Saturday's Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, while he is also in line to tour New Zealand and Papua New Guinea with Great Britain Lions.

It marks a remarkable comeback for Walmsley, who broke his neck in March 2018 while in action for Saints.

Concussion protocols have been in the spotlight in 2019, with Australia cricketer Steve Smith missing the third Ashes Test against England after he was struck by a Jofra Archer delivery. In rugby union, it has been suggested 10 minutes is not enough for a head injury assessment.

Though he believes rugby league is at the forefront of tackling the stigma surrounding head injuries, Walmsley acknowledged there is still plenty of work to be done.

"I didn't know I'd broken my neck but there was a gut instinct where I knew I'd done something which meant I shouldn't play on," Walmsley told Omnisport.

"With the head injury as well, it forced our hand to get me off the pitch.

"You look at Steve Smith and how devastated he was but we're not just sportsmen. We get tagged with how we should put our bodies on the line, but a lot of us are family men, we've got partners and kids and I think the most important thing to do after a game is you see your family.

"The way [rugby league] has gone, with the doctors in place and the head [injury] protocols, we're making sure that's right.

"There was a time when you'd be considered soft or weak if you came off with a concussion or head injury, you'd be expected to crack on. We're tough men who play a physical game but ultimately, regardless of the sport, if you've got a head issue we need to make sure we're safe and our sport is at the front of that."

Walmsley claimed the psychological aspect of his rehabilitation was the toughest hurdle to overcome, but to be on the verge of a Grand Final and a Lions tour has left him in no doubt he made the right decision in returning to rugby.

"It was a mental battle as much as it was a physical battle," said the 29-year-old, who has made 22 league appearances this term.

"Not only getting back into a position where I was right to play again but being confident in my body. That was a tough battle, there was a lot of tough conversations to be had, mainly in my own head, about what I was going to do and was it worth it.

"Thankfully I came to the decision where I knew my body was right. To get back playing, it makes those times all worthwhile."

 

Alex Walmsley is working with Dacia on their We Make Heroes campaign, celebrating understated heroes throughout Rugby League. To find out more, visit Dacia.com.

Salford Red Devils talisman Jackson Hastings was announced as the 2019 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel at the Super League Awards on Sunday.

The Australian has been instrumental in guiding the Red Devils to a shock Grand Final appearance - they will face St Helens at Old Trafford on Saturday - and was an understandably popular winner of the night's biggest honour at The Lowry Theatre in Salford.

Hastings, who received a rousing ovation as he collected the prize, beat off competition from Warrington Wolves playmaker Blake Austin, Saints full-back Lachlan Coote, Wigan Warriors half-back George Williams and Castleford Tigers prop Liam Watts to become the first Salford player to be named Man of Steel.

"It's obviously the greatest achievement I've had in my career," said Hastings, whose career has been revived at Salford following his controversial departure from Manly Sea Eagles in 2018.

Points were handed out to star performers by a panel of experts on a 3-2-1 basis throughout the season, but scoring was kept secret from Round 22 in mid-July, when Hastings and Austin were level atop the leaderboard.

Austin was hampered by injury in the closing months of the season as Warrington's title challenge faded, but Hastings has gone from strength to strength and will hope to end his Salford career in style in Manchester next weekend before joining Wigan for 2020.

"I don't really want to think about it just yet, he added when asked about the upcoming clash with Saints. "We're playing against the best team in the comp by a mile ... we're going to throw the kitchen sink and see what we can do."

Hastings also won the Fans' Entertainer of the Year prize, while St Helens players took away the Young Player of the Year and Top Try-Scorer gongs, courtesy of Matty Lees and Tommy Makinson respectively.

Justin Holbrook, who will return to Australia with Gold Coast Titans following the Grand Final, was named Coach of the Year after St Helens dominated the regular season once again to pick up the League Leaders' Shield.

Retiring Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan was honoured with the Spirit of Super League award. Leeds' Courtney Hill was named Woman of Steel, succeeding Castleford's Georgia Roche - the inaugural winner of the award in 2018.

St Helens secured a place in the Super League Grand Final in emphatic fashion, thrashing Wigan Warriors 40-10 in a one-sided derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Having finished the regular season as minor premiers, earning them an extra week off at the start of the play-offs, a well-rested Saints side ran in seven tries to book a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, October 12.

Theo Fages finished Lachlan Coote's grubber kick to open the scoring inside three minutes, while Wigan gifted their hosts further points when a loose pass was picked off by Kevin Naiqama.

After falling 14-0 down in a hurry, the Warriors came to life in attack to score a try of their own, Zak Hardaker and Chris Hankinson combining to put Liam Marshall in the clear on their right wing.

However, Luke Thompson and Jonny Lomax responded by running in further scores before the break for Saints, who had finished 16 points clear of second-placed Wigan in the final table.

Zeb Taia's try five minutes into the second half ended any ideas of a comeback by the visitors, with Mark Percival crossing for a late double to put the gloss on a hugely impressive performance from Justin Holbrook's side as they reached their first Grand Final since 2014.

Wigan – who rounded out the scoring with a try from Bevan French that was greeted with ironic cheers inside the ground – have now lost four times to their neighbours this season.

However, the reigning champions do have a second opportunity to set up a rematch in Manchester next month, as they will host Salford Red Devils in the second semi-final at the DW Stadium.

Those two teams met in the qualifier in the opening round of the play-offs, the Warriors coming out 18-12 winners on that occasion.  

 

Justin Holbrook is leaving St Helens to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans at the end of the Super League season, a move that Alex Walmsley has no doubt will be a success.

Holbrook has enjoyed a terrific spell at Saints since taking over from Kieron Cunningham in April 2017, guiding the club to successive League Leaders' Shield triumphs in 2018 and 2019.

Saints clinched that second success at the start of August, ultimately finishing 16 points clear of second-place Wigan Warriors, who they face on Friday for a spot in this season's grand final at Old Trafford.

The form of Saints under Holbrook drew the attention of the Titans, who have failed to make the NRL finals in the last three seasons, finishing bottom of the table in 2019.

England prop Walmsley has been a regular under Holbrook, who he has credited with rejuvenating Saints over the course of his tenure and backed to succeed in the NRL.

"You only get so many opportunities to coach in the NRL," Walmsley told Omnisport. "For a Super League coach to be given an NRL job, very rarely do they look outside of Australia for a coach.

"It probably says a lot about Justin not only as a coach but as a person to be given that opportunity. He's obviously going to a tough gig, they've had a couple of tough seasons and it's a different job to what he's had at Saints.

"But I think it's going to be great and he can be as much of a success as he has here.

"Justin has been brilliant, not just for what he's done for the team, but he's changed the town. There was a divide between the players and the town and it was quite bad really.

"What Justin's done has brought the community back together with the squad and made it a good place to play again, our fans are right behind us and it's made it a really happy place.

"A happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and he's got the camp enjoying training, enjoying playing and it's put us in a good place.

"Ultimately he wants everyone to be positive and wants us to back ourselves as players and coming off that encouragement from a head coach who's got such a positive outlook has really improved us all as individuals."

Holbrook has come up short in finals at Saints, and although Walmsley does not believe winning a major trophy is needed to validate the club's success over recent seasons, he feels it would be a just reward for their consistency.

"I don't think we need to win it, I think it would be a justifiable result at the end of the season if we do it," Walmsley added.

"But we've got an unbelievable opposition coming up in Wigan, it's more than just a semi-final, it's Wigan versus Saints, with all the drama and pressure that comes with those derby matches thrown into a game for the grand final."

 

Alex Walmsley is working with Dacia on their We Make Heroes campaign, celebrating understated heroes throughout Rugby League. To find out more, visit Dacia.com.

Wigan Warriors edged out Salford Red Devils 18-12 in a thrilling Super League play-off encounter to set up a crucial derby clash with St Helens for a spot in the grand final.

Defending champions Warriors were handed a home tie courtesy of their second-place finish in the regular season, but they only just made the advantage count on Friday.

Oliver Gildart's well-worked try put the Warriors ahead 23 minutes in, though the hosts were pegged back through George Griffin.

Salford won eight in a row to secure their spot in the top five and it looked as though they had taken the lead when Ken Sio dived over, only for the try to be disallowed.

An awful mistake from Krisnan Inu soon compounded Salford's frustrations – his offload giving Jake Bibby little chance, with Thomas Leuluai pouncing to restore Wigan's lead.

Joe Burgess teed up George Williams for a third Warriors try shortly after, but Salford were not finished yet as Jackson Hastings' effort led to a grandstand finish.

Wigan defended desperately however, Lee Mossop and Hastings held up on the line and just short, respectively, before Williams made an outstanding tackle on Sio, with Adrian Lam's side somehow holding firm against a black-and-red tide.

Victory means Wigan will make the short trip to Liverpool to face St Helens on Friday with a place at Old Trafford on offer.

That clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium will come a day after Salford clash with Castleford Tigers, who beat runners up Warrington Wolves on Thursday.

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.

Kristian Woolf will replace the departing Justin Holbrook as St Helens head coach, the Super League club have announced.

Woolf has signed a two-year deal, with Saints also holding an option for a third season, and begins his new job at the start of November.

The 44-year-old will arrive from Newcastle Knights, where he served as an assistant to Nathan Brown before taking charge on an interim basis following the departure of the former Saints boss.

He was recently sacked as Tonga coach following a five-year stint at the helm that included steering them to the semi-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

"I'm excited and privileged to be joining St Helens as head coach," Woolf - who has also previously worked for Brisbane Broncos - said in a statement released by Saints.

"It's something I have always wanted to do and it's a great opportunity for me.

"St Helens is a club with an amazing history and I'm confident we can achieve great things together."

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus is "very confident" Woolf can build on the strong work done by Holbrook, who confirmed in July he will take over at Gold Coast Titans in 2020.

However, before he exits, the NRL-bound coach will hope to sign off by leading his current employers - who have clinched the League Leaders' Shield this year but lost to Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup final - to glory in Super League.

"We consider that Kristian is ideally qualified and placed to build upon the current success of the team and the club," McManus said of Woolf.

"He has the experience and expertise to bring the best out of our existing squad and to improve it further.

"We are very confident that the Saints will seriously compete for honours under his tenure and that we will continue to play attractive and exciting rugby league."

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.

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.

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