Niall Evalds inspired Salford Red Devils to a crushing of rock-bottom London Broncos 58-28 in the Super League on Sunday, while Hull KR boosted their survival chances by dramatically beating Castleford Tigers 27-26 in golden point.
The Red Devils began in ominous fashion, getting three tries – and converting all of them – inside 17 minutes.
The hosts got in on the scoring soon after, with Rhys Williams going over after a 90-metre run, but all it did was further antagonise the ruthless Red Devils.
Evalds, Tui Lolohea and Krisnan Inu helped Salford go into the break 36-6 up, and there never looked to be any threat of a fight-back.
The Broncos did briefly bring things back to 52-22, but Evalds then completed his hat-trick, making Rob Butler's late try nothing more than a consolation in a hefty defeat.
In Hull, the hosts made a strong start and got tries in back-to-back sets, with Daniel Murray going over before Adam Quinlan did the same.
But the Tigers began to claw their way back a few moments later, as Pete Mata'utia got – and then converted – their opening try.
A Hull penalty did little to put the Tigers off, as they went into the break 20-14 up predominantly thanks to James Clare being tackled in the air as he scored from a Jacob Trueman kick, and Mata'utia successfully clinched the conversion and penalty points.
Greg Minikin extended the Tigers' lead shortly after the interval, breaking away and scoring after the visitors had been forced to defend two sets on their own line.
But back came Hull – Ben Crooks crossing twice in three minutes, with Ryan Shaw converting both times to draw level things.
The match subsequently went into golden point after stalemate and Hull veteran Danny McGuire kicked the decisive drop goal to boost Rovers' survival hopes.