Qualifiers: Widnes Vikings 38-16 London Broncos

Joe Mellor
Joe Mellor has scored eight tries in 16 appearances for Widnes Vikings this season
The Qualifiers
Widnes (22) 38
Tries: Whitley, White, Craven 2, Runciman, Mellor 2 Goals: White 3, Gilmore 2
London Broncos (6) 16
Tries: Ioane, Sammut, Dixon Goals: Sammut 2

Widnes Vikings gave their hopes of avoiding the Million Pound Game a boost as they comfortably beat London Broncos at the Select Security Stadium.

Mark Ioane crossed for the Broncos but Lloyd White, Danny Craven and Charly Runciman scored for the hosts as they rallied before the half-time hooter.

Craven added a second as Jarrod Sammut pulled the visitors back to 26-10.

But Joe Mellor scored two tries on his 150th Widnes appearance to seal a much-needed victory for the Vikings.

The win moves them level on eight points with Catalans Dragons before their trip to Perpignan in their final regular season Qualifiers game on 23 September.

The winner of that game will secure their Super League status for next season while the loser will face Leigh Centurions in the Million Pound Game seven days later.

Widnes head coach Denis Betts: "We always knew we had to win two games. We are in control. Catalans will feel the same.

"It's a tough ask to go over there and win. We have drawn over there but never won. It's a possible task but we are confident now."

London boss Andrew Henderson: "If we were to beat a Super League team away we had to be a lot better than we were. We didn't tick any boxes and got what we deserved. We still have one game to go and we need to keep going and not go soft.

"Yes the dream is over, we can't go into Super League. We will look at our recruitment and prepare for life in the Championship. I genuinely believed we had a chance and we've come up short."

Widnes: Craven, Marsh, Runciman, Chamberlain, Ince, Mellor, Gilmore, Dudson, White, Buchanan, Whitley, Houston, Burke.

Replacements: Cahill, Gerrard, Olbison, D. Walker.

London Broncos: Walker, Williams, Kear, Pewhairangi, Dixon, Sammut, Barthau, Battye, Ackers, Ioane, Gee, Pitts, Davis.

Replacements: Spencer, Cunningham, Garside, Bienek.

Referee: James Child (RFL)

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