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St Helens coach Nathan Brown singled out James Roby as the spearhead of a 50-0 thrashing of Bradford that saw his side keep pace with Super League leaders Leeds.

Saints ran in nine tries in all against the struggling Bulls, with Australian Luke Walsh, Jon Wilkin (2), Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Adam Swift, Sia Soliola, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Roby all touching down.

Despite being near the foot of the table, mainly as a result of a pre-season six-point penalty for entering administration, Bradford had seen off the likes of Warrington of late.

But Brown believes the focus of his players proved the difference on Sunday.

"We had some people who I thought had their best games for a while and on the back of their efforts it brought Robes (James Roby) into the game.

"He was superior to anyone else on the field and that comes off the back of people working with him.

"We came here after they had had two great wins against good teams and we had to work hard to get to where we did," the Australian added.

Saints sit one point behind Leeds, who recorded their seventh straight Super League victory on Thursday with a 22-14 win over Castleford.

The hosts had been 14-12 up but Leeds rallied as Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins both scored their second tries of the game.

- Respect for Broncos -

Meanwhile Joe Grima insisted there was reason for optimism in the London Broncos' camp despite failing to get his reign as head coach off to a winning start against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Winless in 11 games going into the match, bottom-of-the-table Broncos -- whose league record for the season so far now stands at played 12, lost 12 -- led 16-10 at the break through Atelea Vea, Alex Foster and former Melbourne Storm winger Denny Solomona.

But tries from Anthony Mullally, Leroy Cudjoe and a second for Ukuma Ta'ai sealed Huddersfield's 30-16 comeback victory.

"I think we earned a little bit more respect, but respect does not earn you two points," said Grima, who took over from fellow-Australian Tony Rea last week.

"We are definitely making inroads though. It was a very good performance for 40 minutes and what we have to do is convert that into an 80-minute performance."

Saturday also saw Salford and Hull KR bring an end to their recent losing runs as they played out a 16-16 draw -- former Auckland Warriors wing Francis Meli scoring two tries for Salford.

Reigning champions Wigan recorded their eighth league win of the season on Friday with a 44-16 victory over Hull FC in a match where Dan Sarginson scored a hat-trick of tries.

Third-from-bottom Wakefield enjoyed an impressive 24-18 win over Widnes as former Penrith Panthers man Jarrod Sammut kicked four goals and created Paul Sykes's winning score.

Warrington were also victorious, running in seven tries for a 42-10 win over French club Catalan Dragons.

"We have been working hard on some things and our defence was very good and there was also a massive improvement in our kicking game," said Warrington coach Tony Smith.

"With 15 games left we will keep plugging away and see where we get to at the end of the season."

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