Bradford's financial problems, pushed to the back of their minds amid some impressive Super League form, seem to have caught up with them on the pitch.
They were thrashed yesterday at Warrington, who ran in six tries in the first half, on their way to a 50-22 win. The undoubted star of the show was Stefan Ratchford, with four tries.
The two Humberside clubs had shaky victories, in astonishingly similar circumstances.
Hull were only two points clear of Salford when Sean Gleeson scored his second try of the game for the City Reds, but they managed to scrape home 34-26 with a late try from Jordan Turner, Jamie Foster kicking the goal.
Likewise Hull KR, who had their lead at Widnes cut to two by Rhys Hanbury's try and goal, only for Louis Sheriff's even later touchdown to clinch a 32-26 win.
The London Broncos, with Tony Rea at the helm, but with the job of looking for a new coach for next season, produced a much improved display in Perpignan.
They led through Tony Clubb's early try, were level at half-time and only had a 19-12 defeat sealed by a Scott Dureau drop-goal.
Wigan, meanwhile, tightened their grip on top spot with a 40-16 victory over an injury-ravaged Castleford. Epalahame Lauaki scored two early tries – his first for the club – and Sam Tomkins finished with 16 points from two tries and four goals.