Offiah scorches past the 400 mark

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Martin Offiah scored four tries and took his career tally past the 400- mark as Wigan destroyed London Broncos at Brentford's Griffin Park last night.

The Great Britain winger became one of the top 10 scorers of all time as the Broncos, playing in front of 8,338 - their highest attendance in the capital since 1981 - were completely outclassed.

Kris Radlinski, Jason Robinson, Shaun Edwards and Gary Connolly were Wigan's other try-scorers, Leo Dynevor and Ikram Butt touching down for the Broncos.

The only blemish on the evening for the champions was when Shaun Edwards was sin-binned in the 38th minute for a professional foul.

Those who doubted Steve Simms' prescience may have cause to reconsider after Halifax beat Leeds 29-10. The home victory puts Halifax firmly on course to fulfil the coach's prediction that they will finish runners- up in the championship this season.

Thanks to two tries apiece from Craig Dean and Wayne Parker, Halifax are now just two points behind St Helens and Leeds, having played two games fewer than their fellow Yorkshire club and one fewer than Saints.

Sheffield maintained their winning sequence with an impressive 33-8 victory at Warrington. They have now beaten three of the top sides in successive matches, Eagles claiming the scalps of St Helens and Leeds in their last two games.

However, their prospects at Wilderspool looked bleak when they conceded a Chris Rudd try after only four minutes. But two tries from Lynton Stott revived Sheffield and Mark Aston, who ended the game with17 points, scored the decisive try after 66 minutes before converting it.