A few miles further to the East sets the focus upon Hull Kingston Rovers.
The Robins endured their worst Super League season to date; attaining just ten wins from a possible 31 matches that eventually culminated in their relegation to the Kingston Press Championship.
The Robins have survive relegation dogfight on previous occasions and a positive start to this season’s Qualifiers saw them down as favourites to survive once again.
However, consecutive home defeats to Leigh Centurions and Huddersfield Giants condemned them to the Million Pound Match.
It was then that Salford avenged their 2007 relegation with a dramatic finish of two tries in the final two minutes before finally winning thanks to a drop-goal from Gareth O’Brien in extra-time.
The Robins have some rebuilding to do and may be back in 2018.
This would perhaps revive the ship that sunk in 2016 in a year full of woe and damnation.
Until then, we look back and reflect on how they performed in 2016 and what could have been done better.
Most Memorable Result
The Robins did show flashes of brilliance in 2016, enough to record a memorable result and they won’t come much better than the 58-16 win at Castleford.
The Robins had just suffered a 40-0 home annihilation to Catalan Dragons so not many would have seen this coming.
Castleford were suffering from injuries and poor form themselves but did make this match competitive until half-time but afterwards, it all went pear-shaped.
Thomas Minns may have scored a hat-trick of tries but controversial halfback Albert Kelly ran the show.
He notched a try himself before assisting with a further three as the Tigers were just left bamboozled.
This result demonstrated the quality the Robins actually do possess in their ranks.
However, issues of the field involving players as well as not settling with a consistent squad dampened any chance of them repeating this style of rugby.
One result to remember as they exit Super League and one they should use as inspiration as they hope to return.
Most Forgettable Result
The Robins had many of these, from 20-0 up against FC and losing to a Super 8s Qualifiers meeting to Leigh; however, the actual one has to be the Million Pound Match Vs Salford.
KR dominated the early stages thanks to tries from Adam Walker and Josh Mantellato.
Salford did strike back through Ben Murdoch-Masila and Niall Evalds but the Robins notched a third try through Thomas Minns which looked to have won them the match.
That was before future FC player Josh Griffin got involved by supplying Evalds a final pass to send him over before producing a line break that culminated in Greg Johnson scoring.
Gareth O’Brien slotted over the famous drop-goal as we know that sparked some after match scenes from both sets of fans.
Some celebrated the outcome whereas others unfortunately became violent.
This added to the many negative talking points after the match, such as many slamming the Robins’ relegation as a “disgrace to the sport.”
Successful or under-achievers?
A fairly obvious question but the Robins definitely under-achieved by all standards in 2016.
Many never tipped them to be challenging silverware as they never really invested into personnel in the off season.
Despite this, not many would have tipped them to be relegated as this side did possess some talent regardless.
Had the Robins had a fully fit squad then perhaps they would have been in the Super 8s but failing to find cover for players who were injured frequently cost them dear.
They became only the third team to lose to lower division clubs in Super League history, having been embarrassed in the Cup by Oldham before surrendering a 12-0 lead to Leigh in the Qualifiers.
A lesson was learnt the hard way for KR and now the rebuilding job begins.
Their supporters should keep the faith as they still possess a strong base but the question remains.
Will they succeed were Bradford and London failed? Will they return immediately under this system? Only time will tell.