Super League: Josh Charnley double helps Wigan Warriors beat Hull KR

Last Updated: 03/08/13 2:16pm

  • Share:
Josh Charnley: two tries for Wigan

Josh Charnley: two tries for Wigan

Sky Bet

Wigan returned to the top of the Super League table with a gutsy 21-16 victory over Hull KR at the DW Stadium.

Rovers led 10-4 on the stroke of half-time but a try and conversion by Josh Charnley on the hooter levelled the contest.

The winger grabbed a controversial score after the interval and Anthony Gelling's late try helped see the Warriors over the line.

It was a much more competitive performance from Rovers after conceding 130 points to the Warriors in their two previous meetings this season.

Wigan claimed the lead after 12 minutes as quick hands from debutant Ryan Hampshire created an overlap for Charnley to dot down in the corner.

But the Robins responded positively, forcing a drop-out and applying more pressure before Michael Dobson sent Greg Eden over.

Dobson, who had a spell at Wigan in 2006, added the conversion to give his side the lead.

Rovers extended their advantage just after the half hour when Dobson took a high pass in his stride and weaved his way through the Wigan defence to score.

The visitors then showed their resilience to keep Wigan out, stopping powerhouse forward Epalahame Lauaki on the line and preventing Dom Crosby touching down.

But they could not hold out on the last play of the half, as Matty Smith's clever kick wide bounced perfectly for Charnley and his pass inside gave Darrell Goulding a clear run to the line. Charnley's goal levelled the scores.


Controversy erupted early in the second half as Charnley finished a fine move in the corner with a one-handed stretch for the line.

The winger was convinced he had held off Eden's attention just long enough to squeeze the ball down in the corner and, after lengthy deliberation, video referee James Child agreed.

Rovers may have had a case for believing the ball had brushed the whitewash, and so they may have feared the worst when Charnley claimed another try in front of the deadball line moments later.

But this time Child ruled David Hodgson's had been the first hand to make contact.

Rovers were again frustrated by the video referee when Hodgson thought he had got in at the corner but replays showed his foot was on the sideline in the act of touching down.

Wigan thought they had made sure of victory when Gelling crashed through a weary Rovers defence with seven minutes remaining.

Charnley converted and Smith added the extra insurance of a drop goal, but Rovers regained possession from a short kick-off and Tuimavave crashed over to set up a tense final few minutes as Wigan just about held on.

  • Share:


Super League 2013, round 23

Richie Myler: 'Tweaked' his knee in Sunday's come from behind success over Castleford Tigers

Myler told to stay optimistic

Tony Smith has told Richie Myler to be optimistic after he 'tweaked' his knee on his comeback against Castleford.

Josh Charnley (right): Terry feels one of his scores should have been chalked off

Another block buster

Terry O'Connor reflects on more shoulder barge controversy in Super League and a Cas thriller.

Tony Smith: Praised Warrington after they fought back to beat Castleford 40-30.

Smith hails team character

Warrington coach Tony Smith praised his side's fight following their 40-30 victory at Castleford.

Most Popular


Bojan's found a home

Bojan's found a home

Bojan Krkic made his name at Barcelona but is now hoping to build a career at Stoke City.

Spotlight on Benitez

Spotlight on Benitez

The spotlight is on Rafael Benitez as Napoli face Juventus in the Italian Super Cup on Sky Sports.

Make or break for Rodgers

Make or break for Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers faces the biggest challenge of his career to finish in the top four, according to the Sunday Supplement panel.