Super League: Josh Charnley runs riot as Wigan crush hapless Vikings
Last Updated: 24/03/13 7:16am
Josh Charnley scored four tries as Wigan Warriors bounced back from their defeat at Leeds with an emphatic 62-4 triumph over the Widnes Vikings.
Wigan wasted little time getting their noses in front through Sam Tomkins with Charnley then helping himself to the next three of the Warriors' tries.
Tomkins' second, Chris Tuson and Charnley's fourth wrapped up the first-half scoring with Pat Richards converting five of the seven tries for an emphatic 38-0 advantage.
Things continued to go Wigan's way after the interval with further scores from Liam Farrell, Pat Richards and Iain Thornley. Widnes avoided being blanked when Lloyd White crossed the whitewash, but there was still time for Tomkins to complete his hat-trick.
Tomkins, who missed the Warriors' defeat by Leeds with a dead leg, took only seven minutes to score the game's opening try, finishing off a break by Charnley, who quickly took centre stage with a genuine hat-trick.
The right winger, who topped the Super League try chart in 2012, supported a break by stand-off Blake Green to score his first, took a pass from his centre partner Darrell Goulding for his second and raced onto Matty Smith's pinpoint grubber kick to complete a 12-minute hat-trick.
Charnley then showed his ability at the other end by forcing Widnes winger Patrick Ah Van into touch as the visitors briefly threatened the Wigan try line.
Tomkins grabbed his second try after half an hour, touching down his own kick, before O'Loughlin was forced out of the action.
Charnley turned provider by popping up the ball for second rower Chris Tuson to score Wigan's sixth try before finishing off a superb break by replacement prop Scott Taylor for his fourth try four minutes before half-time.
Charnley has now scored a remarkable total of 73 tries in 74 appearances for his home-town club.
There was little respite for the shell-shocked visitors after the break, with centre Iain Thornley breaking from halfway to send second rower Liam Farrell over for his fifth try of the season.
Pat Richards had been a virtual spectator on Wigan's left wing but he eventually got on the scoresheet after 55 minutes after Sam Tomkins had combined with younger brother Logan to work the ball out to the Irish international.
Thornley got in on the scoring act before White briefly halted the one-way traffic with a consolation short-range try.
There was still time for Tomkins to complete his hat-trick, however, and Richards took his goal tally to nine from 11 attempts and finish with a 22-point total.
First Utility Super League
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was glad to see his side come through a close game as they held off Castleford 26-22.
Hull KR made it three straight Super League home wins following a hard-fought 26-22 success over the Castleford Tigers.
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