Super League: Josh Charnley double helps Wigan Warriors beat Hull KR
Last Updated: 03/08/13 2:16pm
Josh Charnley: two tries for Wigan
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.
First Utility Super League
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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