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
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
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 Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield 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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