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
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans Dragons22 - 38Leeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan 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 Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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
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