Friday 2nd August 2013, 20:00 - Round:23

Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors

21 (10)

VS.

Hull Kingston Rovers

(10) 16

Hull Kingston Rovers
Josh Charnley 2, Darrell Goulding, Anthony Gelling,

T Greg Eden, Michael Dobson, Evarn Tuimavave,

Josh Charnley 2,

G

Michael Dobson 2,

Matty Smith, DG  

Attendance: 12,194  Official: R Silverwood  Venue: DW Stadium

TRIES:
4
3
TRIES:
GOALS:
2
2
GOALS:
METRES:
1054
1084
METRES:
CARRIES:
184
192
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
299
288
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
10
12
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
9
11
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
9
5
BREAKS:

Josh Charnley touched down twice as Wigan Warriors, aided by a controversial video referee decision, wore down Hull KR to reclaim top spot in Super League.

The Warriors winger scored at the start of each half in an influential display at the DW Stadium that also saw him set up Darrell Goulding and kick two goals.

But his second try, with the score at 10-10, was contentious and sparked much debate as to whether he had grounded the ball in the corner.

Wigan went on to secure the win through Anthony Gelling but Rovers, after earlier scores through Greg Eden and Michael Dobson, set up a tight finish through Evarn Tuimavave.

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

They may have feared the worst against a side that ran up 70 points to reach the Challenge Cup final last week.

But the sight of a teamsheet lacking Sam Tomkins may have inspired them, with the Warriors having won only two of their previous 10 games without their star full-back.

Tomkins was ruled out with a virus and without him Wigan laboured for most of the first half, although they they started and ended it well to lock the scores at 10-10 at the break.

Charnley - once of Hull KR - showed his pace with a burst down the right to release Matty Smith in the opening minutes but the Warriors scrum-half was stopped short.

Rovers were forced into a change when Jordan Cox was hurt in a heavy tackle and, after lengthy treatment, helped from the field wearing an oxygen mask.

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

The Robins were determined to stand up to Wigan this time and responded positively, forcing a dropout and applying more pressure before Dobson sent Eden over.

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

Hampshire broke from deep to set Charnley clear but one of a number of fine tackles from Eden on the night halted the winger short.

Rovers extended their advantage just after 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 until the break as they conceded in the final second of the first half.

Smith's clever kick wide bounced perfectly for Charnley and his pass inside gave Goulding a clear run to the line. Charnley's goal levelled at the interval.

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 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 in front of the deadball line moments later. But this time Child ruled David Hodgson's had been the first hand to make contact.

Wigan began to resemble something more like themselves as debutant Joe Burgess threatened to score on the left but again Eden defended superbly.

Rovers were frustrated by the video referee once more when Child could find no reason to award Hodgson a try in the corner.

Wigan held firm and made sure of victory when Gelling smashed through a weary Rovers defence with seven minutes remaining.

Charnley converted and Smith added the extra insurance of a drop goal.

Tuimavave crashed over to set up a tense final few minutes but Wigan were not to be denied.

Josh Charnley 2 1 6 1 1 1 0 17 156 9.18 2 4 1 0 2 2 0 0
Darrell Goulding 1 1 17 3 0 2 1 9 99 11.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Anthony Gelling 1 0 16 0 2 3 0 16 101 6.31 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 2
Ryan Hampshire 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 10 74 7.40 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
Joe Burgess 0 0 2 0 0 5 1 14 100 7.14 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Blake Green 0 1 10 0 0 1 1 12 32 2.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Matthew Smith 0 0 13 0 1 2 5 7 49 7.00 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Lee Mossop 0 0 33 5 4 0 0 14 73 5.21 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mike McIlorum 0 0 33 4 2 2 0 7 59 8.43 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scott Taylor 0 0 19 1 0 3 0 15 85 5.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Harrison Hansen 0 0 31 5 3 2 0 18 56 3.11 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Chris Tuson 0 0 36 7 2 0 0 6 18 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 3 16 5.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Jack Hughes 0 0 21 4 0 3 0 7 45 6.43 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Epalahame Lauaki 0 0 23 3 0 2 0 14 54 3.86 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Logan Tomkins 0 0 13 4 2 0 0 7 11 1.57 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 0
Dominic Crosby 0 0 18 6 0 1 0 8 26 3.25 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (SO) R. Hampshire
  • (W) J. Charnleyx2x2
  • (W) D. Goulding
  • (U) A. Gelling
  • (U) J. Burgess
  • (SO) B. Green
  • (SH) M. Smith
  • (SR) L. Mossop
  • (H) M. McIlorum
  • (P) S. Taylor
  • (SR) H. Hansen
  • (SR) C. Tuson
  • (U) S. O'Loughlin
  • (SR) J. Hughes
  • (SR) E. Lauaki
  • (H) L. Tomkins
  • (P) D. Crosby

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Josh Charnley

Metres: 156

Player

Matthew Smith

Forty Twenty: 1

Player

Lee Mossop

Tackles: 33

Player

Mike McIlorum

Tackles: 33

Player

Harrison Hansen

Tackles: 31

Player

Chris Tuson

Tackles: 36

Player

Josh Hodgson

Tackles: 42

Player

Adam Walker

Tackles: 33

Wigan Warriors 21-16 Hull Kingston Rovers 2013.superleague.co.uk