Super League  Saturday 23rd March 2013  DW Stadium  Att: 11,904

Squad

Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Lloyd, Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Mellor, O'Carroll, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Sam Tomkins

Iain Thornley

Pat Richards

Liam Farrell

Josh Charnley

Chris Tuson

Sam Tomkins

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

Sam Tomkins

GOAL SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Lloyd White

GOAL SCORERS:

Full Report

Match Official: T Roby

Sam Tomkins celebrated his 24th birthday with a hat-trick of tries but was overshadowed by a four-star show from England team-mate Josh Charnley as Wigan Warriors romped to victory over a disappointing Widnes Vikings.

Wigan, whose only two defeats this season have come in the absence of the talismanic Tomkins, bounced back in style from their setback at Leeds Rhinos to run in 11 tries and close to within a point of Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants.

The Warriors were without five first-choice forwards through injury yet still had too much power and skill for the outclassed Vikings.

Wigan were on the verge of keeping a clean sheet for the third time in eight games until Lloyd White scored Widnes’ solitary try six minutes from the end. However, coach Shaun Wane will be concerned over the fitness of his skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who went off before half-time with a suspected broken rib.

Widnes had five ex-Wigan players in their line-up but sorely missed two others, with England second rower Gareth Hock unable to play against his parent club and his brother-in-law Kevin Brown sidelined through injury.

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 centre Darrell Goulding for his second and raced onto Matty Smith’s pinpoint grubber kick to complete a 12-minute treble.

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 tryline.

Tomkins grabbed his second 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 before finishing off a superb break by replacement prop Scott Taylor for his fourth score just 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 shellshocked 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 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 effort.

There was still time for Tomkins to complete his hat-trick, however, and Richards took his goal tally to nine from 11 attempts for a 22-point total.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 80m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 76m
    try

    Lloyd White

    Widnes

  • 72m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan

  • 72m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 59m
    interchange_on

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 59m
    interchange_off

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 56m
    try

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 56m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 50m
    interchange_off

    Ben Cross

    Widnes

  • 50m
    interchange_on

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 46m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 46m
    interchange_on

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 42m
    try

    Liam Farrell

    Wigan

  • 42m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 37m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 34m
    try

    Chris Tuson

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Sean O'Loughlin

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Chris Tuson

    Wigan

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 31m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 31m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Greg Burke

    Wigan

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Chris Tuson

    Wigan

  • 23m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 23m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 15m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 15m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 12m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 12m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 8m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 8m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan