Super League  Friday 2nd August 2013  DW Stadium  Att: 12,194

Squad

Burgess, Charnley, Crosby, A. Powell, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hansen, Hughes, Lauaki, McIlorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, S. Powell, Smith, Taylor, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.

Squad

Salter, Netherton, Walker, Gleeson, Tuimavave, Cox, Mika, Burns, Carlile, Beaumont, Hall, Paea, D. Hodgson, Lovegrove, Dobson, Withers, Eden, Hepi, J. Hodgson.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Anthony Gelling

Josh Charnley

Darrell Goulding

Josh Charnley

GOAL SCORERS:

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Matty Smith

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Evarn Tuimavave

Michael Dobson

Greg Eden

GOAL SCORERS:

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

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.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 80m
    try

    Evarn Tuimavave

    Hull K R

  • 79m
    dropgoal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 75m
    try

    Anthony Gelling

    Wigan

  • 65m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 48m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 40m
    goal

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 40m
    try

    Darrell Goulding

    Wigan

  • 36m
    try

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Constantine Mika

    Hull K R

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Evarn Tuimavave

    Hull K R

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Mickey Paea

    Hull K R

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Richard Beaumont

    Hull K R

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Adam Walker

    Hull K R

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Tyla Hepi

    Hull K R

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Sean O'Loughlin

    Wigan

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Epalahame Lauaki

    Wigan

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 19m
    goal

    Michael Dobson

    Hull K R

  • 19m
    try

    Greg Eden

    Hull K R

  • 14m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 9m
    interchange_off

    Jordan Cox

    Hull K R

  • 9m
    interchange_on

    Lincoln Withers

    Hull K R