Super League  Friday 14th March 2014  DW Stadium  Att: 12,801

Squad

Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, Dudson, L. Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Green, Hughes, James, Bateman, Pettybourne, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, Tomkins, Williams.

Squad

Burns, Carlile, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Gardner, Green, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Netherton, Poore, Salter, A. Walker, Welham, Weyman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Iain Thornley

Ben Flower

Liam Farrell

Iain Thornley

Matty Bowen

Iain Thornley

GOAL SCORERS:

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ben Cockayne

Kris Welham

Liam Salter

Jamie Langley

GOAL SCORERS:

Travis Burns

Travis Burns

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

A hat-trick of tries from centre Iain Thornley helped Wigan Warriors to their second win of the 2014 First Utility Super League season but it was another below-par performance from the champions.

Hull KR led 16-8 midway through the first half but they eventually ran out of steam and a 34-20 defeat leaves them still waiting for their first win of the season.

The Warriors clearly missed their injury-plagued skipper Sean O'Loughlin, who failed a late fitness test, and the suspended Michael McIlorum, and coach Shaun Wane will be bitterly disappointed by a further demonstration of his side's defensive frailty after demanding an improvement on their 36-31 defeat at Castleford Tigers.

Wigan have now won 13 consecutive games against the Robins but they will need to up their game when they meet Warrington Wolves in a Grand-Final re-match next Thursday.

It had earlier looked a formality for the champions after scoring two tries in the first eight minutes, including a spectacular long-range effort from full-back Matty Bowen.

Thornley opened the scoring with his first try, finishing off some neat handling from half-backs Blake Green and Matty Smith, and Bowen doubled the Warriors' lead when he took Travis Burns' high kick five metres from his own line and, after sprinting through a fragmented defence, held off Rovers' debutant winger Ade Gardner for an opportunist score.

Smith was off target with both conversion attempts and Wigan found themselves trailing after Rovers hit them with three tries in 14 minutes.

Kris Keating's pinpoint pass got loose forward Jamie Langley striding through a gap for his first try for the club, right centre Liam Salter stretched out of Joe Burgess' tackle to touch down and left centre Kris Welham used a clear overlap to cross at the other corner.

Burns' second goal put the Robins into a 16-8 lead and, although Thornley burst through for a second try on 30 minutes and Smith kicked his first goal, the visitors exposed more defensive deficiencies to work winger Ben Cockayne over for a fourth try six minutes before the break.

Josh Charnley was denied a try on his 100th start for the club on the stroke of half-time due to obstruction but Wigan drew level three minutes into the second half when clever work from Green freed Burgess for a run down the wing and second rower Liam Farrell was on his inside to finish off the move.

And the champions were back in front after 64 minutes when they ran the ball on the last tackle and prop Ben Flower took Smith's short pass to go over for their fifth try.

Hull KR had a try from Graeme Horne disallowed for a forward pass but they were clearly second best in the final quarter as Wigan gradually began to find their rhythm.

Smith put two scores between the teams with a penalty and Thornley touched down Green's delicate kick to complete his hat-trick four minutes from the end, with Smith adding the extras once more.

Match Action

  • 77m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 77m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan

  • 74m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 65m
    try

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 65m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 59m
    interchange_on

    George Williams

    Wigan

  • 59m
    interchange_off

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 59m
    interchange_off

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 59m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 44m
    try

    Liam Farrell

    Wigan

  • 44m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 35m
    try

    Ben Cockayne

    Hull K R

  • 31m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 31m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan

  • 27m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 27m
    try

    Kris Welham

    Hull K R

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Adam Walker

    Hull K R

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Michael Weyman

    Hull K R

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Eddy Pettybourne

    Wigan

  • 19m
    try

    Liam Salter

    Hull K R

  • 14m
    try

    Jamie Langley

    Hull K R

  • 14m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 9m
    try

    Matty Bowen

    Wigan

  • 6m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan