Rugby League

Wigan Warriors win overshadowed by refereeing controversy

Matty Smith played his part in Wigan win. (©GettyImages)
Matty Smith played his part in Wigan win. (©GettyImages).

Wigan Warriors fought back from 10-4 down just before half-time to beat Hull Kingston Rovers 21-16 in a tight contest between the two teams. 

Wigan once again rested a few key players such as Sam Tomkins and Liam Farrell due to a big game next Friday against the Huddersfield Giants - a bold move that nearly back-fired.

Wigan started off the better team but despite their dominance, they only managed one try which came 14 minutes into the game - Josh Charnley's 28th of the season, cementing his spot as the top try scorer in the league in the process.

From the resulting kick-off, Matty Smith carried the ball into to touch to force the Warriors to take a drop-out which lead to Hull KR scoring their first try of the game with Greg Eden getting in the end of a lovely team move created by Michael Dobson.

Wigan then had more problems when their captain, Sean O'Loughlin, had to be taken off injured, before Dobson made light work of the Wigan defence to score in the corner and extend Hull KR's lead to 10-4 at half-time.

With the last play of the half, Smith turned his own fortunes around with a lovely weighted cross-field kick into the corner for Charnley to pick up, who then offload to Darrell Goulding to score an easy try whilst the hooter was sounding, and with the extras added the scores were level at half-time, 10-10.

The Warriors then had more luck with Lincoln withers being sin-binned and reducing Hull to 12 men, and Wigan took full advantage of this with Charnley adding his second of the game, but once again there was controversy with replays showing that he grounded the ball on the sideline however the video ref still gave the try.

Hull KR then had their own try disallowed due to Dave Hodgson having a foot in touch whilst he was grounding the ball.

Wigan centre Anthony Gelling crossed late on to stretch the lead to 10 points, an advantage Smith extended further with a one-pointer, and although Evarn Tuimavave dived over for a late Rovers try, the Warriors held on for victory.

 

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