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Super League: Josh Charnley double helps Wigan Warriors beat Hull KR
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Wigan returned to the top of the Super League table with a gutsy 21-16 victory over Hull KR at the DW Stadium.
Rovers led 10-4 on the stroke of half-time but a try and conversion by Josh Charnley on the hooter levelled the contest.
The winger grabbed a controversial score after the interval and Anthony Gelling's late try helped see the Warriors over the line.
It was a much more competitive performance from Rovers after conceding 130 points to the Warriors in their two previous meetings this season.
Wigan claimed the lead after 12 minutes as quick hands from debutant Ryan Hampshire created an overlap for Charnley to dot down in the corner.
But the Robins responded positively, forcing a drop-out and applying more pressure before Michael Dobson sent Greg Eden over.
Dobson, who had a spell at Wigan in 2006, added the conversion to give his side the lead.
Rovers extended their advantage just after the 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 on the last play of the half, as Matty Smith's clever kick wide bounced perfectly for Charnley and his pass inside gave Darrell Goulding a clear run to the line. Charnley's goal levelled the scores.
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 in the corner 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 try in front of the deadball line moments later.
But this time Child ruled David Hodgson's had been the first hand to make contact.
Rovers were again frustrated by the video referee when Hodgson thought he had got in at the corner but replays showed his foot was on the sideline in the act of touching down.
Wigan thought they had made sure of victory when Gelling crashed through a weary Rovers defence with seven minutes remaining.
Charnley converted and Smith added the extra insurance of a drop goal, but Rovers regained possession from a short kick-off and Tuimavave crashed over to set up a tense final few minutes as Wigan just about held on.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|11||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 11th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Warrington|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 London Broncos|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
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