Wigan Defeat Hull KR

Wigan Defeat Hull KR

Wigan Warriors 40

T - S Tomkins 3, Richards 3, Carmont

G - Richards 6

Hull KR 6

T - Welham

G - Dobson

Wigan go back to joint top of the Engage Super League table following their 40-6 win over Hull KR at the DW Stadium on Monday evening.

It was the Warriors first league double of the season and their eighth win on the bounce in all competitions.

It was a game Michael Maguire's men always had control of with two early tries to open up a 12-0 lead and just as Rovers themselves had found a score Wigan were able to create their third try as the half ended.

In the second half it was all one way traffic as Sam Tomkins and Pat Richards completed their hat-tricks, George Carmont with the other Warriors try. Richards struck six conversions to complete the win.

Wigan Warriors made two changes to the side that won at Bradford in the Cup last week, George Carmont returns after a calf injury while Harrison Hansen made his first start since Easter Monday after recovering from a knee injury. Michael McIlorum dropped to the bench with Thomas Leuluai starting at hooker for Wigan for the first time.

Rovers named an unchanged side from the one that defeated Salford City Reds in the Challenge Cup.

Wigan took the lead in the opening two minutes, Brett Finch and Paul Deacon sending Sam Tomkins through a gap, the full back still had plenty of work to do as he turned and twisted hi way over for the try, Richards hit the extras to make it 6-0.

On ten minutes Wigan were in again, a great cut out pass from Brett Finch to the left and a George Carmont pass put Richards in at the corner, the winger hit a superb conversion, 12-0.

With fifteen minutes of the half left Wigan were called on defensively as the Robins forced four sets in front of the Warriors posts but the defence held firm for the cherry and whites.

The spell of pressure finally told with a try for the Robins with three minutes left, a delicate Green kick was picked up by Cockayne who found Kris Welham on his inside for a try, Dobson added the extras, 12-6.

With the last play of the half with seconds remaining Wigan grabbed their third try, an excellent Sam Tomkins grubber kick to the corner and Pat Richards was the quickest to dive over for the four points. The touchdown given by the video referee, this time Richards missed the goal, 16-6 at the break.

The second half struggled to find any momentum until a brilliant Sam Tomkins try on the hour mark, his second of the game, the full back jinked off one foot set the Rovers defender the wrong way before cutting inside to score under the posts. Richards added the goal and Wigan comfortable at 22-6.

Wigan were not done first Sam Tomkins scored again another good build up try, the full back completing a superb hat-trick, Richards added the goal before a Carmont break saw Richards grab his hat-trick as well. Richards hit the goal, 34-6.

Hull KR were now been ripped apart as a Richards break sent in George Carmont for Wigan's seventh try of the night with a couple of minutes left, Richards hit the goal and the forty points were up, 40-6.

This was an empahtic win for the Warriors in the end and sets them up now for three trips on the road at Catalans, Castleford and St Helens.

Wigan Warriors - Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Joel Tomkins, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Brett Finch, Paul Deacon, Andy Coley, Thomas Leuluai, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Ryan Hoffman, Sean O'Loughlin

Replacements - Michael McIlorum, Paul Prescott, Jeff Lima, Chris Tuson

Hull KR - Shaun Briscoe, Peter Fox, Jake Webster, Kris Welham, Ben Cockayne, Blake Green, Michael Dobson, Mick Vella, Josh Hodgson, Scott Wheeldon, Ben Galea, Rhys Lovegrove, Scott Murrell

Replacements - Joel Clinton, Ben Fisher, Matt Cook, Jason Netherton

Referee - Phil Bentham

Attendance - 14,779

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