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Wigan 40-6 Hull KR

Wigan (16) 40
Tries: S Tomkins 3, Richards 3, Carmont Goals: Richards 6

Hull KR (6) 6
Tries: Welham Goals: Dobson


Wigan's Sam Tomkins
Tomkins was in superb form with ball in hand

Wigan's Sam Tomkins and Pat Richards each scored a hat-trick of tries as the Warriors stormed to a comprehensive victory over Hull KR at the DW Stadium.

The win puts Wigan level on points with Warrington at the top of Super League, with a game in hand over their rivals.

Tries by Tomkins and Richards made it 12-0 and after Kris Welham crossed for the visitors, Richards made it 16-6.

Tomkins' scored a superb second-half double to seal victory before Richards also claimed his third try.

Winger Richards finished with a 24-point haul, while George Carmont scored the hosts' final try at the death.

It was harsh on Rovers, who remain three points adrift of the play-off places.

Tomkins suffered concussion at Bradford but was able to remain at full-back and he soon made his mark, scoring for Wigan in the second minute.

Deacon and stand-off Brett Finch combined to find the England international on halfway, Jake Webster missed the tackle as Tomkins burst down the left and he dummied wide before finishing off a fine try.

Richards added the extras and soon afterwards ran in his first try. Finch and Carmont combined following a Lee Mossop drive to send the winger, who converted his own kick, over in the left corner.

Rovers breached the Wigan line in the 36th minute when Welham finished off a well-worked try.

But Wigan had the final word of the half as Richards touched down from Tomkins' grubber kick seconds after the hooter sounded, although the try was only given after lengthy deliberation by video referee Ben Thaler.

Replays suggested Richards had bounced the ball down, but some observers felt he had grounded it with his middle finger.

Tomkins stepped inside at least two defenders to score under the posts in the 59th minute and 10 minutes later he charged on to Thomas Leuluai's pass to dance over the Rovers line once again.

Carmont then charged upfield and laid off for Richards to complete his treble before Joel Tomkins sent Carmont over just before the end.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

Wigan coach Michael Maguire:

"The whole team needs the credit because of the hard work they had to fight through in that first half.

"They were coming at us and there was a period where we had to defend our line for four or five sets. To be able to dig ourselves out of that and put ourselves back in the game, that was probably the most pleasing factor.

"They challenged us, we withstood it, and that allowed us to score some points at the back end. The quality of some of the tries was pleasing too."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:

"It was a gutsy effort from us, ultimately a bit of adversity was too difficult for us to overcome.

"We had two injuries [Jake Webster and Joel Clinton, both shoulder] in the first half and there are some question marks over the try just before half-time, but we have to handle that adversity better.

"The end of the first half we looked strong and we started the second half reasonably well, but against a good side like Wigan you need the rub of the green, and unfortunately we didn't have that."

TEAMS

Wigan: S Tomkins; Charnley, J Tomkins, Carmont, Richards; Finch, Deacon; Coley, Leuluai, Mossop, Hansen, Hoffman, O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Lima, McIlorum, Prescott, Tuson.

Hull KR: Briscoe; Fox, Welham, Webster, Cockayne; Green, Dobson; Vella, Hodgson, Wheeldon, Lovegrove, Galea, Murrell.

Replacements: Netherton, Clinton, Fisher, Cook.

Att: 14,779

Ref: Phil Bentham (Warrington).



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