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Hull KR push Wigan Close

Iain Thornley scored his first ever hat-trick to help Wigan Warriors see off a spirited travelling Hull KR side in a 34-20 win.

Wigan were poor in the first half but rallied in the second 40 to bounce back from their shock, last gasp defeat at Castleford last week.

Rovers will rue a disallowed Graeme Horne try when they led 14-20 as Wigan then went on to run in 20 unanswered points to pick up the win at the DW Stadium.

Wigan started impressively and made it look like a rout was on the cards when they scored two early tries, first from Thornley who powered over after five minutes on the back of a Greg Eden knock on. Then four minutes later Matty Bowen registered his first try in a Wigan jersey when he took a high kick before evading the Hull KR defence to race home. Both tries went unconverted.

The rout was not to be as it took just four minutes for the away side to respond when a clever Kris Keating kick saw Charnley forced into touch with Keating feeding Jamie Langley with a good flat ball from close range from the resulting set. He burst over and Travis Burns put his side within two points.

They then lead as Liam Salter shrugged off the attention of Joe Burgess to reach over and score and the home crowd was silenced when a third KR try was scored by Welham as he was on the end of a Keating pass which missed out three men. Burns made the scores 8-16.

Thornley got his side back within touching distance when he side stepped his way through the Hull KR defence to score next to the sticks, giving Smith an unmissable conversion to make it 14-16.

Wigan ended an error stricken half with Jordan James knocking on in a dangerous position before Ben Cockayne breezed past Charnley too easily on the Wigan right edge to make the half time score 14-20.

The second half started with Horne’s disallowed try which proved a costly decision as Joe Burgess broke down the left wing before passing inside to the supporting Liam Farrell who finished off the move to level the scores. They then went ahead when a good ball from Smith found Flower who drove his way over the tryline.

As the clock ran down Wigan added a penalty goal to edge two scores ahead before Thornley completed his hat-trick when a clever Green grubber found the centre before he dove over to make the final score 34-20.

Wigan Warriors Scorers: Thornley 3, Bowen. Farrell, Flower

Goals: Smith: 5/7

Hull Kingston Rovers Scorers: Langley, Salter, Welham, Cockayne

Goals: Burns 2/4

My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL

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