Hull KR 36 Wigan Warriors 42

Warriors coach Shaun Wane
Warriors coach Shaun Wane

WIGAN clinched the league leaders’ shield in record-breaking fashion with a narrow victory at Hull KR.

Warriors went into the match three-points clear of Warrington, and knew a win in their penultimate game of the season would secure No.1 spot ahead of the play-offs.

And they took the honours in the most dramatic way possible, storming back from 26 points down – a record in the competition - to snatch the unlikeliest of wins.

The Warriors only went into the lead for the first time in the 77th minute when Pat Richards converted his own incredible try, before Josh Charnley crowned the triumph with a touchdown in the final play of the game.

Wigan were 26-0 down with four minutes to go of the first-half. But quick-fire tries from Brett Finch and Darrell Goulding dragged the score back to 26-12 and – midway through the second-half – the margin was an assailable 10-points.

Sam Tomkins then sprinkled his magic on the game, sending Liam Farrell over to cut that lead to just four points with six minutes remaining and set the stage for a sensational finish.

Shaun Wane said: “I’m battling myself to be happy. I’m happy we won and to get the league leaders’ shield, it’s the one I wanted. But there are things to fix, and that’s what’s going to keep me up tonight.

“I thought the game was gone, but we have a never-say-die attitude here.”

Wane said he will field his strongest side possible in Friday’s game against St Helens, when they will be presented with the league leaders’ shield.