London Broncos 6 Wigan Warriors 64

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SAM Tomkins took his season’s try tally to 29 as ruthless Wigan hammered London to stay three points clear at the top of the Super League ladder.

The full-back swept over for a scorching hat-trick to help ensure there was no risk of Shaun Wane’s outfit letting slip at the top of the ladder.

Wingers Pat Richards and Josh Charnley also grabbed a hat-trick each in the 12-try to one mauling.

The victory - Wigan’s 10th in succession - ensures they head into next weekend Magic Weekend showdown with Leeds in scorching form.

The back-three of Richards, Charnley and Tomkins were a joy to watch, but across the side Wigan excelled, blowing their opponents away with a high-tempo and dominant display.

Most of the damage was inflicted in the opening half when Wigan established an unassailable 38-0 advantage, the last of those scores provided by George Williams, who impressed on his Super League debut.

Charnley opened the scoring with a try, Richards masterfully added the extras - his first of eight goals - to put the visitors six points up after as many minutes.

Richards poached two tries to swell their advantage to it 14-0.

The Broncos were making errors not found in schoolboy matches. And when they failed to find touch with a penalty, Wigan - or more precisely, Tomkins - ruthlessly punished them.

He crabbed along the line to evade the first wave of chasers, and then turned on the afterburners to sprint to the line. Even the home fans couldn’t resist applauding his magical try.

Richards wrapped up his hat-trick and Tomkins raced to support a Charnley touchline break to make it 32-0.

And after the briefest of improvements from London, Williams showed deceptive pace, and a good dummy, to cross from 40m out.

Early in the second-half Flower trundled over for a try and, while Luke Dorn at least saved London the indignity of being nilled, Wigan soon rediscovered their Midas touch.

Tomkins completed his hat-trick following more good work from Williams, and then Charnley matched his scoring feat, benefiting from London’s errors to cross for two quickfire tries to take the scoreline out to 58-6.

Sam Powell added the crowning glory to a comfortable win in front of 3,594 fans - a good proportion of which were Wigan fans.

WIGAN will play Widnes at the DW Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup. The other ties are: Catalans v Hull, Warrington v Huddersfield and Sheffield v London. The ties will be spread out over the weekend of July 12-15 with BBC and Sky sharing the live coverage.