Super Josh leads the way

Josh Charnley

Josh Charnley

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JOSH Charnley was the toast of his team-mates as Wigan ran riot last night.

The winger grabbed a hat-trick of tries and booted seven goals as the Warriors raced to a 54-12 victory against Widnes at the DW Stadium.

Charnley’s haul saw him extend his lead in the try-scoring charts to 25, and overtake Danny Tickle as the competition’s top point-scorer.

But this was far from a one-man show as the league pace-setters shrugged off a string of injury withdrawals to power to their 13th straight win.

Coach Shaun Wane said: “It was a satisfactory performance.

“Revenge was a factor, we were desperate to win and it wasn’t as convincing as I wanted it to be.

“But we’ve lost some key players and we had players playing out of position, so I knew we weren’t going to be at our absolute best. I was fairly happy.

“Josh did well, I thought Rhodri Lloyd had a good go and the man for me was Mike McIlorum – his defence and pass-selection were outstanding.”

Widnes coach – and Wigan legend – Denis Betts echoed those sentiments, saying: “They are a fantastic team.

“They’re sure to get to a grand final, the quality they’ve got.

“Mike McIlorum is the best hooker in the game at the moment, better than (James) Roby, and they have some great players in their side.”

Wigan are back in Super League action at the DW this Friday, against Bradford.