Double delight for top man Josh

Josh Charnley
Josh Charnley
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JET-heeled winger Josh Charnley was happy to strike for a double at the weekend – to keep him out in front of the try-scoring charts.

The 20-year-old crossed twice in the 56-12 mauling of Hull FC to take his tally for the Super League campaign to 13.

Charnley would like to finish the season as the competition’s top try-scorer.

And with Ryan Atkins (2), Luke George and Zak Hardaker all crossing the whitewash at the weekend to take their own personal tallies to 11 each, the Warriors academy-product was glad to pounce with two touchdowns to stay clear of the chasing pack.

“It’s nice to get the tries and stay on top of the leaderboard,” admitted Charnley.

“I have a look at it every so often, it’d be nice to see myself up there – hopefully I can keep it going.”

Charnley’s prolific form was one of the many highlights of Sunday’s triumph, which saw Wigan tighten their grip on second spot in the Super League ladder behind pace-setters Huddersfield. Shaun Wane’s men now switch their attentions back to the Challenge Cup for Friday’s trip to Championship outfit Featherstone.

And they will head to the Big Fellas Stadium on the back of a five-game winning streak – including their biggest win in Super League this term last Sunday.

“Hull have been in top form so you don’t expect to win with such a big score,” added Charnley.

“But we’re happy with our performance.

“We played well, we had 100 per cent completion in the first 20 minutes which showed how well we played. In the second half the ball was like a bar of soap but we still managed to control it and finish strongly.”

Meanwhile, fellow winger Pat Richards breathed a sigh of relief after scans yesterday revealed his knee injury was not serious.

The Australian – sidelined for a month because of a thigh problem – marked his return to the team in spectacular fashion on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick of tries and seven goals for a personal haul of 26 points.

But he hobbled off the pitch in agony late on.

Scans confirmed initial suspicions that he had suffered a torn cartilage. He will see a surgeon today to discuss his options, but coach Wane said: “It’s hard to put a time frame on, but it’s likely to be weeks rather than months, which we’re pleased about.”

Richards even joked about the injury on Twitter: “I have torn some cartilage in my knee. Everything else looks okay apart from my receding hairline.”

THE funeral of Wigan stalwart Keith Mills, who passed away last week, will take place at St John’s C of E Church on Kirkless St, New Springs, at 11am next Monday.