Josh not deterred by late pain

Wigan's Josh Charnley is tackled in the game against the Vikings at the Stobart Stadium
Wigan's Josh Charnley is tackled in the game against the Vikings at the Stobart Stadium

WIGAN Warriors ace Josh Charnley says the late agony of Sunday’s defeat will drive him to become a more clinical sharp-shooter.

The winger took the goal-kicking duties in Sunday’s shock 37-36 defeat by Widnes after Shaun Wane rested regular marksman Pat Richards.

And Charnley handled the duties well, nailing six conversions from as many attempts – including from the sidelines – before blemishing his record at the end.

The 20-year-old had a chance to snatch Wigan victory with a 40m penalty, but his attempt was off-target.

Yet Charnley says he is strong enough to burden the responsibility – and says it has not deterred him from continuing as Richards’ deputy.

He said: “I don’t mind having the goal-kicking role. I was happy to do it and I can take the pressure.

“I thought I was doing okay, it’s just unfortunate it came down to that one at the end. I tried to stay relax, but as soon as I hit it, I knew it was wide.

“I’ve got to go back to training and get practising because you never know when chances like that may come up, and when they do, I want to be on my game.”

Charnley was stunned by Sunday’s result and refused to blame the absence of key players such as Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Thomas Leuluai and Richards, who were all rested.

“We had some debutants out there but we can’t blame the result on that,” he said.

“We let ourselves down. Widnes wanted it more than us.

“We’ve got to work on what we did wrong and learn from it.” Meanwhile, Wane was last night waiting for the results of a scan on Lee Mossop’s ankle after the prop suffered ligament damage during the first-half.

But the coach was resigned to being without the Cumbrian for Sunday’s visit of London Broncos.

“I very much doubt he will be available for this weekend,” he said.

Mossop – recently named in the England elite training squad – missed the play-off surge last year after dislocating his shoulder in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

It is unclear whether the artificial pitch at Widnes contributed to his fresh injury.

Mossop’s likely absence could be off-set by the return of Paul Prescott, after he played 80 minutes on loan for South Wales in their 32-30 win at Gateshead.

Prescott – yet to figure for Wigan this term because of an off-season back operation – played 70 minutes for the Scorpions the week before and Wane said: “Paul has got his match-fitness back and done well, and he’ll come into the frame.”

Welsh prop Gil Dudson also figured for the Scorpions.