Josh wants to kick on

Josh Charnley scores for Warriors
Josh Charnley scores for Warriors

JOSH Charnley is hoping practice will make perfect this week as he tries to put right his goal-kicking off-night at Huddersfield.

Wigan opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Super League with a comprehensive 32-12 victory over the second-placed Giants.

But the margin could and should have been even more emphatic, with Wigan managing only two conversions to add to their seven tries.

Charnley, standing in for the injured Pat Richards, missed all four of his kicks before handing over the tee to Sam Tomkins, who nailed two from three attempts. And with coach Shaun Wane admitting the situation is a concern, Charnley recognises the need for improvement.

“It just didn’t seem to go my way on the night,” the Warriors ace said.

“None of them were easy, but I was striking them all right and they were looking good until the last five metres and then they faded.

“The way I kick, I have a bit of an arc on the ball, and maybe I need to make it a little bit straighter.

“I need to get back down to the training ground and maybe have a chat with Deacs (Paul Deacon) and Iestyn (Harris) about how to sort it out.

“It’s hopefully just a case of working on my technique but maybe I also need to concentrate more, because it was eight points I cost the team and I’m not happy about that.”

Jet-heeled Charnley made up for his missed kicks with two more tries that extended his lead at the top of the try-scoring chart.

But he admits he’ll continue putting his hand up for the kicking role in the absence of dead-shot Richards.

“Me and Sam will have a kicking contest in training this week and we’ll see who comes out on top,” he added.

“I don’t mind the role at all - I can handle the pressure and I quite enjoy the responsibility.

“I spent all day last Thursday practising my kicking, and I only missed two during the whole session.

“Last weekend I kicked them from all over the place. It just goes like that sometimes.”

Meanwhile, Warriors face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the injury suffered by Joe Mellor during Widnes’ home defeat to Catalan yesterday.

The on-loan youngster picked up an ankle problem during the game, with Vikings coach Denis Betts saying it was ‘too early to say’ how bad it was.