Charnley haul helps Wigan cruise

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Josh Charnley scored a hat-trick and also kicked six goals for Wigan
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Josh Charnley scored a hat-trick and also kicked six goals for Wigan

Sam Powell made a tryscoring debut and goalkicking winger Josh Charnley became Super League's leading scorer with a 24-point haul against injury-hit Hull as impressive Wigan put one hand on the league leaders' trophy with a 48-10 win.

The prolific Charnley scored a hat-trick of tries, taking his total for the season to 30 in 22 appearances, and also kicked six goals to leapfrog Catalan Dragons' Scott Dureau to the top of the scoring chart.

Full-back Sam Tomkins was in dazzling form with a brace of tries, while Gareth Hock, Liam Farrell and Michael McIlorum scored a try each as the Warriors cruised to a victory that put them five points clear of Warrington, who face a tricky derby at St Helens on Monday.

Wigan, who had 20-year-old home-grown stand-off Powell deputising for injured Australian playmaker Brett Finch, were boosted by the surprise return of skipper Sean O'Loughlin against opponents lacking eight regulars through injury.

It was the Tomkins show from the moment the England full-back sidestepped Hull back-rower Joe Westerman for the game's first try after only 90 seconds. He made a half-break that enabled centre George Carmont to send second rower Gareth Hock over six minutes later and his pass got Charnley in at the corner for his first try on 16 minutes.

Tomkins was also involved in the move that saw Jack Hughes get Charnley over his second try nine minutes later and the whizzkid grabbed his second on the stroke of half-time after running onto Matty Smith's precision kick to the line.

Hull's only reply before half-time came from 20-year-old winger Tom Lineham, who took Richard Whiting's pass to score his third try in just three senior appearances.

The Warriors would have been out of sight by half-time had Charnley been able to convert all the tries but he was successful with just two from five attempts. Charnley completed his second hat-trick of the season on 50 minutes after Hughes had broken clear 70 metres out from the Hull line.

As Wigan continued to dominate, Smith dropped the ball over the line but made amends with a glorious break through the heart of the Hull defence to get substitute Farrell over for Wigan's seventh try on 67 minutes. Wigan lost prop Epahalame Lauaki after he was laid out by Westerman, but extended their lead with a solo try from hooker McIlorum.

Hull battled to the end and were rewarded 10 minutes from the end when Brett Seymour scored their second try, with Foster adding the goal. However, the Warriors had the final say when Powell dummied his way over for their final try and Charnley kicked his sixth goal from nine attempts.

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