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Wigan 48 Widnes 4
12:06am Thursday 19th June 2014 in Sport
IF the Vikings never see Wigan winger Josh Charnely again, it will still be too soon.
The England flyer went into the game at the DW Stadium having scored hat-tricks in three of his last four outings against Widnes.
This time around he romped in for five touchdowns as the league leaders ran out 48-4 winners.
Four of Charnley's tries came in the first half as the Warriors built up an unassailable 32-4 half-time lead.
Widnes couldn't have got off to a worse start as Wigan tore through their defence in the first minute.
Fullback Dan Sarginson made the initial break and fed second row Liam Farrell who outpaced the Vikings defence from 50 metres.
The home side failed to deal with Jack Owens restart kick and Widnes enjoyed a good spell of pressure on the Wigan line.
It paid off on 10 minutes when Paddy Flynn surged over from Danny Craven's inside ball, but that was as good as it got for the Vikings.
Charnley started his scoring spree four minutes later when he followed up a Sarginson kick to score.
Warriors skipper Sean O'Loughlin joined in the fun with a try before Charnley outpaced Patrick Ah Van for his second try.
His third came when he reached above Ah Van to collect a Matty Smith cross-kick and he made it four right on half-time with a simple run in from a Sarginson break.
A subdued start to the second half saw no further scoring for 14 minutes but inevitably it was Charnley who got the scoreboard ticking again as he trotted in on the overlap.
Further tries from the Farrell brothers, Liam and Connor, in the last quarter of the match completed the scoring.
To be fair to Widnes, they never threw in the towel but they were severely outgunned on the night.
Wigan: Sarginson; Charnley, Goulding, Gelling, Burgess; Powell, Smith; Flower, McIlorum, Taylor, L Farrell, Bateman, O'Loughlin. Subs: Dudson, C Farrell, James, Wright.
Widnes: Owens; Flynn, Craven, Phelps, Ah Van; Brown, Gore; Clough, Clarke, Gerrard, Galea, Tickle, Cahill. Subs: Isa, Leuluai, Allen, White.
Referee: J Child Attendance: 11,638