Charnley saves Wigan’s blushes

A late Josh Charnley try has given Wigan a dramatic 18-13 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Giants, missing several key players, looked to have an improbable victory sewn up after a Jamie Ellis drop goal.

But a 76th-minute score to Charnley was enough to get the Warriors home.

It was a close first half with just one try. Huddersfield were the dominant side and Wigan were scratchy.

The only score came from Jermain McGillvary, after a lovely floated pass put him in space.

But Huddersfield’s 6-0 lead lasted just three minutes in the second half when Liam Farrell dived out.

McGillvary fumbled a Matty Smith bomb and Farrell was on hand for the easy try. Smith converted and it was 6-6.

Then Jake Connor looked to have scored off a Kruise Leeimg grubber, but the video referee ruled it was not a try.

Wigan took the lead when a nice offload from Anthony Gelling set up Dom Manfredi.

The Giants hit back when debutant Jamie Foster touched down in the left corner after a quick shift of the ball.

Ellis missed the conversion but knocked over a penalty with 12 minutes left to make it 12-12.

Two minutes later the halfback’s drop goal appeared as though it would be enough from the home team.

But Charley struck and Wigan has maintained its 100% record after two rounds.

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