RugbyL: Charnley runs riot to put Wigan top

Josh Charnley ran riot on his comeback from injury to claim a five-try haul to put reigning champions Wigan Warriors top of the Super League for the first time since last July.

The 22-year-old missed 11 matches after damaging a knee in April but got back into action by taking his try tally for the club to 90 in 81 Super League appearances.

The 48-4 win over Widnes Vikings, in a fixture postponed in February due to Wigans' involvement in the World Club Challenge, came on a night when the club revealed the re-signing of dual-code international Joel Tomkins.

Centre Tomkins, 27, has returned to Wigan after three years with rugby union outfit Saracens, and was unveiled at half-time to the heers of the 11,638 crowd.

Charnley's England team-mate Liam Farrell scored two tries and played for the first time alongside his 18-year-old brother Connor, who made a try-scoring debut.

Wigan, who also gave a debut to 19-year-old hooker Callum Wright, had things very much their own way all night against a Widnes side who still looked to be in shock from their 56-6 hammering at home by Hull.

Wigan are top of the table, but equal on 24 points with St Helens, with Leeds a further point behind in third and Widnes sitting eighth.