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Pat Richards returns to lead Wigan to routine victory over Salford

20th August 2012

• Wigan Warriors 38-6 Salford City Reds

Wigan’s winger Pat Richards grabbed two tries and a total of 18 points on his comeback from injury in a routine 38-6 win over a depleted Salford that edges his team closer to the Stobart Super League leaders’ shield.

The Warriors, so disappointing in their previous game at Warrington, produced another flat performance but this time it was good enough to gain the win that lifts them three points clear of second-placed Wolves with two matches left.

Richards was their hero on his return from a four-month absence for knee surgery, while on the other flank Josh Charnley, Super League’s leading try-scorer, was subdued on his 50th Super League appearance.

The Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, was delighted with the Richards comeback. “He’s a great player and a good asset for us on our left edge,” he said. “No disrespect to Josh but there were certain kicks tonight that you knew Paddy was going to get.”

It was the Richards show from the 13th minute when he set up a good position with a run through the heart of the Salford defence, then got on the end of George Carmont’s final pass to cross at the corner for the game’s first try.

Four minutes later he turned provider, sending the full-back Sam Tomkins over for his 34th try of the season, and he then collected Brett Finch’s high kick to score a trademark second try. By the end he had also contributed 10 points with his boot, with five goals from seven attempts.

The Salford coach, Phil Veivers, was happy his team got off as lightly as they did. “I’ll take that with the amount of ball we coughed up,” he said. “We invited them to score against us.”


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