Pat Richards marked his return from a 17-week injury lay-off with a
brace of tries and 5 goals as Wigan took a step further to securing
the League Leaders' Shield on Monday night with a 38-6 win.
The Warriors now need one more win from the remaining two regular
season fixtures to go into the play-offs as League Leaders for the
second time in three years and to make it a third season in
succession the Warriors players have brought silverware to the DW
Wigan's first half points all came in the second quarter of the half
as Salford's defence stood its ground despite Wigan's dominance of
the territorial battle.
The first try from the man the Wigan fans call Superman came after
13 minutes. Richards returned a Daniel Holdsworth kick to run 30
metres before being brought down. From the resulting play, Richards
got back into position to take a George carmont pass and slide in at
the corner despite the attentions of Danny Williams to open Wigan's
Straight from the kick-off the Warriors were attack was once again
led by Richards who broke free and could probably have scored
himself but he chose to make sure of a second Wigan try by handing
on to the supporting Sam Tomkins who has now scored in the last
three consecutive home games against the City Reds.
Five minutes later, Richards added his second try as a Matty Smith
cross field kick found the waiting winger who managed to ground it
just before tumbling over the dead ball line for Wigan's 200th try
of the 2012 campaign.
In the remaining 20 minutes of the half, the Warriors struggled to
make attacking moves stick as they continued to pile pressure on the
visitors, with the best scoring chance coming in the last minute of
the half when from a scrum, Finch and Hock linked to make a gap but
Tomkins overran the final ball which could've seen him through for a
It took nine minutes of the second half for Wigan to resume the
scorning as Salford withstood more pressure on their own line. Matty
Smith eventually found a way through after having to regain his feet
after a slip and the former Salford half managed to wriggle free
enough to pop the ball up to Darrell Goulding who wasn't going to be
stopped despite having two defenders on his back as he crossed the
As the hour-mark approached Jack Hughes was rewarded for good
support play with his first try since June's away trip to Catalan.
Brett Finch looked to take on the Salford line and was confronted
with little else but space which enabled him to easily send the
youngster over for his third first team try.
The Warriors continued to probe as Salford rarely got out of their
own half, and George Carmont looked to find a way for Richards to
return with a hat trick with 15 minutes to go but his pass was
Instead, Harrison Hansen was next to score two minutes later, and
Sean O'Loughlin added to this when Jeff Lima made a break up the
middle from 40 metres out before passing to his captain to race
clear for Wigan's last try.
The City Reds were undeterred though and even in the last minute
were prepared to push for a try which they were rewarded with when
Jordan James scored in front of the away fans for the final try of