Wi­gan set for sixth derby with Saints

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport -

WI­GAN coach Michael Maguire saluted goal-kick­ing winger Pat Richards af­ter he be­came only the fourth player in the club’s his­tory to score 2,000 points.

The 2010 Su­per League Man of Steel kicked eight goals from nine at­tempts in the War­riors’ 44-0 win over Cata­lan Dragons to reg­is­ter the nine points he needed to join Andy Far­rell, Jim Sul­li­van and Frano Bot­ica in reach­ing the mag­i­cal mile­stone.

“It’s a great ef­fort,” Maguire said. “He was strug­gling be­fore the game with a mi­nor bump on his calf but he came through re­ally well and it was good to see him get some points.”

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons bounced back from their open­ing home play-off de­feat by St He­lens to re­main on course for a re­turn to Old Traf­ford, with their seven tries com­ing from Josh Charn­ley, Ryan Hoff­man, Liam Far­rell, Ge­orge Car­mont, Brett Finch, Sam Tomkins and Har­ri­son Hansen.

They will take on Saints at the Sto­bart Sta­dium in the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing semi-fi­nal next Satur­day – a sixth derby meet­ing of the year – with a chance to avenge their pre­vi­ous 26-18 de­feat.

“It’s def­i­nitely pleas­ing to get this win,” said Maguire.

“Af­ter last week when we didn’t play to our ca­pa­bil­i­ties, it was good to see the boys come back and aim up.”

Maguire said he with­drew cen­tre Joel Tomkins at half-time as a pre­cau­tion af­ter he picked up a leg in­jury and was forced to make a last-minute change when prop Lee Mos­sop was in­jured in the warm-up.

The Dragons were nilled for the first time for 18 months as they found them­selves on the wrong end of a fourth one-sided game out of six play-off ties so far but coach Trent Robin­son re­mained proud of his team’s ef­forts in turn­ing around their for­tunes from last year’s wooden-spoon.

“There are no fairy­tales in footie and that showed,” he said. “We were on a bit of a wave.

“We’ve worked hard for what we’ve got and this re­sult doesn’t take away from that.”

PIC­TURE: ANNA GOWTHORPE/PA.

IN THE POINTS: Wi­gan War­riors’ Har­ri­son Hansen is tack­led by Cata­lan Dragons’ Steve Men­zies at the DW Sta­dium.

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