Maguire hails Richards' class

Wigan boss hails winger's role after 20-point haul

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Maguire hails Richards' class

Maguire: Heaped praise on Richards

He probably does not get enough credit for what he does out on the field. He scores the points and keeps things ticking over.

Michael Maguire on Pat Richards
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Wigan coach Michael Maguire paid tribute to Pat Richards after the Australian winger inspired the Warriors to a 36-12 win over Harlequins.

Richards scored two tries and kicked six goals to come away from the contest with a 20-point haul.

Harlequins saw several of their attacks break down within sight of the try-line but did still manage to cross twice, reducing their deficit to eight points during the second half.

But Richards then ran in a quick-fire brace to put the contest beyond doubt and send Wigan four points clear at the top of the Super League table.

"Pat is the type of player that you are really glad to have in your team," Maguire said.

"He probably does not get enough credit for what he does out on the field. He scores the points and keeps things ticking over.

Not flashy

"There are a lot of things that he does very well but he is not flashy so does not get all the headlines. But he is a very important part of what we are doing."

Quins boss Brian McDermott was pleased with the performance of his team, saying it was an improvement over the London-based side's displays earlier in the season.

He added: "We had enough possession but we were not quite good enough to turn that into points when we were close to their line.

"I do not think we were just good in patches - I thought it was the whole game.

"There is no point us getting into arm-wrestles with teams as we will never win those, we have to throw the ball around. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't.

"But I am pretty sure the fans would rather see us come off the field having lost by giving it a go, rather than some of the stuff we produced earlier in the season."

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