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Warriors at the double
Richards (two), Carmont, Smith, Riddell and Hansen win it for Wigan
Wigan completed their second win over Salford City Reds in a week at the JJB Stadium with a 34-18 triumph in the engage Super League.
Having run out 28-6 victors in the Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-final meeting between the sides last Friday, the Warriors picked up where they left off with an early four-try blast from George Carmont, Tim Smith, Pat Richards and Mark Riddell.
Six-goal Richards, who claimed a hat-trick in the cup triumph, then grabbed a second and there was further try from Harrison Hansen in the second-half.
Salford, crashing to their 10th league loss, mustered consolations through Luke Swain, Mark Henry and Malcolm Alker.
The Reds defence was run ragged from the whistle and Wigan were 22-0 ahead before the visitors had even enjoyed a decent spell of possession.
Carmont began the blitz after just three minutes when he raced under the posts after Thomas Leuluai had broken the line.
Wigan could find no place in their side for young star Sam Tomkins, named in the England squad set to take on France, but his replacement Smith claimed their second try two minutes later.
The Australian stand-off finished off a slick move after Sean O'Loughlin had kicked towards the touchline and Amos Roberts gathered to pass inside.
Richie Myler was forced to concede a drop-out as a Leuluai kick almost created a second for Carmont but the respite was only brief for the Reds.
The hosts powered forward again through Carmont and sent Richards over in the corner.
Things then got even worse for Salford as hooker Riddell crashed over from close range.
With Richards converting three of the opening four tries, Wigan were cruising, even though Swain managed to twist his way over the line on 20 minutes to get the Reds on the scoreboard.
John Wilshere converted but, despite another couple of Salford attacks, Wigan remained in control and Richards sneaked over to make it 28-6 at the break with another converted try out wide.
The second-half began in lively fashion as a scuffle broke out between Alker and Gareth Hock but order was soon restored and Wigan threatened again after Roberts claimed a loose ball but the winger knocked on in a tackle.
Salford managed to reduce the deficit as Henry jumped high to take a Myler kick cleanly and touch down.
Wilshere converted and then went close to scoring a try himself with a weaving run but Wigan held out.
Roberts stepped into touch as he went close to claiming Wigan's sixth try but the result was put beyond all doubt as O'Loughlin's run set up Hansen 11 minutes from time.
Richards added his sixth goal to take his points tally in the two games against Salford to 40.
Salford had little to cheer but at least had the last laugh when Myler's kick rebounded off a post for skipper Alker to score.
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