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Warriors tear Quins apart
Richards scores two tries and kicks nine goals for 26-point haul
Rampant Wigan scored 42 points in the first half as they thrashed struggling Harlequins 54-6 at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
Thomas Leuluai, Pat Richards and Sam Tomkins each scored two tries apiece to help the Warriors coast to a fifth straight Super League win.
Richards also added nine goals to finish with a personal 26-point haul, as the reigning champions gained revenge for their shock loss to the London club in the corresponding fixture last season.
Quins had on that occasion fought back from a large half-time deficit to stun their opponents but this time they were already well beaten by the break.
Their hopes of ending a nine-game losing run in Super League took an immediate blow when, before they had barely touched the ball, a Tomkins bomb led to Richards going over on the left wing.
Wigan quickly showed they were in the mood when Leuluai's short pass put Australian Ryan Hoffman through from close range soon after.
George Carmont intercepted a Luke Gale pass just inside the Quins half to go all the way in the 11th minute and, just a minute later, Tomkins backed up a Michael McIlorum break for an easy run-in under the posts.
Leuluai twice cut through a paper-thin defence in the space of four minutes to reach the line and before the half-hour mark had been reached, skipper Sean O'Loughlin had also touched down for Michael Maguire's side.
Amazingly, Wigan failed to muster any further points in the remaining 13 minutes of the opening half, allowing Quins to finally get some respite.
The visitors did go close themselves through Olsi Krasniqi and then enjoyed more possession after the break, albeit that they posed little threat.
Tomkins completed his brace after 53 minutes when he got on the end of Paul Deacon's kick, the latter having to hack on his own initial effort to create the score for his team-mate.
Winger Josh Charnley should have added his name to the lengthy scoresheet but he just failed to reel in Joel Tomkins' wide pass with the line begging.
Quins did at least get some points themselves with just two minutes to play when Luke Gale, who also landed the conversion, recovered Karl Pryce's wayward pass to send winger Mark Calderwood over out wide.
However, Wigan refused to allow their opponents to have the last word - points-machine Richards charged over on the left at the death before adding the extras to round out the scoring in an extremely one-sided contest.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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