Richards poised to make history

PAT Richards is poised to cement his place in Wigan’s glorious history books this weekend.

The goal-kicking winger needs just five points to leap ahead of Frano Botica into third-place on the club’s all-time points-scoring chart.

Richards’ perfect four goals from as many attempts in the 20-6 victory against Leeds last Saturday took him to 1,927 points for Wigan –just four behind revered Kiwi sharp-shooter Botica.

He could secure his place in the top-three, behind Jim Sullivan and Andy Farrell, as early as this Sunday at Bradford.

Informed of the pending scoring feat, Richards said: “Is that right?

“I never saw Frano play, but I’ve heard so much about him since I’ve been here – fans still talk about him fondly – so to be mentioned in the same breath is very humbling.

“But records like that are for down the line. When I finish playing, I’ll look back on that it’ll be nice.

“They’re all good, but it’s all about the win for us.” Richards, 29 later this month, says their challenge is to maintain and build on their impressive performance against champions Leeds following an opening day defeat against Huddersfield.

The Australian said: “Across the board everyone stepped up.

“It was a good display against a quality side.

“Every week you want to aim up and hit your standards, it’s a long season and a long slog, and backing it up each week is a challenge.”