PAT Richards will be drawing on history as Wigan target a play-off surge.
The goal-kicking winger made a timely and sensational return to Super League action in Wigan’s last match.
Richards scored two tries and booted five goals in the 38-6 thumping of Salford – and is determined to build on that when the side travel over the Pennines to Hull KR on Sunday.
The Warriors need just one point from their remaining two matches to nail-down top spot in Super League and clinch the league leaders’ shield.
But Richards says securing the necessary points is only part of the job.
The Australian knows as much as anyone just how valuable form and momentum are in the play-offs.
He was a member of the Wigan side which stormed to Grand Final glory in 2010, the year he won the Man of Steel. And more spectacularly, Richards was a key member of the Wests Tigers side which stormed to an NRL title in 2005 from fourth position – having been written off in mid-season.
The 29-year-old said: “Finishing top is a big thing for us, but it’s almost like a reward for what we’ve done all season.
“What you want is current form going in to the finals. Momentum is massive.
“At the Tigers it was so big, confidence just kept growing and growing, we were going into games with so much belief. Look at Leeds last year – they lost at Wembley and never lost another game, and that’s the kind of form we’re trying to build here over the next few weeks.”
Shaun Wane may be busy planning this season’s sprint-finish but he also has one eye on next season.
He has confirmed Wigan will again head to Orlando, USA, for a training camp in mid-December like last year – and is hoping that former stand-off Trent Barrett will be able to join them for a few days as a guest coach.