SHARP-shooter Pat Richards insists it is Grand Final success – and not personal accolades – he is chasing in the next two weeks.
The Warriors wrongly announced the winger had smashed the 2,000 points milestone for the club on Sunday, joining Andy Farrell, Jim Sullivan and Frano Botica in the elite group.
But a recount yesterday has put the reigning Man of Steel on 1,911 points – 89 short of that magical landmark – and only 20 behind Kiwi great Botica, who left Central Park with 1,933 to his name... leaving Farrell and Sullivan as the only members of the 2,000 club.
Wigan have blamed human error for the miscalculation.Richards, though, is still in a great position to write his name into the club’s record books when Wigan face St Helens in this Saturday’s blockbuster play-off.
He could realistically overtake Botica as the club’s third highest points-scorer of all time this weekend, but the prolific marksman has nothing but victory – and a subsequent Grand Final spot – in his sights.
The goal-kicking ace said: “Scoring (milestones) are things I’ll probably look back on in years to come when I’ve retired, rather than now. All of those things are good, but for now all I’m concentrating on is getting to the Grand Final. We’ve put ourselves into a great position and we don’t want to come so far and fall now.”
Wigan made it through to within 80 minutes of Old Trafford by beating Catalan 44-0 on Sunday, a victory which set-up a sixth derby this year against Saints. Warrington face Leeds in the other semi-final.
“The Catalan game was the best we’ve played in a long time,” added the 29-year-old. “ We’ve not nilled a side for a while and they’re a very good team.
“We worked hard for one another, everyone played their part and there’s no doubt we’ve got the belief, it’s now just about making sure we perform that way.” Saints beat Wigan in the opening round of the play-offs but the Warriors won their previous three encounters, including the Cup semi-final which sent them to Wembley.
“They’ve been playing well,” added Richards.
“I worked with Royce (Simmons, coach) at Wests and he’ll have them very well prepared.”