Wane optimistic over Richards
Wigan coach Shaun Wane is hopeful Pat Richards will not be out for too long after seeing the winger limp off in the 56-12 win over Hull.
Richards scored 26 points before leaving the field in the second half clearly in pain. Paying tribute to the former Man of Steel winner, whose two tries in the opening seven minutes of the match at the KC Stadium set Wigan on their way, Wane says Richards will go for a scan on Monday to assess any damage.
"Pat will have a scan tomorrow, but I don't think it's serious and I think he will be okay," said Wane. "Pat looked really good for us today and I am hoping he's only got a small cartilage tear, we'll wait and see but I'm hopeful it won't be bad."
While full of praise for his winger, Wane pointed to the influence of hooker Michael McIlorum and scrum-half Brett Finch in orchestrating a 10-try demolition of fellow top-four rivals Hull. The duo each crossed for a try but had a hand in countless others as Wigan maintained their second place in the Stobart Super League table.
"Brett Finch was outstanding and has been consistently good in the halves for us this year. I'm a big fan of his and Thomas Leuluai too," added Wane. "We scored some great tries and I thought Michael McIlorum was outstanding.
"I'm very happy, I thought we played really well. The conditions were poor and it was wet on the pitch before we started, but overall our skill level was good. We had a short spell in the second half were we didn't run as hard as we could have, but apart from that I'm happy with the result.
"We went a bit soft for 10 minutes, but it is hard to concentrate for 80 minutes when you are running away with it like that. I don't mean to sound arrogant."
While Wane was full of praise, Hull coach Peter Gentle admitted there were no excuses for his side's poor display despite missing nine first-team players through injury.
Gentle said: "I can't doubt the effort that was there for everyone to see, but sometimes quality just wins out. When their 17 are playing to the best of their ability against the 17 we had out there, quality will always win out.
"It was disappointing the way we played. It is going to happen with a young side, but we are not making excuses, we didn't transfer how we've trained on to the playing field.
"We were not up to it today and that's disappointing."