Shaun Wane thought Wigan wing Pat Richards was outstanding against St Helens
Last Updated: 29/03/13 6:16pm
Pat Richards is congratulated by his team mates after scoring his second try of the match
Wigan coach Shaun Wane was full of praise for Pat Richards after the winger scored a pair of tries to help the Warriors secure a 24-16 Good Friday win over St Helens.
Richards opened the scoring after just eight minutes and then crossed again eight minutes from time to snuff out a St Helens fightback.
And Wane said: "I thought Pat Richards was far and away our best player. He's been consistently fantastic for us this year.
"He's in our leadership group and leads the team well. The way he played today was really impressive."
England pair Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley also scored tries, as did young prop Dom Crosby, who was also praised by Wane.
"He's a good kid and he's only going to get better," said Wane. "He's a baby and, in three or four years' time, we will see him at his best."
Despite an 18-0 half-time lead, Wane did not think his side were overly impressive.
"The 18 points didn't register in my head," he said. "I wasn't happy at half-time, we should have been a lot more clinical with our finishing.
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"I said at half-time 'it's nil apiece', because they were never going to be dead and buried.
"We showed a lot of character but we were far from at our best. We made too many errors.
"Credit to St Helens, they had a few missing, like us. Both teams were busted."
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St Helens coach Nathan Brown said: "The effort and commitment was terrific but we let ourselves down with our defence, especially in the first 15 or 20 minutes.
"I thought offensively we stretched them plenty in the second half but the most disappointing aspect was our defensive performance.
"But it was an enjoyable occasion and I was pleased with the way we handled some adversity.
"We had a lot of men in key positions not playing and we lost a few players to injury during the game."