Wigan 20 Huddersfield 12: TON-UP Pat Richards hit the six goals he needed to top 100 for the season, and his kicking proved the difference as Wigan bounced back from three defeats to keep their Super League play-off hopes alive.

Wigan had twice got the thumbs-up from video referee Ian Smith in the first half as they built up a flattering 14-6 lead by the break.

Trent Barrett was key as his kick to the corner brought the first score when Darrell Goulding pounced for his third try in two games.

The Giants hit back with Kevin Brown and Stephen Wild combining to find the gap before Wild powered over for his 15th of the season.

Chris Thorman landed the conversion. Barrett struck again, kicking for Sean O'Loughlin to flick it back for Mickey Higham to snap it up, and dart over.

Like the Goulding try, it survived Mr Smith's scrutiny, and Richards landed his third goal to give Wigan the lead at a crucial time.

Richards came up with a try-saving tackle on Gardner as the winger headed for the line but the Giants cashed in when Wigan conceded a scrum 10 metres from their own line, and Chris Nero raced through the gap to score.

Thorman's conversion cut the Wigan lead to two points but Richards took full advantage, landing three more penalties after the Giants were guilty of professional fouls.

The Giants finished with 12 men after Nero was sin-binned for a challenge on Barrett after the kick.