Sunday 18 March 2018 / 03:16 AM

Field goal king Richards buries match-winner

Pat Richards is regarded as arguably the No.1 field goal exponent in Rugby League, and he added another beauty to his highlight reel in Round 1 to snatch a last-second victory for his Wests Tigers on the Gold Coast.

In a cleverly orchestrated play, halfback Luke Brooks took the first pass off the ruck before swinging it back to Richards in the pocket. The big-kicking winger buried the match-winning attempt from 30 metres out.



Curiously, Richards never kicked a field goal in his 2000-05 NRL tenure with Parramatta and the Tigers; the ace goalkicker also only attempted seven shots at goal during that time. But upon his return to Australia last season, he drilled this incredible deadlock-breaker from out wide at Newcastle in a game the Tigers went on to win 23-20.



During a 224-game stay with Wigan – during which time he amassed 2,462 points – Richards slotted just four field goals, but his modest tally included one of the most famous one-pointers in Super League history.



[YouTube – NZAUTV Rugby League]

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