Brive duly dispatched Calvisano to secure top spot and knock Newcastle out in the process but Richards was pleased with the way his side responded against the Wolves nonetheless.
"I thought the boys picked themselves up for the game quite well after last week's disappointment against Brive," Richards told the Newcastle website after they won 28-0 at Kingston Park.
"It was an awful pitch to play on but the lads tried hard and played some decent rugby despite the conditions.
"We showed a lot of endeavour and we scored a lovely try to finish the game - Chris York's pass to Tom Catterick for the third try was spot on - and overall there were some nice touches out there."
Newcastle made lighter work of the Romanians than they did in Round 1 when they needed a late penalty from Catterick to avoid a shock defeat and Richards saw another youngster impress having blooded a host of promising prospects throughout the campaign.
Ireland U20 cap George McGuigan was a standout performer on Thursday and Richards was delighted with what he saw from the young hooker in an Amlin Man of the Match display.
"We want to give him as much game time as possible and he's certainly not let us down," added Richards.
"Scott Lawson is obviously a quality player and that's highlighted by his call-up to the Scotland training squad this week, but with Rob Vickers moving to loosehead and Matt Thompson out injured, it's a great opportunity to give George a chance in the team.
"George is maturing into a quality player game by game, and the more game time he gets, the better he gets."