French: Good confidence build

  • Bevan French said that Wigan’s 14-12 win away at Huddersfield Giants is a ‘good confidence build’ moving further into the season.
  • French: “We’ve had ones like that in the past where we’ve let it slip away so to come away with the win there is a good confidence build for us.”
  • See the full interview with the Warriors winger on Wigan TV HERE.

Bevan French reflected on Wigan’s 14-12 victory over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday night as he explained that there is ‘still things to work on,’

Speaking at full-time, French said: “I think it was a win that really showed our character. It’s one of those wins where it’s probably going be like that towards the end of the year, those tough scrappy games and we’ve had ones like that in the past where we’ve let it slip away so to come away with the win there is a good confidence build for us.

“Everyone is happy with the effort of course, but saying that there is still a lot of things to work on going forward.”

French crossed for two tries in the victory, his first assisted by Cade Cust through a quick-thinking grubber kick: “There was a bit of off-the-cuff kind of play there and a reaction. It’s that sort of eyes up Rugby and a way we want to play especially around Custy and the players we have around our spine. It was nice to get back over for a couple of tries.”

Take a look at French’s second effort of the evening below, a score which sealed the win for the Warriors:

French switched to full-back late in the second half as Peet orchestrated a change of plan. Talking on switching roles, French added: “I wasn’t sure why it happened but it was good to be around there in that spot again. Jai has been doing an outstanding job and I think in making the switch we started to ship the ball around a bit more and poke our nose through the line a little bit.

“We are pretty blessed with the back line that we’ve got, we have a few players who are able to fit in anywhere – Jai can go halves if I go back and Toby to wing with Willie fitting in at Centre – not many teams are able to do that and put a performance on top of it.”

Despite coming away with the two-points, the Warriors number 2 admitted there is always room for improvement: “As good as those wins are for your character building, you obviously don’t want to play too many of those kind of games. I’m sure if we get that down (discipline) it obviously makes the game a lot easier but it definitely needs to be addressed moving forward.”

French finished by paying tribute to the travelling Warriors support on Friday night: “Thanks again for the fans for coming out. We got to finish the game strong in front of them at the back end of the pitch. The support definitely doesn’t go unnoticed and we look forward to seeing them again against Salford.”