Adrian Lam on a "resilient" win, Bevan French's return and injury update

Adrian Lam hailed Bevan French as his two tries on his return to action helped Wigan to a 22-12 victory against in-form Castleford.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 8:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 8:30 pm
Willie Isa in action

It was an impressive performance from the Warriors as they maintained their perfect start to the campaign - in only their second match at the DW Stadium in 14 months.

French, playing his first match since November's Grand Final loss, showed no signs of rustiness in either attack or defence.

And delighted coach Lam said: "We joked in the week about him scoring a hat-trick, it wasn't quite there! He looked sharp, and that's Bevan French - like everyone he'll get better over the next couple of weeks and we're all excited about where he will get to, but it's great to have him back."

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Wigan led 16-12 with seven minutes to go until stand-in skipper Sam Powell drove over from close range and Zak Hardaker kicked the conversion, taking him past 1,000 career points.

It was the Warriors' fifth straight victory of the year and Lam said: "It was tough, the're undefeated, the have players who can hurt you.

"I thought we were tough, we were courageous, we were resilient when we needed to be, we completed in the 90s."

Wigan play Hull FC in their next two matches - in Super League next Thursday, and in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals nine days later - and may be without captain Thomas Leuluai for both of those matches.

He missed out on this match with a sternum problem which Lam expects will sideline him for "two to three weeks".

Meanwhile, prop George Burgess - who left the club earlier this year due to a hip injury - was at the game ahead of an operation tomorrow.

"George is such a great guy and we're all wanting to send our best wishes to him," added Lam.