Jon Wilkin has claimed Bevan French avenged one of Super League’s most famous moments tonight.
Infamously for Wigan and famously for the Saints, French was caught out by a bounce in the dying seconds of the 2020 Grand Final allowing Jack Welsby to pounce and claim the bouncing ball touching down to score the winning try.
Tonight French did something similar to Welsby as he chased his own kick before a killer bounce saw Welsby slip and French score.
Wilkin said on Sky Sports: “Bevan French has been waiting for that since the famous try in the 2020 Grand Final when Jack Welsby picked his pocket. Well Bevan French has some change back in his pocket after that.”
That was the fourth try of the game. The first went to Saints. After an Iain Thornley mistake, St Helens pounced early. Jack Welsby fed a short ball to Joe Batchelor. Wigan defence scrambled to deny him but he twisted and turned to get the ball down.
After a slow start, on their first attacking set a reserve kick back inside and the blistering pace of Jai Field saw him catch out Jack Welsby and score.
Jonny Lomax carved up the Wigan defence, Jai Field tackled him but Lomax still had a chance to ground it still Smithies swooped in and wrapped up the ball.
After that Smithies tackle, Wigan gave away a penalty but going for goal Tommy Makinson hit the post. The Saints were able to get the ball back and eventually got a scrum. Then a lovely move gave Jack Welsby the space to feed Makinson.