Match Preview – Wigan vs Hull


Hull FC travel to Wigan Warriors in Thursday’s Betfred Super League match; watch the action from DW Stadium live on Sky Sports Arena and Main Event from 7.30pm (kick-off 8pm)

Last update: 03/30/22 11:22 p.m.

Bevan French is set to make his long-awaited return for Wigan on Thursday

We take a look at what’s being said and team news ahead of Thursday’s Betfred Super League game between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, live on Sky Sports…

France ready for a long-awaited return

It’s been over 10 months since Bevan French has been seen in a Wigan shirt, but he’s finally ready to put on the Cherry and White hoops again on Thursday after completing his recovery from a lengthy hamstring injury.

Warriors head coach Matt Peet confirmed ahead of the Hull FC clash that the Australian, who was named to the Super League Dream Team in 2020, will play a part in the game – although he did not specify where he would play.

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Jai Field became a star in the Frenchman’s usual position as a full-back, claiming his third player of the match award in the 32-22 win over Castleford Tigers in Round 6, but the 26-year-old is enough versatile to play on the wing and in the halves too.

“Bevan will play,” Peet said. “He’s an exciting and unpredictable player, he’s got talent and he can beat people in small spaces.

“We won’t expect too much from Bevan this week, we just want him back on the pitch, enjoying his game and competing.

“He’s shown he’s ready to come back and compete. He’s among the lads and he’s showing good things in training, he works hard and we all know what he’s capable of.

Highlights from Betfred's Super League game between Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers

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Highlights from Betfred’s Super League game between Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers

“But this week I’ll just be happy to see him back there competing and playing as part of the team.”

Gale returns to make an impact on the pitch

Hull also found one of their key men in Luke Gale, with the captain set to sit out the last five games after his red card in the home defeat to St Helens in the second round of the Super League regular season.

Gale has always played an active role for the Blacks and Whites during his enforced absence, whether leading opposing sessions executing the attacking forms of upcoming opponents or offering advice to Joe Lovodua and Ben McNamara – the duo who played in the halves in his absence and that of Josh Reynolds.

Brett Hodgson is impressed with the amount of backup skipper Josh Griffin the 33-year-old has also picked up and while the head coach is impressed with the impact Gale has continued to have without playing, he is happy that he will be back playing.

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“He’s full of bounce, he’s loud, he’s also a bit of a prankster and likes to laugh,” Hodgson said. “But we obviously missed him on the pitch and I can’t wait for him to be there again.

“We saw the minute he walked in how much of an influence he had on everyone around him and that has helped in the last month of football as well.

“Even Josh Griffin, who took over as captain in Luke’s absence, grew up learning things from Luke about how he conveys messages and when to speak.

“So I was really pleased with those two and their leadership – but everyone else fed off of that as well.”

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Team News

French’s return to Wigan comes with Iain Thornley available again after recovering from injury, while Brad Singleton is back from suspension.

However, Kai Pearce-Paul faces a long spell after sustaining a ligament injury in the 20-0 win over the Red Devils in the Betfred Challenge Cup last Friday.

As well as Gale returning from suspension, Hull – 14-6 winners against Huddersfield Giants last time out in the Super League – have Kane Evans available again after a ban, while Darnell McIntosh returns to the 21-man squad after his recovering from a calf injury. .

Named squads

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Jake Bibby, Zak Hardaker, Iain Thornley, Liam Marshall, Cade Cust, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Patrick Mago, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Harry Smith, Oliver Partington, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne , Joe Shorrocks, Jai Field, Abbas Miski.

FC Hull: Jake Connor, Adam Swift, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Darnell McIntosh, Luke Gale, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, André Savelio, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane, Joe Lovodua, Kane Evans, Brad Fash, Ben McNamara, Jack Brown, Jordan Johnstone, Josh Bowden, Connor Wynne, Mitieli Vulikijapani.




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