Wigan star Jai Field on his form, Bevan French & first Good Friday derby

Drew Darbyshire
Jai Field Wigan Warriors SWpix

Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix

Wigan full-back Jai Field says he is enjoying showing the Warriors fans what he can do after a nightmare campaign in 2021.

The 24-year-old Australian joined the Warriors ahead of last season from NRL side Parramatta Eels.

However, he was limited to just four appearances in 2021 due to hamstring and groin injuries.

But Field has set Super League alight this season, flourishing in the full-back role for Matt Peet’s side. He has scored 12 tries in nine games so far in 2022.

“After last year, it is pleasing to be playing more than anything,” Field told Love Rugby League.

“Obviously the form is nice but I’m just trying to play the best I can for the team. I’m finishing the tries at the moment but credit to the boys for laying a platform for me, Tommy (Leuluai) and Cade (Cust) so it has been enjoyable so far.

“I’ve come from Australia with aspirations to play well and do things and obviously that didn’t happen in year one. At the moment I’m just really happy to be staying healthy and just ticking games off.

“It has been enjoyable and we’ve started well but there’s a long way to go. We started well last year and things didn’t go our way so we are trying not to get ahead of ourselves. We are taking it week by week and hopefully we’ll keep enjoying ourselves.”

Bevan French

Zak Hardaker and Bevan French Wigan Warriors SWpix
Zak Hardaker (left) with Bevan French (right) | Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix

Field’s good friend Bevan French has recently made his long-awaited comeback after 10 months out of action.

A full-back like Field, French has played on the wing in his first two games back.

“He’s had a tough last year but I’m really glad to see him back playing,” Field said of French.

“We’ve only played one and a half game’s together but it was enjoyable last week and hopefully we can string some games together.”

First Good Friday derby for Jai Field

Field will experience his first Good Friday derby when the Warriors travel across Billinge Hill to champions St Helens.

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“You don’t really know how big the rivalry is before you get into the country and into the system,” Field said.

“It is sold out so it is a good chance for us to test ourselves against the benchmark of the competition for the last three or four years. It’ll be a good test to see where we are at and it will be a nice atmosphere.

“It should be a good game. This is where you test yourselves against the best teams and really see where you are at.”

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