The Morning After: Happy French return, unbeaten Saints & Huddersfield’s signs of promise

Drew Darbyshire

Mark Percival of St Helens celebrates his try with Kevin Naiqama

The Morning After looks at three talking points from the latest Super League action.

Happy French return

Bevan French scored twice on his return to action

It was a great return to action for Bevan French, who scored two tries to help Wigan beat Castleford 22-12 in his first appearance of the season.

The Australian started on the wing, with Zak Hardaker at full-back. It is a good selection dilemma to have for Warriors coach Adrian Lam.

French showed his pace last night as he raced on to a chip over the top from Jackson Hastings to score.

Wigan have won from four and have made an impressive start to the 2021 campaign. It was good to see them return to the DW Stadium last night, too.

Unbeaten Saints

Jack Welsby in action for St Helens

St Helens are the benchmark for Super League again this year. Kristian Woolf’s side have set the standards for the competition in 2021.

The Saints were 18-10 winners against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium last night and although it wasn’t the best performance we’ll see from them this year, they got the job done.

Jack Welsby produced another solid display in the centres for Saints and it was also good to see Mark Percival back out on the field.

Huddersfield’s signs of promise

Jermaine McGillvary of Huddersfield celebrates his try

Even though it wasn’t the result Huddersfield were hoping for last night, they can take plenty of positives from their defeat to the reigning champions.

It will take time for the Giants to gel, there’s no doubt about that. There was a huge change in personnel at the club over the off-season and they need to be given time to find their feet.

Ian Watson is a fantastic coach and the results will come. They did some good things with the ball against Saints and provided plenty of mettle in defence.

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