Try machine Bevan French continues to impress in the Super League, helping Wigan to a 30-10 win over St Helens to maintain their unbeaten home record.
The former Parramatta and Indigenous All Star scored another two tries to assert his dominance at the top of the UK try-scoring charts.
The win denied the Saints the chance to secure the League Leaders’ Shield on Warriors’ turf and also enabled Wigan to guarantee a top-two finish and with it a home semi-final in the play-offs.
The Saints were already 80 minutes away from a fourth successive Grand Final appearance and, despite an uncharacteristically error-strewn defeat, can still clinch top spot by winning one of their last two games of the regular season.
Wigan, who have high hopes of completing the league and cup double, were once more indebted to French and Jai Field, who took their combined tally for the season so far to 49, but coach Matt Peet will be just as pleased with a defence that restricted the champions to just two second-half tries.
French took Field’s cut-out pass and rounded Jon Bennison to take his Super League try tally in 2022 to 28.
The Australian, who is off contract at the end of the season, then secured his second when he crossed over in stoppage time.