Ex-Eel French grabs hat-trick for Wigan

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Bevan French ran in a second-half hat-trick as Wigan won 30-12 at Salford to climb to second in the UK Super League.

The Warriors held a narrow lead at halftime with Harry Smith scoring the only try in a half that did not lack intensity but did lack quality.

However, Wigan upped their game in the second half and managed to cross for five tries in 20 minutes, before Salford stirred late on.

French, the former Parramatta Eel and Indigenous All Star, went over in the 50th, 57th and 62nd minutes and combined with Jai Field a number of times in the second half.

Liam Marshall (45th, 59th) also added to Smith's ninth-minute try.

But Wigan coach Matt Peet was quick to heap praise on his forwards despite French and Field grabbing the headlines.

"The Sky interview was basically about Jai and Bevan, which is fine, but there is a lot of people who contributed to that performance," said Peet.

"I thought Ethan Havard's performance was outstanding if you want to look at someone who turned the game around.

"You all know that the forwards decide who wins and the backs decide by how many. Credit to our middle unit, both are back rowers were relentless.

"You always have to look at the middle of the field first, and if you win that battle, the other players who are exceptional talents get to show what they can do."

Salford Red Devils coach Paul Rowley felt his side went down to the 'best team in the league.'

"We went toe-to-toe with the best team in the league. It's probably a reflection of where we are at and where they are at," Rowley said.

"We would like to get to where they are at and that's why we keep working hard."

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