Jake Bibby reflects on Wigan Warriors’ 10-22 pre-season defeat against Leeds Rhinos in Liam Farrell’s testimonial game.
The centre went over for the opening try in the pre-season friendly at the DW Stadium.
- Bibby: “It was good to get out there and play for Faz.”
Jake Bibby described Liam Farrell’s testimonial as a ‘special’ day on all accounts after getting his first taste of match action at the DW Stadium.
The centre made a good start to life in Cherry and White since joining the Club in the off-season, as he scored the opening try in the 10-22 pre-season defeat to Leeds Rhinos.
The game celebrated the start of Farrell’s testimonial year, with 2020 marking ten years of service from the second-row.
Bibby said: “He’s a next level athlete. He’s very professional in everything he does and he’s always got time for you. It was good to get out there to play for him, but obviously we would’ve liked a better result.
“It was a special occasion because all of my family were also down as well. I didn’t really expect to score, so I was buzzing.”
👊 Liam Farrell, Wiganer. 2010-2019:— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) January 19, 2020
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💪 250 appearances
🏉 96 tries
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The 23-year-old went over after 17 minutes of play on Sunday afternoon, with his former Salford teammate, Jackson Hastings, providing the assist.
“Me and Jacko (Jackson Hastings) have played well in the last 18 months that we’ve been together, so we know each other really well,” Bibby said.”
“I train well with everyone, but it does help with Jackson because he’s a real electric player, so it’s become like second nature.”
Bibby was pleased to be back in match action and felt the Rhinos provided a good test.
“No one likes pre-season but you look forward to these games to get you going through the motions again.
“It’s good to get this first game under our belts, I think we did pretty well in the first half, especially considering that Leeds have had two or three more games than us. We will just kick on heading into the next game.”
The centre was also impressed by some of the younger members of the squad who were in action during the second half.
“We had a few young lads who came on at the end and did pretty well. Sam Halsall was one of them, he came on and held his own.”
Wigan-born Bibby is expecting the Warriors to improve heading into their third and final pre-season game, away to Leigh Centurions on Thursday, as he looks to cement a place in Adrian Lam’s starting 13.
“Hopefully I’ll be starting in the team and hopefully against Leigh I’ll have the chance to get my lungs a bit more blown out. I think you’ll notice a big difference because today (Sunday) was our first hit out. I’m just looking forward to getting out there.”
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