Sinfield - I can help Sam to shine

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KEVIN Sinfield reckons his presence at stand-off for England can help bring out the best in Sam Tomkins.

The Leeds loose-forward has filled the No.6 role for the last three Tests ahead of Melbourne’s Gareth Widdop.

Partnering Rangi Chase at halfback, Sinfield reckons his steadying calm and astute kicking complement what Chase and Tomkins – two livewires of Super League – bring to the international table.

Sinfield was singled out for special praise by coach Steve McNamara for his contribution in the opening Four Nations victory over Wales in Leigh in which Sam Tomkins finished with a four-try haul.

And Sinfield, 31, said: “People keep telling me I’m too slow but I think the qualities I bring to the team aren’t particularly pace anyway.

“Rangi and Sam (Tomkins) can complement what I bring.

Victory over the Kiwis at the KC Stadium on Saturday would give England another crack at the Aussies in the final and Sinfield believes his side showed enough at Wembley to prove the Kangaroos are vulnerable.

The 31-year-old was not born the last time the national side won a major series against Australia and he is acutely aware of the glorious opportunity that could come his way over the next two weeks.

“It would be massive,” he said. “It’s been that long since this country has had major success.

“We won a series in 2007 (against New Zealand) but to win a major tournament, we’re going back 30 or 40 years aren’t we? The lads are aware of that and it’s got to change at some stage.”

Australian forward Tony Williams has opted to accept his one-match ban imposed for a high tackle on England second rower Ben Westwood during the Kangaroos’ 36-20 win at Wembley.

The Manly Sea Eagles forward will sit out the game in Wrexham but will be available for the final at Elland Road on Saturday week.

Wales boss Iestyn Harris, Wigan’s new assistant coach, is confident he will have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Tyson Frizell, who injured his arm against New Zealand, and Peter Lupton, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury, have both responded well to treatment.

Meanwhile, Warrington referee Phil Bentham will be in charge of his third Australia match in five weeks after being appointed for Sunday’s game.

Australian Matt Cecchin will referee England’s game against New Zealand on Saturday.