LOGAN Tomkins admits it’s good for Wigan to finally be able to focus on their World Club Series clash with Brisbane Broncos –and hopes he gets a chance to prove himself against the NRL giants.
The 22-year-old faces fierce competition for a place in Shaun Wane’s side with Sam Powell, who will vacate the scrum-half role he filled on Friday night as Matty Smith returns from a one-game suspension.
Powell, who can also play at hooker, filled a bench spot for the trip to Widnes in round one, which McIlorum missed through injury, and has experience of high-profile games having started last season’s Grand Final in the pack.
But Tomkins has no issues with having to earn his game time.
“I’ve not hit form that I’m happy with yet but it’s early in the season and I hope Wane keeps me in the team so I can try and prove myself,” he told the Evening Post.
“It’s hard work with Mickey playing nine because he’s one of the best in the league and in the country.
“But it’s good to play under him – I learn a lot from him and he always has time for me.
I’m just looking for more game time but Mickey’s playing really well so I can’t complain.”
Warriors stuttered at times during Friday’s 24-16 win over Huddersfield and Tomkins admits there needs to be a lot of improvement in the team ahead of Saturday’s clash, which gets underway in front of the Sky cameras at 8pm.
But he admits it’s good to get the first two rounds of the new Super League season out of the way so their full attention can go on preparing for their third clash with high-profile NRL opposition in four years.
“It is a bit of a relief we can focus on Brisbane now,” said Tomkins.
“You have it in the back of your mind that we have a big event but if you start looking too far forward you forget about what you’re doing at that moment in time.
“We concentrate on every game as it comes – we don’t talk two weeks in advance – but it is good to get that out the way and get some points on the board.
“We made that hard work really but at the end of the day it’s two points and an improvement on last week.
“We know we’ve got a lot to work on but at least it’s put us in good stead.”
Tomkins spent the 2014 season on loan at Salford Red Devils and while he enjoyed more opportunities to play regular first team rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium, says he would rather be fighting for a place at the DW –and feels ready to prove himself in Cherry and White.
“It feels good (to be back),” he said.
“I was ready to come back to Wigan to be honest. It’s what I know.
“Salford was good, I enjoyed it but I’m a Wigan lad and I like playing for Wigan.”
But he is not yet happy with how Warriors have fared in 2015, and insists fans have not yet seen the best of him, or his teammates ahead of their first meeting with Brisban since the World Club Championship in 1997.
“We know we are nowhere near 100 per cent yet. But we know what we have to do to make it right,” he explained.
“We need to be consistent and cut out individual errors.”
Wigan’s match with Brisbane is sandwiched between Warrington v St George Illawarra on Friday and Sunday’s World Club Challenge between St Helens and South Sydney Rabbitohs.