Departing Tomkins hails double-winning Warriors

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DEPARTING Sam Tomkins saluted his history-making team-mates after sweeping to a magical double.

The full-back bowed out of Wigan with the dream Grand Final victory, to add to the Challenge Cup victory in August.

Sam Tomkins after his farewell appearance for Wigan

Sam Tomkins after his farewell appearance for Wigan

And it was the club’s first trophy double since the likes of Martin Offiah, Jason Robinson, Inga Tuigamala, Shaun Edwards, Henry Paul and Andy Farrell starred for the club in 1995 – before the Super League era.

Tomkins said: “You mention those players and they’re legends, and there are players in this team who will go down in history. This is a special group of players.

“I’m struggling to find words to describe it.”

Warriors battled back from 16-2 down to score 28 unanswered points, including a match-crowning try by Pat Richards.

“When we were 16-2 down we were still confident, we were saying let’s just complete, and when Joel Monaghan was injured, we knew if we put a good play on we’d score,” said Tomkins, heading to NZ Warriors in a world-record transfer once the World Cup is finished.

“To comeback like we did, in a Grand Final – in the final everyone wanted – was unbelievable.”

Tomkins today flies to South Africa with team-mates Sean O’Loughlin, Lee Mossop, Josh Charnley, Mike McIlorum and Liam Farrell for England’s warm-weather training camp.