I want teams to despise us: Wane

Wigan's Sam Tomkins leads the celebrations for Liam Farrell's second half try against St Helens during Magic weekend game at Etihad Stadium
Wigan's Sam Tomkins leads the celebrations for Liam Farrell's second half try against St Helens during Magic weekend game at Etihad Stadium
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SAM Tomkins is gearing up for a white-hot reception at Headingley this Friday night.

The full-back has not played at the venue since being booed by some Rhinos fans while on England duty against the Exiles last summer.

And his two-fingered salute during the Challenge Cup Final only irked the frothing Leeds faithful even more.

Tomkins grinned: “I’m sure I’ll get a great reception, they love me there, don’t they? But I like playing at Leeds, there’s always a good atmosphere and the fans get behind us.”

Wane is set to hand Welsh forward Rhodri Lloyd a debut in the cauldron atmosphere, and is hoping for a hostile crowd – believing taunts from the terraces will only serve to bring out the best in star players like Tomkins.

“I’d rather have people into him and jealous of him, rather than no one noticing him,” said Wane.

“I want a bad reception, I want people to hate us. I like that.”

Wigan haven’t lost to Leeds in their last five matches, a streak including their 20-6 win at the DW this year.

But their ranks have been heavily depleted by injuries and suspensions, with Pat Richards, Stuart Fielden, Ben Flower, Paul Prescott, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Lee Mossop and Chris Tuson all out.