Ruthlessness of Warriors pleased Tomkins

Joel Tomkins warms up before Wigan take on Hull KR

Joel Tomkins warms up before Wigan take on Hull KR

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JOEL Tomkins says the ruthlessness within the Wigan squad was the most pleasing part of their latest triumph.

The Warriors registered their biggest scoreline of the season last Friday night, thumping a depleted Hull KR 60-0 to keep the pressure on top-two Leeds and St Helens.

Wigan ended the game as a contest with a six-try blitz before the 21st minute, which gave them a 34-point cushion at the break.

But they didn’t put the cue on the rack, scoring five further tries without reply as in-form winger

Joe Burgess finished with a hat-trick to move clear at the top of the Super League try-scoring charts with 13.

“We were up by 34 at half-time, and sometimes in games like that, they can turn into scorelines like 40-20,” said England forward Tomkins.

In games like that, a lot of teams are guilty of letting the defence slip, but we didn’t switch off, we kept going until the end

Joel Tomkins

“We didn’t want that, and we spoke at half-time about going out and treating it as if the score was 0-0 – and that’s what we did.

“In games like that, a lot of teams are guilty of letting the defence slip, but we didn’t switch off, we kept going until the end.”

Wigan have now won six of their last seven matches ahead of a Super League test against Castleford this Friday night - their final home match for more than a month, starting with a Challenge Cup tie against KR at Leigh Sports Village.

And while their defence has been resolute most of the year – their defence is the joint-second best in the league – Tomkins believes Wigan are now beginning to show what they are capable of with the ball.

“Some of the tries we scored were great,” he said. “Hull KR have been going great and to score 60 points, is a great achievement.”

The 28-year-old, meanwhile, admits he was relieved once news of his brother Sam’s return to the club was confirmed last month.

“I’d been keeping it secret for a while, I’m not on social media so it’s quite easy for me,” he smiled.

“He’s enjoying it over there but his heart’s in Wigan. Everyone is excited about getting him back but there’s a lot of work to do between now and then.”