Sam deflects praise

Sam Tomkins scores

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HAT-TRICK hero Sam Tomkins deflected the praise on to his team-mates after a convincing 40-6 victory over Hull KR last night.

The full-back’s treble was matched by winger Pat Richards, who also booted six goals from seven attempts.

Last night’s victory lifted the Warriors to second place in the ladder and keeps the pressure on front-runners Warrington.

Tomkins said: “Hull KR were tough, we needed to be patient and our pack were really good, especially in the second half, and their work gave us the space for the tries.

“We wanted to prove what we can do because we were disappointed with the way we played against Bradford last week (a 26-22 cup win), and we certainly did that.”

A typically ferocious defensive effort kept the home side in control and they had the finishing to cut loose in the final 20 minutes, with Tomkins and Richards grabbing all of their points until George Carmont’s sealing try at the death.

Coach Michael Maguire said: “Hull KR came at us in the first-half and they challenged us and we defended well, that was the pleasing factor – the boys all worked extremely hard for each other.

“Full credit to our players for hanging in there and then they had the quality to score some good tries.”

Forward Harrison Hansen returned after a month-long lay-off with injury.

Maguire reported no fresh injury problems ahead of their game at Catalan on Saturday. The Warriors jet out for France on Thursday.