Sam helps Wigan to perfect 10

Wigan go marching on with Andy Coley getting the congratulations after his try
Wigan go marching on with Andy Coley getting the congratulations after his try

SAM Tomkins bagged four tries to help Wigan to their 10th straight victory yesterday.

But the triumph was soured by a potentially season-ending injury to prop Ben Cross.

The Australian front-rower – playing only his fourth game since joining mid-season – broke his arm in the first-half of the 52-18 win against Salford.

Coach Michael Maguire said: “Ben was rushed straight to hospital and I’m told there’s a big chance it’ll need plating, so that’s very unfortunate news for him.

“We’re looking for some decent news on that one – in terms of the severity of it and how they’re going to have to operate.

“But with that kind of break they tend to plate them, which will mean a pretty long sit-out for Ben.”

In Cross’ absence Wigan ensured they kept hold of top spot in the Super League ladder, running in nine tries including four from Tomkins, who rocketed to the top of the Super League try-scoring charts with 24.

His last try, in particular, highlighted his attacking prowess, but it was a commanding team display in which Brett Finch excelled and Pat Richards kicked eight goals from nine attempts.

“It was one hell of a try. Whenever Sam gets the ball, there’s always something exciting about to happen,” said Maguire.

“I was really happy with the way the boys performed – it was very professional after the highs of last week’s Challenge Cup semi-final.

“There are always areas you can work on, but I thought across the board everyone showed up really well.”

Maguire was pleased with Gareth Hock’s contribution and the former Test forward must now be a serious contender for Wembley now Cross is out, although the likely return of Paul Prescott from injury does give the coach a selection dilemma.

“Gaz did very well considering the number of games he’s played,” added Maguire.

“He understands what he needs to work at, but he’s doing that and I think that showed again.

“When he runs the ball, he’s one hell of a body running at the line.”

Maguire said he will wait until after today’s recovery session before deciding whether he will rest any players for this Friday’s home visit of Bradford.