DARRELL Goulding has showered Sam Tomkins with the ultimate praise, hailing him as the greatest player he has ever seen.
Tomkins has poached 25 touchdowns in his last 11 matches and – as the Evening Post revealed yesterday – is on the brink of a try-scoring record.
And ahead of tomorrow’s match at Wakefield, centre Goulding has saluted the reigning Man of Steel.
“He’s the best player I’ve ever seen,” said the 25-year-old centre, who has watched – and played with – a galaxy of stars.
“You rate different players for different things and Sam can conjure something up from nothing.
“He has that ability to pull something out of the blue, and he does it better than any player I’ve ever seen.”
Asked would he be overly charitable in sending Tomkins over for a try tomorrow – knowing he can become the first Wigan player to score tries in 12 consecutive matches – Goulding laughed: “I don’t think Sam will be needing help from me to score.”
Pace-setters Wigan are hunting their 12th straight victory, and will move five points clear at the top of the table with victory – at least until Huddersfield’s match at St Helens the following day.
Shaun Wane’s outfit beat the Wildcats, 10th in the table, by 44-24 earlier this season.
But Wakefield played most of the match with just 12-men following Justin Poore’s red-card for punching Liam Farrell, leaving coach Richard Agar lamenting: “We were a bit disappointed we didn’t get a good crack at them with 13 men.”
Goulding admitted: “We’ve got a bit of a point to prove because last time they were a man down and they gave us a game.”
Wigan’s glorious run of form is best illustrated by the league table’s for-and-against, with their staggering 408 difference, more than 200 better than their closest rivals.
“It’s something we’ve talked about as a team,” said Goulding.
“In the past, we’ve beaten sides but we’ve dipped, or we’ve lost to London or Widnes when people probably didn’t expect us to.
“Now we’re scoring some points, and that’s the difference in attitude.
“We’re going into every game aiming to hit our own standards and with the same attitude.
“We’re taking pride in our performances and reaping the rewards.”
Wigan’s match tomorrow kicks-off at 3.30pm, referee is Frenchman Thierry Alibert.